LAST WEEK: FROM THE HIMALAYAS TO DEHLI
After Pangong lake, our goal was to reach the highest motorable pass in the world. We were waiting for an improvment of the bad weather conditions. After a couple of days we tried to go up and we were really optimistic but at 14km from the pass the road was closed!! Such a pity and it was bloody cold driving up there by bike! The only award was the landscape, snow around us, yaks everywhere….aaaah just great. After this attempt we decided not to stay longer in Leh and drive to Dehli to catch our flight. We traveled with Laurence and Sam, the two English guys.
Once again the road to Dehli was just amazing. Our first stop was in Dras close to Pakistan. I must say, this was not really pleasant due to the number of army around us to prevent or try to prevent any attack. For your info, Dras is located in the region of Kashmir where some people claime their independance or prefer belonging to Pakistan instead of India. That’s why there is this big tension in this region. Anyway, we left at 5am to go to Srinagar the next day. This was the 2nd worst road after our Rothang La pass experience. The road was just wide enough for one bus/ truck at a time and in really bad shape. Additionally scary as on one side there was a steep decent approx 300m sraight down. We arrived all in one piece at Srinagar where we rested in a houseboat for 2 days, that was great. We had a small boat to cross the lake or just chilled!
It took us 5 days to get to Dehli and we were happy to give the motobike back, enough driving for a bit and my bum thanks me (Emi) as well 🙂 In Dehli we were sleeping at Ajey’s for 4 days. That was a lot of luxury for us. We had our own bedroom and bathroom (with hot water!) a cook and personal driver. That was fine to have a proper bed (actually the best one since 3 months) and a daily shower (we were not used to anymore). Thank you Ajey and Anki!