Preparation for Dream Ride – Leh Ladakh

Its time to get Leh’d and Spitified

Leh – Ladakh, a dream ride for all the bikers. Bikers call it Heaven.  Through this blog I would like to share the preparation strategies for your Dream Ride.

Sharing the information from my experience during my Leh expedition 2017 and my preparations for Ladakh 2018.

The most common routes to Ladakh:

Option 1:

Delhi / Chandigarh – Jammu – Udhampur – Srinagar – Sonamarg – Kargil – Leh – surrounding Leh (Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Pangong) – Tso Moriri – Pang – Sarchu – Jispa – Keylong – Manali – Delhi / Chandigarh.

Option 2:

Delhi / Chandigarh – Manali – Rohtang – Keylong – Jispa – Sarchu – Leh – surrounding Leh (Khardung La, Nubra Valley, Turtuk, Pangong) – Kargil – Sonamarg – Srinagar – Udhampur – Jammu – Chandigarh / Delhi.

If you choose the Option 2, you need to apply for Rohtang Permits.  Take the beyond Rohtang Permits to cross the Rohtang Checkpost and continue the journey to Leh. This Rohtang Permits needs to be applied online 2 days in advance before the day you intend to cross Rohtang. Beware Rohtang Pass is closed on all Tuesdays and no vehicular movement from either sides.

Planning the above itinerary in 15 days is the best so that you can have a pleasant travel.  There are riders who have done the Leh circuit in days lesser than that, but don’t go there to race against time, instead enjoy the beautiful mountains.

If you are an experienced rider, then you can add on Spiti circuit (needs an additional 7 days) or even ride the Sach Pass or tame the World’s Deadliest road Killar – Kishtwar.

Places Banned for Travellers:

  1. Umling La
  2. Marsimik La

Few new routes:        

  1. Kargil – Hamboting La – Batalik – Dah Hanu – Skurbuchan – Khaltse – Leh
  2. Kargil – Penzi La – Padum – Darcha

Permits:

Effective June 2017, every visitor has to obtain Inner Line Permits from Leh DC Office to visit few places and list is as below:

  1. Batalik – Dah Hanu –Skurbuchan stretch
  2. Tso Moriri – Tso Kar
  3. Khardung La – Nubra Valley – Turtuk
  4. Pangong Lake (the lake in the movie 3 Idiots)
  5. Chushul
  6. Hanle (as of year 2018, Hanle is banned)

Kindly contact my friend Rigzin Bhai on +91 8146591625 or +91 7018159824 for any assistance regarding Inner Line Permits.  He also helps you out with Bike Rentals at Manali or at Leh and he also conducts Chadar Treks.

Important Note:

As the places enroute the circuit is close to International Borders, so there will be Army Base camps or check-posts and any kind of photography / videography is strictly prohibited.  Please don’t take pics or videos of any such places and always obey the orders given by any Indian Army / Defense personnel throughout the journey.

Things to carry for Leh – Ladakh Ride

Riding Gears:
Always follow ATGATT (All The Gears All The Time) throughout the ride, no matter what bike you ride on these terrains.

  1. Riding Jacket
  2. Full faced helmet
  3. Riding Pant, if you don’t have a riding pant; do take good knee guards
  4. Riding Gloves
  5. Shoes (full ankle shoes are preferred)

These riding gears are only for your safety that would protect you from injuries in case of a fall.

Bike Accessories:

  1. Jerry Cans for fuel
  2. Acceleration Cable
  3. Clutch Cable
  4. Clutch plates
  5. Puncture kit for tubeless tyre vehicles
  6. Extra pair of tubes for tube tyre vehicles
  7. Engine Oil
  8. Chain Lubrication
  9. Spark Plug
  10. Ensure you have fog lamps fitted on your bike.
  11. Tool Kit
  12. Saddle Bag
  13. Foot-pump / electronic air pressure for air fill.
  14. Any other accessories you feel necessary for your vehicle

Clothing and Luggage:
Never carry your entire wardrobe along with you.  Make note of this quote “Less the luggage more the fun”

  1. Thermals
  2. Raincoats
  3. Winter Gloves
  4. Sunglasses
  5. Gum Boots / Full ankle shoes
  6. Only 2 jeans or maximum of 3
  7. Shirts / T-shirts; 3 to 4
  8. Socks (carry extra pairs, as there are many water stream crossing throughout the journey and clothes won’t dry in the temperature here)
  9. Inner wears 7 to 8
  10. Toiletries and Personal Hygiene products
  11. Torch
  12. Balaclava / full face caps

Medicines:

  1. Oxygen cans
  2. Personal medications if any prescribed by your doctor
  3. Diamox Tablets / Gingko Bilbao (for Acute Mountain Sickness)
  4. Pain Balm / Spray
  5. First Aid Kit (Cotton, band-aids, cream to apply on wounds)
  6. Tablets for cold, cough, fever, loose motions, body ache.
  7. Any other medicines you feel necessary.
  8. Glucose / ORS Powder

Documents to be carried:

  1. Driving License
  2. Vehicle RC
  3. Identity Proof / Address Proof
  4. Inner Line Permits
  5. Rohtang Pass / Beyond Rohtang Permits
  6. Manali Green Tribunal Tax (to enter Manali)
  7. Emission / Pollution Certificate
  8. Personal medical / health insurance if available
  9. All Foreign Nationals keep a check in the official website of Leh DC Office for documents to be carried.

Mobile Network:

BSNL Postpaid works in most of the places. Airtel postpaid works in some of the places. None of the prepaid connections work in Kashmir Valley.

Electronic gadgets (optional):

  1. Camera
  2. Laptop
  3. Action Camera

Carry power bank and keep your mobiles for charging while staying in your hotel rooms.

Fuel Availability:

If you ride via Srinagar, fuel is available in all the major places; Udhampur, Srinagar, Kargil, Leh.  To visit places surrounding to Leh, you need to carry sufficient fuel to have a smooth journey.

Leh – KhardungLa – Nubra Route:
The petrol pump at Diskit was fully functional when we did our Leh expedition in July’2018
Leh – Pangong Lake Route:
No availability of fuel.
Leh – Tso Moriri / Leh – Hanle:
Fuel is available in local shops at Sumdo for INR 100/litre.
Leh to Manali:

The only place where fuel is available is at Tandi. So there is no availability of fuel for a stretch of 365 km. Leh to Tandi is 365kms.

Ensure you carry sufficient fuel depending on your vehicle’s fuel tank capacity and the mileage of your vehicle.

Fuel was available in local shops at Sarchu for INR 140-150 /liter.

ATM Availability:

ATMs are available at Srinagar, Leh, Manali.  Please ensure you carry sufficient cash for your entire journey.

Mechanical Support:

Get your bike is properly serviced before you start your journey.  There is good mechanical support at Leh.  There are few small garages / minimal mechanical support in Tandi, Jispa, Udhampur.

There is a mechanic named Sonu in Diskit.  Kindly keep his contact number +919469524727 saved in your mobiles.

Few important websites and contact:

  1. All information regarding Leh Ladakh: https://www.lehladakhindia.com/
  2. For Inner Line permits: http://www.lahdclehpermit.in/
  3. For Rohtang Permits and Beyond Rohtang Permits: http://admis.hp.nic.in/ngtkullu
  4. Also please read through the comments in Ladakh Return group on FB for all the latest updates from travelers.

Few important things to be noted:

  1. No Drink and Drive
  2. Don’t smoke while you are at the mountains
  3. Keep the ecology clean, don’t trash your travel.
  4. Don’t stick any kind of stickers on any of the sign-boards. The sign-boards are meant for information and not to put your stickers.
  5. Keep your dear ones informed about the places you traveling, whenever you find cellular network; make the first call back home. “I / We are safe and fine” is what your family wants to listen from you.
  6. Most of these places are prone to landslides, cloud burst, flash floods; so be prepared with things.
  7. You can’t predict or win against the Universal Law of Nature.
  8. Take other important things which you feel most important and necessary to you.

In case I have missed any information on the preparations for the Dream Leh Ride, please drop your comments below so that it can help the readers here.

Stay Safe, Ride Safe; enjoy the best and the most memorable Trip of your Life 🙂
Until next time.
Cheers,
Gokool Kini
(Soul Warrior)
Also visit: My Leh Expedition 2017

A Day Ride to Nandi Hills, Avalabetta and Lepakshi

Date: 22nd October 2016
Places visited: Nandi Hills, Nandeeshwara Temple, Avalabetta and Lepakshi
No. of People: 2 Solo Bikers, Rajesh and Me

Route Taken
Route Map of our Trip

Over the Friday night’s dinner, Rajesh and I planned a day ride to Nandi Hills which is the most common place for a short ride for anyone residing in Bangalore. So we planned to sight the sun-rise at Nandi Hills and visit few more places over that stretch.

We started from Esteem Mall, Hebbal at around 4.30am and we reached the Nandi Hills Police check-post by 5.30am.  The best part of Nandi Hills over a weekend is you will find lot many bikers who visit this place only to catch the glimpse of the sunrise.  We rode through the traffic, finding gaps and riding those gaps to reach the uphill. We parked our bikes and stood in the long ticket queue at the ticket counter.

Parking Lot at Nandi Hills
Parking Lot at Nandi Hills

As we trekked to the viewpoint, we could find all the visitors seated with full excitement to watch the beautiful sunrise.  Rajesh and I found a place to sit comfortably on the rocks; where I spent my time with some pups.

with a pup at Nandi Hills
Every trip I go, I have the company of pets

It was a cloudy morning that day.  However; we could still catch a glimpse of the sunrise amidst the thick dark clouds.

Selfie with the Sunset
Selfie with the Sunrise

We also checked-in to the hill-top historical temple, where you have a stone pillar and a temple pond.

at the Temple Pond at Nandi Hills
At the Temple Pond at Nandi Hills

 

As always The Crazy Me
As always The Crazy Me

As we had other destinations planned and we wanted to cover that day; we started our journey downhill and upon reaching, we stopped for breakfast at a restaurant there.

Our next destination was the historical Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple.  I don’t remember the count of my visits to Nandi Hills and I missed to explore this historical temple during all of my previous visits to Nandi Hills. So this time, explored it.

This temple is been identified as one of the oldest temples in Karnataka dating back to 9th Century and has some beautifully carved out pillars and also has large temple pond.  A very calm and silent place to spend some time to peace your mind away from the city’s traffic and noise.

Vasantha Mantapa at Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple
Vasantha Mantapa at Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple

 

Temple Tank at Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple, Pic courtesy: Wikipedia
Temple Tank at Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple, Pic courtesy: Wikipedia

Few More Pics from Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple through the slideshow below:

After exploring this marvelous and historical beauty, we rode through the villages of Chikkaballapur district and we reached Avalabetta, a place famous for the “Pointed Rock” and there are paved steps that take you to a temple. Keep walking further from here to reach the viewpoint.  Please do carry your own food and water bottles and please be very careful with the monkeys that hover around this place.

Pointed Rock at Avalabetta
Pointed Rock at Avalabetta, Pic Courtesy: Google Images
at Avalabetta
At Avalabetta

There was a mad rush and people were waiting in a long queue to get their Picture on the Pointed Rock, and we didn’t want to join the long queue.  I had visited Avalabetta sometime back in 2015 with riders from our Gixxer Club Bengaluru. Apparently, yet I don’t have my pic on this rock. Hopefully, next time I ride this side will get one selfie here.

Should you be riding to Avalabetta, don’t miss the trek to Gudibande Fort. Both Rajesh and I had trekked the Gudibande Fort before, so we skipped this and rode to Lepakshi, a temple in Anantapur District of Andhra Pradesh, dating its history back to 14th Century.

Lepkashi Temple: Information Board
Lepakshi Temple: Information Board

The “Hanging Pillar” inside the temple defies gravity. Yes, the pillar doesn’t have any support base to the ground.  You can pass a paper or a piece of cloth beneath this grey pillar. This is a tribute to the engineering marvel from the historical architects.

Hanging Pillar at Lepakshi Temple
Hanging Pillar at Lepakshi Temple

Another attraction here is Shivaling which is sheltered by a Seven hooded Naga and it’s recognized amongst the biggest Naga Linga in India.  You might have visited many Shiva Temples and always sight a  Nandi in front of all the Shivalings, but here the Nandi Statue has another mysterious story which I will explain in the later paragraphs of this blog.

Rajesh and I with the Nagalinga at Lepakshi

Few locals here believe this place dates back to the era of Ramayana, as Lepakshi means “Jatayu”, as this place was where the bird Jatayu fell.  There is a “Dance Hall” which is surrounded by sculpted pillars.

Dance Hall with sculpted Pillars at Lepakshi
Dance Hall at Lepakshi Temple

We had some juice before we made a move to the Nandi Statue.  This is the biggest amongst the 12 Monolith Nandi in India, carved out of a single Granite Stone with dimensions of 15ft in height and 27ft in length.  The finely carved ornament around the neck of this Nandi adds to the glory of this architecture.

Monolith Nandi at Lepakshi
Monolith Nandi at Lepakshi; The biggest in India

Now let me explain to the mystery behind this Nandi and the Shivaling.  If you stand by the right side of this gigantic Nandi, you can clearly see the Nagalinga (which is inside the main temple) distancing approximately 700mtrs from here, but the same Nandi is not visible to be seen from inside the temple.

We started our return journey at around 4 pm and stopped over for a late lunch at highway side hotel in Chikkaballapur and bidding good-bye to Rajesh at Hebbal flyover and reached back home juggling through the chaotic traffic of Bangalore City. Thank you, buddy, for an amazing travel memory.

Total Distance travelled from this trip
That was an amazing journey of 329kms on my bike’s Odo

Stay safe and tuned until I blog my next travel story !!!

Pic Credits: Temple Tank Pic of Bhoga Nandeeshwara Temple from Wikipedia, Pointed Rock of Avalabetta from Google Images and rest all pics captured by Rajesh and Me.

#LiveFreeRideHard 
Cheers,
Gokool Kini
(Soul Warrior)

 

Also Visit: Just Ride to Twin Rocks

A Ride to Mandargiri Hills and Maidala Lake

Date: 11th November 2017, Saturday
Places visited: Mandargiri Hills, Maidala Lake and Devarayanadurga Hills (DD Hills)
No of People: 3 (Dipika, Shreyas and me)
Bikes: KTM Duke200 and Suzuki Gixxer
Total Distance: 181kms
Route Taken:

Route MapRoute Map

After filtering out various trekking places around Bangalore, we decided to explore Mandargiri hills (also known as Basadi Betta).  It’s a small hillock with a Jain Temple atop the hill.

The ride was just about to begin from our meet-up point Goreguntepalya, while I saw my bike’s front tire is flat.  There was an HP Petrol Pump nearby on the service road where I got my bike’s tire pressure checked and that wasn’t a puncture, luckily!!

We then quickly zoomed over the flyover off Tumkur Road and kept riding straight on till Kamat Hotel, Dabaspete where we stopped over for breakfast.

At Kamat Hotel, DabaspeteAt Kamat Hotel, Dabaspete

Post breakfast we were back on the highway.  Take a deviation at Kyatsandra where you see an arch to your right. (Note: This is not the deviation at Dabbaspete underpass, go few kilometers ahead on the highway until Kyatsandra, look for an arch and a deviation at this arch would lead you to a village; Panditinahalli).

The road through this village would take you straight to Mandargiri Hills. The temple atop will be locked and the keys to be collected from the Priest who resides at the foothills.  We searched high and low to find the caretaker and also tried calling on the numbers put up near the office, but sadly; failed to get the keys, hence missed an opportunity to explore inside of the temple premises.

We parked our bikes at the foothill and started to ascend over the carved out steps, which are approximately 450 in number.

At Foothills of MandargiriAt the Foothills of Mandargiri

 

Carved out steps at MandargiriThe carved-out steps at Mandargiri

 

MandargiriClimbing the steps at Mandargiri

The climb would barely take 15minutes.  As you reach the top, you will be welcomed by the cool breeze, the view of coconut plantations.  You can also see the Peacock feathered temple dome which is unique.

Temple Dome with Peacock Feather designThe Temple dome with Peacock feather design as seen from the hills

Please carry eatables and water bottles, as you won’t find any shops near the hills.

At the left side of the temple, there is a small pond and the mighty Maidala / Mydala Lake on the right.  We spent some time under the shades of a huge rock mesmerizing the beautiful view.

at MandargiriiAt Mandargiri hills

 

HJC and SOLRule the Roads, but wear the Crown….. #HJC, and #SOL

 

Panoramic Picture of the ponds and the Maidala LakePanoramic Picture capturing the ponds and Maidala Lake

 

Temple Pond at MandargiriTemple Pond (Kalyani) at Mandargiri hills

 

At MandargiriDipi, me and Shrey at Mandargiri

Post checking out the nearby pond, we planned to visit the Maidala Lake.  But as we descended down till our bikes, we were shocked to see my bike’s petrol pipe leaking.  Some idiots did steal petrol from my bike; half tank petrol was been stolen from my bike.

Shrey fixed the fuel pipe and we then took the muddy roads that lead us to Maidala Lake.  Please be careful here as you have to ride on the slopes of the rocky hillock and over the loose gravel.

The lake was stunning, it was a windy day; where the waves of the lake hitting the shores, gave a feeling of being at a beachside.

At Maidala Lake#Dutchess and #Warrior at Maidala Lake

 

Maidala LakeMaidala Lake

 

At Mydala LakeA day at the lake, restores the Soul

Post a good quality time spent at the lakefront for some photography sessions; we decided to visit Devarayana Durga Hills; popularly known as DD Hills by riding the muddy roads of the lakeshore.

Offroads at MandargiriThe off-roads besides the lake

We even rode till the end of a narrow bridge where you have pump-set room.  The cool breeze and weather kept us away from fatigue and its symptoms.

Pump-set room Maidala LakeAt the bridge to Pump-set room, Maidala Lake

Once you exit the muddy roads and reach the tarmac roads, (taking left from here would take you to Tumkur Highway) and we took a right that leads us to a village Urdigere, which is few kilometers before the DD Hills Arch.

Over a pit-stop for tea at Urdigere, we enquired for hotels to have our lunch; the shop-keeper advised us to have lunch (Prasad) in DD Hills Temple.

After seeking blessings from “Bhoga Lakshmi Narasimhaswami Temple” at DD hills, we had lunch (Prasad); every visitor of this temple can have lunch freely.

Before Lunch at DD HillsMe with a Pup at DD hills temple

 

Lunch hall at DD Hills TempleThe Lunch Hall at the temple

 

LeafThe traditional leaf on which the lunch was served in the Temple

 

waiting for the lunchWaiting for the Lunch (Prasad)

The lunch (Rice, Sambhar, and Payasa) was served on a traditional leaf.  Post a delicious lunch in the temple; we rode those twisties uphill to “Yoga Narasimhaswamy temple”.  As we walked those steps to the temple; I was happy to see “Princey” again (Princey, a labrador dog).  The shop-keeper there easily identified me; he said you were here a few months ago and you enjoyed your time here playing with “Princey” the last time as well.

With PrinceyWith Princey, the Labrador

Post seeking blessings here, we wanted to trek behind the temple, but the authorities denied our entry; showing us a signboard that read trekking here is banned.

at DD Hills templeAt a viewpoint on DD Hills

We rode back to Bangalore to stop over at Goreguntepalya and bidding good-bye, we dispersed back home.

Thank YouThank You Dipi and Shrey for a memorable trek and bike trip

 

Bike Odometer181 km on my Bike Odometer

The read my experiences of my previous trip to DD Hills: Click Here
Watch the complete Vlog on YouTube: Click Here
Stay safe and tuned until I blog/vlog my next travel story!!!
#LiveFreeRideHard
#ExploreThisBeautifulWorld

Cheers,
Gokool Kini
(Soul Warrior)

List of Places in Karnataka "One State Many Worlds"

“This is just a Information Blog for all the travellers who want to explore the Beautiful State of Karnataka”

Karnataka, a state in Southern India is a world in itself.  The state has many places to be visited and explored. The historical architecture from the past dynasties that ruled through the state, the beautiful coastline and the beaches, home to many water falls, wildlife, temples.  You definitely need to explore this state to relive the traveller in you.

These are the list of all the places within all the districts (Alphabetical order) and various categories are listed below:

01_Bagalkot
03_Bangalore Rural
02_Bangalore Urban
04_Belgaum
05_Bellary
06_Bidar
07_Bijapur
08_Chamarajanagar
09_Chikkaballapur
10_Chikamagalur
11_Chitradurga
12_Dakshina Kannada
13_Davangere
14_Dharwad
15_Gadag
16_Gulbarga
17_Hassan
18_Haveri
19_Kodagu
20_Kolar
21_Koppal
22_Mandya
23_Mysore
24_Raichur
25_Ramanagar
26_Shimoga
27_Tumkur
28_Udupi
29_Uttara Kannada
30_Yadgir
Note: Kindly make use of Google Maps for navigations and do take the help of the locals for routes and proper navigation.

I have compiled this data by surfing through Google, Wikipedia, Karnataka Tourism Website and other travel websites.

Everyone can refer to this list of the places to plan your travels with friends, family, team outing, solo riding, group riding.

“Enjoy your Planned or Unplanned Travel Journeys”

Incase I have missed any of the places, please write in the comments sections.

#LiveFreeRideHard #Explore this beautiful state of Karnataka, truly “One State Many Worlds”

Stay safe and stay tuned until I blog my next travel story.

Cheers,

Gokool Kini

(Soul Warrior)

 

Also visit: Memories from Trekking the Monster Madhugiri

The Dream Ride Leh: So near, yet so Far

“This is my story to Leh and how people helped me throughout the journey”

Dates: 8 – 23 July 2017
Mode of Journey Planned: Bangalore to Delhi by flight, Delhi to Chandigarh by train and ride from Chandigarh.
Plan: Leh – Ladakh Circuit (Chandigarh – Manali – Leh – Srinagar – Chandigarh)
No. of People: 9
Bikes: TVS Apache 160 and 180, Hero Karizma, RE Thunderbird500, RE Thunderbird350,  2 of RE Desert Storm, Honda CBR150 and Suzuki Gixxer.
Total Distance Planned: 2650Kms
Route Planned:
Route

Leh – Ladakh, an adventurous trip that all biker’s dream, I grew up watching those Himalayan rallies which telecasted back those days on TV.  It was my dream too.

It was in the month December 2016 when Rajesh and Phani agreed for the Dream Ride, followed by Satish Bhai, Karthik, Deb Bhai, Gowda, Harish Bhai and Karthik Vadhri (K2), all from Road Thrill.

We got our flight tickets booked as par with the train schedule to cargo our bikes to Chandigarh.

Planning the itinerary was a challenge.  Rajesh and I spent a hell lot of time getting the itinerary in place.  Many of my friends from Road Thrill, Gixxer Club Bengaluru, and a few others helped me a lot for the itinerary.

It started as a crazy impractical plan and post discussing with few experienced people, we came with the final itinerary.

The initial plan was to enter via Srinagar and exit via Manali, but finally, we did the other way round that was entering via Manali and exit via Srinagar.

Every one of us got busy with all the shopping for bike accessories, riding gears, action cameras, and the list went long.

Decathlon, Lets Gear Up, Orion Motors, NH4 showroom, JC Road became our new meet-up hubs.   The bond of biking brotherhood between the team grew quickly and pulling each other’s legs on WhatsApp group or during our meetups.  Every one of us was literally waiting for the big day.

After enquiring about the various cargo options to ship our bikes to Chandigarh, we finalized with the Indian Railways as that was the cheapest and the quickest mode available.

Meanwhile, I was working parallel on the Inner Line Permits.  Thanks a lot, DK Pandit Sir from the forum “Ladakh Returns” on FB, got a lead for Inner Line Permits, his name was Rigzin Angdu (Rigzin Bhai).  I quickly got in touch with him and provided all our necessary details that required in obtaining the Permits.  Rigzin Bhai got us Inner Line permits well in advance and had it couriered to me.  Thanks a lot, Rigzin Bhai.

Satish Bhai took care of Beyond Rohtang Permits and we all had the necessary permits that required for the Leh – Ladakh trip even before we all departed from Bangalore.

We dropped our bikes in Yeshvantpur railways station on 04th of July 2017, a day in advance from the train’s departure.  This train, Samparkranti Express departs every Wednesday from Bangalore and reaches Chandigarh on Friday.

Many thanks to Phani, who got the railway cargo in place.

Bikes at Yesvantpur Railway StationOur bikes packed and ready be shipped to Chandigarh

I rented a moped from Royal Brothers Bike Rentals for my convenience to commute in Bangalore. Rajesh and I were riding through Old Madras road, I lost my phone, as it fell from the jacket pocket.  I lost my phone 2 days prior to our departure.

I arranged for a basic phone until I took a new phone. But, the next day I got a call, he said he got my phone near to RMZ Infinity on Old Madras road and asked me to come to Indira Nagar and collect it from him.

As I reached Indira Nagar and got ourselves introduced, his name was Ashwath Bhat.

Ashwath: Let me show you the phone!

Me: Once I saw my phone, its display was totally shattered as the phone had fallen on the road; I asked how you found my contact from this broken phone?

He called the Jio customer care number, told them about the lost and found a phone, told them the sim number and obtained my alternate contact number from them and called me stating he found my phone.

I was stunned by his efforts to contact me and hand over my phone to me.

However, I had to buy a new smartphone before I depart to Leh.

All our packing was done a day advance.  As the day of our departure arrived, the excitement was like the adrenaline mad rush pumping through our blood.

The adventure was all about to begin . . . . .

Day 0: July 07, 2017 (Friday)

We were eagerly waiting to check-in to Bengaluru International Airport and board our flight to Delhi. None of us had the mood at our workplaces. The mountains and those terrains were the only things being visualized in our minds.

We all decided to reach the airport by 6.00pm but due to heavy rains that poured that evening, we all made to the airport by 7.30pm.

Our flights were at different departure times. Karthik and K2 had their flights at 9 pm and the rest of the pack had our flights at 10 pm.

As Satish Bhai works in the Indian Army and was posted Chandigarh and he would join us at Bilaspur as he was busy with training.

We all went through the Airport security checks, baggage were also checked-in.  Apart from both the Karthik’s, our flight was delayed by an hour.

Pic at the AirportAt Bengaluru International Airport Terminal

Day 1: July 08, 2017 (Saturday)

Karthik and K2 were waiting for us at Delhi.  As soon as the rest of us landed at Delhi Airport, we quickly booked a cab to Old Delhi Railway Station.

We had our train tickets booked to Chandigarh which had to depart from Delhi at 4.25am, but the train was running 1.5 hours behind schedule.

at Delhi Railway StationWaiting for the train at Old Delhi Railway Station

We all eagerly waited for the train to arrive.  We boarded the train post its arrival at 6.00am and decided to take a nap for 4-5 hours until we reached Chandigarh.  It was 11.00am when we reached Chandigarh.

at Chandigarh Railway StationAt Chandigarh Railway Station

We hired a porter to carry our baggage.  Now, the first question everyone had where is our bikes?

PorterPorter carting all our baggage

Post enquiring in the Railways Parcel office, we got to know where our bikes were parked.  Every bike that was packed, we checked on the number plates to identify it.  Finally, we sighted our bikes, the adrenaline pumped up as we all started unpacking our bikes.  But we had few setbacks.  Our bikes were damaged in transit.

K2 had his bike’s number plate detached, few dents on Harish Bhai’s “Toruk Moktu” (this is what Harish bhai has named his bike) and the front brake lever was broken on Phani’s “Beast”.

Satish Bhai had booked Army Guest house in Panchakula so that we could freshen up there and also had an Army Jawan, Gursatinder Bhai to help us in Chandigarh and was with us for the entire day.  Post refueling our bikes, Gursatinder Bhai, Deb bhai, Rajesh and Gowda went to the Army guest house with all our baggage, while Harish Bhai, Phani, Karthik, K2 and I went to the nearby mechanic to get our bikes fixed.

Harish Bhai and K2 got Ladakh carriers fixed to their bikes and all of us got flag rods mounted and rode till Panchkula, Army Guest House.

We all freshened up and geared up. ATGATT is what we follow during our rides, “All The Gears All The Time”

The entire luggage was mounted on our respective bikes, greeting thanks to Gursatinder Bhai, we all kick-started the dream ride.

Thanks a lot, Satish Bhai and Gursatinder bhai for helping us at Chandigarh and Panchkula Guest House.

As we started late evening, we rode till Roopnagar and halted for a night’s stay at Hotel Silver Oak.  The next day’s journey planning was being done over dinner.

RoopnagarOur bikes as seen from the hotel balcony

Day 2: July 09, 2017 (Sunday)

We all were ready by 6am and gathered for the ride briefing session and started our journey for the day.

Briefing Session at RoopnagarRide Brief at Roopnagar

 

roopngrBefore the start from Roopnagar

Riding for a few kilometres and we stopped over for breakfast at Saini Tourist Dhaba at the highway side.  Post having some tasty aloo parathas, we continued our journey to Manali.

At around 11am we reached Bilaspur where Satish Bhai joined us and that completed our pack of 9 riders.

Just before the bridge across the Sutlej river enroute Mandi, I was hit with sunstroke. The extreme sunny temperature made me feel exhausted and that’s when I told Deb Bhai, “Bhai gaadi rukha de, warna mai tokh dunga kahi pe, I need some juice or glucose” (Bhai let’s stop for a juice, I am exhausted and would bang somewhere if I don’t stop over).

Gowda, Deb Bhai and I stopped over at a road side sugar cane juice shop. Everybody thought I was hit with AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness).  But I was sure that was not AMS.

After SunstrokeHa ha ha…. The crazy me !!!

We then rode till Mandi and stopped over for lunch at Hotel Shingar. Post a delicious lunch we started our journey to Manali.

As we crossed the Pagodah Dam, The first tunnel came our way was “Aut Tunnel”.  It was a nice experience riding through the 2nd longest tunnel in India with a length of 3kms.  The only sound you can hear is the echoed sound of bike exhausts, especially the Dug Dug Dug Dug Dug sound of the Royal Enfields.

Riding along the river Beas that flowed parallel along the highway and pine trees over those mountains was a blissful view.

As we stopped over for tea, the first thing everyone uttered “Bhailog, Riding through Aut Tunnel was a superb experience”

We stopped at Manali check-post to obtain the Green Tax which costs Rs100/- per bike and once we reached Manali, Rigzin Bhai assisted us to the home stay.

Phani and I quickly got dinner parceled for all us from a nearby hotel and post dinner we all crashed into the beds.

This ended our day 2, riding for 16 hours covering 280kms amidst heavy vehicular movement.

Day 3: July 10, 2017 (Monday)

This was the day where we start riding over those passes.  Rohtang was the first pass that we had to conquer.  We all wanted to capture every moment of this journey; our cameras were fully charged and mounted on the bike’s handle bar and helmets.  Bidding farewell to Rigzin bhai and refueling our bike full tank, we started on Manali – Leh Highway.

with rigzin bhaiA small token of appreciation from Team Road Thrill: Rigzin Bhai with RT t-shirt

The first pass that we came across was Rohtang Pass.  The peek fulfilled the promise of the view; it was an impressive sight, the shadow of the mountains that reached deep into the land. Riding uphill was a beautiful journey.

Somewhere in the middle of Rohtang, Phani’s “Beast” was down with some ignition problem.  Harish Bhai and I were signaling the traffic from either of the sides to slow down, while Deb bhai and K2 assisted Phani while he fixed his bike.

Phani fixing his bikePhani replacing his bike’s ignition fuse

A quick stop over at Rani Nallah, where we could actually touch snow.  That was the first time I ever saw snow in my life.

snow at Rani NalahMe holding snow for the first time in my life

 

Groupfie at Rani NallahGroupfie at Rani Nallah

 

Father of Manali - Leh HighwayLEST WE FORGET – Father of Manali – Leh Highway

Soon we reached Rohtang Peak and gathered near the Rohtang Pillar.

Rohtang PassThe only Pass I could ride during my Leh Journey: Rohtang Pass

 

Rohtang1Karthik, Harish Bhai, Satish Bhai, Phani, K2, Deb Bhai, Me, Rajesh, Gowda at Rohtang Pass

The next stretch of the roads from Rohtang to Koksar village was complete off-roader with few water stream crossing.

Water Stream Crossing before KhoksarThe water stream crossing before Khoksar

At Koksar Checkpost, we showed our Beyond Rohtang Permits to the security personnel and stopped over for lunch.  The only food available was Maggie and Omlette.

The landscape around Koksar bridge was beautiful.

KhoksarNature’s Bliss – Khoksar Bridge

 

KhoksaarKhoksar Bridge

 

WarriorMy Lone “Warrior” at Khoksar Bridge

The river Chenab flowed parallel to the roads enroute to Sissu.  Khoksar to Sissu had proper tarmacked roads with few of water crossings.  I was fully enthralled riding at the dawn time watching those snow topped mountains.

SissuAll set to cross the water crossing at Sissu

After some more stretch off-roading, we reached Tandi.  This was the last petrol pump on Leh – Manali Highway, The next petrol station was available after 365kms and we got our bike petrol tank full and stocked enough petrol in jerry cans that was required for the journey ahead.

ThandiTandi Petrol Pump

 

Tandi1Next Filling Station: 365 kms ahead

K2 sensed some problems with his bike’s clutch and gear shifting and we stopped at a Royal Enfield Service point while Rajesh wanted to top up his bike’s disk brake fluid.

While K2 and Rajesh got their bikes checked, the rest of us rode till Keylong and started looking for a hotel for a night’s stay.

We all checked into HPTDC Hotel and finished our dinner.  Phani and I were interacting with few of the senior citizens and they recited the history of Keylong, as to how tourism in this small town grew from years ago with so many travelers passing by through this town.

We quickly planned for the next day’s journey and crashed to bed.
Day 4: July 11, 2017 (Tuesday)

“The most memorable time from my journey”

I called home early morning to inform my parents that the next 2 days I won’t be under mobile coverage and assured them we all would be fine.

Karthik was fixing his bike’s tire puncture while we all got geared up.  Our next destination to halt for the day was Sarchu or Tso Moriri if we could ride till that further.

At Jispa we saw a huge group of Royal Enfield riding to Ladakh.  It was their Himalayan Odyssey to Ladakh.

Somewhere near a village called Patsio, we had crazy water crossing and was a challenge to all the bikers.

water crossing at PatsioBikers waiting to cross the water stream at Patsio

Every biker was to be assisted to cross this stream.  It wasn’t easy to just cross the stream, bikers were to be pushed or pulled to cross this. Phani and I stepped into the water to help few fellow bikers and we were also helped by the fellow bikers to cross over.

As all of the bikers crossed this stream, a local said there is yet another stream crossing just a couple of kilometers away, but as we reached there, it was not just a water crossing, it was a landslide.

LandslideLandslide near Patsio village

We along with 350+ bikes were stuck there.  The Indian Army and Borders Road Organization were always to the rescue. The JCB drivers were trying their best to make a way through the landslide.

The bikers grounded on the mountain side watching as the Army personnel worked to clear the landslide.  We didn’t know how much time it would take to clear.

Amidst this, the Army announced that there was an emergency as one of a biker had to be taken to the nearest hospital and ordered all the bikers to make way so that the patient’s car could pass through.

Many of the bikers volunteered to assist in clearing the way here.  Phani and I volunteered too.  Within minutes all the traffic was cleared on one side, so that the vehicle could move through the traffic.  But it wasn’t as easy.  A small bridge was collapsed due to landslide and the vehicle being stuck on the other side of the bridge.

The Spirit of Biking Brotherhood was always held high.  The Army somehow managed to pass on the stretcher across the bridge and was handed over to the bikers and each and every one of the bikers lent their shoulders in carrying the patient till the nearest SUV.

As someone righteously said, “No biker will ever leave a fellow biker stranded in problems; it’s a default promise made by every biker”

waiting for landslideWaiting as the landslide being cleared

After being stranded for 8 hours in the landslide area, it was finally cleared.  A commendable job done by the Indian Army.

As we rode amidst the chaotic traffic and crossed the water crossing, the clutch plates of Harish Bhai’s and K2’s bikes were burnt.

We had extra clutch cables but not the clutch plates.  Satish Bhai, Rajesh and Gowda moved ahead in the traffic.

We asked each and every Royal Enfield bikers if they had spare clutch plates, but none had them.  A Delhi based riding group had 1 set of clutch plates and had a mechanic along with them.  We convinced the group head and he told their mechanic to replace the clutch plates of Harish Bhai’s bike.  Once Harish Bhai’s bike got fixed, we sent Harish Bhai ahead to reach out to other 3 and convey the message of our bike breakdown.  K2’s bike was still needs to be fixed.

We couldn’t arrange for another set of clutch plates, we literally stopped each and every Bulletier asking for extra clutch plates, but none had.

All other groups moved ahead, we were stuck in the middle of nowhere and completely out of cellular coverage.  Phani and I decided to ride back to Jispa in search of Royal Enfield Service Station while K2, Karthik and Deb Bhai waited there.

We both rode back again through that crazy water crossing, we had no one to help us this time to cross this stream.  We somehow dodged through the stream and reached Jispa which took us more than an hour to reach the service station.

The mechanics agreed to come along with us and fix our bikes as soon they finish off with the bikes they had in their garage.

In the meantime, we parceled some chapathi and dal for us.  As we waited in hunger the whole day long without food and water.

phaniPhani playing with the hotelier’s kid while the food was being parceled

powernapPhani and I taking a power nap at RE Service Station – Jispa

We got some plastic bags in the garage.  Those bags were of bike spare parts.  It was a “jugaad” idea of wearing those plastics as a substitute to socks, we had no option here as we knew the water will be colder during late evenings.

 

RE stationSocks ka jugaad, using RE spare part plastic bag as socks

I handed over my bike to Ajay bhai and Santosh bhai (mechanics from Royal Enfield) and I hopped as pillion with Phani.

As we crossed a small place Darcha, I realized that my riding gloves were fallen somewhere while I sat as pillion.

Phani rode back alone for a few kilometers and came back with my riding gloves.

Untill we reached the crazy water crossing, it was complete dark.  A local tempo came there and we asked the mechanics to get into the vehicle and reach our boys and start repairing K2’s bike.

It was again only we both to dodge the water stream.  The water levels was high now, we both pushed each of our bikes one at a time to cross it over.  As I parked my bike and came back to help Phani walk through the stream, he lost balance and fell in the water, I held his hand and pulled him out of the stream and then rode till we reached the place where the rest of us were waiting for us.

karthik n debKarthik and Deb resting at the bike breakdown place, pic taken by K2

Until we reached, the mechanics had already started to work on K2’s bike.

repairThe mechanics repairing K2’s bike under mobile torchlight.

Meanwhile, we were discussing on where to halt for the night, all the 5 of us riding back to Jispa was dangerous riding through those water crossing all over again.  But by then, Karthik informed us that Deb bhai had already gone in search of tents towards Zing Zing.

But the mechanics had to go back to Jispa. After a while, we stopped a Tata Sumo that was traveling towards Jispa and requested them to drop the mechanics back.  They said: “Bhai tum chinta math karo, aapka bike theek hone tak hum log aapke saath rahenge, chahe jitna be waqt ho jaaye” (Bhai you guys don’t worry, we will wait along with you until your bike is being repaired, no matter how much ever time it would take).  Their words put me in tears. We badly wanted help as we were stuck amidst the mountains and the locals kept their words and accompanied us in that bare minimal temperature.

As the conversations we had with the mechanics, we found out that it was one of the mechanic Santosh Bhai’s birthday, and he said, bhai mera birthday hai aaj aur maine apne ghar waalon ke saath baat bhi nahi kiya, phone network nahi tha (It’s my birthday today and I haven’t spoken at home as there was some phone network issues).

Meanwhile, Deb bhai was back after arranging for tents in Upper Zing Zing Bar and we decided to celebrate Santosh Bhai’s birthday, we didn’t have any cake or sweets, his birthday was celebrated with the chapathi’s that we parceled from Jispa.

Please click on the below link to watch Santosh Bhai’s birthday celebration.
Video Link for Santosh Bhai’s Birthday

Very heartfelt thanks to the mechanics and the locals who stood by us during the bike being repaired.

Deb bhai was accompanied by the Tent stay owner in his Tata Sumo.  All our baggage was dumped in the vehicle and we started riding till upper Zing Zing bar.

We were riding at minus degree temperature and in total darkness. I was completely drenched and shivering.  At a river crossing, I rode over a stone, I actually jumped off the stone, and until I realized what went wrong, I was near the edge, but somehow managed to control my bike.  Had I not controlled my bike, I would have jumped of the mountain and would have been in pieces.

Phani was behind me, and asked “Are you fine and will you be able to ride” and I said, yes bro I am fine, lets reach the tents, we quickly need a shelter.

We reached the tents at upper zing zing bar and got myself warm with some hot tea and Maggie and slept over.

Day 5: July 12, 2017 (Wednesday)

I woke up late in the morning to realize I was down with fever and body pain.  I could only see things being faded away; I wasn’t even in the position to stand on my feet. Whatever my team spoke, bounced over me.  I couldn’t even breathe properly. All the medicines that we purchased were with Rajesh and we couldn’t connect with them. Another biker group that stopped over at Zing Zing gave me an oxygen cylinder that helped me breathe.

in Zing ZingMe at Zing Zing Bar, Tent

Phani, Karthik and K2 took me to the nearest Army Hospital for a check-up.  The doctor there told my oxygen was below the levels of 40 and I should be immediately taken to Keylong Hospital.

I was hit by AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). The army doctor also told, it would be the risk of my life if I ride further with this bad health. I was dumb struck. Phani, Karthik, K2 and Deb bhai had a tough time convincing me that my Leh dreams was about to end.

army hospitalMe at Army Hospital, Zing Zing bar

I had no option but to head back to Keylong Hospital. A Truck was arranged to cargo my bike till Keylong and I was accompanied with Phani and K2 in the truck. The journey from Zing Zing to Keylong was in the truck and I was taken to the Government Hospital, Keylong.

Listening to what the Doctor said, my childhood dreams were shattered. He said “Young man, your hit with AMS and your health has been totally deteriorated; I know Ladakh is the dream of every biker, but for now forget your Leh dreams for 2017 and come back next time”

I was a numb hearing to the Doctor, I lay down at the hospital with the oxygen mask on my nose and the nurses injecting me.

at Keylong HospitalMe at Keylong Hospital

 

medical prescThe last line in the medical record says: “Advised to shift to lower altitude ASAP”

Phani and K2 booked a lodge nearby and shifted me there for the night’s stay. K2 informed Rigzin Bhai about my health conditions and Rigzin bhai agreed to come to Keylong the next immediate day and take me back to Manali.

Day 6: July 13, 2017 (Thursday)

Phani and K2 boarded the early morning bus to Zing Zing.  Rigzing bhai and his friend rode to Keylong to take me back to Manali.

As they reached to Keylong, I handed over my bike keys to Rigzin Bhai and I hopped into a taxi and slept off  and requested the taxi driver to wake me as we reached Manali while Rigzin bhai and his friend rode till Manali.

Rigzin bhai and his family took great care of me at Manali.

Post having dinner at Rigzin bhai’s home I crashed to bed.

Day 7: July 14, 2017 (Friday)

I woke up late in the afternoon and somehow rode to Manali city and booked a Volvo bus that would take me and my bike to Delhi.

Rigzin bhai helped me to load my bike in the luggage compartment of the bus and I boarded the same bus to Delhi.

Manali volvoMy bike in the luggage compartment of the Volvo Bus, I am Sorry “My Warrior”

Before our journey began, I had never met Rigzin bhai; we only interacted on Facebook and over the phone. Rigzin bhai helped us a lot from the requirements of Inner Line Permits to getting home stay booked at Manali and even during my bad health issues from Keylong to Manali.

A heartfelt thanks to you brother.  Hopefully, I shall ride to Leh with you, next time ! ! 

with Rigzin BhaaiMe and Rigzin Bhai

As I boarded the bus, I informed JP Bhai from Road Thrill that I will be reaching Delhi the next day and might need some help.  JP bhai immediately connected me to our Road Thrill chapter in Delhi.

Day 8: July 15, 2017 (Saturday)

I was at Delhi the early morning.  I got down at the last stop at Delhi and unloaded my bike from the bus and got in touch with Harsh Bhai who moderates Road Thrill Delhi.

My bike’s fuel tank was dried over and tire pressure reduced while loading my bike into the bus.  I couldn’t find any hotels in the nearby vicinity and I slept over in the bus until Harsh Bhai reached the place.  The Volvo bus drivers were friendly enough and told me “Tumhara dost aane tak, gaad mei hi so jao, gaadi shaam tak yahi rahegi” (You can sleep in the bus until your friend reaches, the bus will be parked here till the evening).

I walked to a nearby juice cart and ordered for Mosambi juice saying Bhai 10-15 glass juice bana do.  I was exhausted and hungry and wanted something to replenish my hunger.

Harsh bhai drove till the place where I was grounded, I quickly dumped my luggage into his car and we drove to the nearest petrol pump and got some fuel for my bike.

I then rode following Harsh bhai to his home.  I got myself freshened up here and we went to a nearby hotel for Brunch.

I got in touch with a transport carrier through Varun Bhai and they agreed to send their representative to pick my bike and then transport it to Bangalore.

The whole day I was with Harsh bhai, we had a good time discussing about my Leh journey and the rides we have in RT Chapters.

I handed over my bike along with the keys and the necessary copies of the documents to the representative of the Transport Carrier Company.

My bike was cargoed in a Truck from Delhi to Bangalore.

My friend Punit immediately booked my air tickets for my travel from Delhi to Bangalore.

Thanks a lot, Harsh Bhai for the help in Delhi.

with Harsh BhaiRT Bengaluru meets RT Delhi (Me with Harsh Bhai)

I got a cab booked to Delhi Airport, my flight was to be departed at 10.30pm but was delayed by 2 hours.

Day 9: July 16, 2017 (Sunday)

Upon reaching my room in Bangalore, I was totally lost. The memories of the entire journey were flashing in-front of my eyes. I took a day rest and decided to travel back home to Belgaum.

Day 10: July 17, 2017 (Monday)

I boarded my bus to Belgaum, I was nowhere but staring at the Moon through the window pane.  My childhood dream was unfinished.  All the efforts that were put behind dropped as tears.

Every biker’s dream is to ride the Ladakh circuit, a pending dream for many bikers, only few attempt it, a very few accomplish it, while a few fail.

I failed in my very first attempt of riding my Dream ride.
I was only 250 odd kms away from my Dream Destination “Leh”
I was so near but yet so far . . . . . .

My bike was delivered to Bangalore on 25th of July, 2017, the same day, Phani, Karthik, Gowda and Rajesh’s bike reached Bangalore City Railway Station.

Once I received my bike, I went to Bangalore Railway Station along with Phani to collect their bikes.

While their bikes were being unloaded from the train bogie, I said to myself: “Had I completed Leh successfully, my bike would have also been here in the railway bogie, Better luck next time”

I am blogging this from the memories of my unfinished journey to Leh.  The memories were worth all the money spent and the risk taken.

I was told by my Dad that I was blabbering during my sleep, “Has my Leh team crossed Srinagar” those were the words I spoke while asleep.
Out of the planned 2650 kms, I could only ride for 700 odd kms.

Thanks a lot to everyone who supported me throughout the journey, thanks a lot one and all from my Leh Team.

A very special kudos and thanks to Phani, K2, Karthik, Deb Bhai, Rigzin Bhai, our Road Thrill family members (JP Bhai, Harsh Bhai and Varun Bhai), DK Pandit Sir and last but not the least the mechanics Santosh Bhai and Ajay Bhai from Royal Enfield Jispa and also the contractors who stood by us near Patsio.

A proud moment of respect to the Indian Army, Borders Road Organization and the fellow bikers during the emergency situation at the landslide area.

A small advise to my readers, “Always help people or animals in need, it will come back in unexpected ways”

These were my experiences from my journey to Leh and a promise I keep to myself: “I will definitely complete the Leh Ladakh Circuit for sure in my life hopefully 2018”.

Photo Credits: My entire Leh Team

Stay tuned until I blog my next travel story, stay safe, #LiveFreeRideHard
Cheers,
Gokool Kini
(Soul Warrior)

 

In case any of my readers planning their Ladakh ride, please visit: Preparations for Ladakh

Bikers’ Blood Donation Drive 2017

Date: 22nd of April 2017
Blood Bank Associated: Rashtrothana Blood Bank
Event Partners: SolaceThrottleHighway Delite and ReflectON
Volunteers from: LifeLine Services
Venue: Rashtrothana Yoga and Research Centre
Total No. of Donors: 98
Bike Groups volunteered and donated blood for the cause: Road Thrill, Dawn Riders, Battalion Bikers, Brotherhood of Bikers, Acclaimed Riders, Bangalore Roadies, Bajaj Avenger Club – Bengaluru, Dominar Owners Club – Bengaluru, Gear N Ride, and Gixxer Club Bengaluru

1Bikers Blood Donation Drive 2017 Event Banner

This CSR event “Bikers Blood Donation Drive 2017” was an initiative by Gixxer Club Bangalore in association with LifeLine Services.  The blood bank and the medical team associated with this drive was Rashtrothana Blood Bank which is the oldest Blood Bank in Bangalore.

“The gift of Blood is a gift of Life”

The most valuable service to mankind is Blood Donation. Nothing is comparable to the preciousness of human blood. There is no substitute for human blood as it cannot be manufactured but can only be donated by generous donors.

How rare is your blood group?

blood-types-compatibility

Do you know how many lives can 1 pint of Blood save?

Blood-donation-7501 A pint of Blood can save 3 lives

The medical team and the volunteers were very friendly ensuring that the event was driven successfully. A round of applause to the volunteers and the medical team.

Badges, certificates, stickersBadges, Certificates were given to generous Blood Donors at the event

Road ThrillTeam Road Thrill at Bikers Blood Donation Drive

Dawn RidersTeam Dawn Riders at Bikers Blood Donation Drive

Gear N RideTeam Gear N Ride at Bikers Blood Donation Drive

Acclaimed RidersTeam Acclaimed Riders at Bikers Blood Donation Drive

Bajaj Avenger Club BengaluruTeam Bajaj Avenger Club – Bengaluru at Bikers Blood Donation Drive

DOCTeam Dominar Owners Club (DOC) – Bengaluru at Bikers Blood Donation Drive

GCBTeam Gixxer Club Bengaluru at Bikers Blood Donation Drive

Battalion BikersTeam Battalion Bikers – Bengaluru at Bikers Blood Donation Drive

highway deliteTeam Highway Delite at Bikers Blood Donation Drive

Volunteers from LifelineVolunteers from LifeLine – iSteer at Bikers Blood Donation Drive

“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

We had excess sandwiches still left and we did not want to waste food.  We got to know about an NGO “PunahChethana Foundation” through Just Dial and we gave the excess food to the NGO.  It is a foundation that runs an Old Age home and also fosters Orphan children and is located in JP Nagar 8th Phase.

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at Punah ChethanaWe at PunahChethana Foundation post the blood donation drive.

A heart warm thanks to all the supporting Blood Donors, Bike groups, Volunteers, Event Partners and the medical team from Rashtrothana Blood Bank who put in their efforts for the noble cause.

Thanks a lot, Binay Bhai for coordinating the event successfully.

Regards,

Gokool Kini

(Soul Warrior)

Also visit: Guide for Ladakh preparation