|14th September 2009, 15:11||#32|
|14th September 2009, 17:14||#34|
We passed rohtang at night, so no pics. Concentration was on getting to Sissu and hitting the back. Took out my camera just once, and took one pic which you see before the Sissu-Keylong section
|14th September 2009, 17:17||#35|
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Awesome Tanveer, I'm following it with interest! Extremely brave of you to attempt a Leh tour with a bad back- fantastic that it all came out well in the end! Now waiting for the next installments...
|14th September 2009, 17:37||#36|
Monday the 24th : The highway
Its exactly 5 and a half hours, or GMT time different with IST after midnight.
At this time most of Britain would be sleeping.
Even most of India would be sleeping.
On other days even we would be sleeping, as daybreak is after 10am for us.
But today at 5:30am we were more than awake.
We were ready to go, and loading the stuff into the white elephant.
It was still quite dark, and the highway was awaiting.
Being second night at 3100mts above sea level, there was no tiredness, and my back was feeling as good as new.
Time to start the white elephant.
The ambient temp was a brist 8 degrees, and thankfully she started on the first crank.
However I let her roar from 700-1200rpm for 5 minutes or so, as she went on with her morning rpm fluctuations.
With the needle more or less settled down around 5:40 we started the journey.
The odo read 22028kms. We had come 714kms since Friday, and it seemed like 7000. Just around 350 or so more to go. Just
Early morning start meant there would hardly be any other travellers, except sweater and mutton, on their way to green pastures.
After crossing many such herds, we were on our way to Darcha, our breakfast stop
Breakfast was Aloo Paranthas, thankfully decent ones, and we also got a couple of them packed for lunch, as we had no idea about the food on the rest of the journey
Thats me. I am not fat, its just the clothes
After Darcha it was the drive to Baralacha-La our first pass.
Roads were a mixed bag. Some good some bad. If it continued like this, we will be in Leh much before sundown
The sun was slowly coming up
It was around 7:45 that we met the first water body of the day, Deepak Tal
Sky was inky blue as expected
And the white elephant still relatively clean
Soon it was time to feast on the first rock formations
the road turned into a dirt track, or rather rock track
But the views made up for that
Far away we could spot what was proably bara lacha la
And as we got closer and started the climb, the road turned into a delicious black topped surface. Miracles do happen, don't they?
We had to go up there, but unfortunately hardly any snow to greet us.
The road was nice though, well topped with little bumps
But even black topped roads are not enough to wean way from the lure of the shortcuts
But it turned out to be a very bad decision...... CONT
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|14th September 2009, 17:54||#37|
The highway.. CONT
The shortcut ended at the road. But there was a small problem. The road was a good foot higher than the track. The recent relaying had ruined the shortcut.
There was hardly any place to reverse, and after reversing for over 50 meters, got the chance finally, and went back to the main track, chastened for now.
It was just before 9Am that we came across to Lake of the Sun God, SurajTal, which is also the source of the Bhaga river
If Suraj tal was here, so was Bara Lacha La, our first pass of the day, and second of the journey!
The ride at the La
The colorful player flags
After that it was time to head to Sarchu. The scenery was good
What a view...
And thankfully the road also refused to disintegrate, for now
The sun was getting stronger and stronger
And the scenery was getting better and better
Every where you look, it was different
The safari was also behaving nicely, some black smoke at low revs. Only problem was dust, which we were drinking more than the air filter
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|14th September 2009, 18:08||#38|
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Wonderful pics, Heaven on Earth.
Wow, i Love my country.
As usual, Tanveer at his best. thanks for such wonderful pics
Good to know about that well behaved White elephant. hope it remains like that for rest of its life
Keep the story running buddy.
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|14th September 2009, 23:25||#40|
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I hate you and am green with envy and jealousy for you being within reach to the Himalayas while I'm within reach to the nearest traffic jam. Not fair.
|15th September 2009, 06:30||#41|
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Awesome pictures. Will surely go once and experience it. Thanks for the motivating pictures. Waiting for the next episode.
|15th September 2009, 10:58||#43|
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Hi Tannveer, Very good pics and description and thoroughly enjoying your each post. If travelogue writer is also accomplished photographer then it is real ICING on the CAKE.
But I have one doubt: How come your journey is for 5000 Kms from Delhi to Delhi Back? For most of them it is almost 3.5K Kilometers. Please remind me If I am missing something. Suman's Leh journey lasted for 3004 Kms.
|15th September 2009, 11:29||#44|
Our journey is longer because we did some extra places as compared Suman, for example Hanle, Tso Moriri, some failed attempts to places like Kyun Tso(30kms extra here and there), and some 200kms extra in Kashmir.,
|15th September 2009, 11:33||#45|
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Watch out guys, teasers are out about sights we will get to see in the coming few days!