Author: Niraj Yadav

Why the Bajaj haathi mat palo ad is silly – Dominar Owner

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrint Bajaj Motorcycles has always been HYPER with their advertisements right from the Definitely Male of Pulsar to Haathi mat paalo of Dominar. Earlier the sarcasm wasn’t targeted at anybody but this time it is very evident that they are talking about Royal Enfield bikes. Disclaimer: This post is a personal opinion of the author and he doesn’t care if it harms anybody 😛 In this post, I won’t keep on bashing anybody but rather try to reason out why the advertising strategy advisor fails to understand the deepness of motorcycle touring? Before jumping into the discussion I would like to tell you as to why I am eligible to speak on this topic. I have rode both Royal Enfield and Bajaj Dominar ABS version through the mountains and plains of India. I have taken them through jammed city roads and wide open highways. I have racked up multiple 2000+ km rides in all the seasons and terrains of India. I have had the opportunity to ride from basic 125 cc motorcycle to a …

Along the Kosi River on bike: 3 – Saharsa to Kursela

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintThis is the third and last post of motorcycling along the Kosi River in Bihar under the Anaadi River Project. Here is the link of first and second post if you haven’t read them.. 29 November 2017, Wednesday Left Saharsa town early in the morning. Passed through several villages before I could set my eyes on Kosi river again. Here was the route for the day Saharsa → Dumri Ghat → Kursela → Begusarai While riding I found something wrong with the gear. Realised that the clutch cable was broken and for a while, I have been foolishly hitting the gear peddle so hard. Stopped at a mechanic and got it replaced for Rs. 140. Saharsa has lots of beautiful Lakes My trail passed through beautiful lakes and villages. This was one of the best scenic plains I have ever been. Also read: Motorcycling the plains of Punjab. I experienced the highest density of lakes and rivers while riding through this hinterland. One particular lake was so beautiful that it compelled to stop and stare. …

All you need to know about renting a motorcycle in India

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintIn the last few years, demand for motorcycles on rent has increased exponentially. A considerable number of people are preferring bikes for touring rather than four-wheelers and packaged tours. Certainly, bikes offer a much raw experience to explore any place. As a matter of fact, rental motorcycle market has come up in almost every corner of India. Few startups in metro cities now provide high-end motorcycles on hourly rental have a look at one such company wickedride. I have used rented motorcycles on several occasions rented from cities like Jaisalmer, Delhi, Rishikesh, Patna, Goa, Bangalore, etc. However, the easy availability of rental bikes comes at a price for serious tourers. Let’s begin with the most basic question Is renting bike a good option? NEVER. Undoubtedly, it’s not advisable to rent a motorcycle UNLESS YOU HAVE NO OTHER OPTION. The Internet is filled up with hundreds of breakdown stories of rented bikes. Though some vendors claim to provide support, but I have personally experienced they are of not much use. Their support is generally …

Along the Kosi River on Bike : 2 – Nirmali to Saharsa

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintToday was the second day of Kosi River tour. If you haven’t read the first part here it is – Along the Kosi River Day 1. Woke up early and left Nirmali around 6 AM. It was foggy outside but not much to disturb the ride. Not going back from the road where I entered Nirmali, this time I rode through the town and came on the ring road. Later I came to know that Nirmali has been a victim of Kosi for a long time. To protect it from the deadly water of Kosi, Nirmali was encircled with ring bandh i.e. embanked from all the sides. This bandh would restrict the flood water from entering the town of Nirmali. I had a long discussion with him on Kosi floods. He said Why are you talking about Kosi floods only? Bhutahi Balan river which flows from the western edge of Nirmali is more dangerous. Nobody comes out of the Bhutahi Balan flood due to the amount of silt she brings. We are trapped from …

Cycling to office India

My one year of cycle to work in Mumbai

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrint  Cycle to work was a long-cherished dream popping time and again to see the sky. In February 2017, I got my childhood crush back in my life. Purchased a used cycle from OLX and rode 30km the first day after 12 years. It was a pleasure for my thighs: D I parked my cycle near Andheri railway station inside a closed pay and park. Got the monthly parking charges negotiated Rs.550. My office is opposite Infiniti mall on New Link road. So the route was going to be Andheri station to Infiniti Mall. Total distance of one way was not more than 5 Km max. First Day of Cycle to Office On the day one, I got the cycle repaired a bit. Height of the seat was low and it was painful for my knees. It took me a week to find 15-inch seat rod. Rest of the thing was just okay. First week was tiring. I was not used to too much Stop and Go. Traffic and metro construction has practically made half the road unusable. …

Along the Kosi River on Bike : 1 – Introduction and Planning

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintThis is the first post of my Kosi river trip. I toured the entire length of Kosi river in India under my Anaadi River Project. Let me introduce you one of the oldest rivers of the Indian subcontinent. Kosi River – An Introduction Kosi river is quite ancient you can say older than the Himalayas. She takes birth on the higher altitude of the Himalayas in Nepal and then rolls through the lower hills of Nepal before entering India in Bhimnagar. From Bhimnagar she flows through Supaul and Saharsa district eventually meeting Ganga near Kursela in Bhagalpur district. She is called Sapta Kosi in Nepal due to seven tributaries she has in Nepal. Kosi is titled as sorrow of Bihar, dayan (witch) and sometimes mother by the people of Bihar. People living along the bank of Kosi river do not stop cursing her as soon as heavy monsoon begins making her swell her banks. Whatever people name her, but for me, Kosi is very very special. Not because I am from Bihar and she …

Beautiful Chena village nestled in Ghodbunder hills

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintI live in Bhayandar near the hills of Ghodbunder. I know both the names sound weird. Bhayandar, a western suburb lies on the southern bank of Ulhas river or rather Vasai creek. Starting from Bhayandar if we keep on going upstream on the river Ghodbunder falls next. Geographically this region is in continuity with the Borivali National park and spans  18km straight from Powai in the South to Ghodbunder in the North. This region has kept hidden many picturesque lakes and streams which are often overlooked by the local populace that includes me as well 😛 Yes, its a fact that we often tend to ramble far and wide in search of beauty and happiness. But at times we just miss the wonderful and tranquil nature which lies very next to us right in our backyard. As a matter of luck, I had to visit Chena village to attend a spiritual event. Chena village is just around the corner of Chena bridge on the Mumbai Nashik highway. The small village has a beautiful river …

Vashishti River : 1 – Planning and Mumbai to Chiplun

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintI am excited to publish this blog as this is the very beginning of my अनादी River Project. This project is my attempt to get a first-hand understanding of the condition of rivers, lakes and wells of Bharat. You can read more about the अनादी River Project here.   To begin with the project and try myself and my readiness Vashishti was a trial. Why did I select Vashishti ? In the river project, I desired to know what sort of groundwork is essential for large rivers. When I was exploring this topic, I came across ‘Sandrp’ website. It had a comprehensive research on the rivers of Konkan. Vashishti was one of the rivers in the list. In fact, Vashishti was the most polluted among other rivers of Konkan. The foremost reason of pollution was letting out the untreated water by chemical factories in the Lote-Parshuram MIDC setup. The level of organo-chlorides was so high that even bathing in the river was severely hazardous and may lead to cancer. This created a curiosity in me and I wished …

Vashishti River : 3 – Closing words and visit to Goa killa in Harnai

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintThis is the third and last post of the Vashishti river tour. Day 1 – Mumbai to Chiplun and Day 2 – Along the Vashishti River were splendid. If you haven’t been through follow the link and have a look at them.   Since my primary objective of the trip i.e. touring the Vashishti from source to the confluence was achieved, all I had to today was the homecoming. But it wasn’t going to be plain and straight. I left the town of Dapoli early morning and rode to Fort Goa or Suvarnadurga Fort followed by Mandangad, Mangaon and finally Mumbai. 26  June 2017 – Day 3 Left the hotel early morning. It was raining like hell. Konkan rains are quite heavy. Huge perpendicular raindrop is what you get 🙂 Following the coastal route reached Goa Fort near Harnai beach. Goa fort along with Suvarnadurga fort and Fattegad fort had a significant place in Chhatrapati Shivaji’s naval force. As marked in the image below, Suvarnadurga Fort is at some distance in the sea quite …

Vashishti River : 2- Riding along the river from source to Arabian sea

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintYesterday’s ride through the beautiful green ghats of Konkan was refreshing particularly the Kashedi and Khed stretch. Today was the day to travel by the Vashishti river. The plan was to reach as close to the source of Vashishti River and ride along the river until I reach its Sangam with Arabian sea. Hoping the same excitement and adventure we rolled off for the day. 25th July 2017 Chiplun, Maharashtra Chillax Morning 🙂 Missed the morning alarm of 5.30 am. Before we could get the things up it was 7 am. 50% of the total time was spent in doing Datun. Vishwanath and I chewed the neem daatun as slow and leisurely as we can. Standing on the small balcony facing the hotel garden and shamelessly posing topless we chewed like a King. We had all the time in the world, no morning alarms, no to-do list, no client calls. We were just lost in daatun. We moved the neem twig slowly and gently through every corner of the teeth. Dark and dirty …

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Introduction to अनादी (Anaadi) River project

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintFrom the start of 2017, I have been working on a personal project associated with rivers. I have named it अनादी (Anaadi) which means eternal. In this post, I will be talking of the what, why and how of the project. Need more than wanderlust Wanderlust was a pleasant word for me during the early stages of my traveling. I did all was visit a green place or white mountain, capture some snaps and tag wanderlust on it. It absolutely was fun and excitement. However, once days passed all I had was memories and nothing else. It is good to have memories as they take us to the places later in our lives and make us smile. It was certainly good, but not enough. Later on, when I questioned myself that did I definitely liked traveling?  I got an affirmative answer. I liked traveling but so did Neanderthals. In fact, they wandered with purpose but what about me? I had a deep feeling of bringing in some purpose. At the end, I wished …

11 simple and elegant motorcycle tattoos pictures

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintCarrying a tattoo is a way to show our passion. The trend is not new rather we have been decorating our body since thousand of years. It just not looks pretty but expresses our personality and emotion. A simple looking tattoo not only makes us look decent but also shows that we have a beautiful and uncluttered mind. ——————- Read: Me, my Enfield Thunderbird and plains of India chronicles  ——————– Motorcycling community is known to have huge skull tattoos inked all over their body. For them, it’s a way to exhibit their enthusiasm and attitude towards motorcycling. Being a fellow motorcycle and minimal lover, I have tried to compile a list of simple yet elegant looking tattoo pictures. Do share and spread the post. 1 – One of the best bikers tattoo ever 2 – Brake and Braaap.. 3 – Braap and twist the accelerator. Beautiful dotted arrow motorcycle tattoo 4 – Great tattoo to have in your biking fraternity 🙂  You will love to shake hands 5 – Amazingly simple motorcycle tattoo on Ankle …

North India bike trip -2: Shimla and Narkanda

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintThis 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’s 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 🙂 …

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

Strolling around Mumbai on Cycle – Tips and Experiences

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintBicycles have been one of my best childhood memories. My first love, a gearless Hercules AXN. How could I sleep that night? That night ended waiting for tomorrow’s light. We were together for 4 years before it was stolen. Tried luck second time with second-hand Ranger Swing, unfortunately, that too remained for a couple of months before getting stolen. Now, after 12 years I have the pedal back. Yes, a long wait indeed 🙂 The excitement was same as it was on the first day with my first cycle. I take it to my office daily riding 4.5 km one way on the chaotic Mumbai roads. Can’t express the joy of getting on the seat and feeling the breeze. After trying my hands for one month, felt like I should take it for a tour around Mumbai. So friends, take your popcorns sit back and enjoy the post. And yes, do not forget to comment. You don’t know how much your two words make me feel. Preparation Frankly speaking, I had no clue of the …

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

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintThis 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 ‘Bhaiyya Amritsar jana hai, kaunsa rasta jaayega?’’ He said ‘Yaha 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’ I was shaking my head vigorously …

North India Bike Trip – 5: Mathura Vrindavan

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintIt 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.         Ulte haath se mood jao 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 …

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

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintBack 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 …

Travelling to India and need guide or assistance

Share it onFacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedinemailPrintYou are traveling to India and looking for a local to assist in pre-planning or some kind of assistance. You can get in touch with me and I can help you in a countless ways. Few things where I can assist you 1. Mumbai has lots and lots of shopping locations. I can accompany you for shopping along the street vendors, electornic items, jewellery, clothing, dash dash dash to make your shopping experience safe and trouble free. 2. Pre-planning Acquaint you with very very important Do’s and Dont’s for your travel in India Get you something that you forgot and need it badly. Arrange necessary medicines. Send me the list and I will keep it ready. Camera items like Memory Cards, Tripods if you are planning to get it here itself. Maps and Magazines (Lonely Planet India Guide) Rent you my motorcycle for a couple of days. That would be pretty cheap 😀 Multi-Socket power adapter suited for Indian plugs …..etc. It will go like, you send me the list of items and approximately …