Riding is a passion, which is now being recognised as an independent activity, and more and more riders are now riding across greater distances. Each day, occasion, event or holiday is marked by bike rides. Folks who love riding are finding reasons to spend more time on the road, whether for a cause or to explore, or to simply combat daily stress, or enjoy the thrill of the road. That’s how Extreme trio ride became a reality.
Sohail Khan made riding an important part of life being inspired by his brother who went to Ladakh and returned with photos and memories. Mesmerised by the beauty. He began planning rides, and pretty much rode through Ladakh, Spiti, Sach Pass, Killar –Kishtwar and and other destinations that we dare to dream about. He also wears the belt of ‘All India fastest ride’ from his trip in March 2017.
Riding through the Royal Kingdom of Bhutan
Posted by RushLane on Monday, 20 November 2017
About Extreme trio ride: A plan with buddy Pankaj to ride to Bhutan hadn’t come to fruition since 2014. Reinvigorated by his all India ride, the plan was put back on the table, only this time the trip was to include Bhutan, Nepal and Sikkim, as these would mean all three neighbouring countries could be explored in one grand tour.
With a tentative itinerary in hand, both riders were in agreement. The 17 day Nepal-Sikkim-Bhutan trip covered a distance of 4,000 kms, and explored many an extreme location, and was aptly named ‘Extreme trio ride’. The plan was then shared with a select group of riders who would be interested, and most importantly would have been able to cope with the difficult riding schedule. Timing and co-ordination needed to be perfected for success, and 9 riders took on the trip.
A fabulous flag-off from friends and family was planned at India Gate on 24th August, 2017. Route undertaken: Towards Lucknow, thereafter covering Nepal (Tansen- Pokhara-Kusma-Mustang-Kathmandu)-Siliguri- Sikkim (Gangtok-lachen-Lachung-Yumthang-Nathula –Nthang-Zuluk-Silkroute) –Siliguri- Bhutan( Phuntshoelling-Paro-Chelelapass-Haa valley-Thimphu) and finally ending at Siliguri on 9th September.
On 10th, the 9 lads took a return flight to Delhi. The bikes were loaded onto Aggarwal Packers and movers, and reached destination without any damage. Here’s a look at the riders and the bikes they rode:
Pankaj Mehra alias PANKY (Pulsar 220)
Nishant kashyap alias GOLU (Pulsar 220)
Areeb Khan (Duke 390)
Atin Tyagi alias TYAGI JI (Bajaj Dominar)
Manoj Khushwaha alias BAWA( RE classic 350)
Puneet Chopra alias PUNS(Aprilia 150)
Vipul rajpoot alias RAJA BABU(Duke 390)
Adnan alias ADI (Avenger 220)
Rohit chopra alias RC (RS 200)- He joined for the Bhutan leg.
Pawan Agrawal(Thunderbird 500)- He joined for the Bhutanleg from Siliguri.
Sohail is grateful to everyone en route who helped with arrangements and made things easy for the riding group. They are Roaring Indians club Lucknow ,Yen gurung from Pokhara ,Sunil from Kathmandu , Chandrakant from Siliguri, Debolina from Kolkata ,Pawan from Siliguri ,Karma Tenzing from Gangtok and Atush jaiswal from Jaigaon. Without them it would have been difficult to save time and manage the Extreme trio ride.
Sohail sums it up by saying, ‘Success does not lie in results, But in efforts, Being the best is not so important, doing the best is all that matters.’