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.
|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.
|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
|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
|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
|3kfor30 - At Bhopal everybody seems to be busy |
Bhopal Junction Railway Station, Navbahar Colony, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
|3kfor30 - Delhi Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station |
Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway station Gate No 1, Govt Vehicles Drop Off Lane, Nizamuddin, Nizamuddin East, Delhi, India
|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
|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
|3kfor30: On our way to Kulu |
We stopped on the way to take some pictures, first picture with motor cycle.
Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India
|3kfor30 - Reached Manali |
03:09:23 pm on November 3, 2010
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.
03:06:34 pm on November 3, 2010
View of beautiful snow covered mountains from Manali
Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India
|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
|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.
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
|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
|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
|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.
|3kfor30 - Baroda |
Baroda, Gujarat, India
|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
|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
|3kfor30 - Yay Karnataka |
11:48:54 am on November 13, 2010
Belgaum, Karnataka, India
|3kfor30 - Tumkur - Last stop as planned |
Tumkur, Karnataka, India
|3kfor30 - Beautiful Mysore |
Mysore, Karnataka, India
|3kfor30 - Unplanned stay at Thamassary |
|3kfor30 - Who knew I would come back to Thrissur again and again |
Thrissur, Kerala, India
|3kfor30 - Fort Kochi - Small, Nice and Beautiful |
Fort Kochi, Kochi, Kerala, India
|3kfor30 - Infosys building |
Infosys Trivandrum Campus, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
|3kfor30 - Riding through Rains |
Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, India
|3kfor30 - Next to the sea at Chavara |
Chavara, Kerala, India
|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
|3kfor30 - Madhurai |
Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
|3kfor30 - Good old NH7 |
Salem, Tamil Nadu, India
|3kfor30 - Back in home town |
Attibele, Karnataka, India
|3kfor30 - Home Sweet Home |