Answer The Call

Okay. Plan changed. Spiti is not going anywhere. Ladakh almost did. It is time to give back. So we have decided to forget Spiti for the time being and go to Ladakh instead. We will be helping out with the relief work there to our best possible extent. We are also trying to gather some … Continue reading

Paradise Lost

[Pictures courtesy Sify News, IANS, Reuters, The Hindu] Tragedy has struck in paradise. Ladakh is under massive mudslides after heavy rains from a cloudburst. Heaven has been turned into a war zone. I have been to Ladakh only once. But anyone who has been there even once will tell you that place creates a very … Continue reading

Day 20 – Leh to Kargil

First attempt to leave Leh came to a naught thanks to the Raid. So when I woke up today and thought what to do, one thing was clear – I had absolutely no basis for making any decision. So I went back to my best friend is such situations. The coin. It was ceremoniously tossed … Continue reading

Day 19 – Raid De Himalaya

Had a chat last night with a close friend. He is going to be in Kullu in time for the apparently famous Kullu Dashera. Hmmm… could be a nice idea. Kullu. Manikaran. Kasol. Dharamsala. So when I wake up in the morning, I have a three way dilemma on my hand. #1 Go to the … Continue reading

Day 17 & 18 – Changla & Pangong Tso

Full day of rest had just made me the opposite – restless. I had to get out soon. The new morning said, well you want to go, here is a nice morning. Now go. So I load up the Cramsters and the petrol, put the key in the ignition and wait for the guest house … Continue reading

Day 16 – No Money

Staying in Leh since no money. All the three ATMs in the city are again down. But got cash in the evening. A whole bagful. Will last me for a week or so. Tomorrow Pangong Tso and Tso Moriri.

Day 14 & 15 – Nubra Valley

So we have reached Leh. The road still continues north and there I shall go. Indeed, there is the other milestone to be achieved. To go as high as one can on wheels. So I wake up and pack my stuff and almost immediately realize that I got no money. I did all the arrangements … Continue reading

Day 13 – Sorting out life

Sharmaji came in handy to fix the bike. It got a new lease of oil and a new backbone for the footrest. It was new and ready to climb again. Also got a thorough wash. Got my permits. Uploaded the pics and wrote these things. Next 6 days, I go to Khardungla, Nubra Valley, Hundar, … Continue reading