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Old 19th June 2010, 20:06   #46
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Amazing travelogue there Tanveer.

Your travelogues have definitely increased the Safari sales and added it to the wish list of many

Bring on the videos. They should be a treat to watch.
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Superb travelogue Tanveer. Your lucky to get so many leaves and also for staying close to so many exotic destinations from Delhi.

btw, you didnt mention dates between when you made this trip?

Absolutely love the pictures. Were the skies that blue with all those lovely cloud formations or was it PS'd?

Look forward to lot more pictures in subsequent posts.
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Videos will take time to process! My laptop is a 3 year old vintage that chokes on HD!
As for the dates, we started on 3rd June from Noida
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Please try the Wazwan next time you are in Kashmir and am sure you would like it ! Infact you can try it out at Dilli Haat (Opp INA market) though its better to have it at Srinagar or Jammu.
Tried Wazwan and authentic kashmiri kababs, but we prefer traditional punjabi tangri stuff!

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Always knew that the FZ series (18, 28, 35 etc ) is good.
But never knew that that they were so awesome!

P.S: Was wondering who is LOG bhai and searched the full thread and realized that it's LordOfGondor!

Episode 3 ka darshan kab hai?
Coming soon. Photos processed as we go. After all it was just a 4 day trip
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Hi Tanveer,

Excellent travelogue with awesome photographs (as always).

I think I spotted this Gypsy (Delhi reg. no. 5440) in your photographs (903164521_srSuV-L) at Ambala, Yesterday evening while coming to Delhi. Does this belong to Ajay and Rudra? I am not sure but that gypsy looks like the same. Here is a photograph from my mobile:

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Yup its the same gypsy. Ajay and Rudra are back from their trip, and Rudra is back in BLR.
We will soon have a TBHP meet with Ajay
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Old 20th June 2010, 00:34   #47
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Default Day 6 : The Journey Begins - Nubra valley

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Its 10:30am<br />
I have a headache.<br />
Maybe its because I am irritated with the police chap at the South Pullu checkpost.<br />
Or maybe its because I have exerted myself to climb some silly rocks to scan the horizons.<br />
Or maybe its because we have been stuck here for over an hour, at an altitude of 4700mts.<br /> <br />
Anyways, the line is long, and thankfully, ours is maybe the 20th or 25th vehicle.<br /> <img src=
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Old 20th June 2010, 14:23   #48
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Default Day 6 : Nubra Valley - The River

Our plan is to take the village back road from diskit to hunder. Its a dirt/mud trail, and the rains had made it quite slush.
Since its still siesta times for the camels, they are let loose to eat.
No pics here, just a couple of videos
First the Bactrian camels grazing


After that we continue towards the dunes.
Unfortunately, a big dune is on the road, and we cannot go to Hunder area from here.
Time to cross the river


Its windy, cold and dust is blowing. No need to hang out here, therefore we decide to go beyond hunder towards Turtuk in search of some interesting scenery.
Last year we had to return from the bridge, but from this year the entire stretch to Turtuk has been opened to tourists.

Any ways we have no intentions of driving all 70kms, so all we do is ask the army check post for directions to go right till the river.

We are told of a location few kms ahead, and following the directions, we head to the riverside
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We park the car right till the spot she can go(its all deep sand after that)<br /> <img src=
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Yup its the same gypsy. Ajay and Rudra are back from their trip, and Rudra is back in BLR.
We will soon have a TBHP meet with Ajay
You mean to say, Rudra Sen, the Guru of all expert photgraphers on Team BHP, was travelling in the Gypsy? Oh no, I missed a chance to meet him. Atleast I should have said hi to him. Anyways, lets see when do I get another chance.

Tanveer, each and every picture is simply superb! Especially the three - waves in sand, river and the telephoto shot of white elephant.

Waiting for more.

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Boss, this is just too good. Really waiting for more now.

Well, this Nubra place seems like a faraway dream, but I will certainly attempt Leh. Do you think a Getz can make it to Leh? From Manali? I am aware that the Getz's ground clearance is nothing to be proud about.
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You mean to say, Rudra Sen, the Guru of all expert photgraphers on Team BHP, was travelling in the Gypsy? Oh no, I missed a chance to meet him. Atleast I should have said hi to him. Anyways, lets see when do I get another chance.

Tanveer, each and every picture is simply superb! Especially the three - waves in sand, river and the telephoto shot of white elephant.

Waiting for more.

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Yes, I mean to say Rudra Sen.
However you can meet Ajay Narayan. I have started a thread in meet section

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Boss, this is just too good. Really waiting for more now.

Well, this Nubra place seems like a faraway dream, but I will certainly attempt Leh. Do you think a Getz can make it to Leh? From Manali? I am aware that the Getz's ground clearance is nothing to be proud about.
Nubra is an easy getaway from Leh. Do not worry. Santro's do that route, and I am sure, even Getz would manage it.
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Hi Tanveer

Even with my slow GPRS-EDGE connection AIRTEL in Delhi, I am enjoying your Travelogue. Will obviousely take more time to go thru it once back in Zurich mid-July. Very nice image frames. Some wide-angle shot are very nice. Try postings images of Hanle etc.

I am delighted to Host a meet in Delhi before my departure from India as we talked.

Very soon Rudra will also publish our Travelogue.

Looking forward to seeing you guys in Delhi Meet.

For others, Many many happy viewing of this Travelogue.
Tip: Tanveer is a mine of Info. (if you know how to use it).

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Hi Tanveer

Even with my slow GPRS-EDGE connection AIRTEL in Delhi, I am enjoying your Travelogue. Will obviousely take more time to go thru it once back in Zurich mid-July. Very nice image frames. Some wide-angle shot are very nice. Try postings images of Hanle etc.

I am delighted to Host a meet in Delhi before my departure from India as we talked.

Very soon Rudra will also publish our Travelogue.

Looking forward to seeing you guys in Delhi Meet.

For others, Many many happy viewing of this Travelogue.
Tip: Tanveer is a mine of Info. (if you know how to use it).

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thanks Ajay. Hanle will come at the later stage. For now we do Nubra, then to Pangong, and so on
We will definitely be meeting coming weekend. do checkout the thread in the meet section.
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Default Day 6 : Nubra Valley - Dunes and Camels

We are at the dune area around 4:30pm. Its a time for sun and brighness, but today Nubra will dissapoint us.
there is nothing to shoot. Its the same shade of gray sand on the ground, and grey clouds in the sky.
Even the snow covered mountains are grey
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Only thing not grey is the camels. They are brown. Dark brown or light brown, but not grey<br /> <img src=


Nevertheless, I try to shoot something
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Thanks Dada! Now you've pointed me to another thread to get hooked to and here I was thinking to make a productive start at work with the starting of a new week. Well, it can always wait!

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Default Day 7 : Nubra to Pangong - The discovery edition

Is it possible to go from Nubra Valley to Pangong Tso without crossing any mountain passes?
That was the question. The answer to this question was to be found today.
There was excitement, and there was apprehension.
And there was joy on seeing the sun. It had been days since we had seen the sun. Blue skies in nubra are always a joy.
And it was a damn fine morning!
7:30am and we are on the road To agam. The first section till Wari La turn off was known, but after that what?
Time to find out
First, the view of the hotel before we started
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On the road it was time to stop and stare. Stare that those wondrous blue skies and magnificient mountains<br /> <img src=
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Default Day 7 : Nubra to Pangong - The Landslide

Landslide. Now thats a word which every tourer dreads. It can put brakes on the most capable 4x4. It can take away entire villages in its wake.
And now we had one staring at our face.
It had been recently partially cleared, so there was a narrow track to follow, but it was littered with sharp rocks.
Vaibhav and co on bikes could make past it, but all the swift could do was spin wheels.




Try try again, till you succeed, but over here there was no success. Heck, even on 4L I was not confident. As I waked the track, rocks gave way and slipped. This was not a road. It was like a crazy OTR in the middle of nowhere.

From what we had heard, Wari La was closed with tonnes of snow, and this was the only way if we had to get to pangong today.

Finally the plan of action was to park the swift on the side, and cross over with the Safari, and then try and pull the swift if possible.

So nothing to do but drive on.
I shift to 4L, wait for the lights to stop blinking.... and then gently march forward.
The track is tough, and somehow the white elephant is wanting to slide towards the mountain.
But with faith and a prayer we make past the tough section.

I stop and come out.
Open the tailgate. Lot of luggage will have to be removed to get to the tow ropes, buried at the bottom.
But we are double minded. Pulling a low GC car can damage it, and then they will be royally stuck.
Moreover, what if there is a bigger obstacle in front. Lots of discussion and debate starts, with me being a car guy debating on the side of caution. Even Rahul and Sandeep are leaning towards caution.

And then I hear it.

"Claaang!!!"
Its sounds a like a bullet hitting metal. The white elephant is under attach. We look up, and realize, the mountain is angry and its falling. Rocks have started to roll down, and soon we may be part of the landscape.

The debate is decided. I close the tailgate, rev up the engines, and scoot.
The swift scoots in the opposite way.

Our way back if blocked, and swift will have to go back.
What lies ahead if a mystery.

I remember Kung fu Panda.
Yesterday is History
Tomorrow is a mystery
Today is a gift.

Well the future is indeed a mystery, I dunno what lies ahead. The past is blocked by falling rubble.
Either we go to Pangong, or we sit here, trapped.
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The plot thickens & the mystery about what lies ahead is indeed a cliffhanger!!

Please provide the next update ASAP. I can feel my BP rise!

And the worst part is that I can watch your videos right now. Youtube blocked in office.

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Default Day 7 : Nubra to Pangong - Trapped

We trudge on the rocky road. Its a track not really a road. There is apprehension, fear and excitement.
We cannot go back. When you cannot go back, its only forward.
And forward we go, till we come to the bridge. The bridge which is supposed to make this route an all season, and not a low river flow season route.
It has a red flag tied, and at the other end, I see a lot of activity.
We have left the bikers behind, and they also reach the stop.

I get out, and walk across, and what I see confirms our worst fears.
the bridge has broken. An entire section hangs in air, with a maybe 1.5 meter wide area for vehicles. Bikes will go, but for us. Its end of the road.

White elephants do many things. But they are not like mountain santro's. They cannot fly, no matter what.

How much time for bridge to get repaired?
Well a week, say conservative estimates.
So here we are, trapped along the shyok river, in the middle of nowhere, with a packet of bread, 10 bottles of amul milk, and a lot of cheespread.

We have to cross the river, but the water looks deep.
A chat with the BRO folks confirms this fact. Recent rains have made the otherwise tame river a raging torrent, which can suck in trucks.

But what have we got to lose? Its time to find out the hard way.
And off go my shoes, as I walk into the frigid waters.
From the first post ->

It is cold. Which is unusual because its June. Its not supposed to be cold in June, esp since the sun has broken out partially.
After days of intermittent rain, its sunny today.. Partially that is.
But for me, its cold. I am very cold. I am freezing. The air must be around 12-15 degrees C, but it does not matter.
The song "Numb" is humming through my head, and its not helping because I am cold, not numb.
I guess where I am standing, it would not matter June or September. the river is always cold, and when you are standing in the water soaked above your knees, you would be cold.
I do not like to stand in the cold river. but I have to. I have to walk those 20 long meters, but I do not have the courage, as with every step the water gets slightly deeper.
The stones are slippery, but thats another problem.
Thankfully, Vaibhav enters from the other side, and confirms my worst fears. The water is going to be more than a waist deep.
The white elephant cannot cross this river.
We have to go back. But we can't... Because the mountain has fallen.
We cannot go forward, because the bridge has fallen.
Are we trapped..........In the middle of nowhere on a cold wild lonely mountain?
............. The Journey begins!


The bikers move on, they cannot help us.
Now its time for plan B. I was hoping there would be no plan B, but such is fate.
Plan B is tough. Plan B is insane.
Plan B means putting an iron girder over the gap, and driving over it, and praying that it holds. If it does we will be across, if it does not, we fall into the river


TO BE CONT.............
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The white elephant cannot cross this river.
We have to go back. But we can't... Because the mountain has fallen.
We cannot go forward, because the bridge has fallen.
Are we trapped..........In the middle of nowhere on a cold wild lonely mountain?
............. The Journey begins!
That's darn rotten luck bro, getting stuck like that. Things are turning out to be even more adventurous this time around.

Your Plan B reminds me of something I'd to do last year. One of the metal strips was missing from a bridge we had to cross and the gap was enough to swallow the puny tyres of my sedan. So had to place two wooden boards that I was luckily carrying with me, approximating the best I could and drove over them keeping my fingers crossed all the way.

So what next, where do we go from here!?
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