Here is the next part.
Thanks, ToughGuy, for the compliments.
Thanks, pushkark. I saw a couple of MH-registered MS SX4 at Leh.
Some vital statistics of my Leh expedition:
19 days [9 - 27 September 2011]
13 states/UT [TN/AP/MH/MP/UP/HR/DL/PB/JK/CH/RJ/GJ/KA]
2 occupants [Myself and my wife]
1 car [My Linea]
We got up late in the morning, breakfasted in the room itself ordered from room service and again rested. Peanut was a good budget hotel. I made advance reservation through MakeMyTrip at a lower tariff. I went down and requested the security guard to arrange for a car wash and my Linea was gleaming and shining within another hour or so.
We checked out at 1 pm on 11 September 2011 [Sunday] and went straight to Haldiram's at Bardi for lunch. After relishing a delicious lunch, we headed for IOC COCO pump at Nagpur where my Linea had her tankful.
We headed for Amritsar at 2 pm. I took Seoni>Lakhnadon>Narasimhapur>Sagar>Jhansi>Gwalior>Agra>Delhi>Panipat>Ludhiana>Jalandhar>Amritsar as guided by my MMI Lx130 navigator.
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I had horrible experience of driving through many bad roads all along the night. My Linea bottom-scraped 21 times before reaching Gwalior. One good stretch followed by a bad stretch. All along the route, there was cattle menace in MP and UP. Driving through huge mound of slush, craters and potholed roads in towns like Lakhnadon, Sagar, Jhansi, etc. was pain in the neck. At that time itself, I decided that my return journey would be via NH 8/4. I got fed up of North-South Corridor. I could not click photographs in the night as I had to concentrate on my driving and my wife was totally shell-shocked.
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Since the road-widening works were in progress, there were no signages, no indicators for diversion. At a Y-junction, I entered into Narasimhapur town instead of its bypass. At last, I found some human beings from whom I came to know that I had to take the bypass on the left fork. My MMI navigator many times went blank or showed old route through the towns. After Narsimhapur bypass, we stopped and had delicious tava roti and dal fry at a road-side dhaba frequented by truckers.
We reached Gwalior the next day early morning. The road condition improved after Gwalior. After crossing Agra, we had sumptuous breakfast at Bikaneerwala on NH 2. Later, I had a power nap for about half-hour and continued the journey.
We continued our journey, crossed New Delhi and entered NH 1 and stopped at Sukhdev Vaishno Dhaba at Murthal for late-lunch at 4:30 pm. We ate a hearty and satisfying meal. The journey continued. I parked my Lina at the road side and had the second power nap for about half-hour in the night somewhere between Ludhiana and Jalandhar.
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We reached Hotel Sapphire, Amritsar at 2:30 am on 13 September 2011 [Tuesday], checked in to our room and slept immediately.
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Many more photographs are waiting in the queue!
Thanks, rkbharat. But, I wanted to drive my Linea on the highest motorable road in the world.But I must say that its just too unnecessary adventure to take Linea to Leh.
Thanks, Viny, once again. All along the Leh expedition, ACC was set at 20 deg C protecting us from freezing temperatures and dust.ACC must be doing good
Thanks, Nishchint Sood, for the compliments.hats off to your driving sir...nice travelogue...
Thanks, DKay, for the compliments and correction. I have replaced the old photographs with the new ones with corrected captions. Thanks to BCMTouring for enabling me edit my posts upto 2 days.A slight correction if I may. The river at Sonmarg is Sindh alright, but it is not Indus (Sindhu). The Indus flows from Tibet to Leh and then just across the Leh range to POK. Never enters the Kashmir Valley.
Thanks, harneet, for suggesting the alternate route.Alternate Route:
Hyderabad-->Nanded-->Hingoli-->Washim-->Akola(by pass)-->Kota-->Tonk->Jaipur-->Delhi any day this route is far beter than the one which you have taken.
Thanks, ToughGuy. I have to select from 500 plus photographs, edit, resize, post-process them before posting. I may take more time, but surely it will be worth waiting for!Good going waiting for more
Thanks, hiambuj, for compliments, once again.Ravi, really fabulous pics. Amazingly awesome !!