Day 5 Sissu to Delhi

Day 4 and Concluding day 5​

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Around 2 at noon we finally reached the biggest town of the route Udaipur after 7 hrs of butt burning ride and bearing never ending bumpy road.
Aman was dying to talk to his parents at home and wanted to convey his well being.Udaipur has BSNL network and Airtel,so he was able to talk back at home.
I also talked to Vaibhav(kurtrules),he assured us that bad road ends here and now on there is smooth ride till Rohtang.He was right,we left behind bumpy roads and riding on smooth roads once again barring some rough patches here and there.
Our initial plan was to make Khoksar our night halt suddenly we saw an PWD GH at Sissu and tried our luck and surprisingly allowed to stay in the GH.So instead of staying at Khoksar,we spend our night at Sissu 12 kms before Khoksar.Sissu being a smalltown has no big dhaba and we had search a lot and finally found a shop cum dhaba which was serving only Dal-Chawal.Navratras had already begun,so no meat eating for Aman but i ordered an omlette with Dal-Chawal.End of the day.Tomorrow,we will be crossing over Rohtang Top and reached as near to Delhi as we can.
Early morning,started our ascent towards fearful Rohtang but pleasantly surprised to see a dried up and empty top barring a 50 meters long Slush stretch.It was a cake walk.Rohatang was nowhere near to its monsoon avatar.Once we crossed the Rohatng and reached Manali,moblies came to life and started ringing.We knew that our facing the truth,it is the begining of end of ride and what remains is a plain boring ride back to home.

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Day 4 Killad to Sissu

DAY4- Killad TO Sissu 28 Sep 2011​

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Previous day was very very tiring but we were very content and elated after scaling Sach Pass and riding on the most difficult road i have ever seen.Riding from Kalaban till Killad was very slow,bumpy and tiring.Our back and Wrist had become very stiff and butts were literally burning.We were very tired so once settled in our bed,sleep took over and snoring was the only sound in that silent PWD Guest House.
We woke up at 6 am tried to start our vehicles.Aman’s Fazer threw some tantrums.Its battery was discharged due to cold,so we had to push start it.It came to life in a single push.
My scooter as usual made me breathless and i could only start it after 10 minutes of kickings.Care take of the GH made tea and we enjoyed our tea at the gate of GH talking to a visiting govt officer who was also staying in the same GH.
Around 7 am,we resumed our ride to face the bumpy roads again,towards Cherry.

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Day 2/3 Banjharoo and Killad contd..

Day3 Banjharoo to Killad contd………….​

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I spent hardly 5 minutes at The Pass.Took some self shots and murmured a silent prayer.No soul was there at the temple.
Now descent towards Bagotu begins and i was relieved that no more steep ascent to torture my scooter.I kept the ignition on but did not engage clutch and slowly drove down towards Bagotu.But road at the other side of Sach Pass are bumpier than Satrundi side.Scooter was making irritating noise all thru bumpy ride.
Reached Bagotu in 40 minutes,there was only one lone dhaba which was only serving Kadhi Chawal and Tea.Kadhi Chawal was the forced choice but it was tasty.Kadhi chawal was followed by two cups of tea.There are few hutments of Police and PWD staff.After Bagotu no eating point till killad which is 35 kms from Bagotu.
After lunch at Bagotu,we moved ahead to face the another truth of Sach pass road.Lots of water torrents.

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Day 2/3 Pathankot-Banhjharoo-Killad

Day 2/3 Pathankot to Banjharoo and Killad 

26-27 Sep Sep​

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This is our second day and we woke UP quite late due to the cosy room at Walia resorts and tiring 15 hrs long ride previous day.
My scooters’s headlight were not working so first thing was to get the light fixed at Pathankot.We found a mechanic shop he somehow managed to fix the light problem of my scooter.One hours was consumed at mechanic shop.Mechenic was generous enough and offred us tea which we readily accepted. We resumed our ride to Chamba and at Banikhet junction took left turn for Chamba.We were looking for PWD office to get our stay permits at PWD GH at Bairagarh.
Mr Rajesh Gulati was in charge of GH stays and he offered us to stay at Bajharoo instead of Bairagarh.After our positive response,he issued us permits, we reached Banjharoo near Tissa.It was a very clean,cosy and spacious GH and well maintained.
At Bajharoo,when we were searching for GH,my scooters again threw some tantrums and stopped in the pitch dark road of Banjharoo.I had to roll down it and somehow reached GH and parked our vehicles.GH at Banjharoo did not have food facility so we had to go to Banjharoo town to have dinner.Both of us looking for Non veg food and had a real difficult time finding dhaba owner who prepared a chicken dishes on our demand.
There were few locals boys also having dinner in the dhaba and we struck a conversation.When i told them we are gong to Sach Pass,one of the boys told the story of two bikers.He was actually referring Yogesh and Varun Sach Pass ride.His name was Jitender.

Day 3 Bajharoo to Killad 27 Sep​


This is the real day.The day,we will be scaling Mighty and fearful Sach Pass.But Scooter is still dead and no sign of any mechanic at Banjharoo.A local person helped us and arranged a mechanic to fix the scooter.He arrived around 9 am and we started our ride very late around 10 am. Reached Bairagarh and found an eatery.There will be no food for next 50 kilometers.Crossed Kalaban,were stopped at Satrundi police check post and also videographed by policemen there.From Satrundi,Sach pass is 11 kilometers,and ascent is very very steep.I had to drive in first gear,full throttle and most of the time half clutch too.Suddenly,fuel ran out and i had to refill from the reserve petrol i was carrying resulting in wastage of 15 minutes.
Meanwhile Aman moved ahead towards SACH PASS.I reached at Pass and was very surprised,no sign of Aman.I walked to Bogotu side of Pass and saw Aman riding down towards Bogotu.I waved my hand but in vain.I was alone at the Pass and took some self shots to document my presence at the mighty SACH PASS.
Very disappointing not to have my riding buddy at my side at the place we had come for.

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Day 1 Delhi-Pathankot

Delhi-Pathankot 25 Sep​ 2011

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Urge to scale Sach Pass had crept into my mind long time ago.Numerous biking discussions with Vaibhav and clearly suggesting that Sach Pass is a different ball game altogether.Scaling Sach Pass is not a thing you randomly do.
So my preparation for this ride started and initially it was a solo mission but in the course of time Aman Pruthi came into the picture and joined me.
His butt were also itching badly for a long ride.Now we were two.Suddenly my old and trusty Bravo’s electricals failed and i had to beg before my brother to lend me his scooter.So instead of a Bajaj,i rode a honda to Sach Pass.
4 am ,I was waiting for Aman at Rohini outer ring road near his house.After sometime he came and and narrated how his bike was parked on side stand and while loading Saddle bags it toppled down and broke RVM and also caused damage to an adjacent parked car.
After discussing the ride plan we started our ride to face the truth.Destination was Pathankot for the first day.We reached Pathankot in 15 hrs due to my slow speed.Amit Dhull,the dear friend had already arranged a resort for our night stay and also sent his friend Depender to host us.We were overwhelmed by Amit and Depender’s gesture for making us feel special.Depender spent few hours with us and we discussed many things non stop.It was indeed a good day.After wishing us luck,Depender left for his home and we also hit the bed after a very spicy Kadahi Chicken.

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Foreword to Sach Pass Ride

सच का सामना(Face to face with truth)​


Many bikers,travelers had been there before but everyone returned with aching body parts,broken bikes but it also inculcate maturity,toughness and made them self aware of their inner strength.Sach is like that.No doubt about this.Same thing happened to us.We also returned with bruised bikes and body but we became self aware of our strength,weakness after this ride.Sach taught us to remain firm,patient and friendly during whole ride.Two Underdogs,face to face with Truth.​

सच का सामना करना कोई आसान काम नहीं?सच के वो एक सो सत्तर किलोमीटर के टेढ़े मेढे,टूटे हुए रास्ते तुम्हे अपने सच की पहचान कराते है पर एक बार सच का सामना कर लिया तो तुम सच्चे बाइकर बन कर ही निकलते हो ​

Sach pass is located in Chamba district HP and connects Chamba valley with Pangi valley.Sach Pass is a 4,420-metre-high (14,500 ft) mountain pass in Pir Panjal mountain range.The main city of Pangi valley is Killad and one can further proceed towards Keylong from Killad through a very narrow,unmattled and off road.But entire journey from Chamba-Sach Pass-Killad is very adventorous and beautiful and every biker must ride on this circuit for thrill.The real biking fun is guaranteed via Sach Pass ride.

Day 10-11-13 Pangong-Drass-Delhi

Day 10-11-12-13 End Part

Pangong-Drass-Udhampur-Delhi

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The night was very difficult in that tent but night but at the same time it was very satisfying for me. I was very content very satisfied and very happy after scaling my long pending dreams of riding my scooter to Mighty marsimik La Pass at almost 19000 feet very near to China border and a very steep, broken and difficult Road takes you to that high pass of Ladakh.
Next day when I wake up I found Pangong lake foggy and some rain. Weather was very cold gloomy and depressing type, coming out of my Sshed and preparing my scooter was very troublesome।
Around 6 7 a.m in the morning I started my scooter towards Changla pass and found almost 10-15 kilometers road before pass cover with snow. Road was wet and sleeping many vehicles were coming from Leh side and riding scooter was very difficult for me. But somehow I reached Changla top but ddi not stop and saw a crowd going towards Pangong Lake. I did not stop at Changla and keep going towards Karu as I was descending Chang La top someone from a moving Duster car wave towards me and ask me to stop I stop my car and I was happy to see one of my friend Manav Gill and Anil Gupta Sir going towards Lake. It was very nice meeting them and I told them my marsimik adventure after few minutes another friends Vikas Sharma and Reverend Rajdeep Singh Ji also reached there. It was very unexpected small get together near top, we talk for next few minutes and say goodbye to each other and continue towards our respective destinations. I crossed Leh town and kept going towards Lamayuru. I was surprised to see a very smooth plane and pothole free road. my speed was good and I was munching miles very fast. Kids were playing on the road and they wanted to shake hands with me. Around 5 in the evening I reached Lamayuru. I was double minded whether to stop here for night stay or continue towards Kargil.I gathered some courage and again started my ride towards target, few sections between lamayuru and Kargil very bad and slowed me down but somehow I reach Kargil around 8 in the night and straight away went to petrol pump ffor refuelling as I was refuelling, A man on a Bullet bike also entered into the pump and parekd his bike near me and said to me sir,” I saw you today at Pangong Lake lake.” I ask him about his plan for night stay.He said,he is a Kashmiri and he is going to Srinagar due to an emergency. I asked him whether we both can ride towards Drass,he said yes.So on that moonlit night,I spent one of the best 2 hours of my life riding in a shining highway totally empty and silent.It was a very thrilling ride. It was 11 P.M when we reached Drass.My new friend went towards Zozila and I checked into a very dirty hotel room for a price of 500 including mutton rice.

Next morning on 12 June ,I woke up very early and came out of hotel room there was a tea shop I ordered one cup of tea, sorry 2 cup of tea and recharge myself for next tough ride. I left Drass and reached Meenamarg post then came Gumri grasslands .Gumri was Green and there were many nomads huts. It was time to some photography and I clicked some beautiful photograph. Morning was very cold and I reached Zozila and stop for some snacks after spending of an hour I left Zozila Pass and reached Sonmarg. I did not stop there as I was in hurry to reach Srinagar and cross it as early as possible. I reached Srinagar and found it very crowded and took half an hour to cross the city. I was very homesick and wanted to cover as much distance as I could riding through Kashmir Valley and on Jammu Srinagar highway was very lonely but somehow around 7 8 p.m I reached Udhampur and settled into hotel and ordered two beer and one tandoori chicken for removing tiredness of 450 km. I slept peacefully. Next day on 13th June, I came out of the hotel at 4 A.M and started riding towards Pathankot it was around noon when I reached Pathankot I was nearing towards home journey from Pathankot toward home was uneventful but very lonely. Finally after 18 hours I reached my home in Delhi and United with my family. It was a very emotional moment when I finally saw my kids after 13 days of Ladakh ride.I was very weak but very content .Thus came to end of one of the very satisfying ride of my entire scooter riding in which I scaled mighty marsimik la,the Pinnacle of high passes of Ladakh. No scooter has ever reached at such Heights

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Thank you friends for reading my blog, thank you for encouraging me and boosting my morale.This journey was a very small part in the bigger journey of my life.I would like to be in constant nomadic state and would love to see unseen places,people,cultures of this world as much as I can.Here comes an end to my Ladakh 2016 Scooter Ride.

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Day 9 Leh-Pangong-Marsimik La

Day 9 Leh-DC Office-Chang La-Pangong Tso

9th June 2016

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Previous day between Sarchu and Leh on Manali was very eventful and hard for me.Today on 9th day,I woke up in guest house located at Changspa Road in Leh.Lady owner of guest house was kind enough to me charge me only 500 bucks as I was solo other wise she was charging 800-900 rs from others.She had also leased out part of his guest house to a person who was charging 1500 Rs per room per night.I woke and lazily as i was not in hurry because DC office open around 10 am.So I kept engaging myself by reviewing pictures on my DSLR and also put all the batteries on charging as there would be no electricity for next 2-3 days.Somehow killed my time in guesthouse and reached DC office for getting permits for Marsimik La,Chushul,and Hanle.Clerks at the office were very strict about issuing permits for remote sensitive areas.Few clerks were also not aware about the exact location of Marsimik La.However they were freely issuing permits for Chushul and Hanle.I convinced them about my purpose and assured them I will not indulge in any kind of unwanted activity.After hearing out my reasoning,they issued me permit for Marsimik La,Chushul and Hanle.Now,I was armed with an Inner Line Permit in my hands which was valid for Marsimik La,Chushul,Tsaga,Loma,Hanle.Around 12 noon,I started my scooter and headed towards Pangong Lake which was 160 kms away.I knew,I was late and would be reaching late at lake.But before heading towards Pangong lake,I procured extra petrol as there is no petrol pump en route.Leh-Pangong-Leh round trip is almost 350 kms so i must carry fuel for above distance.Petrol is available at Pangong in black rates but supply is not guaranteed.So I got the tank full and also carried 10 liters in jerry can and turned towards Pangong route.To reached Pangong,I needed to cross mighty Chang La pass which is cousin of Khardung La and above 17 K feet altitude.Road to Chang La is steep and broken at many places and ride is very tiring.Around 3 PM,I reached Chang La top and was welcomed by a stormy weather.Fast winds were blowing and sky was black and gloomy.Temeprature dipped and entire place was heartbreaking for me.My loneliness was killing me.I reached at the top parked my scooter and staright way entered inside the cafeteria for saving myself from cold.I ordered tea.Entire cafe was full of tourists and everyone was inside for a cuppa.I sat among the crowd and observed them.Suddenly,snowfall started and everything became white.I knew,i was in big trouble now and further delay in reaching Pangong.I waited sometime for snowfall to stop but it did not.With heavy heart,i resumed my ride towards Pangong lake in a heavy snowfall.My finger were numb.Stopped in a army camp for some warmth on their fireplace.Snowfall had intensified.I proceeded further and after few kilometers finally found weather clear and road also improved.I gained speed and reached Tangaste and met 3 bikers who were also going towards Pangong Lake.It was almost dark when I reached Tangaste village.Pangong was still 40 kms.Somehow reached Pangong lake in pitch dark and instantly checked it first dhaba at lake….Rancho Dhaba.Ordered tea and sat around fire for heat.I was completely exhausted,tired and cold.Today was heavy day.Three bikers also arrived and we hired a tin shed for nigh stay.Around 8-9 pm,we retired for the night.Rain was still pouring outside making it impossible to stroll at the shore of lake.I knew this night is gonna be a long night wrapped in blanket all alone.Other 3 bikers were fast asleep and snoring.But I was worried about the weather.This weather can potentially jeoparadise my Marsmik La plan.

Next morning when I woke up and came out of my tin shed,i found Pangong Lake deserted and engulfed in foggy weather and overcast sky.Very few people were seen outside of their tents.It was still drizzling and whole scene made me depressed,dejected and disappointed.I feared that in such bad weather,I cant start my ride for Marsimik La.I went inside my cafe and ordered a tea and some eatables.Time was around 7 AM.My room mates also came out and joined me over morning.I utilized this free time to clean my scooter,warm it up,and also secured essential food for Marsimik La ascent.Me,my scooter was all set and ready.I waited rain to stop.Around 10 am,sky god took a pity on me and sun came out.I instantly started my scooter and reached the ITBP post which is 23 kms from Pangong lake.I requested In charge officer to allow me to go to Marsimik La.I also deposited my Inner Line Permit.ITBP staff also deposited my all cameras with them and gave me go ahead.I was super happy.Finally I was going to scale elusive Marsimik La pass,the highest pass.Initial few kilometers were smooth but soon road disappeared and only stone filled,very steep ascent.Scooter was suffocating and finding it difficult to ascend.But slowly I inched forward and reached a wide ground.There were tyre marks everywhere and it was very difficult to find the correct trail for pass.I lost my way many times but luckily i spotted fresh tire marks of an XUV and followed them and reached the right tracke and within in 2 minutes ,I was at mighty Marsimik La Pass.The pass that stands at 18953 feet altitude in the cold desert of Ladakh,The pass,gateway to Aksai Chin.The pass,where no scooter has ever reached.I was all alone and filled with adreline and goosebumps.I was very emotional.Finally after many Ladakh rides,I finally recahed at this pass and paid my prayers at the small temples of God Shiva.I thanked God for such moments.These moments were very few moments when I felt ecstatic in my life.Fast winds were blowing,it was total silence,felt scary also.I quickly snapped few pictures and started my scooter for return journey.I was overwhelmed and completely content at that moment after scaling high Marsimik La pass,the dream of every rider.It was now down hill and scooter was rolling down easily and suddenly my scooter stopped.I tried to start it again but it refused to start.I cleaned plug,i cleaned carburator but nothing worked.Staying at 18000 feet height is always life threatening.I used long breathing excersize i learned  from a soldier at Mana Pass.Scooter problem wasted my 2 hours.It was  now almost evening time.I pushed my scooter on down hill slopes for few kilometers and somehow covered half the distance towards ITBP post.Scooter was dead.Problem was still not detected by me.I left the scooter and started my downhill walk.ITBP post was still 10 kilometers away.I kept walking slowly and resting.There was no one in this wilderness.I was very terrified,tired and perplexed but was fully alert and healthy and there was no sign of any AMS.Thank God,my breathing skilled worked.Suddenly,I saw a truck coming towards me.It was god sent….I knew it was god sent.I waved them to stop and requested them to load my scooter in truck and bring it back to ITBP post.I gave my scooter keys to them and resumed my walk downhill.When i was 1-2 kms away from ITBP,I saw ITBP in-charge and 6-7 soldiers in a truck coming towards me.They were looking for me when I did not returned after many hours,I narrated the whole scooter episode.I came to ITBP post and officer completed some formalaties ,checked my medical vitals.They offered me tea and also offered me to stay overnight with food and all facility.Meanwhile local truck returned to the post with my scooter.ITBP officer directed them to carry my scooter till Pangong lake.I thanked ITBP staff for all their help and felt sorry that i put them in trouble.But ITBP officer was a gentleman and said that it can happen to anyone.Truck driver was asking for 1500 Rs but later agreed for 1000 rs.I sat in truck cabin and we reached Pangong Lake around 10 am.Truck drivers and his friends also repaired my scooter.Scooter electric coli has died.Luckily I was carrying a spare coil and it was replaced and scooter finally came to life.Thanks to local helpful people.Later I paid them and also threw a Rum party at 11 pm.A very successful ,hard,painful and eventful day came to the end.I can say one of the few memorable days of my life.But after all the pain,hardships and life threatening situations,God allowed me to put my scooter at Marsimik La pass,the 18953 feet high Ladakh mountain pass.My ride has already became success after this.I was a content person.I slept peacefully on that night.

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God Shiv,my protector at Marsimik La

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God Shiva at Marsimik La

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Day 8 Sarchu-Pang-Leh

Day 8 Sarchu-Pang-Debring-Tanglang La-Rumtse-Karu-Leh

8th June 2016

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I woke up to a very cold and silent morning at Sarchu dhaba and came out fof my tinshed for morning rituals.Dhaba owner had erected a katcha tin cubicle toilet and surprisingly it was clean and water was also available.Only problem was,it did not have any kind of locking system from inside.Lolwa….many female were also there and i had to complete the process inside the toilet hurriedly and full of anxiety.Lolwa..Sarchu and Pang stays are always like this.Either you go in open…and be seen many other same people in same pose or you end up in a tin made cubicle toilet.
After freshening up,it was time to recharge myself.So a black tea was ordered and i sipped it in open ground in front of dhaba.I watched entire Sarchu,and saw bikers preparing their bikes for further journey.Morning was silent and slow.High altitude of Sarchu doesnt let you move fast.Everyone was slow in activity.Leh was still 260  kms from here.I was few liters short of fuel so i buyed 5 liters petrol from dhaba owner. and after some photos,i resumed my ride towards Pang en route Leh.
Road was deserted and occassional truck was plying.I found few interesting places for photography.While i was clicking photographs,few bikers groups zoomed past breaking the silence of place.Weather was very cold and and painful.Riding during morning time is always very cold in Ladakh.I kept riding and reached Nakeela
pass.I was the only person at the pass,so i had to clicked myself using self timer.Within an hour,i reached Lachung La pass and started to make video and meanwhile
many bikers also reached there.One of them clicked my photos and also filmed me at the pass.Pass was cold around 10 Am.Sunlight was still absent and air was chilled.
After spending few minutes i started towards Pang and recahed around 10.30 am.It was breakfast time.Luckily found clear sunshine at Pang and sat in warm sunshine for sometime for warming my tired and cold body.I spent around half an hour at Pang.Pang is a very popular palce among riders on Manali highway.There are lots of dhabas and accomodations at Pang.But its altitude is also very high around 15500 feet which makes Pang a bad choice for night stay as chances of getiing hit by AMS
are very high here.Indian army has a transient camp at Pang and a TCP post also.Few medical facilities are also there in army camp.While I was sun bathing at Pang,I noticed that vehicles coming from Leh side had snow deposit on their windshileds suggesting that weather was bad ahead of Pang.I looked above in the sky and
noticed black thick dark clouds.Pang was still all sunshine.I reached Moorey Planes and as expected,found weather slowly converting into bad one.First it was overcast
and with in few minutes,snowfall started.Very fast snowfall and i was right in the middle of vast Moorey Planes.No shelter for 20-30 kilometers.I was very afraid at
this moment and my confidence was very low.Being solo sometimes is very heartbreaking and one feel weaker sometime during trouble.I had to wear rain coat.Snowfall was gaining speed.I started my scooter.Snowfalkes were hitting my face like splinters and sticking to spectacles and making me blind.Only 10 percent visibility sometime.I had to constantly remove snow from my spectacles and kept moving.The ride during this snowfall was very horrible and I was very terrified.Smooth
road and snowfall made me to ride fast and recahe Debring as fast as I could and during these hurried moments a water patch in the road apperaed and I applied brakes
and lsot control of my scooter and had a very grave and dangerous fall.The fall was deadly but luck played its part and no injury for me.God saved me at that moment.
I was comlpetely shattered and bottom low was my confidence.Scooter was lying in a ditch and i was unable to lift it and bring it out of the ditch.My condition  was completely hopeless at that time.Imagine,a deadly fall,scooter in a ditch and you are not able to pulll it out of the ditch.You are not sure wetaher it will  start or not.Very hopeless scenerio for me.Many bikers were coming from Leh side at great speed,I waved and a biker stopped his bike.Soon after few vehicles also  stopped and together we pull out the scooter.I thanked every one of their valuable help and with prayer on my lips,I started the scooter,thank god,it was working and started.My entire clothes were mud laced after the fall.I resumed my ride and reached Debring dhaba and had a sigh of relief.Finally after a hellish and  painful ride thru snowfall on 16000 feet,I was finally with some locals and inside a shelter.My fear allayed to some extent.
While sipping tea inside Debring dhaba,i was bewildered.That my 2016 ride is doomed and cursed.Firts,scooter broke down,2 days wasted in Keylong for repairing,
Sinku La failed,my riding partner had to leave me halfway and now this snowfall and accidental fall in the middle of nowhere where no medical aid was available
in case of an injury.Dhaba owner ladies were amazed to see my dirty clothes with mud all over my clothes.I asked them for a old cloth to wipe off the mud.Two
bikers were also inside the dhaba and they clicked few of my pics in mud laced condition.Lol..big Lolwa..:)
Snowfall was still raging outside the tent but intensity was low here.I was very hesitent to start my ride in this bad weather fearing that Tanglang must be
very difficult in such weather.I was thinking to wait for sometime and clear weather.I came outside the dhaba and saw many group of bikers going towards Tanglang
La pass.I gathered some courage and started my ride towrads 17000 feet steep Tanglang La pass,the gateway to Leh.A high pass in the Zanskar mountain range.
Few bad road patches made life worse.The ride to Tanglang was slow and cold due to bad weather but somehow I reached Tanglang La pass and when I reached there
I saw many bikers assembling there and clicking photos.It was a junction of bikers coming from both Pang side and Leh side.Weather was still bad fast cold winds were
making life worse.Few bikers were not even ready to remove their helmets and gloves for photo.Lol.They got themselves clicked wearing helmets.Such was the
weather.Very cold.I also spotted a tea shop at Tanglang La.First time.Few minutes at Tanglang La and it was time to move ahead towards Rumtse.Ride was downhill
and road was super smooth.Slowly altitude was lowering and when i reached Rumtse,snowfall converted into rain.I stopped at a dhaba and had few cups of tea,a parantha with other bikers.Tea shop was full and everyone coming from Tanglang side was stopping there due to rain.Rumtse stoppage was longer and i chatted with few other bikers.Rumste mean,i was out of troubled and remote area of Moorey Planes.I was bit relived finally in a village.Rain become little slow and i resumed towards
Karu on a very good road,crossed Lato village,Miru village,crossed Upshi check post and reached Karu market.First thing I did was to call Pragya and narrate her
the entire story what happened at Sinku La,Panakj had to left,snowfall and scooter fall and my shaken confidence.She talked to me in a positive way and  boosted me and advised me not worry.With her words,I somehow found my lost courage and came out of my shaken self and reached Leh late in the evening and settled in Guest House.All alone,lonely,tired.Luckily the guest was good and my room had running hot water.I had a heartfelt long hot bath to rejuvenate and went to a  Punjabi dhaba for dinner.A mix veg and two tandoori roti witH green sald worked like a charm and i felt alive again and ready for my further journey into Ladakh.
Again a very difficult day on a remote place ended in a small room at Leh.Sleep took over me in its grip.

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Day 6/7 Keylong-Darcha-Sinku La-Sarchu

Day 6/7 Keylong-Darcha-Zansakr Sumdo-Sinku La-Sarch

6 and 7th July 2016

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The trecheorous broken roads between Killad and Udaipur proved very costly to me and my scooter.The bumpy ride broke the rear brake drum and scooter wheel came off the scooter body just before Udaipur HP.Scooter had to be loaded  in a truck till keylong for repairing.I tried to find the drum in few shops but no shop had the drum.Mechanic told me that there are very few scooters in Keylong so no shop keep the good stock of scooter spares parts.They advised me to go to Manali/Kullu and bring a new drum
 
I had to fetch a wheel drum from Manali-Kullu.This would gonna take 1-2 days.I sent an SOS to all my friends on FB,called few of my friends in HP.Many people came forward and offered me to help and tried finding the rear wheel Drum.Finally after a few calls and some hardworking efforts Top Singh Bodh ji managed to find a new wheel drum from Kullu and sent it to me in Keylong bound cab from Kullu stand.Even though cab was meant to start its journey at 9 am  but shops were not opened yet.Top Singh ji made cab driver to wait for him and finally after around  10 am,Top Singh ji managed to find a drum and gave it to cab driver.Cab started  late.My friend Sameer Vaidya,a resident of Mandi also put great effort finding  the spare part.DK Pundit sir also made huge effort in cordinating and provided as much help as he could.Rashpal Singh Khalsa,who runs a bike repair shop in Manali also found a wheel drum and tried sending to me via bus.But i asked him that i had arranged the drum.It was a very nice gesture by him.I
appreciate him for helping me out in trouble time.Few of his biker friends Sohil Shah were also put a great effort to sent me the part.It was overwhelming response  and i was moved by everyone’s helping gesture.Finally on 6th June 2016,after waiting for entire day,the wheel drum was delivered to my hotel room by the cab driver around 7 pm.I hurriedly went to the mechanic shop and gave the drum to mechanic and he fitted it quickly.They were just about to close the shop.I was the last customer.My scooter was ready to roar again and I along with Pankaj straight  away went to Tandi Petrol pump for securing the fuel supply for next 300 kms.
Next day on 7th June,i quickly cleared the bill of Hotel and started my ride towards Darcha and then an attempt to reach Sinku La.Sinku La is a 5000 meters pass which connects Lahaul valley to Zanskar valley.This pass is a vital link between Lahauli and Zanskari natives.Govt is building a road across this pass to connect Darch to Padum.But road progress is very slow.But a dirt track has been made by BRO and one can still reach Sinku La if luck favors.We reached Zansakr Sumdo,the halfway point between Darcha and Sinku La.Road till Sumdo is super fine.Real fun begins after Sumdo where a very steep,full of hairpins and stoned filled road  goes towards Sinku La.Sinku La is approx 25 kms from Sumdo and 40 kms Darcha.We kept riding towards Sinku La.Labours were perplexed to see us going towards Sinku La.Suddenly a huge ice galcier stopped our speed.We lifted the scooter across this glacier and with very great difficulty,could managed to take scooter to the other side of glacier.Lifting,Pushing scooter at the height of 4500 meters made us breathless.Pankaj lost his confidence and decided to stay back .I alone went ahead towards Sinku La top hopping on big boulders and when I was very near to the Top,a huge Ice wall stopped me.This ice wall was very huge and there was no way I could cross it.My attempt to reach Sinku La was finished.An interesting and heart stopping moment happened here at this Ice wall point.
When I stopped my scooter here,I found my camera bag missing from rear seat.My heart skipped a beat here.Camera bag fell off few kilometers back.I forgot to tie it properly and loose camera bag containing 2 DSLR,2 lens and other valuable accessories was lying somewhere few kilometers back.Dont know where.I hurriedly turned back and slowly riding the scooter kept searching the bag.Finally,i spotted the bag 20 feet below lying a gorge.I was like dumbfounded and was sure that DSLRS and lens must be broken after this brutal  fall and rolling down 29 feet on sharp stones.I went down and retrieved the bag and checked the DSLRs.
They were scratch less and working.Thank God.After few minutes i rejoined Pankaj who was waiting and and we returned back to Darcha and after some snacks,we resumed our ride towards Baralacha Pass and then Sarchu.Pankaj was in very difficult condition.It was 7 th day of our ride and we were still 2 days short of Leh.
He was very anxious due to shortage of leaves and at ZingzigBar,he decided to end his Ladakh ride and return to home.Very poor situation for him.I was very sad for him.Now I was alone and time was around 4 pm and still i had to cross Baralacha and reach Sarchu before nightfall.Steep ascent to Baralacha pass
starts ar Zingzingbar.Scooter refused to climb further and made me very annoyed and worried.Imean,drum brake broken,Sinku La failed,partner left midway and now a new trouble.Scooter problem.I was really pissed off.Somehow i reached Bharatpur dhaba and ordered a black tea first.I opened scooter cover and cleaned the plug,cleaned the carburetor sipping my black tea.Closed the cover and started the scooter….voila….scooter ran like Milkha Singh and with a butter smooth speed crossed
Baralacha Pass.It was around 6 PM when I reached Baralacha Pass and found it completely deserted and lonely.Just hurriedly took few snaps and moved towards Sarchu which was still 60 kms away.Fast winds and falling night was making me somewhat worried and finally reached Sarchu just before dark and settled in Dhaba with 4 other bikers who were fast asleep after a tiring bike ride.Few of them were also suffering from AMS.Sarchu nights are always gloomy,restless and cold.I just hate this place…its very cold..AMS prone and entire night is spent awake in congested tin shed.Dhaba owner was kind enough to lit a bonfire for us.Fire made me feel comfy and infused a new energy.Other bikers also came out of their beds and opened their Old Monk bottles.We chatted long time and finally when bonfire was no more, we had to go inside for sleep.So a very eventful day,very difficult day came to an end.
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