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Offline Jasii

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The unfolding of the ?Ladakh saga??????
« on: August 16, 2014, 05:01:31 PM »
The unfolding of the ?Ladakh saga??????

The Preamble:

What started as a harmless joke on the forums of ?Photography Club of India? which we lovingly call as PCI is soon to become a reality, 4 unknowns to bind, to enter into wedlock of friendship  and create a trip of a lifetime. I?ll be honest and reluctantly admit, that there was a time, when I had nearly succumbed and wanted to back out, but, would like to convey heartfelt thanks to ?Somnath Goswami? from Kolkata, a good human being and an astute photographer who shamed me by emailing me his trip schedule aptly labeled: ? Solo Iterinary?. :P

The duo turned into a trio as the ?Nawab of Lucknow? as Rishabh is fondly called joined us. We soon became a foursome with Subhas Datta aka ?Blue?from Kolkata giving his assent, we nearly were on the verge of becoming the Famous Five had ?Binoy? not decided to opt out due to pressing official engagements.

A trip as colossal as this was bound to have problem areas, The iterinary that spanned well beyond a fortnight was  a  long period for those friends who could not get such an extended leave of absence from work, the financials at 40K per person also proved to be somewhat of a dampener for many. The transportation, the accommodation, were all logistical challenges that had to be met. But, challenge is the pathway to engagement and progress in our lives, ain?t it??  8). Strong beliefs in ourselves and the optimism within the group, ably fuelled by good wishes and ample bits of advice from the PCI brethren kept us on even keel. The good thing was, we had 4 months to plan this trip and to ensure that we came back ?trumps?with our smiles intact and a lifelong bonding between four new friends.

The net was amply researched, hundreds of docs were printed, phone calls to my friends in the army resulted in a plethora of useful information. I would here like to specially thank my very good friends: Col. Amitabh,  Col.Zahl and Col. Saneev for their invaluable help. ?Heartfelt Thank you guys!!?  A lot of useful info was obtained from the following sites: http://devilonwheels.com/, www.bcmtouring.com/, www.hivayking.in/ and www.indiamike.com/. Forums were scrounged for past Ladakh trips and points of interest along with declared pitfalls were duly noted. The D Day having come, Somanth  is to fly down from Kolkata to Delhi and rendezvous with Rishabh who would  take an overnight train and from my last telecom they were supposed to be clicking selfies at the IG Airport waiting for their onward flight to Srinagar. Subhas Datta would be flying from Delhi tomorrow ie the 17th of August and I would take the 5a.m bus for Pathankot  tomorrow and catch a train at 9.15 a.m for an onward 2 hour journey to Jammu Tawi where hopefully I should be in time to catch the 2.45 flight for Srinagar. I would be joined at the airport by Subhas who has graciously decided to wait for me even though I would land  good 20 minutes after him. Thank you Subhas!

The latest update The guys have landed in Srinagar safely and have checked into  a hotel facing the renowned dal Lake.

We for sure are going to do Confucius proud when he said: ?Wherever you go, go with  all your heart?

Cheers more to follow?????.

« Last Edit: August 16, 2014, 07:07:02 PM by Jasii »
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Re: The unfolding of the ?Ladakh saga??????
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2014, 08:14:48 PM »
Have fun guys :)

look forward to reading ur updates here in this post...do try and keep us updated with how things are going at ur end...a few lines daily would be much appreciated !
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Re: The unfolding of the ?Ladakh saga??????
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2014, 11:55:51 PM »
Thank you Ayaz, will keep the updates and the pics flowing......
Cheers!
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Re: The unfolding of the ?Ladakh saga??????
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2014, 12:04:30 PM »
Have fun and click lots of pictures.

All the best.  :like: :like: :like: :like:
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Re: The unfolding of the ?Ladakh saga??????
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2014, 12:06:43 PM »
Wow..........grt..........waiting for loads of pics and nice write up............. Happy Journey.......... :like: :like: :like:

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« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2014, 07:14:25 PM »
All the best Jasii & your team.  :like:

Have a great time and come back with your SD cards full of stories !!   :)
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Re: The unfolding of the ?Ladakh saga??????
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2014, 10:07:11 PM »
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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2014, 10:35:55 PM »
Great going Jassiji. Wish you the very best of shooting weather and a safe trip.
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Re: The unfolding of the ?Ladakh saga??????
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2014, 10:22:50 AM »
Waiting for the Pics :)

and offcourse some spiced up RUM too :D

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« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2014, 11:11:26 AM »
While you guys are enjoying at Ladakh, I am deriving YTM of bonds and calculating forex derivatives sitting at a classroom in Pune :'(  Best of luck and yes, do post photos..
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Re: The unfolding of the ?Ladakh saga??????
« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2014, 12:35:24 PM »
Where are you guys? No updates yet?? Hope everything going on fine..
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Re: The unfolding of the ?Ladakh saga??????
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2014, 10:46:54 AM »
While you guys are enjoying at Ladakh, I am deriving YTM of bonds and calculating forex derivatives sitting at a classroom in Pune :'(  Best of luck and yes, do post photos..

Invest some of your money in bonds and derivatives to create some interset
else you would only be bored.

Coming to topic I am waiting eagerly for some starking images from Ladakh. Hope
our friends are keeping well.
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Re: The unfolding of the ?Ladakh saga??????
« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2014, 04:44:50 PM »
Just reached Manali, and boy, oh Boy! The keyboard does feel good ;). We are all fine and in good spirits, The trip was fantastic and so were the team members. Enough memories to keep me kicking for the next 12 months. :P

Shall be heading homewards tomorrow and shall touch bast tomorrow night. Till than ' adios' guys and thank you for all your warm wishes.

Ps. The spiced Rum drove the AMS away :D

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Re: The unfolding of the ?Ladakh saga??????
« Reply #13 on: August 29, 2014, 09:14:40 PM »
Welcome back :)

Look forward to loads of photos and a write up about the trip!!
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Re: The unfolding of the ?Ladakh saga??????
« Reply #14 on: August 30, 2014, 06:50:43 AM »
Cheers. . .
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