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Old 07-18-2009, 08:10 PM   #136
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We had to bring some gifts back, so let's shop!!!

Leh is a tourist town. Winter is especialy harsh at 11,500 ft elevation, so summer season is business season. We visited many shops and eateriers, this one was great. Alot of Tibetans have settled here, opened shops, share there culture and story with us. FREE TIBET!!!!


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Old 07-18-2009, 08:22 PM   #137
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Laugh Next Day - short trip to the rivers.

Our days in Leh got an unexpected extention. As a foreigner, tourists must have special permits to visit Kardung La, Pangong Tso, Chang La and much more of the outlying region. Out hotel, The Grand Willow, helped us acquire said papers by adding me to a list of tourists with the local Officials. Thanks to them, we got the permits, albiet 3 day later.
SO, we got a chance to check out some other local sites.

Chanderjeet tried his Bullet's offroad abilities by climbing this hillside.




Local tall tale, Magnetic Hill actually slopes upward, but the hillside slopes opposite - giving the illusion of being pulled uphill...

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Old 07-18-2009, 08:28 PM   #138
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Where the rivers split, Indus and...

CJ, help me out with the other river's name please.

We had a great time skipping rocks, watching the separate rivers run, relieving some stress of long riding.



Chanderjeet, Sharad, Mike - three Amigos of Ladakh

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Old 07-18-2009, 08:45 PM   #139
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Thumb An amazing experience, visiting the Sikh Guru Stone

CJ and Sharad took me to this wonderful site, not telling much about it. The Hindu sect of Sikh built this amazing facility to house a sacred stone. The sixth Guru was praying next to a mountain where a demon lived. The demon didn't take to this very well and threw a huge stone at him. As the stone hit the Guru it turned to wax, leaving the impression of the Guru in the stone.
With the reading of their book in the background, the humble and curious visitors were respectful and thankful for this opportunity.








Stay tuned campers - tomorrow we go BIG!!!
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Old 07-18-2009, 10:32 PM   #140
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I think those two rivers are Zanzkar and Indus !
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:02 AM   #141
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CJ and Sharad took me to this wonderful site, not telling much about it. The Hindu sect of Sikh built this amazing facility to house a sacred stone.l

Sgt. Mike - Thanks for sharing your pictures, especially of this site.

One correction though, while the original founders of the Sikh religion were Hindus, Sikhism is a completely separate and different religion and not a Hindu sect.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikhism


This from a Sikh AVDrider - You rode through or near my hometown of Chandigarh on your way up to Leh - I'm leaving for CHD on Friday, incidentally on the same Continental flight you took. Unfortunately, this is a family trip and I will not get to ride much, if at all. That section from CHD to Shimla was our favorite weekend ride when I was in college - about 30 years ago!

Also kudos to you for getting off a plane and riding the crazy Indian roads and traffic on your first trip to India!
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:19 AM   #142
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One correction though, while the original founders of the Sikh religion were Hindus, Sikhism is a completely separate and different religion and not a Hindu sect.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikhism

Thanks for the info The experience was amazing, peaceful devotion was inspiring.
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Old 07-20-2009, 10:36 PM   #143
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What a trip CJ. nice to see you riding the 500 and good luck with your book.
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Old 07-22-2009, 06:08 AM   #144
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A few weeks before this trip, I had some Chiinese food for lunch. As custom dictates, I got a fortune cookie.

I had to keep this prediction

I am going to the Chinese restaurant in town and eating all the cookies
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Old 07-22-2009, 06:34 PM   #145
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Cool2 Leh to Kardung La and Beyond!!!!

Where were we? Yes, documents aquired, we pressed on to our highest challlenge yet. The road to Kardung La is like many of the Border Roads, good pavement at first, then nice dirt/gravel, then big F-ing rocks and water crossings... OUR KINDA FUN!!!!!


Chanderjeet stopped at India Gate, amazing views up here.




You can see across miles of valley and snow line - breathtaking without the altitude!!!




The ride demanded much of our concentration, not alot of room for error with the drops up here.
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Old 07-22-2009, 06:40 PM   #146
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Laugh 18,380 feet elevation - ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?!?!?

Riding up wasn't too bad, good road, not alot of traffic, and anIndian Army outpost to keep us safe... BUT IT'S 18,380 FEET UP!!!!!!!!!

SgtMike documenting the occasion;




Sharad has made it!!!





Of Course - CHANDERJEET at Altitude!!!!!!


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Old 07-22-2009, 06:48 PM   #147
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The Army maintains K-Top

They work at this altitude, build the roads, clear snow, help tourist survive the environment; HEROs all

A temple is kept for the devout.
They even have a shop for us to buy swag in the clouds.





On his last trip up, CJ placed an ADV India decal on the notice board... here we are showin' some love!


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Old 07-22-2009, 06:54 PM   #148
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Thumb Heading down the back of K-Top

If traffic was light coming up, it was even more light on the way down to the Nubra Valley. Still gave us quite a challenge.




The Border Roads Organization keeps security here as well. Check points make you feel safe more than watched. As the foriegner, I got the looks, but never got harassed in the least. These gentlemen work hard in a hard place.


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Old 07-22-2009, 07:05 PM   #149
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Fork in the road!

Here's the split. Take a left - sand dunes and hotels. Take a right - natural hot springs, hotels, and umm (more on that in a minute)

Sharad showing the way;




We took the left, shorter ride to the dunes. We had ridden over K-Top and needed a rest.









Chanderjeet - sandy boots are well travelled;


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Old 07-22-2009, 07:10 PM   #150
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54th RCC Army Road Builders

These are the people that make these rides possible. Building these amazing roads, connecting a nation.


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