3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway
3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway
3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway
3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

Along with our 10-year-old pickup truck, we had two other people on motorcycles as part of the mixed convoy.

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It was a trip I had thought would never happen. Ladakh had always been on my bucket list but given the complexities involved in planning and organising a road trip from Bengaluru, it had seemed a distant dream. Till it actually happened.

We (meaning three of us, two 72 years old, one of whom was me, and the other 65 years young) soon found ourselves driving a ten-year-old Scorpio Getaway pick-up truck all the way from Bengaluru to Ladakh. We had two others on motorbikes as part of the mixed convoy.

The route we had planned was Bengaluru – Thane- Udaipur – Mohali – Patni Top – Srinagar – Leh. We started off on the 9th of June 2022 at 0530 and finally returned to Bengaluru on the 26th.

We skipped going via Srinagar because of a stone-throwing incident and curfew, and instead went to Ladakh via Manali and Jispa. In Ladakh, we went through Padum, Kargil, Dras, Leh, Tso Moriri, returning to Mohali via Jispa, Manali and Nalagarh crossing many passes. We also drove through snowfall on our way to Kargil.

Overall we experienced the drive of our lifetime, practically over non-existent roads everywhere. It was mostly rubble, boulders and dust which our pick-up truck did well in negotiating and handling, and though it was a rough ride, it was indeed exhilarating to experience it in the extreme, and like no other.

Here are some pictures taken by us.

Lunch Stop after Udaipur (The guy on the extreme right being the writer)

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

Manali

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

Heavy traffic enroute Rohtang

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

Rohtang Pass

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

Downtown Manali

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

Entrance of Atal Tunnel

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

Restaurant at Padma Lodge Jispa

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

Unloading baggage at Jispa

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

Surreal landscape

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

Shinkula Pass

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

Prayer flags at Shinkula

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

Wild Horses

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

Zanskar Valley

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

Hotel at Kargil – Chutuk heights

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

Kargil War Memorial

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

Main gate Kargil War Memorial

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

Kargil War Memorial Grounds

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

The famous Tiger Hill

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

Indo-Pak LOC

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

LOC Viewpoint

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

LOC Panoramic View

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

Fotula Top

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

View from Fotula Top

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

Army Gurudwara outside Leh

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

Magnetic Hill near Leh

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

Hall of Fame in Leh

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

Shanti Stupa

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

Leh Market

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

Shey palace

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

Khardung La

3 men over 65 years old doing Bangalore to Ladakh in a Scorpio Getaway

There are more pics in this video that is approximately 25 minutes long. It summarises our entire trip in a nutshell.

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