Ladakh, Heaven on Earth
Hi every one, I went to Ladakh in September 2005 on my motorcycle. Finally I have finished and uploaded my trip log, check it out and let me know what you think about it.
To heaven and back
It’s human nature to dream, so is the nature to do what few have done and is considered as a “foolish thing”. There is some allure in doing what only a select few can do, to make it to “The Top of the world”. Once your heart and mind is set on such a task, few things in the world can divert you from it.
For past few years, some thing of this sort had been doing rounds in my head. Ever since I read in BSMotoring of the exploits of their travel writer on Silver colored Bajaj Pulsar 180 conquering the highest and coldest desert in the world. I couldn’t stop picturing myself and my Red Pulsar 180 in place of him and his bike.
As the days drew ever so near for my longest and hardest trip yet. I knew I had something special coming. Soon I will make it to the “Top of the world” (quite literally), do some thing that most will not even dream of.
I was about to embark upon a journey to the vary heart of Himalayas, a place known as Ladakh, land of passes.
Day1 : 4th September 2005 (Delhi – Manali)
Day2 : 5th September 2005 (Manali – Keylong)
Day3 : 6th September 2005 (Keylong - Sarchu)
Day4 : 7th September 2005 (Sarchu - Leh)
Day5 : 8th September 2005 Leh
Day6 : 9th September 2005 Leh – Diskit
Day7 : 10th September 2005 Nubra Valley Part2
Day8 : 11th September 2005 Diskit – Leh
Day9 : 12th September 2005 Leh – Tanksey
Day10 : 13th September 2005 Tanksey–Pangong Tso-Tanksey
Day11 : 14th September 2005 Tanksey – Leh
Day12 15th September 2005 Leh
Day13: 16th September 2005 Leh – Kargil
Day14 : 17th September 2005 Kargil- Srinagar
Day15 : 18th September 2005 Srinagar-Gulmarg-Srinagar
Day16-17 : 19-20th September 2005 Srinagar-New Delhi
Just Touched the Sky: Video of us six riding down from Khardung La(18380ft)
Great Trip log and nice website :-)
Great Trip log and nice website :-)
Maybe you should write to Grant to get you a link on the
Great trip log on Ladakh,, v useful for anyone considering a trip to this area!
Beutiful trip, Yogesh and great photos especially the blue cloudy sky above the mountains. :thumbup1:
I feel really envious stuck at my work station.
thanks Red Bull, i have sent a request for the link to Grant :)
thanks Stephan; same here, right now stuck in delhi with temperature hovering around 44degree celsius :sweatdrop:
Nice reports Yogesh. Many thanks. Great pics too.
Just heading up towards Manali then to Ladakh. Looks fabulous.
Some of those pics really rock!
Hello sir, been a long time since we met, hope you remember me. Btw how is your high speed touring going?
Don't want to hijack your topic, but did you experience any altitude related symptoms on yourself? headaches, dizzyness?....Or is the climb up slow enough and fast enough down to accomodate?
Mingh the problem with Manali – Leh route is that one doesn’t get any time to acclimatize. The first pass after Manali is Rohtang la and it’s located at an altitude of 3980mtr. And the second pass is 4892mtr Baralacha La and most spend a night at Sarchu which is located at an altitude of 4253mtr and the highest pass enroute is Tanglang La at 5360mtrs.
All this gets covered in two to three days, which is hardly enough time to acclimatize, however after doing this journey one gets acclimatize soon after reaching leh, since it’s located at a fairly low altitude of 3523mtr.
I did experience AMS just before Baralacha La and could finally acclimatize after reaching outskirt of Leh. My recommendation for fighting AMS would be to take a Diamox pill before you go to sleep in Sarchu. Drink lots of water and mix glucose in it, it also helps to take lots of rest.
Just uploaded a few wallpapers, all of them are available in 800x600, 1024x768 and 1280x960 res
This photo is special, the road sign here says Shakti (hindi word means Power)
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