"Only best of Friends or worst of Foes would like to visit us..."
Leh, situated in the Ladakh region of Jammu & Kashmir, rightly called as the "Crown of India" houses worlds most treacherous passes, most beautiful landscapes, most highest motor-able roads, most highest lake, most highest located Recovery post and can also turn into most inhospitable weather conditions in a blink of an eye..
So much for a place and we not paying it a visit is like a 'What?? Are you kidding me??!!!' affair. So here we were again, 3 impulsive guys (Fyzy, Aamir and Raj), in search of some adventure charting out plans and preparing to take up the most adventurous and exciting ride of our lives..
A Ride plan was set up initially with help from experts and friends who had been to the place before and were courteous enough to share their views and experiences while on the trip along with a lot of cautions and advises to make the ride as safe as possible.
The Ride plan was as follows,
Day 00 - June 08 - Amritsar
Day 01 - June 09 - Udhampur
Day 02 - June 10 - Srinagar
Day 03 - June 11 - Kargil
Day 04 - June 12 - Rangdum, Padum, Panikkar
Day 05 - June 13 - Kargil
Day 06 - June 14 - Lamayuru, Leh
Day 07 - June 15 - Leh
Day 08 - June 16 - Khardung la, Hunder, Diskit
Day 09 - June 17 - Leh
Day 10 - June 18 - Changla, Pangong Tso, Spagnimik
Day 11 - June 19 - Leh
Day 12 - June 20 - Leh
Day 13 - June 21 - Karu, Tso Moriri, Karzok
Day 14 - June 22 - More Plains, Gata Loops, Keylong
Day 15 - June 23 - Rohtang La, Manali
Day 16 - June 24 - Manali
Day 17 - June 25 - Chandighar
Day 18 - June 26 - Delhi
Day 19 - June 27 - Delhi
Day 20 - June 28 - Bangalore
We had Delhi as the starting point of our trip, but since Delhi was burning in the first week of June and as there was nothing exciting between Delhi and Amritsar except the plain NH, we eventually decided that we would start from Amritsar instead.
Plans in place, the other most important task was getting leaves.
My Manager was kind enough to oblige my leave request in the first attempt and I was instantly approved for a leave of 3 weeks. Unlike me, Aamir was also lucky enough to convince his manager and bag the leaves. Raj, however, was not as lucky as us, and had to wait till the D Day for the leaves to get approved..
The days flew by and we were left with only 2 weeks for the D day.
Let me now take the honors of introducing you to my ride mates,
Aamir Mohammed, rides a Bajaj Pulsar 150cc DTSi, works for a reputed firm in Bangalore. A very charismatic guy with lots of wits and a week nerve for "Non Veg food." Aamir was self proclaimed negotiator and took up the responsibility of arranging food and shelter for us throughout the trip. He did an exceptional job and did justice to his responsibilities.
Rajesh R Gowda, rides a Bajaj Pulsar 180cc DTSi, a mainframe engineer by profession and a hardcore and passionate lover of bikes and rides. Rajesh had taken up this road trip back in 2011 already and was game enough to hit the roads again with his powerful machine, this time to give us newbies some company all the way to Leh and back.
Fyzy09, rides a Yamaha Fz16.
After a long hunt for logistics who could offer us a cheap deal to transfer our bikes to and fro , we zeroed in on Gati Logistics Pvt Ltd. Though the pricing was on a higher side, the reputation of the company made us finalize it for the job.
Plans, leaves and logistic in place, now was the time to prepare our rides for the most exciting and bumpy ride a few days ahead. Got all the 3 machines serviced at Dream Machines, Sanjay nagar, Bangalore a week before we were supposed to board the bikes for transport to Amritsar.
The bikes were boarded on the pre decided dates and we were only left out with a little shopping for the trip to be done before Aamir and Raj could take a train to Amritsar, as they had enough leaves to spend 4 days in train for the onward and the toward journey. I, on the other hand had only 3 weeks and did not have the liberty of joining my pals in the train. So had to take a flight to Delhi and back to accommodate my leaves with the plan discussed earlier. To be Continued...