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Leh and Linea : Revisited with my XUV

Discussion in 'Travelogues & Experiences' started by J Ravi, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. J Ravi

    J Ravi Esperto

    Thank you, Sumit, for the compliments.
    Thanks. The GC of Linea 1.3 MJD is less than Linea 1.4 FIRE by mere 4 mm. For all practical purposes, both are the same. More than the car, the driving skill and mental alertness count a lot in driving up to Leh. The Srinagar-Leh and Manali-Leh roads will be closed for civilian traffic by October 2011 for winter. They will be open by May 2012 again. You can see here to know the road status.
    Thanks a lot, YB. I too feel so. Please go ahead after consulting others.
    Thank you, Ravi. The Srinagar-Kargil drive takes about 6 hours and Kargil-Leh, about 8 hours. Originally, I had planned to leave Srinagar by 8 am, reach Kargil by 2 pm and halt there for the night. The next day, I wanted leave Kargil by 4 am and reach Leh by 12 noon. But, incessant rains and landslides en route jeopardised my plan. After a forced stay for about 8 hours at Sonamarg and information that the check-post would open by 10 am the next day, I changed my plan to cross Zoji La by night.
    Thanks, Ani. The slush doubled my driving woes! Had Zoji La been dry, I and my Linea wouldn't have faced any problems at all. My Linea's boot did not pose any problems at all. All the bottom-scraping happened at the middle. For the return journey, I left Leh at 4 am, hoping to cross the dreaded Zoji La before dark. But, the Nature had other plans for me! Again, we got stuck at Zoji La for about two hours due to a truck getting stuck at a hair-pin bend resulting in a pile-up of vehicles ahead of me.:mad: I reached Hotel Mirage, Srinagar at 10:30 pm on that night! I avoided Rohtang pass all together.
  2. FastLove

    FastLove Superiore

    Linea 1.4
    Congratulations Sir !! :) So glad that you made this Adventure Possible. I been just doing this Trip in my mind past few months. You did an awesome job actually taking up the Challenge to Drive on one of the most Difficult stretch of Road in India :)) The Results are amazing must say!!! Your Car is Linea but you are a BRAVO !!! :)

    Look forward to more ...
  3. J Ravi

    J Ravi Esperto

    Thanks a lot, ShahJahan, for the compliments and kind words.
  4. ninads123


    :wowFiat should use this thread for advertising Linea. I bet very few people will dare to drive their sedan from chennai to Leh.

    I am forwarding this thread to few auto magazines :D
  5. kedarbendre

    kedarbendre Esperto

    MH 12
    PS you can go ahead and delete my posts... lets keep this clear and informative. If someone have any question he can directly send a PM to Ravi instead of posting in this thread.....I hope Ravi sir you dont mind
  6. J Ravi

    J Ravi Esperto

    Thanks a lot, ninads, for compliments and nice words.
    I don't mind at all. Already answered your query.:)
  7. J Ravi

    J Ravi Esperto

    Srinagar to Leh

    Before the commencement of my Leh expedition, I had opened the bonnet of my Linea on 4 September 2011, checked the engine oil and fluid levels and topped up engine oil and windscreen cleaning fluid. My Linea carried adequate spare engine oil [Selenia K], coolant-water mixture and windscreen cleaning fluid for this great expedition. En route, my Linea got serviced at Amritsar and Srinagar with topping up of engine oil and fluids. I never opened the bonnet of my Linea anywhere during the Leh trip! After reaching Bangalore, I opened the bonnet yesterday and checked all the levels. After driving for more than 3,400 km from the last servicing at Srinagar, the engine oil level came down to the minimum mark and consumed about 750 ml of Selenia K [which is absolutely normal, as my Linea consumes about 250 ml/1000 km] and about a litre of windscreen cleaning fluid. The coolant level was just above the maximum mark as it was earlier. So, the spare consumables that my Linea carried returned home unused.:D


    17 September 2011 [Saturday]

    The attendant of IOC petrol pump at Kargil was very prompt. At 6 am sharp, he opened the pump. We were the first customers to have petrol on that day. There was a clean toilet at an elevated place above the pump. We had to climb a few steps to reach the loo. After a few minutes, we started another marathon journey to Leh. At 7:30 am, we encountered the first traffic jam of the day due to clearing of the landslide debris by BRO staff.
    When I was returning to my Linea after clicking some snaps, I heard a voice, 'Good Morning, Sir!'. I turned back only to see the same Innova taxi parked ahead in the queue and all the guys, who helped me at Zoji La, were seated inside as the temperature outside was in single digit! I wished them back and returned to my Linea.:)
    After many stoppages, wretched roads, traffic jams, my Linea took us to Leh at 2:30 pm, a torturous 8.5 hours drive from Kargil. The roads in Leh were as narrow as that of Zoji La! I could not find a parking slot on the Fort Road, where Padma Hotel & Guest House was located. I made two or three rounds in vain. Finally, I parked my Linea at Polo Grounds, near DC's office, took out the minimum luggage and walked to the hotel. Tsewang, the owner, was a kind man. He asked me, where did I park my car. When I told him, at Polo Grounds, he immediately arranged a secured parking at Hotel K'Ser, Fort Road, opposite to the cluster of guest houses including Padma Hotel. He volunteered to send Naresh with me for taking my Linea to Hotel K'Ser. So, after unpacking and wash, I went to Polo Grounds with Naresh, drove my Linea to Hotel K'Ser and parked her at the secured car parking lot. Naresh commented that my Linea looked very dirty. So, I asked him to wash my Linea the next day evening.
    We spent the rest of the day in acclimatising and resting.

    More to come.
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  8. Ravi

    Ravi Staff Member Janitor

    Grande Punto 1.3
    What a beautiful pictures, its so colourful.
  9. J Ravi

    J Ravi Esperto

    Thanks for the nice words, Ravi.
  10. kaps

    kaps Superiore

    Fantastic trip. Well written and great photos. I belong to Jammu but have not yet made it to Leh. Ravi ji, your travelogue has just intensified the itch. I ought to do this sooner than later.

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