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The Heart Of Bhutan – Trongsa

Have you ever felt a sense of wonder when you look at a breathtaking view? Seeing clouds and green hills and witnessing the harmony of nature. Having spent a mere five days in Bhutan, every morning was still as beautiful as anything you could imagine. On this day, the 3rd of July, we woke up to cold mountain weather. The morning fog slowly crept away leaving in its wake dew soaked grass and a pale blue sky almost entirely obscured by clouds. Continue reading “The Heart Of Bhutan – Trongsa”

Arriving In Central Bhutan – Thimphu And Trongsa

The Thimphu-Paro expressway is a smooth section of tarmac which reduces travel time to just four hours so we had a lot of time on our hands. We enjoyed a grand breakfast at Hotel Silverpine where we had stayed the previous day after a strenuous trek to Tiger’s Nest. On the to-do list was a leisurely ride to Thimphu followed by a little meandering on the streets of the country’s capital. But Bhutan being the beautiful country that it is ensured that our four hour ride took significantly longer. Continue reading “Arriving In Central Bhutan – Thimphu And Trongsa”

Motorbike Transport By Train In India

This one is going to be a quickie about transporting your motorbike via railways in India. I’ve heard some bad stories, some good experiences and a lot of questions regarding this topic so here goes: Firstly, its a breeze. Secondly, to make it a breeze you’ll need to avoid people who want their palms greased. At face value, the task will be a lot simpler if you just shell out a couple of Rs. 50 notes at the right places but do you really need to? Cover photo courtesy of Musafir Hu Yaron. Continue reading “Motorbike Transport By Train In India”

Western Bhutan – Tiger’s Nest, Paro

Ended had the days of strenuous riding. We could, at last, enjoy a good night’s sleep in the most inviolable silence. The four storey hotel we stayed at afforded us a brilliant view of Paro. We could hear the rustling of leaves when we slept and chirping birds in the morning. And what a view it was that greeted us when we awoke! The valley seemed to be under water! A thick blanket of fog covered the city and was moving slowly westward. But soon the sun was up and the magical lake evaporated in front of our eyes. Continue reading “Western Bhutan – Tiger’s Nest, Paro”

5 Ways To Delay A Motorbike Ride

I like people. There are so many of us. We have varied likes, opinions, manners, characters, colours, habits et al. One thing that unites us regardless of borders or languages is the Greenwich Mean Time. Continue reading “5 Ways To Delay A Motorbike Ride”

Beautiful Bhutan

After two days of strenuous riding, we were finally at the cusp of Bhutan. The scenery and topography had already begun changing. We could see hills in the distance and clouds above the horizon bunched up due to the sudden rise of mountains marking the beginning of the Himalayas. We didn’t expect any challenges today but that didn’t stop a few queer moments from surprising us. Continue reading “Beautiful Bhutan”

Enroute Bhutan

And it was a fine day on which I watched Madaari. Nishikant Kamat’s latest movie about the political circus in India. It builds up to a grand finish in which the Home Minister of Maharashtra spills the beans about corruption rackets. What does this have to do with travelling to Bhutan? Everything and nothing… Continue reading “Enroute Bhutan”

Destination Bhutan

Travelling through Bhutan, I bumped into a few quirky characters. A Bhutanese guy who spoke Hindi with a Bihari accent. A hotel receptionist who found the lack of colour in our riding gear disturbing. A hotel owner who’s nick name was Kabhi-Kabhi. And (my favourite) a fellow who kept a table fan pointed towards his TV set while watching a football match to “keep the players cool” 😀 Continue reading “Destination Bhutan”

My Motorbike Has Two Horns! }:|

So my motorbike was sitting in the workshop being serviced after a rather strenuous ride through Bhutan. One of the two (peep peep) horns stopped working more than a year ago and I never got it repaired because honking is the devil! Before the guys began working on the bike, I pointed it out as a minor inconvenience. It was comical when a mechanic spent more than 15 minutes repairing the horn even after I insisted that it wasn’t necessary. Continue reading “My Motorbike Has Two Horns! }:|”

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