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Enthralling Road Trip To North East

''Do homework thoroughly with regards to places of visit, stay, permits and travel route''

We started our journey on the 1st of November from our respective cities and met up in Kolkata. We got on to our bikes which were hired on rent from Himalaya Motor Cycle Adventure Club. The bikes were the latest model of Royal Enfield Bullets (Green & Black in Color). Our trip lasted for a period of 17th Days covering approximately 3000 km by road. All the bikers rode the bikes individually with a valid driving license and other documents. We also made sure that we have enough information and have done our homework with regards to places of visit (as listed in the itinerary below), stay, permits and travel route.

THE PURPOSE : We as biking enthusiast choose North East over other unexplored regions with a main purpose to travel to the most remote or unattended part of India. In India we covered states like Assam, Arunachal Pradesh & Sikkim. We also include Bhutan into our trip to make sure we get to see how the neighboring parts of North East are doing and understand the main difference when compared to places in India. Also North East is usually compared to the Indian Version of Switzerland. We made sure that we visit places which are nature friendly, calm and covered with natural beauty. Our other purpose of visiting these places was to make the most of riding bullets on such difficult and rocky terrains.

BIKERS IN ACTION : •Ravi Tanna – Group Founder
•Ketan Agarwal – PR, Logistics & Media Relations
•Aditya Malpani : Logistics Guru
•Anup Limaye : Bike & Route Expert
•Amit Modi : Photographer
•Ami Mehta
•Pratik Shangavi
•Rohan Shekh
•Roshish Bhaskar
•Vatsal Gokani

TAWANG : Located at a distance of close to 200km from Bomdila at an altitude of more than 10000 feet, tawang had a lot to offer. We kick started our bikes and begun our journey. It’s quite an exhaustive and tiring journey due to lack of roads and connectivity. The journey is quite risky and scary. But with our enthusiasm and zest to explore such places we made sure we reach the destination safely and on time. On the first day at Tawang, we can across places like Sela Pass 143000ft( the highest and coldest point) where were spent some time sipping hot coffee and hogging on maggi. We also explored Madhuri Lake (named after madhuri during the shooting of a song from Koyla Movie). We also got access to Bumla Pass – Indo China Border (Usually civilians aren’t allowed) and got to experience the feel of being on a border. We got the opportunity to spend quality time with the Jawans and understand the entire experience safe guarding the nation from the enemies.

ITINERARY : • Nov 2 - Start from Jalpaiguri and reach Lachen (Sikkim starts)
• Nov 3 - Go to Gurudongmar Lake and come to Rumtek
• Nov 4 - Reach Phuentsholing (Bhutan starts)
• Nov 5 - Reach Haa Valley
• Nov 6 - Trek Tigers Nest and stay in Paro
• Nov 7 - Get permits from Thimphu for going ahead and reach Punakha
• Nov 8 - Reach Bumthang
• Nov 9 - Reach Trashigang
• Nov 10 - Exit from Samdrup Jongkhar (Bhutan ends) and reach Udalguri or nearby (in
• Nov 11 - Reach Bomdila (Arunachal starts)
• Nov 12 - Reach Tawang
• Nov 13 - Go to Bum La and return to Tawang
• Nov 14 - Go to Madhuri Lake and return
• Nov 15 - Reach Bhalukpong
• Nov 16 - Reach Guwahati
• Nov 17 - Fly back to respective cities

A FEW INSIGHTS : •"The group has been formed to span the country far and wide. From the vast Himalayan stretches of the north to the Tibetan borders of the east to the west to the konkan coast to the eastern coastal route, the group has done it all. This group intends to connect to the local life wherever it touts and makes it a point to establish a local connect by living with locals, camping in monasteries, learning from monks, bonding with other travelers and visiting places beyond that are less known and out of bounds but the most beautiful. While the group does this, it comes across and meets nomads and other people who are disconnected from civilization. For such people, boundaries and nationalities carry no meaning. The farther we go, we come across unadulterated civilizations whose sole purpose is to protect their family from the extreme and turbulent weather and earning their bread from trade that may even happen across the border. One may argue that this is illegal, but when you reach so far, you realize that borders and nationalities are only words for the masses back home and mean nothing for people who have inhabitants these lands for generations.

As a group, Exstremz has toured many destinations :
• Ladakh in 2008 when it was not a destination to every other tourist and hen roads were merciless not just because of the ever changing weather but also because at some places, none existed. We even had the good fortune f visiting Siachen base camp; a terrain so different, it makes you feel pity for such a beautiful that is always in the clutches of an impending war. Exstremz has thus made it to the "highest battlefield in the world" (I have the pic)
•There was also a solo ride undertaken in the Thar in peak summer Heat to visit the remote reaches near the indo-pak border where the famous battle of longewala was fought. The route was charted from Agra to ranthambore to Jaipur to sambhar lake (biggest salt water lake in Asia I think) to pushkar and ajmer Enroute the sand dunes of Khuri and then towards the battle grounds of longewala,sadewala, tanot and kishangarh from where one can literally sniff Pakistan.
•The lesser known tribal circuit in lahaul, spiti, Kinnari in himachal was one journey that took us thru Exstreme weather of all kinds. From camping in torrential rains in rakchham to camping in a monastery at nako in crazy winds at high altitude to camping at the chander tal lake at subzero at 15500 feet. As one passes thru the tribal circuit, one goes very close to t border yet again. At shipki la, India has one of the three open borders with Tibet in china. Shipki la, Langza and komic are perfect examples of towns supported by the govt to ensure that these borders towns are not abandoned by people in search of work and for getting away from this extreme climate. To reach Langza and komic, one has to ascend close to 4000 feet in a matter of minutes as the world transforms in front of your eyes and boundless beauty unfolds. These are cold deserts that never see rain.

ABOUT EXSTREMZ : Exstremz is a biking group which was formed in the year 2012, comprising a group of young, energetic and adventurous individuals. The bikers mainly comprise of MBA Graduates who belong to the November 2011 batch of SP Jain School of Global Management Dubai/Singapore. The group also includes a few more members who happen to be common friends. Bikers from cities like Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bangalore & Chennai got together to explore the unexplored part of India and neighboring nations.
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