Showing posts with label Jammu. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jammu. Show all posts

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Ladakh 2017

Finally all the pieces fell into place, Dussera was earlier this year so it was possible to drive to Ladakh during Dussera school vacations. Still cramming the itinerary was becoming difficult, so we decided that I would start driving earlier and the family will fly directly when the school vacations start. Following was the decided route plan.

Following was the day wise itinerary decided.

  1. 15-September-2017 Day 1 -- Bengaluru to Nagpur
  2. 16-September-2017 Day 2 -- Nagpur to Agra
  3. 17-September-2017 Day 3 -- Agra to Ludhiana
  4. 18-September-2017 Day 4 -- Ludhiana to Jammu
  5. 19-September-2017 Day 5 -- Jammu to Katra
  6. 20-September-2017 Day 6 -- Katra to Srinagar
  7. 21-September-2017 Day 7 -- Srinagar to Kargil
  8. 22-September-2017 Day 8 -- Kargil to Leh
  9. 23-September-2017 Day 9 -- Leh acclimatization and local sightseeing
  10. 24-September-2017 Day 10 -- Leh to Turtuk
  11. 25-September-2017 Day 11 -- Turtuk to Pangong Tso
  12. 26-September-2017 Day 12 -- Pangong Tso Manali, Car breakdown, back to Leh
  13. 27-September-2017 Day 13 -- Leh Local
  14. 28-September-2017 Day 14 -- Fly back to Bengaluru
  15. 28-October-2017 - The Resurrection
The trip was an interesting trip. Unfortunately it had to be cut short due to vehicle failure. After more diagnosis it seems like BMW technician in Ludhiana ignore a error code related to Diesel Particulate Filter. He told me that there is an error code but nothing to worry about. That resulted in exhaust being completed clogged and finally catastrophic failure. Goes to show the fragility of technology in modern cars.
We completed approximately 5000 kilometers of total 7800 kilometers planned, we completed all the tourist attractions that we intended to visit. The return journey had to be abandoned and we had to fly back.
As we speak the car is still being repaired since some parts had to be imported from Germany.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Day 4 -- Ludhiana to Jammu

The plan was to get to the show room, get the breaks repaired and then continue to Amritsar. But unfortunately the service center took close to 8 hours to just repair breaks, they also found a gear box mount that needed to be replaced.
10:00 AM Reached Krishna BMW on outskirts of Ludhiana. I explained to them that I have to drive really long and can they just replace the breakpads of my car quickly.
They had to create a customer profile, which took 2 hours for them to create.
2:00 PM We were told that break pads are almost fixed but they have found a broken gear box mount that needs to be replaced. They said it will take 2 hours to 2:30 hours.
6:30 PM Car was fixed and delivered.
We shelved the plan to go to Amritsar and directly continue to Jammu.
We had skipped dinner and were looking for some place to have good food. Surprisingly one doesn't find as many dhabas on this route.
8:00 PM Found this place called JD Restaurant, stopped for dinner.
11:30 PM We reached Jammu, checked into Hotel Lords Inn. Here is my review of the place.

Day 5 -- Jammu to Katra

My family was arriving in Jammu, the plan was to pick them up, leave for Katra and then go to Vaishno Devi. We had booked Helicopter for taking us to the temple.
10:10 AM We left the hotel, there was a petrol station nearby so decided to top up the petrol.
The drive is pretty hasslefree. The road is good all throughout. Here is a timelapse of the complete drive.
11:20 AM We reached the Hotel Ginger and checked in. Here is my review of the hotel
We quickly got ready and left for helipad because our Helicopter ride was scheduled at 1 AM. On reaching there we realized that we should have come early. In any case, we had to wait for some time before we were put on a flight.
 3:00 PM We reached the helipad on Vaishno Devi. We were told to be back by 4:30 PM. So we had to rush. The trek from Halipad to the temple is almost 45 minutes to one hour.

We rushed back to the helipad. We reached there by 4:30 PM. On reaching we were told that we will have to wait for some time since the service was suspended at the time.
Sagar Ratna Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Madhuban Sattvic Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato5:50 PM We got our flight and returned back to Katra Helipad. The challenge was to find out how to reach our hotel. The taxies were asking of an exhorbitant amount of money. Finally, after walking around a little bit we found a taxi that dropped us to near our hotel. Since none of us had any lunch, we decided to have some snacks. We found a restaurant named Sagar Ratna in AMR mall. Here is my review of the place.
8:30 PM With little hope from our hotel food, we decided to explore outside the hotel. We found a restaurant named Madhuban and went there for dinner. Here is my review of the restaurant.