renting place so that he could get the necessary permits for the trip to Leh. We got this permit on the Independence day, so the permit office never closes, I guess.
run out of warm cloths. If you don’t have waterproof gloves, get a few surgery gloves to wear on top of gloves to make it waterproof.
Bar gets more dusty and the trucks generate so much fume, covering your nose/mouth will be a better thing to do.
Five Star Daba with 2000 people
packing and waterproofing our luggage took more time, and we left the hotel around 7am. We had to come back to hotel within 5 minutes to collect the oil bottle that we left in the hotel. As soon as we left Kothi after our leisurely breakfast, the rain showers started and continued until we reached the Rohtang pass, by that we were wet and cold. It was completely cloudy, rainy and the visibility was bad, but the roads are reasonably good except in a few places before Kothi (where one of us almost fell down).
Passing Rohtang Pass
dropped the bike in the water in one such crossing but managed to save. Coming down from the Rohtang pass was a very bad in a mud road for about 20km.
No Bar in Zing Zing Bar
sleep around 9pm after dinner in the tent. Surprisingly, the weather was not that cold. After the open air toilet in the morning (that my friends refused to use the toilet paper and decided to wait for the proper restroom) with the beautiful view of the sunrise and waterfalls, we left for Leh around 7am.
Crossing the Passes
with the bike that I was pillion a couple of times (luckily no major injuries), I gave up the idea of riding the bike in that road. The scenery from ZZBar to Pang and beyond is breathtaking, the camera couldn’t capture the true beauty of the scenery. There’s not much civilization on the Manali highway(!) to Leh.
Decision Time at Upshi
to continue to Leh but unfortunately the headlights in one of the bikes was not working so we gave up going to Leh that night (after riding about 10miles with the help of the headlights from the other bike). The next day morning we left early to Leh and arrived Leh around 9am. Except the first day rain, we had a perfect weather in the second day.