Showing posts with label Turtuk. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Turtuk. 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.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Day 11 -- Turtuk to Pangong Tso

Our drive to Turtuk was interesting but we could not see anything in Turtuk because we got very late, the destination today was to reach Pangong which was also a longish drive, so we decided to leave early.
5:50AM We left the hotel.
8:20 AM We arrived ar Hunder, we stopped for a while at Sand Dunes.

0930 AM We again stopped at River Side Resorts again hoping to get some breakfast but unfortunately, it was only Maggi. So we just stopped for tea.
Finally we continued driving till Durbuk for food.
12:55 PM Stopped for lunch
The road turns worse from here onwards. Here are couple of samples of bad roads on this sector.

2:50 PM Finally arrived in Pangong Lake, as soon as you see the lake, you feel the trouble of getting there was worth it.


Civilization has reached, garbage in lake

3 Idiots Industry

Google Maps gets it wrong many times

Finally, we drove towards Spangmik village, some 7-8 kilometers from starting point of the lake. Looked around and found some accommodation for the night. The season was just about to end, may accommodations were just closed.