This day was all about covering distance and reaching Srinagar safely. I didn't take many stops unless necessary.
I woke up at 6:45 am, freshened up, and left at 7:10 am. I rode non-stop till Sangam point, clicked a couple of pictures, and rode again. After that, I rode non-stop till after Lamayuru where I had a couple of bananas and a bar of chocolate.
I reached Kargil at 11:25 am, tanked up here, and left immediately. I must have been only a few km from Kargil when it started to rain. It kept on pouring, sometimes heavy and sometimes drizzling.
I had lunch at a small village called Maitan before the climb to ZojiLa starts. The whole climb up was slushy, water n mud everywhere. Near the top, it started to snow and it got really cold.
As soon as we reach the Zero point, the tourists rush starts and the infamous traffic jam of ZojiLa. Rain, snow, slush, taxi rush, trucks, army convoy, all add up and we get a huge traffic jam. I wasted over a couple of hours in the jam here.
And the traffic jam. There are many bottlenecks and the road is such that even a two-wheeler cannot pass.
I reached my place in Srinagar a few minutes past 6 pm.
This concludes my short trip to Ladakh
This thread was more of a photolog with a focus on pictures. I think all trips are somehow the same, with some minor differences. I penned down my thought in a short manner.
I couldn't explore much but hopefully, in the near future, I will visit again and see the places more leisurely.
The bike performed exceptionally well even with the stock tires. No punchers thankfully. It returned a mileage of 27-28kmph and I overall spent approximately Rs. 6200 on fuel.
Most of the pics are from Nikon D5200 with 18-140mm lens and some from Samsung S5.