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. I reached Hotel Mirage, Srinagar at 10:30 pm on that night! I avoided Rohtang pass all together.