24st August 1994, Wednesday………………Day(6) Leh to Drass (300 km)
It rained throughout the night. Weather got clear in the morning though. Since we had already decided to leave Leh that day itself, so before leaving Leh, we went for a little walk in Leh bazaar. Leh bazaar looked very neat, clean and colourful. Most people we saw were wearing red robes and were of buddhist. The houses we saw in old Leh were mud houses.
After having nice time we came back to the hotel, took breakfast and loaded the bike for ride back to Amritsar.Weather and road was good. Landscape was good too but not as good as Leh Manali route. We took tea break at Khalsi and bought some peach. They tasted very sweet and heavenly, never in life peach tasted so well.
Riding merrily along we soon hit Fotu La (13478 ft) the highest mountain pass on Leh-Srinagar road. We were clear in our mind and so did not stop anywhere on the way. We knew we had to reach as close to Zojila Pass as possible before the night fell.
Soon we reached Kargil. We considered Kargil for the night stay for a while but didn’t like the place very much. We pressed on and reached Drass at around 6pm. After a little effort we found a nice room at Hotel Hill View for Rs.60-.
We enquired about Zojila Pass, whether it was open or not, as we were not getting clear information. We were told that due to rain there was some landslide and Zojila Pass might be closed for few days. With this worry in my mind I could not sleep well and kept pacing around.
The innocent face of my 2 years old little angel kept flashing on my minds eyes throughout the night………………..!!!