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LADAKH REVISITED:JUN-JUL 2016 - FULL CIRCUIT ROAD TRIP

Discussion in 'Travelogues & Experiences' started by VahanPujari, Sep 18, 2016.

  1. KPR

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    The photos are eye catching. They are full of colours of Drang Drung, White snow, Beige stones/sand, your florescent red tee, blue denims I'm loving each one of photos. Keep flowing ji. In fact I 've many questions for you as a Fiat-ian aspiring to go to Ladakh terrains. For now my 1st one is : Can a punto/linea (with new suspension improved GC of 185mm) do the roads to Drang Drung and back ?
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    Great to hear!



    Surprising you never anticipated such a twist in your plans.

    Pl enquire HVK sir on my behalf on whether there is a street he has not travelled !? Amazing man he is.
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  2. Ravi_M

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    WOW!
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  3. VahanPujari

    VahanPujari Staff Member Janitor

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    Challenging & tough but can do with caution. Punto being a hatch has an edge over Linea. It all depends on road conditions on a given day. I remember reading soemwhere that someone in SX4 did that route 2 years back

    Actually, anticipated yes as we had all the preparations done for such evenualities. Kept 3-4 buffer days as well. You never know in a Ladakh road trip, when and where such situation arises. It's only that the 1st trip in 2014 went so smoothly that I was hoping and confident that this time also it should. We were about an hour late when we reached Drang Drung and during our return leg, I kept on telling everybody in the car that let's cross Parkachik quickly and we should be ok after that. I was afraid of swollen water streams & stronger water current in the evening due to molten snow during the day time. We reached all the way till 5-6 kms before Parkachik, ironically, and then got held up there!

    Actually, just 10-15 minutes before we reached that spot, there were 3 heavy vehicles which came from that side and crossed us. That means that Tempo Traveller got stuck in that slush/ mud in the last 10-15 minutes before we reached there. It further means that had we been a few minutes earlier.....
    ....either we would have crossed that patch or
    .....instead of that Tempo Traveller, our car might have stuck in that mud which is a scary thought because then we couln't stay in the car when 3-4 feet big rocks were falling down on road at that spot from the mountain.

    So, it was kind of blessing in disuise that we got held up and not got stuck in the mud instead
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  4. VahanPujari

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    Twin Lakes....Sta Tso & Lang Tso

    This is how they were on 29th June, 2016.....

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    .......and
    this is how they were on 16th June, 2014


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    The last pic was taken at 6:08 pm on 29th June'16 just before we were held up, post which there are no photos captured on 30th June!!
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  5. VahanPujari

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    In the morning of 30th June'16, someone called a JCB from Parkachik which took out the mud, rocks, debris etc for 4-5 times only then we were able to ply. We didn't have anything, not even tea from prev day afternoon till we reached Kargil at 3.30 pm when we straight away had lunch. It's not that nothing was available for Parkachik has tea stalls just near the glacier but we didn't want.

    We made quick adjustments in our plan. Got the car checked up and serviced at Kargil instead of original plan of Leh. Got the torn tyre patched up and repaired - swapped it with stepney. Called HVK to ask Leh Hotel guy to quickly make the permits ready next day and decided that we cut short Leh stay by 1 day to make up for the lost day.

    1st July'16


    Left Kargil hotel at 7 am for Leh. Now the terrain changes. from Snow-laden peaks, it's now multi-colour mountains.

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  6. VahanPujari

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    Arrow straight Road


    A BRO signboard says "Its a Highway, not a Runway"!

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    Confluence of Indus & Zanskar Rivers
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    Spituk Gompa......enroute to reaching Leh


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    We reached Leh at about 2 pm. Regarding Leh sights, since we had cut short next day from Leh, there is not much to visit in Leh. We went to Leh Palace after a quick bite and dropped the idea of going to Castle Tsemo as the Sun was quite harsh and was taking its toll on us


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    Went to Shanti Stupa at late evening

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  7. Ravi_M

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    I am enjoying the blues and greys and yellows! Majestic!
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  8. ramjn

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    Brilliant VP.

    I am still dreaming about Ladakh and you completed 2 trips. :)
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  9. VahanPujari

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    Come home! First opportunity of 15 days free at home and you'll do it, I'm sure :)

    2nd July'16


    On the way to Khardung La and Nubra Valley

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    We paused here to have a look here for we may be going to that right hand side fork to Agham Shyok next day

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    Birds eyeview of Diskit Village from Diskit Gompa
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    Sand Dunes @Hunder

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    Oasis in desert!!

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