The Dream Motorcycle Expedition - Day 19
Dec 06, 2012
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Drass to Srinagar post visiting the Kargil war memorial. 195 kms

Jintu Gogoi – an assamese martyr was killed in action during the Kargil war. Since we were going to Kargil, his relatives asked us to pay homage to the memorial in the true Assamese style. Keeping that in mind, we started our day with a visit to the Kargil War Memorial. We then offered Gamcha and Rakhi at the war memorial in his name. The location of the Kargil war memorial gets an average temperature of -45 degrees during a normal winter. With temperatures plummeting to -60 degrees back in 1988, places like tiger hill, Batra top and point 4875 where the war took place get a temperature of -65 degrees.We spent the night in Kargil and woke up early for a quick breakfast and later retraced our route to Srinagar.

With the ride being primarily downhill right up to Kashmir, we hit a landslide blockage after some 60 kms from drass and caught up with the biker group from Nagpur who helped us with fuel the other day. As soon as the landslide blockage opened up we were back on the road. A couple hours down the line, we reached Baltal. The place was thronged by devotees of the Amarnath Yatra and had temporary tents, Army arrangements, CRPF camps, medical facilities and other emergency services. The place had just about everything from sim cards to cigarettes, to warm clothes and mostly everything under the sun. Having spent over 2 hours at baltal base camp we moved on and were then caught up for a good 4 to 5 odd kms in a serpentine queue of vehicles trying to enter Baltal. Riding downhill was very pleasant all along the Indus and Sindhu river. The water was pristine white and soon we arrived at Sonmarg.

Eventually after 80 kms we reached Srinagar. Once we reached Srinagar, we took a bike ride along the Dal lake. Riding for a good 2 hours around the lake and clicking pictures, we all stopped for a small channa masala break.

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Bikers

Abinash Taye

Bike - Classic 350cc

Profession - Businessman

Home Town - Guwahati

Best Ride - Guwahati-Sibsagar-Jorhat-Golaghat-Bokajaan-Guwahati, 2480 kms in 8 days solo ride. Experiencing the freedom of life visiting Kazirznga, Nambor sanctuary

Bibekanand Kakoti

Bike - Thunderbird Twin Spark

Profession - Businessman

Home Town - Guwahati

Best Ride - Guwahati to Menchuka – Arunachal Pradesh, 1967 Kms in 4 days. It was a tough and challenging ride at night manoeuvring plains/mountains, fog & snow.

Roopam Gautam

Bike - Bullet Electra Modified

Profession - Service

Home Town - Guwahati

Best Ride - Tawang to Guwahati, 561 kms non-stop in 21 hours. It was one of the most difficult routes in North East, negotiating snow, fog, rain, 13800 ft altitude, night ride, plain roads.

Rituraj Shyam

Bike - Bullet Electra

Profession - Service

Home Town - Sibsagar

Best Ride - Guwahati to Bhutan border (Gelehpu) 380 kms. Navigating the plains of lower Assam – a comfortable relaxing 10 hour ride to Bhutan border.

Sachin Doshi

Bike - Thunderbird Twin Spark

Profession - Service

Home Town - Mumbai

Best Ride -Guwahati to Namdapha National Park – Arunachal, 650 kms in 11 hours flat. A non-stop 11 hour fast forward ride to see 'Hornbill' bird at Namdapha.

Amar Hazarika

Bike - Thunderbird Twin Spark

Profession - Service

Home Town - Jorhat

Best Ride -Guwahati to tawang – Arunanchal Pradesh, 561 Kms. The most sought after tourist destination in NE – ride to twang has been the most picturesque.

Shisir Basumatari

Bike - Thunderbird Twin Spark

Profession - Freelancer

Home Town - Dudnoi-Goalpara

Best Ride -Guwahati to Cherapunji (187 kms). Riding to the wettest place on earth along with 250 riders for the North East Riders Meet was a photogenic event

Utpal Talkudar

Bike - Bullet Electra

Profession - Service

Home Town - Guwahati

Best Ride -Guwahati Independence Ride. A ride organised on Independence Day 15th August to promote road safety which attracted participation from over 80 riders

Paramanand Deka

Bike - Thunderbird Twin Spark

Profession - Service

Home Town - Jorhat

Best Ride -Guwahati to tawang – Arunanchal Pradesh, 561 Kms. The most sought after tourist destination in NE – ride to twang has been the most picturesque.

Bhaskar Saikia

Bike - Bullet Electra

Profession - Business

Home Town - Guwahati

Best Ride -Guwahati-Cherapunji (187 kms). Riding to the wettest place on earth along with 250 riders for the North East Riders Meet.