Friday, Sep 19, 2014

Travelogue: Delhi to Manali on a Royal Enfield Continental GT

The Royal Enfield Continental GT on the way to Manali. The Royal Enfield Continental GT on the way to Manali.
Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: August 12, 2014 9:43 pm

 

Royal Enfield hosted the ‘Reunion North’ weekend-long event at Manali from August 1st to 3rd. The event took place at the Citrus Manali Resorts set few kms before the city. The event that was to be held on Saturday was expected to attract more than 100 participants from North Indian cities of New Delhi, Chandigarh, Amritsar and Ludhiana amongst many other cities. Organized at one of the best hill stations of Northern India, the town is surrounded by beautiful green mountains and landscape, serving as the perfect setting for the event.

The ride to Manali began after a short briefing at the Royal Enfield’s Saket, New Delhi dealership at 4.30 am in the morning. Riding out of the cramped city of Delhi proved to be easy but it took us some time to negotiate the ring road to get onto the NH1. The first stop came at the Rasoi Dhaba for some morning ‘Chai’ before a planned breakfast stop at Karnal. We were aboard the Continental GT Café Racer for the ride to Manali and it helped us cover the distance fairly quickly. After the breakfast stop at Karnal, the group proceeded further towards Manali.

At Ambala we took left towards Ludhiana to bypass Chandigarh city via Ropar town. By noon we had crossed Rupnagar and Kiratpur Sahib to start the arduous journey through Swarghat and Bilaspur. The roads were in terrible shape resulting in a very uncomfortable ride but we kept moving forward. Through rains, mud and some slush we managed to reach Mandi. As the average speeds had dropped due to the poor condition of the roads, exhaustion crept in.

By 7.30pm riders started reaching the Citrus Manali Resorts and by 9.30pm everyone had settled into their rooms and ready for dinner after the registration process was completed. Royal Enfield announced the plans for the following day and the day ended with a party, dinner and some music along with a bonfire that kept everyone warm as the cold wind blew over the city from the Himalaya.

Day 2

The day began on a slow note as many riders who were tired from the previous day’s ride remained asleep till late in the morning. Those few who were up and about early in the morning decided to head to Rohtang Pass for a quick ride up the mountain pass situated at an altitude of 13050 ft. There were also some new riders who reached the venue in the morning for the events taking place. The breakfast was sumptuous and left a smile on everyone’s face.

People signed up for the ‘Krav Maga’ session once the breakfast was over. Krav Maga is a form of self defense taught to the military in Israel which has its techniques derived from various forms of martial arts. The session on self defense lasted 2 hours at the continued…

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