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North India bike trip -2: Shimla and Narkanda

This is the second post from the North India Bike Trip travelogue. Read the first North India bike trip 1 – Murphy’s law in action. To summarize the first day, after missing my flight, I had to purchase the overpriced ticket to Delhi. Later, my rented bike came out faulty. It took extra hours and tons of patience to reach Shimla. Delhi to Shimla Roads from Delhi to Shimla was in a perfect condition. You can literally cruise once you are out of Delhi‚Äôs traffic. Reached Chandigarh around 11 AM with breaks. Took right from Chandigarh for Shimla. On the way, I encountered unexpected rain resulting in wet clothes and luggage. As I moved up the mountain, wet socks became irritating under cold winds. Stopped next to a bus stop, removed wet socks, put on a dry one, wrapped legs with garbage bins and tied with zip ties and wore the wet shoes back. Garbage bins secured my dry socks with wet shoes. I was good to go ūüôā With increase in ascent, the bike …

North India Bike Ride Travelogue

North India bike trip – 1: Murphy’s law in action

This was supposed to be the dream trip. Every detail was planned. But what fun it is when things goes as you expected. Life becomes spicy when we experience bad luck and failures. This is because then we have the chance to bring out something from inside and make the things correct again. This is where satisfaction comes in.A few bad chapters doesn’t mean your story is overInitially it was a solo trip to Spiti. Though it would be winter in Spiti and rarely people travel there due to rough condit

North India Bike trip – 3: Golden Temple and Attari Wagah border

This is the third post of North India bike trip. Here is the first and second post. My time in the mountains was over and I had to reach Amritsar by today evening. Packed up and left Shimla in the morning. With no traffic, Shimla to Chandigarh was a fast ride. Took the following route for Amritsar. Shimla -> Chandigarh -> Rupnagar -> Phagwara -> Jalandhar -> Amritsar. A major portion of the route was two lanes divider-less highway. With lots of towns and cities coming in, it burnt a good amount of time. Ulte haath¬†se mood jao I remember a nice man directing the route to the highway in Chandigarh. Standing at a junction, I asked him ‚ÄėBhaiyya Amritsar jana hai, kaunsa rasta jaayega?‚Äô‚Äô He said ‚ÄėYaha se sidha jao, phir ulte haath ghum jana. Aage jaakar phir se ulte haath ghum jaana. Chauda rastaa aayega waha se phir ulte haath ghumna hai. Thoda sidha jaakar ulte haath par highway aa jaayega‚Äô I was shaking my head vigorously at every ulte haath and before …

North India Bike Trip – 5: Mathura Vrindavan

It was a beautiful morning. Air in Agra had a different smell. I decided to leave Agra as early as possible. If I could do so, I would have enough time to roam around Mathura, Vrindavan and reach Delhi before the Sun sets. Agra to Mathura Took the national highway NH19 instead of Yamuna Expressway. National highway was really in a bad shape throughout the route. Moving consistently without break reached Mathura around 10 AM.¬† Paid visit to the Baba Jai Gurudev Temple located right on the highway. Left the bike and luggage with the shoe keeper and went inside the temple. The temple has glittering white marble all around and is a sheer beauty. Prayed and meditated, took blessings and left for Vrindavan. The long narrow road which leads to Banke Bihariji temple is lined with a number of temples and ashrams. The road gets choked due to traffic. Left the bike and luggage trusting a paan Wala. Paid him Rs. 100 to trust me ūüôā ¬† The place was still dipped in the …

North India Bike trip – 4 : Taj Mahal via Yamuna expressway

Back on the saddle left Kurukshetra early morning. Read previous posts of this series Delhi to Shimla, Shimla Narkanda, and Amritsar post. Ride till Delhi was super smooth and zero traffic. Delhi to Agra on a bike can be made with Yamuna Expressway or the old national highway. I took the Greater Noida Highway and entered the Yamuna Expressway. It was going to be a hard afternoon ride on the concrete.¬†I wished if I had Superbike here. 100 kmph seemed nothing. Do’s and Dont’s for bikers on Yamuna Expressway 1. Yamuna Expressway or Taj Expressway is access controlled like other expressways. It is fenced throughout the distance. One cannot enter or exit anywhere in the middle. 2. Are bikes allowed on Yamuna expressway? ¬†Yes, bikes are allowed on Expressway. 3.¬†The road is six lane¬†and has concrete throughout the route. 4. The toll for bikes on Taj Expressway from Delhi to Agra was Rs. 150 in 2016. 5. Is the Expressway safe for bikes? Absolutely, if someone follows the traffic rules. With rules, I mean; a. …

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Jaisalmer Fort and Bada Bagh – Rajasthan bike trip – 7

What a ride it was from Longewala border post to Jaisalmer. We reached Jaisalmer before evening. Sun was still in the sky. Jaisalmer Fort and Bada Bagh was on the list but only after we secure a room. You would like to read the first 6 parts of the Rajasthan bike trip Jodhpur – Part 1¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Gadisar Lake Jaisalmer – Part 2¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Kuldhara abandoned village – Part 3 Sam Sand dunes review – Part 4¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Tanot border – Part 5¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Longewala border post – Part 6 Hunted for rooms and finally moved inside Maheshwari Seva Sadan near Hanuman circle. Maheshwari Seva Sadan is a Dharamshala run by Maheshwari samaj trust. Rooms were quite cheap just Rs.75 per person. Rooms were okay but the water¬†was yellow and hard. Who cares? Filled up a bucket full of yellow water and har har gange ūüôā Vyas Chhatri or Bada Bagh Next,¬†we left for Vyas Chhatri. Vyas Chhatri also known as Bada Bagh is at …

Tanot Mata Temple to Longewala border post – Rajasthan Bike Trip – 6

After taking blessings from Tanot Mata, we continued our motorcycle trip to Longewala border post. The distance between Tanot and¬†Longewala is not more than 35 km. ¬† Longewala needs no introduction. It has been the battleground during 1971 India-Pakistan war. Bollywood¬†movie Border is based on the 1971 war with Pakistan at Longewala.¬†You can still find some captured-destroyed war materials at Longewala.     Tanot Mata Temple to Longewala: The ride was fantastic. It felt like we were the only soul in the endless¬†arid desert. When we reached there, the soldiers asked us to park our bike outside a small room opposite to the war memorial. We also met a group of 4 bullet riders from Gujarat. A military police from Siliguri asked where were we from? He was excited to listen that we were from Mumbai. For the next one and half hour, we were talking about Mumbai. He shared how joyful were his youth days when he was positioned in Navy Nagar, Mumbai. It was really nice talking to him.   The surprise at …

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Ramgarh to Tanot Mata Temple – Rajasthan bike trip – 5

What a peaceful and calm night it was. Hundreds of kilometres away from the bustling city we were in the middle of the Thar desert in a tiny village of Ramgarh . Our¬†journey started from Jaisalmer and today’s plan was to visit Tanot Mata Temple and Longewala border post on our motorcycle and finally¬†return to Jaisalmer. Woke up at 5 in the morning, finished with morning chores, left Ramgarh at 6 AM. From the village of Ramgarh, we had two choices. One road goes to Longewala border post and straighter one goes to Tanot. We took the straight one and proceeded to Tanot Mandir. Ramgarh to Tanot Mata Temple: The distance between Ramgarh to Tanot is 75 KM. Road was extremely fantastic. Very nicely maintained by Border Roads Organisation. Riding on the road over rolling hills of sand is no less than a¬†sense of absolute Freedom. The road appears straight and endless, literally. No sign of life except some military trucks and wild desert for 75km. This area is the core region of Desert National …

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Thar desert at its best in Sam Sand dunes – Rajasthan bike trip – 4

We had just left the lonely village of Kuldhara.¬†Our next destination was Sam Sand dunes. Babaji of Kuldhara suggested us to visit Khuri Sand dunes instead of Sam. Khuri was another 45 Km from Kuldhara but in the opposite direction to Sam.¬†Standing on the T-road we were thinking if we should go to Khuri dunes or shall we stick to our plan. Considering the route ahead and the time we had we could not afford Khuri although we wanted to see it badly. From Kuldhara, the distance of Sam Sand dunes was not more than 35 km. Sun was shining high¬†but clean Tar road made the journey comfortable. Sam Sand Dunes – Jaisalmer Sam Sand Dunes or Sam ke dhibbe as called locally are a major tourist attraction in Jaisalmer rather Rajasthan. If you are going to Thar desert you cannot afford to miss a desert safari. Sitting on the Camel in the middle of dunes and looking at the vast expanse of Thar is no less than a great feeling. Other exciting activities which …

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Towards the cursed village of Kuldhara – Rajasthan bike trip – 3

It was 10 AM, Vishwanath and I was lucky enough to have Hero Impulse with us. Our day in Jaisalmer started silky smooth. Gadisar Lake was worth spending time. Now it was the time to head towards the cursed and haunted village of Kuldhara. Before leaving Jaisalmer, we made sure that the bike is working fine. Later tied our luggage and went to Petrol Pump. Fueled it and started towards Kuldhara. The distance between Kuldhara and Jaisalmer is nearly 18 km. The landscape changed in around 15 minutes, we were out of the Jaisalmer city. Splendid roads and views greeted us. Road was smooth featuring newly laid tar. Vehicles movement was next to nothing. Took the left turn after 14 Km and rode another 4 Km on the single lane road for Kuldhara entrance. Please take care while riding on this 4 km road stretch. You can encounter sand stretch on the road. And mind it, it comes as a surprise. In case you are caught, do not brake front wheel. Press rear brakes. And …

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Auli Ski Resort Uttarakhand – Bike trip to Uttarakhand – 4

Auli Ski Resort is a wonderful Skiing location in the state of Uttarakhand in India. The snow-white Ski slopes of Auli and Skiboarders were waiting eagerly for my appearance ūüôā ¬†I was staying in the dormitory of GMVN in Joshimath. The distance between the Auli Ski Slope and the small town of Joshimath is not more than 15 Kilometer. Yesterday’s bike ride from GMVN Gopeshwar to Lambhgadh near Badrinath and back to Joshimath was exciting and fabulous, but it had drained all my energy. I was the only soul in the GMVN dormitory of 10 beds. The freezing night was in its last phase. The winter morning made sure to keep me underneath two woolen blankets apart from body thermals. Mind it winters in Uttarakhand are really cold. Checked my mobile it was around 7 AM of the morning. I could see the dawn breaking from the GMVN window. Chirping of the birds, soft footsteps of the waiters in the corridor, men with sweater and muffler pushing the bicycle pedal hard on the hilly road …

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Rishikesh to Gopeshwar – Bike trip to Uttarakhand – 2

I was on my Bajaj Avenger hired from Mountain Fox motorcycles in Rishikesh. Today’s halt was Gopeshwar¬† 220km from Rishikesh. Luggage loaded and geared up, left the place. Went back to Hrishikesh petrol pump and filled up the tank. This was the first time I was riding in the Himalayas. Basically, it was Raid de Himalaya for me. The morning was quite chilly. To make myself comfortable, I decided to ride first 25-30 kilometers with a decent speed. Near Byassi Rishikesh – Ganga flowing down the mountain Rishikesh – Night camping tents on the shore of Ganga 25 rupees Kadhi Chawal in a Dhaba in Srinagar: Roads turned worst after Deoprayag and continued till Srinagar. It was 1:30 PM and I was hungry. I was looking for some small Dhaba to have my lunch. Found one just before the Srinagar town starts on the right-hand side of the road.   Kadhi chawal was ready. Every bit was delicious and the quantity was much more than what I had expected. In the 15 minutes discussion with …

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In the land of Badri Vishal – Bike trip to Uttarakhand -3

Yesterday’s tiring ride from Rishikesh to Gopeshwar resulted in a nice peaceful sleep. Opened my day with a shivering bath followed by packing and loading. Tying ropes in a winter morning is what I don’t like. It was around 7 AM, I came down in the GMVN restaurant to appreciate a hot cup of tea in the winter of February. Finishing tea geared myself and left the GMVN. Avenger started with the first hit of self-start. Didn’t faced any cold start problem throughout the journey. ¬†Day 2 route map ¬†Morning view from GMVN Gopeshwar ¬†Reached Joshimath around 12:00 in the afternoon. ¬† Alaknanda – Enroute Joshimath Just as I was to start for Badrinath scene changed and dark clouds hid the mountain. It started drizzling and finally raining. I took shelter under a military ration building. ¬†Playing with time and timer ¬†ITBP training center Joshimath Asked to return: ¬† Two men jumped from a truck which came from Badrinath direction. One guy who seemed army guy very strongly suggested me to return from here. He …

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Deoria Tal trek – Bike trip to Uttarakhand – 5

What an awesome day I had yesterday, bike ride to Auli Ski Resort and getting the basic lessons of Skiing was great. Today’s plan included the trek to Deoria Tal. Deoria Tal has its reference in Mahabharat. It’s the same lake where 4 of the Pandavas dies by drinking lake water without answering to the Yaksha’s questions. They were brought to life only when Yudhistir answers all of his questions. I¬† like that part, especially the question and answer between Yudhistir and Dharmraj. Gopeshwar to Ukhimath via Rudraprayag: In the above map, the route marked in black is a direct route between Gopeshwar and Ukhimath. Chopta, Chandrashila, and Deoria Tal lies between this route. However, the road was closed due to heavy snowfall. Direct road i.e. via Chopta is 60 km and the longer one via Rudraprayag was 130 km. I had no options but to take the longer route. Prepared for the longer route followed by trek after that, I left the place around 8 AM. Reached Ukhimath around 12:30 PM. Construction work and …

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The Beatles Ashram and 3 Sanyasis in Rishikesh – Bike trip to Uttarakhand – 6

What a fresh morning that was! All the tiredness from yesterday’s Trek to Deoria Tal had vanished. It felt like I was never tired and this is my home. No worries no plans no mobile no network, just nature and I. But then, today’s plan was to reach Rishikesh and handover bike to Ashok Ji ūüôā Followed by local sight seeing in Rishikesh and attend Ganga aarti in Haridwar. Checked out from GMVN, Ukhimath and left for Rishikesh at 9:30 AM. Two times Aloo Paratha, 4 coffee, 4 Tea cost me Rs.120.   Enroute Rudraprayag from Ukhimath Did my lunch at the same place in Srinagar. This time, it was Rajma Chawal.¬†They were happy to see me and asked if my journey was good. Ukhimath to Rishikesh was around 182km. As I always say returning is always quick. I was aware for the first 20-30 kilometers later everything switches to Auto Pilot mode. When the time ceases to exist we tend to enjoy things the most. The journey was so involving I didn’t remember when …

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Planning – Bike trip to Uttarakhand – 1

Before starting the travelogue I would like to introduce myself a little. Describing myself I am not the one zipping and speeding at 120kmph. I respect machines and believe motorcycles are best when it comes to explore places. It balances the fuel and fun well. I term myself as budget yatri. My bike trips are extremely cheap but equally meaningful and I feel good about it. I prefer basic accommodations and eat what locals eat. I never rush towards my destination as doing so do not let us enjoy the journey. I like to connect those small dots enroute and make a final picture of the journey. Lets start.. Himalayas always fascinated me. I used to wonder of huge mountains and greenish rivers slipping through the deep valleys. I dreamed of shining snow clad peaks standing one behind another and locals busy in their daily routine walking up and down the mountain. Literature’s of mystical Yogis wandering in Himalayas in search of ultimate truth always motivated me. Somewhat with the same intention and to see …

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Malvan to Goa – Konkan bike trip – 6

Day 3 and Day 4 Morning struggle: We had to start early from Malvan. Today’s plan was to visit Sagar Sangam and via Vengurla reach Goa. Woke up early in order to capture the shared bathroom and toilets. This is what we do when these things are shared. Morning was chilled and so the water. There was no warm water facility for shared bathrooms. With my shivering body and shivering hand lifted the mug and placed down. Repeating this reluctance multiple times gave me the needed warmth which made my bath easy ūüôā Packed up and left the lodge, took road which goes to Sagar Sangam. Sagar Sangam is at the mouth of Devbag backwaters, a 10 KM peninsula like stretch. Road were misty with fogs. School going children on cycles made the scene interesting. ¬† Off to School Sagar Sangam: At Sagar Sangam the silent Karli river meets Arabian sea. Beach is not too long but white sand and water sports are active there. There are options for Dolphin show, they take you in …

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Ganpatipule to Malvan – Konkan bike trip – 5

Events from Day 1:Thane to Dapoli Dapoli to Anjanvel Lighthouse Dabhol to Guhagar Beach Events from Day 2: Guhagar to Ganpatipule temple¬† ¬† Ganpatipule to Malvan: Finished from the walk-through in Prachin Konkan, without wasting any time we started towards Malvan as we were already late. This phase was one of the most scenic in the whole tour. High mountain roads on one side and vast ocean roaring on the other side. It’s very much like the Pacific highway map we used to play in the NFS. ¬†Scenic road after Ganpatipule – Sagari Mahamarg ¬†Scenic road¬† – Sagari Mahamarg ¬†Tree canopy ¬†Road to Malvan ¬†Rock cut roads – Sagari Mahamarg After Ratnagiri, there isn’t much ghat and mostly the roads are straight on table tops. But you get to see fantastic stretches of green and yellow fields. ¬†Konkani Pahaat ¬†Landscape – Malvan ¬†Near Malvan ¬†Landscape near Malvan ¬†Landscape near Malvan ¬†Near Malvan ¬†Sunset scene near Malvan ¬†Reflections Sun was coming down fast and we were 20 kilometers behind Malvan city. Suddenly the whole landscape took …

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Ganpatipule Temple – Konkan bike trip – 4

Today was the second day of my Konkan bike trip. Yesterday, we started from Mumbai and stopped in Guhagar for night stay. Mumbai to Guhagar was very scenic particularly Dapoli and Dabhol. Today, we were ready to take the adventure to next level. Guhagar to Ganpatipule was going to be riding in the ghats and rural roads. Guhagar to Ganpatipule coastal road Route Scarred with the horror of yesterday night, we wanted to leave the place as early as possible. Took the ice bucket challenge in the morning and left the room. ¬†Mountains were misty and winds were chilly. Silent hills and curved ghats made the ride more interesting. ¬†Ghat roads just after Guhagar ¬†Misty morning ¬†Bagulas Morning life ¬†Shallow and silent river before Tavsal jetty ¬†Konkan scene which has always been in my mind ¬† We were targeting Vengurla for today but didn’t want to compromise with nice spots. Tavsal jetty   ¬†Tavsal Jetty   Reached Tavsal jetty and had our hot chai and spicy kanda pohe. Frequency of the Ferry is good here. …

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Memorable sunset of Guhagar beach – Konkan bike trip – 3

From Dabhol lighthouse we moved ahead to Guhagar.¬†Guhagar is around 15 km from Anjanvel. Guhagar is a pretty small and straight town with an awesome beach and windy surrounding. Search for the night stay in Guhagar Our priority was to get in a decent hotel/cottage anything and then proceed with sightseeing. We had around 1 hour to settle ourselves before the sun sets. Soon the search started getting troublesome. Every hotel lodge we visited, turned us down. They were not ready to listen. Just kept repeating that there is no room for singles and only family is allowed. Half an hour passed and we were still on road. My eyes went on a wall next to road ‘rahnyachi uttam vyavastha aani gharguti jevan milel’. Called that person, the wall which had the advertisement was nothing but his store. We settled the deal for Rs.500, it was much cheap in that area when compared with other hotels in Guhagar. That man opened the mystery why we were rejected from all places. He said ‘aap jaise hi …