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    Icon14 Duo Ride to Sikkim!!!

    I have been a member of XBhp community for over 3 years;
    felt no need to get involved with so common 'biking club trend' locally at Kolkata.

    Always felt, to make trips... All I need are...
    my Ride(bike), Self-Funding, and of course Time from work!

    my identity??, let it Only be XBhpian!... that's good enough for me to Ride on...


    I have been planning to ride to Himalayas for a long long time; since it would be my first time to mountains, I just couldn't wait anymore to make it Happen!!!

    Waiting and waiting for at least 10-days' leave from work; I got bored, irritated, agitated, edgy... still leaves were not granted!!!

    April 2013, I put an End to this waiting!!!

    I said to myself, to hell with leave permission!!!
    11 days I will be off to work... they agree...fine, else I will find another company, another job...

    Since my counterpart (my wife) is also a rider, we got 2 bikes... we are 2 riders...
    FIRST time to Mountains... Himalayas... Sikkim!!!!!!!

    Unfortunately, my beloved Fazer got engine issues (cylinder-piston-valve....they say!)... my poor Ride, rode 42,400+ km; could not see Mountains...

    I was upset and undecided...

    Then, we came up with a plan, we would take our new Avenger 220 (belongs to my wife) to Sikkim...


    What about the Tour Plan???


    Duration: April 25, 2013 (Leaving) - May 4, 2013 (Return).


    Riding Plan: What plan?, just keep on riding \ m /...

    Okay, here it is...

    My wife decided not to stress herself by being my pillion or being rider back and forth Kolkata to Siliguri.
    She went and came by Satabdi Express (NJP-HWR).
    She preferred to ride mountains rather than bumpy-jumpy rider's nightmare infamous NH-34.

    So, Kolkata to Siliguri (back and forth) I went solo on her Avy!

    I left home from suburb Kolkata 25th April, 2013 at 1 am (night)...
    Reached Siliguri by same day evening...by 5 pm...
    16-hours constant riding (stopping of course for emergency breaks)!!!


    Alright, I wrote too much...
    So, let few of our photos start telling you the story...

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    Cruising NH-34, Sunrise yet not happened...

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    34-34

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    Finally, NH-31... Riding Paradise after 'keep-bouncing' NH-34

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    Near Bagdogra; Siliguri few kms away...


    Rest story to follow upon approval!

    Thanks!


    Time to move forward with our Story...

    Duration: [April 25, 2013 - April 26, 2013]...

    Place: Siliguri and foothills of Himalayas.

    On April 26, 2013 afternoon, we rode off the congested Siliguri city traffic all the way to Sevoke road which goes to foothills of Himalayas.

    Fresh breeze, forest greenery; views were changing, Mountains were coming into our views!!!
    We were really excited to ride curvy-snaky mountain roads for the first time!!!

    From this place on, my wife rode her Avenger as to her will!
    What could I say?, this is her bike, so I been her pillion whenever she wanted to ride her Avy!
    Anyway, we both enjoyed our ride!!!


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    From our Siliguri hotel window...


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    my Rider wife riding Sevoke Road...


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    Forest beside Sevoke Road

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    Mountains coming into view!!!

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    Xkmph friends (located at Siliguri) gave us very nice company to explore these beautiful locations...


    April 27, 2013...

    Early in the morning, we left Siliguri; heading towards Gangtok!

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    Teesta along the way...

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    On way to Gantgok

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    my Rider wife!
    where is me???... never mind, I am just the backup rider if needs be...

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    Gangtok 20km away..

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    Night lights of Gangtok



    Place:
    Gangtok
    Stay: [April 27, 2013 - April 29, 2013]...

    Arrived Gangtok on April 27th;
    to our surprise we met an Avid Biker & Xkmph biking community founder Mr. Manish Gurung.
    He was more than willing to let us know what to explore in entire Sikkim.
    A very nice person indeed!

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    Mr. Gurung & his daughter (future lady biker... for sure!)

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    Ride of Mr. Gurung (beautifully turned into Honda CRF!)

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    MG Marg

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    Pink Beauty in the dark (nighttime photography!)



    April 28, 2013...

    Morning was fine but as day progressed; afternoon time it got cloudy, then started raining Cats and Dogs...
    My wife was not happy as we could not move out...

    I was cool, enjoying heavy rain from our hotel terrace...


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    taking shower in the rain...


    April 29, 2013...

    Day was clear, so we decided to ride our bike wherever we wanted around Gangtok...


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    She asked me to take off helmet for a pose, and that's why I am wearing it!


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    doing some Adventure...


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    Bakthang Falls

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    2 Riders..


    April 30, 2013...

    Early Morning...
    Packing up & moving towards West Sikkim...

    Destination: Pelling
    Distance from Gangtok: 110 km
    Ride Time: 5 hours

    Being first time, we were not aware how much time it might take on mountains to cover 110 km?!
    For us... it took 5 hours to reach Pelling from Gangtok... went via Rabong (Ravangla).


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    Rabong

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    entering West Sikkim...


    Rest story in reply post
    'Duo Ride to Sikkim!!!... Part 2'
    Last edited by jfazer; 05-21-2013 at 11:22 PM.
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    Default Re: Duo Ride to Sikkim!!!

    Travelogue Approved

    Nice start
    Biking is not about what you have between your legs, its all about how well you use it!!!!!!!

    Give your details here if you want to help your fellow xBhpian stranded in your city

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    Default Re: Duo Ride to Sikkim!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post
    Travelogue Approved

    Nice start
    Many thanks for approval!
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    Default Re: Duo Ride to Sikkim!!!

    16 hrs??? you gone via Krishnanagar I suppose.That's the worst rode to ride,for last few years.Any way waiting for Siliguri onwards now

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    Default Re: Duo Ride to Sikkim!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by sumitro_d View Post
    16 hrs??? you gone via Krishnanagar I suppose.That's the worst rode to ride,for last few years.Any way waiting for Siliguri onwards now
    Yep, buddy; went via Krishnanagar, NH-34 all the way up to Dalkhola, rider's nightmare I would say!, after Dalkhola; NH-31 felt like Paradise to me. Will update story asap!
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    Nice writ-up and very good pictures....
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    Default Re: Duo Ride to Sikkim!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by itsmevini123 View Post
    Nice writ-up and very good pictures....
    feeling well appreciated!... Thank you!
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    Default Re: Duo Ride to Sikkim!!!

    Good pics indeed, get the whole story sooon !



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    Icon14 Duo Ride to Sikkim!!!... Part 2

    April 30, 2013...

    On way to Pelling...


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    Stopped for a click...

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    almost there...

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    'Welcome to Pelling'... as the gate says...

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    view from Pelling Hotel balcony


    May 1, 2013...


    Visiting Rabdentse Ruins...


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    ascending hilltop

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    finally there...

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    Ruins...


    Pelling Helipad

    Afternoon...

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    it came to inspect us at Helipad...



    May 2, 2013...


    Ride to Rimbi Falls & Khechuperi Lake...


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    was wondering how could these 2 foreigner cyclists touring mountains with their bicycles


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    Avy staring at Rimbi Falls


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    Mr. & Mrs. Rider..
    one tourist was kind enough to take our picture together


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    on way to sacred lake


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    The Sacred Lake... Khechuperi
    people were not paying attention to the instruction board...


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    stopped for a Click...


    May 3, 2013...

    We were missing something at Pelling due to cloudy-rainy weather;
    magnificent Kangchenjunga...

    but, we were blessed at last;
    the day started with a promise;
    clear blue sky with picture well worth of million words...

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    Sun rising with a promise

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    Mt. Kanchenjunga

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    our Avy & Mt. Kanchenjunga..
    could not come to this heaven without it


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    Dear fellow Bikers,

    Please notice the logo on our Ride!
    'Bengal Lady Biker'...

    my Rider wife ( https://www.facebook.com/bengal.ladybiker )
    is the one and only founder & initiator of this lady biking community in Bengal to spread biking passion among all lady bikers of Bengal...



    Leaving Pelling...

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    Bengal Lady Biker & her Ride!


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    looking back at our trails...


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    colors fading as our tour is ending...


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    road repair at progress, got stuck for a while


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    bridge connecting Sikkim & West Bengal


    Left Sikkim, descended down to Siliguri.


    May 4, 2013...


    Time to get back home; Kolkata.

    Seen my wife off to NJP;

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    left NJP at 5:22 am

    Destination: Kolkata
    Ride Distance: 580+ km


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    Kolkata_551 km away
    Cruising was cool in the morning on NH-31 (131 km stretch) up to Dalkhola;


    And what's waiting after that??
    NH-34 again
    the Sun started baking me for a change..


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    4 Lanes are fine wherever you find them on NH-34;
    but no trees, no shades, no nothing beside road to rest under the Sun if you ride at summer daytime there...


    After being baked in the sun all day long, found some relief when sun went off...


    At Krishnanagar, it all went dark;
    famous huge potholes slowed me down afterwards...

    Finally, I reached home around 9:15 pm.


    NJP to Home Ride Time:
    Little less than 16 hours...


    Total Tour Ride: 1800+ km


    Our tour ended for now;
    I was relieved; I was off NH-34!!!


    ~ End of our Duo Ride ~
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    Default Re: Duo Ride to Sikkim!!!... Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by jfazer View Post

    NJP to Home Ride Time:
    Little less than 16 hours...


    Total Tour Ride: 1800+ km


    Our tour ended for now;
    I was relieved; I was off NH-34!!!


    ~ End of our Duo Ride ~
    Great pics....Haven't seen anyone from sikkim as enthusiastic as Mr.Gurung.. his bike speaks a lot... Seems like you have not gone via Namchi to gangtok.. Any specific reasons for not travelling through Namchi ? And any reasons for not paying a visit to Yumthang from Gangtok since you might have had time to do that..

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