Rid­ing through Bhutan on mo­tor­cy­cles

Bhutan Times - - Editorial - THARUN BODA (Source : The Hindu)

A n awe­some yet chal­leng­ing trip as the roads and weather were rough and tough

Two city lads had spent their sum­mer va­ca­tion in a way that very few die-hard trav­ellers would dare to do. When the city was tor­mented by op­pres­sive heat, San­deep Pat­nala, an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor in Lakkireddy Balireddy Col­lege of Engi­neer­ing, and B. Sai Karthik, a busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager at OYO Rooms, trav­elled to Bhutan, the Land of Thun­der Dragon, on a 16-day-mo­tor­cy­cle trip start­ing from May 1. It took four days for the duo to reach the bor­der of Bhutan from West Ben­gal and four days to reach the dragon land as they trav­elled by road on their mo­tor­cy­cles from their home­town Vi­jayawada, which is about 2,000 kilo­me­tres ride.

“The ul­ti­mate aim was go­ing to Bhutan, which is lo­cated on the range of Hi­malayas, on our mo­tor­cy­cles and we made plans ac­cord­ingly,” said Mr. San­deep who is back in city. Nar­rat­ing the se­quence of the ex­cit­ing trip to the neigh­bour­ing coun­try, he said: “On day four of the trip, we were in Bhutan and got the im­mi­gra­tion per­mis­sion at Phuentshol­ing for us both and our mo­tor­cy­cles. We then rode through places like Paro, Thim­phu, the cap­i­tal city, Phu­naka, Trongsa and oth­ers cov­er­ing the en­tire road net­work in a week.

“It was an awe­some yet chal­leng­ing trip as the roads and weather were rough and tough. We had to ma­noeu­vre through tough­est moun­tain roads which were flush with mud fol­low­ing rains. Cli­mate was the best part as it was cool in the night, hot in the day and rainy in the even­ing. Lo­cals are very help­ful and vi­o­la­tion of any traf­fic rule is seen as ma­jor crime. Over­tak­ing a ve­hi­cle and honk­ing are strictly pro­hib­ited.

Sai Karthik said they had trav­elled about 5,700 kilo­me­tres in­clud­ing 1,300 kilo­me­tres in Bhutan. “The roads are too dan­ger­ous for a novice mo­tor­cy­clist on moun­tain roads. It takes seven to eight hours to travel a dis­tance of 150 kilo­me­tres.”

The duo said they had car­ried spare parts of their ve­hi­cles along with re­pair kits, tents and other travel needs.

Mr. San­deep and Mr. Karthik trav­elled along with a group of bik­ers on their way to Thim­phu but they were un­aware that one of them was ac­tor Kelly Dorji, who played vil­lain in Tel­ugu and Hindi movies un­til he ap­proached them.

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