Go Back   Team-BHP > Buckle Up > Travelogues


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 25th August 2010, 17:03   #1
BHPian
 
BolBolero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 369
Thanked: 262 Times
Default Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!

It was supposed to be a drive from Bombay to Leh. Departure date 4th July'10, probable date of return 22nd July'10. One Bolero Sportz 2004, Three friends (No not Idiots!) Planning for the past 1 year plus! Advice taken from all the gurus on Team BHP. Special thanks to H.V.Kumar.
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-1005220007.jpg

Arshad Husain and Dr. Dinesh Maskeri
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0009.jpg

Day 1: 4th July 2010:
Bombay to Chittorgarh. Departure early in the morning at 4.00 am. Driving through very heavy rains, which subsided after crossing over into Gujarat. Very bad roads in Maharashtra state. Gujarat and Rajasthan roads are a dream to drive on. Heavy rains again in Rajasthan. Reached Chittorgarh at 9.00 pm. Distance covered 924 kms.

Name:  0002.JPG
Views: 3383
Size:  32.6 KB Name:  0011.JPG
Views: 3487
Size:  39.9 KB

Day 2: 5th July 2010
Chittorgarh to Chandigarh. Departure 6.00 am in the morning. Day of Bharat Bandh. Not much traffic on the roads, smooth sailing on wonderful roads, part of the Golden Quadrilateral. Heavy rains in some parts of Rajasthan. Grand Trunk road (NH1), few diversions, due to construction of flyovers and road widening. Reached Chandigarh at 11.15 pm. Distance covered 836 kms.

Name:  0010.JPG
Views: 3285
Size:  54.0 KB Name:  DSC_0948.JPG
Views: 3243
Size:  51.6 KB
Name:  0035.JPG
Views: 3235
Size:  53.6 KB Name:  0034.JPG
Views: 3314
Size:  52.9 KB
Name:  0029.JPG
Views: 3207
Size:  42.9 KB Name:  0017.JPG
Views: 3222
Size:  41.8 KB
Name:  0036.JPG
Views: 3371
Size:  49.8 KB Name:  0041.JPG
Views: 3128
Size:  33.7 KB Name:  _DRD8703.JPG
Views: 3169
Size:  105.4 KB Name:  0042.JPG
Views: 3145
Size:  35.5 KB
Name:  0043.JPG
Views: 3221
Size:  39.5 KB Name:  0038.JPG
Views: 3423
Size:  49.9 KB

Day 3: 6th July 2010
Chandigarh to Manali. Departure 9.30 am in the morning. NH 21 to Manali. Roads not in the best of conditions, but not a problem for the Bolero. Our first sighting of the Mighty Himalayas. Lovely twisting roads, passing by picturesque locations. Experienced the first major traffic jam after Mandi. River Beas overflowing on the road, before the Aut tunnel. Five and a half hours lost waiting for traffic to move, on the alternate taken. Reach Manali at 12.20 am. Distance covered 402 kms.
Name:  _DRD8719.JPG
Views: 3141
Size:  120.8 KB Name:  _DRD8730.JPG
Views: 3144
Size:  113.6 KB
Name:  DSC_0959.JPG
Views: 3075
Size:  54.7 KB Name:  DSC_0961.JPG
Views: 3088
Size:  53.4 KB
Name:  0001.JPG
Views: 3076
Size:  46.0 KB Name:  0005.JPG
Views: 3067
Size:  47.3 KB
Name:  0040.JPG
Views: 3059
Size:  45.7 KB Name:  0057.JPG
Views: 3041
Size:  38.8 KB
Name:  0054.JPG
Views: 3035
Size:  43.8 KB Name:  0055.JPG
Views: 3028
Size:  40.9 KB
Name:  0064.JPG
Views: 3042
Size:  44.8 KB Name:  0066.JPG
Views: 3004
Size:  32.3 KB
BolBolero is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th August 2010, 17:09   #2
Team-BHP Support
 
Rudra Sen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 10,404
Thanked: 4,092 Times
Default

That's a really nice start boss. Last night's feast must have charged you up enough.
Now we're all waiting for your updates.

I see you were using ultra wide there. Which one?
Rudra Sen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th August 2010, 17:25   #3
BHPian
 
BolBolero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 369
Thanked: 262 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rudra Sen View Post
That's a really nice start boss. Last night's feast must have charged you up enough.
Now we're all waiting for your updates.

I see you were using ultra wide there. Which one?
Thank you sir.
I've been meaning to post my travelogue for quite some time now, but was busy completing my Blog. Finished it a few days back and was feeling a little lazy after that.
Maybe last night's feast and meeting up with you guys, was the push I required!

All the photos have been shot on Nikon D70/ Nikon D300/ Fujifilm Finepix S5500.
BolBolero is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th August 2010, 18:15   #4
BHPian
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Lucknow
Posts: 719
Thanked: 47 Times
Default

Excellent start. Another great TL in the making. Bolero is looking very dashing in 1st pic, and so are you - the daring trio, in other pics!. The distance you covered in your 1st 2 days is really appreciable, given the heavy rain conditions, which must have reduced visibility and speeds considerably. And that 5.5 hrs jam on hills must have been a real spoiler! Waiting for more..

Last edited by LongDrive lover : 25th August 2010 at 18:18.
LongDrive lover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th August 2010, 18:43   #5
MX6
Senior - BHPian
 
MX6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: City of seven islands.
Posts: 2,882
Thanked: 210 Times
Default

Good start. Even I'm interesting to know what wide angle lens you used (especially the photo showing the bolero from close!)
MX6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th August 2010, 18:47   #6
BHPian
 
BolBolero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 369
Thanked: 262 Times
Default The Long Wait!

Day 4: 7th July 2010

We spent the whole day in Manali. Rohtang Pass was closed due to landslides, all thanks to the rains that lashed the area yesterday. Spoke to a lot of Taxi Drivers, tourist car operators, etc. Most probably would open tomorrow, if the weather holds. Visited Hidimba Temple, drove to the Solang Valley Exit and generally loitered around Manali town.

Name:  0000.JPG
Views: 2920
Size:  43.6 KB Name:  0008b.JPG
Views: 2856
Size:  41.5 KB
Name:  0001.JPG
Views: 2932
Size:  49.7 KB
Name:  0010.JPG
Views: 2917
Size:  48.3 KB
Name:  0006a.JPG
Views: 2891
Size:  47.5 KB Name:  0010a.JPG
Views: 2872
Size:  60.2 KB
Name:  0016.JPG
Views: 2856
Size:  46.5 KB
Name:  0019.JPG
Views: 2833
Size:  48.0 KB
Name:  0018.JPG
Views: 2831
Size:  45.9 KB
Name:  0022.JPG
Views: 2845
Size:  44.8 KB
Name:  0034.JPG
Views: 2864
Size:  45.7 KB
Name:  _DRD8744.JPG
Views: 2869
Size:  145.2 KB
Name:  _DRD8747.JPG
Views: 2814
Size:  138.7 KB
Name:  0024.JPG
Views: 2802
Size:  42.3 KB
Name:  0026.JPG
Views: 2781
Size:  33.5 KB
Name:  0046.JPG
Views: 2841
Size:  46.2 KB
Name:  0047.JPG
Views: 2823
Size:  41.6 KB
Name:  0050.JPG
Views: 2812
Size:  45.1 KB
Name:  0052.JPG
Views: 2775
Size:  42.9 KB
Name:  0055.JPG
Views: 2715
Size:  44.2 KB
Name:  0056.JPG
Views: 2710
Size:  44.8 KB
Name:  _DRD8752.JPG
Views: 2752
Size:  100.8 KB
Name:  _DRD8753.JPG
Views: 2752
Size:  101.4 KB
Name:  _DRD8756.JPG
Views: 2727
Size:  98.1 KB
Name:  _DRD8763.JPG
Views: 2696
Size:  108.5 KB
Name:  _DRD8770.JPG
Views: 2685
Size:  97.2 KB
Name:  _DRD8776.JPG
Views: 2675
Size:  99.5 KB
Name:  _DRD8788.JPG
Views: 2679
Size:  92.7 KB
BolBolero is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th August 2010, 18:55   #7
MX6
Senior - BHPian
 
MX6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: City of seven islands.
Posts: 2,882
Thanked: 210 Times
Default

Just a request. Can you load bigger photos. This size makes me feel I'm viewing them in iphone.
MX6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th August 2010, 18:56   #8
Team-BHP Support
 
ampere's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 15,591
Thanked: 8,565 Times
Default

One request: Can you increase the size of the snaps. That would be real good.
Some times the size does not do justice to the beauty of the snaps!

Great going. Waiting for more.
ampere is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25th August 2010, 19:27   #9
Senior - BHPian
 
hvkumar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 7,369
Thanked: 3,354 Times
Default

Looks like a rain-drenched first 3 days out of Bombay!
Any traffic bottlenecks en route?
Any hotels or restaurants you would recommend?
I think you were very lucky that you did not get stuck in the heavy floods that drowned NH1 in the Ambala region!
I remember you telling me that you tried to take an alternative route from Mandi to Manali - can you describe it for us?

Rohtang PASS-did-not-let-you-PASS, that is a nice title!
hvkumar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th August 2010, 09:33   #10
BHPian
 
BolBolero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 369
Thanked: 262 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by MX6 View Post
Just a request. Can you load bigger photos. This size makes me feel I'm viewing them in iphone.
Quote:
Originally Posted by ampere View Post
One request: Can you increase the size of the snaps. That would be real good.
Some times the size does not do justice to the beauty of the snaps!

Great going. Waiting for more.
Guys I'll try to load bigger pics. Only problem it takes a lot of time uploading, besides the 1MB restriction.

Quote:
Originally Posted by hvkumar View Post
Looks like a rain-drenched first 3 days out of Bombay!
Any traffic bottlenecks en route?
Any hotels or restaurants you would recommend?
I think you were very lucky that you did not get stuck in the heavy floods that drowned NH1 in the Ambala region!
I remember you telling me that you tried to take an alternative route from Mandi to Manali - can you describe it for us?
Rohtang PASS-did-not-let-you-PASS, that is a nice title!
Absolutely lucky that we passed Ambala just 1 day before the NH1 was washed away! Heard it on news the next day at Chandigarh.
The alternate route starts from the end of Mandi town and branches off from NH 20. As per Google maps it is MDR 23 (Motor Drivable Road?). Practically a one lane, climbing road. The single lane was the main cause of the traffic jam. HPTC buses, which were diverted from Bajaura, found it difficult to manouvre around the tight turns, causing the first traffic jam. Add to that impatient drivers, wanting to move ahead and causing further jams. Icing on the cake was an Army convoy blocking the road at Kataula village! After waiting for nearly 5 hours, stuck in the jam, we headed back to Mandi on being told that the road to Aut and onwards to Manali, on NH 21 via Pandoh had opened!
Mandi - Kumand - Kataula -Bajaura.
BolBolero is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th August 2010, 11:30   #11
Team-BHP Support
 
tsk1979's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 22,953
Thanked: 15,640 Times
Default

Resize your your pics to 1024 on the longer side, and things should stay below 1MB
tsk1979 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th August 2010, 11:46   #12
Senior - BHPian
 
wanderernomad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Chandigarh
Posts: 2,390
Thanked: 785 Times
Default

The road via Kamand is generaly used for ferrying apple traffic during season. The condition is not that good and is generally not used by regular traffic. What update do you ahve on this road? How far did you travel on it?
wanderernomad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th August 2010, 15:58   #13
BHPian
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 336
Thanked: 5 Times
Default

Wow!!! Interesting deviation from the spate of Leh travelogues. Glued to the thread.. Looking at the driving destinations available in India itself, don't know whether one can cover all that in one life time.

In a way your pictures seems to be fine. Atleast they load faster and makes reading the travelogue fun.

Nainar
anainar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th August 2010, 18:45   #14
BHPian
 
BolBolero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 369
Thanked: 262 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by tsk1979 View Post
Resize your your pics to 1024 on the longer side, and things should stay below 1MB
Thanks.

Quote:
Originally Posted by wanderernomad View Post
The road via Kamand is generaly used for ferrying apple traffic during season. The condition is not that good and is generally not used by regular traffic. What update do you ahve on this road? How far did you travel on it?
The road was not in too bad a condition when I was there. It is narrow at many places, but overall condition was decent. I went up all the way just 1 km short of Kataula and turned back from there. Sorry have no information on the present condition.

Quote:
Originally Posted by anainar View Post
Wow!!! Interesting deviation from the spate of Leh travelogues. Glued to the thread.. Looking at the driving destinations available in India itself, don't know whether one can cover all that in one life time.
In a way your pictures seems to be fine. Atleast they load faster and makes reading the travelogue fun.
Nainar
Thanks, will try to load bigger pics. But if it takes too much time, will revert back to the compressed ones!

Day 1: 4th July 2010.
Some more pics.
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0019.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0026.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0027.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0030.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0020o.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0035.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0036.jpg

Day 4: 7th July 2010
The Mall, Manali and boy was it crowded!
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0037.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0041.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0043.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0044.jpg

The situation at Rohtang Pass had not improved considerably through the day. We tried gleaning information from taxi drivers, etc., but no one could hazard a guess, as to the condition of the pass the next morning. The three of us after a lot of deliberations, and taking advice from HVK, decided not to attempt to cross the Pass the next day. Instead we would stay back in Manali, visit a few places around and hope that the Pass would open the day after tomorrow!

Day 5: 8th July 2010

Not having to cross Rohtang Pass today, we decided to visit the Vashisht Temple and Hot Springs. Post lunch, we drove down to Nagar Castle and the Roerich Museum at Naggar.
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0001b.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0004.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0009.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0014.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0020.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0015.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-_drd8799.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-_drd8806.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-_drd8803.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-_drd8810.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0023.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0028.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0031.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0032.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0034b.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0040.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0045.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0050.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0051.jpg
BolBolero is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26th August 2010, 21:05   #15
BHPian
 
BolBolero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 369
Thanked: 262 Times
Default Some More Pictures.

Day 5: 8th July 2010

Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-_drd8819.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-dsc_0963.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-dsc_0962.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-_drd8818.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-dsc_0972.jpg

A Glimpse of Roerich Castle.
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0055.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0055a.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0056.jpg

Apple Orchards
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0058.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0059.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0060.jpg
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0061.jpg

Yay - A Team BHPian! My first and only sighting so far!
Name:  0064m.jpg
Views: 2216
Size:  65.8 KB

At the Hotel parking.
Rohtang Didn't Let me Pass; Spiti & Chandratal It Was!-0065.jpg
BolBolero is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Moonface returns to the Lake of the Moon - Spiti & Chandratal codelust Travelogues 17 1st March 2015 01:34
Tata Safari 4x4 at Rohtang Pass/Manali AMAN_SACHDEV 4x4 Excursions 63 24th October 2014 18:03
Finally Rohtang Pass is opened now, Good NEWS for Team BHP'ians airwolf9211 Route / Travel Queries 46 5th May 2012 21:33


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 01:43.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks