INDIA in July, 2019 (10)

INDIA in July, 2019 (10)

2019-08-16T08:22:38+00:00August 15th, 2019|Lee & Paul Update|

We are staying at the isolated village of Tsokar which overlooks a white salt- lake and sits at 4500 metres altitude. The village is mostly deserted as the nomadic Khampa people, the earliest inhabitants of the Tibetan plateau, have moved to pasture-land with their animals for the summer where they set up a canvas town.

Remote, isolated and desolate Tsokar
Our home-stay with views across the lake
Nobody home much at all
This house actually has windows
Mud-bricks and concrete construction – all held up with log scaffolding
We found some locals in their summer attire

​It’s quite strange wandering around a village where the people have mostly left! This is our last night of the tour in a remote place and in lots of ways we are all eager to finish now – a weariness is setting into our bones. After nearly three weeks on the road, it’s time to go home – but no, there is one more mammoth pass to go…

Climbing Taglangla Pass
It’s very cold at 5400 metres
Our last big moment at the summit of Taglangla Pass
A convoy of army trucks coming up the pass
Izzy and I notice 58 of the 62 trucks have very handsome drivers
The scenic ride down is like a race-track (at times)
Intricate hand-carved windows

We arrive in Leh and have our first shower in three days! The town has become more and more for tourists and Kamal is looking at alternate routes for the future. We don’t know any different so enjoy a good look around on our day off.

Market day in Leh

In tourist spots like these, every single shop has pretty much the same merchandise! Our last meal out together costs seven dollars each and we leave Izzy in Leh for a nine-day trekking expedition over a pass with a guide and a porter. We also have a sad goodbye to Imran, our mechanic, and Sanjur, our driver. They will drive through the night and take three days to get themselves and the van back to Delhi, while a transport truck picks up our bikes.

Spiti Valley and all the memories

Our flight to Delhi is over the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas where we can see glaciers and valleys and some of the places we have ridden. As we descend into the smog we say goodbye to the blue sky and deal with the assault of so much traffic, honking horns, smells, rubbish and heat. Everyone is dreaming of what to eat, everything clean, comfy beds and a good sleep. Kamal must see us to Delhi Airport and then he can return to his family. The stunning scenery, the wonderful food, the vast cultural differences, the hardy Royal Enfield Bullets, the camaraderie of a magic group of Kiwis and the friendships forged – this was an unforgettable adventure of a lifetime. Big thanks to Kamal, Imran and Sanjur – this tour was polished and slick, jam-packed with all you imagine and more, and we were nurtured and felt part of something very special. Put the kettle on, make a cup of tea or crack the top off a cold one and come on our journey through northern India…
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  1. Gay Watson August 26, 2019 at 1:09 am

    Lee-o these blogs have been just fab and the photos tell it all – a picture tells a thousand words as they say. Well done on completing another adventure safely and we look forward to hearing about the next one in good time my friend!

    • Lee August 26, 2019 at 10:24 am

      I hope you watched the movie on a big screen! Talk soon xxx

  2. Mal August 21, 2019 at 4:58 am

    Well what an adventure!! It sure had it all.. Good you are back safely after such testing roads. Mal

    • Lee August 22, 2019 at 3:26 am

      Thanks Mal, catch up soon

  3. Jen Green August 16, 2019 at 8:13 am

    Amazing adventure Lee. The scenery is breathtaking however I’m sure it is much more comfortable from my study than experiencing the cold at the altitudes. I will be awaiting another adventure BOOK 🙂 Jen

    • Lee August 16, 2019 at 8:16 am

      Thanks Jen…hope you clicked on the youtube video at the end of the blog – watch it on your TV if you can. xxxx

  4. Alison Morgan August 16, 2019 at 12:09 am

    Unreal Lee great photo’s once again also amazing reading, love your comment about you and Izzy keeping an eye on the truck driver’

    • Lee August 16, 2019 at 8:03 am

      Thanks Ally. Seriously, those soldiers were very good-looking!!

  5. Bruce Newey August 15, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Another excellent adventure. Thanks for sharing.

    • Lee August 16, 2019 at 8:03 am

      No worries cuz, glad you enjoyed it xxx love to all your family

  6. Ken Smith August 15, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Home for a nice cold beer no doubt. No doubt you enjoyed it to some extent. Happy to be home.

    • Lee August 16, 2019 at 8:04 am

      It is nice to be home Ken…a couple of our riders contracted giardia in the last few days so we consider ourselves lucky

  7. Marian Ferguson August 15, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Hi Lee thanks so much for sending me the emails with your fabulous, amazing travels. Certainly a trip to remember to a part of the world that not many people get to – and probably those that do don’t do on a motorbike. Fantastic. Hope you are enjoying the comforts of home now.

    • Lee August 16, 2019 at 8:06 am

      We sure are Marian…hope you watched the video at the end of Blog 10 (best on a big-screen TV). Thanks for your comments and glad you enjoyed the journey too xxx

  8. Trish August 15, 2019 at 6:41 am

    I shall miss India Lee. Thanks for taking the time to share your journey and your fabulous photos. Safe travel home Xx

    • Lee August 16, 2019 at 8:07 am

      The video allows us to relive it so much – it’s an adventure that will stay with us forever xxx

  9. Sue Hird August 15, 2019 at 5:41 am

    What an ending – snow and deserted villages! And so high above sea level, an amazing place.
    Delhi must have been a huge assault after the clean air and comparative tranquility.

    Time to look forward to the next trip in September!

    • Lee August 16, 2019 at 8:09 am

      To be honest, could have done without Delhi – maybe just caught connecting flights and not left Delhi airport!! On the positive we had another meal with dosa – yum!!

  10. Carolyn and Keith August 15, 2019 at 4:16 am

    Wow Lee another great read, and amazing videos. Gosh you do like lots of adventures in your life. We look forward to your next blog on your next trip. Safe Travels, and much love xx

    • Lee August 16, 2019 at 8:14 am

      Thanks guys…I think we are soul sisters with adventures Carolyn. And as you know, age will catch up with us so we need to do it all sooner rather than later…!

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