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It is just a week left before we start our bike trip to Leh-Ladakh. In whatever free time I get, I happen to read others' experiences on BCMTouring and mentally, it takes me to Ladakh. Cannot express the excitement of going there!
After biking for 20 days across nine states in extreme rain, heat, cold and altitude we returned yesterday with a lot of stories and lifetime experience!
I thought a lot about how to pen it down on this blog and have decided to make it partly as an everyday account and partly categorise the experiences into some heads -which would make it more interesting and informative to those who are planning a similar trip.
Part I consists of the journey from Pune to Manali and the return journey from Ludhiana to Pune. Part II is all about Manali to Leh road, information about our stay, various experiences and so on...
Hope you enjoy the read and feel free to make a comment...I mean it as I have removing the moderation setting for comments.
Here it goes:
The planned route has been published in the previous post, but we faced difficulties (details given below) in following it. So the actual route that we took was
June 11 -Pune to Vapi (292 kms) ...fell short in covering the distance because of ra…
Birthday special journey
It's the husband's 35th birthday next month. And I made the mistake (?) of asking him how he would want to make it special. His reply was an all-train-trip in his birthday week...and I laughed out loud. He went on to say that he wanted to spend the week travelling in the three iconic trains of India. I saw the same smile on his face that he has when we plan our long journeys...and I realized he was serious.
Now, I like to travel, but not by trains. On the other hand, the husband knows trains as much as he knows his bike. The engine, the number and the type of coaches, the type of toilets, the speed, and other details that I have no interest in. But then I am disinterested in just the trains, not the journey.
With that, he chalked out our plan effortlessly. Probably, the fastest inter-state plan that we have come up with.
In terms of trains, the destinations are Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Karmali Railway station, Madgaon Railway stati…
THE START June 11 -Pune to Vapi (292 kms) We began the ride from Aundh at 7 am. Our friends -Ajay Kolhatkar, Rahul Nagpure, Ketan Pasalkar, Aniket Sawant and my parents had come to see us off. (Read -to make it an emotional departure)
It was raining heavily all through the day. As we reached Panvel, our bike got punctured because of a five-inch nail. Thankfully it was a tubeless tyre and not much damage was done; although we spent about an hour looking for a puncture wallah to mend it. (We were carrying the puncture kits, but did not want to do it ourselves in the heavy rains). It was about 10.30am when we left from Panvel after which we stopped at 1.30pm at Ghodbunder road for lunch. We were completely wet and the raincoats proved inadequate in the heavy rains. By then, we had gotten used to it and did not care much about the mess. That day, we barely managed to cover 292 kms to reach Vapi (as against out planned average of 350 kms every day till Delhi). We had put …