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|20th October 2009, 23:51||#31|
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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!!!
|20th October 2009, 23:56||#32|
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|21st October 2009, 09:30||#33|
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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.
|21st October 2009, 10:34||#37|
A tale of 2 passes
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.
Even to the east the mountain looming over Solang Glacier had little snow
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
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
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
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.
The views were simply awesome, and some cloud was also building up. The feeble western disturbance maybe?
Tourists going towards the little snow
The smooth black tarmac
Down below was the Chandra river, and its source was our target for the day
Finally around 10:45am, we were at Gramphoo. Time for a tea, and time to take the national highway towards Kunzum
TO BE CONT...........
|21st October 2009, 10:34||#38|
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ps: the sabji mandi comment is absolutely the best way to describe the traffic conditions!
|21st October 2009, 10:36||#39|
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
|21st October 2009, 10:38||#40|
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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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|21st October 2009, 11:14||#44|
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Heavy snow for a week will destroy those roads completely if not build properly.
|21st October 2009, 11:20||#45|
A tale of 2 passes - II
National Highway. Yes, this is a national highway. It goes to Spiti. Infact over Kunzum it connects the Lahaul and Spiti valleys.
The road goes down to the river
On the horizon dark clouds room. Thats Kunzum, probably, and its white
Its cold, very cold. But its not snowing
The roads can give Padum a run for its money, and the scenery is bleaker than Ladakh
Even by the riverside there is no green
Meanwhile the cloud cover is increasing, it does not seem feeble from any angles
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
TO Be COnt.........
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