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Old 1st March 2018, 13:25   #46
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and they could hear firing shots whistle over their ears from both the sides during their night journeys. Your experience was also something similar I presume,
Firing shots whistle from both the sides, that sounds scary. At Sonmarg, when we were talking to Local guys wearing "Pehran". I was thinking that they are carrying an AK47 under their "pehran" as shown in our Bollywood movies. They weren't.

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Awesome write up. Enjoyed it every bit. Especially your "escape from Srinagar" part.
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One question though. Why did you have to sell the extra fuel? Could you not have just carried it and filled up your tank, as and when required?
We topped up at Tandi fuel bunk. We were just 30kms far from Tandi, where we detected issue of diesel leakage from the plastic can. So, we couldn't fill more fuel in Duster's tank. We tried to make that plastic can airtight by putting some polythene bags under the cap but leakage didn't stop. So, we had to get rid of it.
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Oh what a wonderful write up with excellent photographs, I felt as though I was actually experiencing all this excitement. Was really gripping to read the entire post, thouroughly enjoyed giving us enough fuel to power our journey to such extreme locales.Keep writing, cheers.
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Oh what a wonderful write up with excellent photographs, I felt as though I was actually experiencing all this excitement. Was really gripping to read the entire post, thouroughly enjoyed giving us enough fuel to power our journey to such extreme locales.Keep writing, cheers.
Thanks, majumon for the appreciation! I thought it would be better to write it down before I forget the details. Glad you liked it.
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Some "Now( 2016) & Than (2009) " moments.

Tandi Fuel Pump.
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Baralacha Pass.
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God's eye, Manali- Leh Highway.
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India Gate, Manali- Leh Highway.
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TanglangLa Pass
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Thikse Monastery
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Shanti Stupa
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Magnetic Hill
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Chang La
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Pangong TSO
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Lovely TL SJM1214. The storyline was really gripping. Good to see that Duster performed well in the terrain. One question though, with temperature dipping well below frezzing, did you face any diesel freezing or starting problems after being parked overnight ?
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Lovely TL SJM1214. The storyline was really gripping
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One question though, with temperature dipping well below frezzing, did you face any diesel freezing or starting problems after being parked overnight.
Usually, fuel sold in cold areas like the Himalayas comes with the anti-freezing chemical which would ensure Diesel doesn't freeze during extreme cold. We inquired this at Tandi fuel bunk and they confirmed that. We face starting problem once at Jispa but after three or four cranking engine started.
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Wonderful and very engrossing log, SJM1214!
Read it all in one go - loved the pictures and the humor
Did the Duster AWD do any other big adventures?
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Wonderful and very engrossing log, SJM1214!
Read it all in one go - loved the pictures and the humor
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Did the Duster AWD do any other big adventures?
As mentioned in the log, Duster belongs to a friend. Don't know much about duster. But yes, I did many road trips after that including Ladakh (Ladakh: Four Idiots & One XUV500) once more in 2018.
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