Sunday, 31 August 2014

Day 1 : Ghaziabad - Delhi - Ludhiana

DAY 1 : Events (Aug 15)
  • Slept well and got up at 6:30 am and started packing my saddle bags
  • Realised my helmet padding is missing, must have left at home in Bangalore
  • Once packing was done, went downstairs (10-12 floors) to unwrap the bike
  • Unwrapped the layers of bubble wrap, tapes and carton sheets, amidst the truck load of dust settled on the bike
  • Found some damage to the tank, the fog lamp, etc, took pictures of the same to share with GATI
  • Took the bikes to bunk, filled enough for Delhi
  • Couldn't find a decent helmet shop in Ghaziabad to source a padding for my LS2, so finally bought a half helmet for 400 bucks and continued riding.
  • Filled the fuel tank till the brim (literally) as petrol was cheaper in Delhi, and continued towards Jalandhar, the planned location for night halt
  • Reached Ludhiana by late at night (9 pm) and decided to call it a day, as Jalandhar was still 60kms and many people were struggling to ride at night
  • Few punjabi youth insisted us to experience a stay at a nearby Gurdwara instead of a hotel and I kind of liked the idea
  • So stayed in Gurdwara for the night, with bikes safely parked inside the premises


Route:
New Delhi - Sonepat - Panipat - Karnal - Patiala - Ludhiana

Road condition:
Punjab's 90% (or more) highways are in really good condition. I maintained 80kph on an average, except the part when I crossed busy cities on the way, but that was for short periods.

Climate/Weather:
Extremely hot and humid. Make sure the riding jackets and helmet has ventilation. Good part is, as the roads are good, once I started riding, the wind kept me cool all through.

Fuel Stops:
Ghaziabad : 
Rs 200 /  = 2 Ltrs

Delhi:
Rs 1400 / 70.13 pl = 19 Ltrs (Full Tank)


Good Morning Ghaziabad :)


A leisurely halt on the way to Ludhiana.


Coconut water - The best, healthy and safe refreshment while riding in hotter Indian states.

A beautiful view at the fields, where children were working and playing.

Taking a break on the side of the highway.


Rode all the way to Ludhiana and reached by night.


Travel route for this day..


Night Halt:
Place                  : Ludhiana
Accommodation: Gurudwara next to the highway to Jalandhar
Cost per room    : Rs 200 (just a cover charge)
Room Capacity  : 6 people with luggage
Other Details      :
- One has to wear something on head (bandanna/handkerchief/buff) while entering the premises
- Strictly no alcohol/cigarettes in possession
- Rooms are neat and tidy with attached bathroom
- Peaceful environment
- Breakfast is served in the morning as part of Gurudwara rituals



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