Christoph and Ben negotiating a difficult Nullah before Pang - Manali to Leh road (India)
Nullahs are water streams crossing over the road, usually near passes. They grow larger in the afternoon, with the sun melting the snow, and they can be dangerous.
This one is located in the beautiful canyon about 10 Km west of Pang (before Pang). Three heavy trucks got stuck in the soft gravel (behind, not visible on this photo), blocking the way for other trucks and causing a major traffic jam for trucks heading to Leh. The nullah is in front and I have already crossed it.
There was quite some water in the Nullah, but it was not a problem to cross with the motorbike. The soft gravel was harder to negotiate. The best way is to keep speed, but driving a heavy bike on unstable ground is quite hard.
We heard from a direct witness that the next day, a French guy tried to cross this Nullah when the water flow was much larger, and he got swept with his motorbike and fell into a nearbye waterfall. He was seriously injured or killed. If you know more about this accident, please post a comment.
Those are photos of my June 2009 Motorcycle road trip in the Himalayas (Manali, Leh, Kargil, Srinagar).
I was riding a Royal Enfield "Bullet" 500cc Machismo, that I rented in Delhi.
Photos taken during a 7-week, 7000 Km motorcycle tour across parts of India (Delhi, Rajasthan, Ladakh, Kashmir, Jammu and more) in May-June 2009.
Photos of Royal Enfield "Bullet" Motorcycles.
Royal Enfield are manufactured in India. They are rugged and simple to maintain and fix, which is why they are very popular in the Himalaya regions. The most popular model is 350cc, but there is also a 500cc version.
Royal Enfield "Bullet" motorcycles are also heavy, sometimes unreliable and not fuel efficient, because they are based on a design that dates the 1940's, with only minor changes and improvements. But they are very simple to fix when they break down.
I rented my Royal Enfield in Delhi, at a small shop called "Smart Motors" on Naiwala street in the Karol Bagh neighborhood. The owner, Mohit Soni, is a very nice guy, and they have good bikes. I recommend him.
Other recommended shops to rent Enfield "Bullets" in Delhi are Lali Singh and Tony Motors.