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Title: TravelBlog Delhi to Mussoorie Dhanaulti Motorcycle road trip, a ride to remember
Post by: Saurabh Soni on August 27, 2014, 04:02:51 AM
In summers of '13, we went on an unforgettable bike trip to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti, when we climbed the queen of hills riding on Hero Hunk and Bajaj Avengers from Delhi to Massoorie and Dhanaulti near Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

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Prologue:
It was a usual afternoon in the office and I was sitting with one of my best buddies, Amit Tyagi  8) and we were chatting n sipping coffee on one lazy afternoon, suddenly we started talking about bikes when I was looking at my facebook cover photo from my last bike trip to Shimla. Since that trip I was looking for people who have the passion to do a bike trip but unfortunately I was not able to find any until that afternoon. There is no point in forcing someone to the trip, because if you force people to do something then it is not fun at all. But on that afternoon with just a hint of ignition, my colleague got excited even more than me. Within 5 mins of talk about bike trips and by looking at few travelogues on the net, he was raring to go. I generally don’t take much time to decide to say yes to these kinds of trips and within a click span we were two people ready to go and foundation was laid. Also the timing was perfect, next week from that point of time was a long weekend, because on that week Friday was an optional holiday due to Ram Navmi. So the dates and high level itinerary was also decided, leave early Friday morning and come back home Sunday evening.
With still more than a week to go, there was a task of gathering fellow gang members to join the elite biker group of our office. We straight away called up our cool buddy, Chandan Raj . I knew he wanted to do such trips because we had a talk regarding this on our last office trip to Kanatal. But there was one thing for which I was not pretty sure about him and had a doubt, he's newly married and with added responsibility will he go? And when we asked him about his willingness we got the expected fuzzy answer.. "ummm..ummm I'll think and let you know". By this reply I was not very sure about him whether he'll eventually go or not.
Now the hunt was again on and then we asked another colleague and a friend, Gaurav Goel . His quick ‘yes’ was very crucial at that time because if he would have said no at that point of time, the trip and a thought of it would have gone straight into the recycle bin. But he straight away gave the positive response and then with 3 members, the trip was definitely on and then the whole planning started seriously. With some provocation Chandan also joined in after 3-4 days. Now it was the time to make the lists, it was time collect the items, it was time to order the stuff or go shopping for them, it was time to service and feed the beasts.
Now is the perfect time to introduce the machines as I have already introduced the riders.
I, Saurabh Soni, would ride my 2008 model and 46k kms old 150cc Hero Honda Hunk. Amit Tyagi would be with his 200cc Red Bajaj Avenger and we had another Avenger, Black in colour, with Chandan Raj. So a Hunk and two Avengers would do the climbing to queen of hills. We also considered a rule that bikes should be 1 less than the riders for emergency reasons.
I got my hunk serviced and for the first time I got it serviced from a local mechanic because I wanted to be double sure. I deliberately asked him to change the clutch wire because on our last trip our Bike’s clutch wire got broken. I also got shocker repaired as it was leaking and my beast was ready in just 670/- including the engine oil change. Now with things set into place, machines got serviced we were eagerly waiting for Friday the 19th April to start our journey.

Enough of the writing now and let me throw some teasers before starting the actual travelogue.

Introducing AMIT TYAGI
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GAURAV GOEL
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CHANDAN RAJ
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your's truly, SAURABH SONI  8) ;D
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we all 4 together
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and there we go...
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Title: Re: An Unfogettable Ride - My Hunk climbed upto Mussoorie/Dhanaulti
Post by: Saurabh Soni on August 27, 2014, 04:57:42 AM

Day 1: 19th April2013, Friday


A day before I took all my luggage to my relative's place at Sahibabad, from where I decided to start the trip. This way I saved my self 30 kms, which I would have traveled more, had I started from my home at Ranibagh 8) .
We decided that me and Chandan would start from our respective places at sharp 5 am, me from Sahibabad and Chandan from Sector -62, and then we would all meet up at a Left Turn after Raj Nagar Extension. On the way Chandan also had to pick up Gaurav Sir from Ghaziabad.
It got a little late to sleep that night and I only managed to get a sleep for just 3 hours before the alarm in my mobile woke me up at 4:15 am. Now I had 45 mins to get ready and also had a mighty task of fitting my three bags on the Beast. I had purchased two Bungee ropes for this purpose and those two definitely proved very handy all along. I got ready and was all excited and got downstairs in the Garage, where my Bike was also waiting for the journey. Ideas come to you naturally in the mornings and that morning also an Idea struck my head on how to tie those two Bag Packs on the Bike. The picture below shows how I tied those bags on my bike in a very secure and safe way for the whole journey. I didn't want to carry the BagPacks on my shoulders, all thanks to the learnings I received by reading other Biker's stories, there is always a chance of complication and finger numbness later if one carries bag pack on his shoulders for longer duration of time.
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So, the bags got attached. The meter reading was set to zero :) .
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Finally I wore my knee and elbow guards, gloves and Helmet and at 5:15 am I pushed the ignition button and took the name of God and yes within no time I was on the road, yet again riding for my another long trip. The morning was perfect, It was clear and a cool morning breeze was blowing. I took my earphones( in-ear earphones are very dangerous while riding, so I took those old earphones). I was listening to one of my favorite songs by Audioslave and the lines made the pleasure two folds "I am not your rolling wheels, I am the Highway". 8)
I crossed Raj Nagar extension, within no time I reached our rendezvous point where other two bros were waiting, took few photographs while praising the morning in a chorus.
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Now we were 3 and the other bro Tyagiji, as everybody calls him with love, would join us at Meerut, his starting point.
So, After riding and cruising for another hour or so we reached Meerut and Tyagiji joined us.
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Full strength of the team was achieved and now with everybody on board, the journey to the queen of hills started. My luggage was intact on my bike but other bikes were not getting hold of the bags in a correct manner and we had to stop from time to time till half of the way when we finally got hold of them in a right way.
While riding through farms or open villages it is advisable not to expose any body part not even fingers. Because various kinds of insects and flies fly around and they can bite you hard any time. That's what happened and something bit Gaurav sir on his tiny finger and we had to stop. We were riding effortlessly on Toll road as it was butter smooth road but because of that incident we had to stop. Apart from that issue it was a welcome break as we rode 50-60 kms since meerut. We again took that stoppage as an opportunity to click few photographs.
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After this we again started and our next halt was at Haldiram to fill our own tanks i.e to have a breakfast. We bikers stopped and got us filled up with Aloo Puri, Haldiram's trademark chole Bathure and Raj Kachori.
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So, stomachs were well fed and we were on our bikes riding again and then toll road ended, just after Muzzafarnagar. And now the road started testing us  :-[ . That road appeared smooth and then just when you speed up, suddenly a well(very deep pit) comes from nowhere and your machine and you get on the verge of drowning inside it :o . Also only one side of the road was accommodating the traffic of both ways. So, bikers weren't able to get their small share of the road and we had to do off-roading from time to time. In this pitted riding process the bags were again started to move to one side of one of the Avenger and then we stopped again to fix those.
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This time again the perfection was not achieved and we would stop once again to correct this. But after this stop we managed to again temporarily fix the luggage like the snap shows below
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Traffic density was increasing with each passing Kilometer and in the mean time we reached Haridwar. In Haridwar traffic was touching its peak and because of lack of wide road, traffic police face a hard time managing the traffic. In Haridwar we took our first snack break. It was a small roadside establishment near Chotiwala restaurant in Haridwar. At that time we were feeling a bit tired after crossing that horrendous road after toll and the heavy traffic of Haridwar. We spent atleast half an hour there.
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After getting a much needed break we started again and went past the traffic of Haridwar and rode scattered from one another. And then with just 3 hour of sleep at night, I started feeling fuzzy and sleepy. On a straight road I fell asleep for a second or two and then I decided to stop and took a thumsup and only after getting refreshed I got back on road. We took another stop at Lacchiwala Reserved forest. It was more like a picnic spot and a water park with no water rides, just a pond filled to swim and have fun.
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Wasting not much time there and with some eating we came back on our original route and we got passed beautiful city of Dehradun. There were lots of nicely built homes along side the roads. Dehradun and Massoorie are also famous for some of the best boarding schools in the country, and also the prestigious IMA(Indian Military Academy). For the last time in Dehradun we stopped to fix the bags again and this time we got it correct and the after Dehradun suddenly slight curves and little climbs started and then we realized we've finally reached the hills. Once in hills all the tiredness gets over and new energy come into you and you start enjoying the thing for which you've come so far and that's what we were feeling.
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Continues below ....
Title: Re: An Unfogettable Ride - My Hunk climbed upto Mussoorie/Dhanaulti
Post by: Saurabh Soni on August 27, 2014, 05:03:19 AM

Day 1 continues....


Suddenly the climbs started becoming steep and curves started getting sharper and sharper. We were riding tail to nose to one another and ohh boy we were enjoying it to the fullest and then we were welcomed by the board, welcome to the queen of hills Massoorie. We were in the mountains, we were very excited, one side of the road was a ascent of a mountain and other side was steep descent of a valley and we four were riding in between to our joy.


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Finally we reached the library Chowk in Massourie and straight away we started looking for a hotel. We wanted it for 2 nights and our condition was good hygienic room yet a cheap option :P . After searching for half an hour, we finally managed to sneak in a decent deal. We got freshen up and I got rid of my riding gear, it was such a relief. Also the Sun already wished us good bye. We were also starving badly as it had been hours since we had a breakfast in Haldiram and we skipped lunch that day. So, we went to the Mall and it had mesmerizing view of Dehradun on one side. Dehradun was twinkling like jewelry and the view was breathtaking. We had fun on the way when we were searching for Aggarwal restaurant and finally after walking for appx 2 or so kms we found it and had our dinner there.


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After dinner and usual time pass session we called it a day, a day which offered us a great experience, a day which made us tired but tiredness to our own happiness, a day when we climbed up to the queen of hills.
Title: Re: An Unfogettable Ride - My Hunk climbed upto Mussoorie/Dhanaulti
Post by: ankitjuneja1 on September 06, 2014, 12:50:58 PM
Hi Saurabh,

Waiting for Day2 of your log, you had a good trip up there... post the next piece also.
Title: Re: An Unfogettable Ride - My Hunk climbed upto Mussoorie/Dhanaulti
Post by: Saurabh Soni on September 07, 2014, 01:08:22 PM
Thanks Ankit, I'll post more soon

Hi Saurabh,

Waiting for Day2 of your log, you had a good trip up there... post the next piece also.
Title: Re: Delhi to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti ride on my Hero Hunk- A bike ride to remember
Post by: ishanmalhotra on March 10, 2015, 01:42:09 PM
So, how much time did it take to reach Massoorie? and where did you put up there?
Title: Re: Delhi to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti ride on my Hero Hunk- A bike ride to remember
Post by: Saurabh Soni on March 10, 2015, 01:43:45 PM
Well, we were not in a hurry and took some breaks, It took us 10-11 hrs including breaks. We stayed in Hotel Kehkasha near library chowk and tarrif was 1900 a night for a two bedded room.
Title: Re: Delhi to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti ride on my Hero Hunk- A bike ride to remember
Post by: Ruchipatel on March 10, 2015, 02:15:41 PM
Did you guys visit Kempty Falls?
Title: Re: Delhi to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti ride on my Hero Hunk- A bike ride to remember
Post by: Saurabh Soni on March 21, 2015, 12:55:23 AM
Yes we went to Kempty Fall as well and that was the last milestone of our trip :)
Title: Re: Delhi to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti ride on my Hero Hunk- A bike ride to remember
Post by: Saurabh Soni on March 21, 2015, 12:58:44 AM
@ankitjuneja1 (http://www.gotripperz.com/index.php?action=profile;u=6) ... I am going to post Day 2 today as I finally got sometime to complete this today
Title: Re: Delhi to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti ride on my Hero Hunk- A bike ride to remember
Post by: ankitjuneja1 on March 21, 2015, 07:44:28 AM
Yup, I want to see more of queen of hills, Kempty falls, Dhanaulti and specially more pics from your Motorcycle journey to the mighty mountains.
Title: Re: Delhi to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti ride on my Hero Hunk- A bike ride to remember
Post by: ankitjuneja1 on March 27, 2015, 12:56:18 AM
Dude, you were about to post more :P
Title: Re: Delhi to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti ride on my Hero Hunk- A bike ride to remember
Post by: Saurabh Soni on March 27, 2015, 12:57:54 AM
Yup, Job is taking a toll on me these days, have multiple stories pending to be posted for quite some time now.
Title: Re: Delhi to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti ride - A Motorcycle ride to remember
Post by: Saurabh Soni on March 29, 2015, 03:38:27 AM
Day 2: 20th April2013, Saturday

The day one was over and it is always a pleasure on Day 1, when you enter the hills, riding with a freshness in you. But in the end the day when you hang your boots for the day you start feeling the tiredness for the stress you have given to your body and to the spine and you tend to sleep like a baby in the night. So, we all slept well after a tiring day and next morning we all were up by around 8 in the morning and when we looked outside from the window, queen of hills was also waking up and was covered under the thin white duvet. The view brought amazing freshness inside us and we started looking forward for rest of the day.
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After looking at those fresh mountains, we were all charged up and started to get ready and by 10 in the morning we all were ready. Today was going to be the busy day as we planned to ride till Dhanaulti, but before that we wanted to have a breakfast and also planned to roam around a bit in Mussoorie. So we roamed around a bit on the Mall before having breakfast and we also decided to visit Gunhill, told to be the second highest point of Mussorie from where you can look at amazing views and also there are telescopes setup there to look far off Himalayan peaks. Now there are two ways to reach Gunhill Point, one is a 20 min trek from the Mall to Gunhill Point or to take a ropeway to the Gunhill. We chose the latter option of taking the trolley to the Gunhill Point in Mussoorie.
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There are many tea, snacks stalls and also many souvenir vendors on the Gunhill Point. We took photographs there and also ate few snacks with a tea.
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Title: Re: Delhi to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti ride - A Motorcycle ride to remember
Post by: Saurabh Soni on March 29, 2015, 03:40:22 AM
will be continuing Day 2 as Ride to Dhanualti to follow
Title: Re: Delhi to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti ride - A Motorcycle ride to remember
Post by: sandhyasingh21 on March 29, 2015, 03:44:23 AM
I am hooked :)
Title: Re: Delhi to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti ride - A Motorcycle ride to remember
Post by: Saurabh Soni on March 29, 2015, 03:55:43 AM
Day 2 continued.....: 20th April2013, Saturday

So, we had a very great start to the day and also we were done moving around Gunhill point and we took the trolley back to the Mall and walked back to our hotel near Library chowk. Now was the time to pick up the machines and to start our day's ride. We started and within no time we were riding back on the queen of hills to Dhanualti.

The twists and turns were amazing with a great view and a best weather to ride. We were forced to stop from time to time on the way by awesome views. We enjoyed a lot on those small halts. These pictures will say a lot about the fun we had on the way. Nothing much to write here.

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Title: Re: Delhi to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti ride - A Motorcycle ride to remember
Post by: Saurabh Soni on March 29, 2015, 03:58:30 AM
@sandhyasingh21 (http://www.gotripperz.com/index.php?action=profile;u=51) ... by hook or by crook, I will complete this today
Title: Re: Delhi to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti ride - A Motorcycle ride to remember
Post by: Saurabh Soni on March 29, 2015, 04:00:22 AM
Day 2 is still not over, beauty will start from now on when would reach Dhanualti and then the adventure would start.
Title: Re: Delhi to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti ride - A Motorcycle ride to remember
Post by: Saurabh Soni on March 29, 2015, 04:01:45 AM
@ankitjuneja1 (http://www.gotripperz.com/index.php?action=profile;u=6) ... bro, I am keeping my word by posting more :P
Title: Re: Delhi to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti ride - A Motorcycle ride to remember
Post by: Saurabh Soni on March 29, 2015, 04:19:32 AM
Day 2 continues of our Bike Trip to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti.. and finally after a very memorable ride in the day, we reached Dhanaulti, which is just a few kms away from Kanatal.

By the time we reached Dhanaulti, we were starving and we just wanted something to eat. There is a Biodiversity Park in Dhanaulti but we couldn't see any place to eat. Then after riding few more revolutions we found a place to eat. We went on the first floor and ordered in bulk. We waited till eternity to welcome our food and then we ate like we didn't have food since ages.
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After the last burp we stood up and went inside the Park, we could see by now that weather was not good and it could start raining anytime. We had to go back to Massoorie and that too riding. So, we didn't spend much time there in the park and started our return ride back to Mussoorie.
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From far off in the pleasant weather, we could see that it was raining heavily in some part of the hills but we were lucky till that time as it wasn't falling at the place where we were riding.
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Title: Re: Delhi to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti ride - A Motorcycle ride to remember
Post by: Saurabh Soni on March 29, 2015, 04:27:50 AM
We were praying that we reach Mussoorie before it starts raining but unfortunately after sometime it started raining and also it was getting dark but we decided not to get drenched but to take a halt under the roof to wait till the rain stops.

That never ending wait and the halt was also was very memorable, we had hot tea with pakoras and enjoyed eating those in rains.
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On the backside of that small cafe, snow covered Himalayan peaks were visible.
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After it stopped raining after an hour or so, we reached Mussoorie back and checked in to our Hotel again and had a good night sleep to call it a day.
Title: Re: Delhi to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti ride - A Motorcycle ride to remember
Post by: Saurabh Soni on March 29, 2015, 04:58:02 AM
Day 3: 21st April2013, Sunday

After an amazing Day 2, it was time to start our last day of the trip and one famous place still left to cover in queen of hills was Kempty Falls. Kempty Falls are 15-20 kms from main Mussorie. So, we checked out from our hotel, early in the morning and packed our luggage on our machines and rode till Kempty Falls. Kempty Falls are visible from a great distance when you ride towards it and again not to mention that view was truly breathtaking.
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One day I wish to ride till Yamunotri, mentioned 127 kms from Kempty falls on the board.
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After reaching the last point till we ride to Kempty Falls, we parked our motorcycles in front of a Dhaba and had a great breakfast first before starting a short down trek to Kempty Falls.
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At Kempty Falls
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Title: Re: Delhi to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti ride - A Motorcycle ride to remember
Post by: Saurabh Soni on March 29, 2015, 05:14:27 AM
Day 3 Continues....:

Kempty Falls was also done and crossed, we came back and now was the time to start the long return journey back to home. The last day ride is always very tiring with last few kms are always most tiring of all. We rode and took the route to the way back.

On the way we found a great place to click a few Pics, it was some Himalayan Adventure Institute and it was a very nice place to click some excellent shots. This was the last point where we halted in the hills after that continuous riding started and Dehradun came and also the plains.
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We stopped at a ghat of Haridwar on the way to get a bit refreshed and then we would stop at Haldiram's complex before reaching Meerut and saying Good bye to Meerut wale Tyagi ji.
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Title: Re: Delhi to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti road trip - A Motorcycle ride to remember
Post by: amit1984 on March 30, 2015, 11:55:11 PM
Finally you completed it, congo... well written