I present to you my travelogue to the dusty, barren, yellow-brown coloured yet enchanted, enthralling & stunning land up north - the best journey of my life till date!
Road trip to Ladakh – one of my bucket list wishes since quite a long time came true. Thanks to Atul (Husband), Sanujit & Pranav (Brothers), Prasad (Brother-in-Law) and Sunit (Friend). Well, I am not getting into details of the planning phase. In case anyone wants any kind of information do feel free to contact.
OK, having said that I start my trip from Bandra Terminus.
DAY 1 & DAY 2
On 3rd August 2014, packing and leaving our bikes at luggage department the previous day, we boarded the early morning train from Bandra Terminus and waited for the train journey to be over, quite eagerly.
On reaching Jammu on 4th August, while some of us dumped all luggage in Hotel Surya Excellency (Below Gumat, Near Jammu bus station) the rest went to book a back-up vehicle for the trip. Later that evening we started finalizing the route which we were to take during this bike trip. All of us were super excited about the coming days.
DAY 3 (DAY 1 OF BIKE TRIP)
Date: 5th August 2014
Route: Jammu - Akhnoor - Tanda - Rajouri - Thana mandi - Bafliaz - Dera Ki Gali - Peer Ki Gali - Shopian - Srinagar
Distance to be covered: 358 kms
|On our way to Rajouri|
|The village of Thana mandi|
Finally we reached Srinagar at 9:45 pm. Definitely not the time to reach as per our plan, but no regrets. On entering Srinagar, firstly we headed towards Hotel Mughal Darbar near Dal Lake for dinner. This hotel was referred to us by some of the bikers, the specialty being Wazwan. Hard Core non-vegetarians must visit this place, but it’s not a place for vegetarians. Post dinner we checked in at Hotel Gulshan Valley.
DAY 4 (DAY 2 OF BIKE TRIP)
Date: 6th August 2014
Route: Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zoji La – Drass - Kargil
Distance to be covered: 240 kms
We started for Kargil quite later than we had actually planned (slept till late due to earlier hectic day). Didn’t get a chance to explore Srinagar due to lack of time, all we saw was Dal Lake. After having breakfast at ‘Delhi Di Rasoi’ (opposite Dal Lake), we started riding towards Sonamarg. The best part of riding out of the city was riding next to Dal lake for almost 30 kms and I was taken aback by its enormous size. The road later on became narrower and our bikes ended up getting stuck in traffic caused by Amarnath Yatra. Once we were back on the highway, all we could see was astonishing beauty of the nature. The roads were flanked by huge mountains… green pastures…. houses at the base of the mountain…. Just WOW!!!
|Breathtaking View of Indus Humongous Thajiwas Glacier|
|Treacherous Zoji La|
|Deceitful Roads of Zoji La|
DAY 5 (DAY 3 OF BIKE TRIP)
Date: 7th August 2014
Route: Kargil – Dah – Batalik– Khalste - Leh
Distance to be covered: 340 kms
|On our way to Batalik|
|Towards Khud Village|
|Maureen and sisters|
|At Dah village|
|Arrow straight roads of Nimmu|
The road till Leh was in a good condition and we managed to cover up our delay to some extent. Nestled in the Trans-Himalayan region, in the state of J&K in North India, Ladakh is one of the desired jaunts for nature lovers and adventurous souls. Tourists from all over the world swarm this mountainous region to explore the less explored jewels of nature. On reaching Leh (around 10:30 pm), we had to find a budget hotel. Our driver took us to Hotel Shaynam, which unfortunately was full. But thanks to our driver we were transferred to Hotel Abu Palace by Shaynam staff at the same rate..