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  • For the Love of Paranthas

    A Ride for the Love of Paranthas

    Start Destination: Najafgarh, New Delhi, Delhi 110043, India    End Destination: Murthal, Haryana 131027, India
    Distance: 61.0 km    Bike: Royal Enfield ,
    Start Date: 01/14/2014    End Date: 01/14/2014

    Prologue: For a decade and a year, Mohit has been in love with Pulsar motorbikes. He owns both, the 135cc and 200cc versions and also rides a Royal Enfield Electra 350. An employee serving in the finance department of Qatar Airways, he uses riding as a getaway to organize his thoughts.

    The Journey:

    Najafgarh-Murthal

    Ever felt that your life is so monotonous that you would do anything to get out of the rut? Everyone needs a break every now and then, and boy did I need one. Thankfully, a chance visit on an earlier occasion to a showroom called Outer Delhi Motorcycles, in Najafgarh brought me my lucky break. These guys were planning a short trip to Murthal and called to see whether I was interested in riding with a group.

    Now there was something refreshing to look forward to. Needless to say, I said yes.

    Finally, the day arrived. My mind was already racing ahead, preoccupied with thoughts of how the ride would pan out. Since it was an early morning ride, I had to wake up at 5 in the morning, but I knew that I was not going to regret any of it. I tiptoed my way around the house, while making all the necessary preparations and arrangements for the ride so that I don’t disturb my son, who was sleeping like a baby.

    All the riders gathered at the showroom at 6 a.m. sharp.  The ride was sponsored by Royal Enfield and every rider was handed a T-shirt with ‘Like a gun, goes like a Bullet’ printed on it. I put on my black sunglasses which went perfectly with the T-shirt.

    Our ride started at about 6:30 a.m. from the showroom itself. The weather at this time of the year was comfortable and pleasant. The aim of the ride was to gorge on all the exotic varieties of parathas we came across (well, not really). Keen on reaching our final destination at the designated time, with all the people who were supposed to be there, we stopped at Peera Garhi, Delhi where more enthusiastic riders were eagerly waiting to join us.

    Our second pit stop was at the Delhi Border (Karnal Bypass) where we were joined by more riders on our way to Murthal. From there on, it was a short ride to our destination across the busy yet wide roads of Delhi.

    Upon reaching our destination, we found that the place was buzzing with more than 50 dhabas and restaurants, each famous for its unique taste and types of parathas offered. We reached there at about 9 a.m. and stopped at Sukhdev Dhaba to fill our empty stomachs.The breakfast was followed by long conversations and a selfie session with the other bikers.

    On the whole, it was a great experience, bonding with people from different walks of life who share our passions and interests.

    Ideal Time to Visit: Any time between December and February is a good time to take this trip since the weather is cool, comfortable and pleasant.

    Entourage: It was a strong contingent of 70 group members of the Outer Delhi Motorcycles Club.

    Assistive Gizmos: We carried our smartphones and DSLR cameras to capture moments to look back upon years later.

    Traffic and Road conditions: The roads were very smooth and the traffic was decent throughout the journey which made the conditions perfect for riding.

    Best and worst stretches: The worst stretch was near Delhi border (Karnal Bypass) where we found hellish traffic. Beyond Karnal Bypass, the road was smooth and the traffic was decent.

    Weather: The weather we encountered was extremely cool and pleasant.

    Safety measures: I always use a sturdy helmet when I ride, and whether the ride is short or long, I am always equipped with proper riding gear.

    Preps: I usually carry my first-aid kit and tool box along whenever I go for a ride.

    Locals: The trip from Delhi NCR to Murthal is a short one, so I did not have much of an opportunity to interact with a lot of locals en route. But we did get to know other bikers of the group and shared interesting conversations.

    Food Joints and Stopovers: We stopped at Peera Garhi, Delhi and the Delhi Border (Karnal Bypass) where we were joined by more riders on our way to Murthal. We ate at Amrik Sukhdev Dhaba, the most famed eatery on the GT Karnal Road and Haveli at Murthal, which is a traditional Punjabi restaurant that captures the essence of Punjab in the food put at the tables.

    PIT STOPS

    GT Karnal Road (Bypass)


    Peera Garhi


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