“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Those who dare to take the risk of experiencing something new and unique and leave no room for regret are illuminated by these wise words from Lao Tzu. A trip to the hills on a bike was something Vimal Kumar, a resident of Chennai, had hoped to do. Even though he made his living running a gold jewelry showroom, he couldn't keep his passion for mother nature and had always hoped to one day find himself in the mountains.
In order to better prepare for his upcoming bike trip to Ladakh - Land of High Passes, he decided to ride from Chennai to Rameshwaram, a distance of 1,300 kilometers, in just two days. Moreover, it ensured that he would be tackling the formidable Himalayas in June, boosting his confidence in his ability to ride for days on end. In the end, he chose Thrillophilia because of the large number of Leh-Ladakh packages, quick responses, and immediate support he received after a few days of research.
It's a "on-the-move honeymoon in the Himalayas" for Vimal as he and his wife ride from Manali to Leh and back.
The Tale Of The Mountains
After a leisurely breakfast in Manali, Vimal and his wife set out on their journey. A few light showers made the ride chilly, the mud and slick roads only added to the thrill of the ride. In order for the vivacious couple to make it to Jispa, they had to cross the Rohtang Pass, one of the most famous mountain passes in India. Camping was made more enjoyable by the warmth provided by the bonfire at night.
After a restful night's sleep, the couple set out for Sarchu in the morning. An adrenaline rush was felt by Vimal as he rode his bike off-roads in a frigid atmosphere. At a height of 16,040 feet, the Baralacha La, a famous rest stop on the way to Sarchu, was completely blanketed in snow.
In order to get to Ladakh the following day, Vimal would have to ride a total of 250 kilometres through the mountains. Despite the rain, they kept moving towards Tanglang La, Ladakh's second-highest pass at a whopping 5328 meters above sea level. The young couple had become enchanted by the snowy surroundings as the weather had turned bitterly cold. An exhilarating Vimal made sure that the achievement of Tanglang La will be remembered forever by yelling "I made it!" from the top of the peak.
They finally arrived in Ladakh today, after a long and exhausting journey, and it was all worth it. Vimal took a bath for the first time in two days because it was so chilly out there! While the hot shower helped him wind down for a peaceful night's sleep, they had big plans for the following day, including an exploration of Ladakh.
It was a great start to the day for the couple and other bikers, who rode through Magnetic Hill and visited the Gurudwara to get centered. They also went river rafting in the icy waters on this day, which was a mix of fun and adventure. As they rode through Ladakh, they experienced a variety of emotions and sights. It was, however, the following day that had the most in store for them.
The bikers couldn't contain their excitement as they prepared to traverse the Khardung La pass, situated at a height of 18,380 feet. They reached Nubra Valley, where the landscape changed dramatically from snow-covered hills to a cold, white desert. As they arrived in Hunder, the sand dunes were a beautiful sight amidst the high mountains after riding through a violent windstorm.
Taking In The Beauty Of Pangong Tso
Pangong Tso awaited the bikers the following day, making the frigid night spent in desert campgrounds all the more memorable. The phrase "the best is yet to come" proved to be true, as this gorgeous lake was the highlight of the adventure for the tourists.
The awe-inspiring views of the valley as folks made our way to Pangong Tso were breathtaking! They were transported to another world as they wound their way through the majestic mountains and thundering streams.
The bikers were awestruck by the beauty of the lake at first sight. This magnificent body of water began to take on new colors to dazzle and fascinate the travelers as the chilly wind brushed against his face. They also made a stop in Pangong Tso, where the movie "3 Idiots" was filmed, posing for photos with the yellow motorcycle. Additionally, Vimal's wife dressed up as Kareena Kapoor from the scene and took pictures while she was donning it. While posing on the "scratching bum" seats, the bikers brought many smiles and laughs to the shoot.
They were tented directly across the street from a serene lake, so the fun was far from over. Vimal was apprehensive about the nighttime temperatures, but he felt a sense of accomplishment because he had made it to Ladakh on a bike.
Vimal had to return home the following day, which brought on a wave of mixed emotions. In spite of this, the thrill of retracing his steps through the same breathtaking landscape kept him riveted. The 350-kilometer journey to Jispa was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for them, and they knew it would be a journey they would never forget.
All the bikers were given badges, T-shirts and stickers for their achievement of biking through the mountains. For Vimal, the "Certificate of Extreme Riders" was the icing on the cake.
Vimal and his wife returned from their trip with a "heart full" of memories that they will cherish for the rest of their lives.