Biking season was on and what else for a biker living in foot of Himalayas than to take on Ladakh Bike trip. It was long awaited dream to embark on this adventure and it materialized in year 2011. I was fortunate to get the company of few cool riders, Anurag, Sudhir, Akshay and Mohit. Sudhir & Mohit rode from Indore, Anurag from Gurgaon and Akshay and me joined them at Chandigarh.
A day before start of the bike trip, I was pleasantly nervous with lot of questions arising in mind. But above all I was confident that this trip is going to be lifetime memorable experience.
The trip got postponed by one day at Chandigarh itself due to Sudhir's bike breakdown which took a day to repair. Pulsar 200, which has nothing left of Pulsar after modifications except the engine.
With full excitement and enthusiasm, all five riders started the ride from Chandigarh in heavy rain. Knowing the fact that we will encounter heavy rains ahead, we rode hard to reach Manali before sunset. Delicious breakfast at Dhaba on the way increased our body temperature little. However the rain outside was unprecedented. There was no point in waiting for the rain to get over, so we enjoyed the ride in rain as well. Our pace went down when modified bikes of Sudhir & Akshay did not keep up in heavy rain. We lost lot of time.
By afternoon, the rain finally showed some mercy on us. After that we rode comfortably till Manali. However we were quite late to reach Manali. As we crossed Sundernagar, the serene green lush valley of Kullu Manali fascinated us a lot. Struggling with traffic of trucks and tourist cabs we manage to reach Manali by 9:30 PM.
Unexpectedly everyone slept after dinner. The day was tough to ride with rains. Knowing the fact that many more challenges are ahead of us on the trip we all lived with the day happily.