Ride to Glide

Bike India - - FEATURE -

Who We Are: Mo­ham­mad Muneer, Anup Joshi, and Fawaz Ah­mad of Guns Mo­tor­cy­cling

Riding: The Ba­jaj Pul­sar 200 NS, Ba­jaj Avenger, and

Ba­jaj Pul­sar 180

Route: Delhi ― Am­bala ― Kharar ― Roop­na­gar ― Una ― Kaloha ― Kan­gra ― Ma­tour ― McLeod Ganj

ThiS time when the moun­tains beck­oned to us, we craved not just to ride but glide too. To glide above these ma­jes­tic moun­tains — the best name that popped up was Bir–Billing. This beau­ti­ful vil­lage in the lap of the Dhaulad­har moun­tains is a haven for paraglid­ers. Billing, a vil­lage about 15 km from Bir, is the world’s sec­ond high­est paraglid­ing take-off plat­form 8,000 feet above sea level and of­fers among the world’s finest con­di­tions con­ducive to paraglid­ing. We planned a three-day ride from Delhi to Bir via McLeod Ganj in or­der to ex­plore this amaz­ing place.

We de­cided on an early start to avoid the heat and so fired up our en­gines at 5.00 am. From Mukarba Chowk, our ren­dezvous, we headed for NH 1. Na­tional High­way 1 is per­fectly bliss­ful to ride on in the morn­ing ow­ing to

sparse traf­fic. The weather was very cle­ment and our ma­chines were in fine fet­tle. Hav­ing rid­den for more than 200 kilo­me­tres we de­cided to stop over for break­fast at Am­bala. All our Ba­jaj mo­tor­cy­cles were per­fect me­tal horses, en­abling us to cher­ish ev­ery mile that we rode on these ma­chines.

The stretch be­tween Una and Ma­tour was sim­ply breath­tak­ing: miles upon miles of smooth ser­pen­tine tar­mac, lined on ei­ther side by de­o­dar trees, that takes you through lush green tea gar­dens, or­chards, and in­nu­mer­able scenic views. It was pure bliss.

One day was de­voted to ex­plor­ing McLeod Ganj, tak­ing in no­table places such as the Dharamshala Sta­dium, Bhag­sunag Falls, Naddi Sun­set Point, and the Dalai Lama Tem­ple and Monastery.

The last day of our trip was for paraglid­ing at Bir–Billing, which is about 70 km from McLeod Ganj. The ex­pe­ri­ence of glid­ing among the clouds, above those mountain peaks, was heav­enly.

Need­less to say, we en­joyed this ride to the hilt. We would rec­om­mend to all our fel­low riders a sim­i­lar bike ride crowned by the ex­pe­ri­ence of paraglid­ing at Bir–Billing.

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