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Thread: Self-Drive Exploratory Expedition Travel -> Zanskar & Unknown Kashmir, "off-season" October 2011

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    7. Srinagar - Zoji la - Kargil - Sankoo [Zanskar] -> approx 300 km

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    8. Sankoo - Tangole

    Tangole - Kun base camp trek - Tangole

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    10. Tangole - Rangdum - Pensi la -Padum

    Padum and around

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    11. Padum - Srinagar

    [ 30 hours of driving day and night and day in the mountains as we got stuck due to Himlayan Car Rally and more due to a almost kaput clutch spring, the clutch pedal was not coming up - anytime it would given way]

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    11. Srinagar - Bandipora - Gurez
    Around Gurez and Bagtore

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    12. Gurez - Kupwarwa

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    13. Kupwara to Lolab and Bangus

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    14. Kupwara - Baramula - Srinagar

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    15. Srinagar - Doodpathri - Srinagar

    Doodh Pathri
    Doodh-e-pathri is yet another bowl shaped valley about 50 kms form Srinagar. It is a recent discovery in the valley covered with the green carpeted meadows. A flowing river resounds with soft wind passing through the pine trees of the enclosures of the valley. It is also called as a "VALLEY OF MILK" because it produces rich milk in a large quantity.

    It is said that the cattle grazing in the meadows of Doode e Pather, produces rich milk in large quantity , this reason it is called the "valley of milk" Doodh e Pather. The shepherds from different areas travel to this place along with their cattle's and stay there for days together. This area also connected to Gurez valley on its north.

    A cup of tea with snack at tea stalls run by local people during the season at the main meadows could become your most pleasurable drink. A full day tour to Doodh e Pather with some packed lunch will definitely be a bonus of your visit to Kashmir.


    In between the magnificent hills, milk stream, dense forest cover a large meadow about which a famous Kashmiri Saint Nund-Reshi who was in search of water to offer prayers has pricked the ground by his stick to search water, the milk came out and hence the meadow got its name DOODHPATHR.

    The prominent sites of Doodpather are Tangnar, Mujpather, Dophkhal, Sochilpather, Palmaidan and Parihas

    Srinagar to Doodthpathri can be reached through Khan Sahib or Bansantwudar. We took the Khan Sahib Road via the bypass road.

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    This was a day trip and we returned back to our wonderful hotel host at Badami Bagh, Srinagar.

    15. Srinagar - Dal Lake - Palwal [ a night and day journey of over 1000 km in 20 hours, reaching Palwal about 50 km away from Delhi on NH2.

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    16. Palwal - Mughalsarai - Kolkata

    [ a 1500 km journey done in 2 days due to couple of Safari problems that happened purely as had ignored crucial maintanence before the trip - had stop at Auraiya and Mughalsarai in Uttar Pradesh, where even at the fag end of this stupendous travel, we still meet some of the most friendly people, mechanics helping us out at the most odd hours and situations! ]

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    So thats the map part, hopefully I have been able to clear somewhat about the locations and their surroundings, though again a GPS logger would have been most beneficial to give a overall picture.

    From the next post onwards we go into detail of our travel, day and place basis, starting on 30th Sept, 2011 night from Kolkata.


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    Thanks for the update.
    The places you have mentioned not avialable in Google maps. I dont know, how did you come to know about this places.
    Have you planned these places before hand or as they come you have gone there.

    No updates from long time. Tired of refreshing. Please update.
    Last edited by dranirban; 18th January 2012 at 12:09 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rahul4640 View Post
    How do you come to know that such a place does ever exist on earth! Each time I go through your post I find how adventurous you really are!
    Now please post details of your trips, so that we may go through it.
    Quote Originally Posted by dranirban View Post
    Have you planned these places before hand or as they come you have gone there.

    No updates from long time. Tired of refreshing. Please update.
    Apologies much to both of you and all, had been on the Zanskar Chadar trek in January and that made the free time for writing much more less. Determined though now to finish all the pending travel stories.

    None of this journey was planned or any hotel room booked in advance. This was an exploratory travel, a drive to remote lands - we took each day as it came.

    Lets go into the travel story in detail now!!

    As is almost all our travels, after the Friday's work of September 30, 2011, and picking up Surja from North Calcutta, we head off at night towards the exploratory travel of unknown lands, people and surroundings. Of course, the initial miles are through the most familiar part, the Kolkata to Delhi NH2 highway. This was around like 14th time we were on this overnight 1500 km highway journey.

    Exploratory expedition of days means Safari VTT is packed up to its brim! We start around 11 pm for the overnight journey from Kolkata to Delhi and beyond.

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    But this was what we got into soon. With super super truck jams all through Dankuni to Panagarh, It took us 9 hours to reach Asansol!

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    That biggest night jam ever experienced, made the overnight journey pointless. We spent the complete night stuck in the jam. It was a mess and Panagarh area still like this till now until unless a bypass is done

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    We covered around 250 km till Asansol in 9 hours, stopped over at cousin sister's house, refreshed and a short nap, and after a hearty lunch we left again towards Delhi at around 2 pm

    Evening came around Jharkhand Bihar border. Most scenic part of NH2 comes at Jharkhand with the empty highway going through sparsely populated areas after Dhanbad.
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    We reached Delhi at around 12 noon and continued beyond to get ahead as much as possible on NH1 now towards Ambala. We finally stopped at Murthal, 50 kms beyond Delhi, after a 26 km drive. After a brief rest till late evening, started again towards Khajjair near Chamba. We drove overnight through Punjab towards Panthakot, great drive in absolute empty roads other than the occasional night buses. Punjab highways [NH1 and state highways] do have a lot of traffic during day-time and as such enjoyed the empty roads in this night journey.

    In Punjab, without a GPS, lost of our way towards Nawansahr. Followed a night tourist bus, reasoning that it must be going towards Pathankot. We went through the Garhshankar-Balachaur SH24 highway for Pathankot.

    After an fantastic overnight journey, entered Chamba district of Himachal through the Chamba-Pathankot border at Tunnuhatti.

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    It's a magical transformation. As soon as one enters Himachal the hills being and it is a steady rise towards Chamba and Khajjiar. And of course, we come across a customary caution for the hills
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    But then the vistas were magical as we approach Khajjiar
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    Khajjiar sits on a small plateau with a small stream-fed lake in the middle that has been covered over with weeds. The hill station is surrounded by green meadows and dense forests. 23 kms from Dalhousie by road and 13 kms from Kalatop is the mini Switzerland of India i.e. Khajjiar, at a height of 6400 ft. Hutchison writes, "Khajjiar is a forest glade of great beauty, 6400 feet above sea level".

    Khajjiar is often reffered to as "Gulmarg of Himachal Pradesh". The lush green meadows are surrounded by thick pine and cedar forests. Grazing herds of sheep, goats and other milch cattle present a prefect pastoral scenery. There is a small lake in the center of the saucer shaped meadow
    which has in it a floating island. Much of the lake has degenerated into slush because of heavy silting during rains. Still the landscape of Khajjiar is picturesque and a photographer's delight

    We reached Khajjiar around 10 am morning after the overnight drive of 600 km.
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    And after all the 2200 km journey from Kolkata, what a place it is. The early morning mist and freshness of October made it magical

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    Picturesque landscape at is best - Khajjiar, Himachal
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    Some more of info of Khajjiar

    Often called India's Switzerland, the exquisite glade of Khajjiar (1960m) has a circumference of about 5 km. Along its fringes, thick forests of deodar climb the slopes, the snow-line rests above these woods. At Khajjiar there is a 12th century temple dedicated to KhajjI Nag. Within the temple are life size wooden images of the five Pandav brothers.

    ACCESS : Khajjiar is connected by road and is 23 km from Dalhousie and 26 km from Chamba. It is 520 km from Delhi. The closest railhead is at Pathankot, 120 km. The airport at Gaggal in Kangra is at a distance of 180 km. Taxis and buses are available from all these places.

    CLIMATE : In winter, the temperature hovers around freezing point with snowfall and heavy woolens are required. In summer, the climate is mild and light woolens / cottons are recommended.
    Amazing pastoral vistas. What a start to a travel!
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    Khajjiar is highly recommended for paragliding
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    And zorbing and pony rides are other activities, of course other than just walking and lazing around.

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    Open spaces and fresh air -> happy and active children
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    Khajji Nag Temple: Khajjiar is famous for the popular Khajji Naga shrine dedicated to the serpent god from which the name is believed to have been derived. The temple dates back to the 10th century and is interspaced with different patterns and images on the ceiling and wooden posts. A curious blend of Hindu and Mughal styles of architecture is reflected in the wooden carvings on the ceilings and wooden posts. The image carvings are said to represent the Kauravas who were tied up here in the hideout by the Pandavas. The temple consists of a spacious congregation hall sufficiently enclosed by wooden supports. The dome-shaped shrine is made of slates locally extracted from limestone quarries. Adjoining are other shrines of Shiva and Hadimba goddess also. The age-old tradition of sacrificing a goat is still practiced outside the temple premises.

    Khajji Nag Temple

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    On 07-07-1992, Mr. Willy t. Blazer, Vice Counselor and Head of Chancery of Switzerland in India brought Khajjiar on the world tourism map by christening it "Mini Switzerland". He also put a sign board of a yellow Swiss hiking footpath showing Khajjiar's distance from the Swiss capital Berne-6194 kms. Khajjiar is among the 160 locations in the world that bear topographical resemblance with Switzerland. The Counselor also took from Khajjiar a stone which will form part of a stone collage around the Swiss Parliament to remind the visitors of Khajjiar as Mini Switzerland of India.

    Khajjiar became one with the 160 places within the world that resemble the topography of Switzerland. Mr Blazer also erected a yellow Swiss hiking footpath signboard indicates the distance from the Swiss capital Berne up to Khajjiar as 6,194 km.

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    HPTDC Hotel Devdar at one end of the meadow. PWD and FRH are also there.
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    And this HPTDC cottage may be known as Bhoot Bangla[!], but nothing beats its location. A British era cottage residency situated at the opposite end of the meadow with dense forests behind. Never miss to stay in this place, if you can!

    Fantastic Bhoot Bangla of HPTDC Khajjiar .
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