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लद्दाख.. एक खूबसूरत सपना..
चल पड़ा मे..
ढेर सारी परेशानियों…
ढेर सारी तकलीफें..
ढेर सारी मुश्किलों से लड़ झगड़ के…
अपने सपनों की ओर चल पड़ा मे… “
नये मौसम को मेहसूस करने चल प़डा मे..
अपने सपने पूरे करने.. सपनों के पीछे चल प़डा मे…
कुछ अधूरी ख्वाहिशें…
कुछ सपने पूरे करने अकेले घरसे निकल प़डा मे…
अपने सपने की ओर बिना कुछ सोचे समझे…
चल पडा मे..
अब क्या पता आगे क्या होगा…
देखा जायेगा जो भी होगा…
हर बात.. हर हालत को हिम्मत से निपटने…
चल पडा मे….
दिल की बात सुनकर..
दिमाग को मात दिये…
अपने सपनों के ओर चल पड़ा मे…
पानियों सा बहता…
इन वादियों मे पहाड़ों को चिरता…
आँखों के जरिये अपने दिलो-दिमाग को सुकून देता…
बिना कुछ सोचे..
बिना कुछ समझे…
बस आगे बढ़ चला मे…
क्या करु थोडा पागल हु…
सपने पूरे करने…
सपनों की ओर चल प़डा मे….
I Nitish kurrey living in Ambikapur chattisgarh. Me and my brother
planned a road trip from ambikapur to leh (via madhya pradesh, agra,
sonipat panipat, udhampur) to manali to way back ambikapur. approx
7000+ kms we achieved in 16 days of continue exploring places and
planned this road trip in june 1st week in our bikes pulsar 220 and
dominar 400. The bike performed really well no such issues we faced
during the ride. Also during the ride while reaching zozila we stucked
in traffic zam at zozila pass for 6 hours approx. But it didnt rained
at that time gods grace. Also we didnt get much more water crossing
b.coz the snow at that time didnt started to melt down fast. Overall
it was a good trip. Sharing more pictures. And thats all my story.
Himanshu Singh Adhikari
We saw the dream to do something unique, something historical, something memorable, unforgettable moments for our whole life & we made our dream truly with our own “ON THE HILLS”.
It was our desire or can say the aim to host our nation’s flag on the top of the passes of high mountains of Himalaya with eye appeal snow……..
With introducing our team Himanshu Singh Adhikari, Abhishek Singh Rathore, Mukesh Neve, Shivraj Singh Rathore, Maan Singh, Paramjeet Singh. Having unique & different qualities with each member we started our first Bike tour at lap of the nature’s Termendeous Himalaya’s Leh Ladakh & sorounding region. Different fleets of bikes made our journey more memorable, excited & tiredlessness. Royal Enfield 350, united motors 300, Avenger 220, Bajaj Pulser Adventure Sports AS150, Vikrant 150.
Total 3978 Kms covered with four states Rajasthan, Haryana, Panjab, Jammu & Kashmir till band of Siachin border. Main cities we covered & stayed as follows. Started with hometown from Jodhpur, Hissar, Pathankot, Srinagar, Sonamarg, Kargil, Leh Ladhak, Nubra velly, Hunder, Leh Ladhak, Sonamarg, Pathankot, Sirsa, Nagaur, Jodhpur.
We got are aim on Day-7 of our journey i.e. “Khardungla- Highest Motorable Road In The World”. We captured that historic moment with our team for rest of our life forever. We stayed at Nubra Velly i.e. holly land of Lord Buddha. Awesome place with termendious view of mountains & monestry.
We started our return journey from same way, as the Rohtang pass & Manali route was not cleared due to heavy snow fall. On our return journey at Sonamarg we met a guy who was solo traveler on this Road trip with his four wheeler vehicle. Here Four wheeler doesn’t mean to any Car, Jeep OR other transport vehicle. He was came with his Bike – Avenger with extra two tiers i.e. vehicle for physically challenged. Yes, he was physically challenged using extra support stick. That day we met such a person who given us the audacity to live this life on our own rules & to achieve more things in our life. He likes our company & our group so decided to join us. We welcomed him & his truly bravery & enthusiastic personality. That day we got a different way to see this world & life & to plan our next Bike tour in nearer future. He came with us from that point of contact & added to come with next bike tour.
On Day-13 we completed our first Road Bike tour successfully without any casualties, any damage of bikes & health of any of the team members. We started this tour on bike from the porch of our homes & finished this on same porch of each member.
We are very thankful to our family members who supported us a lot. Thankful to our mechanic who made our bikes smoother & all the persons we met in our 13 days journey. And at the last but not least, very thankful to you & your YouTube channel “Falcon Rider” who gave us very useful tips, guidance, road & weather conditions. This was too useful & made our this first journey easier. Surely will plan a road trip “Falcon Rider”.
Thanks A Ton & Trips Continouessssss………..
It was the summer of 2018 , or I should say monsoons, but delhi’s monsoon is so erratic it turns into summers on most days. Anyways it was the beginning of August and one of my office mates suggested that we get of delhi for a few days and chill out. I suggested places around Himachal and Uttrakhand but couldn’t zero down on anything. Then he suggested that we check out Spiti valley in Himachal and after a few searches on Google I readily said yes. It was supposed to be a mirror image of Ladakh and I was going to find out why so!
We did some planning on what to carry and where to halt , made a draft itinerary and set off from delhi on a Sunday at around 7 A.M. in my Scorpio. We were to halt at Narkanda for the night and reached our hotel , which we booked from delhi itself , at around 5P.M. Then we checked out the town a little bit clicked some photos from our room balcony , had dinner and rested.
Our next stop was nako, a small town before Tabo, famous for its lake and monastery. We had breakfast and left Narkanda at around 9 A.M. On the way, we stopped at quite a few places. First pic is on one of the bridges we saw on the road connecting our road with another mountain. Second pic is a small waterfall where we took a little bath rested and continued our journey.
Here I would like to recall that we made a glaring mistake that we didn’t top up our fuel after delhi. Our tank was full when we left home and I suggested we continue and fill up at pooh or kalpa. But we completely missed Kalpa and there were no pumps in Pooh and no diesel was available there too. A dreadful feeling dawned on both of us as we would be stranded on the road. But we tried our luck and pushed my Scorpio as far as we could . The only logical idea my friend had was to park our car in the middle of the road and ask any trucks carrying diesel to help us out . But , God was with us , and my dear Scorpio has never abandoned me in my 4 years of owning it, and we made it to Nako where open diesel was available (albiet a little costly-but who cares) and the car probably had a litre or two still left. I was literally shitting my pants and couldn’t believe that the Scorpio did almost 750 kms on a single fuel tank (taking into account our detours on the way for some photo session). We reached Nako at around 6 P.M. had food and tea , got around 50 litres of diesel and stayed at Somang Dhaba whose owner gave us fuel and provided their homestay for a meagre 500 bucks for the night!!!!!
We had dinner where we got fried chicken , chicken curry and rotis and some delicoius non veg momos. We stayed for the night and slept well after a horrendous decision of not filling up our tank . Next morning , I got up did some photo graphy of the scenic mountains, helipad and some donkeys ☺. We saw the Nako lake but sadly it was all dried up. We had breakfast and the auntie at the homestay offered to sell us Apples from her garden for just Rs. 50/kg and our eyes were wide open with disbelief (because they were so cheap). We bought 10 kgs and loaded them in my car.
We bid them farewell and set off to our next stop for the day which was Pin valley – Mud village.
We started late at around 10 A.M. to proceed towards Mud. On the way we took a detour and visited the Gue village famous for its mummy. The road to Gue is all gravel but good to drive and the village was empty – no tourists. Clicked some photos of the mummy and the monastery and set off towards Mud. On the way , we saw a number of BSF soldiers who were talking on the phone , the area was almost deserted and surrounded by mountains and valleys. One of them asked us for a lift and we happily obliged. I cannot recall his name but he was from Himachal and quite friendly. He told us that the soldiers come to that area to make a call to their loved ones back at home and is the only nearest place where they get reception. The place was almost 10 kms from their army base and a truck would drop them at that place and the soldiers would have to return on their own . I was really humbled by his joyous attitude facing such ahrsh conditions but still enjoying what he loves best. We dropped him to his base camp and continued forward. We crossed Sumdo and enquired if we could visit Kaurik (near India – China border). The checkpost informed us that we need to get permission from Kaza and then from Sumdo and only then can we visit Kaurik but we tried our luck and went upwards towards Kaurik but there was an army checkpost who told us the same thing and alas we returned empty (dream of visiting India- China border adhoora reh gaya).
After crossing Tabo we encountered some women , around 5 of them, who wanted a lift before shichling. The gentlemen we were, we offered them lift in exchange for some apples they offered us. We started chatting with them. They told us they were their for work and if no one offered them lift they would have to walk the entire way till schichling. We were shocked to hear this. Nonetheless we dropped them before shichling at around needle rock formations. They were supposed to cross the spiti river and go to their village on the other side of the mountain via a zip line sitting in it. We asked if we could ride one of those and cross the river in it. They happily obliged and after we both got our rides in the zip line , we proceeded towards clicking some pics at needle rock formations and my gosh I saw wild yaks for the first time in my life and I was really excited. Today I did learn that when we help others we do get some experience or a gift in return and it does feel good. We proceeded towards Mud village and reached at around 4 P.M. after some help from the locals in finding the village. We reached the Tara Homestay had some maggi and tea and booked a room for the night for 800 rupees. We met a guy who was from mumbai and came to Mud on a scooty from manali. We chatted thru the night had a few drinks , ate well and slept tight.
Next morning we left the village at around 10 and went straight to dhankar to visit the lake which the guy from Mumbai told us was quite the view. The main ascent towards Dhankar was blocked due to a landslide but there was a side detour connecting the main road to Dhankar a further up ahead. We reached Dhankar and asked for the lake and the locals told us that it was a hike of around 2 hrs to the lake. As at that time both of us were not in the best of shape we decide to skip the lake (will cover in our next trip). From there we went straight to Kaza. After hunting through various hotels we narrowed down to Andy’s Place and decided to spend the night there. We kept our stuff and went to visit the trio of Hikkim, Koumic and Langza villages. First we went to Hikkim , world’s highest post office, posted a few post cards to our beloved back home and had Seabuck thorn drink and bought a few bottles to take home. Next went to Koumic, the highest village, roamed around a bit and tried to reach Langza but lost our way and couldn’t reach it and decided to retire for the day as it was getting dark.
Next morning, had breakfast and packed a few sandwiches for the way and headed for Kunzum La. On the way we had to check in at the post at Losar and reached Kunzum La at around 1 P.M. I tried to ascent the pass on foot but was out of breath half way up ☺. We proceeded towards Chandrataal lake and was mesmerized and terrified at the same time at the condition of the road but nonetheless we reached the lake after doing some offroading in my car and booked a tent at PEMA THANG camps. After parking our vehicle at the designated parking place we trekked towards the lake which was around half an hour from the parking spot and boy the trek was worth it. I literally haven’t seen a bluer and clearer lake than this.
The picture below is of me sitting at the lake.
I guess there was a bachelor’s party going on and they invited us to dance with them. But being too shy we ran off and after resting at the lake for a few moments we went to the camp. In the evening they gave us soup and had stomach full of dinner. There were also a group of senior citizens (around 4 couples) who had come all the way from Gujarat. I was disheartened and shocked to learn that one of the aunties had suffered AMS and her oxygen level had dropped below a critical level. The camp guys gave her an oxygen cylinder for the time being and rushed her to Batal for treating her. I earnestly prayed for her recovery but we couldn’t meet them after the night as they had stared way early than us the next morning. The camp guys had told us to start early the next morning to reach Manali on time as the water level might increase on the road if we got late and might be stuck in the Nallahs on the way.
We packed bread and omelette for the way and stared for Manali at around 6:30 A.M. We decided not to eat at Chacha Chachi Dhaba as we just had breakfast and proceeded further. We crossed a few Travellers on the road and waded through the Nallahs on the way. This route I must say is truly an Off-roaders paradise, broken roads, multiple water crossings, sometimes no road. At around 8 A.M. my friend took a wrong turn on a Nallah and our car got stuck.
After trying for about 45 minutes we gave up and waited for help to arrive as the car won’t budge at all and sat as fools (Picture below is of our vehicle stuck).
One of the travellers we crossed came to our rescue and after 7-8 guys nudged our vehicle and the driver of the traveller drove our vehicle from the Nallah to a gravel road nearby and we were delighted. We thanked them and continued our journey towards Rohtang pass but were stuck as there was heavy traffic at the pass. We reached Rohtang pass climbed up the pass but the way up was slippery as it had been raining the whole day previously. We reached Manali at around 1 P.M. and booked the Keys Lite Apple Nest hotel which was located in the midst of an apple orchard. The hotel guys told us that we were the only ones in the hotel and we were treated like kings. We rested for the day and decided not to venture our anywhere and had dinner , had a few drinks and decided to leave Manali as early possible.
The next morning we started from Manali at around 9 A.M. and had breakfast on the way at around 11 A.M. Anyways we descended from the hills at around 4 P.M. and reached Delhi at around 11P.M. Nothing awesome happened today and by my standards, it was quite a boring stretch today. But I was really tired after reaching home and took a day off from office the next day and started planning for Ladakh to be covered in the next year.
When I finally decided to do the Ladakh circuit, I quickly began my search for relevant information on the dos, don’ts, permits, riding gear, bike prep as well as other key information.
Seeking all this information within fifteen days of starting your first solo ride can be overwhelming, especially when you scout the internet. I luckily stumbled upon the Falcon Riders YT channel, where I found all the info I was seeking for this ride.
This was my first time to Ladakh, so I literally copied one of Digvijay’s Ladakh itineraries and began my ride on the 15th of July. I won’t go into the details but the ride started out pretty unexciting from Delhi to Jammu. But each day since was a delight to say the least! Kashmir and Ladakh threw at me may surprises- Majestic mountains, beautiful sceneries, great roads, horrible roads as well as no roads! Some of the highlights for me were Pangong Tso, the sceneries from the roads leading to Hanle as well as Sarchu and interacting with the kind and humble locals. One time is not sufficient to appreciate the sheer beauty of Kashmir, Ladakh and HP. Will surely be riding there again!!!
Mera ek sapna tha kudh ki bike ladakh jane ka..mere pas hero glamour bike hai jisse me kolkata ke as-pas short ride krta hun..pahle me sochta tha yeh glamour lekr kolkata to ladakh to kolkata nhi kr paunga, iske like mujhe kak se kam 200cc ka bike lena padega..fir jabse maine falcon riders channel dekhna suru kiya mera confidence badne laga or maine soch liya m glamour lekr hi ladakh jaunga..
Fir m eid ke chutti me glamour lekr nikal gya ladakh ke liye..ghar walo ko bhut muskil se manaya tha maine.
Yeh jo photo maine diya hai woh changla pass ka hai..us din jab pangong se leh a rha tha changla pass poucha or wha pe jitne v log the woh sab mujhe, mere bike or mera bike ka nmbr plate dekhne laga..or ek admi jor se bola “isse pahle photo kichne do, west Bengal se aya hai woh hero glamour lekr”
Fir ek admi akr mere pass camera manga photo kich dene ke liye…
Woh kuch alag hi ahesas tha jo m jindegi me nhi vulunga..