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February 3, 2011

Delhi/Nodia to Haridwar and Rishikesh, Uttarakhand (2 Days Ride)


PHOTO Haridwa: http://picasaweb.google.com/udhaya.v/HaridwarUttarakhandIndia2223JAN11

PHOTO Rishikesh: http://picasaweb.google.com/udhaya.v/RishikeshUttarakhandIndia

RIDE DURATION/DATE: 2 Days, 22 & 23–Jan-2011

RIDER : Udhaya Kumar.V in Royal Enfield TB

ROAD MAP: Delhi/Noida –NH58-> Meerut (Bypass) -> Muzaffarnagar(Uttarpradesh) -> Roorkee(Uttarakhand)-> Haridwar -> Rishikesh (232km)

1.First 120 km from Delhi will be 4 lane road and good.

2.Next 80km will be single good and bad road. Single road will be good from Uttrakand.

DISTANCE: 550 Km Round trip (Noida to Rishikesh will be 232km)

BY TRAIN: Delhi to Haridwar Junction through “Dehradun Shatabdi Express/2017 – 12017 “

 

EXPENSE: Rs.2,639 (Food, Stay, etc – Rs.1489 + Petrol – Rs.1150)

WHERE TO STAY:

Haridwar – Near to Har Ki Pauri (at Ganga) – you can find plenty of hotels & rate will start from Rs.300 (Yes I found one for Rs.300). Other wise you can find it in Haridwar town itself. But its better you can stay near th Har Ki Pauri, So that you can spend your night near Ganga. There is plenty of good market for shopping and food.

Rishikesh – You can find several Ashram to stay, yes off course you can find hotel also near to Lakshman Jhula. But Rishikesh famous for White Water Rafting in Ganga river. There is several travel agencies will provide the package for stay & rafting. If you want you can find one and stay near to Ganga itself. Some people visit to ganga to learn yoga, if your interested you can find the ashram which is located near to ganga for stay also. Its again package.

PLACE TO SEE:

Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India.

1.Har Ki Pauri, Haridwar

2.Mansa Devi Mandir

3.Chandi Devi Mandir

4.Bharat Mata Mandir
5.Shri Vyasa Ashram

6.Rajaji National Park

Please go with more 10 rs. Most the temple you have to give.

Other places of interest at Haridwar, This is not famous places & mostly small temples. I am not visited to this places – Maya Devi Mandir, Daksh mandir, Bilkeshwar Mahadev Mandir , Kanva Rishio Ashram, Bhooma Niketan, Vaishnav Devi Temple, Doodhadhari Temple, Shahi Gurudwara, Jairam Ashram

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

1.Triveni Ghat

2.Bharat Mandir

3.Ram Jhula

4.Swarg Ashram

5.Lakshman Jhula

6.Trayambakeshwar Temple

7.Neelkanth Madhadev Mela

 

TO DO at RISHIKESH: White Water Rafting, speed boat, Trekking & Yoga will be very famous in this place

REFERENCE:

RISHKIESH: http://wikitravel.org/en/Rishikesh

HARIDWAR: http://wikitravel.org/en/Haridwar

RIDE LOG:

22JAN2011 07:00 AM: This is my long pending ride from noida. I did my last ride to mussoorie & dehradun in the same route. Haridwar and Rishikesh is very near to mussoorie & dehradun. Yes offcourse we can go for long ride to cover all this place, again its base day availability in my plate. Any way finally started riding to Haridwar, Plan to start my ride from 6.00 am & cold changing my starting time always.

22JAN2011 09:15 AM: stopped for breakfast, still 80km needs to go. We have very good road for first 120km from delhi/noida. its absolutely four lane road. After 80 km will be single road. this 80km road wont be good, but if you enter into uttrakand, we can have very good single road. when state change, your road status also will change J (you can see more local traffic in UP road). But I am seeing uttrakand state well maintained in all the sense.

22JAN2011 12:15 PM: I reached Rishikesh and decided to not stuck with any hotel now. Just roaming in this place. I went to LAKSHMAN JHULA and crossing the bridge to see TRAYAMBAKESHWAR TEMPLE(13 stories high, combination of temples and sops). There is  speed boat activity also in this place. You can find more hotels and ashram to stay in this place also. Its not much crowded.

Lakshman Jhula, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

22JAN2011 12:15 PM: I keep riding to see NEELKANTH MADHADEV MELA TEMPLE, its 22 km from this place. All we need to follow the Ganga to reach this shiva temple on the mountain. This temple may not be big and great. But we can have very good ganga view on this way to reach this temple. There is plenty of Water Rafting activity and yoga center on the way. Don’t miss it to ride in this way. After spending some time, I am riding back. This will be the last point on this track.

22JAN2011 04:15 PM: I am riding back and reached RAM JHULA, its one more bridge on ganga(same as Lakshman Jhula) river. You can find several ashram in this place, one of the famous ashram will be “Swarg Ashram”. Its beautiful ganga view you can see with more small temples.

Ram Jhula, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

22JAN2011 04:15 PM: I am riding back and reached Triveni Ghat & one the way I stoped at Bharat Mandir. Its very small temple within the town and near to ganga river (Nothing worth to visit). I reached Triveni Ghat, its one of the famous place in Rishkesh. Daily in the morning and evening there are thousands who take bath here and enjoy the Maha Aarti being performed. It very soothing to sit on the banks of the river and enjoy the cool breeze from the river.

BETTER RIDE PLAN FOR SIGT SEEINGS: Order to visit – Triveni Ghat -> Bharat Mandir -> Ram Jhula/Swarg Ashram -> Lakshman Jhula / Trayambakeshwar Temple -> Neelkanth Madhadev Mela. You can start from first place keep moving (or) you can go to last Neelkanth Madhadev Mela and riding back.

Triveni Ghat, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

Triveni Ghat, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

22JAN2011 05:30 PM: I planned to reach Haridwar at see “haridwar aarti”. This is one of the most important and famous activity in haridwar. This is daily program happened at 6.00 PM in winter, 7.00 PM at summer. I took 30mins and reached to Hari-ki-Pairi, Haridwar.

22JAN2011 06:00 PM: I reached Hari-ki-Pairi, Haridwar on time. I can see already thousands of people came to gather for this program. We have some security check near to temple to reach this place. Its one of the wonderful event to see this place and filled by more lights, sound, etc. Don’t miss it.

HARI-KI-PAIRI (OR HAR-KI-PAURI): To the north of the center, this is Haridwar’s focal point, where devotees gather to bathe and worship on the Ganges. According to legend, this is where a drop of nectar fell from the churning of the oceans when the world was created, and a stone wall has Vishnu’s footprint. Each evening 6.00 in winter, 7.00pn in summer thousands gather and worship the river Goddess by putting diyas (floating lamps) in the river. You may be asked to make a donation if you linger near the ghats.

Har Ki Pauri, Haridwar

Har Ki Pauri, Haridwar

22JAN2011 08:00 PM: I planned to stay very near to HARI-KI-PAIRI & found one hotel for rs.300. You can find more hotels near to ganga. You can stay near to HAR-KI-PAURI & spend your night near ganga. There is very good market in this place and plenty of good hotels to take food. There is long place to walk at night with ganga, you can see people day and night in this place. This is more active and center part of Haridwar. Don’t miss this place.

Ganga at Night – Har Ki Pauri, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India

23JAN2011 08:00 PM: I started riding to MANSA DEVI MANDIR, this small temple constructed on the mountain. Mansa Devi Mandir and Chandi Devi Mandir temple located on two mountains. HARI-KI-PAIRI located between this two mountain/temple only. From this two temple ,we can have very good view of complete Haridwar.

MANSA DEVI MANDIR will reached by trucking (or) cable car (or) Bike (car not allowed), its very small road & only bike allowed. Good !! I just went in my bike to this temple. I spend some time, its very small temple and have very good Haridwar view from this place.

After i reached CHANDI DEVI MANDIR through my bike. Only bike allowed in this small trucking road.  This is again very small temple located on the mountain, only attracted thing will be haridwar view from this place.

Haridwar View from Mansa Devi Mandir

Haridwar View from Mansa Devi Mandir

23JAN2011 12:00 PM: I reached BHARAT MATA MANDIR, 5 km north of the center. Dedicated to Mother India, this is half temple, half nation building exercise, with seven floors stacked with deities, saints, and secular heroes of all Indian faiths. Some signage in English. On they way I seen SHRI VYASA ASHRAM near to ganga.

Haridwar view from Chandi Devi Mandir

23JAN2011 02:30 PM: One of the important place at hardiwar will be RAJAJI NATIONAL PARK. This is very near from Chandi Devi Mandir. We can have only jeep safari to see this national park & currently they stoped elephant safari. Its more the cost for the jeep, you can get one jeep for Rs.1500. I share with some body else and paid Rs.500. It took 3 hrs to cover this complete park in jeep. This park contain Elephant, Bengal Tiger, Leopard etc. But i seen only Deer, nothing much.

RAJAJI NATIONAL PARK: Uttrakand government maintaining this park in very very good manner. There is plenty of policy man with gun who is in for security purpose ouside and inside the partk. They have it proper safari roads and main tain as plastic free area. Government really protecting this park with care. Should appreciate uttrakand government.

Rajaji National Park, Haridwar

Rajaji National Park, Haridwar

23JAN2011 06:00 PM: I started riding to noida/delhi. Initially I thought to avoid this night ride, but not. Its bad to ride in this single road with more traffic at night.

23JAN2011 10:45 PM: Good Reached house at Noida. It was wonderful ride and nice places to see.

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January 3, 2011

Ride to Nainital, Uttarakhand from Noida, 2 Days


2 Days, 11 & 12 – Dec -2010.

TO SEE ALL PHOTOS: http://picasaweb.google.com/udhaya.v/RideNoidaToNainital

RIDE DURATION/DATE: 2 Days, 11 & 12 – Dec -2010.

PLACE:

Nainital, Uttarakhand, India

1. Nainital lake

2. Aerial Ropeway/Snow View (start 10.30AM to 4.00 Pm in winter, 9AM to 5.00 Pm in other season)

3. Caves Garden

4. Naina Peak or China Peak (Himalyan View)

5. Barapathar – Lands End, Dorothy Seat & Tiffin Top

Some more place to see in Nainital (I am not see)

1.Zoo

2.Hanuman Garhi

3.Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences(ARIES)

Other then Nainital, we have following good near place to see (I am not visited)

Beautiful Lakes – Saat Tal, Bhimtal, Naukuchiyatal. Water falls(its one the way to nainital) + Wild Life

RIDER : Udhaya Kumar.V in Royal Enfield TB

ROAD MAP:

We have two routes that you can take while going to Nainital from Delhi. Both the routes run on the same track up to Moradabad and then deviate after Moradabad. While going I went though Rampur and while coming back, came through Kaladungi.

Delhi to Nainital through Rampur: Delhi – Ghaziabad – Hapur – Garmukteshwar – Gajraula – Moradabad – Rampur – Haldwani – Kathgodam – Nainital (313Km)

After Moradabad also we have to keep riding in High way, its having lot of local traffic and heavy vehicle traffic in this route. Even its long route and highly recommended to avoid this road. you will travel 30 to 40km extra.


Delhi to Nainital through Kaladungi: Delhi – NH24(Hapur Road) -> Ghaziabad – Hapur – Garmukteshwar – Gajraula – Moradabad –65W
à Tanda – Bazpur – Kaladungi – Nainital (277 Km)

After Moradabad we have 30 km bad road in UP, after that we will have beautiful forest and hilly road. Its beautiful hilly and forest road. we wont see any traffic in this road, because heavy vehicle not allowed in this route. I highly recommended you to use this route to save time and see good scenario.

DISTANCE: 622Km (Noida to(Via Rampur) Nainital – 313 Km, Nainital to(Via Kaladungi) Noida – 277Km)

BY TRAIN: Nearest railway station in  “Kathgodam” (36 km away), Ranikhet Express from Old Delhi.

WHERE TO STAY:

When you reach Nainital, you will see beautiful Lake. “Tha Mall” road start form the lake. You can see plenty of hotels in this road in all the rates. You can take some hotel in this mountain, So you will get very beautiful lake view from your hotel itself. “The Mall” road is more happening place in complete nainital. Its near to lake. I booked one single bedroom for Rs.300. its half season, so I can get it for less price. But generally you will get very decent room for 1000+/- based on your need.

Expense: Rs.2735 (Food Stay – Rs.1335, Petrol – Rs.1400)

SIGTSEEING:

Opt 1: I went all the places in my bike, yes off course some places in Horse. If you have car, you can go in your own. Its all very near only.

Opt 2: If you don’t have bike/car, Better you can book one or half day sight seeing package. You can find lot of travel shops in “Mall Road” itself. it will start from Rs.200 to 1500, based on your tour package selection.

RIDE LOG:

11DEC2010 06:45 AM : Started from Noida, as per my plan i should start at 6.00 AM, i am feeling more cold and fog keep delaying my starting time. One thing I can see, more often local people/traffic in UP roads, even in highway.

11DEC2010 09:30 AM : I stopped for breakfast, we can see plenty of good high way hotels in UP, so no issue for food. Keep riding till Moradabad, its very good high way, after mix of good/bad/traffic road.

11DEC2010 01:30 PM : I reached Nainital lake and went to “The mall” road. I just booked one hotel(Rs.300 rent for single bedroom) near to lake and dumped all my bags. I don’t want worry much about hotel room, any way I will be back at night for sleep. You can find plenty of hotels in this road in all the range. Rs.200 to Start hotel rooms.

Nainital Lake

Nainital Lake

Simple to understand the roadmap and sightseeing.”Nainital Lake” will be main attraction. Its located in middle of mountains. We have three view points around this lake like Barapathar, Naina/China Peak and Snow View. From all these view poitns, you can see same Nainital lake and Himalyan View. Nothing more.

Nainetal PlayGround - View fromAerial Ropeway

Nainetal PlayGround - View fromAerial Ropeway


I decided to go Barapathar first, but on the way I seen CAVES GARDEN. Its collection of small caves. Its not much interesting, but we can have very good view from this place also.

After I reached Barapathar, this place contain collection of view points. We need to travel in Horse to reach this view points. WE can see plenty of horse in this palce, ratest starts from 100 to 500 based on number of place you select. I paid Rs.400 and decided to go all these place like Dorthy Seat, Tiffin Top, Tiger Top, Lands End and Lovers Point. We will have very good view from this place.

Next I reached Naina Peak(Naina peak and China Peak are same), But I realized already 5.00 pm, I am not going to get good view in this time because of fog. So I came back to Nainital lake.

11DEC2010 05:45 PM : I went to Nainital lake for boating, there is different type of boat option, I took one for Rs.150. This lake having system to purify lake water continuesly.

11DEC2010 08:00 PM : I spend time near to lake. It will have lot of shops and more active place.

11DEC2010 09:00 PM : If I get room for Rs.300, I wont get heater !! Its very cold in this season.

Day 2:

12DEC2010 08:45 AM : I went to Naina Peak because Ropeway will start at 10.30 AM only. We have to truck 3km to reach Naina Peak to see Himalyan View. Still if you truck 2 more km we can reach china peak I am the first person went today. I am not able to see anybody at this time because of cold. We will have very beautiful himalyan view from this place. There is horse facility also in this place, but I am not seen any horse in the morning.

Himalyan View from "Naina Peak or China Peak"

Himalyan View from "Naina Peak or China Peak"

I came down from this place, From this place we can go to Snow View point by road. it will be less then 1 km. but I decided to go in Aerial Ropeway to reach Snow View point. You can go to Snow View point through road or Aerial Ropeway. Better go in Ropeway and will see nice lake view also.

12DEC2010 11:45 AM : I came back to Rope way to reach Snow View. Rope way will work from 10.00 AM to 5.00 Pm in Winter. Through this rope way we can reach top of the hill, its called Snow View point(7,450 ft). where we can have Himalyan View and lake view.

Nainetal lake - View fromAerial Ropeway

Nainetal lake - View fromAerial Ropeway

Some time my bike engine performing badly in hilly road, I don’t know the reason.

12DEC2010 01:00 PM : Good !! Started riding back to Noida/Delhi. This time I decided to ride through Kaladungi road. Its beautiful hilly road and only light Vehicle allowed in this road. good I seen one small falls in this road. Its really fast and short road to reach Moradabad.

12DEC2010 04:00 PM : I reached Moradabad.

12DEC2010 07:30 PM : Reached noida Guest house. There is lot of traffic near to noida because of delhi traffic.

Its really wonderful hilly 2 days ride !!

Udhaya Kumar.V

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http://www.udhaya.com

November 30, 2010

One Day ride – Noida to fathepur sikiri(UNESCO World Heritage Site)


Duration/Date Time: One day ride, 28-Nov-2010

Rider: Udhaya Kumar.V

Road Map/Status:

Noida –NH2à Faridabad -> Palwal -> Mathura -> Bharatpur -> fathepur sikiri  (215km)

Mathura to Bharatpur – Its bad road/slow road. Better instead of taking this deviation, keep riding towards Agra and take Agra ring road, ride back to Fathepur in Udaipur road. its very fast and good road to reach. If you want see Taj and Agra Fort, Better you can reach agra and ride back to Fathepur.

NH2 – we can find lot of local traffic in this road.

Total Distance: 450 KM (Round Trip)

Photo: http://picasaweb.google.com/udhaya.v/FatehpurSikri

Ride Log:

Agra having lot of great place(Taj, Agra Fort, etc) to see. I have visited to agra long back, but I missed to see Fathepura Sikiri. I am seeing lot of good review about this place, yes offcourse its listed under UNESCO World Heritage Place. So I decided to ride fathepur sikiri and spend one day. Any way its 200km from Noida. There is High way NH2 and Express High way(Yamuna Express HW) runs between Delhi and Agra. But Biks not allowed in Express High way. So I should go through NH2. After riding in NH2, I realized lot of local traffic on this road. Even till Faridabad plenty of construction happening in this road like Delhi Metro, Elevated High Ways, etc. Faridabad growing fast J Delhi Metro keep growing all the direction and reached Farridabad. I think every city defining own rule for elevated highway, in Faridabad bikes not allowed in this elevated highway, but buses allowed.

I reached Mathura and took deviation towards Bharatpur, After I realized its single and bad local road. But it will be good to see local villages also.

Fathepur Sikiri:

was constructed by Mughal emperor Akbar beginning in 1570, in honour of Sufi saint Shaikh Salim Chisti. Fatehpur Sikri sits on rocky ridge, 3 km. in length and 1 km. wide, and palace city is surrounded by a 11 km wall on three side with the fourth being a lake at the time. The buildings of Fatehpur Sikri show a synthesis of various regional schools of architectural craftsmanship. This was because indigenous craftsmen from various regions were used for the construction of the buildings. Influences from Hindu and Jain architecture are seen hand in hand with Islamic elements.

fathepur sikiri - Buland Darwaza (Victory Gate)

Jama Masjid at Fatehpur Sikri: Mughal emperor Akbar tried to integrate Indian three religious(Hindu, Muslim and Christian) in different ways. Even We can see this religious integration reflection in this Jama Masjid architecture at one place.

Jama Masjid at Fatehpur Sikri

Muslim architecture at Jama Masjid

Hindu architecture at Jama Masjid

Christian architecture at Jama Masjid

Natural AC: You can find very beautiful working natural AC in this architecture. its really works. There is the hole in the wall extending till top.

Natural working AC in the Architecture

Its like House window Mirror: We can able to see things from inside to outside. But from outside we can’t see anything in inside.

You can very well see things from inside. you can see anything from outside. its beautiful design.

Rain Water Harvesting: Beautiful rain water Harvesting design in the architecture. All the rain water will be routed through this pillar (this will be used as pillar and pipe also). This water will be routed and saved near place. Same as there is beautiful water drainage(waste water) system available to route to different place in this fort.

Rain Water Harvesting System

Udhaya Kumar.V

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November 26, 2010

One Day – Ride at Delhi


20-Nov-2010, Noida to Delhi.

Ride Type: Just ride at Delhi

Riders: Udhaya Kumar.V

Date/Duration: 20-Nov-2010, 1 Day

Distance : 75 Km (Round Trip)

Photo: http://picasaweb.google.com/udhaya.v/DelhiRide

Delhi Tourist Reference : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tourist_attractions_in_Delhi

Road Map: I just followed Delhi Tourist Map. Please refer this.

Ride Log:

I transported my bike to Noida from Bangalore for short assignment, So I have to use my week end to explore nearby places. Today I took my bike plan for ride Delhi to see some of the famous tourist place. Yes off course Delhi having lot of Heritage places and famous market to visit. Even we have three UNESCO World Heritage place (Humayun’s Tomb, Qutb Minar and its Monuments, Red Fort Complex) in Delhi & must see.

09.30 AM: I reached Akshardham temple. This place highly organized well and maintained very clean. Camera, bags, etc nothing allowed inside the temple and keep it outside in locker . We have to gothrough security check to reach temple & its look like Airport security check !! Its very beautiful architecture in the modern world. Must see this place one time.  After coming out I realized there is lot of tourist and students coming to this place & heavily crowded.

AKSHARDHAM: Akshardham is a Hindu temple complex in Delhi, India. Also referred to as Delhi Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham, the complex displays centuries of traditional Indian and Hindu culture, spirituality, and architecture. The building was inspired and moderated by Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual head of the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha. The temple, which attracts approximately 70 percent of all tourists who visit Delhi, was officially opened on 6 November 2005.

Akshardham Hindu temple

Akshardham Hindu temple

11.00 AM: I reached RajGhat, its next and near to Akshardham temple. Its one of the important place in delhi, which you can see more world leaders visited. It’s very simple and silent place.

Raj Ghat is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. It is a black marble platform that marks the spot of Gandhi’s cremation on 31 January 1948. It is left open to the sky while an eternal flame burns perpetually at one end. It is located on the banks of the river Yamuna in Delhi in India on Ring Road officially known as Mahatma Gandhi Road. A stone footpath flanked by lawns leads to the walled enclosure that houses the memorial.

Raj Ghat is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi

Raj Ghat is a memorial to Mahatma Gandhi

12.00 PM: I reached Jama Masjid. Its looks great when you see this from main road, but its very badly maintained near places and street. I don’t know why this beautiful tourist place maintained very ugly. We have to purchase ticket to claim on Jama Masjid tower, you can go to top of the tower and get very good view of delhi and redfort. Don’t miss it tower watch.

Jama Masjid: Built during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid’s large courtyard, onion domes and central tank are built of red sandstone and white marble in the Indo-Islamic style.

Jama Masjid - Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan

Jama Masjid - Built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan

01.00 PM: Redfort exactly opposite to Jama Masjid. Its just walkable. Other wise you can first visit to RedFort and park your vehicle in RedFort parking area. After you can visit to Jama Masjid, any way its walkable.

Red Fort: This grand fort built during the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s reign, this majestic building made of red sandstone is the location from where the Prime Minister of India addresses the nation every Independence Day. The Diwan-e-khas, and Diwan-e-am, the weaponry museum and the sound and light show are all worth seeing at the Red Fort.

Redfort - Built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan's

02.00 PM: I reached India Gate, This place was filled by tourist and students. Its look like some festival season. WE will have very good Rashtrapati Bhawan view from this place. After I went to near Rashtrapati Bhawan. This stretch called the Rajpath is where the Republic Day parade is held.

India Gate: Situated on Rajpath, in the center of Delhi, this 42-meter high arch, was designed by Edwin Lutyens, in memory of the Indian soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the first World War. Their names can be seen inscribed on the arch. The Amar Jawan Jyoti, an eternal flame, burns in memory of the unknown soldier, beneath the shelter of the arch, which is surrounded by green lawns, fountains and water bodies – an evergreen picnic zone in the heart of central Delhi.

India Gate

India Gate

Rashtrapati Bhawan: The president’s mansion is situated on Raisina Hill in the center of Delhi, overlooking the green lawns around India Gate. This elegant building, is truly worth seeing, for its architectural beauty and historic significance. The beautiful Mughal Gardens of Rashtrapati Bhawan, which are open to the public in spring, are an added attraction.

03.30 PM: Next I went to National Meseum and spend some time. Its very near to India Gate.

National Meseum

06.00 PM: I reached home at Noida, Sec 55. Day went well !!

Still I have to see three more(Lotus Temple is a Bahá’í House of Worship, Humayun’s Tomb, Qutub Minar) important places at Delhi. Let see one more day.

-Udhaya Kumar.V
udhaya@udhaya.com

October 11, 2010

RTMC 9A(Annual Meet) Ride Bangalore to Yercaud (2 days)

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Ride Type: RTMC 9th Annual Meet ride.

Riders: RTMC Rider + Riders came from Madras Bull, Kovai Thumpers, Mysore and Shimoga Bull Groups. More then 150+ riders attended.

Date/Duration: 9th and 10th-Oct-2010 (2 days)

Program Avenue: at Shevaroys Hotel, Yercaud, Tamil Nadu

Route: Banaglore -> Hosur -> Krishnagiri -> Dharmapuri -> Salem -> Yercaud

Distance : 470 Km (Round Trip)

Photo: http://picasaweb.google.com/udhaya.v/RTMC_9A

Ride log: I never attended RTMC annual meet and waiting for long to ride for this. Good finally I got one seat after waiting list.

09-Oct-2010 06.00 AM: We grouped front of Bosch at Hosur Road after Silk Board. Already some of the volunteer started early morning itself. So we 30 riders started from this place as a group. Yes off course some more riders started late and some riders start from different place. We started our ride at 7.00 AM from this place.

09-Oct-2010 09.00 AM: Its relax ride and reached A2B(Bharat Petroleum) for breakfast. Its regrouping point.

09-Oct-2010 12.45 PM: We reached Hotel and get dumped in room. Its really wonderful hotel and nice room(RTMC always find good hotel to stay)

09-Oct-2010 02.15 PM: We had very good lunch/Buff.

09-Oct-2010 04.00 PM: Its event time !!

09-Oct-2010 06.00 PM: Tech talk(about bull and tips) hosted by Bose sir(Technical Gyan). Its went long and very useful. Yes we seen lot of Q&A session followed by speech. Its really nice to see very passionate person, after his retirement still riding and passionate with Bull machine. He is recommended lot of tips for custom build. Any way I am not going to do anything

09-Oct-2010 07.30 PM: Prize distribution followed by 9A cake cutting.

09-Oct-2010 09.00 PM: Dinner/drink/dance/speak/shoute/etc whatever people love to do.

Overall: Its really wonderful even and well organized. I should thank to Organizing committee for well organized everything with BEST CARE. Huge crowed handled nicely and organized everything in excellent manner. we seen all type of the people attended the event like young, old, married, kids, etc. Generally more people come to one place, we will see more problem and concern. But I am NOT seen one bad incident also in the complete program. Its really amazing experience and fun. Waiting for 10A 🙂

Udhaya Kumar.V
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August 19, 2010

2 Days RTMC Ride- August 15th, 2010 Independence Day Ride – Bangalore to Chikmagalur, Kemmangundi, Gudurimugu


Ride Type: RTMC – August 15th , 2010 Independence Day Ride

Riders : 24 Riders

RTMC Riders

RTMC Riders

Total Distance: 613 Km round trip

Date Time/Duration: 2 Days, 15 and 16th August 2010

Road Map: Bangalore -> Chikmagalur -> Kemmangundi – Gudurimugu – Bangalore.

Bangalore to kemmangundi - road map

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Udhaya Kumar.V

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July 22, 2010

Motorcycle Ride – 2 days – Bangalore to Badami, Patttadakal, Aihole


17 and 18-Jul-2010

Badami, Patttadakal(Group of Monuments – World Heritage Site), Aihole – Karnatka, India

Photo: http://picasaweb.google.com/udhaya.v/BadamiPattadakalAiholeKarnatkaIndia

Ride duration/date: Two days ride, 17 and 18-Jul-2010

Rider : Udhaya Kumar.V in Thunder Bird(RE)

Road map:

Bangalore -> NH4 -> Chitradurga -> NH4(total 403 km in NH4) -> Hubli -> Go in Hubli Bypass & Take Right & will reach NH218 -> Navalgund –NH218(total 82km in NH218)-> Nargund –NH218-> Kulgeri(Take Right at this place & reach SH14) -SH14(total 20Km in SH14)-> Badami(553 Km)

Other short rout to reach badami as follows.  But we need to travel in single road from Chitradurga & even there is lot of truck traffic in this route because of mining. Only we can see 70km different between this two route. If you want ride slow with lorry, you can go through Hospet route.

Banglaore  -NH4-> Chitradurga –NH13-> Hospet -> Badami.

Road status:

Bangalore –NH4-> Hubli – Golden Quadrilateral, Excellent Road

Hubli –NH218-> Kulgeri – Very good single road, No traffic other then villager’s traffic. Road is yours, You can ride as you like.

Kulgeri-SH14-> Badami – Small Local road. Go slow.

My expense: Rs.3,832 (Rs.2800 – Petrol + Rs.1032 – Stay, Food)

Where to stay(Hotel Detail):

1. I stayed at “Hotel Mayura Chalukya – Unit of KSTDC”, Badami. There is karnatka Tourisam desk(Mr.Arun – Assit Manager) in this hotel and they provided detail about local sight seeing(they are really helpful). Room rent will be Rs.600 & Very Decent/Big room. You can very well go with your family and stay in this hotel.

2. I seen one more hotel “ Hotel Badami Court” at Badami – But I don’t have any rate detail, but looks next level.

3. You can find two more hotels in the town itself, But I am not sure how comfortable/decent to stay. You have to check.

Pattadakal & Aihole – Nothing to stay, You should stay at Badami and visit to other places.

Time required for local sight seeing:

All this three place will be covered in one day. You can start from Badami spend 3+ hrs. After reach Pattadakal, Spend 2+ hrs. After you can reach Aihole, Spend 3+ hrs.

Archaeological Museum, Badami – 10.am to 5.pm only – Friday Holiday (Even if you plan it on Friday, no worry, you can skip this)

Badami, Pattadakal, Aihole – Opened from 6.00 AM to 6.00 PM.

Any other near place to explore:

1. Go through hospet route & reach Hampi(World Heritage Site)

2. Koodalasangama, Almatti Dam – Near Bagalkot

Ride log:

Karnatka having two world Heritage monuments, One at Hampi and second in Pattadakal. I have visited to humpi some time back and keep thinking about Badami, Patttadakal and Aihole for very long & finally happened in this week end. Even one my friend Sameer Biswal insisting to visit this heritage place for long.

Day 1:

17-Jul-2010 04.30 AM: started my ride from Marathalli, Bangalore and realized raining in this time. Good thing in Bangalore – it will rain in one street and not in next street. Any way started riding with rain and realized till crossing tumkur rain not stopped. Riding slow with rain.

17-Jul-2010 09.00 AM: stopped for breakfast, its idly time

17-Jul-2010 11.30 AM: I reached Hubli and took bypass. After checking local people & navigated towards NH218. Its very small city with some traffic, it took 30 mins to cross the city and riding in Single NH218. Its very good road with no traffic no people , yes off course I can see more hump(Karnatka standard) & cn’t avoid. Again start raining this place, all I need keep riding so that I can cross the rain.

17-Jul-2010 01.30 PM: I reached Badami town, before entering the town in the left side I seen “Hotel Mayura Chalukya – Karnatka Tourisam”. Good !! I booked one room and dumped all the luggage, There is a restaurant with Karnatka Tourism desk. I took lunch in the place and collected sight seeing detail from Mr.arun, Ass Manager Karnatka Tourisam. He is nice guy and provided all the detail with local road map, temple detail, etc with some tourist pamphlet. Good to start now.

17-Jul-2010 02.30 PM: My plan to navigate Badami, Mahakuta, Pattadakal & Aihole to complete the sight seeing. Nothing more. All we can see old temples and some newly constructed temples. First I went to CAVE TEMPLE at BADAMI, Its continue four cave temple in same mountain.

BADAMI: The one time capital of the Chalukyas is an outstanding centre of early Chalukyan art. King pulakeshin I made it his capital in 540 AD. Situated at the mouth of a ravine, between two rocy red sandstone hills, the town of badami has both, rock cut and structural temples.

Cave Temple, Badami

Cave Temple, Badami

Cave Temple: there are four rock cut cave temples on a very tall rock, one situated above the other.

Cave One: The lowest cave temple is dedicated to Nataraja(Lord Shiva).

Cave Two: Cave of the Vishnu Avataars.

Cave Three: Paravasudeva Cave. The third cave temple is he finest and the largest of the group.

Cave Three: Paravasudeva Cave

Cave Three: Paravasudeva Cave

Cave Four: Jain Tirthankara Cave. The fourth temple is dedicate to the jain faith. Its is very small and full of jain Tirthankar images.

Badami Chalukya Empire, 636 CE, 740 CE

We will have very good view from this place. We can Bhutanatha Group of temple with pond. Next I planned to reach Archaeological Museum & Bhutanatha Group of temples. We can able to see this place from Cave temple itself. Its very near and walkable. But I decided to go in my bike (we have to go back to Badami market and reach this place). I reached museum and spend some time.

View from Cave Temple, Badami

View from Cave Temple, Badami

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM, BADAMI: Museum of the Plains and the Sculpture Gallery that is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India on the Bhutanatha temple road.

Keep walking and reach Bhutanatha group of temples.

BHUTANATHA GROUP OF TEMPLES: at the east end of the large reservoir called Agastyateertha, is the Bhutanatha group of temples, which has a temple built in Dravidian style with two or three smaller shrines attached. Near this group of temples is place called Aralitheertha, with a natural cave.

Bhutanatha group of temples facing the Agasythya Tank, Badami

I decided move toward Banshankari Temple, its 5 km away from Badami. Good !! again its raining and reached Banshankari Temple.

BANSHANKARI TEMPLE: Its old and new construction temple. Some of the construction still going on. If you have time constrain, you can skip this temple. I spend some time in this place & stuck in rain.

After I decided to reach Mahakuta, but on the way I seen SHIVAYOGI MANDIR.

SHIVAYOGI MANDIR: Its newly constructed temple with modern architecture. Nothing much time to spend this place. So moving towards Mahakuta temple.

Shivayogi Madir

I reached Mahakuta temple, its very old and small temple. Its not maintained well, but its active temple.

So I decided to ride towards Pattadakal, before reaching this place I seen one more old JAIN TEMPLE in Chalukyan Architecture & looking great, but not maintained properly. This temple build it in 9th century AD and locally called the JAIN NARAYANANA.

Great Finally I reached Pattadakal, One of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and rich in Chalukyan architecture. It’s maintained excellent way with beautiful garden.

PATTADAKAL: Situated at a distance of 22 km from badami. Pattadakal was a progressive city even prior to the rule of the Badami Chalukyas and called Pattada Kisuvolal. It was the headquarters of the administrative unit of Kisukadu. This temple complex is on the banks of the Ghataprabha River. All you can see collection of temple in the single campus at Pattadakal. Some temple name as follows.

Pattadakal, UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Chalukyan architecture

VIRUPAKSHA TEMPLE: Three are four large and six small temples here in a space of four acres. The large temples are all pure examples of the Dravidian style of architecture. The Virupaksha temple was built by Lokamahadevi, wife of Vikramaditya II(733-745 AD) to commemorate the kings conquest of Kanci.

MALLIKARJUNA TEMPLE: This temple was originally called Sri Trailokeshwara Maha Saila Prasada and built around 740 AD by Trailokadevi, the younger queen of Vikramaditya II, to commemorate his victory over the Pallavas of Kanchipuram.

SANGAMESHWARA TEMPLE: The most ancient of the temples here is the Sangameshwara Temple.

GALAGANATHA TEMPLE: Dilapidated temple of the 8th Century AD, but has a Northern style curvilinear Shikara.

PAPANATHA TEMPLE: The papanatha temple, mentioned as ‘Mukteshwara’, seems to have been completed around 740 AD.

JAMBULINGA TEMPLE: This temple is assigned to the 8th century AD by scholars.

Pattadakal

17-Jul-2010 7.15 PM: its wonderful day and reached hotel room. Had very good dinner and went to sleep early.

Day 2:

18-Jul-2010 6.15 AM: I started from room to visit AIHOLE temples, today my plan will be to visit all Aihole temples and go back to Bangalore. Nothing much to Do. Generally its very hot district, but because of rain its looks very good weather.

Aihole will be 34 km from Badami town. We can take village road and reach this place soon. I reached Aihole and realized lot of temples in this place, compare with Badami and Pattadakal. But most of the temples not maintained and local people using this temples. After visiting three continues temples Ramingeswari Temple, Galaganatha Temple, Ladkhan temple, etc. After I am checking the local people and they said, Main temple called “Durga temple”. I decided to reach this temple.

Aihole, Inside Durga Temple.

DURGA Temple: ITS Excellent place to see. Its maintained my Karnatka Tourisam with garden, etc. You can spend more time in Aihole compare with other two places.

AIHOLE: In all there are about 125 temples at this place, big and small, most of them in dilapidated condition. Its one of the Cradles of Temple Architecture, because of the variety found in these excellent monuments. It was commercial center bubbling with trade activities during the badami Chalukyan times and rich merchants here built a large number and variety of temple. Aihole had been their erliest capital before Pulikesh II shifted it to Badami. May inscription here are from the 6th and 9th Century AD.

Aihole, Durga Temple

18-Jul-2010 10.00 AM: Reached hotel and started riding towards Bangalore in same route. I don’t want go through hospet. I just said bye to Karnatka Tourism manager.

18-Jul-2010 12.00 AM: its rains on the way, nothing to stop just keep riding and reached hubli. All I can see raining at small places, so decided to ride.

18-Jul-2010 07.30 AM: stuck in rain, traffic in Tumkur road and finally reached home at 7.30PM. It was wonderful ride. Good thing !! My bull reached 50,000 km in the ride. I took 3 years to reach this KM. Not bad !!

!! My bull reached 50,000 km in the ride. I took 3 years to reach this KM. Not bad !!

Udhaya Kumar.V
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April 20, 2010

Short Ride : Bangalore to Madikeri Fort Karnatka


Ride Type: Just Ride with friend Vinod

Road Map:

Total Distance: 250+ KM round trip

Date: 17th Apr 2010

Photo: http://picasaweb.google.com/udhaya.v/MadikeriFortKarnatkaIndia

Madikeri Fort Karnatka

View from Madikeri Fort Karnatka

-Udhaya Kumar.V, udhaya@udhaya.com

February 10, 2010

Charity ride to celebrate Republic Day for Baalemaane girls’ orphanage

Filed under: India Karnataka,Motorcycle Ride — Udhaya @ 2:13 pm
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Ride Type: Road Veda invites ride for a cause.

Riders : 65 Riders

Road Map: NICE road -> Magadi Road -> Magadi Town -> SH94 -> Hassan Main Road -> SH74 -> Bala Mane Home -> Thumkur Road -> Bangalore.

Total Distance: 225 KM round trip

Date Time/Duration: 24th January 2010 (One day ride. Started at 07.00 AM and came back to home at 3.00PM)

Photo:  http://picasaweb.google.com/udhaya.v/RoadVedaCharityRideBangaloreToBaalemaneHome

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February 3, 2010

Thunder Dragon Motorcycle Ride – 14 days – Bangalore – Bhuton – Gangtok(SK)


Thunder Dragon Motorcycle Ride – 14 days (19DEC09 to 01JAN10), 4080 Km, Bangalore(KA) – Kolkata(WB) – Siliguri(WB) – Thimpu(Bhuton) – Paro – Haa – Punaka – Siliguri(WB) – Gangtok(SK) – Siliguri.

1. Ride Name : I Planned to ride Bangalore to Bhuton &  decided to explore some near places based on day availability as much as possible. But I visited to Bhuton and Gangtok(Sikim – India) as part of the ride. I planned to ride Darjeeling(WB) from Siliguri, But because of gorkhaland issue, most of the days Darjeeling high way was closed. So I am not went to this place, even though its just 60km from my place.

Bhutan the land of the Thunder Dragon, Yes generally people call it as “Thunder Dragon Ride”. I am even thinking, we can call it as “Rice Belt Ride” also. I can see rice rice rice in all my route, start from Karnatka – Tamil Nadu – Andhra Pradesh – West Bengal – Bhuton !!

Initially I planned ride with one of my friend. But no one confirmed for this ride and finally I decided to ride solo. Anyway it won’t be that difficult other then some unexpected thing will happen for my bike. I felt, I have some basic backup kit for the bike and manageable. Let me ride and see, instead of doing too much of thinking and planning.

2. Ride participants: Udhaya Kumar.V in Royal Enfield Thunder Bird (Solo Ride)

3.City Crossed: Bangalore(KA) –NH7- Krishnagiri – NH46-Vellore – Chennai – NH5-Tada(AP) – Nellore – Ongole – Vijayawada – Visakhapatnam –NH5- Rambha(OR) – Bhubaneswar –NH5- Remuna –NH60 – Rupsa – Kolkata(WB) – NH34 – Krishnanagar – Berhampore – Malda – Dalkola -Kishanganj – Islampur – – Bagdogra – Siliguri(WB) –  Dhupguri – NH31C-Jaigon (Border City) – Phuntsholing – Thimpu(Bhuton) – Paro – Haa – Thimpu – Punaka – Thimpu – Siliguri(WB) – Sevoke – NH31A – Gangtok.

Indian State Crossed: Karnatka – > Tamil Nadu -> Andhra Pradesh -> Orisa -> West Bengal -> Thimput(Bhuton) -> Paro(Bhuton) -> Haa(Bhuton) – Punaka(Bhuton) – > Sikim

Country Crossed: India -> Bhuton

4.Ride Distance with duration: 4,080 Km covered in 14 days (19DEC09 to 01JAN10)

5.Day wise ride distance and route: (Day – Date – Distance – Route)

Day1 – 19DEC09 – 825 km – Bangalore (KA) –NH7- Krishnagiri – NH46-Vellore – Chennai – NH5-Tada(AP) – Nellore – Vijayawada(AP)

Day2 – 20DEC09 – 722 km – Vijayawada – Visakhapatnam –NH5- Rambha(OR) (Stopped 130Km before  Bhubaneswar)

Day3 – 21DEC09 – 643 Km – Rambha(OR) – Bhubaneswar –NH5- Remuna –NH60 – Rupsa – Kolkata(WB) – Barasat(WB)

Day4 – 22DEC09 – 584 km – Kolkata(WB) – NH34 – Krishnanagar – Berhampore – Malda – Dalkola -Kishanganj – Islampur – Bagdogra – Siliguri(WB)

Day5 – 23DEC09 – 173 Km – Siliguri(WB) –  Dhupguri – NH31C-Jaigon (Border City) – Phuntsholing

Day6 – 24DEC09 – 198 Km – Phuntsholing – Thimpu(Bhuton)

Day7 – 25DEC09 – 300 Km – Thimpu(Bhuton) – Paro – Haa – Thimpu

Day8 – 26DEC09 – 116 Km – Thimpu(Bhuton) – Dochula – Punaka – Thimpu

Day9 – 27DEC09 – 327 Km – Thimpu(Bhuton) – Phuntsholing – Siliguri(WB)

Day10 – 28DEC09 – 128 Km – Siliguri(WB) – Sevoke – NH31A – Gangtok(SK)

Day11 – 29DEC09 – 74 Km – Gangtok(SK) – Rumtek – Lingdum – Gangtok(SK)

Day12 – 30DEC09 – 0 Km – Gangtok(SK) – Nathula Pass – Baba Mandir – Tsongo Lake – Gangtok(SK)

Day13 – 31DEC09 – 116 Km – Gangtok(SK) – Siliguri(WB)

Day14 – 01JAN10 – 0 Km – Bagdogra(WB) – Guwahati – Delhi – Bangalore – In Flight

6.Total Expense – Rs.41,315

Travel Ready:

Ride Gear (Tank bag, Glose, etc) Purchase – Rs.5,300

Bike backup kit purchase – Rs.2,100

Bike Service – Rs.2,300

Travel Expense:

Petrol Expense for 13 days – Rs.6,820

Bike Service at Siliguri(WB) – Rs.2,122

Hotel Room Rent for 13 days – Rs.5,929

Food, Coffee, water, Taxi, Entrance Charge, Miscellanies for 14 days – Rs.4,326

Return Expense :

Siliguri to Banglaore Bike Transport charge in GATI – Rs.4,250

Siliguri to Bangalore Flight Charge + Taxi – Rs.8,168

7.Hotel stay:

Some good and economical hotels information to share. It may be useful for others while going with friends/family.

Orisa, 120Km before Bhubaneswar – Panthanivas, Rambha, Orisa Tourism Development Corporatoin Ltd

Siliguri (WB) –  Hotel “Air View Palace”, 9 Hill cart road, siliguri-1, Phone-(91-0353) 2528178.

Gangtok, Sikim – Hotel Highway, Near Tenzing & Tenzing, N H 31 A, Gangtok, Sikkim, Ph- 03592 203017.

Phuntsholing (Bhuton) – Paradise Palace hotel, its very near to Phuntsholing Gate & Immigration office.

Thimpu, Bhuton – Hotel Tandin, Norzin Lam, Thimpu, Ph – 975–2 –323380, 975-2-323381, email – hoteltandin@druknet.bt . This hotel in main city/road itself & reachable everything. Even well know landmark for local people. Even nominal rate in this hotel, yes I paid Rs.550 per day.

8.Bike Backup & Travel Kit :

Puncture Kit: Air Pump (Foot pump) , Valve tube removing key, Tire removing levers, Tube patches, Spare Tube

Bike Backup Kit: Clutch Cable, Accelerator Cable, Hand Liver, Foot Rest , Screw driver complete set, Spanner (full set in all size), Cutting player, Chain Lock, Hammer, Front Light, Spark Plug, Spare bike key , Engine Oil (20-40 W)

Other Kit: Road Atlas (Eicher)  maps book, Candle, Lighter, knife, Torch, Sony Laptop(w series) with TATA Photon connectivity

Ride Gear: Touring Saddlebag, Magnetic Tank bag, Armoured Riding Jacket, Ridng Pants, Riding Gloves

9.Ride Photo:

Single View – Bangalore – Calcutta – Siliguru – Bhuton – Sikim – Bangalore – 14 Days Ride: http://picasaweb.google.com/udhaya.v/BangaloreCalcuttaSiliguruBhutonSikimBangalore14DaysRide

Bangalore to Siliguri (Day1-19DEC09 to Day4-22DEC09): http://picasaweb.google.com/udhaya.v/BangaloreToSiliguriDay119DEC09ToDay422DEC09

Siliguri(WB)-Phuntsholin-Thimpu(Bhuton) (Day5-23DEC09, Day6-24DEC09, Day9-27DEC09): http://picasaweb.google.com/udhaya.v/SiliguriWBPhuntsholinThimpuBhutonDay523DEC09Day624DEC09Day927DEC09

Paro(Bhuton) and Haa (Day6 – 24DEC09 and Day7 – 25DEC09): http://picasaweb.google.com/udhaya.v/ParoBhutonAndHaaDay624DEC09AndDay725DEC09

Thimpu(Bhuton) and Punaka (Day6 – 24DEC09 and Day8 – 26DEC09 ): http://picasaweb.google.com/udhaya.v/ThimpuBhutonAndPunakaDay624DEC09AndDay826DEC09

Siliguri(WB) to Gangtok(SK), (Day10 – 28DEC09 and Day13 – 31DEC09): http://picasaweb.google.com/udhaya.v/SiliguriWBToGangtokSKDay1028DEC09AndDay1331DEC09

Gangtok, Sikkim (SK), India – (Day12-30DEC09): http://picasaweb.google.com/udhaya.v/GangtokSikkimSKIndiaDay1230DEC09

Gangtok, Sikim(SK), Sight Seeing, (Day11-29DEC09): http://picasaweb.google.com/udhaya.v/GangtokSikimSKSightSeeingDay1129DEC09

10.Road Map:

11. Ride Log:

Day 1, 19 Dec 2009, 1 – 825 km, 825 km – Bangalore (KA) –NH7- Krishnagiri – NH46-Vellore – Chennai – NH5-Tada(AP) – Nellore – Vijayawada(AP)

05.30 AM Started from marathally, Bangalore and planning to reach Chennai for breakfast. Its beautiful road little cold in the morning, but before vellore by bike break started giving some issue and fixed manually & Nothing much to worry.

10.30 AM Reached Chennai and started the traffic in the morning time. Any way crossed city and get into NH5. I can see name board for Kolkata from here. I have to ride three days to reach Kolkata. I am seeing this Name board(shows 1689 KM to Kolkata) several years. Good to feel, I will reach Kolkata by road.

Shows 1689 KM to Kolkata from Chennai.

I am seeing this Name board several years, Shows 1689 KM to Kolkata from Chennai

01.15 PM reached Nellore and took lunch. Three days back it was raining this places, I am lucky there is no rain now. Other wise I will stuck in this rain.

07.00 PM I reached Vijayawada and searching hotel to stay. Finally I found the hotel and checked in within city itself. I was rooming some time in the city after my dinner. I feel its small and very good city compare with other city/town in AP. That’s nice took very good Briyani, but its really heavy. I don’t know how one person can eat this much briyani.

I am planning to start early tomorrow, So that I will reach Bhuvaneswar tomorrow itself.

Day 2, 20 Dec 2009, 826 –1547 km, 722 km – Vijayawada – Visakhapatnam –NH5- Rambha(OR) (Stopped 130Km before Bhubaneswar)

05.30 AM: I planned to start early morning so that I can reach Bhuvaneswar in the same day. But took more time to bring my bike back from some common parking place in this City and started at 6.00 AM only.

12.00 PM: Any way its very good NH5 Road, so just keep riding nothing much worries. I can see complete rice farming land on they way. Yes AP filled by rice only.

2.00 PM: Entering in Orisa, yes we can see different type of the temple architecture and people. But common things still remains “rice farming land”. Even though Andhra and Orisa doing rice farming, But I feel at lest Andhra using advanced machine for agriculture and still Orisa people using old way of farming. Any way time to upgrade.

4.00 PM: Still NH5 under construction in Orisa, So atlest 150+ km will be bad road. I don’t think today I will reach Bhuvaneshwar, I am going slow because of the bad road in Orisa. Because of winter season don’t have much sunlight in evening. Not much sun light after 4.pm itself. After riding in this road, I realized I won’t get any town to find the hotel for night stay.

6.00 PM: I enquired with local police man, he said on they way I can find Orisa Tourisam Hotel at Rambha. Its good news for me. I reached Panthanivas, Rambha, Orisa Tourism Development Corporatoin Ltd hotel at Rambha (its 120km before Bhubaneswar). Its wonderful. Yes its very good hotel with garden & very neatly maintained. I booked one room and took dinner in this hotel itself. After very hard ride today, I stayed in very good hotel. Oooo reason for this hotel in this place ? famous tourist place nearby.

Temple at Orisa

Temple at Orisa

Day 3, 21 Dec 2009, 1548 –2190 km, 643 Km – Rambha(OR) – Bhubaneswar –NH5- Remuna –NH60 – Rupsa – Kolkata(WB) – Barasat(WB)

05.30 AM: Started very early ride again, don’t have good visibility because of fog. Today I am planning to reach Kolcata and stay. Any way today needs ride very less distance.

08.30 AM: I can see lot of road side small hotels for breakfast. Its good & took small idly. I can see every village having one temple with Pond.

12.00 PM: I need to switch to NH60 after remuna, from this place we can see two routs go to Kolkata. NH4 will be the shortest and fastest route. But unfortunate I missed to switch this road because of ongoing construction. But I realised this after 20km I am in longest old road. Good some of the local person guided me to reach NH60 again. NH60 – Its biggest road !! no vehicle no traffic.

02.00 PM: Stopped for lunch in some road side hotel. Good today I took Bengali meal with more fish. Very good lunch today.

4.00 PM: I reached Kolkata & first time I came to this city. Its very high traffic in the evening time. But good thing is, already I got the route detail from Sandeep(He guided me to reach NH34 route in Kolkata) & its really helped me to navigate. I took more and more time to cross the city & looks good.

07.00 PM: I took three hrs to cross Kolkata and reached Barasad. It’s outside of Kolkata and entry point for NH34. I found only one hotel and check-in. It’s not good at all, but no other go.

08.00 PM: I just spending some time in near places, but nothing much to see. I can start seeing more and more cycles. Tomorrow will be my hard ride, already I heard from Sandeep and Praveen.KM about this bad and nasty high way(NH34).

I reached Kolkata

Day 4, 22 Dec 2009, 2191 – 2774 km, 584 km – Kolkata(WB) – NH34 – Krishnanagar – Berhampore – Malda – Dalkola -Kishanganj – Islampur – Bagdogra – Siliguri(WB)

05.00 AM: I really really started very very early today. Because I know that I can’t ride fast in NH34 and will take more time to reach Siliguri. My plan to reach Siliguri at any point, if possible to ride further towards Phuntsholing. Cold and Fog – I really don’t have much visibility using standard bike lights. I have extra two fog light also in my bike, but I realized there is no use of this light other then just decorating the bike. Its really useless.

09.30 AM: I reached morgram and took breakfast.

01.40 PM: I stopped for lunch in some road side lorry hotels. Cycle Cycle Cycle !! All different types of the cycles I can see on this road. Local people using cycle for every purpose. They have cycle for travel, agriculture, selling vegetable, carriage, etc. But I am feeling some time I am riding with cycle, when every any town/village comes. Because, this high way filled by people and cycle at every village/town.

04.00 PM: no sun light. Its really different experience in east part of india.

05.30 PM: I reached Siliguri and decided to stay in this city itself. Already I can see very dark and cold in this time. I found one good hotel(Air View) and checked-in. Today its very slow ride with more traffic, out of this 100 km is very good road near to Siliguri.

07.00 PM: I was discussing with some local person for training availability between Siliguri to Bangalore. So I went to Siliguri railway station to book train ticket in Cycle Rickshaw. I noticed one thing in this town, I am not seen auto in this town & people using only cycle rickshaw to travel. Good to see “Eco Friendly” solution, but should grow soon. Its bad no train ticket available to Bangalore from this place now. I have to go back in flight only.

Riding towards Siliguri - NH34

Riding towards Siliguri - NH34

Day 5, 23 Dec 2009, 2775 – 2947 km, 173 Km – Siliguri(WB) –  Dhupguri – NH31C-Jaigon (Border City) – Phuntsholing

5.00 AM – I am started from siliguri and try to reach Phuntsholing to apply my permit. That’s bad, i am not able to see road at all. Its completely covered by fog. I am riding only at 40km. I have fog light also in my bike, but no use(nothing its showing) of this light. Its single road and filled by lorry nothing more. This high way connecting siliguri with Guwahati, so we can see some lorry traffic also.

I reached Dhupguri & stoped for tea, i have given 10 rs for tea and shop owner return the Bhuton(NU) money as change. That’s good, even in India people using Bhuton money.

08.40AM I reached Phuntsholing and checked in Paradise Palace hotel, its very near to Phuntsholing gate and Immigration office.

Phuntsholin Gate. Bhuton Entrance

Phuntsholin Gate. Bhuton Entrance

09.15 AM I reached Immigration office, filled permit form and submitted. Shocking news is they won’t allow single tourist in bhuton. Immigration officer said they wont give permit for me as per there policy. That’s bad news !! I explaining to him, i came through bike for Bhuton ride, etc. He is not ready to listen at all. He said, he will confirm this after one hr. I went after one hr, again he is telling same story like, he can’t provide permit for me. That’s bad again. Again I was start explaining about my complete ride, etc & finally he agreed to get some permission from his higher official. Good after some time he agree to provide permit only for 7 days. Any way its enough.

12.15 PM I got the permit & reached RSTA(Road safty and Transport Authority) to get permit for my bike. But already there morning working time is over and will reopen after noon from 2.00 Pm to 4.00 pm.

12.30 PM I went some local town ride and visited to near by river. This is twin city where Indian can enter without any permit.

02.00 Pm I reached RSTA and applied for permit and paid Rs.62 for my bike. Its typical government office, same way i have to go to five tables to get sign and pay amount. Any way I got the permit.

07.00 PM just spending some time in local place and came back to room. Today don’t have much ride other then roaming locally.

River at Phuntsholin City

Day 6, 24 Dec 2009, 2948 – 3145 km, 198 Km – Phuntsholing – Thimpu(Bhuton)

06.00 AM started at Phuntsholing to thimpu, it is 175km hilly ride. Initially I thought of it will take only four hrs, but i took 6 hrs to reach Thimpu, Most of the places there is no road and this high way under construction. Its very difficult manages it in single road. But you can see beautiful mountain/valley view in this ride. I keep stopping to click some photos on the way, Worst part of this day is cold .. cold. I am not able manage it morning, its went 5c & no use of my ride gloves. I purchased this winter ride gloves from cramstor store in banglaore, but no use of this gloves. Its very cold in this hilly ride and paining fingers. Near to thimpu i seen one of the beautify river & this high way following this river to reach thimpu.

12.00 PM I reached Thimpu and checked in Hotel Tandin, Norzin lam, Thimpu (ph-975-2-323380). Next my important work will be to extent my visit permit for Ha, Punakha & Wangdue. Yes off course I should get permit for my bike also.

2.00 PM I went to Immigration office and filled form for place extension, it took 1 hr to complete. Its typical government office, it means you need to go to next next tables to get document sign/approval. But this people are very friendly people and help you lot. So no need worry and will get permit.

2.45 PM I went to RTSA(ROAD SAFTY & TRANSPORT AUTHORITY) to extent the place for my bullet also. Its very simple process, they will just write extended places detail and put seal on existing “Route Permit” itself. It took just 5 mins & nothing to pay. Good its very easy.

3.30 PM I went to “DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE” (MINISTRY OF HOME AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS) to get the permission to visit restricted places. We need this permit to enter Inside the Tiger Nest, Tashicho Dzong, etc. I met chief cultural property officer and he filled the form for permission. I don’t want to do anything. I don’t want to pay anything. I explained about my ride plan, he excited and provided lot of Thimpu tourist places detail. Nice guy.

4.00 PM I reached “NATIONAL MEMORIAL CHOETEN” (Thimpu Monastery), its very simple temple and i can see lot of local people in this temple. I spend some time & its very cold also. So i decided to move out for next place.

5.00 PM I reached “CENTRE OF GOVERMENT & RELIGION” (TASHICHHO DZONG). This place visitor will be allowed only at 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm with special permission (Department of culture). I submitted the document and they asked me the detail about me & i can see some tourist coming with Guide. Good thing they send one of the police Peron with me as Guide. Its nice guy he shown all the places and explained purpose of the building also. I seen one of the beautiful Budhiest temple inside this campus. Its like our parliament in india. You can see King Office and all minsters will come to this place. I spend some time and decided go back to room.

06.30 PM I came back to room for rest. Day went well. Tomorrow I am planning for Parro. So i have collected some information.

08.00 PM Its very small beautiful city in valley and surrounded by mountains. if you ride 15 min, you will cross the city and go out. They have very strict rule to follow national architecture, while constructing any house in this country. So you can see all the building follows there national architecture. Its very beautiful to see. I book the hotel in one of the main place in thimpu, its very easy for me to move around by walk.

Day 7, 25 Dec 2009, 3146 – 3445 km, 300 Km – Thimpu(Bhuton) – Paro – Haa – Thimpu

06.00 AM: started riding to Paro. I have to go back in Phuntsholing route to reach Paro.

07.30 AM: I reached paro, on the way we can see paro air port. Bhuton having only one airport at paro. Even only Bhuton airways will use this airport not open for everybody. This airport having only one runway & designed middle of valley. This runway completely surrounded by mountains.

Paro: Its one more DZONG & well developed city compare with other city in Bhuton. Its very very small city but beautifully designed middle of valley with river. You can see all house architecture will follow the Bhuton heritage standard.

08.00 AM: I reached TIGER NEST MONSTERY, its looking beautiful on the mountain. Yes we can see monstery on rock mountain. But we have to truck and reach this place. At lest it will take 3 hrs to reach top of this mountain & all together 5hrs. I don’t want truck, i don’t think i can truck. I took some photo from this place and decided to move out.

TIGER NEST MONSTERY

TIGER NEST MONSTERY

10.30 AM: I reached DRUGGEL DZONG to check out. But this dzong not active, its very old and destryied stated. I decided to move to other place.

View from DRUGGEL DZONG

View from DRUGGEL DZONG

11.15 AM: I reached NATIONAL MUSIUM (above the paro dzong). Its very small museum its contain all Bhuton historical things. Yes its nice to see. But very important thing is this museum constructed on mountain. So from this place we can see complete Paro Valley. Its really wonderful view point.

NATIONAL MUSIUM (above the paro dzong)

NATIONAL MUSIUM (above the paro dzong)

Paro Valley

Paro Valley

12.00 PM: I reached PARO DZONG, its contain Buddha temple and some part of this place used for government Dzong administration purpose. I can see more government employees coming to this place. I met one employee (Agriculturalist) & he telling abount agree rules in Bhuton. He said its very difficult to convert farming land to construct any building. Process will be, farmer needs to apply for this and government will send person to inspect the farmer land. He needs to give certificate stating that, this land not useful for farming and this farmer don’t have any other land to construct his house. Even this inspection will happen in two levels to submit verification report. After that government will decide to approve or reject. In India its very easy to construct house in our land. No need to apply also. This agriculturalist said, he visited to Chennai to attend one week of agricultural seminars. He feeling like Chennai is very costly city. Good he is not visited to any other city in India.

Farming Land

12.30 PM: I started riding to HAA VALLEY. There is two way to reach this place. One I can go back to Chhuzom and reach Haa, But its longest safe route. Second one directly we can go from Paro to haa valley & only 65km. today morning I have enquired in local drivers for the road status, they said its good and no ice. So I decided to take this second route which is very short. But start riding in this road its just filled by lot of bends. Actually speaking local people not using this road in the winter season because of the ice & this is the highest motrable road in Bhuton.

I was riding two hrs and may be seen 4 cars, I am not seeing any house or people in this way. But I enjoyed this valley ride with more bend & very good valley view. Bad thing was started, I am start seeing ice. I was riding in 50km and did first skid because of ice. Not much damage happened for bike and me, other then foot rest/break damage. Any way I can fix this using basic tool, So no issue. So I was keep riding in this road again. i found ice filled on the road continuously, So I tired ride very slow on this ice. But again I fell down. Again I bring my bike back and tried to cross this ice, but keep skidding. Because of heavy weight of this bullet, I am not able to get grip to ride very slow also. Finally I decided I cant cross this ice and decided to go back and take other route. Already I was complete my 2 hrs in this route, any way no other go I should go back. Very important point is, I was fell down two different places in this road because of Ice, But I am not seen single person also in this road. “NOW I AM REMEMBERING WHY BHURON IMIGRATION OFFICER REJECTED MY PERMIT with reason of road condition”. I was riding back near one hr and met one Pulsar person and stopped that person. I informed to him to avoid this road because of ICE, but after talking to him I realized he is local person and stay at Haa Valley. I explained to him and I fell down because of ice and he said he will help me to cross the ices. So I decided go with him in the same road. Again I went to same ice place and not riding this type. He helped me to push the bike and cross the ice. Great !! We crossed one ice place, but still we can see this type of long ices in 2 more places also. Any way he helped me to push the bike and cross it.

Paro to Haa Valley

Paro to Haa Valley

2nd Skid on Ice

2nd Skid on Ice

Highest Point on Dantak Road - Altitude 3988 Mtrs

Highest Point on Dantak Road - Altitude 3988 Mtrs

03.30 PM: I reached HAA VALLEY. While riding in this road we can see this Haa valley complete view because any way we are riding on mountain only. This is not that much big city compare with Thimpu and Paro. Its very small place. We can see more Indian Army soldiers in this city and Indian Army building “Haa Dzong” in this place. This Dzong was hand it over to Indian Army to construct.

Haa Vally

Haa Vally

I met four Indian army soldiers in Haa Dzong and they said going back to Thimpu in this time will be difficult and take more time in this route. Any way I can manage to go. So I spend some time in this place and decided to ride back. I am getting very less ride time, even at 4.00 pm I am not able to see sun light. Its going dark soon. This is again complete mountain ride and small road. I should keep it maximum 60km, nothing more then that.

Haa Valley View

07.45 PM: I reached Thimpu hotel. Its really very hard riding day, in my complete ride.

Day 8, 26 Dec 2009, 3446 – 3561 km, 116 Km – Thimpu(Bhuton) – Dochula – Punaka – Thimpu

08.00 AM: Today I planned to spend my time near Thimpu, So i took list and try to reach BHUTON NATIONAL ZOO first. Its very near to Thimpu and build it on mountain. I expected some big zoo, but its very small zoo and only two type of the animals in this. Specially this zoo contain Bhuton national animal(Takin). I decided to check Dochula next.

BHUTON NATIONAL ZOO - Bhuton national animal(Takin)

BHUTON NATIONAL ZOO - Bhuton national animal - Takin

11.30 AM I was riding towards Punaka to reach DOCHULA(KING TEMPLE). We need extra permit to enter in this route. Any way already i got the permit for this place. Again its full of valley and no narrow road at all. This temple on mountain and filled by fog. I feel very cold in this place. I feel, its one of the beautiful Budha temple which I seen in Bhuton. This temple contains collection of buddha small temples also. Its very beautify view from this temple.

12.00 PM I have to still ride this same route to reach PUNAKA TOWN(its one more beautiful Dzong), but i checkd with some of the drivers and some police man. They said this route having ice in some places. So i decided to cancel my Punaka town ride. I dont want skid again.

01.15 PM I am riding back to Punaka and on the way i reached SINTOKHR DZONG, its one more beautiful buddha temple on the mountain. Its again one more beautiful dzong. First time i seen lot of buddhist munk in this temple doing puja. Its wonderful thing to see with very good back ground music. Yes offcourse entering inside this dzong need extra permit from Cultural Department. Any way i have. Its beautiful thing to see, but photos not allowed inside.

03.00 PM I reached TANGO AND CHERI, its opposite direction(25+km) from Thimpu. Its bad again i seen some of the ice on road, any way not much.

TANGO AND CHERI: Tango and Cheri is two separate mountain. This both mountain contain Buddha temples(you can see more munk) and buddhist munk school also. We need to truck and reach this place, yes offcourse we have road to reach this mountain. I met some of the munk, who is share his india experience, he said he went Bihar one time and afraid of everything.

One more monq brother said, his brother doing meditation in this temple for 3 months + 3 weeks + 3 days, after that he will go to buddhiest school.

On they way I was talking with small kids who is playing on the road to get the road direction. This kids always talking with respect and in good English. We can see Bhuddist behaviour from all bhuton lovely people. BUDDHA LIVING IN BHUTON !!

04.00 PM I reached hotel soon today.

Day 9, 27 Dec 2009, 3562 – 3888 km, 327 Km – Thimpu(Bhuton) – Phuntsholing – Siliguri(WB)

06.30 AM I have to say bye to Thimpu and lovely people. I started riding towards Phuntsholing, its very cold(0, 1c) in the morning. Its good thing in the bhuton, you can see the fire in all the police checkpost, generally policeman always keep this fire in near by check post. I have habit of stopping the bike in all the check post for this fire and chatting with police man. Generally this police man have very friendly behaviour and give lot of information also.

Thimpu – Phuntsholing will be 175 km, but it took 5.30 hrs to reach, out of this 50 km no road because of road construction. But you can see very good roads also in some places(they are extending road width). Its complete hilly ride. Any way its my last day to ride in the vally.

you can see the road top of the mountain - Thimpu to Phuntsholing

11.45 AM I reached Phuntsholing and went to same Paradise palace hotel to change my Bhuton(NU) money to Indian currency.

Already my bike break having some issue because of skid, so i planned to fix it in Siliguri today itself. I tried to call Royal enfield service center in Siliguri, thats bad !! today is Sunday !! non of the service centre will work.

4.15 PM I reached Siliguri and checked in same Hotel “AIR VIEW PALACE”, 9 Hill cart road, siliguri-1, Phone-(91-0353) 2528178. Its same hotel & stayed while going to Bhuton. Its decent hotel and located in main place itself.

6.00 PM Roaming in Siliguri streets and most of the shops closed today because of Sunday. I have checked some some of the Bengali sweets in stalls. Its good. Nothing muchi to see in this city & its not much active today because of Sunday. I went back to room.

Day 10, 28 Dec 2009, 3889 – 4016 km, 128 Km – Siliguri(WB) – Sevoke – NH31A – Gangtok(SK)

09.00 AM: I should service my bike before going to Sikim. I found the official Royal Enfield service center very near to hotel itself. I reached at 9.AM itself, but they open the service center at 10.AM. I am not seeing any bullets in north places. Even this official service center will get near 10 bike per day for service. So need to open very early.

11.00 AM: I met some local bullet riders (Harish, hiwan,etc) and they are interested to purchase Cramster bags and riding gears.

01.00 PM: My bike was ready and started riding towards GANGTOK, SIKIM in NH31A. I can able to see lot of people coming back in this road. NH31A high way was closed by Gorkha Jana Mukti Morchas/Gorkha Jana Vidharthi morcha from 12.00 Pm t0 4.00 PM. This is announced strike to get Gorkhaland as a separate state, This will continue every day. Its very surprise for me, yes this road was closed by women (90% of the women). They are stopping all the vehicle including Indian army vehicle and bring College students to show raise there voice. I was talking with this local women leader and one more Student wind leader. Its nice people and telling the same reason, they are not getting any Government job and benefit from West Bengal government, So they want to make Gorkhaland as separate States. One of the student wing leader said, they are fighting for this in last 103 years. I can see same problem and reason in Andhra Pradesh/Telungana also. I met the women leader(hima), she is explain the reason for this separate state. I should thank her, they provided free lunch for me. GooD.

04.00 PM: Road was opened and started riding to Gangtok. Its bad because of four hr road closed, lot of traffic in this single high way. I am sure, I will take more time to reach Gangtok in this hilly road. Initially I am not expected this will be hilly road. Yes its again complete hilly ride in single high way.

08.00 PM: I reached Gangtok. its only 116 km from Siliguri, but I took more time because of traffic and single hilly road. “GANGTOK – ITS BEAUTIFUL & SMALL CITY ON MOUNTAIN”. Once I reached this city, I realized its very difficult to get hotel because of Tour season. I enquired more then three hotel and finally booked one hotel to stay. As usual Indian standard, he started rate from Rs.750 and finally agreed for Rs.600 per night. I can see room rates are very high in this city because of more tourists.

Gangtok City, Sikim

Day 11, 29 Dec 2009, 4017 – 4090 km, 74 Km – Gangtok(SK) – Rumtek – Lingdum – Gangtok(SK)

07.00 AM: today I decided to spend my time within/near Gangtok itself, So that tomorrow I can go out of the city.

08.00 AM: I reached DO RULA CHORTEN. Its very simple Buddha temple, which is inside the city itself.

DO RULA CHORTEN

09.00 AM: I went to FLOWER EXHIBITION CENTER, I expected something big, but is very small building which contain local flowers. So not much to see. In nearby I can see WHITE HALL, but it closed.

09.45 AM: I went to nearby “THE PALACE”, Its Buddhist style palace which contact Bhuddha temple.

10.30 AM: I reached GANESH TOK. As simplest we can see Ganesh temple on the mountain. But we can have very good Gangtok view from this place.

12.15 PM: I reached SHANTHI VIEW POINT, this is next mountain from Gangtok. From this mountain we can see complete Gangtok.

01.15 PM: I reached RUMTEK MONESTORY, its Buddha temple and worth to visit.

RUMTEK MONESTORY

RUMTEK MONESTORY

02.15 PM: I reached LINGDUM MONESTORY, its Buddha temple and worth to visit. We can see Rumtek and Lingdum monastery in the same road. I was spending more time in this place. I feel, this two monastery looking good compare with all other places.

LINGDUM MONESTORY

LINGDUM MONESTORY

03.00 PM: I decided to go back to gangtok, on the way I seen very small falls called as “BAN JHAKRI FALLS, RANKA”.

04.00 PM: I reached “ROPE WAY” in gangtok. i took the ticket for two way. Its very small rope way was designed on Gangtok city. We can see very good view from this Rope way.

Gangtok ROPE WAY

Gangtok ROPE WAY

06.00 PM: I reached room.

07.00 PM: tomorrow I planned to go Nathu-La Pass(Sino-India Border) and Tsomgo Lake. These two places must see, if you went to Gangtok. I enquired in hotel for road map to reach this place, but they said we can see lot of ice in this road and currently we can see more snow also. So I decided, I don’t want go in my bike and booked local sharing tourist cab. Its very costly, I need to pay Rs.700 to visit only HarBhajan Singh(Baba Mandir), Nathu-La Pass & Tsomgo Lake in some sharing cab(10 person in one TaTa Sumo). They said they want to pay Rs.250 to government to get permit for each person & Rs.450 for travel.

Day 12, 30 Dec 2009, 4090 – 4090 km, 0 Km – Gangtok(SK) – Nathula Pass – Baba Mandir – Tsongo Lake – Gangtok(SK)

08.00 AM: I went to tax stand at 8.00 itself, but they started at 10.30 only. The reason is one of the couple booked this taxi and this driver waiting for those people. He needs to fill 10 people in this TaTa Sumo. Its bad. We are just waiting long time.

11.00 AM: Now I can see more ice on the way and more Indian Army camp. I feel, I took good decision I am not came in my bike, other wise its very difficult to survey in this ice. Some time this road was closed because of some road block.

On the way to NATHU-LA PASS

On the way to NATHU-LA PASS

12.45 PM: We reached near to NATHU-LA PASS(SINO-INDIA BORDER), But they are not allowed to go inside because we can enter in this pass till 12.00 pm only. We are requested the army people they said, its not safe going In this time and not ready to allow inside. It’s bad I am not able to go inside the pass, I can just able to see.

01.00 PM: We reached HARBHAJAN SINGH(BABA MANDIR) and spend some time.

HARBHAJAN SINGH(BABA MANDIR)

HARBHAJAN SINGH(BABA MANDIR)

03.00 PM: We reached Tsomgo Lake. Its one of the beautiful place to see.

Tsomgo Lake

Tsomgo Lake

at Tsomgo Lake

at Tsomgo Lake

07.00 PM: We reached Gangtok and I went to MG Road in Gangtok. This is more active place in Gangtok. I did some shopping also.

08.00 PM: Tomorrow I planned ride to Darjeeling. I enquired local person, they said tomorrow again going to close all high way from 10.00 AM for GorkhaLand issue. So I decided to cancel my ride to Darjeeling. I initially planned to ride back to Darjeeling and spend a day and reach Siliguri. Any way its on the way to Siliguri.

Day 13, 31 Dec 2009, 4091 – 4206 km, 116 Km – Gangtok(SK) – Siliguri(WB)

05.00 AM: I need to say bye to Gangtok and started riding to Siliguri. My intention to go early so that I can avoid “Road Close” for Gorkhaland issue. I can see more cars going back to Siliguri in this time to avoid Gorkhaland Bandh. But again same issue, no visibility because of fog in hilly ride.

Teesta River at West Bengal

Bridge on Teesta River (Siliguri to Gangtok - NH31A Highway)

Bridge on Teesta River (Siliguri to Gangtok - NH31A Highway)

08.45 AM: I reached Siliguri and checked in the same hotel “Air View”. Third time I am staying in this hotel. Siliguri look like hub for this region. I need four more days to ride back to Bangalore from this place. Already I decided I need to go back by Train. One of my friends Suresh booked train ticked but its not confirmed. So no other go, I should go back in flight. So I called up GATI service to transport my bike. Its very easy. We need to call GATI service and book it one day advance. So they will come and pick the bike as you mention the address. Its very easy, but they charge more.(Rs.4000 to Bangalore).

05.00 PM: GATI people came and pick my bike. They said they will take 7 days to transport the bike to Bangalore.

Day 14, 01 Jan 2010, 4206 – 4206 km, 0 Km – Bagdogra(WB) – Guwahati – Delhi – Bangalore – In Flight

11.00 AM: I booked air ticket in Indigo (departure at 1.40 PM). Good we have BAGDOGRA AIRPORT near to siliguri. This airport used by Civilian and Army aircraft. Its just 17km from Siliguri main city.

01.40 PM: This flight flies BAGDOGRA -> GUWHATI -> DELHI -> BANGALORE. Two stop.

01.00 PM: I reached home. Its Great !! One more Wonderful Solo Ride !!

12. Tour Preparation Information:

12.1 Where is Bhuton Gate ?

There are only two legal entry points into Bhutan. Paro’s airport and the land border with India at Phuentsholing. A third border crossing from Samdrup Jongkhar in southeastern Bhutan into India’s Assam state, but only for exit.

12.2 Bhuton Language ?

Bhutanese people speak Hindi and English other then there local language. There education system completely based on English only, so local kids also speaks good english. No worry.

12.3 How to reach Bhuton by ROAD ?

JAIGAON in West Bengal is the town on the Bhutan border. Phunsholing is the twin town across the border. Before you go any further, you need to get your permits.

12.4 How to reach Bhuton by Air ?

Paro Airport (PBH) is the country’s sole international airport. It is in the south west of the country and served only by the country’s flag carrier Druk Air.

12.5 Indian Required Visa for Bhuton ?

NO. Indians do not need a passport or visa to enter into Bhutan. You can simply ride into the country or fly and get Permit using any identify card.

12.6 How to get Bhutan Permit(for Indian) ?

You need voter’s id (or) driving licence (or) PAN card (or) your passport + three passport size photos.  Go to Bhuton Immigration office at Phuntsholing at 9:00 Am & will take maximum 30 min to submit the form. After 2 hrs you will get permit.

Permit will be issued only for Thimpu and Paro. Still if you want to go for other places, you have to get permit at Thimpu again for you. It will take 30mins. If you have your own VEHICLE, You should get permit for your vehicle from RSTA for extra places at Thimpu. So you have to get permit for your self and Vehicle at Thimpu for other places.

12.7. How much fees for Permit ?

Rs.0. No fees to pay for Bhuton permit. Even no fees to get permit for all other places from Thimpu Immigration office. To get cultural department permit also free only.

12.8 What is Bhutan time different ?

Bhuton time is 30 minutes ahead of IST

12.9 Bhuton Currency ?

MONEY Ngultrum Nu is the currency of Bhutan. 1 Nu = 1 INR, their currency is pegged to INR. Freely interchangeable, no need to carry Nu. You can very well use Indian Currency at Bhuton. It means you can issue INR/Nu and get Nu/INR back as change.  Even you can see in North part of west Bengal, People will use Nu in India in all shops. Most of the shops in bhuton wont accept INR 500 , 1000 because of facks note. So please carry 100’s.

12.10 ATM Card / Credit Card will work in Bhuton ?

No ATMs at Bhuton. No Debit/Credit card used in Bhuton. You should carry cash. You can find one ATM at Phuntsholing only, Not in Bhuton.

12.11 Can I take my OWN VEHICLE to Bhuton ?

YES. Indian visitors can bring their own vehicle but you will have to get your documents endorsed from Road Safety and Transport Authority (RSTA). Once you get the permit for yourself, you can go to RSTA (Local people call it as Booking office, its very near to Immigration office) with all Vehicle document and pay permit fees( I paid Rs.62 for bike, Car – it should be less then 300Rs). This office will work till 3.00 PM only.

12.12 Single Tourist Allowed in Bhuton ?

NO, Single tourist not allowed in Bhuton by road. This rule because of unsafe roads in Bhuton. But you can get the permission after explaining valid reason. Some time you may not get permit. So avoid Single tourist. But I got the permit, even single tourist.

12.13 What is that Cultural Department Permit  ?

Its very important, you got the permit only for specified places. But if you go to any Temple/Cultural places they won’t allow you to go inside. It means you have see some places(its not for all, only for restricted places) from outside only. But you can very well get the permit from Cultural Department at Thimpu. So that you can go inside the temples, etc. While getting permit for other places in Thimpu, Just go to Department of Culture office and get Cultural permit for all planned tourist places.  You can find this Cultural office opposite to Unicef office in Thimpu & will take 30min for permit.

12.14 What about Bhuton People and Safety ?

You won’t find any beggars or any crime activity in Bhuton.

You can see lovely people and they will speck with respect.

Bhuton people basically they have helping tendency, So no worry they will guide you at any place. Even you can ask help from small kids and they can guide you. Yes I experienced.

You can really see, Buthur still living at bhuton with lot of love.

Bhuton all the government employees will wear Bhuton national uniform.  You can take any help/input from this people.

Bhuton Government Website ?

http://www.bhutan.gov.bt/

13. THANKS NOTE:

13.1 I should THANK following riders, who generally I disturbed lot to get road detail and other thing. Specially Praveen.KM for Bhutan details.

Samaresh Biswal

Praveen.KM

Sandeep Bagchi

Samba Sengupta

13.2 I should THANK Suresh.R , Who helped me lot to get return ticket and transport my bike.

Bye to Bhuton Ride !!

Bye to Bhuton Ride !!


Udhaya Kumar.V

udhaya@udhaya.com

http://www.udhaya.com

+91-98867-33607

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