Day 2 :: BataKundi - Luluar Lake - Babusar pass - Gorikot --> 207 KM
we woke up between 7:00 to 8:30 AM due to day light As we have very less hours to sleep.
and we don't have any attached washroom (as it was just a Store Room) so we found a room that was checked out few minutes ago, and we didn't miss the opportunity to get ready for the day. Wheels on road at 9:30 AM, It was bright sunny day, our plan was to have Breakfast at Besar but Before that we met a road blockage due to stones sliding on the road (we wait almost 15 minute to get clear). Reached Besar at 10:40, we stopped at Moon Restaurant for Break fast and finish it in just 40 minutes (Time between Order placed and put empty Cup of Tea on the table).
Besar is a beautiful valley with alot of Natural Peace and water streams ( water coming from lulusar lake) beside road.
After 10 min drives we stopped at Lulusar lake to feel the Freezing water, (tried to make stop short to 30 min).
Again Little traffic jam was observed between lulusar lake and Babusar Top. we spent only 15 minutes on Babusar Top and entered into GB at 1:20 PM.
Here Comes the zig-zag turns of District Diamer towards chillas. we stopped for short stay (Namaz + Photography) of 30 mintues and back on road at 2:30 PM.
we all heard about Garam Chashma (Allah ki shan ha) between Chillas zero point and Raikot Bridge. Finally Our captain stopped the car at the Point (short break of 5 minutes)
Here Comes GB Motorway, We reached Raikot bridge at 4:30 PM. wheels were rolling with and turned towards Astore. Here Nature turn its face into giant Mountains cliffs on one side and river on other side of road. after few kms view was widened as cliffs were apart from road.
Road condition was very good in start than few KMs are under construction afterwards road was good.
we stopped for tea on road side AVR hotel and for Asar Namaz. after 20 minutes we were back on track.
It took us 1 hour to reach Astore (7:00 PM). than we contact the personal who was nominated for our accomodation in Rest house in Gorikot and Refill the Fuel Tank (as all the remaining days stays were pre-booked for us, so no worries for Stay anymore. Alhamdulillah!).
Now it was sunset Time, so we move quickly and reach our rest houese in Gorikot at 8:00 PM. we had our dinner and spent good 1 hour to play cards and closk shows us needles were at 11:30 PM, its time to sleep guys. Next stop Minimarg