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Thread: While Bhutan was playing hard-to-get and Sikkim bro-zoned us, I fell in love with Darjeeling..

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    Default While Bhutan was playing hard-to-get and Sikkim bro-zoned us, I fell in love with Darjeeling..

    And so here we go again, after a long time of planning and saving, Mossy and I riding are out to Bhutan. We were very excited, Riding out of the State and into another Country. It will be my first long ride on the Mojo and it made it all the more exciting for me. Mossy had got his T’bird prepped for the ride too. We were scheduled to leave on a Thursday but we could leave only until Monday. Permits.. Holidays .. Permits showered us to Gangtok and then, documents took us to Darjeeling. Yes, it was all jinxed. A full planned ride to Bhutan ended in us riding to Sikkim and Darjeeling. Ahh, but it was fun and memorable. Oh and yes, it rained! :-/

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    Thumbs up Re: While Bhutan was playing hard-to-get and Sikkim bro-zoned us, I fell in love with Darjeeling..

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    Nice pics! Thanks for sharing, share more.

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    Default Re: While Bhutan was playing hard-to-get and Sikkim bro-zoned us, I fell in love with Darjeeling..

    Quote Originally Posted by Samarth 619 View Post
    Topic Approved.

    Nice pics! Thanks for sharing, share more.
    Thank you so much for the approval. More to come
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    Default Re: While Bhutan was playing hard-to-get and Sikkim bro-zoned us, I fell in love with Darjeeling..

    Nice pictures. Waiting for more.
    Where was the 5th picture taken? Amazing road to ride it seems!

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    Default Re: While Bhutan was playing hard-to-get and Sikkim bro-zoned us, I fell in love with Darjeeling..

    Day 1: Shillong to Phuentsholing (450kms)

    Yeeehaaaaaaaaaaa!! The day finally came and we were to ride to Bhutan!! On the night before, we had packed all our things, tied them to the bikes and we hit the sack at 2AM. Mossy stayed over and we were to leave together from home. So excited we were for the ride that we couldn’t even sleep properly. After tying the saddlebags to the bikes in advance at night, so that we save time in the morning, we also thought that maybe we should sleep with our riding gears on so that we could just get up and ride the bikes. Hehe.. We got up at 4AM and we left by 4:30AM after breakfast. We wanted to reach Phuentsholing by afternoon so that, if possible, we’ll get all the documents sorted out and we can leave for Thimphu by the following day.


    It was such a good feeling you know; leaving home when it was still dark.. The air was thin, the breeze was gentle and comforting, the exhausts note in rhythym with the song being hummed (dilon ka shooter hai mera scooter ), the headlights and LEDs lighting up the road ahead.. the wide open roa….d.. huh?! Whaat?! Traffic Jam!! 5 kms from home, at dawn and we were stuck in a traffic jam. So much for the freedom on two wheels! Heheh.. we had to ride from the shoulder of the road to get ahead of traffic, and by that we don’t mean well-leveled-3 ft- wide-well-marked-shoulders. It was like an offroad trail with dips and bumps, quite a start for the day.


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    Jorabat. Meghalaya - Assam Border

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    We rode on and stopped at Nalbari for breakfast.

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    I was really enjoying the bike, the road and was cruising at 100-110kmph. The bike felt so stable and the engine was so relaxed at these speeds. And the best part, no vibrations. This was something new for me, coming from riding the Impulse for quite a number of years. Ahh the low cruising speed of the Impulse would cause fatigue to set in very early especially on the plains; for everything else, it’s a hoot to ride. I was having a good time munching miles on the Mojo. Smooth, powerful and a lovely exhaust note to accompany the ride. And then… It rained!

    It rained heavily and we stopped by the road side to get our wet gear on. I don’t know why but every time Mossy and I ride, it would always rain. Even in February!!! That’s why whenever we ride, irrespective of which time of the year, we always carry our rain gears. We had rain gears but forgot to get covers for the saddlebags.

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    So we stopped at a small market near the road to get some tarpaulin to cover the S'bags. We parked in the verandah of a couple of shops which were still closed. Mossy went ahead to buy the tarpaulins and by that time, the shop owner wanted to open the shop. We tried moving the bikes but it was still raining very heavily. We requested her to give us a while and we’ll be moving but she wasn’t so pleased and started grumbling away. We carried on covering our S’bags, and eventually a huge crowd had gathered around us. I told Mossy, “I think we are about to get mobbed now, just be ready!”

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    Made new friends too

    But thankfully, they were just interested in our bikes and where we were heading to. Phewww!! We bid our farewells and proceeded ahead. I was wondering how long the rain would last when it actually started to stop. Yessss!!

    We stopped at Bongaigaon for lunch and after this, I got bored of the long straight highways. Well paved, four laned road will take you out of Assam while heading towards West Bengal. Upon reaching Gossaigaon, the road started deteriorating and repairing work was being carried out. This made us more active as we had to ride on the wrong side of the road for some kilometers.

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    Bongaigaon

    Once we cross into West Bengal, the roads become dual carriageways. Ahh now this was a refreshing change after all the long boring straight highways. The road was in a good condition but there were a lot of trucks. You will have to keep an eye on the road turning right to Jaigaon otherwise you might miss it. We were relying on Google Maps the whole way.

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    Entering West Bengal near Alipur Duar

    We reached Jaigaon by evening and went straight to the Bhutan Gate. We were so happy! Our long time dream was finally coming true!! We were busy taking selfies just outside the gate when a very Bhutan Gate Guard started conversing with us.


    He asked us, ”Bhaiya, kaha jaiga?!”

    BHUTAN!!!!!!! We replied

    “Haa Bhutan, lekin Bhutan mein kaha?” he asked again.

    “Thimphu, Paro aur Gelephu!!” we replied ecstatically.

    And then…. He let the beat drop ..

    “Kal se to teen din chute hai. Aap log permit nahi milenga!”

    Lah goi!! We were dumfounded. Speechless. We wanted to unhear what we had just been told. It felt like a bad dream. It’s like when you’ve been charging your phone for the whole night only to realize in the morning that you forgot to turn the switch on. The words of the guard hit us harder than Cupid’s arrows. And while we were standing there not knowing what to do, in true Bollywood style, it started to rain. We decided that we will go into Phuentsholing and see what we can do about it on the next day. We got on our bikes, entered Phuentsholing and started to look for a place to stay. We found a nice place, by nice i mean clean and at a reasonable price :P , and the owner said he will try to help us out on knowing about our plight.

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    Outskirts of Jaigaon

    We got to our room, freshened up a bit and headed out to take a walk in the streets of Phuentsholing. Phuentsholing is a small town neighbouring Jaigaon, India, and it’s where you get all you permits sorted out. The stark contrast on the other side of the wall is just amazing. More on that later. We had good dinner in the room and called it a night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krishna77 View Post
    Nice pictures. Waiting for more.
    Where was the 5th picture taken? Amazing road to ride it seems!
    Thank @krishna77 ! That's the Dooar's Highway, West Bengal! It's a lovely road to ride on. Smooth winding road through tea plantations, reserved forests and at certain stretches, along side trains.
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    Ride On!

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    Hey Ho Nagaland
    While Bhutan was playing hard-to-get and Sikkim bro-zoned us, I fell in love with Darjeeling.. The Jinxed Ride.

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    Default Re: While Bhutan was playing hard-to-get and Sikkim bro-zoned us, I fell in love with Darjeeling..

    Great clicks once again!

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    Default Re: While Bhutan was playing hard-to-get and Sikkim bro-zoned us, I fell in love with Darjeeling..

    Hey Phil How are you doing man?!!!

    Seeing your name on the forum I thought about the Impulse. Genuinely surprised & very happy to see that you have changed your motorcycle. When did you buy this beautiful machine?

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