Finally the last leg of our tour. This day we started little late as we had cover hardly any distance. After crossing lot of distance last day and offcourse the water crossings today we had to cover lesser distance. But the traffic on this road was massive. Not many water crossings today. Finally we reached manali with 1648km and finished our amazing trip.
12 June 2018
After having amazing day at Tsokar we left for Keylong. Enjoyed snow game, rough road and some amazing food. Finally we could get some mobile network. Lachunga pass and Gata 21 loops were fe of the attractions. Stay at Keylong was not that great for me as I'd to share room with some weird bengali guys.
After a awesome night at Hanley, we started for Tsokar. On the way we saw world's second biggest space observatory by ISRO. We then left for monestry in Hanley but unfortunately it was closed. The way to Tsokar was dn difficult, more than what we'd experienced while coming to Hanley from pangong. We were climbing mountains with rough, bumpy roads. On the way we also experienced hot water spring. We had to walk through the mud shallow region to reach there. While returning we washed our self in damn cold water and had travel with the wet shoes. Tsokar was very cold, lowest temperature we observed till now in our trip. Best part is I witnessed snow fall for the first time this morning. It was approx - 15 degrees in the night and even the water tanks were frozen. It was really an amazing experience. One of our leader car got damaged because of bad oil. They had go back to Leh to get it sorted and the craziest part is they travelled back from leh overnight with so much of snow around.
10 June 2018
Last day we started for Hanley, last village of India before the China border. Road from Pangong Lake to Hanley was one of the best part of this trip and ofcourse most difficult. Almost 75% Road was rough and bumpy which really tested our strength. But this route has all the things which one comes for leh bike trip. Bumpy roads, mountains with amazing views, riding along the lake and ofcourse the sand. After the finishing the rough part we reached the Hanley check post. Once the permit and things were done we started our journey again to Hanley but this time the road was super. I never rode a bike this crazily. I was all together into some other world. I was just waiting for this moment in this trip. Ofcourse I won't regret coming now. The day closed with party with other group which started from manali. 174 km toughest ride and day ended with party under the blanket of starts. Cheers for the day. Splendid!
Yesterday we started for Pangong Lake from nubra. Trust me it was one of the hell of a road but amazing experience. We started around 7 am, delayed by 2 hrs as expected. The reason of starting early was the level of water logging increases eventually which could have made difficult for us to cross the roads. It started raining when we were almost nearing Pangong and the moment we reached it started ice fall. Wow. What a n amazing experience it was. Over this journey we experienced summer, winter and rainy season. We rode around 188km to reacg our destination. Took alot of pictures along the lake and the best part was having camps right in front of the lake. The weather is really difficult here. Lot of people face breathless in this area which makes it slightly difficult. But trust me this was one of the best part of the trip. We will be heading towards Hanley, recently opened for tourism. Yet another day without phone network.
8 June 2018
Yesterday we started from leh and saw Khardungla, world's highest motorable road. The way to Khardungla was very rough but somehow managed without getting hurt. After starting from Khardungla we saw lot of snow along the road and also sand dunes. It was really an amazing ride of 160 km today. We are staying at huntar in Nubra. Camps are decent and so the weather. Now we will be leaving for Turtuk, village which India conquered in 1971 war. We will again return back to Nubra for enjoying sand dunes and overnight stay.
Journey far hasn't been very exciting for me because I could hardly see any views along the road as we needed to keep continuos focus on road. Though riding itself was an altogether amazing experience. But I would need one more leh trip as I couldn't explore leh district at all.
7 June 2018
KhardungLa... World's highest moterable road.
6 June 2018
Beautiful Leh. Complete view of the city from shanti Stupa.
Magnetic Hill. Though couldnt witness the magnetic effect on bike.
Sangam of two rivers... Indus and Zanskar River
Ladakh and 11th century old monestry. Though sun really ruined the moment :(
Our beautiful stay at kargil. Will be heading towards leh now 😊
5 June 2018
Kargil Memorial. What an excellent way to show tribute to Martyrs. So many soldiers lost their life in this Kargil war but the achievement is just crazy. Jai Hind
Enroute to Kargil. My first bike ride on the bumpy roads of North India. What an amazing experience it was. Luckily got to ride solo because of injury to one of the rider.
Day one 180 Km ride done. Quite tiring though.
Our stay at Sonmarg. Decent hotel with awesome food :)
4 June 2018
On our way to sonmarg. It does not take time to make friends :)
Sort of beautiful Dal lake :p
Didn't enjoy the food much though.
Beautiful view from the sky :)
Well...Well...! Here I start with the most awaited journey of my life.... All the way to Leh Ladakh.
Yet another trip when my friend backed out and left me alone to join a tribe of unknown travel freak people. I never had fear of travelling alone but this time there some sought of nervousness as it is going to be 10 days of bike tour to the highest motorable road in the world, yes with the bunch of unknown people. I hope to get a good company and enjoy this trip to release some startup pressure which I'm carrying from last few months.
@ugam you'll be missed. I still feel you can make it up and land directly to Leh :)
Cheers and keep following for the awesome pictures and updates.