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Old 20th October 2009, 23:51   #31
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2*c...!!!
The temp gauge on my Safari goes way below -5 on a warm summer morning and 2* is almost everyday!! Every morning my Safari dreams of the cold hills up north and the -ve temp indicates displeasure with my inability to drive up there ever so often!

Mr. Dude..!! Tanveer, you guys up North are seriously lucky & you are even luckier to have the inclination & an elephant to take you on all these wonderful trips into those blissful mountains in your backyard!!!
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Tanveer, you guys up North are seriously lucky & you are even luckier to have the inclination & an elephant to take you on all these wonderful trips into those blissful mountains in your backyard!!!
Now I am sure you will appreciate the value of dawn-to-dusk Bombay-Delhi drives that I do! Get to the battlegrounds of the Himalayas faster!!!
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Old 21st October 2009, 09:30   #33
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Hi Tanveer,
Terrific man.
All the pics are great. The pics are giving a impression that a elephant is roaming alone in the city after a hurricane.

waiting to see more.
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And that is how a 4X4 should be used. More power to you TSK. I enjoyed the few photos and look forward to more.
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F5 F5 F5 - nothing!! nada??
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Old 21st October 2009, 10:29   #36
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Guys, isn't he taking too much time to process his shots?
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Old 21st October 2009, 10:34   #37
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Saturday the 17th, a very good morning. Bright sunny and cheerful.
Looking northwards, I could see Rohtang had little snow at the Top. Which meant good thing.
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Even to the east the mountain looming over Solang Glacier had little snow
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So around 8:20am, we started from our Guest house, had nice breakfast, and were on our way to the top.
Thankfully, there was hardly any tourist traffic. According to locals, whenever there is news of snowfall, there is deluge of tourists, but since Rohtang top had little snow, tourist traffic was thin.

Views on the way
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That mountain looms over Rohtang top. I guess the tourists in their "snow suits" will be taking a pony up the trails to frolic in that
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The road was as bad as usual, maybe a little worse, but less than a km from the pass, I saw a sight which made me pinch myself.
The sight continued all the way till top

Make a guess of what I am talking about! I won't say it
BTW, this is Rohtang top. This was the third time this year we were at the top, but the first time we clicked the Pass
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The ride
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The thing I was talking about! Smooth black tarmac. 1km before and 1km after the pass. In a rare display of Generosity BRO decided to tarmac 2kms of the pass. Normally at all passes good roads go upto 5kms before the pass, and then restart 5kms after the pass. Here they wanted it to be the other way round.
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The views were simply awesome, and some cloud was also building up. The feeble western disturbance maybe?
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Tourists going towards the little snow
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The smooth black tarmac
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Down below was the Chandra river, and its source was our target for the day
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Finally around 10:45am, we were at Gramphoo. Time for a tea, and time to take the national highway towards Kunzum

TO BE CONT...........
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Actually it is possible. Take the first flight out of Bangalore. Drive out straight from the airport. Take an hour and half to cross Delhi border (plus minus depending on that sabji mandi crowd condition). By late afternoon early evening you can see snow covered peaks through your windscreen.

Only if you have the inclination..
You forgot the part about driving the car...Does it go on as luggage?

ps: the sabji mandi comment is absolutely the best way to describe the traffic conditions!
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Guys, isn't he taking too much time to process his shots?
Sorry for the delay
Travelogue will proceed smoothly now all day 2 shots have been processed, and day 3 shots(our last day there, and day of the tow rope) are being processed
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tsk, you seem to be in love with the mountains and ofcourse you have all the reason to be hehe

And most importantly you are using the beast(Safari) in the way it has to be

Lovely pics as usual!

OT: I see a Safari(4X4) parked, i see it hardly been used, what a waste!
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You forgot the part about driving the car...Does it go on as luggage?
Forgot nothing. Car is there for your information. Tanveer can take leave whenever he wants.
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beautiful pics, and what amazing roads at R top, last time such roads at top in 2005.
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OT: I see a Safari(4X4) parked, i see it hardly been used, what a waste!
Umm which 4x4 are you talking about?
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beautiful pics, and what amazing roads at R top, last time such roads at top in 2005.
Do not worry, the black tarmac was developing cracks already. I assure you, it won't be there next year. Just wait for one good snowfall. BRO will not curtail your dose of bad roads so easily!
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Do not worry, the black tarmac was developing cracks already. I assure you, it won't be there next year. Just wait for one good snowfall. BRO will not curtail your dose of bad roads so easily!
I am surprised why they build such good roads at the time when nobody will even think about visiting there (obviously except wanderers like you and Army ).

Heavy snow for a week will destroy those roads completely if not build properly.
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National Highway. Yes, this is a national highway. It goes to Spiti. Infact over Kunzum it connects the Lahaul and Spiti valleys.
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The road goes down to the river
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On the horizon dark clouds room. Thats Kunzum, probably, and its white

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Its cold, very cold. But its not snowing
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The roads can give Padum a run for its money, and the scenery is bleaker than Ladakh
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Even by the riverside there is no green
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Meanwhile the cloud cover is increasing, it does not seem feeble from any angles
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The steed
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Soon we reach the bridge at Batal which says Chandertall 15. This means the turnoff is around 2kms away.
Batal Dhaba is closed, and only 3 ferocious dogs sit there barking at us.
Traffic is almost nill, we have crossed one truck and one taxi on the entire stretch.

After the Batal bridge the climb starts, and even after coming 2kms we do not see any Chandertall boards
Couple of kms hence we are sure we missed it. Thankfully a truck is coming down. The truck driver tells us that the fork 1km down is chandertaal board. Probably PWD removed it.
Since kunzum is 8kms away, we decide first to head upto Kunzum, see the pass, and then come to see the lake.

The climb is narrow and tough, and road is broken, thankfully not as bad as Rohtang pass.
But then it starts snowing. Heavily. Very heavily.
Landscape turns white, fully white

And around 2pm we are at the signboard of Kunzum Pass.
Its very very different from Rohtang.
See for yourself
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TO Be COnt.........
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