Driving from Bangalore to Ladakh & again in our BMW X3: 30-day street journey


We determined to drive up by way of Srinagar & drive down by way of Manali overlaying round 8500 km, together with sightseeing.

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“When the street forward appears inconceivable – begin the engine”

Driving ~8500 kms is way simpler than writing a travelogue of 8500 phrases! I’ll chorus from writing quite a lot of phrases and as a substitute let the photographs inform the story of two.1/2 travellers who went on to witness the breathtaking fantastic thing about this place known as Ladakh – The land of excessive mountain passes. Whereas I’m not good at telling tales, Ladakh is a spot the place you make tales to recollect.

“The objective is to die with reminiscences not goals”

Not mentioning quite a lot of technical particulars on this submit, a little bit of it simply so {that a} fellow traveller can seek advice from some pointers in the direction of the planning and a few actually essential solutions. Let’s begin this story with a picture that represents the land. Peace and the wrestle. All of the credit score goes to the boys in uniform and BRO ( Border Street Organisation ) to make this place what it’s.

Peace and Safety

Ladakh is understood for shades of blue alongside inexperienced patches and vibrant mountains. Let’s have fun the majestic nature this area presents with some snaps. No digital camera on earth can actually seize the depth and vividness of the panorama provided right here, these footage are going to characterize only a tiny piece of the wonder.

The Plan

It was a bucket checklist merchandise for a very long time however driving to Ladakh from Bangalore with household ( particularly with a child ) is not any small plan to do! It wants 4 weeks to cowl the place correctly and 40 weeks to plan…

Fortunately although, my household was tremendous excited in regards to the journey and we began slowly fleshing out the plan. First was the route, ideally one ought to full the circuit of Srinagar – Leh – Manali to expertise the wonder. Our plan regarded like this, belief me, it regarded inconceivable initially.

Planning had 3 totally different gadgets:

  • How can we drive as much as Leh/Ladakh?
  • What to do there?
  • How can we drive all the way down to Bangalore?

We determined to drive up by way of Srinagar and drive down by way of Manali. Deliberate precisely 30 days drive, ~8500 kms together with sightseeing!

That is what our Ladakh plan regarded like on Map!

The Preparation

The bimmer had a change of brake pads in March 2022 finish and received its third service accomplished. The automobile knowledgeable us that it will be one other 12000 kms earlier than it wants a service. Nonetheless, for security, I despatched it for a radical checkup. It was a paid checkup though the automobile is roofed beneath BSI as the character of the service was adhoc and purely on buyer request.

Nonetheless, one factor that was famous is that – the rear tyres misplaced quite a lot of treading depth and would hardly be secure for an additional 2 thousand kms. Treads inwards have been fully gone, the automobile did round 22.5k kms barely. I knew RFTs would have much less life however by no means anticipated them to final for barely 20k! In any case, to make the drive peaceable, determined to alter all of the tyres.

The true wrestle began right here! Because of the pandemic after which the struggle, the availability chain for imported tyres has fully been disrupted. Discovering 4 tyres collectively was proving to be an actual wrestle. Lastly, a Bridgestone SELECT dealership received new tyres and fortuitously was very near residence. Made a go to and received all of the tyres modified at roughly 1.2 Lakhs together with every thing. BTW, BMW quoted virtually 1.5 lakhs for the very same job.

245/50/R19 Run flats

Subsequent factor to make sure and one of the vital essential preparations for this street journey was to get all vital permits to keep away from any surprises on the street. As we deliberate to drive to most corners of the area together with some restricted areas like Turtuk and Hanle, we needed to plan every thing upfront and maintain some buffer dates as nicely to tweak the plan in the course of the journey if required.

Reference Inside Line Allow ( ILP )

Recording Gear

All of us together with our 9 12 months outdated are shutter blissful. However as we needed to carry quite a lot of stuff we needed to go away a number of items of kit and select what we completely want. We’re hobbyist photographers and imagine in – “the perfect digital camera is what you will have”. With none extra buildup, here’s a checklist of cameras we utilized in order of their utilization ( descending order ).

  • Nikon Z6 ii + Nikkor Z 24-70 F2.8 S + Okay&F Idea Variable Fader ND2-ND32 ND Filter
  • iPhone 11
  • Fujifilm XT 20 + Fujifilm XF 18-55 F2.8-4 R LM OIS
  • Nikon D7200 + Nikkor AF-S 200-500 F5.6-F32 ED VR
  • Nikkor AF-S 50 mm f/1.8G
  • GoPro HERO9 Black
  • DJI Air 2S FMC
  • Manfrotto 127.5 cm Top Traveller Tripod with ball head

A better take a look at a number of the gear

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