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I haven't been everywhere...
but it's on my list!

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Uyuni Salt Flats

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Old 10 Nov 2015
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Great! So are we going to see your pictures soon?
Here are a few from Parwanoo, Sarchu, Keylong and Nakeela.
(I hope this works, I'm not too good with posting pics)
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Back towards Leh.
We stop to say hello to the new friends we made the day before

Again on Chang La

and then some new friends

before Leh we stop to visit Thiksey monastery

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Time has come to leave Leh.
We pass the confluence between Indus and Zanskar rivers

road is almost always new tarmac. We pass a lot of Military areas...

pictures doesn't capture the beauty, but there is a par highly spectacular

The climb to Fotula is long and with beautiful views

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The descent no less...

Then Namikala..

We pass Lamayuru

and then Kargil, where it is easy to realize that we came out from the Buddhist area and entered the Islamic.
From here starts the Zanskar valley, we'd be very curious to visit it, but it would take 3-5 days and if any problem happens, they would be too many to be able to return in time to Delhi, so we continue

We reach Drass, that the Indians define "the second coldest inhabited place in the world", and we decide to stop for the night

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We leave Drass early: the landscape is still mountainous but starts to be greener than what we were used the previous week

Zozila pass is the latest in high-altitude

but it can't be said that it is easier than the others, especially for the traffic and the cliffs

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Sonamarg, after the pass, is a tourist town in flashy expansion: it seems almost to have been catapulted into a part of our Alps

then we reach Srinagar, our destination for the day, and take a room in a small hotel near the lake, famous for being studded with House Boat available to tourists
It's afternoon and we would like to visit the old city, the gardens and the lake, but we don't have much time, so we accept the hotelier proposal, who for a small fee gives us an almost guided tour with his car

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A long transfer day: it's very hot and there is a lot of traffic. The area is heavily militarized and I stop counting the convoys we are forced to overcome

We arrive in the evening in Jammu and we celebrate the end of the long day with a great tandoori chicken


The road is faster than yesterday and we reach Amritsar in time to take a walk in the city and visit the charming Golden Temple, an oasis of peace in a city otherwise tremendously chaotic

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We leave Amritsar, and decide to stop halfway to Delhi, as we still have a few days left

Strunf! Patapunf!
"Well, something must have happened to the bike"
I stop, get down and look at what happened: one of the two rear shocks exploded. I thought it was also a bit 'too reliable' this Enfield.
The shock absorbers are however two, so we can continue slowly and seek a solution.
Two guys on a Bajaj stops and try to help us, but the fact is simple: we need to find someone who sells a suspension.
Fortunately there is a little city nearby, and with the help of a new friend, we reach a Royal Enfield dealer, where with twenty euro we can fix the problem.

we depart again and we reach Patiala...


Road, hot, humid, traffic, road, hot, humid, traffic, road, hot, humid, traffic, road, hot, humid, traffic.
We return to Delhi, not without some difficulty we reach the hostel of the first days, and we go to the renter to return the bike

28/8/2015 - 29/8/2015

Two days of visits to the city.
Days which, I have to tell the truth, we don't enjoy: too hot, too humid, too many people, too dirty, in fact, Delhi is not for sure the part of India that I preferred in this trip


Back on the plane and home ... waiting for the next holiday ...
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Thx for sharing! Fantastic pics!!!
Only when we pause to wonder
do we go beyond the limits of our little lives.
(Rod McKuen)
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Many thanks for posting so much info and great pictures. I am planning this route (or in reverse, depending) next year and this gives me a lot of ideas.
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