3kfor30

We three friends (Thej, Anand & Sandeep) celebrated getting into fourth decade by motorcycling 3000kms and another 3000kms by train and bus. Since we were motorcycling for 3000kms its was called #3kfor30. But like any other motor cycle trip it changed on the go. We did ride 3000kms together but then I also rode another 2000kms by myself. Here is the log of events, in text, video, time and location.

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3kfor30 - Riding in India from North to South - 5000+kms

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3kfor30 - Home: 12.835276, 77.685614
3kfor30: Chittoor Railway Station : 13.219198, 79.103514
3kfor30 - In himsagar express: 14.461030, 79.989728
3kfor30 - Itarsi Junction Railway Station: 22.608220, 77.767022
3kfor30 - At Bhopal everybody seems to be busy : 23.267208, 77.413357
3kfor30 - Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station: 28.589000, 77.253414
3kfor30 - Chakki Bank: 32.259273, 75.636266
3kfor30 - Mandi - Starting our motor cycle Ride: 31.708165, 76.931367
3kfor30: On our way to Kulu: 31.957851, 77.109460
3kfor30 - Unplanned day trip to Manikaran : 32.027102, 77.344791
3kfor30 - Reached Manali: 32.239632, 77.188715
3kfor30: Ride to Rohtang Pass: 32.371643, 77.246622
3kfor30 - Riding to Ambala City: 30.378179, 76.776697
3kfor30 - Riding Across four states to reach Jaipur: 26.912416, 75.787288
3kfor30 - From Jaipur to my favorite city Udaipur: 24.571270, 73.691544
3kfor30 - Meeting KV at IIMA: 23.030451, 72.536560
3kfor30 - Baroda: 22.307520, 73.182709
3kfor30 - I’m in Mumbai, waiting for a miracle: 19.075984, 72.877656
3kfor30 - Yay Karnataka: 15.868883, 74.502099
3kfor30 - Tumkur - Last stop as planned: 13.340000, 77.100000
3kfor30 - Beautiful Mysore: 12.295810, 76.639381
3kfor30 - Unplanned stay at Thamassary: 11.422822, 75.935815
3kfor30 - Who knew I would come back to Thrissur again and again: 10.527642, 76.214435
3kfor30 - Fort Kochi - Small, Nice and Beautiful: 9.965779, 76.242115
3kfor30 - Next to the sea at Chavara: 8.958163, 76.531979
3kfor30 - Infosys building: 8.533030, 76.883986
3kfor30 - Riding through Rains: 8.170000, 77.430000
3kfor30 - Kanyakumari: 8.078010, 77.550524
3kfor30 - Madhurai: 9.925201, 78.119775
3kfor30 - Good old NH7: 11.664325, 78.146014
3kfor30 - Back in home town: 12.780877, 77.771414
3kfor30 - Home Sweet Home: 12.835276, 77.685614
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3kfor30 - Home
Everything was ready. Manju and Manoj will drive us to Chittoor. We need to pick up Anand and then we will be on our way in My wagon R.
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3kfor30: Chittoor Railway Station
The Train journey starts from Chittoor. We caught Himsagar express here. For next 3 days we were  in train.



Chittoor Railway Station, Railway Station Road, Thotapalyam, Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh, India
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3kfor30 - In himsagar express
In himsagar express… this train is a world in itself…




Passengers trying to get into my train at Nellore in rain
Nellore Railway Station, Achri Street, Kapatipalem, Santhapet, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India
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3kfor30 - Itarsi Junction Railway Station
Our second day in Train.



Life goes on at Ittarasi (MP) railway station
Itarsi Junction Railway Station, Foot Over Bridge, Itarsi, Madhya Pradesh, India
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3kfor30 - At Bhopal everybody seems to be busy










Bhopal Junction Railway Station, Navbahar Colony, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
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3kfor30 - Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station


Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station Gate No 1, Govt Vehicles Drop Off Lane, Nizamuddin, Nizamuddin East, Delhi, India
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3kfor30 - Chakki Bank
We changed plans multiple times in real time
Real time plan change…we are going to get down at Pathankot and catch toy train to jogindernagar.

But at last we took a taxi to Mandi from Pathankot.




On my way to Mandi from Pathankot



Chakki Bank Railway Station, Pathankot, Punjab, India
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3kfor30 - Mandi - Starting our motor cycle Ride
We reached Mandi on 1st. We were supposed to get our motor cycles on the morning of 2nd. But we didn't. We got it later in the evening around 4pm. GATI was not only late but also damaged my motor cycle. Anyway we started with out much wait. Actually I couldn't start, there was petrol right? No, so we had to fill and start our trip. I also noted the kilometer on my bike.

10:32:02 am on November 2, 2010,
View from Hotel at Mandi




04:22:50 pm on November 2, 2010
Meter shows 17258 and we start


Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India
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3kfor30: On our way to Kulu
We stopped on the way to take some pictures, first picture with motor cycle.


Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India
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3kfor30 - Reached Manali
03:09:23 pm on November 3, 2010
Reached manali. Tomorrow morning rohtang pass yay..


On Kullu - Manali Ride









And this is where I decided that I will go to Kanyakumari. Our ride was supposed to end in Bangalore, But you know sometime plans change for good.

We reached earlier than we thought. We could catch evening sun and view of Himalayas.

That night after the dinner
Me: maga hogodu hogtivi, Kanyakumari tanka hogbidona. (bro, lets ride till kanyakumari instead of Bangalore.)
Boda: super idea. Adre raja illa. (Good idea. But dont have enough leaves)
Me: nanobbane hogla? enanthiya? (Shall I go alone? What do you think?)
Boda: hogu maga full India agutte (You should go. That way you will be covering India)
Me: Yochane madtini (I will think about it)
Boda: Yochane madbeda, work out agalla. Igle decide madu ( Dont think. It wont work. Decide now)
Me: hogtini maga, kanyakumarige (I am going to kanyakumari)
Now thats how it became ride from Rohtang to Kanyakumari. The decision I took that second forced me to ride 2000kms alone for the first time. I dont regret it. In fact that was one of my best decisions.



03:06:34 pm on November 3, 2010
@vraa hey thanks. I am going to ride from rohtang to kanyakumari, on my return route, starring day after tomorrow. So more pics :)


View of beautiful snow covered mountains from Manali


Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India
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3kfor30: Ride to Rohtang Pass
We were supposed to leave early from Manali, so we could go for a ride to Rohatang and return back before dark. It was very cold and we couldnt move out until 8. Rohatng was just 57 KMs. Initially locals opposed our ride, we were kind of stuck to our plan. It was cold and one of my most difficult ride. But it was worth everything.










November 4, 2010 Reached Rohtang (0km is missing so @ 1km ) :)



3 bikes n 3 friends reach Rohtang pass. Beautiful is an understatement for the drive




Video that I shot at the location:
Rohtang La, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India
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3kfor30 - Riding to Ambala City
This was probably one of the longest rides. It was also very tiring one. Read the full blog post here.
It was scenic in the begining but was so later.
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Also it was a long long day.

07:54:17 am on November 5, 2010
Meter reads 17560 we are on our way to Ambala.

03:25:03 pm on November 5, 2010
We are 170kms from Ambala City our destination for today. Damn I need at least 3 hours.

08:56:23 pm on November 5, 2010
Reached Chandighad…love the city. Do they have bicycle lanes?

09:58:22 pm on November 5, 2010
Happy deepavali to all.
Ambala City, Haryana, India
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3kfor30 - Riding Across four states to reach Jaipur
Riding to Ambala was tiring. We slept really really well. If left we wanted to sleep more. We had a slow morning and left Ambala around 9 am.

08:58:35 am on November 6, 2010
Meter reads 17949 and our target is Jaipur which 450+ kms. Its going to be a long long day.


We cruised along without much problem

12:24:27 pm on November 6, 2010
In last two hours, we have been doing 80kmph. Awesome drive.

12:26:55 pm on November 6, 2010
Today we will be touching four states Punjab, Hariyana, Delhi and Rajasthan. All with in 500km drive.


But the traffic was crazy as we entered Delhi. On the outskirts of Delhi just before getting onto the Jaipur hihway we took a break.

04:41:03 pm on November 6, 2010
I’m at Ravi Hotel (NH 8, Sector 80, Gurgaon)

Delhi - Jaipur was easy but scary with cars zipping past you. We took a coffee break in between

07:29:32 pm on November 6, 2010
Coffee break. (@ Hotel Tirupati)

Then by 10:30 pm after roughly being on road for 12 hours, we readched Jaipur.

10:29:08 pm on November 6, 2010
Reached Jaipur. It was 12 hour long day.

It was a great day, tiring but made us really happy

10:36:00 pm on November 6, 2010
Breakfast at Chandigardh, lunch at Delhi and dinner at Jaipur. What a day :)

We deserved a good dinner

11:16:38 pm on November 6, 2010
Dinner. Supposed to be the best place. (@ LMB hotel – Lakshmi Mithai Bhandar) 4square
Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
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3kfor30 - From Jaipur to my favorite city Udaipur
We spend quite some time in the morning doing sightseeing. Both Myself and Anand has been to jaipur before as part of earlier Pushkar mela trip. In that trip both of them missed Udaipur, so we planned to go through it, this time. Udaipur is my favorite city and hence I didnt mind going again.

Jantar Mantar visit


On our way to Udaipur near Ajmer






We had to stop do a quick service as my chain was making noise, it wasnt a big deal but helped in long run



We reached Udaipur quite late. But next day was rest day..
09:30:59 am on November 8, 2010
Rest day, rest day, rest day…..yay….

so we did Udaipur City watch, clicked lots of pictures, watched people & palaces and ate









Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
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3kfor30 - Meeting KV at IIMA
Next stop was Baroda. But I wanted make a stop at IIMA and meet Veetrag. The drive upto IIMA was good and easy because of good roads.







09:35:46 pm on November 9, 2010
@kv yup..I had never thought. Nice meeting you after a long time …I wish I had more time.

But the road from Ahemadabad to Boroda is the worst that I have ever ridden on. Also it was dusk which made it much more challenging.

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3kfor30 - Baroda
Baroda, Gujarat, India
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3kfor30 - Unplanned day trip to Manikaran
We were already a day behind the schedule and were really slow against our expected average speed. Both my friends had limited number of leaves. They had planned everything. But then the story of Manikaran amazed both of my co-riders. I dint have a fixed plan, I had whole month at my disposal. I agreed to their plan. Detailed blog post here.







Manikaran Sahib, Manikaran Road, Manikaran, Himachal Pradesh, India
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3kfor30 - I’m in Mumbai, waiting for a miracle
We reached mumbai quite late. The day started with rain scare and ended with driving through Mumbai in the evenings. We also took breaks in between.
07:20:50 am on November 10, 2010
Rain God have mercy.

Anyway next day was a break day. So we slept early.


We got our vehicles serviced and did a fun city tour.





How could we let go the opportunity for beer and photos


Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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3kfor30 - Yay Karnataka




11:48:54 am on November 13, 2010
Yay Karnataka
Belgaum, Karnataka, India
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3kfor30 - Tumkur - Last stop as planned
Tumkur, Karnataka, India
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3kfor30 - Beautiful Mysore
Mysore, Karnataka, India
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3kfor30 - Unplanned stay at Thamassary
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3kfor30 - Who knew I would come back to Thrissur again and again
Thrissur, Kerala, India
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3kfor30 - Fort Kochi - Small, Nice and Beautiful
Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala, India
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3kfor30 - Infosys building
Infosys Trivandrum Campus, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
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3kfor30 - Riding through Rains
Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, India
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3kfor30 - Next to the sea at Chavara
Chavara, Kerala, India
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3kfor30 - Kanyakumari
7:46 pm on November 18, 2010
Odometer reads 4429kms. Myself n my bike reached kanyakumari.

It was late in the evening, I was drenched and tired. It took me a while to find a hotel because of wierd reasons the guys at the hotels gave. As soon I got into the room, I went out for a walk


I sat at the see behind the temple and watched the waves and rock for a long time. It all felt like a dream. I never thought it was possible, here i was.



Then I went back to hotel and wrote the post cards for all those people who wished me.



Next day I spent most of my time sightseeing









I also shot a video
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3kfor30 - Madhurai
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
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3kfor30 - Good old NH7
Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
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3kfor30 - Back in home town
Attibele, Karnataka, India
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3kfor30 - Home Sweet Home
Home Town

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