Private job, limited leaves. But, I still managed to plan a ten day trip from 5-15 August. I will not share my day wise trip here, you will get common itinerary on many blogs, and even you can plan better, according to your interests and days. I will share my experiences and some tips.
Day has arrived !
If you don’t have high boots, You will get these in Manali for a mere Rs. 200-400. Petrol cans are a must, I took two 5lts cans for about Rs. 150.
I knew it was a wild idea, as many had pointed out, but the idea and the thrill of riding across India was too hard to resist.
One day we realize how small we are–and how wonderful it truly is. I sang for unknown People, Of course it was more of a screech! But It was Original Me, who shouldn’t care for opinions. This trip made me believe that everything falls into place when you really want it to. Once you embrace the true spirit of the journey, it reveals itself to you. On the bike, moving through the slim, creeping edges, my mind was empty, without thought; my body was just moving through time and space. It was a beautiful experience now that I think back. And when it comes to Humanity, not only Locals, even travelers showed their helping hands all over the way.
Note – why you should travel solo ?
- you will get time to breathe, Standing on the edge of a cliff or bank of Lake and taking the fresh air, nothing else would bother you.
- you actually got time to bond with yourself, which is very important, to understand yourself, for your important decisions, for a stress free life, for that forever smile 🙂
- As I mentioned before, you planned for something, you will execute it. No voting, no Plan B and Full independence and no one to mock or interrupt. So, just explore the region.
- Meet people, army persons, little monks , travelers. Maybe you can make some new friends,, may be you learn something new!! And yes, also you will have more than 50 people for photo credits :). Just say ” hey, can you click my picture” and then start your new alliance.
- Riding through world’s 3 Highest passes, tough trails, water crossings, land slides, steep roads will be the real adventure and once you done with it, you can proudly give a pat at your own back.
Some Tips:I am mentioning my route, the cities mentioned were my night stops Noida-Bilaspur-Jispa-Leh, Leh-Kargil-Leh ( in Kargil, no night stop), 2 days local Leh ( like karu, thiksey, shey), Leh-Nubra-Leh, Leh-Pangong-Leh, Leh-Jispa-Kurukshetra-Noida.On the way back to Manali, Rohtang pass was most painful, as it was raining. So few tips as a solo rider:
- Keep at least 2 pair of shoes.
- Keep petrol cans, spare parts, warn clothes, medicines, dry fruits, rain coat etc.
- Also, It is very important to know how to repair your bike (at least some basic stuff) because you might not get mechanics while crossing a few patches.
- All safety Guards, cold cream , lip balm, sun screen etc.
- Don;t depend on mobile connectivity and internet
- Keep your body hydrated.
- People there are very friendly and hospitable. Respect them.
- If you reach Leh by air, stay that day and do not plan to go anywhere for that day, as you will need a day or two to acclimatize yourself. Drink plenty of fluids (that does not include alcohol), do not move much for the first two to three days.
- For God’s sake don’t litter.
Author: Vineet Sadiyan
A travel enthusiast, A Biker
& An Engineer by profession.