Tuesday, December 12, 2017

From Mountain to to Elephant top

The Star Attraction

6th NOV, we are at Dirang, a bunch of Riders from Puna for added company we had a good chit chat session on 5th eve, 

Bikes in holding area

Beasters, thumpers, wanderers 

and breakfast done we were ready to move on as the Pune guys were headed to Tawang,
The mountains

We started at 0730 hours and
 And after breakfast at Bomdilla at 0900 hrs. We are ready to head out to kaziranga, I had left my luggage at Bomdilla we needed some time to pick up the luggage, and basically my tent and sleeping mat OD said 3750 km
It would be a long day; n might involve some night riding, some 80 km of bad road awaited as we started from Bomdilla,

with Local Beauty

The ride to kaziranga was quiet smooth; we were at Sapphire at 1300 hrs. OD said – 3826,   apu had taken  off on a wrong path and we lost some time as we regrouped, thanks to Nikhil being a spotty and zipping around and managing to get Apu in short time, ODO - 3857 was Bhalukpong an hour later at 1400 hrs. 

we were at Kaziranga by 1930 hrs., riding via tezpur ODO was 04005km
We had covered 370 km on this day in 12 hours time, I am amazed how right Google is about how much time it would take us to cover the distance, ya as the day ended we met another rider from  Delhi Beaster – Sohail, we had a campfire that night to beat the cold, the first of many campfire that night.

Campfire at Kaziranga
The next day 7th Nov,  we had booked a Jungle Safari, and elephant ride for 0630 hrs, which ment we would be up and would need to be at the gate of the safari place by 0610, so we would need to start out by 0530 hours

At safari site

What do You know we made it in time for the safari and were on our elephants out to spot Rhino and bison and what else have you .

AN elephant prepares

The riders Prepare

On the Safari

As we started out we were soon in the marshland and then in river side and there were sightings of animals.

And the humans watching the animals ,,,

US on the elephant

Monday, December 11, 2017

To sela pass and Back


Towards sell pass at 15800 feet

While we know the guys from Koderma and RKMC and Patna are attempting Tawang, since I had already made it to Tawang a few months back, I was not too keen to do it again,
maybe this is why 
Dirt roads towards Sela

 but the call of the mountain is hard to resist and as I connected with a rider from Delhi royal beasters, Nikhil who happened to be in Tawang  we decided OK lets meet at Sela pass, at a height of 15800 feet and then head back towards kaziranga.
Apu Kittan and his Bike

The date was 5th November, and We started from Bomdilla, odometer 2526, we gassed up and we were off, reached Dirang at 0830 and had breakfast, 15 minutes later we were off towards Sela,
Girls enroute to sela

Curved and steep

The road was picturesque as were the girls beautiful and friendly, happy to pose for us as we popped a few images with them and of them, along the way to Sela, the curved roads a pleasure to ride on and breathtaking view on both sides as we climbed quickly
5 KM to Sela

 we had encountered start of snow on the way making us put on our raincoat, the benefit was we were nice and warm the raincoat was great windbreaker too

Nikhil and me

 we reached at 1145 and
Odometer read 3637 at SELA and sure enough Nikhil showed up riding from Tawang and we met for the first time, we would go on to ride for 5 days till Passighat together

at Sela

A few cups of coffee at -5degrees at the BRO cafĂ© and bonding over stories of how the RKMC guys were robbed a few km ahead of Sela of there lights  and some gear, and we thought there were no bad elements in the mountains ( sad but true robbers exists everywhere)  
Nikhil, Rajat , Apu 

we started out descent back towards Dirang

Me at a Prayer station

We stopped along the way at a war memorial and offered our players to the war heroes and headed back to Dirang for the night  we were back by 1600 hours , and ODO was at:  3706

Dirang night SKY

to be cont ...