A night before i was psyched up for my solo drive uptil kargil. I ensured i had all the essential spare tools with me. Thanks to "border road organisation" for wonderful roads and funnier quotes on the way. I started a bit late around 8 am. Suggested time is 6 am for these routes, since sunrise happens early here around 4:50 am.
The drive from leh was serene. Witihin every 20-30 kms there are sight seeing spots.
Route : leh-nimmu-saspol(nice cafe here)-alchi-fatula-namik la-budhkarma- mulbek-kargil-drass(if going for real war memorial).
I met some good fellow bikers on my way. Best feeling was in the last stretch they all were exchanging goodwill gesture, showing thumbs up & some other hand signals. It did keep me going on and on. Despite fatigue setting in on her curves.
The complete route i was listening to "Dire straits"- albums
Walk of life
Lady writer & some other coldplay songs as well. Didn't even realise when that distance reduced from 240 to 180 to 90 to last stretch of 66 kms from kargil to drass. Banking on curves after curves of NH-1. HIGH CLIFFS on one side and a sound of flooring River on other side of the road.
The most beautiful stretch was alchi to namik la after fotula pass. I was short on fuel due to driving a day earlier as well.
From namik la to mulbek is steep downslope. Trust me, you don't even meed your engine running. I was gliding at 60 kmph effortlessly.
There's a village named budhkarma, very clean. Those people have maintained it so well - "loiter free area"
Then came the moment of happiness when i met my colleagues at war memorial. Walking down the memoirs of war memorial , i could feel the goosebumps. We rest so peacefully away from all the agony.
"Tell them for your tommorow, we gave our today"
- operation vijay.
After that We went to another location offtrack from kargil.
KUMBAKTHAN - a beautiful spot surrounded by glacier. About 27 kms fr kargil. we got a guest house at the higesht peak. One of the best stay till now.
Thanks to army hospitality and warm welcome. It was a lovely trip which has become a memory.
Now we are back to leh, recuperating for our next ride.