Post Mortem

Manali on Two Wheelers

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 6/26/2019 12:16:44 PM IST

 My son Anuj Kamal Goel, age 19 years old likes adventures. He suggested to go Manali on scooty and motorcycle. I said, ‘okay’. I have Access Scooty (125 cc) and Anuj has Dominar (400 cc) of Bajaj. We selected the items to be taken and prepared our bags on June 14th 2019. At 5 a.m., we started from Delhi. We knew that we may face difficulties on the way. However, from Delhi to Ambala we did not face any problem. Thereafter, roads were in very bad conditions. We knew that roads near Manali were new and we will enjoy our trip without any difficulty. But after Ambala, roads were in very bad conditions and full of potholes. Some were filled with water and it was very difficult to drive on such roads on two wheelers. But my son Anuj was full of energy and was not facing any difficulty on his 400 cc motorcycle. I was having trouble in driving my scooty because the engine of 125 cc is not very strong.

On the way, when buses and trucks overtook each other then we were scared. After Pinjore (Kalka), mountains started. Almost till Manali, we were driving along the river. People advised us to stay for one day and do break journey, take rest but we were keen to complete the journey the very same day.

Around 8:30 in the evening we reached Manali. We searched for a hotel, found one named Shambhala and booked the room. We were so tired that we slept whole night without disturbance. We had permit for Rohtang pass for 16th June 2019. Therefore, we decided to explore Manali on 15th June. We visited various temples and Salong valley that day.

On 16th, we got up at 4:15 a.m. and became ready at 5:30 a.m. to start our journey to Rohtang Pass. The journey to Rohtang Pass was much more dangerous than our journey to Manali. My son could be the first 19 year old person to reach Rohtang Pass on Dominar 400 cc motorcycle with his mother as a pillion rider. Road to Rohtang was very steep and at many places, water was flowing on the road. Within two hours, we reached Rohtang pass. There we prepared some short films for YouTube with our DSLR camera and mobile phones. We could find a large number of people enjoying snow and taking photographs. All the surroundings and mountains were covered with snow. We were also worried about downwards journey because of the jam created by the cars, mostly from Delhi, Punjab, Haryana. Anuj was driving very carefully and slowly, however, I was carefree and enjoying the scenic beauty. But by now, the young driver had become expert. We reached our hotel safely. After taking dinner, we decided to go for sleep because next day we were supposed to start back journey to Delhi. Being tired we slept like Kumbhkarans.

However, next day, we got up early and became ready for journey to Delhi. We started at around 7 a.m. in the morning. You have to be very careful while driving down the hill. Our eyes were on the upcoming traffic instead of scenic beauty. We were extra careful because this was our first journey on mountains and we could not afford any mishappening. In few hours we reached Chandigarh. Suddenly, Anuj saw that there was less air in one of my scooty’s wheel. We inspected the same and it was confirmed that there was a small puncture in the tyre. God was willing to help this mother and son team and we found a puncture repair shop nearby. The gentleman was helpful and within no time we were again on the wheels. On the way, we found one sugarcane juice seller to give us some energy. We gulped down one glass each of ganne ka ras.

We started our onward journey again. After few kilometres, it started drizzling but we decided to continue driving. Somewhere it was heavy rain and at some places it was only drizzling. When we reached Delhi border, we were filled with joy and energy inspite of being little tired. At 12 o’ clock midnight, we knocked the door of our home. This mother and son team created a record in going from Delhi to Manali and coming back Manali to Delhi on two wheelers. One thing I want to mention that Himachal government should ban entry for cars on the roads near Mall Road. These cars are creating so much pollution that you feel the foul air in your nose. Because of the pollutants, the dresses become blackish and it becomes difficult to breathe. Now and then we read in the newspapers about Delhi pollution but if you measure pollution level near Mall Road in Manali, you will be surprised that the pollution is more in Manali than in Delhi.

Haritima, Delhi 

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