It is once in a lifetime feeling.. Should have sold my home and did it if I knew how amazing it would be...such thoughts kept flashing as I rode and took in the mighty Himalayan roads thumping on my royal Enfield. Dreamy yet alert, for as mesmerizing the mountains were ..one mistake and you could be history.
"It's going to rain " I told my wife "look at the dark cloud high up there.. "
"Oh my God oh my God " she exclaimed "it's not a cloud but a mountain !"
A feeling of pure awe tingled my spine and shuddered my grip on the handle of the heavy beast as I realised the height of the mountain and the sheer drop at the side of the road. I was not the centre of the universe. Yet I felt in harmony with the grand scheme of things. And it was a once in a lifetime feeling of freedom . It was at this point I felt that this was worth selling your worldly possessions for ....
yet read on you don't have to sell your home I'll show you how.
Because the ecstasy of riding into a wall of awe inspiring mountains is an exhilarating once in a lifetime experience. I went with my wife as I had always wanted to and that made it much better.
Where to go?
Plan your trip where the real Himalayas start that is Manali. In my posts on quora i have mentioned that i was utterly disappointed with shimla its a touristy place and quite boring. Plus it and other hill stations are really the lower himalayas or so they seem. To see the real magnificence of Himalayas and to experience that feeling of exotic you should head to manali.
For those of you who are short on time. First advice just go!
I spent a lot of time preparing and procrastinating for the trip reading up on the internet.. while worthwhile can not really prepare you for what you will experience. It's not as difficult nor as easy but it's worth it. Truly. die hard bikers (who come on 21 day trips) and the tourists who come on three day sightseeing.