Before starting off I would just like to brief a bit interesting facts about my gang (8 boys)who made this what we felt a Roadtrip an unforgettable experience which we all will cherish through our lifetime and each one I'm sure will Proudly tell their kids that " your Dad has done all that" many years from now.
The Beginning: It all started with a friend of mine named Sushant Panda we were working in an MNC in Mumbai. People fall for his surname but he's a Bengali born n brought up in Faridabad. He was ready with his plan to hit the road all alone and make it to Ladakh but we were destined to be there with him.
He asked me if i was ready to take a leave for 14 days and make it as a pillion rider with him for this trip. The moment i heard his plan i just said "YES" i'm in. I didn't knew how i was going to manage all the expenses, the leaves, permission from my mom dad for such a long trip that too on a bike as my parents were very reluctant for a bike ride for even the smallest of the route and here we were going to do a mega drive of our lifetime.
I clearly remember that day when i came home i was positive from the moment that i have to make this happen and to my surprise my Mom also gave it a green signal without any further questioning. That moment i realized this trip was written for me. I was very happy that evening and as usual went down to meet my building friends after dinner as i do everyday. I discussed this plan with one of my childhood friend (Sanil) with whom i had already did a few roadtrips within Maharashtra. He was ready the moment he heard this with no plans of how and what we were going to manage all the stuff.
The dates as decided by Sushant were 17th July to 3rd August and we were on the 30th of June when we decided that we will join him. The next two days we got 4 more friends (Dinar, Gundu, Nishant, Gunjan) of mine ready for this trip and one friend (Abhishek) was dicey as he was having his important classes.
8 days to Go for the trip and Abhi was like..... "Is there any chances that I can join this trip?" and that made us 8 in all who were about to go on a trip of their lifetime with a "ZERO" past experience of having a longgggg road trip like this.
The Pre-Trip Arrangements: We were transporting 2 Royal Enfield's from Mumbai to Delhi via Train and 1 we were going to Hire from Karol Bagh (Delhi) and 1 Bullet of Sushan't friend which was already at Sushant's Faridabad home.
So in all 4 bikes (2 from mumbai, 1 on Rent from Delhi, 1 from Sushant's friend). The Train transport of the two bikes were managed by us from Bandra terminus via an agent who sent our 2 bikes well in advance so that we can reach there and collect them from the delhi ( Hazrat Nizzamuddin Railway Station) Yard. It costs us around Rs 3,500 per bike to transport from mumbai to Delhi (this is in 2014, Prices may vary now).
Finally the day came 17th July, we had a train from Bandra Terminus in afternoon to Hazrat Nizzamuddin.