Trip Start date – 22 July 2016
We were at our compulsory summer internship program at a university at Jalandhar. Building a Formula race car from scratch was our project. At first it was really fun but at the time passed, it became really tedious and that’s when we knew that we needed a break from all the lectures and engineering.
So, we started making plans to go to Dharamashala for the weekend. But there was a hurdle. Siddharth decided to call his mum and ask for permission, Inventible it was and mother said ’Padhai karne gaya he padhai karke aja’. He chickened out (I happen to have these kind of people in my life). So, we went ahead and made bookings for our bikes from some nearby bike rental vendor and started boasting about our much awaited ride to Dharamshala to make Siddharth feel miserable.
The trick worked, Siddharth agreed to come, with having influenced by ‘peer pressure’ and greeted me with a punch in my tummy! Why would you do that, Siddharth? Why?
It was my first ride in the hills. Enjoy the read.
Day 1 – Jalandhar – Kangara. 141 km – 4 hours
Packed our backpacks and had our very heavy breakfast (I love Punjab for the amount and the quality of food they serve). We were heading out, but then Siddharth, again put a condition. He did not want to miss out on his lectures. Ah! We postponed our departure till the noon. At around 2 PM, we finally started our ride. Man, the road from Hoshiarpur is so beautiful. Canopy over the whole highway with farms alongside the road.
We made few stops here and there. Had some snacks at a dhaba, too.
It got dark when we reached Kangara, plus on the darker side, the visor of our really bad conditioned helmets were already bad, so we #could_not_see_crap!
Parked out motorcycles which happened to be a Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 and a Bajaj Avenger Street (Punjabis called it Saa-treet. Some even thought it was a HD 750 saa-treet) and headed out to fill our bellies with some delicious street food. Unfortunately, wherever we went there was a big queue of people already waiting.
We had to go to a fancy restaurant. At first, we were at an impression that we had to pay with our kidneys for that food. Man-O-Man, was I not wrong, I had the best Rara chicken of my life there! The staff was so polite and we paid in cash.
Day 1 ended well.
Day 2 – Explore Dharamshala – Jalandhar. 180 km – The whole day!
We had a deal that we would wake up by 4:40 in the morning and get ready by 5 and leave the hotel.
Me and Vishwaraj respected that deal and kept our words. So, we went to Siddharth’s room to check on him. I was not surprised seeing the fat bastard watching TV and when asked why he was doing that, he simply replied ‘Yaar Para pressure nahi bana!’. I stomped and left for chai with Vishwaraj in a hope that by the time we get back to the hotel, Siddharth would be ready with his ‘pressure’ released.
After checking out of the hotel, we rode towards Dharamshala. I still remember that it was showering a little. With the open helmet I could feel the breeze hitting my face. The fresh air filling my lungs and sweet grunt from the engine made it like living a dream.