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Old 2nd August 2010, 19:03   #16
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That should have been one helluva journey and am sure both of you guys should be feeling on top of the world. Kudo's to the spirit.

On a lighter note you can always do bangalore--nelamangala--kunigal--channarayapatna--hassan--alur--sakleshpur. Dont you think the detour via Ladakh was quite a long one ?
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Old 2nd August 2010, 19:22   #17
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@sapna, Isn't it a little longer route?

the photographs are really good. ladakh gives you opportunities to click anywhere and the photograph will come out bright. but with that also, I can see your photographs are different. capturing the people, the landscape highlighted with one or two objects (mainly the car), use of different viewpoints/angle makes it unique.

definitely would be interested to see more.

EDIT: didn't see rj's post before mine. did a quick reply from page 1 itself.

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Very nice pictures. Someday I will also go there. Someday.
Must say again, very nice pictures.
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Sapna, lovely pics and an equally good narration.

Am I the only one seeing duplicate pics ?
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@Sapna,
Beautiful couple, Beautiful pics, Beautiful narration..
I always love the slush and dirt on my machine during long drives. Also, enjoy washing them while back from the drive.
I am all glued to this thread.
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I think what Sapna did not mention is that their original route was Srinagar-Leh-Manali, which had to be changed in the last minute in the light of escalation in violence/ curfews in Kashmir Valley, especially in Anantnag and Srinagar which fall on their intended route. They took a quick (and wise) decision to change their plan and drive from Amritsar to Manali via Dharamsala.

They were lucky second time too in Manali-Jispa. The Rohtang Pass crumbled under the intense rainfall during that week and the day after Chandan/Sapna crossed, the road closed down, not to open fully for a full week thereafter. At one point of time, they were marooned at Jispa with roads on either side (Keylong-Manali, Sarchu-Leh) blockaded by land slides, resulting in being stuck in Jispa for one extra night.

You need a steel temperament to drive a Getz on the roads they did during the time when weather took a sharp turn for the worse.
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Sapna, was wondering when your Ladakh travelogue will show up. Very refreshing travelogue, very good photographs too.

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You need a steel temperament to drive a Getz on the roads they did during the time when weather took a sharp turn for the worse.
Not many here may know that both Sapna and Chandan Jeepers, who are regulars at Karnataka OTR events.

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Mr & Mrs Chandan in their MM540 (Chandan is driving for a change)



Ah, I forgot to mention this before. When the above Jeep cleared the earlier water stream in a single stroke and came up to the parking area, there was stunned looks all around, to see a lady in the driving seat. She was the only lady driver in this event too.
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Just show the first page. Amazing shots, truly beautiful and vibrant.
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Truly one of the most beautiful places on planet earth., amazing pics.
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A truly wonderful read , congrats on your amazing holiday . I hope you guys make a hardback of your pictures and narration and preserve your adventure for your generation to be inspired.

Hats off once again!
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Hats off to you two... one of the best thread I read in Team BHP. A great road to reach Sakleshpur from Bangalore.

But some how did I miss the total journey time in days? if you don't mind.

And was Rajesthan a part of the plan or came on the way?
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Thank you for the compliments and suggestions everyone.

Apologies to the Mods. Its the first time I am posting a travelogue and hence the small goof ups. Will try and get it right hence forth.
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And was Rajesthan a part of the plan or came on the way?
Keeping in view the congested NCR and heavy traffic in NH1 north of Delhi via Ambala, Ludhiana & Jalandhar, the Rajasthan route option is wonderful for its lonely, no-traffic roads, besides giving opportunities to stop by and catch up on sights like Ratanpur, Bikaner, etc. You can also some of the most interesting parts of Punjab since you stick close to the Pak border in many places.

And what a contrast - from 50 C in Jodhpurs and Sriganganagars to -15 C in Khardung las and Pangong Tsos!
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Thank you for the compliments and suggestions everyone.

Apologies to the Mods. Its the first time I am posting a travelogue and hence the small goof ups. Will try and get it right hence forth.
How long was the trip?
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Thanks Kumar. Following are the details. Will send you a mail on the same. This may help someone on the forum.

Ahmedabad - Hotel Anjali - Rs. 700/- Basic accomodation, right on the highway and great food.
Udaipur - Bank of India guest house.
Jodhpur - Hotel Centre Point, High Court Road - 0291-5105522, 2547516 - bang in middle of town and ok place.
Bikaner - RTDC Dholamaru, Bikaner Cantonment - 0151-2529621 - Great place with homely food and good service.
Amritsar - Hotel Dee Sons, Grand Trunk Road, Next to Railway Station Gate 2
Manali - Bank of India guest house.
Jispa - Jispa Journeys, Tented accomodation - 09418660225, 09418954313 - www.jispaadventures.com
Jispa - Padma Lodge - Reasonably good hotel and good food. - 01900-233211, 094180-33211, 094187-19313
Leh - Hotel Khangri Nera Main Bazaar Road, 01982-252311, 01982-252762, hotelkhangri@rediffmail.com - Good place with great food.

Diskit - Olthang Guest House, 01980-220025, 220165, 94691-76104, Good place with good food.

Kargil - Hotel PC Palace, 01985-233136, 094693-64675, 094191-76533

Srinagar - Hotel welcome 0194-2453290, 2453291, 2453292, 2453293, 2453294, great place on the boulevard fo Srinagar.

Nagaur - Hotel Mahaveer International, Vijay Vallabh Chowk - 01582-243158, 94142-00491 - Good accomodation, good service and good food.

Vadodara - Hotel Swastik, Sayajigunj, 0265-2362969, 2226240, Just about ok but loads of eating joints around.

Hubli - Hotel Tirumala Classic, Opposite old bus stand - 0836-4261299 - the best accomodation in our entire trip. Great rooms, great service and amazing food.
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