Delhi-Kolkata-Delhi Solo on my Royal Enfield Himalayan

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  1. Sam231276

    Sam231276 Let's Make Life a Ride

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    Preface : Ever since I have moved to New Delhi (back in 2010), I got vastly exposed to the motorcycling culture, the brotherhood,as back then at Kolkata I was just a humble commuter on a two wheeler. Now, like anyone else who's living away from his / her hometown at a diff city / country I too miss Kolkata very much...a little too much to be honest and keep looking for every opportunity to visit my hometown every now and then. The idea of doing a Delhi-Kolkata-Delhi on a motorcycle thus kindled in my mind (don't remember since when though). Prior to the Himalayan, I owned a Pulsar 200 NS (as you see in my DP). A very good bike it was and still is,however didn't inspire enough confidence in me to do a 3000 kms ride (in total). Add to that I have a hairline crack at my spine-hip joint and some doctor back at Kolkata advised not to ride a motorcycle again, which I happily chose to ignore....:p. It's been 6-7 months I have owned a Royal Enfield Himalayan and the extreme ride comfort of this machine boosted my confidence to make this Dream Ride a reality this time.

    Ride Dates : Dec 21st 2016 06:00 hrs to start from New Delhi. Ride till Varanasi and stay there for the night.
    Dec 22nd 2016 06:00 hrs to start from Varanasi and reach Kolkata by night.
    Dec 29th to do Kolkata to Varanasi
    Dec 30th Varanasi to New Delhi.

    Photography Gears : This is where I gave a challenge to myself. Let's not carry the DSLR and the big and bold lenses. Let's click using just my mobile (a Motorola G4 Plus) and my two Go Pro-s (Hero Basic and Hero 4 Silver Adventure Edition)

    Riding Gears & Luggage : PGS Riding Jacket,
    Cramster Riding Pants
    High Ankle Army boots bought from Delhi Cantt.
    DSG Full Gauntlet Gloves with Fleece Gloves underneath.
    HJC CS-R2 Injector Full Face Helmet.

    Cramster Turtle Tank Bag
    a mini duffle bag for clothing.
    a Quechcha Arpenaz 30 Backpack carrying my Laptop and some other essentials.

    The Other bare basics were taken care off.

    Following are some of the photographs and Go Pro Screenshots from different moments of the trip.

    The First Sight of the Board showing the distance to Kolkata

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    I was so happy to see this

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    My ride and my prized possession - my Royal Enfiled Himalayan a.k.a The White Tiger

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    Butt Breaks are Photo Breaks too..

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    First night Halt at Hotel Varanasi Palace (booked via Oyo Rooms App)

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    Kolkata by the Night

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    The Swami Narayan Temple (Mini Akshardham) at Joka,Kolkata.

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    An Evening at Park Street 7 Point Crossing.

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    Live to Ride Mode Engaged - Full ON.

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    The Journey Begins

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    The Most challenging part (mentally) is to leave your Hometown. Exiting Kolkata via the Vidyasagar Setu.

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    Dilli chalo...

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    Reached Varanasi and checked into this hotel (again booked via Oyo Room Service)

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    View of the Hotel Room at Hotel Regency.

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    The sub zero visibility at the Yamuna Express Way

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    The Fog Lights were a Life Saviour

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    It felt AWESOME !!!

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    That's it for some photographs. And here's a Teaser Video from my YouTube Channel As i Ride Motovlogging.

    Hope you guys like my humble efforts.
     
  2. Yogesh Sarkar

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    Fantastic!
     
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  3. Sam231276

    Sam231276 Let's Make Life a Ride

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    :) Thanks !!!
     
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    yo, mast !!!!!!
     
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    Sam231276 Let's Make Life a Ride

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  6. sakshar

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    Nice crisp travelogue. Loved the narration.
    However, the first milestone towards Kolkata appears at 1356 km from Kolkata.

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  7. Sam231276

    Sam231276 Let's Make Life a Ride

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    Thanks...I must
    Thanks.... I must have missed this one..
     
  8. Shivanshu

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    Great so the travelogue is up Sam. Way to go brother, happy to know all went well. Keep it up brother!!! Detailed log would be appreciated.
     
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    Sam231276 Let's Make Life a Ride

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    Yeah...A detailed video blog is in the making...should be ready by this weekend...will embed the link here,once completed and made live
     
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    Wonderful pictures...
     

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