God's allow Blor Betty passage to Zanskar-Solo

Yogesh Sarkar

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Slight correction, it is JKTDC in Panikhar and rest of Ladakh and Kashmir. HPTDC is in Himachal.

Beautiful photographs. The road looks better than earlier, still a dirt track but comparatively smooth.
 

Gaurav Chopra

zestbiker-if there is a SPIRIT,I ride it
The snow-covered mountains looks amazing

Beautifully captured..
Shukriya Nadeem

Slight correction, it is JKTDC in Panikhar and rest of Ladakh and Kashmir. HPTDC is in Himachal.

Beautiful photographs. The road looks better than earlier, still a dirt track but comparatively smooth.
:oops: JKTDC it is.
The road was smooth were it had dirt patches-but 95% was rocky and bumpy.


Beautiful photography!
Shukriya @DSP121
 

Gaurav Chopra

zestbiker-if there is a SPIRIT,I ride it
At Rangdum ,stopped in front of the La Himalaya Guest house-found the rooms neat and clean and so took a room for Rs1200-steepest tariff of the entire trip-that the owner Dorje was a talkative guy answering all the questions i was shooting at him played a big role in my booking the room.After shifting my saddlebags to the room and roaming by the Suru riverbank ,came back to have a lunch of dal-chawal-nothing tasty but piping hot-it was just 3pm-and then a rider on a modified bike walked in-motocross helmet,motocross shoes and all-a nod and a smile at each other and introductions were exchanged and we got talking-he is Madhu Sudan-he was doing a recee before participating in the Raid De Himalaya-we bonded well and rode together for the next 4 days.
After Madhu had also booked himself in the guest house and had food we were standing in the sun outside the guest house when we were invited by Dorje for a trip to the Rangdum Gompa in his pick up truck-the man Dorje was no less than a rally driver himself the way he hustled and slid his Tata207 pickup on the loose gravel road-i hung on for dear life for the less than 5 minutes it took us to the top of the Gompa from the guest house,3 minutes on the way back-one wicked ride for sure.
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The road leading to Rangdum after the Saru police outpost
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Clouds hugging the peaks in the distance-must have been snow time at the top
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The vastness and emptiness personified
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View to the south of the Gompa
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The north west view
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Entrance of the gompa
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The main prayer hall building
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The courtyard
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Diya's being made ready for an upcoming ceremony
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Prayer hall inside
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The scriptures of the Gelupga Buddhists sect kept neatly stacked
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Dorje's rally car-his Tata 207:cool:
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View to the northeast of the gompa
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Madhu Sudan and me
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With Dorje -right
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The men and their steeds -KTM D390(mine) and modified TVS Apache 200(Madhu's) in the back
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Gaurav Chopra

zestbiker-if there is a SPIRIT,I ride it
The ride to the gompa had caused me to be hit by AMS and as the evening descended the headache was painful enough for me to take a Paracetamol tablet and go to sleep.I was woken up by Dorje at 9pm and had a single roti and again slept.Woke up the next morning at around 8am with a queasy feeling in my stomach and as soon as i got out in fresh air,i promptly vomited out the 2 glasses of warm water i had in my room but immediately felt better.
Two more riders on Bullet500 had stopped at the hotel the previous evening and i got acquainted with them
It was cold enough in the night that the water gully flowing in front of the hotel had frozen in the night-as the sun shone brighter it started to thaw bit by bit and was just so beautiful to watch this happening.
After settling the bills with Dorje and a breakfast of a slice of bread with butter,Madhu and me were on the road to Penzi La-the gateway to Zanskar.There was a lot of army training activity going on in the area and we waved and saluted our soldiers sweating it out in the rarefied air.
The pass itself was beautiful with clean snow-we spent a little time clicking there and then proceeded on -and on the way down were thunderstruck by the beauty and sheer magnificence of the Drang Drung glacier.The glacier births the river Stod which accompanies one all the way to Padum where it joins the river Tsurp Chu to form the mighty Zanskar river.



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In the shadow area of atall mountain,the top of the Suru river was frozen and the river water was flowing beneath the thin sheet of ice
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A frozen stream on the way to Penzi La top
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The mighty glacier -Drang Drung-in all its glory
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Just before Padum was alone on this blacktop and revved m,y heart out -stretching the legs of the Duke390 till 130kmph-boy,was she happy.
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This landmark signifies that you are about to hit Padum.
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