Start Point: New Delhi, Delhi 110001, India
Start Date: 21-July-2014
End Point: Ludhiana, Punjab, India
End Date: 21-July-2014
The Journey: Delhi - Murthal - Sonepat - Bahalgarh - Samalkha - Panipat - Gharaunda - Karnal - Jhanjhari - Nilokheri - Kurukshetra - Shahabad Markanda - Mohra - Ambala - Rajpura - Sarhind - Mandi Gobindgarh - Khanna - Kalan - Doraha - Ludhiana.
Ideal Time to Visit: October and November are best months to be riding down this route. The season is pleasant and if you start early you get to enjoy the morning breeze.
Entourage Strength: I’ve travelled solo at times and at times with G.O.D.S! When riding as a group, there are at least forty to fifty members riding together.
Preps: I just want to say two things to all passionate riders, first, love your bike and care for it. If you care for your bike, your bike will take care of you. Keep your bike clean. Get it serviced well in time before your ride and keep the following things on your checklist - carry all the requisite bike papers, water bottles and chain lubricants, check tyre pressure, and the mandatory riding jacket, helmet, gloves, shoes.
Assistive Gizmos: I use the Scala G9X quite regularly for receiving calls and listening to music on my journeys.
Road & Traffic Conditions: Traffic is left behind as soon as you cross the Delhi border. On the highways you won’t find much traffic till you get to Sonepat. At Karnal movement remains easy as it does at Panipat because of the flyover which covers the entire city almost. Ambala is where you might encounter some traffic.
Best & Worst Stretches: Delhi to Murthal and Panipat, you will be riding on smooth roads, till you get to Ambala and find yourself in a slight jam. At many places construction work-in-progress might hold up some traffic.
Weather Encountered: Fortunately we chose a time when the weather remained pleasant all through and there were light showers too.
Food Joints & Stopovers: Food at the Gulshan Dhaba at Murthal is amazing. The other notable eateries along the way are Haveli, Savoy Green and the reliable ol’ KFC.
Bike Care: Workshops are not available along this route but refuelling points are. You won’t get 97 Octane fuel anyway so might have to settle for the next best alternative.
Locals: Could not really pay attention to the people around since we were riding at a decent speed and you do end up concentrating on the road. Though I did notice a few people take a nice long look at us and the bikes. Made me feel like I was riding an A-320 aircraft!
Riding down this route feels fantastic each time, but what feels better is returning to your loved ones once you are back from a very satisfying journey. Ride safe!