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Truck on Zojila Pass in Drass Valley, on the Leh to Srinagar road in Kashmir.­

Zojila is a high mountain pass in Kashmir, located on the Indian National Highway 1 between Srinagar and Leh in the western section of the Himalayan mountain range.­ Zojila is considered to be one of the World's most dangerous pass.­ Zojila is 9 km from Sonamarg and provides a vital link between Ladakh and Kashmir.­ It runs at an elevation of approximately 3,528 meters, and is the second highest pass after Fotu La on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway.­ It is often closed during winter weather, though the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) is working to extend traffic to most parts of the year.­

Though often referred to as Zojila Pass in the foreign press, the correct English translation is Zoji Pass or simply Zojila, since the suffix 'La' itself means pass in several Himalayan languages.­

The Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir is subject to ongoing territorial disputes between India and Pakistan.­

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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.­