Pages: [1]   Go Down

Author Topic: Exploring the Zanskar Valley, Ladakh (India)  (Read 12142 times)

somu1

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 18
    • Somendra's Website
Exploring the Zanskar Valley, Ladakh (India)
« on: June 23, 2012, 09:37:19 AM »

Snuggled between the Great Himalayas to the south and the Zanskar mountains to the north, Zanskar valley is one of the most remote valleys of India. It is takes three full days of driving to reach Zanskar from Jammu, the nearest railhead. Zanskar remains cut off from the world for more than six months of the due to snow in the Himalayan passes.

What Zanskar lacks in connectivity, it more than makes up for, in its spectacular landscapes. I spent about a week traveling in, and photographing the Zanskar region. I have put up an illustrated travelogue of my visit on my site. It might be of interest to someone planning to visit Zanskar or Ladakh.

You reach the travelogue on this link : http://somendras.com/?p=728#more-728

Logged
Somendra Singh
Jaipur - Rajasthan INDIA
http://somendras.com/

wolfnowl

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 5821
    • M&M's Musings
Re: Exploring the Zanskar Valley, Ladakh (India)
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2012, 09:37:43 PM »

Looks like an amazing place to be.  Stark, but intriguing.

Mike.
Logged
If your mind is attuned to beauty, you find beauty in everything.
~ Jean Cooke ~

My Flickr site / Random Thoughts and Other Meanderings at M&M's Musings

Colorado David

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1120
Re: Exploring the Zanskar Valley, Ladakh (India)
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2012, 11:24:48 PM »

Beautiful photos and an interesting place.  This is off-topic sort of, but have you every considered using a roof tent instead of a ground tent?  I've used roof tents in Africa and the are very comfortable.  They're usually equipped with more of a real mattress than what you can reasonably use in a ground tent.  They also facilitate making and breaking camp much faster as they just fold up on the roof of your vehicle.

somu1

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 18
    • Somendra's Website
Re: Exploring the Zanskar Valley, Ladakh (India)
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2012, 03:06:21 AM »

I have never used a roof tent but I can see their advantages. Would love to have one, but unfortunately, in India, they are not available off the shelf. I have been planning to fabricate one for some time but it hasn't happened yet :-).
Logged
Somendra Singh
Jaipur - Rajasthan INDIA
http://somendras.com/

Colorado David

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1120
Re: Exploring the Zanskar Valley, Ladakh (India)
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2012, 09:52:08 AM »

Can you import one from South Africa?

francois

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 8104
Re: Exploring the Zanskar Valley, Ladakh (India)
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2012, 10:03:48 AM »

Fantastic photos with breath-taking landscape.

Thanks for sharing your exploration of the Zanskar Valley.
Logged
Francois

somu1

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 18
    • Somendra's Website
Re: Exploring the Zanskar Valley, Ladakh (India)
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2012, 12:54:34 PM »

Can you import one from South Africa?
Technically we can. But there is a lot of red tape involved and the duty is also quite a bit.
Even so, do send a link if you know someone who makes these in South Africa. I will give it a try :) .
Logged
Somendra Singh
Jaipur - Rajasthan INDIA
http://somendras.com/

Colorado David

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 1120
Re: Exploring the Zanskar Valley, Ladakh (India)
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2012, 04:22:00 PM »

Hannibal Roof Tents, made in South Africa.

http://www.hannibal.co.za/default.asp?pageid=541

Tony Jay

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 2602
Re: Exploring the Zanskar Valley, Ladakh (India)
« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2012, 07:59:58 PM »

Several proprietary brands of rooftop tents are available in Australia, including Hannibal.
ARB makes a very good version.

It would be worth investigating whether ARB is represented in India - either as themselves or via an agency.
ARB sell a very wide range of accessories for four wheel drive vehicles - the market for long-range off-road four wheel drive touring vehicles and the accessories required to specify these vehicles thus in Australia is huge.
Other brands to consider also include TJM.

I would be very surprised if there is not some representation of these companies in India.

Regards

Tony Jay
Logged

Tony Jay

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 2602
Re: Exploring the Zanskar Valley, Ladakh (India)
« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2012, 08:10:27 PM »

Try:

4x4 Off-Road Equipment And Services
64, Railway Parallel Road Kumara Park West
Bengaluru - 560020, Karnataka, India

http://www.4x4offroad.in

This company is an agent for ARB so should be able to source rooftop tents sold by ARB.

Regards

Tony Jay
Logged

somu1

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 18
    • Somendra's Website
Re: Exploring the Zanskar Valley, Ladakh (India)
« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2012, 09:46:49 PM »

Hannibal Roof Tents, made in South Africa.

http://www.hannibal.co.za/default.asp?pageid=541

Looks great! already wish I had one :).

Thanks for posting the link.
Logged
Somendra Singh
Jaipur - Rajasthan INDIA
http://somendras.com/

somu1

  • Newbie
  • *
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 18
    • Somendra's Website
Re: Exploring the Zanskar Valley, Ladakh (India)
« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2012, 09:51:10 PM »

Try:

4x4 Off-Road Equipment And Services
64, Railway Parallel Road Kumara Park West
Bengaluru - 560020, Karnataka, India

http://www.4x4offroad.in

This company is an agent for ARB so should be able to source rooftop tents sold by ARB.

Regards

Tony Jay

We are familiar with ARB in India, they make great products. I have friends who use ARB differential locks, winches, winch bumpers and other products. Didn't know that they also make roof tents. Will get in touch with them.

Thanks for the help :).

regards
Logged
Somendra Singh
Jaipur - Rajasthan INDIA
http://somendras.com/

Tony Jay

  • Sr. Member
  • ****
  • Offline Offline
  • Posts: 2602
Re: Exploring the Zanskar Valley, Ladakh (India)
« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2012, 12:24:46 AM »

You are welcome.

Regards

Tony Jay
Logged
Pages: [1]   Go Up