A Himalayan bike trip to Leh, Ladakh from New Delhi

At Pangong Tso

Biking the himalayan heights is a dream for any bikers and for sure there is nothing like a bike trip to Ladakh. The best pal to pick for the trip is of course the vintage king who still rules the road, the Royal Enfield. Seven college mates from Kerala (Arunjith, Anil J Kurian, Mani Jacob, Jikku Hassan, Anshul, Manu Mohan and Khanna) decided to explore the vast moon-scape of Ladakh, escaping from their air conditioned workstations to one of the coldest deserts in the world, through the highest motorable passes in the world, taking self endurance to the limits on one of the toughest motorcycle rides anywhere in the world.

The journey began at New Delhi, our own national capital.

Motivation

In 2007, as part of the all India trip from our college, TKM College of Engineering, in Kollam, Kerala, around 40 of my Civil Engineering classmates went upto Rohtang Pass. We saw quite a few bikers on their roaring Bullets on their way to climb the Himalayas. It was then that a few of us decided someday we should do the same and after 5 years of college, we decided to go for it.

The route

NEW DELHI – AMBALA – CHANDIGARH – KULLU – MANALI – ROHTANG PASS – KEYLONG – SARCHU – PANG – LEH – PANGONG TSO – KHARDUNG LA – LEH – KARGIL – DRASS – SRINAGAR – PATHANKOT – AMBALA – NEW DELHI

Prevoius Experience

NONE

How we planned

Step 1 – Options and Planning

Of course, research!

None of us went for a bike trip to Ladakh before and all that we know were stories told by travelers through their blogs and websites. Also a couple of office mates’ biking experience came as great help and motivation.

Various blogs gave us ideas about the route, climate, place to rest, things to carry etc etc.

Step 2 – Route and Date

For a round trip from New Delhi, there are two main routes.

  1. New Delhi-Manali-Sarchu-Leh-Kargil-Srinagar-New Delhi
  2. New Delhi-Srinagar-Kargil-Leh-Sarchu-Manali-New Delhi

We chose the first option

Reason:

Manali-Leh is more difficult to ride and we thought it would be better if we cover this route during the initial days of travel, when the bike has travelled less and tyres are less worn out. Also the route gives better acclimatization, as the body is less tired.

(This is purely our theory – it worked for us)

Leh – Srinagar is connected by NH 1, which is far better maintained and offer a relatively relaxed journey on the way back from Leh. Also, the route crosses better inhabited areas and we are closer to help, in need.

The Manali-Leh route will only be open by May after clearing the snow and doing repairs by Border Roads Organisation (BRO). We decided to go by mid-June and the start of our journey was on 16 Jun 2013.

We covered the round trip in 14 days. (return to New Delhi by 29 June 2013).

DAY 0

Myself and one my friends flew from Chennai followed by two from Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) and two from Kochi (Kerala). The seventh guy was in Delhi itself. Two bikes were transported from Kerala on train and one was in Delhi itself. Three bikes were rented out from New Delhi. (2006 model, 350cc, Royal Enfield Electra). We took the bikes from Tony Bikes @ Karol Bagh (I wouldn’t recommend this as our personal experience with the bikes they provided were not satisfactory). You can find a lot of vendors in Delhi who rents of bikes for Leh trips and I don’t have any personal favorites.

Keep in mind

  • Specify the model year of the bike you want to rent out.
  • Do a thorough check for all stuffs like brake shoe, battery, speedometer, clutch wire, oil level, headlights, horn, wheel alignment (even dents and scratches).
  • Of course, even after doing all these checks, we may get troubles on our way. That’s purely our luck.

We used day 0 to check the vehicle, do the paperwork on bike, buy some stuffs like helmets, luggage cover (which was basically tarpaulin cover), bungee cords (very very useful), some winter gears (like thermals) and rain coat.

It was time for us to take rest and get ready for the big day, next morning.

Things to carry

Spare parts kit

  • Clutch wire
  • Brake wire
  • Accelerator wire
  • Chain lock
  • Tube
  • Spark plug
  • Tool kit (include spark plug spanner)
  • Head light bulb
  • Back light bulb
  • Foot pump
  • One additional lever to remove tube during puncture
  • The tiny screw driver to tighten the valve tube
  • Engine Oil

Other accessories

  • HELMET
  • NECK SCARF
  • WOOLEN GLOVES
  • RIDING GLOVES
  • ARMORED JACKET & PANTS
  • KNEE & ELBOW PROTECTOR
  • SHOES (preferably waterproof)
  • MONKEY CAP / BALACLAVA
  • RAIN COAT -UPPER & LOWER
  • PLASTIC / TARPAULIN SHEET TO COVER LUGGAGE
  • BUNGEE CORDS
  • TORCH
  • CANDLE & MATCH BOX
  • SUN GLASSES
  • SUN SCREEN LOTION (SPF 35 or above)
  • MOISTURIZER CREAM
  • MOSQUITO COIL OR CREAM
  • SOME DRY FRUITS
  • CHOCOLATES & CHEWING GUMS
  • TABLET DIAMOX
  • PERSONAL MEDICINES
  • FIRST AID KIT
  • EMPTY FUEL CAN
  • SADDLE BAG (if luggage carrier is not fitted)

DAY 1

The day was welcomed by slight drizzle. We packed and kick started our bikes for one of the most adventurous voyages.

TARGET : RUPNAGAR (ROPAR), Punjab (301 kms.)

Somewhere near Ambala

The main obstacle would be to get out of Delhi city and once you cross Panipat, you are welcomed by four lane Grand Trunk road. The roads are fairly travel friendly and we crossed KARNAL – AMBALA – CHANDIGARH (by mistake) – KHARAR – KURALI – RUPNAGAR (Ropar). We experienced mild showers to heavy rain at certain stretches (that’s when raincoats and bag cover will come into use).

It was around 10 PM and we stayed at Hotel Sahil Palace, nearby the railway line.

DAY 2

TARGET : MANALI, Himachal Pradesh

Start of day 2 was marred by a few delays from our side and we could started the journey by around 1PM in the afternoon. Therefore we revised the target.

REVISED TARGET : KULLU, Himachal Pradesh (226 kms)

The ride upto Kiratpur Sahib would be relaxed and once you take deviation from the highway to turn towards Manali, you will be welcomed by the mountain roads. The relaxed feeling slowly gets erased as the number of potholes increases one by one. The route will start getting curvy and the four lane vanishes to two lane to barely two lane.

We rode through SWARGHAT – JAMLI – MANDI – BHUNTAR and reached KULLU.

Towards Kullu
Highway leading to Kullu, HP

DAY 3

TARGET : MANALI, Himachal Pradesh (40 kms)

We started from Kullu towards Manali as we needed to get the permit from Manali, to cross Rohtang Pass. After reaching Manali we headed towards Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) office. The permit form was available with local vendors near the office and we filled it and submitted to SDM office along with driving license and vehicle registration papers/certificate (tell them the vehicle registration number only). It will cost around Rs. 300 per bike. We bought cans of 10 litres capacity per bike to carry petrol. This shall be required as once you cross Tandi filling station, the next station will only be available after about 360 kms. We filled the can with petrol at Manali itself (you can also do the same at Tandi), just in case if there is any stock issues at Tandi.(we couldn’t afford any more delays, that’s why)

Keep in mind:

  • SDM Office timings : 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • SDM Office Manali will be closed on National / Local Holidays, Sundays, Second Saturdays.

DAY 4

TARGET : KEYLONG, Himachal Pradesh (117 kms)

It is always advisable to leave Manali as early as possible, as the road gets flocked by tourists taxis once day light arrives. Luckily for us there was a van strike and we didn’ t had to negotiate heavy traffic. The road upto Rohtang pass (aroung 50kms) is well maintained and its better to cover this distance as quick as possible.

Once you cross Rohtang Pass, then starts the real adventure. Most tourists will stop their journey upto Rohtang Pass and the road beyond that seeks only the adventure seekers and of course for the locals (the real adventurers). The next stop was at the check post in Koksar. This is first in the series of check posts till we reach Leh. All we need to do is to write the name of riders, place coming from and bike regn. numbers on a register kept there. The crossing Koksar we reached Tandi.

TANDI FILLING STATION
Tandi filling station

Tandi Indian Oil filling station is a critical point and the last filling station beyond this point will be after 365 kilometers. We filled our bike, full tank here and also made sure our reserve cans were full.

10kms from Tandi came our destination, Keylong. We stayed at a place called Hotel Dupchen Inn. You can look in for other options too in Keylong.

DAY 5

TARGET : SARCHU, Jammu & Kashmir (106 kms)

We left Keylong at around 10 AM and it the road kept throwing new challenges for day as we added up kilometers. The smooth asphalt vanished for most of the trip and we had to deal with innumerable streams running with freezing cold water from snow capped mountains.. Moreover we were starting to climb higher and higher and slowly our good friend ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS (AMS) started pulling our legs. AMS is usually accompanied by headache, nausea, dizziness and vomiting. We started feeding on DIAMOX tablets since Manali, which gave some relief from AMS (taking Diamox is at your risk and its always preferable to get advice from a medical practitioner before taking it).

After climbing Patsio @ 12,300 ft we headed towards Baralacha-La pass at 16,500 feet where symptoms of AMS started to eat my brain.

Sarchu (see photo below) welcomed us showing a vast barren (yet beautiful) land and we decided to spend the night there. There are no concrete hotels available here and one need to check-in to a tent which is fairly decent and bath attached. Meal was provided to us by the tent owners.

A short stretch of good road

Unforgettable night: The night spent at Sarchu was unforgettable as most of us couldn’t sleep due to headache, nausea and vomiting. it was freezing outside with heavy cold winds blowing. Somehow we managed to spend the night there. This is unavoidable as one has to either choose between Sarchu or Pang to spend one night. Sarchu would be a better option as Pang is at even higher elevation. The good thing about both the places is that Indian Army Transits camps are nearby and one can ask for medical help, if required and also they give access to use their telephone line (@ Rs. 6 per min).

DAY 6

TARGET : LEH, Jammu & Kashmir (251 kms)

AMS was taking a toll on our stamina but it couldn’t stop us from the setting the challenging target of reaching Leh in a day from Sarchu. We set out at around 10AM as against the 7AM (our initial plan) thanks to the battery failure of my bike. After getting my battery (which was at its dying statge) charged using a power generator (thanks to the tent owner), we started for the day.

We crossed Pang, where the highest transit camp in the world is situated and headed straight to Upshi. Signs of AMS were still active and we were climbing slower than what we usually did.

Around 50 kms after Pang, one by one petrol tanks were getting almost empty and we stopped for refueling (this is where reserve petrol will come good). One the way to Upshi we crossed Tanglangla pass at 17,582 ft which is the second highest motorable road in the world. At around 7:30PM we reached Upshi where we could find some civilization. After taking tea and making entry at the check post there, we set out for the next leg of 47kms to reach Leh and by around 10 PM we were there….LEH.

DAY 7

TARGET : In and around LEH and obtaining permit

Photo : Leh Entrance and Leh Palace view from the polo ground

We took a long nap and woke up around 11 AM. Our main objective for the day was to obtain the INNER LINE PERMIT to visit the following places around Leh.

  • Pangang Tso Lake
  • Khardung La
  • Tso Moirri
  • Nubra Valley
  • Changthang (only to Indian Nationals)

(Inner Line Permits are not required for Zanskar and Suru Valley)

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Photo: Crowd at Leh DC Office for Inner line Permit

Inner line permits are issued from LEH DC office (next to the Polo ground) in Leh town. Timing of the Leh DC office are 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM (SUNDAY HOLIDAY), however a hand written application, self attested photocopies of valid nationality proof, Photo-IDs and permit application form needs to be submitted before 3.00 PM. It cost us around Rs. 300 per head. The purpose of visit and the travel dates should me mentioned in the hand written application.

Couple of us went to take the permit for all of us, another group went for a bike check-up (ideal to be done here). I would suggest that if you need a bike check-up or repair for Royal Enfield bike, go to Mr. Mohan Sharma (Opp. New TCP housing Colony, +91 9419242643). Its a busy place and make sure you reach there in the early hours of the day.

Four of us broke free by 4.00PM and decided to have a look around Leh. We visited STOK Palace (uh…OK place) and THIKSEY Monastery (must go). Another option will be to go to Shanthi Stupa (within Leh town), although we couldn’t make it.

Photo: STOK palace (below left) and Thiksey monastery (below right)

DAY 8

TARGET : PANGONG TSO LAKE (148 kms)

We headed for Pangong Tso lake with the plan of returning back to Leh the same day, thereby covering a total of almost 300 kms. But one by one our bikes started giving troubles and hickups (its difficult for the poor things to endure the low oxygen levels and low temperatures). We decided to get things in good shape and so could leave KARU (checkpost where you need to show the permit) only by around 11:30 AM.

The road to Pangong Tso takes us through CHEMREY – ZINGRAL – CHANG LA PASS (Third highest motorable pass in the world @ 17,586 ft) and TANGTSE. The stretch of about 30 kms (15kms before and after CHANG LA Pass will test your backbone and driving skills as the you can barely call it road, see photo). Adding to that will be the movement of Army convoys (the area is highly militarized owing to its proximity to China) and reasonably high tourist traffic. The army camps are a blessing and its always a safe haven if you are in need, so is the BRO camps. We got help from a BRO camp as my bike again showed up the battery issue and we owe big to the engineers (especially the engineers working there who belonged to our hometown, far down South) ,who were ready to offer us stay and food.


After negotiating the bumpy roads we were thrown the challenge to ride through sandy roads for about 5 kms and hoh we couldn’t stop skidding and slipping. But the end result was worth every pain, the most beautiful lake I’ve ever seen, the blue beauty, PANGONG TSO lake.

The lake was a beauty and it was speechless moment for all of us. We couldn’t resist taking pictures until out batteries died down. Indian Army was keeping a close vigil and we mistook their patrol boats (see photo) for tourist boats in the lake. By then it was 5.00 PM and its strongly advised not to try travelling back to Leh as the streams crossing the roads gets wilder by sunfall and the roads aren’t friendly.

But the best was yet to come. The full moon night at Pangong Lake. IT WAS THE BEST PART OF THE TRIP. I don’t have words to explain that night and I am leaving it to you all guys to rate whatever you want based on the photo below. I would say AWESOME, UNFORGETTABLE, BREATHTAKING etc. etc. We were given good company by the guy and his family at the night stay and found our place to rest our heads in a tiny tent, where seven of us could barely fit in. There are lot accommodation options available there, though (all depends on how much you want to shell out). Till 2.00 AM in the morning we were spending our time in the moonlight, on the lakeside, as we were in no mood to waste any minute of the night we saw there.

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DAY 9

TARGET : LEH (148 kms)

Photo: Our 7 bed night stay(left), and the Pangong Tso Village

We were getting ready and then found out that one of our bikes was not in the mood for the ride. The local guy who was their “Jack of all trades” tried his best, but failed. Our only option was to transport the bike using a mini-truck and get it repaired at Leh. Once again our night stay man came to the rescue and he arranged for a mini-truck for Rs. 5000/-. A traveled along with the truck guy into their village nearby to get diesel for the truck and also filled my tank. (there are no authorised filling stations here and we need to depend on the local vendor and of course the rates are high).

After mounting the bike to the truck, we started out journey back to Leh by around 12.30 PM. Once again the same road and passes were waiting to take the toll of our body and finally by around 4.00 PM we reached Leh. We headed straight to the bike workshop, of course.

DAY 10

TARGET : KHARDUNG LA PASS (40 kms, one way)

Three out of seven of us decided to head to Khardung La Pass, the highest motorable road in the world at 18,380 ft. We started relatively early to our standards (at 7.00 AM). Our plan was to visit the pass and reach back Leh before noon, so that we can start our journey back to New Delhi. “Man proposes, ROAD disposes”. There came the third puncture of our trip (sorry guys I may have missed the other puncture stories). We tried our level best to take out the tyre, but in vain as it was a new bike. But the spirit within us to reach the top of the world, we managed to send back the bike (to Leh) through a rented truck and headed to Khardung La. We spent just 15 minutes there (better not to stay beyond 30 min or AMS will haunt you). After having black tea from the highest cafeteria in the world and getting some souvenirs from Indian Army post, we head back to Leh.

The unexpected puncture delayed our journey back to New Delhi and so we decided to spend yet another day in Leh and planned to leave the place, the next day.

DAY 11

TARGET : KARGIL, Jammu & Kashmir (215 kms)

We were in deep trouble as we lost a couple of days due to some unexpected issues with the bikes. Now we had a target of reaching New Delhi in just four days covering almost 1300 kms (of which around 750 kms were mountainous). Anyways we revised the route, made a few cuts (like a day in Amritsar) and headed towards the target for the day, the famous Kargil.

Much to our relief was the quality of the road and as expected NH1 didn’t disappoint us. Compared to the Manali – Leh route, most part of the road we well surfaced and maintained well. We didn’t waste any opportunity to cover the distance quickly and by dusk, we reached Kargil (We could have also reached Drass, if we would have pushed a bit further).

En-route Kargil, we came across the MAGNETIC HILL – LAMAYURU and FOTULA PASS. Kargil is a relatively big town and there are good options of accommodation. Most of the cheap options will be like rooms attached to houses but it was good enough for us to spend a night there.

Photo: Kargil Town (right)

DAY 12

TARGET : SRINAGAR, Jammu & Kashmir (206 kms)

Things were going according to plan (so far) and after a long gap we had a trouble free day. Our end of the day target was to reach Srinagar but the immediate target was to visit the KARGIL WAR MEMORIAL at Drass, about 62 kms from Kargil town. After filling up the fuel, by around 10.00 AM we headed towards Drass. It was drizzling slightly and this hampered the speed. At around 12.15 noon, we reached the Kargil War Memorial on the foothills of TOLOLING, overlooked by the Mighty TIGER HILL.

It was a special feeling altogether and all those stories that I read on newspaper during the bloody Kargil War came to my mind. One could see the place where the intruders actually sat and fired upon our brave soldiers as well as NH1. The memorial is a fitting tribute to the brave sons of India who sacrificed their lives for our country. It was tricolour all around with a peaceful ambiance all around. We paid our tribute at the memorial and paid a visit to the museum, which displayed our war tactics, war heros and many faces of war.

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The Mighty Tiger Hills (snow capped mountain)

We then crossed the town of Drass, which is the second coldest inhabited place in the world (thankfully it was summer). Roads started to look more like the Manali – Leh road and we were struggling to catch up. We started from Drass at around 1:30 PM and then came the mighty Zojila Pass at 11, 575 ft. It was drizzling and therefore the roads were slushy. Adding salt to the wound was the visibility as I could barely see what lied 5m in front of me (please I am not exaggerating). I slipped twice and barely managed to hold my bike. We are riding at 5 to 10km per hour for about 5 kilometers. It was scary. There was also another thing that we noticed, the presence of Army personnel. We could find a soldier at every turn and corner.

Then came Sonmarg (64 kms and 3 hr ride from Drass) and my oh my she is a beauty. Clouds were kissing us and the place looked green and awesome (I have fixed it as my honeymoon destination). The place was filled with tourists and it truly lives up to its name, Sonamarg, which means ‘ meadow of gold ‘.

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Photo: Drass, J&K (above) and Sonmarg, J&K (below)

After having our delayed lunch, we left Sonmarg at around 5:30 PM and headed towards Srinagar, the capital of J&K which was further 80 kms away. Better roads and good weather helped us reach our target at around 8:00 PM. We checked in to a local hotel there. Situation was a bit tense as there was an attack on an Indian Army convoy, couple of days before we reached there. Army was in red alert and but things looked normal on the outside.

DAY 13

TARGET : PATHANKOT, Punjab (364 kms)

We started quite early and by 7:30 AM we checked out from our hotel. We were expecting Army checks due to the attack happened a few days ago. Though Army was in Red alert, we didn’t had to stop for any checks. After filling our petrol tanks, we headed towards Anantnag (56 kms from Srinagar) for our breakfast stop. One thing I must tell you is that riding within the valley was one of the toughest experience to me. It was not the roads but the rash driving of the trucks and the TATA Sumos that ply around. The roads were just two lane,and most of the time u could see three vehicles coming in parallel directly at you at good speeds. We were cautioned by ourselves seeing this and slowed our speeds despite better roads.

We reached Anantnag by around 10:30 AM and after having our breakfast we headed towards Udhampur in Jammu which was 170 kms from Anantnag. The roads for most part of the journey was two lane with no dividers (one lane per direction). Though the road condition was better the curves, ups and downs and the heavy traffic (added by Amernath pilgrims) slowed us down. We crossed the great JAWAHAR TUNNEL (2.85 m long) at Banihal. The heavy security there itself tells you how important the tunnel is in terms of connecting the Kashmir valley with the rest of India. The tunnel is like a tube (two tunnels run in parallel) and truck can barely fit it. I had to ride without my headlights as it was not in good shape and I was never expecting a tunnel. Still I managed with the dim lights inside the tube to get out of it. Another funny incident was one of co-rider went in with his Ray-ban on. Poor guy could barely see anything and he stopped inside the tunnel. This was quickly noticed by the security personnel and the me being the first one to get out of the tunnel was swarmed by the personnels. After all of us came out and convincing them about what really happened, they let us go.

Photo: Typical road from Srinagar to Udhampur (left) & View from Patnitop (right)

By around 4:30 PM we reached Patnitop, it was one of the last hills to climb in our long journey. The place is famous among tourists but time forced us to skip sightseeing and head towards Udhampur. Climbing down from Patnitop for about 45 kms, we reached Udhampur. I had to repair my headlight and so I went in search of a mechanic while others enjoyed the late lunch in a dhaba. One good friend, named Arun was running a workshop there and inspite of his waiting customers helped me fix the headlight.

It was around 6:30 and we thought of cutting short of journey till Jammu. But the Arun suggested a short route which avoids Jammu and reach Samba saving almost 35 kms. Also he warned about the condition of the route. We took the chance and followed the short route from Udhampur via Ram nagar and Pingar. The roads were not in good shape and the route went through uninhabited areas with no help around, if needed, apart from passing lorries. We took the risk and it paid off well. The route saved us the Jammu traffic and the extra 35 kms thereby saving valuable time for us. It took us 2 hours to cover 55 kms and by 9:00 PM we were in Samba, something we never expected to achieve. Finally we reached a FOUR LANE highway and it was good bye to the hill roads. Courage grew more in us and seeing the flat and beautiful road, we couldn’t resist the temptation of taking the ride further up to Pathankot almost 80 kms away from Samba. We finally picked up speed and our bullet started loving the straight roads. by around 11 PM we reached Pathankot, checked in to a hotel near the bus stand. The room boy was kind enough to fetch us some food (of course at an extra cost) and it was bedtime for us.

DAY 14 – FINAL LEG

TARGET : NEW DELHI (480 kms)

Setting a target of 480 kms during the final days of the journey was truly challenging and ambitious. Even a minor hiccup could damage the plans. But we had no options as we had a plane to catch from New Delhi, the next evening, after returning the bikes and getting back the caution deposit. We rested our faith on all the Gods we knew and started our bikes at 10:00 AM (I know we were late to start, again). We splitted the total trip into short legs and short targets.

  • Hoshiarpur
  • Ropar
  • Ambala
  • Karnal
  • New Delhi

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We knew that the roads were in good shape and we might reach our goal (over confidence was at its peak). Guess who showed up. Within a matter of minutes it was dark all around and it was the time for rain gods to test us. We stopped at the junction barely 20 kms from Pathankot and it was raining like hell. We took asylum in a nearby scooter workshop and it just took few minutes for the water level to reach just below my knees. We kept on looking on each others face and New Delhi slowly started getting farther and farther. The rain stopped after about 30 minutes and by then we have lost about 45 minutes. Couple more of such rain stunts and we knew that we were not going to reach New Delhi as planned.

We raised our speed limits (You cant go beyond 80 kms in bullets and the moment you reach there the entire vehicle starts vibrating vigorously, moreover our bikes were not in great shape). We skipped many pit stops and thereby managed time well. Finally hunger caught us and by around 3:00 PM we stopped at a dhaba. I don’t remember much about the stops in between as they were minimal and by 7:00 PM we reached Ambala City. It was time for my bike give me the surprise of the day and I found my rear tyre punctured. To our rescue, we were in city limits and I could find a guy who could repair it. Once again we lost another 30 minutes. Our destination was still 200 kms away and time was ticking past 8 PM. It required some motivational expressions and speeches to lift up the morale and we decided to pursue our destination.

Our body and mind started to reach the elastic limits, but I don’t know, may be because of the entire trip experience, it was in plastic limit (please bear with me for using engineering terms). We pushed and pushed further, started drinking more tea to keep our eyelids open and also chewing bubble gums. We were practically counting each and every kilometers and slowly but steadily New Delhi was within reach.

It was around 12:30 AM now and we could see the traffic moving towards New Delhi increasing, particularly trucks. We were now just 20 kms away from our destination, Mayur Vihar, where our dear friend Akash was waiting for us with refreshments and food (which we badly wanted), but the traffic was much beyond what we expected at that time. We switched on our mobile phone GPS to direct us towards Mayur Vihar, as we were new to Delhi.Slowly slowly we came out of traffic, started picking speed and surprising even ourselves we reached the destination (at 1:30 AM) where our dear friend was waiting for us (with a bunch of his friends) to welcome us back from the long, tiring and adventurous trip we went in for 14 days ago.

Roundup

Though I was quite thrilled about the trip, when the plans were charted out, honestly, somewhere down my mind I had fears of whether I could do it. Of course all of us knew how to ride a bike but that’s not a consolation as the trip is certainly the toughest. But we were confident, focussed and most importantly went together as a team. Things went wrong many times like tyre bursts at places where you could barely find grass, battery issues, frequent pit stops, not waking up early etc. etc, but we kept things cool and moved forward together. For me, this was the key towards the success of this trip and for those who are less experienced (like us) who still wish to embark on such journeys, being together is certainly the success mantra.

The stories and experience are endless and I don’t want to bore readers by putting all in here. The purpose of this article is to give an idea about our personal experience so that it may be useful for other enthusiasts like us, who were new to this road.

Myself Arunjith, is all ears to your queries. Do feel free to email me at mail2arunjith@gmail.com

15 comments

  1. wow… great writeup and pics Jith…! livin’ the experience….
    having conquered the top of the world doesn’t mean you should stop … go for the next.. go go go…..

    • Prepare to shell out around Rs 45,000 (min) – 15 days accommodation (sharing), food, bike rental, fuel
      If you own a bike in Delhi (means you need not have to spend money on transporting your bike to Delhi via Train) , then you can save @Rs 850 to Rs 1000 per day (Royal Enfield 350cc).

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