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    Default Wanderlust Diary- The North Eastern sojourn || Sikkim and Bhutan || 7000 kilometers

    Well, there is always this one road trip which keeps evading you whenever you plan for it. This was one such trip! Two years of planning, one failed attempt later, we did it! My first experience of the North. 7000 kilometers and 20 days on the road! Taking Sport bikes to places which is not their home territory all the way from Chennai and over all this once in a lifetime of an adventure.

    Here i present to you our Wanderlust diary to the mesmerizing lands of Sikkim and Bhutan. I'll let the pictures do the talking for now, more to come after approval. Stay tuned


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    Travelogue Approved

    Fantastic. Why are the pictures so small?
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    Default Re: Wanderlust Diary- The North Eastern sojourn || Sikkim and Bhutan || 7000 kilometers

    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post
    Travelogue Approved

    Fantastic. Why are the pictures so small?
    I have no idea, I guess they got compressed somehow.

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    Reposting the pictures, somehow the editing has spoiled the size of the images.

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    Default Re: Wanderlust Diary- The North Eastern sojourn || Sikkim and Bhutan || 7000 kilometers

    Beautiful pics.
    I see lots of snow. What were your travel dates?

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    Default Re: Wanderlust Diary- The North Eastern sojourn || Sikkim and Bhutan || 7000 kilometers

    Quote Originally Posted by dichkaun View Post
    Beautiful pics.
    I see lots of snow. What were your travel dates?
    We started on September 29 and returned back on October 17th.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dichkaun View Post
    Beautiful pics.
    I see lots of snow. What were your travel dates?
    The dates excatly for Gurudonmarg was 10th and 11th oct 😇
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    Default Re: Wanderlust Diary- The North Eastern sojourn || Sikkim and Bhutan || 7000 kilometers

    Nice captures!

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    Default Re: Wanderlust Diary- The North Eastern sojourn || Sikkim and Bhutan || 7000 kilometers

    Beautiful so far...Waiting for the rest.

    I came to know that riders are not given permit to Bhutan nowadays, is it true, how do you manage to get one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Issac Praveen View Post
    Beautiful so far...Waiting for the rest.

    I came to know that riders are not given permit to Bhutan nowadays, is it true, how do you manage to get one?
    There are so such issues. But for solo travellers they hesitate to give permits, however there are always other ways out. 👍🏻
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    Default Re: Wanderlust Diary- The North Eastern sojourn || Sikkim and Bhutan || 7000 kilometers

    PRELUDE:

    It all started with us planning for Sikkim and Bhutan last year right around October. As you guys already know, it did not work out but the itch to ride up north was there! Early this year i told to myself, "somehow I'm doing Sikkim and Bhutan this year". I never really put my head into it. Come August i made up my mind that i would do this trip whatsoever and spoke to my friends about it. Initially it was a big group but due to many a reason some dropped out! It was just me and Karthik and we planned our dates right. The ride was planned from Sept 29th to October 18th. Besides this we did not plan anything else. Our plan was to leave Chennai on 29th and get back on 18th : No itinerary, no nothing . Early September i was just talking to Sagar over facebook and he mentioned that he also had a plan to ride up north as his hometown was in Siliguri. Fast forward two weeks and it was three of us who were confirmed for the ride. So introducing the riders

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    and finally this is Karthik with his 2016 Yamaha R3- Darkstar

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    This was the route map that was plotted. Our destinations were fixed but what we were to explore there was up to us totally and that made it much more eventful. We did not face any surprises as nothing was planned, we just went with the flow pretty amateur but still, hey! why not?

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    I’ll at least try to keep this log organized unlike our ride plan

    Part 1: Day 1-4: Onward to Siliguri
    Part 2: Day 5-9: The Bhutan leg
    Part 3: Day 10-15: The Sikkim leg
    Part 4: Day 16-20: The return back home


    So the plan was set.

    Day 0:

    Due services were done on the bike, baggages packed, bike was washed and we got everything set and ready by around 11 PM in the night on September 28th. Karthik bunked at my place for the night and we got some sleep. Errr… we tried to get some sleep . We’d be very tired, we’d just want to sleep but the night before the ride is when we would be wide awake. Happens with everyone of us! Perks of being a rider So the plan for the next day was to leave at 4.30 AM from Chennai after meeting up with Sagar. But, you’d know us well by now we did not

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    Just to spice things up a little bit, some teasers from Part 1 of the ride. Stay tuned…

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