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Motorcycle Diaries. Road to Ladakh…The Himalayan Odyssey…

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Part 1 of the Motorcycle Diaries. Road to Ladakh…

New Delhi – Ladakh – New Delhi. This one is the Holy Grail for all the bike riders of the world – 2700kms of the toughest terrain any biker can bargain for. I am one of the 60 confirmed riders of the Royal Enfield Himalayan Odyssey, 2012 – riders are coming in from all over the world to participate in this coveted journey.

This year is the 9th edition of the Royal Enfield Himalayan Odyssey; the trip spreads over 16 days – June 23 to July 8, 2012. This motorcycling journey would cover 3 mountain ranges, six passes and touch the daring heights of 18,380 feet at Khardung La  – world’s highest motorable road and brings you to Ladakh – the land of high passes.

Can the body sustain the ride? The weather, the oxygen or rather the lack of it, the terrain, et al? RE guys recommend a grilling fitness regime before you even venture into thinking about this Trip – both for you and your Enfield. Trying to stay true to it.

Despite the challenge it offers, there isn’t any dearth of bikers who have done this trip – you’d find so many of them, try searching on Google! However, my earlier travel to Ladakh taught me a useful lesson – every ride to this Himalayan abode will be a new test, an altogether different one every time you venture on it; it doesn’t get any easier with earlier experience that one may have of riding on to this absolutely stunning journey.

This ride can be a truly difficult learning experience – it tests you on much more than expert biking skills; it teaches many things too – about yourself! Every biker dreams about this Trip. I am daring to do the same this year, and making it go real very soon.

Shall keep you all posted on this ride of a lifetime!


Photo-credit: http://www.royalenfield.com

‘Motorcycle Diaries. Road to Lodakh…’ was written in 8 parts. You can read all 8 parts of this travelog here.

Published during July-September 2012, this series of travelog – ‘Motorcycle Diaries. Road to Ladakh…’ was recognized by Ghumakkar.com as their Featured Story of the Month, October 2012.

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  1. Great…..

    Jiten Bhatia

    May 28, 2012 at 12:19 AM

  2. Hi Rishi,
    Wish you all the best for this lifetime adventurous trip 🙂


    May 28, 2012 at 7:28 AM

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