* Caution: Its a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG Post!
The following blog owes its credit to Bhupi (writeup, numbers, details), Navnit (photography) and Prashant (photography)
4 Riders, 4 Bikes, 6000kms, 5 Indian States, 2 Countries, 1 Helluva Ride!
Four different characters set out on a journey, a journey to satiate their perennial biker's itch. With no laid rules or plans but just a dream of a mesmerizing riding experience on the mystic roads of Nepal, saddled up on an early chilly morning on the Mumbai -Agra Highway. Before we start, a brief character description about the riders for readers who haven't met us.
Prashant: The most experienced person in terms of age, he is 32 for cry not loud! He took care of all the monetary hisaab on the ride. He got pissed on lil things which involved the 3 of us and our habit of getting off schedule. Loves truck-walas, keeps honking behind them. The only guy who was successful in opening most of the nuts he tried his hands on. Was in the lead most of the time and indeed did a great job. Oh, and he got a better currency exchange rate through his senior citizen account :)
Navnit: The most experienced guy on roads. His experience did show up whether it was selecting the route, taking a short cut, sleeping on dhabas, we all took his words and did not regret. At night he would be found cuddling to his Road Atlas calculating distances and finding new ways. And in case it didnt work out, he would be call up his girl friend, direct her to navigate web sites inorder to find distances or make her pay his bills online. Even he loves truck walas and is soon going to marry one. Loves taking pics in photogenic angles and was infactuated with me and bhupi during the ride. Brilliant photographer! Feel to free to donate towards his Nikon DSLR fundraiser :)
Bhushan: The most unprepared rider on the trip. I had no clues of the roads, routes distances, plans. Even the spares I carried were copied from Kunal's list, I mean who the hell copies from Kunal! This was my first long ride and thats why the inexperience :) You will find me in almost all the pics. Rode without specs, Again! :) The only mechanical activity that I could do was apply grease. At the end of the ride Bhupi thought that I was the star of the ride! [now what do I say... :)]
Bhupesh: After having a bad experience with this bike in Leh, he just wanted to complete the ride without a break down. Kept praying for it and was in the drag most of the time. He said it was great being in drag where he could actually enjoy the surroundings and 'apparently' all the hot chicks passing by :)
He wears a wig and has a fake moustache :)
Great rider! Ripping the throttle on the streets of Lucknow with him was some old fashioned fun!
The initial route plan:
Mumbai - Sendhwa ~ 460 km
Sendhwa - Sanchi ~ 400 kmSanchi - Lucknow ~ 450 km
Lucknow - Rupandehi (Indian side) - Nepalganj(Nepal Side) ~ 140 km
To enter Nepal there are about 5 entry exit points as below:
1) Kakrbhitta through Siliguri, Darjeeling
2) Birgunj through Raxaul(Indian Town) for Patna and Calcutta
3) Nautanwa(Indian Town) Sanuali Border through Gorakhpur
4) Rupandehi(Indian Town) to NepalGanj through Lucknow
5) MahendraNagar-Banbasa(Indian Town) 250kms from Delhi
Day1: With Indore as today's halt, we set off from Thane with Appu and Sudhir to see us off at 6 am. Since it was early in the morning we covered up a good distance. Halted a few km’s before Nashik to answer the nature’s call, and we got our first Kodak moment. Navnit had left a few traces of the call on his shoes and pants, and when asked he replied, 'Maa c***ane gaya!, main jaldi mein tha...' We clicked some CLOSE up pics of his, and moved on. Reached Nashik by 8.10am Had breakfast, a heavy one. The stretch from Mumbai to Nashik was under way to become a four lane highway so a good number of diversions and bumpy roads greeted us. Post Nashik till Dhule the road was a delight, a kick ass four laned highway. Enroute we found a beautiful lake , with a little off roading and we started preparing for the line up pics. Clicked a good number of pics and moved on. Just as we left Bhupi's front wheel started shaking a bit as if the front tyre was punctured but that wasn’t the case. We did a lot of RnD with the front Disc Brake thinking that might be the cause for the wheel to jam. After wasting a good hour or so we decided we will move ahead slowly to Malegaon and search for a mechanic.
Reaching Malegaon we found a mechanic and the issue was identified with his front wheel bearing, changed them and got moving . Just as we were about to leave, we realised we were surrounded by layers of local people. With a Riding jacket, knee pads and funky helmets we were definitely a part of a movie crew, probably Dhoom - 2 at that point of time. People kept throwing questions at us and soon we became celebrities of the town in no time.After all the limelight, we finally left Malegaon. Since we were behind schedule, we ripped our engines to reached Dhule and covered 122 kms within 1.30 hrs. Around 5. 30 we decided to have lunch since we still had around 250 kms to Indore. With a real heavy lunch and beer to wash it down, we knew we would be really sleepy on roads.
As soon as we entered M.P we could make out the difference. The roads on this side were in a real bad shape, bumpy with a good number of potholes. The traffic was equally bad. A few 120 km before Indore, Navnit started to have a bad back ache and we decided to ride back to the nearest town Sendhwa as the pit stop for the day. Got a room where Navnit dozed off . We just had around 400+ km to cover to reach Sanchi the next day and so we decided we could afford to down a bottle of Old monk on this really chilly night.
Day2: First Day of riding is always tiring , no wonder we got up around 9. With not much to cover we were at ease. What we didn't consider was the quality of M.P roads. After a heavy break fast we left sendhwa by 12. On the way we came across a few ghats, wherein the understanding between the truck drivers almost killed us. On the ghats on every turn suddenly the traffic switched lanes. On the bends all the trucks climbing up would drive on the right side (American Ishtyle) and those descending down would drive on their right side and we kept fumbling between them trying to grasp this sudden change. But it was indeed thoughtful so that the heavy trucks climbing up could have more turning area. Making note of this we moved ahead roads which were getting bad to worse. Just a day on MP Roads and the damage had been done. Navnit lost his horn, I lost my rear number plate, rear guard, tail light, speedo meter, etc. As if this was not enough on the way at some village while we were over taking a bus, someone threw a stale banana out of the window and as usual I was the choosen one. Luckily it was my jacket which took the LOAD. On the way prashant kept playing with the trucks, he somehow derives pleasure by honking behind the trucks, just one such incident when he was indulged in this self pleasure of his, and the truck driver was in no mood to give him a side, he threw himself off the road to over take from the left and since it was a single road and oncoming traffic from the opposite side he almost got himself run over by the truck! Post a few verbal exchanges, we moved ahead. Just before Bhopal we met this guy on his red electra and as any another excited bulleter he opened his entire riding life in front of us. He suggested that we should fill our tanks at a company owned pump ahead. Little did we know he that would be waiting at the pump for us, again, for another session of verbal diarrhea! We filled our tanks and got to know that we were the first customers to pay the pump using a credit card as they had just installed the system.Just attached was a Dhabha and we decided to have lunch and do a non stop Sanchi. Seeing the bullet wala again at the dhabha we 3 rushed to the washrooms on the pretext of freshening up, leaving Navnit to get verbally assaulted. Finally the guy left and we started feasting... the food was really great and low on budget. It was almost 6 post this heavy lunch and we were all geared up. The only point of discussion was to empty our stomach here itself or on the way. Just then Navnit decided he can’t go ahead and rushed to the washroom. Another round of smokes got me and Bhupi searching for an empty pot. After such a heavy lunch this was indeed a heavy shitting session, where Bhupi kept telling jokes to entertain us during the prolonged session. After all this heavy firing we were feeling light and committed to reach Sanchi non stop.On the way to Bhopal Bhupi and Navnit stopped to pick up Navnit’s horn. Just then two cops stopped us, and it seemed we were on their radar since the last 5 check posts and we didnt stop at all. There were some conflicts going on between the locals because of which it was not advisable to travel in dark and luckily for us we had crossed the section without really knowing the issue. Post a basic questionnaire they asked us to leave.At around 10 we took a break near the Bhopal by pass since it was becoming chilly and the Gudaan Garam courtesy me, came to rescue. On the dhabha we met an NRI guy who kept asking questions why we do such things, what pleasure we derive, is someone paying for our trips etc. Now in most of such situations Prashant use to be our PR agent and the rest of us would sulk down with our fags and tea while Prashant would answer calmly and patiently if that was not enough he would even have questions of his own. After a grueling session he was convinced that we were up to something really great, wished us luck and left. Finally by 12 we reached Sanchi with most of the hotels shut and after a good one hour search we finally got rooms and dozed of. The plan for tomorrow was to explore Sanchi get small welding work done and leave for Khajuraho by afternoon ,which was another 300 odd kms.
Day3:We got up by 8 30 a.m. and left around 10 to visit the Sanchi Stupas. A really beautiful well maintained structure with greenery around. The place is really peaceful and of historic importance. We had images, of our school history text books' cover pages that had Ashoka pillar and Stupa entrances, in our minds and kept matching them with those in front of us. The carvings were amazing with stories attached to every structure. The museum was equally enchanting. On the way back Prashant met a Sri Lankan monk and as usual he struck a conversation , got to know how he was related to Sanchi and stuff. Moving on we completed minor repair works after the roller coaster on M.P roads. Post lunch we moved on by 2. Roads till Vidisha were great. On one of the city turns Prashant fell off cause his rear tyre gave away, nothing serious though. From Vidisha till Rahatgad the roads were a nightmare we could hardly manage a top speed of 15 forget about the avg speed. Just before Rahatgad a dusky beauty welcomes you and it’s a pleasure riding her especially after the nightmare. Just then we spotted some beautiful fields and off we went capturing the moments on our lenses. By now I was the one with maximum damage and that gave Bhupi another reason to send across his daily Bhushan update. While we were just gearing up to leave for Sagar, Navneet observed one side of the saddle bag was torn and ofcourse the bag belonged to me. Every one wore their analytical cap and started coming up with reasons that could result in the bag tearing at the sides. The one conclusion that we all had was it could be because of the friction between the saddle bag and the shockers. We did a few modifications and moved ahead and reached Sagar in no time, with the only agenda being a tank up.It seemed as if the population explosion had started at this place and then spread to other parts of India and China. There were human beings all over the place, infact I dont even remember seeing so many at the same time before. Slowly and steadily we maneuvered to finally reach a pump, where we were treated as royalty. We were offered tea and water to freshen up. Winding up quickly we left only to loose our way. With help from a couple of local bikers we finally made it out of the city. Post Sagar the roads again posing issues, riding was really dangerous on such bumpy roads. After a good couple of hours of struggle we took a much needed tea break. Never really loved Parle biscuits more than on that day, they were life savers for me. One of the few observations I made on M.P roads, most of the vehicles had these disco headlights that kept changing colours, pretty irritating. Moved ahead, and as darkness engulfed the road, we with our xenon swords kept tearing the black backdrop. Some 60 odd km away from khajuraho we stopped for another tea break since it was damn cold! Had piping hot tawa parathas and tea. At the dhabha met a person called “Pankaj Shourie” who kept eating through our ears on each and every topic in the universe. He promised that he will get us rum at this odd hour and we needed it especially since it was getting really late and chilly. We kept following him, he used to frequently stop in between to have pan, but our new friend also sponsored a few smokes for us! On one of the crossings he asked us to wait while him and Navnit would go and get the booze. While Prashant and the this guy's brother discussed everything about each others families, Bhupi and me smoked to glory contemplating how Navnit was the right guy to be killed in middle of nowhere. After a long wait Navnit returned with the prized catch. Without discussing much we left, and only later did we come to know the case of “Pankaj Shourie”. Something that I would let Navnit speak of. We reached Khajuraho around 11.40pm. We were really tired after all the bumps we had taken on the roads. We stopped at the first hotel we saw and the rooms were complete honey moon suite types with comfortable beds and red drapes. After freshening ourselves, we started our much awaited daaru session. The interesting part of the session was 'Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle' and 'Scary Movie' on UTV Bindaas and that too in hindi! The dialogues dubbed in hindi were really hilarious with the following two tying up for first place.
“JAB JAB KHANA HO BHINDI... TOH AA JAANA CINDY!”
"SAAMAAN BADA HAI ISKA MATLAB YEH NAHI KE DIN BHAR DING DONG KARTA PHIRU!"
Day4: Today was to explore the Khajuraho Temples and the much heard about sexual sculptures! After a heavy breakfast and few line up shots of our chrome machines, we started our expedition of the Temples. Temples at Khajuraho are divided in to four regions in accordance to the four directions. We had decided we would pay a visit to the Western group of temples inorder to capture the much talked about Kamasutra sculptures. The carving at the temples were vivacious! We spent a good couple of hours at the temple marveling at the colossal architecture. The enclosure is well maintained and very peaceful. We bought pocket Kamasutra books and some key chains as souvenirs :)There are good hotels surrounding the temple, serving mouth watering international cuisines. We preferred having Indian food on top a tree house, with an astounding view of the temples, the sunset and the local 'Godfather' beer. We spent the evening exploring the market for some classy artistic local work. After a worthwhile day spent at Khajuraho with a haircut, shave and a much need massage at the local barber, we slept around 12 after chalking out our plan for the rest of the ride.
Day5: We had around 550 km to cover today in order to reach Gorakhpur and keeping that in mind we started at around 6:30am. If pitch darkness was not enough, we had our first encounter with fog and to add to that we had the dipping temperatures. We started off really slow only to pick up our speeds post sunrise. Soon we entered U.P. If roads in M.P were worst U.P was a nightmare. We could hardly cover up to 20 km in an hour. We stopped for a quick samosa chai break and started looking for other alternate routes. After oodles of time being spent staring at the road guide, we decided to take up a state highway assuming that it would be much better in shape and would have less traffic. Thankfully we were accurate with our predictions and the state highway was marvellous with proper banking and fresh tar. We hit the highway with a couple of hours behind schedule and entered Kanpur where it was fun maneuvering in the city traffic. By 5.00pm we reached the outskirts of the city and witnessed our second breakdown. Prashant had a tyre puncture and we decided to repair it all by ourselves. With several mistakes and a lot of time wasted (close to over 4 hours) we did fix the tyre and got ourselves completely off schedule.
With random people doing weird antics, as weird as halting in the middle of the highway getting down, running towards us and then clicking a pic of a road sign next to us which read."I love you darling... but not so fast!" to people trying to check their mobile network on the divider, we were entertained for every second of those 4 hours. My only mechanical activity of applying grease took place here :)
With multiple discussions over dinner and the dhaba owners warning us about the 'loot-maar' issue on the highway, we decided we would instead go to lucknow and enter Nepal from Rupandehi. Had we entered through Gorakhpur Kathmandu would been very close, but from Rupandehi it was a good 600kms. We tought its better to ride on better roads in Nepal than waste more time on our U.P. roads. We reached Lucknow by around midnight, found a room, ensured safe parking of our bikes and crashed with a plan of leaving as early as possible, hopefull by 5:00am
Day6: Our plan for today was to reach Khatmandu which was a good 800kms from where we were. Apparently I was the only guy who woke up at 5:00. We started from lucknow by 9 with around 200 km to reach the Nepal border, which we eventually reached by 3pm. I got a rear number plate made for myself just incase the border authorities would require it. Indians do not require any passport to enter Nepal, all you need to get are permits for the number of days you plan to stay at Nepal, also called as ''Bhansal'' for which you need to pay.
The custom officers on our side with their pot bellies hanging out, acted as if riders coming from Maharashtra to Nepal was a regular deal and without much hesitation gave us a clearance. Once you walk on the no mans land and enter Nepal, the army officials on their side have a smart blue colour camouflaged uniform and to our surprise even female officers at the checkpost.
Our fancy vulgar keychains and Bhupi's pocket Kamasutra were held back by the Nepal aurthorities stating 'Idhar ke log yeh sab nahi samjhenge'. I mean come on... doesnt your country's economy run on Alcohol, Prostitution, Casino's, Alcohol, Prostitution, Alcohol, Tourism, Prostitution, Alcohol, etc!
You need to get temporary number plates for your vehicles. You can get your currency converted at the border or there are several places where you can get it done. Actually you dont need to get it converted since Indian Currency is used freely in Nepal. We converted a few for safety & souvenirs :)
On the Indian side you need to declare your belongings and some other paperwork. Within an hour we completed all the formalities and we were in Nepal. It was already 6 and Kathmandu was still some 600 km away. We decided to stay at Nepal Gaunj (first town on Nepal side) and with my bargaining skills at best, we got two luxorious rooms for a total of Rs.300 for the night. A bowl of delicious thukpa saw an end to this day. What is thukpa?? GOOGLE IT :)
Day7: Today was the day when we would finally ride on the Mahendra Nagar Highway which Bhupi kept talking about. The fog and cold made me wear an innerwear, 2 T-shirts, double jeans, double socks, my riding jacket, and a rain coat on top of it. The riding temperature was below 5 degrees and the fog cleared off by the time we reached the Mahendra Nagar Highway. We were really excited and the highway did not let us down. The highway is a two lane road with not a single pothole. The best single lane highway I've ever ridden on! The highway passes through beautiful landscapes encompassing the gigantic Himalayas, curvy rivulets along with dense and vivid jungles. The traffic on the highway is very less and highly disciplined, with vehicles following proper highway signaling. You feel safe while riding/driving out there.The road to Kathmandu gets you on to a ride of ~200 km of ghats, with some 'out of the world' scenes to marvel at. Its like your between two mountains and there is a river flowing between them. After crossing a few checkposts and overtaking India registered tourist buses and cars, we finally reached Kathmandu at 1am and decided to stay at 'Thamel' which is touted as the Las Vegas of Nepal.
Finding a budget room here was like a never ending task! With autowallahs trying to sell alcohol, hashish, prostitutes, cheap cigarettes, dance bars, massage parlours, etc we managed to seek a kickass room for a decent amount. When Bhupi and me paid the advance and steped out of the hotel, we saw a bunch of Nepali guys standing outside in a group. They were talking amongst each other and from no where, this one guy gave a kung-fu style kick to the other guy. Bhupi and me shat in our pants and quickened our pace towards Navnit and Prashant. With the advance being paid we had no option but to stay in that hotel. Luckily the hotel was very nice, and those were just random guys who had no relation to the hotel :)
Day8: We had planned on visiting the Tibet border for bungee jumping but we had to cancel it due to bad weather. We spent the whole day exploring Thamel and we were not disappointed a bit. We shopped for some great jackets, shoes, customized bikers t-shirts, etc. You really need to bargain with these guys, and you must shop from the shops whch are a bit in the interior, cuz the guys outside pay a heavy rent and hence price their products almost twice. By evening we did realize why Thamel is touted as the Las Vegas of Nepal. Every nook and corner has 24hr Casinos, dance clubs, Cafes with live bands performing serving almost all international cuisines. We submerged ourselves in this euphoria called Thamel andhad the most lavish dinner of our ride tonight. With a plan to reach Pokhara the next day we slept with a heavy stomach :)
Day9: We left around 9 and had some 300 km of ghats to reach Pokhara., which everyone in Thamel said has breathtaking views. Taming the curvy roads we realized what we had missed the other day while we entered Kathmandu through these ghats during the night.
The views were enchanting and we kept halting for photos capturing vibrant pastures, mountains, villages, all that we could take back as memories of this beautiful part of the world.
Every small settlement/restaurant/dhaba etc serves alcohol. Its hard to find medicines but no matter where you are in Nepal, you are never too far from alcohol.
While the others were having tea I thought of giving a shot to the local lemon flavoured beer called Jolly Shandy. It tasted of mountain dew and probably had a hint of beer in it. After a few sips I thought tea was a better option only to realise that the others left their tea thinking the lemon flavoured beer was a better option. So wasting 4 bottles of Jolly Shandy and 4 cups of weird tasting tea, we set off towards Pokhra.
After an enchanting ride we reached Pokhara by around 5.30, just missing the sunset. Pokhara Lake offers breath taking sights of the Himalayas, and other mountain ranges and sunsets have a dazzling effect on the lake and the mountains. Clicking few pics we decided to move post our dinner as we were supposed to reach Bhutwal the very day. We chose a small restaurant next to the lake which had a huge board stating tandoori chicken but only daal, rice and 2 vegetables to offer. It was really late when we left and we had lonely ghats with some 200 kms to travel. After a few 20 odd kms we decided it would be risky if we had a breakdown or weird wild wacky drunk Nepalis unleashed their wrath upon us :) We returned to Pokhara.
We started looking for budget rooms, and Prashant and me waited while Bhupi and Navnit set of on Navnits bike to search for a hotel. Meanwhile Prashant and me had a tough time dealing with drunk Nepalis randomly throwing stones at a Western Union Money Transfer glow sign and another drunk old woman who thought my bike belonged to her. At such times all you can do is act as if you've got everything in control and such things are a normal sight. All you know they might know some Kung-Fu or some ancient martial art and try using it on you in their inebriated state!
It took these guys a good 2 hours to return, with neither of them answering their phone. They had met this drunk police officer who wanted us to stay in his hotel and had taken them to some place interior. He ate through their ears talking about how much he loves Indians, and also said, "I HAVE TWO CAMELS IN RAJASTHAN... SINCE BOTH ARE MALE, I NAMED THEM LUCKY!" Don't ask us for a reason/explanation... dint the man make it clear enough... both were male so he named them lucky!
Both of them lost their way while returning and a dog sleeping on the road made them realise that they needed to turn right from the dog since they had passed him earlier... God bless the dog for not moving around!We ended up staying at a hotel right across the road where Prashant and me waited for over two hours. We got a four bed occupancy room which was like Rs.350, YAY!Looking at the political conditions in Nepal we decided we would make an exit from Bhutwal to Gorakhpur giving the rest of the Mahendra Nagar Highway a miss.
*CAUTION: REALISING THE BLOGS GOING WAY TOO LONG... IM GONNA CUT IT SHORT IN THE FOLLOWING DAYS :)
We were advised not to ride through the night since there was a lot of checking due to the Republic day. We decided that we would stay at Gorakhpur and do a non stop to Agra the other day.
Day11: We had around 800 km to cover to reach Agra. It was Republic Day and patriotism was in the air. With the Tiranga on our bikes we zipped through UP villages witnessing the celebrations that still go on even after years of being a Republic country. Riding on this special day was ecstatic. We reached the GT road near Varanasi by 5 in the evening. We were determined to reach Agra and kept high speeds on this 4 lane highway. We lost a good amount of time in Allahabad city traffic. With cups of tea to keep us awake we kept zipping on the tarmac even after we crossed Kanpur by midnight. Just as we crossed Kanpur we were struck by dense fog. It was getting colder and the visibility was also declining exponentially. Hoping that things would improve, we moved ahead slowly. But the weather got bad to worse and we made a halt at a small roadside dhabha and decided to sleep for sometime and wait for the fog to clear off.
Day12: With a couple of hours of sleep, we started our ride by 7 and covered the remaining distance really quick. By afternoon we had our first view of the Taj Mahal and it was worth all the pain we took the previous night. The structure looked mesmerizingly colossal. We got a room and some much needed sleep while our bikes were getting serviced. Evening was spent roaming around the Taj Mahal and feasting on some delicious Chat items.
Day13: The first sight of Taj Mahal and we started clicking all we could. No words can describe the passion, the splendor, the effort behind this wonder of the world. We were so enchanted by the beauty of the monument that we wanted our bikes along with the Taj Mahal to be captured on lens.
Spending a good hour or so around Taj Mahal, we finally found a place where we could get our bikes and the monument in one frame. After the photo shoot we left for Jaipur. Riding on Rajasthan roads was pleasant as ever.
Day14: I met good'ol friend Rahul who had already booked a room for us and was waiting with a bottle of good'ol Old Monk! :) The plan was to explore Jaipur and indulge in the Royal experience the city has to offer. We indulged in the local cuisine, clicking pics around the forts and the royal structures. We also visited the Rang De Basanti fort :) By evening we left for Ajmer, again we kept falling in love with the roads and the food of Rajasthan.
Day15: Today was a puncture day. Just after taking the blessings of Ajmer Sharif as we saddled up we realized we had a puncture in one of the bikes. The plan was to reach Sambhar lake and ride on the dry, sandy surface of the lake. We had to struggle a lot to reach the lake with wrong directions, riding on railway tracks for couple of hours, with multiple punctures. The spectacle called Sambhar lake we had ahead of us was just worth it. We clicked few of our most amazing pics here. On our way back to Ajmer we decided to raid sambhar once more for an elongated photo session.
Day16: We couldn't believe that we were riding 200 km just to click photos, but that was the beauty of the place. After clicking to our heart contents we decided that we would do a non stop to Mumbai.
We had a late Lunch by 6 and started the Climax of our epic ride, covering approximately 1200 km in 26 hours with just 3 hours of sleep. Midway Prashant had an engine seize near Udaipur and stayed back to sned his bike through Gati. We reached Mumbai 1.p.m after spending the whole day riding only to find our fellow bikers from the group to cheer us back home. We slept after a story telling and photo sharing session, trying to engulf the feeling that we had completed the ride on time. Prashant reached a day after.
It was one wicked ride, with almost 7 hrs spent in the ajmer - sambhar - ajmer(200kms, with a huge photo shoot) stint, it was almost 1200kms in approx 28hrs...riding through tonnes of diversions in Gujrat, we finally reached fountain by 1am
Summing it up:
Riders: Bhupesh Tripathi, Bhushan Dhade, Navnit Lekshminarayanan & Prashant Pandey
Rides: 2 RE Machismo 500cc, 1 RE Thunderbird 350cc and 1 RE Electra 350cc
Total distance covered: ~6000kms+
Route:Mumbai - Indore - Sanchi - Khajuraho - Kanpur - Lucknow - Nepalganj - Khatmandu - Gorakhpur - Agra - Jaipur - Ajmer - Udaipur - Ahmedabad - Surat - Daman - Mumbai!
Breakdowns: Seized Engine, Several punctures, chain sprocket, battery issues, wiring issues, etc
Ride featured in the August'10 issue of BIKE - India
All images used in this blog are original, unedited and sole property of the author.