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 of the Khardung-La Pass and Nubra Valley region, in Ladakh (India).
Those pristine valleys are very close to Tibet, and near the border line with Pakistan-administered Kashmir. A special Inner-line permit is needed to travel in this region.
The Nubra Valley region is only accessible by road during a couple of summer months, via Khardung-La Pass (elevation 5359 m or 17,615 feet).
For more information on the Khardung-La pass, read the Wikipedia article:
For more information on the Nubra valley, read the Wikipedia article:
卐卐卐 - Horn Please! - 卐卐卐
Photos of traffic accidents on the roads of India and Nepal.
Most accidents involve overturned trucks.
Approximately 140,000 people die from traffic accidents every year in India.
The swastika (卐) is a Hindu symbol of auspiciousness or good luck, and it is painted on almost all trucks in India, as a good luck charm to protect against traffic accidents. Its efficiency is not scientifically proven :)
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.