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The flag off at Churu in Rajasthan. Managed to rope in a camel for the shoot.
Local media were at hand to flag us off at Churu.
Filling up the tank at Churu. Long road ahead.
Decided to take SH7 to avoid traffic. Excellent roads.
It may be over 40 degrees. But we don't mind as long as the roads are fantastic.
Finding the right route was easy thanks to the GPS.
Contemplating putting quattro to the test in the sand.
The long, open stretches of SH7 en route to Jalandhar.
It was a 'pleasant' 44 degrees in Churu.
Couldn't resist taking this picture at Bhatinda.
Crossing train tracks en route to Jalandhar.
GPS rerouted us through a busy market.
Spending the night at Jalandhar.
Parathas with enough butter to give an elephant cholesterol.
The locals were more than eager to pose for us.
Hit by a lot of rain en route to Srinagar.
Got stuck at Ramban. Had to spend the night at an army camp.
Getting stuck is part and parcel of driving in the hills.
Friendly truck driver let our photographer ride with him in the truck.
Truck drivers spent the night waiting for the landslide debris to be cleared.
After getting stuck at Ramban, we departed the next morning.
Lots of truck traffic en route to Srinagar.
Almost at Srinagar. You can taste the excitement in the air.
Cross Jawahar tunnel and you'll think you're in a different country.
Entering Jammu and Kashmir. The mountains await.
Kashmir is famous for cricket bats. We picked up a few.
The mountains await the Audis.
With roads like this, who wouldn't want to drive.
Tonnes of twists and turns en route to Srinagar. We're not complaining.
Scenery of all colours.
Got to Srinagar a day late.
The houseboats of Dal lake.
The boats of Dal lake set out for the day.
The Audis parked in front of Dal lake.
Snow-capped mountains in the backdrop at Gulmarg. What a sight.
Traffic isn't necessarily caused by vehicles.
Hello fresh snowfall.
Our destination staring back at us in the distance.
The whole route was lined with hundreds of trucks. Possibly more.
Frozen waterfalls such as this are commonsight.
You can't help but stop for a photo-op at almost every turn.
The winners of the Audi GIqD contest also drove most of the route.
We don't mind traffic when the view is fantastic.
Got stuck behind a massive convoy of around 300 trucks.
Exercise extreme caution on these roads.
Audi's quattro system was put to the full test en route.
One wrong move on any turn and it's instant death
Zoji La had just received fresh snowfall. What a sight.
Made it to Zoji La.
When was the last time you saw two Audis at Zoji La?
Tonnes of snow. Lots of black ice on the road. Had to drive carefully.
Dras, the second coldest place in the world.
Finally, made it to Dras. The second coldest place in the world.
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