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Thread: To Paradise - On Two wheels - Preface

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    Default To Paradise - On Two wheels - Preface

    My first post on XBHP!!

    A trip taken last year with 2 of my close buddies - Nishan (Nicc) and Amitoj (Paaji)

    The Preface:

    “I am going to Chandigarh in October for Diwali. Anyone wants to join? Am going by road on my Bull!” – said Paaji
    (Amitoj). I had just joined a group of riders from Mumbai around 12 hours back on a trip to Mandu in Madhya
    Pradesh. We had our butts sore and our body aching after the grueling 14 hours it took us to reach Mandu. But this one invitation from Paaji made us all sit up straight and wonder – Can we make it? One voice almost instantaneously came out with an emphatic YES! We knew who it was! Turned around to see a sparkle in the eyes of Nicc (nishan) who is to be credited with coming up with the noble idea of creating a group which shared a common passion – riding bikes and so rightfully christened – Mumbai Musafirs! So it was set in the first ten seconds. It was going to be Paaji and NIcc and whosoever wanted to join them. Yours truly was still contemplating the invitation. Went back home to Mumbai, visited Baroda and Kerala and came back to Mandu in those ten seconds and finally said yes. I too was to go on this trip to Chandigarh alongwith Paaji and NIcc!

    Once we were back from Mandu the real planning started. Paaji teased us with the tentative route plans and places we would be seeing. JAI GOOGLE!! The entire trip now came to life. Mumbai – Baroda – Udaipur – Jaipur –
    Chandigarh – Nangal – McLeod Ganj – Dharamsala – Dalhousie – Wagah _ Amritsar – Chandigarh!! That looked and
    sounded like a great route and we all were both very happy to just think we will be actually doing it.

    Through the following months we planned, replanned and scheduled our trip and also had another avid traveler Andy (Anand) joining us for the same. All the logistics were to be done in terms of gear, budget and leave from our offices.

    That was AGENDA! Thus started the long duration of five months where we finished all our shopping, saved up, and finished all work to hit the road middle of October. The only setback we had was our buddy Andy’s leave getting cancelled at the last moment due to some urgent work in office. Though the other three of us always knew he would be there with us in our thoughts and on our machines all through the journey. The last week leading upto the trip gave us sleepless nights. It was like we were all in love again; like in the hindi song – “Mujhe neend na aaye mujhe chain na aaye!”

    And finally the day arrived – 14th of October 2011.

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    The trip begins - post moderator approval..!
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    Try to keep the fancy (but highly unreadable) colors to the minimum
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    Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by antz.bin View Post
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    Try to keep the fancy (but highly unreadable) colors to the minimum
    Thank you for the approval Antz! That i will do, igot confused as the review had a dark background and I could not see my letters in black.. no more color editing for me!

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    where are the pic??? would like to see more !!

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    nice, let the rest of the story and pics follow..

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    Default Chapter 1 - to the base camp - Chandigarh!

    ..AND IT BEGINS..

    The whole gang gathered and bid Nicc and Paaji farewell for the long road ahead. Back in Baroda, I was under a storm with my own stuff. Next day before the dhoodhwala could ring on his doorbell, Nicc saddled up with Paaji right besides him. A coconut broken, couple of prayers recited and both their Bulls revved up all growling and THUMPING they set out to their first pit stop Baroda, my home town.

    Where the hell are they I thought to myself as I stood on NH 8 some 30 odd kilometers outside Baroda. Finally I saw 2 bright green bibbed bikers whiz past me. It was very easy for them to notice the third bright green alien in the middle of nowhere! Hugs and greetings followed! The trio finally set forth to my home. Reached home a little over fifteen minutes and crashed. On the beds that is. Well, to be more specific the floor! At around 7:30 PM the three steeds were ready, saddle and all, to gallop towards our first major destination and base camp Chandigarh! We had rechalked our plan and set out for Kashmir now instead of HP. The new route we had in mind was Chandigarh - Jammu - Srinagar - Gulmarg - Pahalgam - Amritsar - Wagah - Chandigarh.

    Filled up our tanks, sorted out small issues with the bikes and then had dinner. After riding for a little around 4 hours we finally decided to call it a day (or night) at one of the road side desi dhabas! We attracted a lot of attention there and the locals told us that we were just a little short of a luxury awaiting us at BHOLENATH GUEST HOUSE! After a little searching we finally found it nestled cozily between low rises!

    The lodge owner almost had a fright when he saw three Bullets (In India, every Royal Enfield bike is a Bullet) parked out his gate. Thats when I stepped in with my Sahitya Academy Award winning Guajarati linguistic skills and finally after making puppy faces he was convinced we genuinely needed a shelter. Then came the shock of our lives when he asked us for 150 rupees. WHAT!! 150 rupees per head for this luxury! we all thought to ourselves. Nicc as he always does asked for clarification. 150 ek aadmi ka? Pop came the reply Nahi. Teeno ka! and before you knew it, bags were unloaded, bikes were chained and we hit our beds in a dorm of 8 beds. Had a decent sleep but it surely was worth more than 50 rupees.


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    Got upthe next day had breakfast in Jamuna which according to its owner is the best nasta house in the Sabarkantha district of Gujarat. A typical khaman, daal wada and gota!! Yum Yum Yum! After gobbling up like a dozen plates the three set out for our target destination for the day Kishangarh! The original plan was Jaipur but we had to reschedule it as we left Baroda later than expected. Had a long days drive ahead. We reached Rajasthan and the felling of royalty just lingers in the air there.

    Bhaisaab khane ko kya milega?, asked Nicc. The waiter boy promptly laid down a list of dishes. We inquired about a place to stay for the night and came to know Panghat, where we were, had rooms we can let. Decided we will stay right there and relax in our rooms, have a drink and eat. We decided to keep our systems light beer was the best option. What came to us was a MADE IN RAJASTHAN 6 BEERS IN ONE beer which was so aptly named BULLET!

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    The next day we all woke up still feeling effects of BULLET. Like our rides gave left a throb between our legs the beer gave us a throb in our tummies! Really struggled to clean up as there was no water at Panghat. Finally after some good 2 hours to have a bath and get packed we left Panghat for another day of riding that was around 600 kilometers to Chandigarh. The base camp of our trip.

    The day was exhilarating and tiring. We started out towards Jaipur from where we were supposed to go towards
    Rohtak and then move back in the direction of Chandigarh. The plan was routed at the dhaba I talked about where Paaji had a conversation with the truckers. The most challenging part was when we turned into Haryana towards Rohtak just before entering Delhi. The roads were narrow and we passed through a village in real terms. Mumbai traffic was relived in the narrow roads of a village in Haryana. It was as if the entire world was
    packed into one small piece of land. The temperatures were also high and we were getting baked! The speed went down considerably and our dinner target of Panipat seemed so farfetched. Finally after a harrowing phase of our ride, we passed Rohtak and turned towards Panipat. Little better roads and we turned the throttle. At Panipat finally! Had dinner at Ahuja Vaishno Dhaba and then smiled at the prospect of six laned NH1 smiling at us. Next target Ambala and then Chandigarh.

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    Finally after a long day of riding where we tasted the best and worst of Indian roads, we rode into Chandigarh. 1800 kilometers odd from Mumbai and 3 days of riding. That itself will have to be counted as a ride. But we were just getting started and we knew that. How often do we take a journey where your destination actually is out beginning?

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