It was finally 'D-day'. Tuesday and we were ready to leave for Manali. We chose Tuesday as Rohtang Pass is closed for Tourists and we can avoid getting caught in the Traffic there. We had plans to leave early morning around 5:30 for Manali so that we could avoid getting stuck in the numerous water crossing along our way. It is preferable to leave as early as possible before the Sun shines bright and Snow starts to melt.
But Luck had some other plans for us and while tying our luggage on our bike, we realised that the rear tyre was punctured and needed to be fixed before we could move on.
It was 6:30 AM and we were already late. We waited for the nearest puncture shop to open which was next to the Petrol pump and the BSNL office. Finally, we had to get the tube's replaced and started our Journey towards Manali at around 9:30 AM- the most stupidest time to leave and cross the entire route but we had no option.
We absolutely had no problem reaching to Kunzum pass and we covered the distance in around 2 hours and 45 minutes. But post crossing Kunzum, our nightmare started coming true and we encountered as many as 40 huge water crossings all along the way.
Post crossing Kunzum, we stopped by the Famous Chacha Chachi Dhaba to grab some quick lunch of Dal chawal and Rajmah chawal with some Tea! But to add to our woes, Chachi at the Dhaba looked at us and said- "Its already 2:30 PM and you guys are still here?! Leave as soon as you can or else you both will be stuck with nowhere to go as the Water crossings or the "Nallah" will be full of huge streams of flowing water powerful enough to sweep someone away".
Well, the moment we heard this, our bike started in no time and we were on it and prepared mentally to cross our worst fears- the Dangerous water crossings. The entire stretch was dangerous with no network connectively and absolutely no roads and a sight of any settlement. We saw many cars getting stuck due to low ground clearance and huge flow of the streams. The entire stretch from Batal to Gramphoo is the worst stretch of the entire route of 180 kms and usually many people get stuck here.
While crossing this area, always check and be prepared to face the worst fear of any rider familiar with this route- The Pagal Nallah- trust me, it's very dangerous to cross.