Living on the Edge

Srinagar Travel Blog

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Hi Friends

As you know Tracy and i are doing our own thing at the moment, which means im on a hired 500cc Royal enfield designed in 1950 and build up to the present day. The gear change and rear brake are on the "wrong" side which is interesting in the many emergency stops you have to make. I am with Adam and Danny from England who are riding RTW on thier BMWs, two great guys who spend alot of time waiting for me me to chug along behind them.

We have travelled from Manali in Northern India thru Ladakh to Srinagar. The journey starts in the green verdent valley of the gods and then climbs over the highest motorable passes in the world the highest being 18830ft then across high mountain desert which is achingly beautifull until you reach the land of the Gompas {buddhist temples} at 3500m the weather is cool and the people warm . The days rides wouldnt take so long if you werent compeled to stop so often for a picture or two. It is the most beautifull part of our trip so far and think i might do it again this time in the truck with Tracy.

The roads are generally ok [For India} but the passes are subject to avalanche mud and land slides so care needs to be taken specially when a convoy of army trucks race at you flat out, it took a while for me to understand the traffic rules"might is right" i learnt this after nearly plunging down a cliffside courtesy of the Indian Army.

We are currently in Sringar Kashmir where it has rained non stop for 72 hours and the roads are impassable so weve all got our tired feet up on a house boat on Dal Lake. There were some bombings here last month and so there is a very large police and army presence. A dutch couple came round to our boat last night but had to leave early...why? Well there is a 10pm curfew and were told they would be shot as militants if they wre seen out after this time!!!!!!!!!!!! Nice place this!!! just ashame about the troubles.

Tim

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