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Sunday, September 29, 2013

BACKTRACK 5 R3 : dnstracer

1.  Dnstracer is another in the line of information gathering tool in Backtrack 5 R3 that determines where a given Domain Name Server (DNS) gets its information from, and follows the chain of DNS servers back to the servers which know the data. It basically works by sending the specified name-server a non-recursive request for the name. If the name server does returns an authoritative answer for the name, the next server is queried. If it returns an non-authoritative answer for the name, the name servers in the authority records will be queried. The program stops if all name-servers are queried.

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The switches available with the command line are :

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As can be made out from the screen shhot above,the option switches have variety to offer and thus a whole lot of basic info on the specific DNS can be churned out.The syntax of the command is :

dnstracer [options] [host]

-c:    disable local caching, default enabled
-C:   enable negative caching, default disabled
-o:    enable overview of received answers, default disabled
-q     : query-type to use for the DNS requests, default A
-r     : amount of retries for DNS requests, default 3
-s      : use this server for the initial request

-t      : Limit time to wait per try
-v     : verbose
-S      : use this source address.
-4     : don't query IPv6 servers

In the screen shots below I have taken example of the for running the command on.....the command run is


dnstracer -q soa -o

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Running the command with and without switches effects the final output of info as seen in the info....

BACKTRACK 5 R3 : dnsrecon

1.   Dnsrecon is another nice easy to use tool for pen testers for enumeration. The kinds of things dnsrecon can do are as follows:

    - Reverse Lookup against IP range
    - Perform general DNS query for NS,SOA and MX records
    - Cache snooping against Name Servers
    - Google Scanning for Sub Domains and Host

 2.   The command line usage and the few imp switch execution details are briefed here down :

   -h       --help                 Show this help message and exit
   -d       --domain            Domain to Target for enumeration.
   -c       --cidr                  CIDR for reverse look-up brute force (range/bitmask).
   -r       --range               IP Range for reverse look-up brute force
   -n      --name_server    Domain server to use, if none is given the SOA of the
                                      target will be used
   -D     --dictionary         Dictionary file of sub-domain and hostnames to use for
                                       brute force.
    -t     --type                  Specify the type of enumeration to perform:

Available through :
Backtrack -> Information Gathering -> Network Analysis -> DNS Analysis -> dnsrecon

In this blog post,I  will be covering 3 enumeration techniques. These being:

    SRV records Enumeration
    Top Level Enumeration
    Standard Enumeration

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To perform an SRV records enumeration against a domain the following input command will be run:


./ -t srv -d

As an example if we wanted to do this to, our command would be as follows:

./ -t srv -d

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Top Level Enumeration

For performing a top level enumeration the following command will be used :

./ -t tld -d

If the same command is run for,the following command will be used

./ -t tld -d
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and similarly,to perform an STD (standard) enumeration,the following command is used :


./ -t std -d

Using Google as an example again, our command would be:


./ -t std -d

The result as seen below in a standard enumeration :

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BACKTRACK 5 R3 : dnsmap

1.  Another useful tool for information gathering is dnsmap....few of you guys may wonder of why to use a variety of tools for information gathering when most of them give more or less the same result.The answer lies in the fact that any kind of additional information can be a hole to exploit in the stage of information gathering,it is always better to collect as much info as few quickies about what is the purpose of this tool...

-  Get IP addresses associated to each successfully bruteforced subdomain, rather than just one IP address per subdomain.
Bypassing of signature-based dnsmap detection by generating a proper pseudo-random subdomain when checking for wildcards.

Abort the bruteforcing process in case the target domain uses wildcards.
-  Ability to be able to run the tool without providing a wordlist by using a built-in list of keywords.
Saving the results in human-readable and CSV format for easy processing.
Improved built-in subdomains wordlist.
New bash script ( included which allows running dnsmap against a list of domains from a user-supplied file. i.e.: bruteforcing several domains in a bulk fashion.
[ Source :]

2.  So to get to this tool...we need to follow the same route as we have been doing it in past...vide the information gathering sub menu as shown below :

Backtrack - Information Gathering - Network Analysis - DNS Analysis - dnsmap
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3.   The basic syntax and switches for the tool are :

./dnsmap [options]

and the switches are :

- w for wordlist file)
- r for regular results file
- c for csv results file
- d for delay millisec
i for ip's to ignore

4.   The screens below show the usage and execution part as it happens on the screen.

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5.    What we are attempting vide the command executed is to bruteforce all of the subdomains of and saving them to a file called result. I have truncated the output since its very long and thus avoided.So I have only shown some part from the beginning and then as it ends.IN addition if one has a custom wordlist of subdomains he/she can use that as well simply by specifying the -w argument and then the path to the wordlist.So after the run is executed,the final results are seen in a manner shown below vide the screenshots :

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So as seen in the results above...we see there are 924 subdomains with their respective IP addresses.Though in the  screen shots above,we see a common IP address since it is a site for CEH testers.

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In the screen shots above,the result file created is seen and u can see the kind of contents that are stored in the file so generated....

Saturday, September 28, 2013

BACKTRACK 5 R3 : dnsenum

1.  Coming to next good information gathering tool in Backtrack 5 I give the command run details and a sample result by a tool known as dnsenum

First a small Intro about the tool :

DNSenum is a tool that is designed with the purpose of enumerating DNS information about a domain.Then information that one obtain's from this tool is useful for the phase of information gathering when one is conducting a penetration test.Thus the basic purpose of Dnsenum is to gather as much information as possible about a domain. The program performs the following operations:

-  Get the host's addresse (A record)
-  Get the nameservers (threaded)
-  Get the MX record (threaded)
- Perform axfr (ie DNS zone transfer) queries on nameservers
- Get extra names and subdomains via google scraping (google query = "allinurl: -www site:domain")
- Brute force subdomains from file, can also perform recursion on subdomain that have NS records (all threaded)
- Calculate C class domain network ranges and perform whois queries on them (threaded)
- Perform reverse lookups on netranges ( C class or/and whois netranges) (threaded)
- Write to domain_ips.txt file ip-blocks

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2.   So coming to executing the command,once you click the dnsenum available vide the following route :

Backtrack - Information Gathering - Network Analysis - DNS Analysis - dnsenum
you get to see the following screen...
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Now the run syntax for the command is pretty simple that goes like :


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In the above sample run...I have taken a site
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1.    I have been using and playing with BT5 R3 for quiet some time now...and having used and practised about 50% of them...I have decided to start sharing and how to use them on my blog for the firstimers..with screen shots and screen cast when required....although I have shown few tools and exploits of BT5 earlier .... now I wish to just make it all systematic....and in the first attempt here I am giving out a step by step screen shot of how to use the tool DNSDICT6...

2. The route to dnsdict6 is show in the screen shot below :

Backtrack - Information Gathering - Network Analysis - DNS Analysis - dnsdict6

3.  As can be made out from the Backtrack menu drop down...since it is listed in the information gathering sub is a Information Gathering tool. This tool is used to find all the sub-domains of a website or web server. The most advanced use of DSNDICT6 is to enumerate all IPv4 and IPv6 addresses and extract the dumps like sub-domains, IP information. This tool is quite a powerful tool because it also extracts those sub domains which are restricted or invisible for users.With respect to the usage and screens...they are seen below :

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Once you click this dnsdict6...u get the following screen :
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Before we execute the command,let us see the command syntax & switches available :

The switches details are seen below :

    - d is used to display information on Name Servers and MX Records
    - 4 is used to dump IPv4 addresses.

Four types of dictionary are inbuilt in this tool as follows :

     - s    (mall=50), 
     - m   (edium=796) (DEFAULT) 
     - l     (arge=1416), and
     - x    (treme=3211).
     - t      is used to specify no. of threads.

MX record ie mail exchanger record is a type of resource record in the Domain Name System that specifies a mail server responsible for accepting email messages on behalf of a recipient's domain, and a preference value used to prioritize mail delivery if multiple mail servers are available. The set of MX records of a domain name specifies how email should be routed with the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP).

So for example we run this command on

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The command reads :

dnsdict6 -d46 -s -t 10

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In the command above I have used the small dictionary with 10 threads to minimize the running actually this is a limited result...would have been slightly different had the same been run with xtreme dict and large number of threads...

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Leh Paroxysm : The unplanned trip to LEH

This post is written for Indiblogger for I am Explorer! in 
association with TATA SAFARI

1.   Have never shared the script of my greatest journey of life with anyone on the web....but got some free time...and then I came across this SAFARI STORME competition and thought of sharing it in the webosphere...though my blog is all about IT...but then for a change I am going to share this one on my blog that will basically cover driving...driving and driving and driving....nothing else..sheer driving...that too in the mountains with few worst sets of roads....I simply love it...

2.  So two summer's back,it started with, at a lunch that I had at my friends place in Delhi...and one of his friend their was sharing his grievances of never been able to find a friend with whom he could plan a Bike trip to Leh...he too was passionate about biking and adventure like me...and the moment he shared his grievance I was their in front of him standing in Attention and said..." is your friend that you have been longing for so long...."..he could not believe it and the sheer yes from my side had tears of joy in his eyes...(pun intended)...and so a week later we started with another volunteer and the best part was that except for our basic clothing and tying ropes we did not plan any other thing like where are we going to halt or stay for the of us Chetan soni was kind enough to brace us with lots of google info printouts that proved critical en route the entire before I start with the details..I would first summarise the trip.

Delhi - Bilaspur - Manali - Rohtang Pass - Patsio - Pang - Moore Planes - Leh - Pangong Lake - Leh - Nubra - Leh - Batalik - Baltal - AmarNath Yatra - Srinagar - Pathankot - Amritsar - Jallandhar - Delhi

16 Days @ 4285 Km

3.    So we trio got together first at Karnal Bypass and then after seeking blessings from a small Hanuman temple there,we started to Bilaspur.Being the kind we foodies were...we though tried to drive and just drive but the hanging tongues at the road sides Dhaba's were enough to halt and have a grt food bite....


and off course since it was just the start ..we were slightly easy to stop...and then we stopped at Cafe day to ease out the humid environs!!!!

and then it was a non stop to BILASPUR...

Posing on way to Bilaspur,Himachal Pradesh.Till now the typical humid factor and summer heat was with us...and the best part is that it was not going to be with us for long....
When we were venturing into the darkness time late evening,we decided to halt for the night at Bilaspur but first we inquired about few hotels and then suddenly we came across this board of Govt Rest house...and we rung the bell...the officer their was kind enough to tell us that there was one room available...he checked our voter I cards and let us after a simple veg dinner we just fell down on our beds...first day was our around 429 KM
Early morning Pose right in the sprawling green Lawns of the Guest House..we cleaned our bikes...checked up the basics.Thankfully all was here they are seen raring to go!!!!!

we left Bilaspur early on way to Manali...we left early at 0500h...we ensured one more thing evry day we started from a place....HANUMAN Temple....and surprisingly we used to find the same at every place we ever searched for....sought the blessings...and then moved ahead....

Could not resist the tempting river call flowing aside our route....breaking into the break....

we saw interesting lives en-route like the one seen below

We were slowly entering into the realms of nature....which has lost all most all of its sheen in the cement concrete in cities.....the lush green effect had started taking up as the new desktop background of our new life ...though only for a short duration....
It was just the size that made us come closer to the champ seen...but had all the traits of a mini-Godzilla :-)
Vanishing in SPEED...
Crossing successfully....missed the trucks!!!!!
Posing inside the 3 km long canal....pitch dark at few places inside...the head lights were saviours
Entering the Manali Sarchu Road.Till now the roads had been like a ideal dream stuff....what was awaiting us was not known to us ahead.
Preparing one of the devils before the launch to Rohtang early morning.It was surveyed at local level that the earlier you move from Manali ...the better it is going to be....and the advise was noted and made compliant with.We left as early as 0430 the arly morning chills
Right at the gates of SASE....thanking for the hospitality.....
Leaving early morning....
 The Game Begins...its now snake and a snails Pace with no sight of clearing the traffic...the long stream of SUVs and tourist buses had no end....
I love these roads..the roads that have taken shape only owing to the moving traffic...and the innumerable blasts by the BRO to give them a face to look like road....but the natural beauty covered it all....

 Little Success on crossing one jam and sluggish roads

Manoeuvring through the slim and sick roads!!!

Moments that we have been waiting for in our lives...the mountains...the pleasure of driving in the terrain which offers only natural resources as support...

These little ways in between  standing trucks were good enough for bikers to move ahead,,,,to reach LEH...the skills were borne by us thankfully to manouvere inbetween....
The Devil Swim

What we see below in the pics is just a trailor of roads that we are expected to move along on the entire journey....sluggish...soaky...hardened by stones... is getting cooler!!!!!rohtang pass was one of our first interactions with passes...but with the kind of stories we had read in various blogs we were lucky to get out in about 5 hours...

Stuck for nearly 5 hours..... and then finally a little congrats to each other on crossing the first major hurdle.....

Found a cave in between ...reminded of the Lord Shiva...just checked inside if we have finally been able to locate Lord Shiva's House...

Finally at ROHTANG PASS!!!!!!Shout is a must to celebrate.The all around cloud cover was though a danger sign for moving further but who cares...this is what we expect the unexpected at each moment ahead...we had no plans of where to stop for the night...the only plan was to enjoyyyy nature and surroundings....

Such bridges were in not less then few places ahead we found few broken bridges.....that added to the planned hours of move....

Any time we sighted a flowing river...we would not hesitate to stop and have some fun by opening cans of the jaw water...:-) and we dedicated various such stops to the bikes...make them relax... :-)

It's a wow feeling...the bikes...and the trio of us...such a combo in the best of places with only driving as the drive and drive....

To get this click...I had to jump about 10-15 times before my friend Chetan got it correct...this was just the beginning of various jumps we got addicted to...many jumps ahead!!!
The cloud and the dust cover had started to dominate....and the nallahs had started becoming more frequent...crossing the same was an art that we some how quickly learnt.....
The wrestle with flowing water at full speed and the machine with each one of us on the top was a hearty experience...that made our beats faster and the speed quicker....
So...we saw the first major damage....

The security forces units enroute played a great part in our successful trip...we had never planned or tied up with any hotels...or make shift accommodations for tourist...but these guys were always ready to help us out....a plain verbal request at the gate was course they checked our identity proofs but no further interrogations....the stays were made comfortable ....and the hospitality at such heights only made us respect them more....

The road was never ending like always...keep driving....

This was our first experience of crossing a flowing and bursting nallah...and the good thing about our team was that none of us had a Royal Enfield or a bike with a silencer parallel to the pulsar had a silencer which had a acute angle formation with the no water could stop us...and we paved ahead ...though it required some driving and manoeuvring skills

This is one of the Royal Enfield that got stuck in between the nallah...and we ensured to not only assist in pushing...but also concluding the cross...

Another pass...another happiness...another celebration

Posing with machine...did not miss any opportunity

Thats my life full your passion....and I was fortunate to experience these moments...thankyou GOD...for blessing the trip....

Can their be a better desktop then this ?....each thing is a gift of nature...un touched...unexplored by the humans!!!!

That's BIRU DHABA...seeing this site at a place which is inhabited by none....shows that there is no dearth of adventurers in this world who have been able to drive in this terrain regularly...and so regularly that dhabas like this exist to make a commercial living for the locals..

Man and the machine....and the backdrop....each pic speaks of volumes of what nature has to explore....

Straighten it out a moment to straighten the back and below was my temporary bed....

The best bed ever slept on...balancing act!!!!

The road goes on and end....sheer driving phone signal to get waiting....chal bhai chal.....

Relaxing Machines....and we stopped for a nature's call...

The combinations of clouds,mountains and terrain was a never seen,never imagined and never experienced moments.....

The roads which were sandy and sluggish till now....slowly started getting rocky...we thanked god for each moment we moved ahead....lest we suffered a puncture in such a terrain....

21 hairpin bends called Gata loops took us from 4190 mts to 4630 mts. height. and measuresd approx 25 kms from sarchu tents.

The loops were keen to ghost the stories existed and we had read on various blogs....debriefed here in short...

" Years ago, it seems, a truck broke down on the same bend. The driver, mindful of the cargo he was carrying, told the cleaner to stay with the truck while he walked to the nearest village to get help. Off he went, trudging the forty kilometres of mountain roads that separated him from inhabitation.

He got there, totally spent, to find no help in sight. A storm on another pass had closed the road, there were no mechanics to be found in the tiny village and, even as the driver waited, the weather closed in. He was stranded in the village for over a week before a mechanic and a vehicle came by. By the time the party reached the truck, they found the cleaner dead, felled by exposure and thirst, high on the bone-dry mountainside. Rather than carry a decomposing body home, the rescuers buried it close by.

Then, things started happening. Travellers stopping on the loops started meeting a man who begged them piteously for water. People who refused were soon writhing with mountain sickness, and some even died of it. Those who obliged, though, saw the bottles they offered drop through the man’s hands, while he kept pleading for water. Terror struck the region and only subsided when the locals set up a memorial at the site and made offerings of water to placate the ghost.

No one stops unnecessarily on the Gata Loops."

The bottle devi....a memorial as mentioned above of used water bottles!!!! remarkably Indian

After the gata loops...we reached the Lachulungla Pass.Located some 54 km from Sarchu and 24 km from Pang,this is one of the easier 16,616 ft passes and it can be traversed cross-country by moving along the nallah on both sides. However, due to elevation, most of the the bikers face breathlessness during climb and those who have not undergone acclimatisation may face severe symptoms of altitude at such places we only decided to click and move jaldi jaldi..

The roads...alass!!!were not there....

Can their be anything better then this....u r a dot from far!......

and even a smaller dot from much far.....

Pose can never stop.....

Click me buddy!!!!i m feeling like a bond.....

Helped yet another time by a security force make shift worries...jai army...jai hind....i love them...good food...and a good sleep...we could get here....

The morning meter....

Morning check of the machines....basic repair and maintenace had to be expect a flawless performance on such a terrain

My time..."IT's my LIFEEEEEE"

Moore plains is crossed by the road from Leh to Manali. This stretch of approx 40 km falls in between Leh and Sarchu on Manali-Leh Highway. This road has an average elevation of 4000 metres and is flanked by scenic and beautiful mountain ranges on both sides. At some places the road runs along the Sumkhel Lungpa river featuring some stunning sand and rock natural formations. Unexpected breaks in the plains, you make your own road is the policy when u drive.
The road goes on and established road....u drive and make your own road...
 The plain area starts after covering around 4 km uphill road from Pang towards Tanglang La pass. The road is mostly on the plain for around 30–35 km, before it again starts to rise to Tanglang La. Flanked by beautiful mountains on both sides, this area is a major attraction to the Bikers heading towards Leh from Manali.

The area is uninhabitable and has no construction at all, and also no birds...nothing...!!!
The Dusty State of the Explorer

Another pass...another coming together...another click....we have been achieving newer heights every day of the trip and the good thing is that there are many more to come

The ride must go on!!!!!

The unofficial...shabby looking,not to scale road signage and directors were of great and crucial help when we moved along the general directions on the roads....

The roads as beautiful as this were never ending...and we always kept waiting for something like a small puncture to that we can test our repair skills....but we could never get such an opportunity...thank you god for that!!!!

More then in Bike..we felt like engine oil doing the rounds in our veins that kept us moving along these beautiful roads...and these are the same roads on which trucks and buses ply for the wonder one trip would eat into each vehicles Clutch and Brakes......

With no in habitat was only the roads that showed us the way ahead..the tell tale signs of the earlier tyres were the source of navigation....

and stoppages like these were some times irritating for the speeds but it was we only who asked for all one sent us on a mission....

so after this unexpected break for about one hour...we started crawling ahead with confidence in our tyres....on such roads..more then confidence in is the confident in tyres that makes the way ahead....:-)

Looking for the third guy......

oh!!!!!here he was...few metres back on a turn...he had a skid...thankfully nothing major...some dettol and a bandage were enough to keep the mission on the move....

Bike damage was not enough to deter us moving ahead....thankfully....

So after the this we started moving ahead...a closeup of the damage

and yess!!!!!!!!!we saw the first sign-age that welcomed us to was our first step in the Leh terrain...that we have waiting for our last 4 days.Today was our fourth day...most of the pics tell you the date to show our dates of move....

We moved ahead...and the roads were slightly getting better...we started seeing public..population which our eyes had been deprived for last two days...we could see markets welcoming us....

But the main city was still about 60 km from our welcome point...

and yess!!!as we entered in the out skirts of Leh...we tasted the national food of LEH...Maggi...ha ha ha...we had it like about 2-3 plates per person...and we never knew that this is going to be the most sold out food in outlets and restaus ahead.

As we found this barren land in between our present location in the outer skirts of Leh...we started doing Saat that we get bonded by heart :-)

This PIC is my personal favorite...the flag shining and flying and my machine relaxing!!!

and then we found the same set of Haryana Guys whom we had met and helped out earlier...these guys were like great...they had travelled around the same route like we had...but with a twist....two guys on one bike...abd each bike was a mere 100 did they manage...I still keep wondering

So after we reached Leh...we found a relatively economical accommodation and you can see that after bath and clean up...i started looking smart and handsome again....:-)

So the first and foremost part early next morning of our first day at Leh was the basic maintenance of our machines who had without any issues helped us out reach till here we are posing with our mechanic

Though there was no dearth of bike repair shops in the market,we trio filtered out this guy at SHIV SHAKTI shop based just on our bike handles....we all stopped some how at his shop...we all looked at each other...and YES'd to select...thats how...and we were not wrong...his basic repairs were enough to handle us till Delhi...

Repairs ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!Rock ON!!!!

A hot cup of tea en route to the world's highest motor-able road..courtesy ....the security forces...we were already indebted to them for lending out a helping out every time we desired or we felt like some one helping us...loads and loads of thanks.....

Top view of the Leh city from a approach road point to Worlds Highest Motorable road....

Can their be some thing like this shoppe.....Highest Cafeteria in the World...surprised us and we immediately ventured inside to find out varieties of national food of this terrain "Maggi"...what else?

One kid monk requested us for a photo on one of our bikes...feeling like heroes :-)..we could not say no to our first fan....

and here is our dream pic of the trip...KHARDUNGLA fateh!!!!the machines who bought us here in the front and we stand in the back ground

We were so happy and enthu about this feel that we did not even come down from the place we are seen standing...for about 30 min we kept standing at the place we are seen in the pic....:-)

The trio with the waiving flags...

this is the pic inside the worlds highest cafetiere ..had a hot Maggie and a hot felt so the heaven and feeling heaven....heavenly feeling :-)

and we started our move further and the scenes were just getting better..all around the scenes were better then each other...we could not resist clicking...just went on clicking and the pics as seen here are just few of the thousands we have in our repository.

then we first went to the hot geyser location that we had read across various Panamic.Along the Nubra River,there were various small villages viz Sumur, Kyagar , Tirith, Panamik, Turtuk and many others. Samstanling monastery is between Kyagar and Sumur villages, and Panamik is noted for its hot springs and then there is this  isolated Ensa Gompa. Sadly the hot water stream did not make us jump with it was equivalent of tap water flow :-(.The yellow color in the pic below shows the erst while sulphur that remained and the water that was their in the past...but now now....

The kids in these villages were always keep and enthu not only for the pics but for various choclates that we used to distribute anywhere we found a kid....

The journey went on from Panamic...and now we headed for the desert...the highest desert in the world with double hump camels....we always wondered that in this chill cold what can a desert with camels look to fit in like....

Pictures and photographs can be clicked but not the feel....for any biker..visual treats like this can always be only felt...and remain in memoirs....another favorite of mine is seen below.

and here comes the camels and the is sheer nature that plays such games....I had only seen deserts and camels in Rajasthan...but at such heights and such cold....we were left wondering of the combo....

The double hump camels..resting at peace...Camel safaris here at Hunder and Deskit are the most popular centres for the tourists. This ride through the Nubra valley surfing the rugged terrain and changing landscapes of sand and snow was one another memorable parts of the trip.

Finally we could see people flocking this pretty inhabited area...full of and camel safari's....the weather could not have been better

Manning the machine and smile tells it all for me.

Feeling deserted was never so good as seen in the pic....the cool sand and the sun combo was mind boggling....

Where did we stay....?yess!!!it was again the secuirty force now we started giving references of our past stays at their respective transit camps...and no one said "No"...

Early next morning we started back for Leh and this time we were looking for the 3 idiots climax location...PANGONG lake....

the desert had made our faces look deserted as can be seen.....

break for natures call....

We were now getting used to regular jams that used to happen any time here we are seen waiting again....


wait continues as we keep clicking the basic area around to pass time

resting machines....

again getting back to khardungla while getting down to leh....this time the pose was planned!!!

The place at Leh....where we all stayed...nice economical stay...we could not have asked for better...

next day we started for pangong lake and here we are seen seeking directions from the army guys...

beautiful roads .....

One of us just wanted to celebrate in a different manner as we pass the worlds third highest pass "CHANG-LA"

Changla has been captured by two of us...and we have the proof below ...:-)

stranded and sitting in peace while the other guys attends a nature's call....

Started feeling high as we approach the Pangong lake....

Isn't it simply wow!!!!!this is the first sight of the lake.... traveled for about 5 hours from leh....the roads were finally good for a large part of the route....

The Pangong Tso...the board tells about the history....interested to know...zoom inside!!!! :-)

U see these small hutments....the exact 3 Idiot climax location....

and I tell u ...the lake was sub zero....and we decided to try our luck here too....dip dip dip...and it was another frozen experience....first time in life!!!!!

Life was never so cool....and chilled

Pangong Tso has few special things to know about….one was the fact that lake has boundaries that separate China and India…second, within the lake some part of the water is saline and some part is sweet like you can drink with comfort….third ..the color of the lake though is blue all day…but the shades of blue keep changing every 10-15 minutes based on the cloud cover and sun shine availability…The time at Pangong Tso for finding a suitable accommodation was also great fun…after driving alongside the lake we came across various options that included the basic tentage to the luxurious tents with hot water geyser!!!our priority of location was based on the nearest vicinity to the lake wherein we can hear the sound of water at time of silence in night…so we opted for this Whitehouse as seen below….and I tell you that this was another good decision…not only was the stay good but in such chills when hot food served…we could not keep thanking God for making us experience all this…the camp fire was icing on the cake….and here is our Pangong House for the night....bang opposite the lake....

This became my profile pic at Google....the best with my machine

Reminds you of the 3 Idiots...that we were trying to prove we are...

We met this cute set of kids on way back to Leh...and Rahul could not resist stopping and offering them sweets and I could nbot stop my self clicking!!!

And below is the Magnetic hill....where crowds can be seen fighting over the fact and illusion....does this mountain has ghostly powers to pull a car if stranded without engine start....we trio had our doubts about this....

The journey to Amarnath Continues....

another jam of traffic...another blockage...another waste of time....

A Small event like a car getting stuck in a bridge can add to about 3-4 hours to your journey...and here we are seen wasting few ....

The long jam...continues...and keeps occurring every 15-20km of each other....but who cares...we have our oiled machines ready to take us at any hour of the day or night.

Do I need to say where the other two guys have disappeared!!!!!!!!!!

The noise of this flowing water seems like music by nature...

The thrill at reaching Batalik.....stayed over nite at a local's hutment....Batalik is that part of Indian Administered Ladakh which has been the centre of all Indo-Pakistani wars. Operation Safed Sagar was launched primarily in this region. It was one of the main regions in which Kargil war was fought.

Started early morning....and as always ...clicks are a must

Kargil welcomes us!!!!Thanks Kargil..

Now here we are seen standing at the second oldest inhabited place in the many firsts in so few days...

The Tiger Hill.....stop to click..this place has its critical significance.Tiger Hill or "Point 4660"is a mountain in the Drass-Kargil area of Jammu & Kashmir, India. It is one of the highest peak in the area and was the subject of the famous battle during the 1999 India-Pakistan Kargil War. Its recapture as it was claimed by the Indians was one of the most important objective for Indian forces during the Kargil War.

Seeking directions from localites

and now we are very much near the shrine ...another about 30 km's...but I must tell you that these 30 km's were the toughest part of the complete trip...soaking mud... continuous rains..slippery and narrow roads...with regualr army convoys coming from the opposite directions at roaring speeds

And here comes the best part of the trip...the AMARNATH Darshan...this view from top was the first sight of the devotees looked like a wallpaper HD View....from top.

The closer we came to the camp..the more beautiful it started to become.

After lots of documentation and clearances and security checks we finally started the yatra early morning at 0300 am...pitch dark and chilled cold..was the weather...but the enthu inside us could not be beaten by any...we started and we were at the main temple up in about 4 1/2 hours...for most of our circle it was a record of sort....what carried us at this speed was actually the thrill we were imagining of going further ahead after to srinagar and ahead.....:-)

The yatra was an experience in itself...the number of devotees was just like a ant story....the queue never got over...jai bhole baba was the cry and naaraa all along....har har mahadev.....

Finally on reaching near the cave temple...we could see the commercial shops all along offering prasad etc....

Were we tired?....aah!!!!not at all...we were all jumping to new heights :-)

Never late to give a pose to the camera....

After the darshan...we started back....and it was not so easy while we got down....the crowd...and the rush...made it difficult for us to move at the speed we desired.....but alas...there was no choice....

We took our first break since the road was blocked for some accident had taken place ahead...we had to we rested our backs!!!!

Finally back with our machines....the journey and the yatra to amarnath was the blessings and we started getting ready for the next move.

The local children were too happy to see three bikes and guys with camera's...all ready to pose....the josh was on!!!

The journey to srinagar started and we were there after a cruise of non stop 8 hours....

...and here we reached Dal lake...and the josh was on......yahoooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!

Dal lake and the boat was another never to forget experience

The spearing boat....took us into the water streets...relatively unknown concept to city guys like us.....

Shopping complex along....

After a days halt at srinagar...we started back next morning early at 0400h...and we only stopped at Patnitop.....the down fall had started....we started seeing sweat and humidity again....

The face had damaged like never before...the hair had started vanishing...the natural face had started coming out of us....the handsome guys were no more looking handsome....

A famous sweet shop....we took our packed orders for the families and friends waiting at Delhi....

and here after riding and cruising through udhampur....we were into the lanes of punjab....and we started looking more handsome...the faces can be seen...but the enthu was even much better

At a friends amritsar.....too happy and shocked to welcome guys who drove from delhi up to leh and got down at amritsar!!!!!

At the golden temple at Amritsar....seeking further blessing and thanking  for the continued blessing en route greatest bike ride of our lives

Starting back for home...the conclusion deciphering the amritsar streets....

the tanned face had started glowing on thoughts of getting back to the metro life style...

The journey back to home had started...the road to Delhi...the concluding part starts.

The house door...with a WELCOME BACK SIGNAGE by my daughter

here my father and mother are happy to see me...and I will always thank them for allowing me on such a rigorous trip that I now realize after two years....

My mom....

and my Wife...who always bears my adventures silently...thanks wife