The first thought of doing Manali to Leh cycling came in the year 2016 after watching a random video on YouTube and trust me I could not sleep that day. I was restless. On my personal front I was going through so much that I just wanted to leave behind everything and everyone but again after a few days the josh died down and I got busy with studies and life.
So after 2016 came august 2018 when I finally decided to get leh'd on a bicycle. But the problem was everything I read and saw was from a male's perspective. I was apprehensive and scared to do it all alone. But as they say a soul's health is related to the mental health I decided to go for it. And let me tell you buying a cycle is ten times more difficult than buying a car. I knew nothing about gears, brakes fixing tyres, types of cycles. But as Paulo Coelho has beautifully written,''when you want something the whole universe conspires to make it happen.'' And I found people who helped me and motivated me throughout my journey.
I bought a second hand (used) cycle, told my parents and friends about it and the only reaction I got was , why cycling? ( and also they all said I am crazy). But they all supported me which is what matters at the end.
DAY1- ALWAR TO DELHI
As soon I reached Delhi I wanted to go back home . I was nervous as hell. People were staring at me and I missed the comforts of home. Took the HRTC Volvo bus for Manali and was regretting my decision of doing it solo and unsupported and also cursed my friends for not coming with me.