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    Default ROAD-LESS TRAVELED - McLEOD GANJ IN MONSOON

    Reason for naming this travelogue as "Road-Less Traveled " is that it was truly one of my toughest journey so far. Literally some parts were totally washed away. As one of the locals in McLeod Ganj rightly said to me, "Sir, few tourists visit McLeod Ganj in monsoon. I am amazed to see that you did & that too on bike & that too straight from Delhi!".

    I will give you a detailed analysis of this trip & lesson learnt so far.

    A special note of thanks to the following:
    1. My wife, who is one of the toughest pillion rider known to me. I am lucky to have you as my life partner.
    2. My family for their wishes though mom & PiL were totally against it
    3. Mithun, my best buddy for his rain coat for my wife.
    4. Sandeep aka Titanic4u for his saddle bag without which it would have been really difficult.
    5. Last but not the least - My ever faithful & old bike. Never has let me down. This trip has been very tough on my bike but it survived.


    Few Teaser pics??...


    Monsoon Clouds looming over the valley...



    This is near Chintkurni - Jwalamukhi. I guess the rock formation is nothing but lava being transformed into rocks.


    Mr & Mrs. Barua

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    Default Re: ROAD-LESS TRAVELED - McLEOD GANJ IN MONSOON

    Travelogue approved.

    Kudos to the pillion, not an easy thing to do if you are not used to it.
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    Default Re: ROAD-LESS TRAVELED - McLEOD GANJ IN MONSOON

    Quote Originally Posted by rx100.7050 View Post
    Reason for naming this travelogue as "Road-Less Traveled " is that it was truly one of my toughest journey so far. Literally some parts were totally washed away. As one of the locals in McLeod Ganj rightly said to me, "Sir, few tourists visit McLeod Ganj in monsoon. I am amazed to see that you did & that too on bike & that too straight from Delhi!".

    I will give you a detailed analysis of this trip & lesson learnt so far.

    A special note of thanks to the following:
    1. My wife, who is one of the toughest pillion rider known to me. I am lucky to have you as my life partner.
    2. My family for their wishes though mom & PiL were totally against it
    3. Mithun, my best buddy for his rain coat for my wife.
    4. Sandeep aka Titanic4u for his saddle bag without which it would have been really difficult.
    5. Last but not the least - My ever faithful & old bike. Never has let me down. This trip has been very tough on my bike but it survived.


    Few Teaser pics??...


    Monsoon Clouds looming over the valley...



    This is near Chintkurni - Jwalamukhi. I guess the rock formation is nothing but lava being transformed into rocks.


    Mr & Mrs. Barua
    hats off to the pillion riders!!! and nice teaser pics as well!!! keep them coming bro..hungry to see more!

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    Default Re: ROAD-LESS TRAVELED - McLEOD GANJ IN MONSOON

    Yes SunilG. Indeed it was very brave of my wife.

    Continuing...

    Here how it was planned..

    I have been longing for a road trip. The last bike trip was done by me with my few biker buddies in Dec'12 when we went to Bikaner. The last bike trip with my wife was a year ago!! So, I had been thinking about a destination for quite some time. One fine evening, over couple of drinks (may be more) my good old buddy, Mithun suggested while sipping his glass of 100 Pipers, "Lets do a friends & family trip to McLeod Ganj during the 15th Aug week." Now, who am I to reject such proposal when the environment consisted of good old friends, bottle of 100 pipers & the sun settling down? As a biker would respond instantly, I nodded my head in agreement & said, "Yes, I am game for it provided I combine my bike trip with this." Almost everyone had thought that I must have had too much of drink & it was the alcohol & not the biker spirit which was controlling me. Buggers didn't knew that once a biker is always a biker be it sober or drunk :P So, the plan hatched was something like this..

    1. Me & my wife would leave for Chandigarh on 13th night & have a halt over. Next morning we would start for McLeod Ganj.
    2. All other 20 people would take the train to Pathankot on 14th Night & reach McLeod Ganj on 15th morning.
    3. Spend good time together for 2 nights, i.e. 15th & 16th.
    4. 17th would be departure for Delhi by train. My wife would do the return leg to Delhi by train with the rest & I would straightaway ride from McLeod to Delhi.

    The final plan got changed or to be precise tweaked.

    As fate would have had it from the initial group of 22 people including us only me & my wife would do the trip finally!!

    This was the route considered. My good friend Ankon had visited McLeod Ganj just 2 weeks before we were scheduled to do our trip though by car. He too suggested this route.

    Delhi to Chandigarh was simple. 13th Night, she was would take the Chandigarh Shatabdi & reach at 11:15PM. I, after attending office, would leave by 5 PM for Chandigarh Railway station so that I could reach within time. Well, I started from my place, C R Park at 7:00PM!! Got the tank filled up at Def Col petrol pump. Encountered heavy traffic at Delhi border. Encountered traffic near Kurukshetra as 2 lorries got stuck in mud & cars & bikes were diverted through the town. Finally was able to reach Chandigarh Railway Station at 11:30 PM.

    Next day, we would take the following route from Chandigarh to McLeod Ganj.
    http://goo.gl/maps/V6Ou2

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    14TH AUGUST - CHANDIGARH TO McLEOD GANJ.

    We stayed at Railways Officers guest house at Chandigarh Railway station for 13th night. Next morning, we got ready to leave for McLeod from station at 8:30 AM.

    Shipra having few words with the in-charge.




    All geared up!!



    Following were the items we carried apart from the regular stuff
    • Cramster Saddle Bags weighing in total of 30kgs+ (got it weighed on a weighing scale in the rest house).
    • RJays tank bag.
    • Canon Sx30 IS P&S camera.
    • Sony mini P&S (Data got corrupted so few pics & videos missing)
    • Installed Rover mobile phone charger in bike. It would prove to be one of the wisest decision of mine
    • Got the pillion seat modified with extra foam to provide extra comfort to my wife again a very wise decision


    Another poser pic of the couple...

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    Default Re: ROAD-LESS TRAVELED - McLEOD GANJ IN MONSOON

    Bravo RX bhai. So good to see the travelogue. Keep it coming.
    Congrats and yes, kudos to Shipra as well.
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    Thanks guys...

    We took our first short break just after crossing Chandigarh & near Behrampur. The sky was clear & road seemed pretty good although it was 2 lane undivided highway NH21, we realized that it wasn't that good as we thought. I was tailing a car at 70-80 speed & suddenly a big pothole jolted us out of our smooth ride comfort. I needed to stop as I was concerned for Shipra. She was in a state of shock but she was fine overall. Checked damage to the bike. Remember that my bike was carrying extreme weight. Almost 200 kilos of combined weight of mine & wife, saddle bags, gears, tank bag & tankfull of petrol. Damage was cosmetic, thankfully. One of the mesh piece which is attached right besides the lights came off & rear tail light got dislodged from it's housing which I rectified somehow.

    Even that place seemed quite beautiful as both sides were surrounded by greenery...






    Minimal damage to the tail light...


    Green is the colour...


    We continued our journey through Rupnagar, Naggal & Kiratpur Sahib. Road condition improved after Rupnagar & it was now a proper divided 4 lane highway. We were enjoying since the weather was perfect. It wasn't raining, it wasn't hot either. We both were quite hungry & decided to have food at a roadside dhaba which should have good view in Punjabi Ishtyle. Afterall, we were in Punjab!! Meanwhile my airfilter started showing choked sign. I wanted to get it cleaned & kept a keen eye on both sides of the highway for the word BAJAJ.

    Stopped at a decent looking Dhaba. Though there were no other customers but we decided to give it a try.



    Moonlight Dhaba it was..




    Seeing my wife smiling boosted my morale & assured me that even she is enjoying the ride & weather.






    It had it's own small garden!


    Bike parked under the shade..




    the ubiquitous DAHI with Parauntha...




    New sign of life...


    a big BURRP from me


    After satisfying our pot bellies, we moved on to enjoy the scenery & good weather...
    This is how the entire road should have been..








    We had to stop near this bridge as it provided a FANTASTIC view!!!





    One of the many canal system which supplies water to the beautiful farm fields of Punjab..

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    Default Re: ROAD-LESS TRAVELED - McLEOD GANJ IN MONSOON

    Nice going there, bro. Though I have not met you in person but must say, you look drastically different from your earlier travelogues, atleast the last one.
    Nice pics BTW & going by your narration, I guess the better ones are yet to come. Keep'em pouring!!
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    Thanks chaos. Yes I do look DRASTICALLY different. I have put on massive weight. I tried to click as many photos but persistent rain somewhat restricted that. I dearly missed having a go-pro

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    We soon reached the Nangal Dam. We tried clicking few photos but as expected, the policeman asked us not to click any photographs.

    We still managed to click few photos nevertheless







    From here we took the Mehatpur - Una road. Road conditions started to deteriorate now & it started to drizzle. From here onwards, we could manage to click very few photographs since it continued to rain till 15th of evening once we hot Una.


    We took a butt break before hitting Una. Saw a cute bird sitting on a wire at a distant & had to click few shots It started to drizzle as soon as we began our journey








    One of the Toughest motorcycle. I realized this after completing this trip...


    Roads in some place were very bad. We had to do numerous deep water crossing. The only saving grace was there was beauty surrounding us through out. Greenery and river flowing along the entire route. Also, since it was Sawan-ka-mahina, a big fair was organized at Chintpurni. The roads were filled with pilgrims going to the Chintpurni & Jwalamukhi temple. They were on foot, on bikes, on trucks. They were just everywhere. Add some pretty bad roads & rain & think what you can get. I just couldn't dare take out my camera to capture those fantastic view.

    Finally, we stopped after crossing Chintpurni in the woods to click few pics as it was now drizzling...
    This was one of the rarest stretch where we found ROAD.







    I am wearing riding jacket underneath that huge rain-coat poncho.






    We reached McLeod Ganj at 6:30PM. The conditions were very tough. Incessant rains, steep climb to McLeod Ganj after Dharamsala, bad roads in the foothills demanded a huge physical tolerance from both the rider & the pillion. We checked in at Sahil Plaza which is right on the Temple Road. It's a decent hotel. Don't expect anything fancy as it's a budget hotel. There was no electricity for 2 hours & no water till 8 PM. Due to heavy rains, recently an entire army settlement inside the Dharamsala cantonment got washed away. Gorkha Regiment is placed here. We were feeling very hungry since the last food we had were in plains.

    To know more about McLeod Ganj, check this...
    McLeod Ganj - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    The best part of McLeod Ganj is availability of one of the best continental & chinese food since many foreigners come here & stay for an extended period of time. We had our dinner at wonderful Tibet Kitchen.










    Amazing Chicken Soup....




    Whatever you see here was finished within half an hour by two super hungry traveller please note that my wife is ex-jain and vegetarian & I being a pure Bangali, a hardcore non-veg.

    McLeod Ganj never disappoints...



    After having a sumptuous meal, we headed back to hotel. Our hotel, Sahil Plaza, provides a good view of the valley below & the temple itself.









    This marks end of 14th Aug.

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    Default Re: ROAD-LESS TRAVELED - McLEOD GANJ IN MONSOON

    nicely written and pics too are really good..
    i had also visited McLeod Ganj many times on school trips.. nice place it is..
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    Ride safe and have fun.
    Regards
    Nadeem


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