13 Years Old Herbie On Way to Ladakh


Yes this is the same. I have heard this is the oldest shop which began serving Rajma Chawal here.
Sinilar shop is on Batote to Doda side, name is fifferent and place is Baggar / Ramgarh.

BHADERWAH - On the Way

For lunch buses stop at Baggar also called as Ramgarh. This place is famous for its Rajma - Chawal served with pure desi ghee and anardana chutney. This place is highly recommended for lunch. After around half an hour of stop here, the bus leaves towards Bhaderwah and within an hour reaches Pul doda.

This place is also good as seen in 2015.



ODO READING – 432 KMS - 745 KMS (313KMS) - 17 Sep

As our GH accommodation in Srinagar was a budgeted one so did not have the option of Breakfast. We got up early and were ready to check out at 7.00 AM.

We were greeted to an overcast sky in the morning. The drive along the Dal Lake on Boulevard road was peaceful one as there were very less people due to early morning. Tried to click some pictures but could not get the desired results due to low light. Moreover we were first time user of a DSLR, I am sure a professional guy can still take some good shots irrespective of the weather outside.



Soon we joined the NH1 and started our journey to the next pic stop Sonamarg. Stopped at a tea shop around Ganderbal. We were carrying some Biscuit, cookies & Mathi’s which were lapped up happily with a double dose of tea.
Feeling refreshed and refulled we increased our momentum as were aware of the roadblocks that can show up on mighty Zojila pass.

Looks like a harvest season in Kashmir Valley


We were already carrying a 10 ltr plastic can to fill extra fuel when required. But I had a feeling this might not be enough looking at the itinerary we had planned. So purchased another 10 ltr can at Gund. We reached Sonamarg around 10 AM.

The weather had cleared up so was time for some pics on the way to the Zojila Pass





You can see some base camps at Baltal (Bottom Right). This is the starting point of Amarnath Yatra


The road to Zojila was full of trucks mostly filled with supplies as the winter season was close by. It was slow but smooth sailing towards the pass, thankfully there was no Army convoy crossing at that time.

As we neared the pass the last 10 - 12 kms is totally dirt track. I have seen many videos of people getting stuck due to water crossings and landslide in this area.
The time we choose to travel is considered as the most safest with almost no rain and landslides.
Hence it was just a matter of time when we reached the Pass around 12 Noon.




It was a great feeling to cross the first high altitude pass of the trip. Zojila might not be the highest of the passes but certainly can be considered one of the toughest.

After 15 minutes of photo break it was time to move ahead as we had a target to reach Lamayuru today which was still 200 kms away. As soon as we cross Zojila the landscape changes to high barren mountains with little greenery in the valley areas. The Road till Drass was in good condition barring a few bad patches. It took us about 1.5 hours to reach Drass known as the Gateway to Ladakh.





First View of the Tiger Hill as we approach Drass


And the Journey Continues..............


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leh , you are are writing and I, not me but all the follower of this post are enjoying and imagining the journey. keep going waiting........


The next pit stop was the famous Kargil War Memorial in Drass.
Built in the memory of the brave souls who sacrificed their lives during the Kargil war in 1999.

Surprisingly we met a close friend of Sunit who was posted at the memorial. Thus we got a VIP treatment and were given a private tour to the complete memorial followed by some mouth watering Samosas & Jalebi made in a local canteen run by the Army.



The Friend....


It was a very patriotic experience at the memorial, but this stop got extended a bit more than what we expected.

By the time we started the next leg of the journey it was already 3.30 in the afternoon. Being short on time we decided to move ahead with very less stops.

Thankfully the roads after Drass were in excellent conditions accompanied by some amazing views.



Around 5.30 in the evening we reached Mublek which is famous for its rock cut image of Maitreya Buddha.

After a quick tea break it was time to move ahead as we were already behind schedule and still had to cross Namik La and Fatula Passes

Maitreya Buddha @ Mublek


Starting the Ascend to Namik La



Sunset on the way to Namik La

Finally !!!!!! Second pass of the day Namik La

It was dark soon after sunset. We crossed Fatula, the third pass of the day in complete darkness.

The temperature outside had dropped considerably.

It was very windy up there so had to bid Fotula Good bye with a single click while being seated in the warmth of the car.

But was Fotula ready to bid us final goodbye for the trip ?? Well that is another story that will unfold soon...............


We managed to reach Lamayuru around 8.00 PM. Surprisingly the complete town of Lamayuru was in pitch darkness. It was hard to get clue of a GH or hotel. The only thing we could hear was the noise of a Generator. As we moved towards the sound got a glimpse of a GH with some lights on.

We were too tired and not in a mood to bargain. So settled in for Rs. 2500/- for a room with extra bed + Dinner + Breakfast.
Does not seem like a bad deal.

Later at the dinner table we were informed by the GH owner that Lamayuru is without electricity for the last 3 days due to some technical problem. Sad to see a situation like this. The dinner was served right away and we all ate to our heart content as this was the only proper meal we had today.

Tomorrow is going to be an easy day for us as Leh is just 120 kms. With these thoughts in mind, we called it a day.

Looking forward to get up early tomorrow to visit the Monastery.

Cheers !!