Leh'ed Aug 2015

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Of picture postcard locations and my first love

Photo of Leh'ed Aug 2015 by Chirag Joshi

My 'hazy' ride through the trippy streets of Kasol

Photo of Leh'ed Aug 2015 by Chirag Joshi

Met this swagger kid at this random roadside eatery in Lamayuru

Photo of Leh'ed Aug 2015 by Chirag Joshi

That feeling of driving straight int a sea of clouds

Photo of Leh'ed Aug 2015 by Chirag Joshi

When you see a cottage straight out of a picture book, against a backdrop straig

Photo of Leh'ed Aug 2015 by Chirag Joshi
Photo of Leh'ed Aug 2015 by Chirag Joshi

Euphoria, unadulterated.

Photo of Leh'ed Aug 2015 by Chirag Joshi

When you ride through a transition from lush green mountains to the rocky arid t

Photo of Leh'ed Aug 2015 by Chirag Joshi

When you get a chance to relive your bladder against a snow-clad mountain reflec

Photo of Leh'ed Aug 2015 by Chirag Joshi
Photo of Leh'ed Aug 2015 by Chirag Joshi

Random #GoPro Click

Photo of Leh'ed Aug 2015 by Chirag Joshi

Racing with a Gang of Royal Enfeild , and acting as if we reached an hour before

Photo of Leh'ed Aug 2015 by Chirag Joshi

off roading, Just to click this picture

Photo of Leh'ed Aug 2015 by Chirag Joshi

Friend: Road is smooth Friend 2: Ok lets find another way

Photo of Leh'ed Aug 2015 by Chirag Joshi

Beauty before Somarg

Photo of Leh'ed Aug 2015 by Chirag Joshi

First Glimpse of Snow at Zorji La

Photo of Leh'ed Aug 2015 by Chirag Joshi

On the Way to amritsar

Photo of Leh'ed Aug 2015 by Chirag Joshi

Phir 'Leh' aaya Dil, started with a promise we made to a local friend in Leh last year. So we transported our bikes via train to Chandigarh. The decision to get Leh'ed again was translating to a reality.

This is the route that we followed-

Chandigarh – AmritsarPatnitopSrinagarKargil – Leh – Nubra – Pangong – Leh – KasolManikaranMalana – Chandigarh

It so happened that we embarked on our ride right after the floods, and now we understand what not having roads literally means. We were stuck in Leh for three days. And this is why I say KTM is KTM after all. The alternate route that would have taken a Royal Enfield 8 hours to cover, our KTMs swooned like a superhero and we whizzed past the same frigging route in about, what 4 hours! Anyway, enough of my hero-worshiping.

High points of the trip for me: Broken Roads at the Leh-Manali 'highway', Riding down Changla la without brakes (a feeling that is irreplaceable), Crossing freezing glacier streams (frozen balls couldn't have felt better), Drinking water from random water bodies (when you are at the mouth of the water source of the entire nation, filters and Aquaguards feel like insignificant failures), Trek to Malana village (which made me wonder how it might be to live a life away from the maddening crowd of Mumbai)

Yeah, trust me you do not need any bookings, travel agents or any kind of planning. Just land there, and everything will fall into place.

On the Way to amritsar

Photo of Chandigarh, India by Chirag Joshi

Of picture postcard locations and my first love

Photo of Chang La by Chirag Joshi

Random #GoPro Click

Photo of Dras by Chirag Joshi

My 'hazy' ride through the trippy streets of Kasol

Photo of Kasol, Himachal Pradesh, India by Chirag Joshi

When you get a chance to relive your bladder against a snow-clad mountain reflec

Photo of Khardung La, Khardung La Road, Leh 194101 by Chirag Joshi
Photo of Khardung La, Khardung La Road, Leh 194101 by Chirag Joshi

Met this swagger kid at this random roadside eatery in Lamayuru

Photo of Lamayuru by Chirag Joshi

When you ride through a transition from lush green mountains to the rocky arid t

Photo of Nubra Valley by Chirag Joshi

Euphoria, unadulterated.

Photo of Pangong Tso by Chirag Joshi

That feeling of driving straight int a sea of clouds

Photo of Rohtang La, Himachal Pradesh, India by Chirag Joshi

Beauty before Somarg

Photo of Sonamarg by Chirag Joshi

When you see a cottage straight out of a picture book, against a backdrop straig

Photo of Spangmik by Chirag Joshi

Racing with a Gang of Royal Enfeild , and acting as if we reached an hour before

Photo of Srinagar by Chirag Joshi

Friend: Road is smooth Friend 2: Ok lets find another way

Photo of Zoji La, Forest Block by Chirag Joshi

First Glimpse of Snow at Zorji La

Photo of Zoji La, Forest Block by Chirag Joshi

off roading, Just to click this picture

Photo of Zojila Pass, Forest Block by Chirag Joshi
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