Travelogue: The Himalayan Road Trip

Travelogue: The Himalayan Road Trip

Day 3

Route: Sarchu – Pang – Leh

I woke up at 6:30 am, after a very brief nap of 2 hours. I woke them up and asked them to get ready to leave this place asap. My friend was feeling very heavy and tired, but on the other hand Ruby was feeling great and was full of energy.

We had around a full day’s drive left to reach Leh. As promised by the local agent, the 4×4 was waiting for us at the parking bay. We had our black tea and got into the Safari. Our new driver was Tashi, who speaks very little. In the car, I was feeling very tired because of the sleepless nights and decided to take a short nap. Meanwhile my friend was feeling very tired and already fell asleep.

Ruby woke me up after a couple of hour’s drive, when Tashi stopped for a little breather at Upshi. We all had our ginger teas and biscuits. After a while we regained our energy back and continued our journey to Leh.

They say Ladakh is the only place in the world where you can get frostbite and sunburn at the same time, standing half-in & out of the shade. Trust me, it’s true. If you stand in the shade you will shiver and on the other hand the sunlight is intense. As there is very less atmospheric filtration, you can feel the radiation penetrating through your skin.

Travel Tips:

  1. Always carry sunscreen lotion.
  2. Sunglasses and Caps are handy.

We passed through the second highest pass in the world – Tanglang pass at an altitude of 5328 m (17,582 ft) and barren deserts, narrow bridges, dangerous roads and also had a glimpse of the highest military transit camp in the world at Pang.

Tashi turned out to be some driver, who took only 6 hrs to reach Leh where it usually takes about 8 hours. He drove through the desert and the plains tackling quick sands and bumpy plains effortlessly.

By 2.00 pm we reached Leh and our accommodation had already been arranged in Hotel Snow Lion in Sankar, Leh. Hotel Snow Lion was a very quiet, warm and cozy place. We went straight to bed as we all were tired because of the sleepless night at Sarchu. I woke up at 7 pm, when the local travel agent – Rigzin Dorge came to visit us. We had a very high voltage talk about the car they provided from Kullu to Sarchu. But we both settled down finding it as the fault of the middle agents. We had dinner at 8 and that’s all I remember about that night.

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Skills

Posted on

October 22, 2010

35 Comments

  1. Lisa

    Very beautiful! A little scary for someone like me, who has never been out of the US.

    Reply
    • WildBlack

      Thank you very much Lisa! πŸ˜€ I think you should explore more. There is always a first time for everything.

      Reply
  2. Ed

    Dude! Truley a once in a lifetime adventure, thank you so much of taking us along on your trip. Fantastic photos, you should make a coffee table book out of them, I’ll let mom know you posted, she misses your posts..:-)

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    • WildBlack

      Thanks dude! πŸ˜€ My pleasure. Glad you like it πŸ™‚

      Reply
  3. Beyond Bluestockings

    So many beautiful pictures!

    Thanks for sharing your experiences with us πŸ™‚

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    • WildBlack

      Thanks Jo! πŸ˜€ This one was worth sharing! πŸ˜€

      Reply
  4. Shafeel & Shyleen

    Shafeel:- Superb work bro…as i said to you, i thought only europe in this world is most beautiful, but i was wrong..u proved me that….It was simply awesome,…and what else i should say you are truley blessed by the God, no you both (ur better half) are. My wife saw ur blog to all our flat mates, they all were like WOW…….. You see the world in different way from other..keep it up mate………

    Shyleen:- I have seen many pics before,,but when i saw ur pics and read along with your blogs,,,only then i realized,,how much effort is there for each single clicks.. and i really admire your works..hats off…

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    • WildBlack

      @Shafeel: Thanks bro! I’m flattered πŸ˜‰

      @Shyleen: Thanks dear πŸ˜€ Glad you both like my photos and the post πŸ˜€ Your husband made me a hero in the office! I’m in love with photography..so I’m more than happy to put in some efforts to get some good ‘Winks’.

      Reply
  5. Henry

    Dude!!!!!!!!

    Amazing travelogue and a very theatorical unfolding of true feel of The Great Himalayas. Regret i missed the chance with you guyz and a very little i can write about my trip last year.

    Well done

    Henry

    Reply
    • WildBlack

      Dude!!!! Thank you so much πŸ˜€ I’m so happy to know..that what I wrote in the post..brought in the feel of the trip πŸ™‚
      Don’t miss it..if you get another chance!

      Reply
  6. chloe

    LOVE the 3rd & 6th photo!! stunning

    Reply
    • WildBlack

      Thanks Buddy! πŸ˜€

      Reply
  7. Nidheesh.

    Dude..
    Great fotos as always & well penned down..

    Reply
    • WildBlack

      Thanks Dude! πŸ˜€ Glad you commented.. been long time! πŸ™‚

      Reply
  8. Brenda

    I can only imagine the places that you have been! They are beautiful. thanks for sharing your pics!

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    • WildBlack

      Thanks alot Brenda! πŸ˜€ You are most welcome.

      Reply
  9. suraj

    heyyy this is freaking awesome …never i have seen so descriptive and the pictures a mind blowing and even cud imagine the pain and pleasure u guys had there ……..cud get to know high altitude conditions ….hopefully the friend of urs is better now πŸ™‚ keep posting am a fan of urs

    Reply
    • WildBlack

      Thanks Bro! πŸ˜€ You said it ..Pain n pleasure! Our friend is fine πŸ™‚

      Reply
  10. Lushfun

    the pictures seem to curve into themselves on the sides. sorta like they are curving around my view sorta interesting

    Reply
  11. kcjewel

    Oh my goodness the scenery is fabulous and your documentation is perfect. There is one thing for certain… even if given the opportunity, I will never be driving the Rohtang pass!!! or, riding for that matter.

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    • WildBlack

      Thank you so much! πŸ˜€ I think everyone should go there..its Fun and will be an amazing experience! πŸ˜‰

      Reply
  12. Chloe Sam

    rather useful material, in general I imagine this is worthy of a bookmark, thanks a lot

    Reply
  13. Gert

    Wow! Talk about a psotnig knocking my socks off!

    Reply
  14. scoo

    omg omg!!!ur blog is really amazing!!! leh has always been my dream destination!! i feel as if I am also experiencing this heavenly beauty when I read ur blog..n must say…beautiful pictures!! just like some Russian painting,,,best were the one with wild horses. I have seen lot of leh pics but has never seen one with these horses!! m jus running out of words while complementing you..jus perfect..n also really sorry about your tripod πŸ™

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  15. Toshi Chan

    Thank you for such an excellent article and wonderful photographs.
    The place else may just anybody get that type of info in such an ideal means of writing?
    I have a presentation next week, and I’m on the look for such info.

    Reply
    • Nivin Kadar

      Thank you for your kind words πŸ™‚

      Reply
  16. Lacey

    Good web site you’ve got here.. It’s difficult
    to find quality writing like yours nowadays.
    I honestly appreciate people like you! Take care!!

    Reply
  17. Suze

    Love your panoramic shots! What camera is it you’re using? πŸ™‚

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    • Nivin Kadar

      Thanks Suze πŸ™‚ I used Nikon D90 with kit lens 18-105mm for this trip.

      Reply
  18. Alexandra

    breath-taking images… beautiful work…

    Reply
  19. Afham Baramy

    really informatic and beautifully written.wish i too get a chance to visit these places in my life.have great passion for these roadtrips but don’t know from where to get started.

    Reply

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Skills

Posted on

October 22, 2010