That’s how I would explain our journey to this mystical valley in Ladakh. The wide screen HD images of clear blue skies featuring Monks, Gompas, stupas, and bikes of course would be stored in your brain’s HD drive forever. One perhaps has to take some pain while crossing the treacherous roads to witness this magical place called Zanskar Valley.
My rider- Rajendra along with his partners in crime Manu & Varun (owners of Royal Bikers), his ex-colleague Amit and 12 fellow riders kicked their machines on the morning of 7th June from Kargil towards Padum, our stay for next 2 nights, in the Valley. All were excited to visit a land which they had heard of as one enthralling place in Ladakh region. It was a long 220 kms ride which didn’t appear to be tough as they discussed it last night with the hotel manager in Kargil. Only they didn’t know that the route had only ~25kms metal roads and rest was everything else viz, rocks, gravel, streams, river crossings, and yes adventurous to the core.
The Journey begins
As we moved ahead of Kargil after refuelling our bellies with petrol, we got a glimpse of the twin peak Nun & Kun where my rider couldn’t stop himself from taking an early break. He was at the tail so his responsibility to ensure that all riders were taken along, unless they wanted to be left alone. Bright sun on the peaks of the snow clad peaks could have left most of us wait there & ponder how lucky we were to ride & enjoy this beautiful valley. We moved ahead and riders kept taking several short breaks, as roads went missing. Needless to mention how tough the ride was getting. Nevertheless the valley didn’t stop surprising us. At regular intervals we were greeted by the rocky mountains, frozen river, streams on our path, mud, slush and everything else that kept the riders on their toes & tested our torque every now & then.