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Lonelymusafir writes blogs and vlogs on his Himalayan Biking Trips to Spiti, Sikkim, Laddakh. Lonelymusafir's blogs Ayodhya Pahar, Prurliya an offbeat tribal(Santhali) location are rare to find. Landscape and portrait Photography along with urdu shayari and sad poetry makes this blog a versatile one. The blogs is practical and based on personal experience sharing. The blog contains detailed travelogues and itinerary on Trichy, Pudducherry, Angriya Cruise. Do's and Don'ts for Bikers taking Royal Enfield Rides to Himalayas, based on personal Experiences is rare to find.

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Ladakh 2.0

A short 5mins vlog of my Bike safari across Himalayas in Ladaki region. Took a ride on Royal Enfield Himalayan for 10days at different locations in laddakh. Camping done at painting with some exquisite galaxy shots using long exposure photography.

An Amazing 10 Days bike trip across Himalayas compiled in a 5min videos


Don’t be Gama in the land of Lama

Mistakes bikers make while travelling to High Altitudes After being to many biking expeditions, to some of the most challenging […]

Mistakes bikers make while travelling to High Altitudes

After being to many biking expeditions, to some of the most challenging destinations and terrains of Himalayas I felt the need of writing this blog.

In such terrains even after taking utmost precautions not everything goes as per your plans. So just think how making a silly mistake can ruin your adventure.

I have witnessed deadliest incidences where people came unplanned and the expedition proven to be their last.

Your trip is not good if you are not good enough to enjoy it. Here I have made a list of few common mistakes that bikers make and precautions one must take so as not to suffer during their high altitude adventures.

Don’t show off your vigor-Acclimatization takes time

People travelling from planes to high altitude experiences an acute altitude sickness. Which is quite obvious as the atmosphere at 2000ft differs from 12000ft.

It has nothing to with your physical fitness and your travel experiences to such altitudes. I have seen a few athletic built men who claims to be trained mountaineers suffer badly from severe Asphyxia and Breathlessness, while some big bellies do just fine.

PS: Remember, it starts from zero every single time.

Some people find acclimatization a non important component of their travel. They make a mistake of being over confident (or trying to show off may be).

Always remember, never try to hide your sickness, it is nothing to do with your virility. Tell your friend or co-traveller if you feel altitude sickness. If diagnosed timely you may get better treatment. If delayed it may be lethal.

How to acclimatise??

  • Sleep– On reaching a high altitude zone, lower down your activities for some, take sleep as much as you can. It may take a day or two for you to completely acclimatize.
  • Keep yourself Hydrated– High elevations may cause fluid loss, drink plenty of liquids. Avoid high sugar, soda pops and caffeinated drinks. They are diuretics and dehydrate your body. Drink lots of water. It is better to urinate frequently than laying in bed with a splitting headache.
  • Slight Descend is good – If you have been to higher altitudes during your day long excursion, try to descend a few hundred feet to sleep. You will have a better sleep.
  • Eat Right– Eat high carbs meal, this will improve your body’s ability to absorb more oxygen. Avoid salts and high sodium diet.
  • Say no to Alcohol/Tobacco -Alcohol and tobacco may adversely impact your body’s ability to absorb oxygen.

Select the right

It is always wise to select the right gears and machines for such terrains. If you are travelling with your own bike, you will well versed with it. But if youplan to rent a bike, which people usually do, do follow the points below.

  1. Do not pre-book your bikes. Reach a day in advance and select your bikes and negotiate for the price. Once you pre book, the rental will make sure you will get the bike that no one else is ready to take.
  2. Check the bikes thoroughly, including handle alignments, Sprockets and brakes. These are the three components that gets worked out quite frequently in mountain rides.
  3. Take a ride before you make a deal. Never take a chance on a “not so good ” looking bike. After all you are paying the rental service a decent amount, you have all the rights to get the best.
  4. Make sure you are well equipped with riding gears. It is advised to carry your own riding gears, as nothing will fit you the way your own gears will.
  5. Still if you are made to hire it from a rental please make sure the following:
  6. Helmet– Go for ISI, CE or DOT certified full faced helmets only. Open faced generic brand helmet may put your life in danger.
  7. Riding Jacket– Take a good quality riding jacket with Knox, CE Level-1 or Level-2 Protection. Do not go for a fancy jacket with non certified material as protection.
  8. Riding Gloves– Any riding gloves with Certified Knuckles and palm protection can be used.
  9. Knee/Shin gaurd- Use a branded riding pant with Knox, CE level-1 or Level-2 Protection. OR go fora good quality knee gaurd.

Don’t keep anything loose

Tying your luggage to your bike is an important activity. A loose luggage not only may damage your belongings but may result in severe accidents as well. Make sure you do it right.

  • Use good quality elastic luggage tying ropes with hooks.
  • Make sure your luggage is tied in such a way that the mass distribution is even on both the sides.
  • The luggage is to covered with rain covers.
  • Use a tank bag for items you may need during your ride.
  • Tie the luggages rock hard, nothing should be kept shaking. Doubly wrap the parts which have more weight.

Be gentle on the Curves

Biking on such beautiful terrains may be tranquilizing, but has inherent dangers associated to it. Laddakh reports a number of lethal biking accidents every year. When driving in a group follow a set travel plan and make sure every one is well aware of it.

Take maps offline– In mountains you will merely get good internet coverage, it is wise to download the maps offline.

Do not Over Speed– Do not get indulge in a race with anyone. Follow your lane especially on the curves (They can be dead sharp at times).

A team- Drives like a team– One rider takes the lead position and one takes the tail. rest all riders need to travel in between lead and tail. Always drive in a lane and try not to over take each other.

PS: It is not about the speed but the scene.

Communicate– Communicate with horn signals (We have assigned some horn patterns as signals, you may chose your own) or any other modes of communicating with fellow riders. One can use Bluetooth intercoms which are readily available.

PS: Driving in mountains is not like playing a Road Rash, you don’t have three lives here.

Be CareFuel

On our way from Pangong to Nubra via shyok valley this summer, we met two guys. They were standing on the road. After watching our group coming they jumped on to us and literally started begging for fuel.

They were in desperate need of fuel as their bike ran dry, and they had no option to roam nomadic in this dead silent barren terrain.

They were moving towards Pangong in search of Fuel. We informed them Pangong doesn’t have a Refueling Station. The next refueling station in their direction will be at Karu. We gave them few liters of Petrol that we were keeping in surplus, so that they can reach nearest village.

They went totally unplanned on such a complex biking tour. They had no idea where they were going and how will they reach. They were not aware of the dangers involved in such terrains.

A huge part of Ladakh region does not have Fuel Refilling Stations. You may have to travel hundreds of kilometers before you get a refueling option.

Make sure you have a good idea about your bike’s fuel economy, the possible refueling stations and you have kept a stock of fuel just more than what you may require in worst possible situations.

Use 10L plastic can to carry fuel, these will easily fit to your bike’s carrier (Also known as Ladakh Carrier).

DO NOT GO UNPLANNED like the two I mentioned.

Start Early

Unlike planes, the sun sets faster in mountains. Sometimes a good visibility turns into dark within 5mins. This happens due to the geography of these mountains.

Mountain terrains becomes horrific to drive in dark and fog. And it may rain anytime. Just imagine how dangerous it may become to drive under such conditions. So, it is always advised to start early and complete the ride before sunset.

During my rides to NorthSikkim I witnessed severe challenge due to massive landslides that slowed down our speed and it use to get dark everyday. Check the Sikkim blog for details.

Guard yourself from the Chilling Nights

Do not forget to have this view out side your tent.

It is advisable to stay in a hotel or homestay, if you are not carrying proper camping gears. But, if you are an adventure freak and you have planned to pitch your own tent at Pangong Tso or Tso Moriri our some where enroute, make sure you have the following.

Mind my words, the nights are very cold and the chilling winds make it even worse.

PS: There are no bad weathers, if you have the right gears.

I do not claim to be an expert in high altitude biking but hope, whatever little I have learned from experince and shared will be beneficial for the someone planning a travel to Laddakh/Sikkim/Himachal/Arunachal.

Do check my detailed blogs/vlogs for better insight.

Spiti Vlog Teaser

Spiti Detailed Blog

Sikkim Vlog Teaser

Sikkim detailed vlog

Ladakh Vlog


Sandeep- Faces in Disguise (140 mm Portrait Experiment)

Sandeep is a Boy from Haryana Rurals. He works as an Office Boy in an industrial office. Filled with enthusiasm […]

Sandeep is a Boy from Haryana Rurals. He works as an Office Boy in an industrial office. Filled with enthusiasm he is a very hardworking boy. All images clicked on (140mm, f/10, 1/200, ISO 100 with flash) using Nikon D5600 with 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR lens.


Himalayan Bike Safari- What Happens in Rains in Sikkim

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Angriya Cruise (Mumbai to Goa)- All you need to know

Angriya Cruise is named after the mighty maratha navy warrior Shri Kanhoji Angre. The cruise line has started its service […]

Angriya Cruise is named after the mighty maratha navy warrior Shri Kanhoji Angre. The cruise line has started its service as the very first domestic cruise service between Mumbai and Goa. It covers the journey between Mumbai to Goa in around 17hr.

The cruise starts at 4pm from Mumbai and reaches Goa next morning 9am.

Tickets and Bookings

Angriya Cruise provides a rich bouquet of options, travelers can select as per on their requirements. Family, Couple, Buddy twin sharing and many more such customized room options are available.

The ticket cost varies from Rs 4300/head to Rs 7650/head. An additional food charges of Rs 2000/head is levied along with the ticket. One can book the tickets online on Angriya’s Website.

The Boarding Point and Boarding Process

The boarding Point in Mumbai is Purple Gate, Victoria Docks 15, Mazgaon, Mumbai. It is suggested to reach the boarding point at least 90 mins before the scheduled departure. This is because the boarding is done using small ferries which takes the boarders to the cruise ship.

Purple Gate, Victoria Docks, Mazgaon

As this cruise service is still in its nascent phase the boarding point has very little amenities. Only a small food stall with limited cuisine and un-realistically high prizes is there. So, it is suggested to have your lunch before going to the boarding point.

Angriya Boarding Pass

The boarding passes are provided after checking your E-tickets and IDs. The check in baggages are submitted at this point. Just like an air travel, the traveler will have access to the these check in luggages only after reaching the destination. A maximum of 25kg as check in baggage and 10kg of cabin baggage is allowed.

Welcome on Board

The boarders are greeted by the crew on the cruise ship followed by a welcome drink. The guests are then guided to the alloted rooms.

Reception Lobby

An official photographer is appointed at the ship who, with your permission, clicks your candid shots which you can collect from the photography desk. This costs a handsome Rs 383 per snap and approx Rs 900 for three.

Amenities

Angriya presents a versatile arena of locations for party lovers as well as the peace lovers. From feeling the calm sea breeze to enjoying the thump of music on a dance floor, Angriya has something for everyone.

Bars There are six bars situated around all the walks of the cruise Sea Breeze, Gaaz, Goaf, Sea Horse, Soro Di, Aguad. The timings are 4pm-11pm for Gaaz and Goaf, 7pm to 11pm for Sea Breeze, 8pm to 4am for Sea horse and Soro di. Aguad serves beverages from 7pm onwards.

A Beer Mug Shot at Aguad

Restaurants Ancora and Coral Reef are two major restaurants along with few small snack counters. The Welcome drinks and Dinner (8pm onwards) are served at Coral Reef, while Ankora serves alacarte food between 4pm-7pm and dinner from 8pm onwards.

Infinity Pool Situated at deck-B the infinity pool water waves everytime the ship shakes due to oceanic currents. It feels like swimming in ocean.

Infinity Pool (Deck-B)- Angriya

It is an unforgettable experience of lying half dipped in this pool, feeling the oceanic waves and looking at the setting sun in arabian sea. The pool timings are 3pm to 12pm and 6am to 9am.

My Pool Moment

Disco If you are party lover, this is the place for you. Amazing beats with the shaking cruise ship. The DJ plays some amazing mashups to set the party on fire.

The Disco- Angriya

Live Music Band Being a music lover this was the best experience for me listening to a live band performing Hindi, English, Kannada, Tamil soulful symphonies. The band performs next to the infinity pool and this becomes a deadly combination. What else can you ask for. Immersed in a pool, feeling the sea breeze and listening to a live band performing some of your favorite songs. Mesmerizing.

Open Decks There are seven decks with three open decks. Nice seating arrangements have been done for guests to enjoy the calmness of the sea.

The Beautiful front deck

So, if you are a couple looking for your romantic corner in the cruise, here it is. Don’t forget to take a titanic pose here and thank me later.

The Spectrum of Sun The sunset is the most soothing experience of any cruise in arabian sea. Angriya doesn’t disappoint you on this. The open decks are the best point to witness the ravishing colors of sun during this time.

Other amenities like Spa and Gymnasium are also there.

The Angriya Card

In Angriya you need not to carry cash every time. All you need to do is to deposit a lumpsum at the reception counter and you will get an Angriya Card. Swipe this card any where in the entire cruise. You will not be served anything for cash payment.

The remaining amount will be refunded at the de-boarding point.

De-boarding

The cruise terminates at Murmagaon Port in Goa. The scheduled time for de-boarding is 9am though it may vary based on the port availability. My deboarding was delayed and started at 10am. So, if you have a connecting flight to catch, keep an additional window of 1hr of possible delay to it.

Honest Verdict

Angriya Cruise presents a bucket full of enjoyable moments with your friends, family and loved ones. Please be informed that it is a budget cruise, do not expect the gradeurs like Titanic from it. Still it will not disappoint you for the money you will spend for it.

  • Comfort– 4/5
  • Luxury– 2.5/5
  • Food– 3/5
  • Enjoyment-4.5/5
  • Value for Money– 5/5
  • Overall-3.5/5
Happy travelling @ https://lonelymusafir.com

PC- Few Images used, are from Google Images


Yousmarg-The unexplored beauty of Kashmir Valley

Originally posted on Lonely Musafir: Many of you might have visited Kashmir valley but very few know about this hidden gem…

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Many of you might have visited Kashmir valley but very few know about this hidden gem of Kashmir. Located around 60 km from Srinagar city Yousmarg offers a big bouquet of natural splendors.

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How to reach:  There are two routes to reach Yousmarg, one is via NH-01 which is a bit longer route (60 km) and the second one,  is via Charar-E-Sharif (50km approx).

I would recommend the second one as it will give a beautiful landscape view.

The famous tomb of sheikh Noor-ud-din-noorani at Charaar-E-Sharif is located on the way.

A radio relay station from where as they say, Indira Gandhi communicated with Squadron Leader Rakesh Sharma when he was in space.JpegThe lush green farms with trees laden with apples, pears and almonds.  I would suggest you to take some KAHWA with you and sip it in one of these farms on the way.

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