Bengaluru: Motorcycle diaries of a techie bitten by wanderlust

BENGALURU: The city may be a haven for software professionals, but the life of a techie is that of mind numbing drudgery, which revolves around coding, testing, trouble shooting and one remains eternally desk bound, wedded to laptops and smartphones.

For Mohan, a techie from Bengaluru, life was no different, but he decided to break free. He decided to revive the long dormant wanderlust in him and head to the icy heights of Himalayas.

Mohan chalked out an itinerary to fly to New Delhi and from there book a ride on a Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle to Ladakh.

As temperatures in those regions could plunge to as low as minus 10 degrees Celsius, Mohan packed his backpack with his tent bag other necessities, along with Dimox tablets as medications to deal with light headedness at high altitudes.

Mohan describes Ladakh as a place with scenic landscape covered with rugged rocks, lush hilly mountains, extreme climatic conditions and an ideal environment for any adventurer who fancies a faraway trip seeking solace for the body, mind and soul.

The trip involved conquering the highest motorable peak – Khardung La, located at an altitude of 5,359 metres.

The motorcycle ride on the Manali-Leh highway was a joy to behold with cold air and the landscape turned more and more scenic as it neared the Rohtang Pass, the gateway to Lahaul. The journey also involved touching Sarchu, a halt point with tented accommodation on way to Leh.

The return journey from the scenic Leh involved passing through Tagalang pass in Ladakh. From there begins the trip to Khardung La. On the way to Khardung La one comes across two sparkling lakes of Pangong and Tatsumori.

The journey to Manali is breath taking. If you have seen the Bollywood movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani then that in itself is an invitation to revv up your wanderlust and head to the hills.

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