We had reached at Sankoo JK Guest house around 8 pm in the pitch dark after conquering Umba La pass.This GH has two general rooms one VIP room and one dingy dormitory in the basement.General rooms were occupied by two tourist family from MH and caretaker refused to let out VIP room for us.So it was dorm,where we would spend our night.No problem.But there is another issue,no food in the GH.Shops are also closed in Sankoo market but we were somehow able to fetch some biscuits packets and Maggie form an open shop.Our day had been very long and tiring so sleep was badly needed.My bed in the dorm was making a creaking sound but i was able to have a good sleep.
Next day on today,23th Sep,we began our ritual of loading luggage on our bikes and started towards Kargil,40 odds kms from here and road was super-duper smooth with very less amount of traffic.Within no time we reached at Kargil bustling main market.Target was to find a non-veg restaurant to satisfy my last night hunger.I was dying to eat some Mirch-Masala wala khana after that tasteless pathetic Maggie at Sankoo.We found a very small restaurant which was serving some authentic Mini Kashmiri wazwan type non veg dishes.The owner was from Kupwara and he had also cooked Kasmiri wazwan in Punjab wedding. He treated us in a very courteous manner and served us quite a tasty food.I really enjoyed those restaurant moments at that small restaurant.
After Kargil,we left for Leh and stopped at Petrol Pump for filling.September means very less traffic and tourist rush gone from Ladakh.So NH1D was empty and we had a very good time riding on empty road.Taking numerous break and photo breaks we ended our ride at Lamayuru and settled in a home stay.
The owner served us hot tea in the room and we spent a really good time in his small garden full of flowers and Apples.Lovely place.Enjoyed my stay there.Adjacent room was occupied by some scientists from PUSA Delhi who were collecting plants samples from all over Ladakh for research purpose.The were at Siachin base camp yesterday.
In the night before dinner Godfather Strong were pressed into the service and we had some exciting time inside our rooms cracking jokes and remembering our Hellish ride of Umba Section.
Dinner was only Ladakh type-Thupka and Momos.Beer helped me to gulped that dinner which was otherwise pathetic.We came back to our room drunk,where white quilts were waiting for us.But a task was still pending.Some night photography and I was able to do some star trail right from within the room.
Another short sweet and relaxed day came to end.
Sankoo-Kargil (45 kms) Kargil-Lamayuru (110 kms) Total 155 kms