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    Default NHT Himalayan Odyssey : Mum-Leh-Mum Journey of a Lifetime!!!



    **** NHT Himalayan Odyssey ****

    Ladakh!!!
    Mecca for Bikers...


    As almost every biker has a dream to ride on their motorcycles to Himalayas, even I had one when I got my hand on my first bike. It was August 2011 when I became a proud owner of Bajaj Pulsar 180. 2012 was the year when I was introduced to to xBHP, the online community for bikers. I spent days and days reading travelogues by various riders on this magical place called Ladakh. Then I came across a bunch of crazy people like me sharing the same passion for riding. We formed our own closed riding group (NHT) and did some crazy rides in 2012 Monsoon.

    Then came the big one!

    NHT Southern Odyssey A ride to the southern-most tip of the country covering around 4000 plus kms.

    Ladakh was always on cards but never knew when our time would come. It took 3 years for our plan to materialize and 2016 was the year. Meanwhile both Rohan and myself got our hands on two new beauties KTM Duke 390 in 2015 where as Neetesh remained loyal to his trusted steed Hero Karizma ZMR; the same bike which took him on an 8k plus 45 days solo trip in Mar-Apr 2013 and then half of the Southern Odyssey in June 2013.

    Jan 2016: Both Rohan and myself have 10 days of mandatory leaves in a year that we need to apply at the start of the year. Somehow plans started to take shape and we decided to do it in the month of July since there was an extra holiday for Eid. So 6th July to 24th July it was!

    Slowly and steadily time passed by and Avinash and Neeteesh joined in the plan as well. Route planning, preparing our bikes for the ride, purchase of new gears and accessories followed in the coming months. Unfortunately Avinash had to backout of the plan at last moment due to personal issues. So now we were just the three of us.

    I made the initial itinerary for 18 days. Just to add up to the excitement we decided to add the Sach Pass and Killar-Kishtwar Cliffhanger route to the plan. This is considered to be one of the most dangerous roads in the world. Initially we were supposed to go as per the below plan.

    Mumbai-Chittorgarh-Panipat-Amritsar-Chamba-Killar-Kishtwar-Srinagar-Dras-Kargil-Leh-Khardungla-Diskit-Pangong-Keylong-Manali-Shimla-Gurgaon-Agra-Udaipur-Mumbai

    However things are dynamic on such road trips. Unfortunately on the third day we came to know about the ongoing issues in Srinagar due to which we had to cancel our plans for Srinagar and Kargil and instead head to Leh via Leh-Manali Highway. Fortunately we were doing Sach Pass so we were on schedule.

    However!!! How much ever you plan things are going to goof up somewhere or the other and you have to adjust your plans accordingly. So finally this was the route taken.

    Mumbai-Chittorgarh-Amritsar-Chamba-Sachpass-Killar-Udaipur-Keylong(With Mandi in Between in later part of the log) Leh-Kharudngla-Diskit-Warila-Changla-Pangong-Lato-Keylong-Gurgaon-Udaipur-Mumbai

    So let the journey begin!!!!

    I would like to leave you with some teasers from our entire journey!


    Mindbogglingly Beautiful Golden Temple



    En route Sach Pass



    Tough But Definitely Beautiful (Between Satrundi Checkpost and Sach Pass)



    Rohtang Top



    Three of us and the amazing backdrop
    (From L to R) - Rohan Gholam | Neeteesh Singh | Sushil Ayarottil



    View From Shanti Stupa - Leh



    NH1



    Nubra Valley



    Enroute Warila from Nubra Valley



    You just cannot take your eyes off the beautiful Pangong Lake



    The most beautifully laid strip of road in the region - Tanglangla



    Moore Plains



    Gata Loops



    Sarchu




    Hope everyone enjoyed the teasers.
    Next would be the D Day.
    Day 0 and Day 1 coming up next!

    Cheers!
    Sushil Ayarottil


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    Default Re: NHT Himalayan Odyssey : Mum-Leh-Mum Journey of a Lifetime!!!

    some beautiful pictures there, guys!

    Travelogue approved.
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    Default Re: NHT Himalayan Odyssey : Mum-Leh-Mum Journey of a Lifetime!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by sunilg View Post
    some beautiful pictures there, guys!

    Travelogue approved.
    Thank you for the approval Sirji!!
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    Default Re: NHT Himalayan Odyssey : Mum-Leh-Mum Journey of a Lifetime!!!

    One doesn't simply look at the pics of leh just once.

    Beautiful pics and waiting for the log.

    How was sach pass??

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    Default Re: NHT Himalayan Odyssey : Mum-Leh-Mum Journey of a Lifetime!!!

    Some Teasers from my cam...

    Pitstop at Sarchu



    Enroute Hemis Monastery



    Pangong Tso



    Pang, where the famous Moore plains begin



    Moore plains



    Hope you like the log, subscribe to the thread as we dish out day 1 & day 2 tonight..!!

    Cheers,
    Rohan
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    Default Re: NHT Himalayan Odyssey : Mum-Leh-Mum Journey of a Lifetime!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by sajalsheth View Post
    Thank You @sajalsheth

    Quote Originally Posted by saikarthik View Post
    One doesn't simply look at the pics of leh just once.

    Beautiful pics and waiting for the log.

    How was sach pass??
    Thank You @saikarthik

    Sach was tough and demanding... You will see what all we went through while crossing Sach in coming days. Do watch out for the same!

    Cheers,
    Sushil Ayarottil

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    Day 0 - Day Before The Ride


    As most of us would agree that trips like these are result of days and months of planning and preparations and we were no different. This included route planning, purchase of new gears, preparing our bikes for the ride, etc. etc.Would like to leave you with some of the pics from preparation phase.

    A blurred image of the three of us taking efforts to jot down the route. Probably 2 weeks before the D day.



    Fast Forward a Week ahead. The two beauties getting new rear shoes. Michelin Pilot Street Radials!





    Day 0 - The last minute preparations - Spares



    Aux Lights fitting Jugaad



    I had taken a leave a day prior leaving for Leh and was in Mumbai. I had to pack up all my bags and I wanted to fabricate a carrier to carry 2 liters petrol cans. I managed to convince a local fabricator to make one for me. Spent a good 4-5 hours in the afternoon in fabrication and this was the end result.

    Final result of local Jugaad for carrying Fuel Cans.



    Took a small test ride and found it good enough. Things like these should be done much earlier and tested properly before starting the ride. Else you would have the deal with all the unexpected issues later on. Which I did. Lesson learnt the hard way!

    Bought all the necessary items needed for the next 18 days on road. Packed up my bags and I was all ready for the journey of a lifetime.

    All these will be loaded on a bike!!! :O



    Rohan's Preparation



    Time : 01:00 AM

    Another 3 hrs for the journey to begin!

    Cheers!
    Sushil Ayarottil
    Last edited by sushilayarottil; 04-27-2017 at 12:49 AM.

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    Super !! Bring on the Rest !!
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    Day 1 - Mumbai-Chittorgarh July 6th 2k16

    We had decided not to take an early morning start as unlike me both Rohan and Neeteesh and office the day before.

    As we were taking NH3-NH79 route to Chittorgarh we decided to meetup at Kalyan phata at 7. Left home at 6:30 tanked up and left for Kalyan phata.

    Fully Loaded Bikes

    My D390



    Rohan's D390



    I reached the meeting point and was joined by Rohan and Neeteesh shortly. It was raining so we had to take out our rain gears.

    First pic of the day/ride



    First halt was before Kasara ghat for some breakfast. Even though we were riding together we had breakfast at two different places. Rohan and I halted for breakfast just before Kasara ghat waiting for Neeteesh to join us. We did not realize and Neeteesh zoomed ahead just to cross Kasara ghat. Just to save some time asked Neeteesh to have his breakfast at some hotel while we finished ours. First goof-up of the ride. :P

    Did not take much pics on day 1 as we did not want to reach Chittorgarh too late in the night.


    Roads are good throughout except for some bad patches in between. However there are a lot of rumbler strips till you exit Maharashtra and enter MP.

    After Munching around first 350kms of the ride





    We continued our journey further and stopped for lunch at some place before Ratlam.

    Unlike south there is always some sense of insecurity while in northern part of the country. This might be personal opinion; however this perception changed to some extent in coming days.

    Continued further.

    Just after crossing Ratlam, I was leading with Rohan behind me. After some time got a call from Neeteesh saying his bike had stopped and it refused to start up. He had missed out on fueling up at the last bunk and he had run out of fuel.

    Petrol cans used for the first time in the trip





    Continued further without taking much halts and managed to reach Chittorgarh by 9:30. Checked into a hotel booked by CHD and retired for the day after dinner.

    Final Pic for the day



    Even though it was a long tiring day covering close to 950 plus kms, it was not as eventful as the coming days turned out to be.

    Even longer and event full Day 2 will be served next!! Do watch out for the same! Adios for now!



    Day 2 : Chittorgarh - Amritsar (The Longest Day)

    We were tired after riding for more than 900 kms the earlier day. After all its quite rare you do numbers like thses in a day. It was my first time, Rohan had did it a couple of times during his solo Mum-Bangalore-Mum ride while Neeteesh had also done similar numbers during his solo south ride. But that was more than 3 years ago in 2013.

    So it had become obvious that inspite of our plans to leave early for the day and cover maximum distance we could only manage to leave hotel by 10 in morning.

    Tanked up and left for Kishangarh. Chittorgarh to Kishangarh being internal roads were not in that great condition. Afternoon heat coupled with the Truck traffic was killing us. Somehow managed to cover the stretch and joined the beautiful 6 lane NH8 after Kishangarh. We were about to accelerate thats when Neeteesh complained about slackness in his chain. And voila!!! Just about 200mts ahead the chain came off. We somehow put the chain back and managed to reach a local mechanic on the highway. After completing the work moved further and reached Jaipur by 3 in afternoon. We were searching for McDonalds on the highway as we wanted to quickly have our lunch and move ahead. Managed to find one just inside Jaipur.

    This McD joint was inside a mall, so here we were fully geared up in the drive thru ordering burgers and fries.

    The attendant was amused to see us and her 1st question was Sir aap kahase aa rahe ho? and I was like Mumbai!! Shocked after hearing my reply she took the order and wished us luck

    We got the burgers packed and sat near a roadside Sugarcane juice center. Mc Spicy Chicken burger and Sugarcane juice surely makes an awesome combination.



    We carried ahead after the short lunch break keeping Rohtak/Panipat as target for night halt. Intense heat and dehydration was making life difficult for us and we were forced to take water breaks almost every 30 mins (Big time missed having hydration pack along with us). Crossed Behror-Neemrana stretch and we reached a junction from where we had to take a left which would take us to Rohtak via Rewari-Jhajjar.

    Time was around 5:30 pm and we were drenched with sweat and dehydration was killing us. We decided to take a short nap at the toll plaza to ride after sunset to beat the daytime heat which turned out to be a pretty good decision. Carried ahead after loads of water and a cup of tea.





    Bad quality Riding Pants. Gave away on day two itself.



    Same old questions... Kahase aaye ho... Kaha jaa rahe ho... Kitna Mileage deti hai



    Roads from Rewari to Rohtak were a breeze and we could maintain steady pace. It was close to 10 pm when we reached Rohtak. We had two options; One was to head inside Rohtak and find a place to stay (which would take around an hour to find room and settle) and the second one was to carry on and try to reach Panipat and if body permits carry on ahead till Amritsar. A quick decision was made to carry on and decide once we reach Panipat.

    It was close to around 12 midnight. I was leading and was going at quite a good pace when all of a sudden I misjudged a speed breaker. Fortunately nothing untoward happened but just after like 10-15 mins my bike gave the first symptoms of Radiator Fan issue with a High Coolant Temperature Warning and the bike just stalled. It was out of nowhere in the middle of the road with no soul in sight. That was quite a scary moment as we had to stop there for around 10-15 mins to let the engine cool down. Once it cooled down I started the bike and carried ahead post which it did not show any warnings (only to creep up out of nowhere during Sach Climb! Story later).

    We reached Panipat at around 1 and hit NH1. We were pretty hungry and hunt for a dhaba started. As it was close to 1 am we had little hopes of finding a one at that time but to our surprise we found many open on NH1. Here we were in a completely new territory at mid night with only fear of getting robbed or stabbed or what not. I know this might offend some people but that was the feeling among the three of us. And fortunately we were proved wrong as the dhaba owner served smoking hot Aaloo and Paneer parathas which we relished to the core. Post the late dinner we carried ahead with an aim of reaching Amritsar by morning.



    NH1 was amazing to ride on and SENA intercom devices proved to be a blessing keeping us all awake with the non-stop bakar. Crossed Karnal-Kurukshetra and we entred the 5th state on our trip.
    PUNJAB!



    Amritsar was still 250 kms away but we were determined to reach by hook or crook. I must say it was an altogether different rather scary experience to ride at this point of time at a completely unknown place. Numerous halts were taken in between to beat the sleep.

    Halts in between!



    Crossed Ludhiyana-Jalandhar and reached outskirts of Amritsar by around 7 am.



    Completed the next agonizing 45 kms and reached Amritsar by around 8:30 am. The next big challenge was to find a place to crash down. Found a decent enough hotel in the by-lanes of Amritsar and crashed for the day.

    Another grueling day comes to an end. After spending 1100kms and 21 hrs on road...

    Up Next!
    An evening spent at Darbar Harmandir Sahib!

    Cheers,
    Sushil Ayarottil
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    Default Re: NHT Himalayan Odyssey : Mum-Leh-Mum Journey of a Lifetime!!!

    Sure!!!
    Looking forward to it.

    I have Michelin pilot street on my bike - phenomenal grip and confidence. It will let you know clearly before its gonna wash out - I mean the feedback or front end feel.
    But some of my friends didn't like pilot street. How did u feel on good tarmac in tight corners??

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