Thursday, October 6, 2011

Bike ride to Ladakh - Part 1

Juley! Some pics from the June 2009 bike ride to Ladakh
5 naive bikers on their first long biking trip
A trip crossing 5 states covering almost 3000 kms in 13 days!
The forces of nature - peak summer heat on the plains, snowfall at high altitudes in the mountains and rainfall on the way back

Unexpected adventures and events
Unknown bikers giving the 'thumbs up' sign when you cross
Village kids giving high-fives

Driving through the 3 highest mountain passes in the world
The sense of achievement at Khardung La
The tranquil of Pangong Tso
The eerie silence of Srinagar
All the war memorials along the way

... And finally a resolve to come back again

The route

Day 1: Delhi to Rajpura

The bikes were damaged in transit to Delhi. It was well past noon by the time we were ready to leave

The machines!

Fully loaded!

The riders (L-R): Amogh, Saideep, Me, Ajay, Vishal

Day 2: Rajpura - Ludhiana - Jalandar - Pathankot - Jammu - Batote

Jammu bypass

Day 3: Batote - Srinagar - Sonmarg - Zozilla Pass - Drass

A hydro-electric plant just ahead of Batote


View-point after 2.5km long Jawahar Tunnel

The view from Titanic viewpoint

Greenery as Srinagar comes closer

A much needed break on the way to Sonmarg

Picture perfect!


Zozilla Pass

Zozilla Pass

First of the many passes conquered!



1 comment:

  1. Nice blog, dude! You have been to some amazing places indeed. Kudos to your traveler spirit :) You sure make me jealous! Keep up the good work :)