Sunday 31 August 2014

Day 3 : Jammu - Srinagar

Day 3 : Events (Aug 17)

  • Rode from Jammu towards Srinagar
  • Crossing some challenging ghat roads in really dangerous conditions and sharing the road with trucks, buses, and few cars.
  • Was wondering how my friends traveling by bus must be feeling going through this route, where I struggled to ride a motorcycle through.
  • While struggling through the tough terrain and damaged roads, the first feel of Kashmir appears when I reached Banihal. Rivers, greenery, and a beautiful valley with people dressed in traditional attires.
  • Keep on going straight and I got closer to Srinagar, but the road got worse with every mile
  • The last 50 or so kilometers to Srinagar were the worst till now, due to roads under construction and tons (and tons and tons) of dust blown by the vehicles going in the front.
  • Due to a half-face helmet and unusable visor, I had a tough time making it to Srinagar
  • Finally reached Srinagar at around 10 pm
  • Stayed in a hotel near Batwara Chowk after crossing many Indian Army setups.

Ludhiana - Jalandhar - Amritsar - Pathankot - Jammu

Road condition:
Till Pathankot, it's again Punjab highways, so I maintained a good speed. From Jalandhar to Amritsar is a single-lane high traffic, high-risk overtaking route. So had to be alert and careful all the time. Just before reaching Pathankot, the highway gets narrow briefly and the number of trucks increases causing slow-moving traffic and occasional jams. Again after Pathankot, roads are decent till Jammu. So not many problems there.

Punjab was hot and humid, but good cruising speeds on highways, more than compensates for the same. As one crosses Pathankot, the cold breeze can be felt and the surroundings get cooler (than Punjab).

Fuel Stops:
Somewhere between Jammu and Patnitop: 
Rs 599 / 82.04 pl = 7.3 Ltrs

An Epic-Selfie attempt (pun intended!) during breakfast near Jammu.

Excellent roads from Jammu towards Srinagar. Alas, they only lasted for 20-30 km.

On the first look at this stretch, I thought, going ahead may be this is how the dangerous mountain roads would look like. Well, I was so wrong. Now looking back, this very stretch would be the last thing I would recall as dangerous or even remotely risky.

One of the numerous bridges connects the mountain roads.

Getting tire pressure checked. Wasn't very sure if I would get to find a garage ahead for this.

The line/road in the background is where I just came through.

This is what valleys look like. River just adds to the beauty.

Entering Banihal.

Jenab, ye hai river 'Chenab' :)

Inside Jawahar Tunnel, the length was close to 3 km. I enjoyed every moment while riding through this tunnel. However, it was very noisy when a train (I guess) passed over it when I was near the exit. Also, it may appear to be a bit spooky, if you are riding through it alone.

For some reasons important to me, arriving in this city for the first time on a motorcycle marks a day in my biography for sure.

Night Halt:
Place                : Batwara Chowk, Srinagar
Accommodation : Modern Residency
Cost per room    : Rs 
Room Capacity   : 4 + 2 additional mattress
Other Details     :
- Bikes parked at the entrance of the hotel with the guard keeping an eye
- Food (dinner/breakfast) charges were separate
- Food quality and taste were great, but expensive

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