It’s a true biker’s dream to reach this at least once in his lifetime. It’s a moment to be cherished for a lifetime. Biking is not just to sit on a bike and ride, it’s much more than that which cannot be explained in words.
Manali is a high-altitude Himalayan resort town in India’s northern Himachal Pradesh state. It has a reputation as a back visiting equality Set on the Beas River, it’s a gateway for skiing along Valley and trekking in Parvati Valley.
Manali is accessible by most transport means, but I choose a bike ride up to this place. Although I got the chance only to visit Rohtang pass. there are quite a few things I managed to see/try within that short period.
I was very adamant to go all by road. I was motivated and got ready for the trip. I choose Royal Enfield for my journey. A reliable and best bike for this trip. This was my first solo bike trip. I read hundreds of blog, watched thousand of videos and had million expectation to make this most memorable trip of my life. I started at 9 am and soon was on an open highway. I did all my homework before starting this trip. Although it was only 300 km with turn and twist made this journey amazing.On my way, there were many trucks and tourist buses but still achieved some reasonable speed on this stretch.
Reasonable speed is around 40 kmph. Very soon I was faced with potholes that swallow up my bike, craters filled with dirty brown water and truckers who appear out of nowhere to push me off the road.
About the time when I swear to myself not to come on this road again, I crossed a toll and from there, the roads get better. The road is then a straight run till Manali. The roads are a series of blind corners, hairpins and short straight stretches with villages all over. One has to be on top of your game when driving. There is a lot of truck traffic and sometimes it can get frustrating when to keep trying to get ahead of them. I was making sure of not overtaking any vehicle on blind spots. Still one need to be very focused on these roads.
About the time, I crossed all the bad roads and now I was hungry and cranky. Both man and machine need rest so I headed towards a Hill top restaurant.
Past that I came to Bilaspur where I filled my tank and bought few snacks. Past Bilaspur, machine start working. Open roads, less traffic and beautiful mountain range. It was like a movie scene for me. Soon I stopped at a mountain viewpoint and clicked few pictures.Now I was very close to Kullu. My first destination where I met an old friend who also hosted me.
I crossed beautiful Beas river dam and then headed towards Kullu. The surface quality was good and soon there were some really nice corners making things really interesting.