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“Where should i go” these three words were continuously crossing in my mind. I needed a tour to be as big as my south India tour. Closed my eyes and pin pointed my fingers on the India map. To my surprise it was on Jaipur. “Padharo Maro desh” hahahah I knew from the start I am going to love this tour. .

I had to chalk out a plan which would be very ease to do and we could see as many places in short span of time. My leaves were approved from Jan 7th 2017 to 15th Jan 2017. So just over 8 days is what I had to spend time in #padharomarodesh. The plan should cost me less and see more, So I decided to use mine, my wife’s air-miles to check if I can get free tickets to fly, My payback point to check if I could book hotels free of cost, Stay at hostels with cheap rates/night.

I took help of Guru from Pune who had done the Rajasthan circuit in December and Ariz chinoy who had done Rann of Kutch. I chalked out the plan by now and it looked like this…

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The motorcycles were done packing on 1st Jan 2017 and sent to Jaipur Via Jaipur express which ply’s only on Mondays from Hyderabad. It’s now very easy to load the motorcycles in train as there are authorised agents (fixed commission based on luggage) available at the station who have been allotted luggage boogies. How do you find an authorised agent hmmm…. that’s a question which I am bound to answer and this is what is did, “talking personally at the parcel ticket counter  and asked them who does a better job and who is authorised for Jaipur”. They will give you the details of the all the authorised agents available at the counter. You can pick any one of them and do the booking. Previously there were agents who used to charge horrendous amount to take luggage, they were not authorised agents. Beware of them!!!

Well the Motorcycles have reached Jaipur and now waiting for us to to come and show them whats in Rajasthan.

This State in India is full of colours and beautiful roads which make the journey wow to awesome. The excitement was increasing day by day.

All packing done and I call up my mate Kaustubh that “I have booked the taxi”. The taxi arrives and reaching his office , I make a call asking him, come to gate number three, He said “wait I said I am I working from home today”, hmmmmmm, I was like Holy Shit!!! A (abb kya pause moment ) So Kaustubh says, “ You wait, I will come, I will be there in Top 5 min…By god’s grace My FZS motorcycle was with him and he came on it and we started at last to the Airport after facing such hustle and confusion.. We started our journey on 6th Jan to Delhi and from Delhi to Jaipur via Train. Expensive fares from Hyderabad to Jaipur on flight discouraged us and we decided to rather go to Delhi in Rs 3300 flight and 260 rupees to Jaipur Via Train.

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Reaching Airport our flight was delayed by one hour due to fog in Delhi. Delays continued collecting our checked in luggage at Delhi . Well the good news was our train from gurugram was running late by 2 hours, so we had additional time to have dinner at the Subway and 2 pints beer.

We reached Jaipur railway station in the morning and collected our motorcycles, unpacked,loaded our accessories and they were ready to tour to Rajasthan. You can see the youtube link here about how we unpacked our motorcycles at Jaipur Railway station.

We had booked our Hotel The theme in Jaipur which was available at decent price. Price was 1421 for three people – address – Near B2 Bypass, Tonk road, Sita Bari – Jaipur.

Jaipur is a Beautiful city. The new Jaipur is so clean with wide roads and wowsome architecture that you will fall love with the City. The temperatures whole day were pleasant and being winter it quite tolerable. Suggest you not to plan Jaipur after End of Feb as it become too hot during the days and pleasant at nights.  We were going to meet my senior in college Mr Bhaskar kalia. A great man by heart, He took a holiday from his work and showed us Jaipur. Thanks sir.

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On the way to Jaigarh Fort

 

 

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Chalna be!!!

Jaipur’s main Attractions are

  • Hawa Mahal
  • City palace
  • Amer Fort
  • Jantar Mantar
  • Nahagarh Fort
  • Raj mandir Cinema
  • Jaigarh Fort
  • Albert Hall Musem

I will not be posting any of the pictures as you can check out my youtube channel for the Jaipur video.

The Single day for Jaipur, It made me asking to stay more but I had other plans ahead which was another beautiful place known as Jaisalmer. Jaipur to Jaisalmer (560 kms ) with decent and bad roads. We start late around 11.00 am.

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The leisure riding to Jaisalmer took 14 hours. We were stopping for photos and enjoying the desert views. The last section of 130 kms was bad and was under construction. We stayed at Hotel Fort Side whose terrace views at night were like this!!!

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The jaws dropped, the tiredness vanished, what a fort it is!! also known fact of this fort is that it’s inhabited by 700 Families which were giving accommodations inside the fort. There was a City inside this fort.

Next day was planned for Tanot Mata mandir and the war front where Pakistani Army came to invade us, The Longewala. We decided to start early morning and as soon as we came out at 6.00 am we saw nothing but dense Fog. Waste of time this really irritates me. With no choice left, we were back in our beds and  started at 10.00 am again when the fog was nearly clear.

The road to Tanot Mata is well marked and Smooth. Approx 120 kms can be reached in 2 hours. We took more than that as we were stopping taking pictures.

The roads from Tanot to Longewala are Small narrow road carved through the desert. You have to be careful as to oncoming vehicle like cars and busses take the complete road and leave no space to let you pass. It was no worries for us as we were slow and enjoying the surrounding.

 We started our return journey from Longewala at around 4.00 pm and on the way back we took a detour which lead to a dried lake bed. The lake bed was dry hard and worth the off-roading that we did. Kaustubh touched speeds of 100 kmph on that which made me worry as in my mind I don’t want to fall here. This was a wrong feeling which I had and was not able to enjoy much.  But it was fun there, we wanted to do more, as sun was setting in we started our way back to Hotel in Jaisalmer.

In  Jaisalmer our stay was from 8-Jan-17 to 9-jan-2017 with”Bed & Breakfast for a Private room

Address:Jaisalmer, Rajasthan 345001, India : Message Host  ·+91 8769 210 051″ (ALLADIN) In Jaisalmer These are following attraction you can cover.

  • Jaisalmer Fort – you can ride in this fort using two wheeler and check out the narrow lanes and colorful people there.
  • Sam Sand dunes – you can opt for Camping at Sam sand dunes from the range 2000 to 7000 rs per night based upon tent which includes night stay, Dinner, Camel ride, and probably breakfast.
  • Gadi Sagar lake – In Jaisalmer
  • Salim Singh ki haveli In Jaisalmer
  • Patwa Ki haveli – In Jaisalmer
  • Longewala
  • Tanot Mata mandir
  • Border Pillar 609 (Special permission from JAISALMER BP post to be applied with RC Xerox and ID card)

UDAIPUR TOUR YOUTUBE LINK

Next morning we started to Jodhpur

  Well this is how it looked at 10.00 am in the morning.

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We were like holy f%^K Jodhpur 280 kms will be trouble …. Well this fog issue was there till 12.00 noon but we started our journey slowly covering 60 kms in one hour. The speeds were slow but we knew it better to be safe than sorry.

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The Jodhpur part would be exciting as we had booked Flying fox zip lining over the mehrangadh fort.

  • Mehrangarh Fort – This fort is so huge that it took us 3 hours inside. 120 Rupees entry for Indians.
  • Kaylana Lake – could not visit, Check google for photos
  • Taj palace hotel – could not visit, Check google for photos
  • OM Banna Bike temple – could not visit, Check google for photos

Jodhpur – Stay   10-Jan-17 at Gouri Heritage Haveli (Guest House) Address: Sharif Chowk,Laykan mohalla near clock tower,Jodhpur City, Phone: 02912644099 Email: gourihaveli09@gmail.com” Price: 2315

Jodhpur to Udaipur was quite boring part. There are straight roads and just straight road..Wait… what…. No it not that.. U cross like hundred villages in this route,

This where you can see the mount ABU range starting. The mountains are beautiful, will be mesmerised with the change in landscapes from desert to mountains and back to Salt deserts.

We reached Udaipur by 2.00 pm and it was late … We had to see so many places in Udaipur and also we were tired as we had done 2000 kms in last four days.

  • City Palace
  • Lake Pichola
  • Lake Palace
  • Jag mandir-At Udaipur, dont miss to have dinner at Jagmandir (in the middle of the lake)(like if u can afford it) .
  • Ambrai Ghat – U can have a look at Lake Pichola and lake Palace together
  • Vintage Classic Car Museam – is boring
  • Mansapurna karni Rope Way – if you do flying fox at jodhpur this is nothing.
  • Udaipur Solar Observatory is in the middle of the lake
  • Kumbalgarh- huge fort, minimum 3 hours.
  • Ranakpur – JAIN Temple

In Udaipur we stayed at Backpacker Panda- Hostel stay Backpacker Panda Lake Fatehsagar, Udaipur, Plot no 6, LalBapu ki wadi, near fatehsagar lake. Dewali.

Email:vivek-6aaqtmdrkqn4qq3y@host.airbnb.com, Phone number: +91 91 723 13 994 Trip details: Backpacker Panda Udaipur-A/C 8 Bed Mix Dorm.

Udaipur to Rann of Kutch and Back to Hyderabad we were just riding. Riding and riding. We had to cover 2300 kms in 4 days with sigh seeing.

We started from at 5.00 am and it was dam cold. It was showing 6 Deg and we started our ride to rann of kutch. We stopped at a chaiwala after 70 Kms with shivering cold and numb hands. We just could not tolerate the cold. It was windy and it was cold which made it a bad combination.

Well as the sunlight was making its way through the mountains we could feel its warmth and slowly increasing our speeds towards Rann of Kutch. It was long straight 6 lane highways which made it look like a cake walk but also made us doze. The 2200 kms done till date tiredness was showing it signs while reaching rann. We reached rann meeting my old friend midway who had come all the way from Pune – My dear Amit dubey… U are still the same and thanks for coming.

The booking at Rann Utsav was waste of money completely as there were families around us who used to see us as unruly people of the society. The foods were average, and were the tents. We learnt this hard way that do not invest your money in expensive accommodation if you are on a trip on your motorcycle.  The 100 Pipers came to our help for those two nights. The biggest blunder was Rann of Kutch and this is what happened with us. We were not allowed to take our motorcycles in the white desert due to some issues which were faced by BSF two days back when a HOG rally and Bulleteres were doing this White desert.

Well this was discouraging and made me frustrated and unhappy, For the first time I felt the whole trip will go waste if we could not do this. Well when it’s decided it will not happen it doesn’t, we weren’t allowed on 14th morning also.

Well the frustration was pounding making me feel disgusted. I was shouting inside my helmet for what had happened. I felt down and didn’t know what to do. Kaustubh My bro stopped me seeing I was riding weird. He said… lets wait and discuss this out.

After some time I could cool myself and we started out journey back to home Hyderabad.

It was 1690 kms to be covered in two days and we knew that if we cover maximum kms on the first day we would be able to do the Mumbai Hyderabad section easily.

We crossed Ahmadabad but the journey looked harder. We were feeling exhausted due to continuous traffic, Sun showing its heat and our minds continuously at work for overtakes and Speed runs. The traffic increased by the day due to Kite festival Utran in Gujarat. There were dangerous instances where a Swift had come very near to us honking continuously. We were doing speeds of 120 and the swift guy was frightening us with his weird overtakes. The roads were getting messier and hard to judge and if we were to ride more further we were surely not going to make another 130 kms to Mumbai. So we stopped at Vapi to rejuvenate our energies and ride further.

We woke up by 5.00 am started out to cover the remaining distance of 900 kms to Hyderabad with stops at my home in Mumbai for some time. We reached my home at 9.00 am and started to Hyderabad at 11.00 am. We crossed pune with great difficulty, it was HOT, ridiculous City traffic and I hate doing Mumbai Hyderabad because there is no BYPASS for Pune. Well as soon as we crossed city limits in Pune we stopped for delicious lunch at 3.30. Targeted to hit Sholapur by 7.00 PM and took the kalburgi pargi route to Hyderabad. The zaheerabad Solapur route is fucked and is under construction. Don’t ever attempt to do this route.

We reached Hyderabad by 2.00 am. The last 60 kms which was done with most difficulty, firstly riding in night, Second I had crossed my limit of Riding till 9.00 Pm and go to sleep. Third we had done 600 kms in heavy traffic and another 330 kms in single lane bad roads with stars twinkling above our helmets.

We reached yes, we reached safely.

Happy riding

Life moves when two wheels move

10 best ways to ride a motorcycle in India (City Specific)

 

India is a lovely place and I like it because it gives you a lot to learn. It’s so diverse with people, culture, geography and climate that you tend to learn every time, everywhere.

Indian National highways have always been one of the most talked about in every forum and how to ride on them; I could not find any blog to help our fellow motorcycle travellers who pass city during their tours in peak hours.

First of all, leave your riding skills that you use on the highways, city riding is a different ball game with full of surprises and idiotic heads. Remember there are those curious wannabe bikers that would follow you and try to be as near to complete their observation of you from top to bottom. They try to analyse what you are up to and where you are going? They will also try to ask this question while on the go. Normally thrown questions are, what’s this? Where are you heading? How much mileage?

Just Ignore and ride on.  I have jotted down some facts below for you to follow this on Indian Roads which is City/town Specific.

1. You are always a Beginner

Beginner tends to be always cautious over his moves, Is Alert over the moves of others and keeps a clear view and analyses everything in short span of time. He is cautious to avoid any mishap or anything else.

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Howsoever skilled you are, while riding in city you will have those morons who are partially inspired by Valentino Rossi and CS Santosh that they jump on the road, take those surprise turns rights or left without giving any indication to the world as though they work under some secret service.

Simply follow one rule, be slow, steady and be on constant lookout of these morons(to knock them out- Just kidding). Avoid speeding, that’s the golden rule.

2. Always keep to your Left

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Always keep to your left

In India the driving rule is LEFT. So remember when you see traffic jam ahead just start riding to your extreme left. This will help you to squeeze through the traffic jam and reduce your wait time.

3. Don’t jump red signals

These rules are applicable in Cities and never break this rule. If you tend to see other people breaking the rule, let them do it as they know they will not be caught (applicable in cities like Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi, Jaipur etc).

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STOP

Be cautious and go with the flow. In cities like Ahmadabad nobody follows rule in City roads. There was an incident which till hovers in my mind. My fellow motorcyclist was injured as he was hit by a car from the behind because he stopped at the red signal and the one behind did not stop. Follow rules that’s all.

4. Squeeze

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if the Handle fits in, you are through

In cities like India, the lanes may be smaller and there may be oncoming traffic also. Learn the art to squeeze. Just check your handle bar ends, if that fits in, just go with it. You will see how your motorcycle just squeezes through the traffic.

5. Cutting lanes

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Stupid Pic… Its not even related to Lane cutting

In cities especially during traffic jam, lane cutting is normal to be ahead. I really don’t advise it but this is done when you have the overall traffic moving slowly. Cut lanes so that you squeeze through the traffic and reach out of the city sooner.

6. Look ahead

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Always look ahead and don’t look down. You are better in your judgement when you look ahead and perform corrective actions needed during your city journey. Looking ahead will give you confidence to take decisions and perform those tight squeezes easily.

7. Panic Braking

This is an art which can be learnt easily due to morons on the road here in India. You will have those balls in mouth moments where the traffic in front just stops abruptly because of some random person crossing the road with a raised hand.

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This happens to me like every day. Now the crux of this is that you learnt the Panic braking technique and you got practice sessions every now and then. So I recommend you to keep those wheels under you slow and steady and stay alert always.

8. Wrong side Commuters

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Yes, it’s there. You will find morons coming at speeds with their headlight ON telling “Dude take care of yourself I am occupying this section and I am travelling on wrong side of the traffic.” Pity that they are fined and punished but still they will start doing the same thing again and again.

9. Cyclists, Snail commuters

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Snail commuters

You will not find snails here in the city but you will find those crawlers crawling in the middle of the road. They may be thinking the next big thing to do and loose all the conscious that they are actually travelling and going too slow. The only way is switch ON that High Alert mode and keep checking ahead. They normally come out of nowhere and you realise that you noticed them only after the Car in front of you just overtook them.

10. Be Alert on Intersections.

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U turn

You don’t find a roundabout here in India. There are these give way medians which people use for taking U-turns.

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People normally don’t slow and don’t look out of oncoming traffic and just start taking U turn. So it your responsibility to have a look and stop.

Happy riding

Life moves when two wheels move

SWMPM Disease – I am warning you!!!

Yes it true, you do suffer from this SWMPM disease or you are an EDUCATED, fucking, retard, stupid dickhead, dumb turd.

Well both are the same because if you talk about this disease, It’s spreading and is one of the major causes of deaths in our Country.

This disease is named as Stuck With My Phone on my Motorcycle.

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Phone and riding are two different things. Dont mix them

Either you are too talented or you are retarded to understand the basic things in life that needs importance. That one call which you take while riding your motorcycle makes you exposed to deaths that you would have never thought of such as

  1. You die when your head got struck to the road divider and splits into two.
  2. You crash and the Car tailing you crushes your head.
  3. You crash in to a pit, Split your Spine in to two, making you handicapped for the rest of your life.
  4. You wished to brake but could not and you get crushed between those truck tires standing in front of you.
  5. You see a Pretty women, Loose our balance and land on your head in front of her feet.

I can’t think more awkward ways to die but if you intend to you can try all the above and share your experience if you are alive.

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Isko hutiyaa bolte hai

The basic problem lies here is people are least bothered about themselves and others on road or their family members in pillion. Almost all of the drivers I see are old enough to know better and look intelligent enough to be aware of the risks.

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Take care…

Seriously, what can be more shocking to hear that your near one died in a crash involved in talking on phone with you? Please, Please I would say please once again, Step aside, stop then take the phone and speak. If call is important take it and finish it, else just tell them you are driving/riding. Or take earphones which allow you to talk hand free and still check whether it’s important call or not. If not hang up and call them later.

 Numerous studies have demonstrated that mobile phone usage can affect your Riding/ driving in many ways, leading to a much higher risk of having an accident:

  • Slower reaction times
  • Poor speed control
  • Difficulty controlling lane position
  • Sharper braking
  • Less attentive of signage and hazards
  • More likely to tailgate
  • Increased stress

This is a sincere request to my colleagues, Friends, Facebook friends, Twitter followers and many more people who are known to me or unknown to me.


Wear your fucking Helmet, Don’t take phone call while riding.

STOP

Step aside, receive your call, finish talking and start again.

Life moves when two wheels move.

Happy riding.

Year 2016

The 2016 year has been my favourite. I was able to travel many places in this small period of 12 months. It was by train, car, motorcycle, Aeroplane and on my foot.

These trips have changed me and my way of dealing lot many things in Life.

First trip was travel to London on October 11, 2015. The biggest decision of my life. Left my job on Oct 8th, Applied for visa by then, Oct 10th, Gave my house for rent, and i was off to London with my wife and kid to take new challenges in life towards being a meaning full father probably. The meaning of being a meaning full father is when your son comes to you when he cries, when he wants to sleep, chooses your Lap instead of Mom (common scenario), spends enough time with DAD more than MOM. This thinking may be wrong for others but i though i should share this with you guys.

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The journey to United Kingdom was very exciting. I knew i would be able to visit many places in UK which are known to the world but unknown to me.

I always thought being a father is OK, but what would it be to take care of my kid whole day, understand him kid who does not speak clearly, All these questions used to always haunt me in my mind every morning.

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Me and Vihann off to walk to see some ducks

10 days had passed baby sitting my child, I started to understand the way he reacts, communicates and his timetable to do things. Every morning was a challenge. A view from father’s eyes is here

  1. Vihaan used to get up in the morning by 8.15 am daily. First thing was he wanted hug, play on the bed with sounds of Lion and then encourage him to brush his teeth as every imaginary animal has gone to the bathroom for brushing.
  2. We both used to sit together and have corn flakes from Monday to Friday divided for Fruits, Dry fruits, vegetables, marshmallows etc. I had now experience of preparing cornflakes in 10 different ways to suit him.
  3. Then we both used to go and take bath and get ready for our first troll to nearby Forbury garden. We used to finish our walk by 12.00 PM to come back to our apartment as it was his time to sleep and i used to start searching for jobs on internet.
  4. His sleep used to be for 2 Hours minimum and i used to wake him up by 2.00 pm to have lunch.
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    Punishment.

    5. After lunch, we used to straight away go to the nearby Caversham Park which Vihaan used to love it. By 5.30 it used to get night and Vihaan exhausted , we used to come back and start preparing to welcome our very fond mummy.

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At House of Flavours

5. The Evening used to go around in Playing with his toys and me and Noopur engaging in discussion over my Job and other bigger interests as to where to roam.

Our Weekend Hangouts in Reading, Berkshire were, House of Flavours, Papppadams, Chennai Dosa, Burger King, Zizzi, Starbucks coffee and Girafee.

Ohh I did not mention about our stay, We stayed in this wonderful apartment by name House of Fisher @ 100 Kings road. A very beautiful place with a view of River Kennet flowing at opposite.

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100 kings road, House of Fisher.

People Travelling to Reading should make their stay here. This place is very near to City Centre, Railway Station, Major Bus stops and other major Parks. There is also a Gym (BUZZ gym) under it and and a Pub open till 2.00 am every night. So an apt place for stay and to drink and walk like a drunkard home. I give all 5 stars to their management to keep the rooms clean, good and Accessories that we get with room are also under superb condition and well maintained. Three Cheers to Nandor, Phillip, Monica, Cristina, Kamil and all the people working with House of Fisher. Three Cheers to these guys.The Christmas, New year and All the festivals that we celebrated with them made us feel at home and they ensured every service at par.

As i announced my arrival in London, I was able to meet my two long lost friends.

First – Mr Ashwini Chirania. A Simple heart and a superb person. He called me and one shout for meet he was ready (as i did not have anything to do). We walked the streets of London and tried 8 Different beers in 8 different pubs. What a meet it was and the streets of London are the actual things to look out.

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Me with Ashwini Chirania in 405 years Old Pub.

Prabul Chandran and His wife Radhika Prabul – The second person that i met. We had met in a Motorcycle meet in 2008/2009 probably. This was the second time. It was like i had been in constant touch with him. A true friend and a gem of a heart. We were invited umpteen number of times to have Pakodas, Sambhar and what all. I was lucky to have him there in UK else the stay in UK would have been lonely and boring.

The first new of JOB which i got after getting my National Insurance Number was from TESCO. It was a job of an Online shopper. I used to assist people in their Online shopping. Because of Tesco I was able to meet a very good person named Jesus Strasus. He helped me understand the job and later on i don’t know how many times we sat in local pubs and enjoyed beers.

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Celebrating His birthday at THE WILD LIME

The TESCO job was for 7 days exact. I had planned my Christmas Holidays already. This time USA. A complete plan of 10 days by our very known Jigris… Arpit and Mahesh.

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It was a Fantastic Trip. Thanks to the Hosts. I love you Arpit, mahesh, Preeti , Dipti and Myra(now).

Also was lucky to meet my Old friend Mr Rajat Saxena. haha.. Old memories just came in live… shared with his precious Single Malt whiskey. Thanks for it mate

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We were back to our old house in the same room now to start our daily business of Baby sitting and Noopur’s Office. Here i get a call from Coral Racing ltd about an Open day for interviews for Deputy Retail Managers required for Reading location. I was excited and made it in my mind that i will clear this at what ever stake. January 4th joined coral racing Ltd as deputy retail manager and i knew this is job is my path to buy my Kawasaki Versys 650.

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Things started from here. I was excited to learn kayaking and enrolled my self. haha. I was so happy. G0282456.JPG

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Partners in Crime to learn Kayaking

Trips Started to pour as i could now do planning and Spend something on Tours.

First trip – Cantref Adventure Farm

This farm is located at Breacon becon National Park. 2 Hours Drive from London.

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From Brecon becon National Park we started our travel to Snodonia Railway station.

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SNOWDONIA RAILWAY – which was closed due to bad weather 😦

The Best thing about UK is Drive. Just drive. That’s all… Its has so much wonderful landscapes to show you that you will be mesmerised with it.

During this period i had one more person come from all the way from Delhi India to Reading in UK (Obviously for work). That’s Aman Vijh. My brother, friend and a Motorcycle tourer. Thanks for coming my friend and making my time precious.

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His wife is from ISLE of MAN and woh apne sasural gaya tha.
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Panner ki sabzi ki party at my home

Second Trip – ISLE of MAN

The pictures will speak for themselves. You can always click to this link to watch our Youtube Video.

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Third Trip – Aberdeen, Inverness, Edinburgh, Glassgow, FalKirk and Glenfiddich. 

I have been lucky always. I has my bestest friend in UK thats Alok Kulkarni who used to get ready with one request chal kuthey ??? Thanks Alok…

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Fourth trip – BATH.

This Trip was quick look out to the most best city in the world. The City called Bath. This city is so beautiful that you should never miss if you are in UK.

The biggest blunder is that we lot all the photos on our phone due to some Virus Issue. regret for the inconvenience.

Fifth Trip  – Windsor Castle

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We travelled back to India on June 14 sorry June 13 no we actually reached India on June 15. The longest travel till date. We started from Heathrow London to Hyderabad India on June 12th, but we reached back to Heathrow London due to some issue with the aeroplane. It was a nightmare for us as we had faced a horrendous turbulence on the black sea which made our plane turn back to Heathrow London. This horrifying experience made us wait one more day in London and take another flight the next day. It was a blunder ….. The plane which we boarded next day had some issues with its wing making it delay by 7 hours. We were not allowed get down but to sit inside that plane for 7 hours. All is well when it ends well is true here as we reached Hyderabad on 15th Morning and took our onward flights to Dehradhun and then staying there for 6 days we went to Mumbai.

After returning back to Hyderabad this was the surprise waiting for me.

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Kawasaki Versys 650 My dream machine and i was the proud owner of it. All credit goes to my wifey…
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Ramesh and his team, Aarif- Chotu probably
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Me on the Beast Road invader 2.0

Then came my dream trip to what i feel is the best trip i did till date.

Sixth Trip – 3500 Kms trip south-trip

You can read the blog here

The last trip was to Suryalnka Beach with my wifey and Kid. We enjoyed this trip as this beach is so clean and has a bar next to it. Cool winds, Chilled beer. what else do you need. uhh yesss yess.. wifey and kid required when they travel together.IMG_20161112_172822866.jpg

All in all 2016 year was rocking. I pray to god that 2017 will also be the same.

Life moves when two wheels move.

Happy touring.

The Phone Man – Road Rage

Today’s Ride to office was most disturbing for me personally. I have been a cautious rider always and follow rules meticulously. I also promote it by asking my colleagues and friends to follow basic traffic rules such as wear a basic helmet when you ride your two wheeler to work.

The day started normally with my commute to 27 kms far away office from Gachibowli to Secunderabad at 8.45 am. I found the travel to be with less traffic may be due to KCR shifting his office and surprisingly  all signals to be green.

I crossed the Begumpeth Flyover and entered the Old Airport flyover to see a person busy on phone on his two wheeler slowly slanting towards the right side. I shouted “Oye tu Girega!!! For which he became cautious and started correcting himself by travelling in straight line. As soon as I neared him he started shouting at me stating “I was disturbing him when he was on his phone call”. Overtook him and stopped at Minister Road Signal for my turn to be green and push off. This guy from nowhere enters speedily on to my front blocking my way and hurling abuses.

I told him to come to side of the road and ask what his problem is; the story is as below with Me – as Ashish and That guy as Scoundrel

Me: Kya ho  gaya boss

Scoundrel : kaun ho bhai tum, tumko kaun right diya hai mujhe phone pe nahi baat karne deneka.

He came near to my motorcycle and took off my keys. I lowered my side stand caught hold of him, twisted his hand to grab my keys. and i held his hand

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Punch do kya MC

Me: problem kya hai boss, itni choti si baaat ko kyu kheech rahe ho, Police ko bulao kya.

 

Scoundrel – Panga leneka hai toh ruko bulata hu main..

I start looking for Traffic police and found one and went with my motorcycle as he had started bullying my motorcycle by hitting the mirrors.

Policewala: kaun hai who, Gand todta hun uski… chalo pakadte hai..

Scoundrel – seeing this he runs off!!

Policewala – Bhaag gaya sala, Aise logaaan ko Pakad ke de diya karo.. baaaki hum dekhlete.

Me: I went to my motorcycle and started but saw this scoundrel little ahead, away from this scene waiting for me at the side of the road.

I ignored him and reached my office.

Things that has gone through my mind after this incident.

  1. first thought “I should have hurled punches on him and taught him a lesson”
  2. Second thought “I was feeling a little disturbed as to what was my fault to have this scene created”. I should have never shouted and let him die for his carelessness.
  3. Third thought “ If he was following me I should have stopped beaten him up and taken him to nearest police station”
  4. Fourth “ I was scared, what would have been the after action for the punches hurled”

But I feel disturbed still, I now ignore people talking on phone, Ignore people who don’t follow basic rules on the road, Take unnecessary risks and treat their lives cheap.

God bless them.

Life moves when two wheels move!!!

South India Trip – 3500 kms -Limits breached

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The pleasure is this

The journey is a unique word which stores lots of memories, make new friends, Meet old friends, Living your life to full. As soon as it ends you start it missing already, start areas to explore and plan your next Journey.

My journey has always made me stronger and more particular from inside. I was a person who had no goals and lived to what‘s in Present. But today motorcycling to different parts in India and abroad has made me improve a lot in making decisions and work up to it.

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The Unknown

This journey was a part to make my instincts stronger, give me more strength in patience.  Life is what you live but to make it love you need to do what you always think of doing it. I always loved motorcycles and it has been a important part of my life and my journeys. Since childhood I used to always think of doing this part of journey in future on my motorcycle and sense the world around it. By these thoughts I bought my dream motorcycle the Kawasaki versys 650.

This blog all about the journey of 3500 kms done over it.

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The south India trip

First Leg – Hyderabad to Chennai – 678 kms.

  • Saddle Bag – Check with all my stuff and additional tools.
  • Helmet – Check
  • Cramster Waist pouch – Check containing vehicle papers, mobile, charging wire, torch
  • Tank bag – Raincoat, Biscuits, water bottle
  • Camera bag – check
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The things that i took for my journey

Being an Early riser and rider always, I started my first leg to Chennai at 5.45 am. I started looking out for some Breakfast Just before Narketpally crossing where you need to enter NAM express Highway to reach Chennai. Found a Small dhaba and unwounded and refreshed myself with lip smacking Idlis and sambhar with Chutney. There entered the gang of 1000 cc’s. They were around 6 and had taken a break for chai and ciggi. Normal chit chats for 15 minutes and they disappeared with just those mesmerising throttle sounds coming from distance.

I started my journey towards Chennai and took 6 breaks in total to reach my first leg destination. I reached home at 6.45 pm.

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The morning Start

The ride on the Versys was utterly buttery smooth. The motorcycle had 1 fill at Indian oil petrol pump in Sriharikota and it went on to reach Chennai with 100 kms in range to next fill. The total weight I was carrying was 30 kgs saddle bag, 3 kgs tank bag, myself around 89 kgs. The motorcycle took speeds of 130 to 170 kmph easily in sections where I felt these insane speeds could be doable.

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Chennai stays extended to two nights with party and booze Thanks to my bestest rider friend (very close to my heart) Mr Walter, to make me meet these awesome guys Mr paul and mr hari. These guys are from the bullet café which s located here.

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Chennai to Pondicherry – 158 kms

Chennai traffic is hell. It took me 2 hours to come to East coast road leading to pondi. I started my second leg to Pondicherry by 9.00 am and it was going to be peaceful with bay of Bengal showering its blessing through high waves. I reached pondi by 3.00 pm covering Mahabalipuram Temple a heritage site and Polaris ride adventure park. The Polaris ride adventure park is situated on the ECR and for 7 kms they cost 2000 rs. That’s a Bomb. But still I fell for it and did it.

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Pudducherry or Pondicherry.

Pondicherry is a divine place of peace with Auroville and Aurobindo ashram, If you are in Pondicherry and you do not visit them then you are stupid. And I call my self stupid. I walked all over Pondicherry to see new people eat different delicacies mainly fish (Well I had started eating nonveg in this trip for the first time) and rested my self in the room by 10.00 PM.

Hotel  Stay – Booked by Goibibo.com App – Le merage, No. 475, M.G. Road, Candappa Mudaliar Street Corner, , Pondicherry, India. Phone: 0413-23458888,Email: hotellemiragepdy@gmail.com

Price:  Rs 1188/Night

Pondicherry – Velankani – Kodikarai

ECR is one of the most beautiful roads available in India. You can park you bike anywhere along the ECR and touch the Bay of Bengal. That how easy it is. The roads are smooth single lane with traffic to minimum and beware there are no eatery’s in between. Small town is what you have to wait for some snack and tea.  I checked in Velankani hotel and pushed my luggage in so that I can start my next point i.e Kodikarai or you can call Point Calimere the South east second most coastal point of India. This point has a small forest cover which is known as Point Calimere Bird Sanctuary.

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Adjoining it is a beautiful beach which is nesting grounds for Olive Ridley turtles. A sad history also embraces it. In 2001 hundreds of turtles were found dead at the coast, real reason was not found but human disturbances were one of the causes of deaths.

Lord Mary Church at Velankanni is one of the oldest Churches in India. Christians from far grounds come and visit this Church. This church is famous among women who are not able conceive and come here to offer prayers and wish to get conceived.

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Back to hotel and resting to peace for a new journey to APJ Abdul kalam ground.

Hotel Stay – Chandra Royal Inn,No: 22 East Coast road Velankanni, Velankanni, Phone: 04365264710

Email: info@chandra.co.in – Price – 1131/-

Velankanni to Rameshwaram 255 kms Rameshwaram The place of Pambam bidge, APJ Abdul kalam Sir and Temple. This place was close to my heart because of birth place Late APJ Abdul kalam. As soon as you cross Pambam bridge and enter Rameshwaram you find the Late Apj Abdul Kalam Sir Samadhi. Being lucky this was inaugurated recently (like a day before I reached rameshwaram) and an exhibition on his achievements was going on near his Samadhi.

I had this opportunity to gain more about him and be more inspired. Upon reaching my place of stay I quickly took bathe and visited Rameshwaram temple to offer my prayers and get blessed.

I laid down with can of beer to plan my journey towards the Ram sethu point in dhanushkodi. I started morning next day to Dhanushkodi and its about 55 kms from ramheswaram town. You can find Mahindra Van 4×4 which takes you to different points in Dhanuskodi for 150 Bucks. They visit a beach which is crowded by food sellers and Old post office which got destroyed in Dhanushkodi storm.

I returned by 4.00 pm and had chilled beer and dozed off to sleep.

Hotel Stay – Blue Coral Cottage, 20/43A, Agasthiar theertham street, Besides Agnitheertham seashore and Hotel Tamilnadu Rameswaram, Rameshwaram, Phone: 4573-221703

Price: 600/-

Rameshwaram to Trivandrum via Kanyakumari. – 401 Kms.

This road is bliss, Very smooth and long straight sections with clear view of the road. The only issue is Cross winds which is adequate to misbalance you off. You can read on How to tackle cross wind motorcycling here. It took me 4 hours to reach Kanyakumari. I checked into a hotel for 300 Rs threw my Luggage into the room got refreshed and head towards tourist attractions in Kanyakumari.

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Kanyakumari has famous for rock beach and Vivekananda End point. These two tourist attractions were done within 2 hours and I decided to go ahead and reach Trivandrum. I reached Trivandrum by 7.00 pm and rushed off to have some local food and beer.

Hotel Stay – Blue Nest Hotel, Manjalikulam Road,Thampanoor THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ,Contact:91-471-2324027, Email:hotelbluenest@gmail.com

Price: 900/-

I knew tomorrow’s ride would be big with not many kms to cover. Its was the Twists I was going to face leading to Munnar.

Trivandrum to Allepey to Munnar – 314 kms. Google says 8 hours, but I took 12 hours to reach this mesmerizing place called Camp noel 40 kms away from Munnar near Top station.

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The beautiful Munnar
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Munnar
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Munnar

This area is true to what it says. Lost in the woods and surrounded by tea estate. There lies a huge forest which you have to cross it to reach this place, The last 7 kms off-road was a surprise as it was for the first time for me to go offroad on a versys 650.

Reached by 7.00 in the evening and I straight away went to bed. Did nothing but just rested for 14 hours straight. This was a much needed break to rest of my aching muscles.

Munnar to Coimbatore – The Ghats are intense with Bad road an icing to it. It took me 14 hours to reach Coimbatore. Started at 6.00 in the morning and reached Coimbatore only by 8.00 pm in the evening. Elephant crossing the road made me wait for 45 min, the roads made me cry as my fully loaded motorcycle was taking the hit due to broken road. I was riding Standing on the foot-pegs for at least 70% of the total roads made my thighs ache.

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On the way to Coimbatore.

The scenery made justice. I could rest, breathe fresh air and take breaks at outstanding locations.

Stay was at my brother’s house hence there are no hotels for listing. Please do look into makemytrip app or goibibo app for cheaper deals for stays.

Coimbatore to Bangalore. – Properly laid roads with highest amount of truckers I found on this route. Huge amount of accidents which I saw on this route was between luxury busses and Trucks. Speeding trucks, failed brakes, rash driving are the cause.

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 I started from Coimbatore at 6.00 am in the morning and I was at my destination Bengaluru by 1.00 pm. The good roads gave me good average speeds but the things to look out for here are,

  1. Crosswind tackling
  2. Insane truckers
  3. Those cycles coming peeping out of the divider to cross the road.
  4. The cows which are a integral part of our ecosystem.

That where my south India tour ended.

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3565 kms

 

Regards

Ashish Hegde

Life moves when two wheels  move

How to lift your Motorcycle like a Pro

That Billboard showing the Bhutan getways and day dreaming started, riding across those rough Scenic roads leading to Paro.

And then came what I never thought of, A small imbalance due to Pothole with bike falling on left side with engine running and then shutting off. Somehow I saved my leg, Thanks to Dimotiv Crash Guard (bought from The Bikings) which also protected my Kidney worth fairings.

Sensing the weight I did call upon help and lifted my motorcycle to rest on the side stand and whoosh, it was heavy. I kept thinking on ways to lift the motorcycle concluding on my way towards home where I decided “Oh yes I should make a Video”

Me and m Bro decided to Start our way to Anantgiri Hills this Sunday for a small 150 Kms ride. We have shot our video on the hill top and this videos will not only help you understand how to life the motorcycle but also make sure you don’t hurt your precious spine/ lower back in process of Lifting it.

The video is available in Youtube. Please click below link.

To watch the video on Youtube please click here!!!