|11-10-2006, 11:24 AM||#1|
Joined: Nov 2006
Location: New Delhi
Reporting from the Himalayas...
My first post here... An 8 day tour from New Delhi to Leh and back, covering Tso Kar and Tso Moriri on the way back. The pics...
Nothing intresting on day 1; just the plains and the straight boring highway.
Day 2, a butt break. Manali - Leh highway
Somewhere just before the tents @ Sarchu.
Day 3, found this just as we started for the day from Pang. Truckers create such shortcuts to cut down on a few loops...
The view from there. That's Pang.
High altitude sickness (AMS). My buddy gets it again. The original roads were washed away by floods this year. So a parallel dirt track is all that's there to corss the pains now (as of september 2006). Work was on to restore the metalled roads..
Dixit was literally dragging himself along. While me being luckier just enjoyed the whole thing... This was perhaps a dried up lake that formed after all the heavy rains this year.
More plains (pronounced morey). A high altitude plain flanked by moutains on both sides, and a road that's at times straight as an arrow.. a rarity in the mountains.
Dixit finally gives up... an hour of rest, painkillers and a lot of water got him up and riding again.
The plains ends at the climb for Tanglang La - the world's second highest motorable road. Some way into the climb, it began snowing.
At the top...
We reached Leh city by evening, day 3.
Day 4. On the way to Khardung La...Claimed to be the world's highest motorable pass, at 18380 feet.
Khardungla pass, popularly called K-top.
On the way back.
Leh city from up above.
Prayer wheels in Leh
Day 5. Way back from Leh. This shortcut is supposed to be used only to go down. Could ride up mid way when it began to get too steep for me and had to turn back. This is on the ascend to Tanglang La when coming back from leh.
Back to More plains... a nomad riding his horse.
Sorry... cudn't ressist posting this (same as the last pic)
Missed a turn at Tso Kar that goes to Tso Moriri and ended up here... a dead end.
That's Tso Kar (Tso means lake in Tibetian)
Grasslands on the shores of Tso Kar.
The colors... you have to see it to beleive it!
Day 6. We reach Tso Moriri.
We were low on fuel, with no place to fill up from. So we parked and took a hike along the lake...
Grasslands, and a wildlife sanctuary on the shores of Tso Moriri.
Roads along the lake.
Back on the Manali - Leh highway, saw this as I entered a curve on a cloudy evening.
Day 7. That's at Sarchu.
We crossed Manali and checed in to a guest house at Sundernagar for the night. Day 8 was the usual commute back home on the boring highways.
Thanks for seeing. Hope you like it.
|11-10-2006, 11:41 AM||#5|
Joined: Mar 2006
Location: On The edge of Denmark
.. Those pic´s are outstanding..
94- Honda Transalp..
We dont stop making foolish things because we get older.
But if we stop making foolish things, we get old to fast...(that goes for foolish nicknames too... )
|11-10-2006, 11:49 AM||#6|
Joined: Apr 2006
|11-10-2006, 11:55 AM||#8|
Joined: Dec 2002
Location: Dancing with roads
Fantastic picture Salil!
This trip is moving up my priority list. Couple of questions: Did you ride out of Deli? How long does it take to get from Deli to Leh? What route to do you take to get there? What's the deal with permits from the Army to get into these areas? Do you have to plan in advance or can you just get them when you are there? If a person were to fly in to Deli, how many days of riding in 40+ temps is it before you start climbing in elevation and things start cooling off? Is there plenty of lodging and food along the way or do you have to make reservations? Any good bike rental spots in or to the north of Deli?
Thanks - RonS.
|11-10-2006, 12:10 PM||#10|
Joined: Aug 2003
Location: Evergreen, CO
|11-10-2006, 12:10 PM||#11|
born again jackass
Joined: Feb 2005
Location: Got Goodwood
The photgraphs are amazing, colours are vibrant and sharp!
Thanks for sharing, I'd also be curious about the camera that you were using.
"the dream of this is also make that the person can not make this trip can ride with me ..and use my eues for see and your theyre brain for understand"
|11-10-2006, 12:16 PM||#12|
Joined: Jul 2003
Location: Sterling, Virginia, USA
No matter - those are absolutely stunning pics.
|11-10-2006, 12:36 PM||#14|
Puck slapping maplesucker
Joined: Nov 2004
Pics taken with an Canon EOS 350D (digital rebel xt) DSLR according to the exif info in the pics.
|11-10-2006, 12:37 PM||#15|
Joined: Feb 2002
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
Most excellent, Salil.
Thank you for sharing your ride with us. Outstanding photos!
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all our friends on the Subcontinent who have taken the time to show us around. I have enjoyed it immensely.
Still for sale: 1988 BMW R100GS saddle: the Bumblebee seat
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