16th: We had a surprise awaiting us this day. One of the bridges that we were supposed to take to our next destination had broken down the previous night and we had to take an alternate route(through the river, water upto your hip level) which would have been dangerous as well. I was very anxious about the whole thing. We kept ALL our luggage(we usually carried cameras and basics on the bike) on to the van and set off. On reaching a check point we parked the bike and Sanjeev went to check if the bridge was restored. Hats off to our own Indian Army - They had taken all their effort to restore the movement of vehicles by working all night long - that too on Independence day night - and it was up and running. With gratitude we started our bikes and continued our journey through the colored mountains and river sides - on our way to Leh. The picturesque More planes are pure bliss.. We rode @ over 100kmph speed and enjoyed the ride! More plains is about a 45 km stretch and is just inviting and beautiful, and it surely is every rider's destination <3We reached the Leh checkpoint and waited for the others to reach as we were beginning another phase of our journey. We clicked tons of pictures while waiting for the others. We waited for quite long, and that's when we came to know that some of our friends had met with different accidents. More plains being so nice and smooth, also calls for high risk. Simply because on both sides of the road are mountains and sand which calls for a high risk in case you lose control over the bullet when you are speeding.
I woke up at 6 with very bad headache but prepared myself to leave and I left at 6:50 am. First of all I had to climb Luchlung la so it was so tiring after that the road down to Pang was in really bad condition. Reached Pang at around 11 or 11:15 had lunch and left. After climbing for 6 Kms I reached the most wonderful landscape More's plains which stretches over 40 Kms. This was the most amazing road n landscape during the journey so far. After crossing the plains I reached Dibring, a camping site 24 Kms before Tanglang la, at around 4:30. I decided to stay there and thankfully I met Lamo, a cute little girl who became a friend by the next morning. She is so naughty and cute that it was hard to say bye to her the next morning. Before Dibring I also saw a tribal family a few metres by the road I went there, met them, had a tea with them in their tent house they have a cute son, a family of 3 people, it was a good time with them.
Its hard to believe our eyes to see huge plains of land right in the middle of world's biggest mountain ranges!! We were so lucky that we had to view this beauty right during the sunset, A mesmerizing place accompanied by the dying light of the sun!! Drove an off road track for the next 3 kms to reach our camping site for the night in the Plains of More...
Moore plains are unique in the sense that its a long flat road of about 30 km in this high mountain region. Like all other drivers, our driver also sped through this stretch and it became unbearable with all the dust and loose soil coming in.
After the light refreshments at Lachungla we crossed Naki-la to reach Pang- another pass which is located at a height of 17,582 feet. After Pang, around 42 kms of long tarred road at More plains gives relief to the driver who is being driving the worst roads till now. The dillema arrives after 42 kms where a diversion takes you to Tso moriri, a beautiful lake similar to Pangong Tso and heading away brings you the Leh city.