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Old 18th March 2010, 16:17   #46
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Another tsk kind thread!! If tsk reads this, I am sure the white elephant will be at this place in no time. tsk, where art thou?
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TSK is most probably busy planning up something for the Good Friday weekend, another 3-day shutdown and he sure will be off somewhere, my guess will be like last time - push as much close to Rhotang as possible - and surely we have some great snow pictures by Tuesday!

Thanks much. The tyres have bed in nicely and are performing great, only thing with BFG A/T is the tyre noise on a highway and the braking distance and behaviour is the same as that was with the H/T.
LOL, I am very much hooked to this thread. Just reading the narrative an enjoying it. Arunachal is definitely a place we would love to drive to, but the entire UP, Bihar and part of WB that we need to cross to reach there is much more daunting than the highest passes .
As for good friday weekend, plans are happening, lets see where the journey goes!
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Ampere, thanks again. Liked that Tolkien comment before!

Some more pics from Nazim's link of Safari VTT on the move along with the AP2AP team on day #2. We did the morning part of the journey together from Siliguri to Assam border area, before they aimed for Tezpur for the halt and I targeted Guwahati.

Awesome trip - totally wallpaper stuff. The foggy snap on the way up to Sela Pass is amazing. It's even difficult to think of taking snaps then, all one would want to is to get out of the fog.

Please include more details in your next three day's day trips. :-)


And, do post more details of your drive from Kolkata to Guahati, later if you please. I just love to read your interstate drives.
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excellent log and pics !

how did you manage the TBhp Tshirts ?

And how are those tyres for normal usage in the city ? Is the ride comfortable ?
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Wow Anirban Da Excellent pics :-)

When i was there the Sela Lake was semi frosted
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Default Day #5 - Tawang-Pankang Teng Tso [ PT TSO] - Sangetsar Lake [JO-NGA-TSEIR]

Day #5 - Tawang-Pankang Teng Tso [ PT TSO] - Sangetsar Lake [JO-NGA-TSEIR]


Day 5 of our journey, early morning rise and a fast breakfast of noodles and hot tea by our hotel owners, we were ready to go and leave Tawang town to experience the Lakes of this Lake District

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Tawang town has an average elevation of 2,669 meters (8,756 feet) and as we climb up, we soon reach the snow line
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Each and every day weather was different at Tawang, today it was overcast and snow and ice abundant, it was dramatically clear the next day when we went off from Bumla border.
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First of the lakes is a small lake known as
Panggang Homa Tso
, some part of Koyla song shooting took place here
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The first of the first alpine lakes (Tso in local parlance) is called the Panggang Homa Tso which literally translates into Grassy(Panggang) Lower(Homa) Lake. Because of its shape, this lake is also known as the ‘Heart shaped Lake’. The view from this lake is ethereal and the view of the Ghesi La (La in local parlance means Mountain) & distant Sela Pass juxtaposed against the valley stuns your senses.
Stopped a while and we moved on again
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Climbing up and soon reached the lake PT TSo
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Pankang Teng Tso [ PT TSO] 4100 m/13500 feet
Next is the Pankang Teng Tso, a natural lake that forms when the snow melts in summer, located 17 km away from Tawang is the most beautiful.

Tso means Lake in Tibetan language. Now 2 versions I found out on the net about the name:

1. P.T. is derived from Pankang Thang, Pankang is a slice of wood used locally to insulate the roof of the houses. Thang is a place or plains in Tibetan. The place is called so because locals from Tawang used to give Pankang instead of money as tax to the kings of Tibet, as most of Tibet is a high altitude desert and devoid of trees, each family would keep their share of Pankang at the lake from where Tibetan Army would collect it.

2. Pankang Teng Tso was a Chinese engineer, who built a road from Bumla to Tawang for the People’s Army to march on. Later, in more romantic times, jawans named the lake after Madhuri Dixit, who came here to act in the Hindi flick Koyla.
Whatever, the views with the snow leaves an impression forever.
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Parked by side of the road and went down, walking very carefully as the steps were very slippery and it does take out breath at that height.
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Enjoyed each and every moment at PT Tso Lake before we moved on, this was good - the tourist traffic still way behind due to an early start and the mountain road leading us to what lies beyond
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Amazing pics. The last pic of Safari in white background looks superb. Tata's can take it for safari advert.
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ADC,

Wonderful pictures. I really liked the 3rd pic from your latest post which talks very clearly about the weather and the soil etc. The pic is realistic.
Keep posting and sharing these wonderful moments.

Thanks.
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Last one is really cool.
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Wow! Adc, You got to see the snow near the Panggang Homa Tso!
We ventured out there only the next day (when we crossed each other on the way to Bumla) as you have mentioned the weather was clear and no snow till Klemta!

We had run out of breath after the trek to Bumla and did not dare to go down at PT Tso!

The last Safari pic with the white background is really cool!
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Quite a amazing journey there ADC.

Kudos to your wife and son

The last pic of Safari takes the cake.
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Default Day #5 - Tawang-Pankang Teng Tso [ PT TSO] - Sangetsar Lake [JO-NGA-TSEIR] contd...

Day #5 contd.. Pankang Teng Tso Lake to Sangetsar Lake


Leaving PT Tso Lake continuing towards Sangetsar Lake via Y-junction
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And we soon approached the bunkers from the '62 war

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Nagku La Tso– A few kilometers beyond P.T. Tso likes the lake whose name literally translates to Snake Mountain Lake. It is a small lake which is guarded by a small mountain spur on one side but offers a beautiful view because of its overall natural composition of the surrounding landscape.

View of the Nagku La Tso

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Crossed another Lake, dont know the name!

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Brief stops done and the journey continued towards Sangetsar

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As for good friday weekend, plans are happening, lets see where the journey goes!
Hmmm.. Wide angle lens + good friday weekend - udaipur, chamba, sach pass, keylong etc, etc. Options are many and varied.


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excellent log and pics !

how did you manage the TBhp Tshirts ?

And how are those tyres for normal usage in the city ? Is the ride comfortable ?
Thanks much S3va, those shirts are of the AP2AP team from hyderbad.

Normal city usage you dont need A/T tyres.

See more of about the tyres and T-shirt on page 3, to a query from Capt Dey. http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ml#post1786750 (Safari VTT-TMT Exotic Tour - Known and Unknown Western Arunachal and Nameri[Assam])



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Wow Anirban Da Excellent pics :-)

When i was there the Sela Lake was semi frosted
Bagchi, good to see you back. Will be on the lookout for your pictures over there.


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Amazing pics. The last pic of Safari in white background looks superb. Tata's can take it for safari advert.
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ADC,

Wonderful pictures. I really liked the 3rd pic from your latest post which talks very clearly about the weather and the soil etc. The pic is realistic.
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Last one is really cool.
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Quite a amazing journey there ADC.

Kudos to your wife and son

The last pic of Safari takes the cake.
Thanks to you all, these wonderful comments makes posting and sharing all very worthwhile.

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Wow! Adc, You got to see the snow near the Panggang Homa Tso!
We ventured out there only the next day (when we crossed each other on the way to Bumla) as you have mentioned the weather was clear and no snow till Klemta!
Nazim, this particular day was all mist, almost no sun, and when coming back it began to snow down lightly. The weather was exactly like it should be when on Lake tour, lakes without snow and frost looks too bland.

For next day Bumla journey, luck was with us all - for high passes and views, clear weather was what we needed and got.

PS: Nazim, do give some light on those T-shirts, a couple of queries already out here.

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Was it snowing when you were driving? Did the AP2AP team see the snowfall?

I guess snowfall happens only in the night.
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Okay the Lake beyond Nagula Lake, which I could not name in the last post is Greeptsang Tso.


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The road ascends further from P.T. Tso through lovely hair pin bends to Nagu - la a pass at an altitude of 13,568 feet, and three kilometers from P.T. Tso. One km further from Nagu la is Greeptsang Tso, another lake with rich history and myth attached to it. Guru Padmasambhava, an Indian saint who "re-introduced" Buddhism in India, especially in the Himalayan states was praying in a cave adjoining Greeptsang Tso. The myth goes that a twelve-headed serpent lived in what was Greeptsang Tso. Guru Padmasambhava, to mediate in peace, fed the serpent with so much food that he exploded.


Greeptsang Tso is considered a holy lake by the locals and while visiting the holy lake they don't shout, utter bad words or dirty the place because, according to their belief, if they do so, the weather changes drastically and is accompanied by rain and snowfall. Some locals also visit the lake to see their future, usually accompanied by a lama, who first performs a holy ritual and after certain offerings are given to the lake, one can see his future in the water's reflection. There is also a meditation hut and a Gurudwara near the lake.


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Was it snowing when you were driving? Did the AP2AP team see the snowfall?

I guess snowfall happens only in the night.
It started snowing lightly when coming back that day. Otherwise , we got enough snowfall with skids and slides at Eagle Nest Sanctuary Trail - had to abandon it close to Elephant pass.

The next day when I crossed with AP2AP team on our Bumla trip, that day was super clear and no snowfall anywhere.

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Anirban da, absolutely fantastic thread. I just read Page1-4 in the last hour for the first time.
Some of the pics are like posters. Snow in India looks much beautiful than the one I saw in US sometime back. Really as the saying, "Amon deshti kothao khuje pabe nako tumi", feeling very nostalgic for my country now.

God knows when will I get to cover NE. I had dreams of doing it in my Alto !!
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