Spiti – Where Gods Reside: Day-6

 

 

Day-6: Jhakdi – Rampur – Narkanda – Shimla – Solan – Dharampur – Kalka – Panchkula – Ambala – Sonepat – Panipat – Karnal – Murthal – Delhi
Time: Around 12 hours
Highlights of the Day:
1. The mad dash towards Delhi
2. Meeting a couple of xBhpians of Chandigarh.
3. Stopped by a few lads in a car, on the National Highway – 1
We knew today we had to reach Delhi. This was Day-6, the last day of our marvelous Spiti ride. The ride that took us to some memorable places that mother Earth has to offer – like the last village on the Indo Tibetan border, to the beautiful Nako lake, to Kaza to the highest motorable village in the world Kibber, to the amazing Ki Gompa…
It was about 9am when we started, and the sun was already out. It was getting hot. We crossed Rampur in a jiffy, and went through Narkanda and Shimla in almost no time. Enroute, we did take a couple of halt to just give a little break to that butt of ours, and to eat something since all these days we would just start riding without having anything in the morning. DCS also gave a call to a couple of Chandigarh xBhpians, namely ‘Kurtrules’ and ‘Biker_Boy’. They were to meet us at Panchkula.
By the time we reached Panchkula, it was evening. At the designated meeting point (Indian Oil Petrol Pump, at Panchkula), we all met. It was really good to meet Kurtrules and Biker_Boy and another friend of Kurtrules’ who had accompanied him from his office. Incidentally, even though Kurtrules and Biker_Boy stay in the same city, and belong to the same biking group, they were meeting for the first time ever, which was really strange for me to know! They said they had made plans for a Chandigarh G2G many-a-times, and had canceled subsequently, each time.
Nevertheless, thanks to me and DCS, these guys were able to meet, finally! We went to a near-by food court and had some wonderful cold coffee. It was really refreshing. After spending more than an hour chatting with the Chandigarh xBhpians and sipping on coffee, we decided it was time to leave, as we had about 250 kms. still to cover, before we reach the National Capital. We were also a little worried about the ongoing ‘problem’ in Punjab, but we decided to ride towards Delhi nevertheless.
Night had fallen, and we were riding on the NH-1. DCS overtook a Hyundai Accent, and I followed. Suddenly, something happened to the driver of the Accent. I thought may be his ego was hurt, because a couple of puny two wheelers had overtaken his massive (comparatively speaking) ‘four-wheels’. He drove towards us, and pointed us to stop by the road side. I was really skeptical. I thought they would be a nuisance. Moreover, I could see three-four healthy guys sitting inside that car. 
Anyways, we did stop and three of them came out of the car. The driver, a moderately built guy, asked us, of all the questions – “Are you guys from xBhp?” And we were relieved. As it turned out, while we overtook them, he saw the xBhp stickers on our machines, and hence, stopped us. We talked quite a lot about what he did, and where were we coming from. He turned out to be an xBhpian himself. He hadn’t re-registered pre-server crash though. Incidentally, he also turned out to be a friend of Akshay (Chandigarh xBhpian).
All this went for ten odd minutes, before THEY let us go. Finally, we carried on non-stop towards Karnal, where we had some tummy filling paranthas and tea, after which we moved non-stop to Delhi. We did ofcourse stop enroute once, to wear our rain-gear since it did seem it might rain anytime. The clouds had gathered, and we could see lightning, and even felt a little drizzle. But, the drizzle, thankfully, did not turn out to be anything more than that.
Finally, at about 12:30am or so, we entered Delhi. We stopped, and congratulated each other for the wonderful, event-free 6 day tour that we did. And thus, the 6-day Spiti ride came to a conclusion.
There are lots of bits and pieces of information that we would be sharing over time, which we might have just missed. It is not always possible to mention each and every detail of such a ride, at one go. I believe, that is pretty much understandable.
This ride was all about exploring the hidden beauty that Himachal has. This trip was all about exploring the Spiti and Kinnaur Valley. I returned after a 6 day ‘expedition’ from Spiti with a quiet promise to the hills, to myself, that I would return once again to these ‘hidden lands’, and sooner rather than later…
Day-6: Jhakdi – Rampur – Narkanda – Shimla – Solan – Dharampur – Kalka – Panchkula – Ambala – Sonepat – Panipat – Karnal – Murthal – Delhi
Time: Around 12 hours
Highlights of the Day:
1. The mad dash towards Delhi
2. Meeting a couple of xBhpians of Chandigarh.
3. Stopped by a few lads in a car, on the National Highway – 1
We knew today we had to reach Delhi. This was Day-6, the last day of our marvelous Spiti ride. The ride that took us to some memorable places that mother Earth has to offer – like the last village on the Indo Tibetan border, to the beautiful Nako lake, to Kaza to the highest motorable village in the world Kibber, to the amazing Ki Gompa…
It was about 9am when we started, and the sun was already out. It was getting hot. We crossed Rampur in a jiffy, and went through Narkanda and Shimla in almost no time. Enroute, we did take a couple of halt to just give a little break to that butt of ours, and to eat something since all these days we would just start riding without having anything in the morning. DCS also gave a call to a couple of Chandigarh xBhpians, namely ‘Kurtrules’ and ‘Biker_Boy’. They were to meet us at Panchkula.
By the time we reached Panchkula, it was evening. At the designated meeting point (Indian Oil Petrol Pump, at Panchkula), we all met. It was really good to meet Kurtrules and Biker_Boy and another friend of Kurtrules’ who had accompanied him from his office. Incidentally, even though Kurtrules and Biker_Boy stay in the same city, and belong to the same biking group, they were meeting for the first time ever, which was really strange for me to know! They said they had made plans for a Chandigarh G2G many-a-times, and had canceled subsequently, each time.
Nevertheless, thanks to me and DCS, these guys were able to meet, finally! We went to a near-by food court and had some wonderful cold coffee. It was really refreshing. After spending more than an hour chatting with the Chandigarh xBhpians and sipping on coffee, we decided it was time to leave, as we had about 250 kms. still to cover, before we reach the National Capital. We were also a little worried about the ongoing ‘problem’ in Punjab, but we decided to ride towards Delhi nevertheless.
Night had fallen, and we were riding on the NH-1. DCS overtook a Hyundai Accent, and I followed. Suddenly, something happened to the driver of the Accent. I thought may be his ego was hurt, because a couple of puny two wheelers had overtaken his massive (comparatively speaking) ‘four-wheels’. He drove towards us, and pointed us to stop by the road side. I was really skeptical. I thought they would be a nuisance. Moreover, I could see three-four healthy guys sitting inside that car. 
Anyways, we did stop and three of them came out of the car. The driver, a moderately built guy, asked us, of all the questions – “Are you guys from xBhp?” And we were relieved. As it turned out, while we overtook them, he saw the xBhp stickers on our machines, and hence, stopped us. We talked quite a lot about what he did, and where were we coming from. He turned out to be an xBhpian himself. He hadn’t re-registered pre-server crash though. Incidentally, he also turned out to be a friend of Akshay (Chandigarh xBhpian).
All this went for ten odd minutes, before THEY let us go. Finally, we carried on non-stop towards Karnal, where we had some tummy filling paranthas and tea, after which we moved non-stop to Delhi. We did ofcourse stop enroute once, to wear our rain-gear since it did seem it might rain anytime. The clouds had gathered, and we could see lightning, and even felt a little drizzle. But, the drizzle, thankfully, did not turn out to be anything more than that.
Finally, at about 12:30am or so, we entered Delhi. We stopped, and congratulated each other for the wonderful, event-free 6 day tour that we did. And thus, the 6-day Spiti ride came to a conclusion.
There are lots of bits and pieces of information that we would be sharing over time, which we might have just missed. It is not always possible to mention each and every detail of such a ride, at one go. I believe, that is pretty much understandable.
This ride was all about exploring the hidden beauty that Himachal has. This trip was all about exploring the Spiti and Kinnaur Valley. I returned after a 6 day ‘expedition’ from Spiti with a quiet promise to the hills, to myself, that I would return once again to these ‘hidden lands’, and sooner rather than later…

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