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An Unplanned Solo Trip To Unfamiliar Territory “MEGHALAYA”

Himanshu Gupta

About Trail

Vehicle: Royal Enfield

Start Point: Guwahati, Assam, India

Start Date: 06-June-2017

End Point: Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya, India

End Date: 06-June-2017

A month ago, I was in Assam for an official project. I had arranged to stay for a couple of days, but my work finished in just one day. On the second day, the weather was extremely pleasant, perfect for a road trip. I didn’t have a crew, but I had my trusty steed, my Royal Enfield Himalayan, so I decided to take a trip that very day. If I could, I would have taken a 3 day trip, but I had to get back to office as soon as I went home. The idea came spontaneously, but since I hadn’t unpacked most of my luggage, packing for the trip wasn’t difficult. However I ensured I wrapped everything in plastic, since I was planning to go to Cherapunji which is one of the wettest places in India. When I started out, entering Guwahati was the worst stretch because of heavy traffic, and also because I didn’t know any of the roads inside the city. However after that, for the 13 hours that I was on my bike, the scenery was very beautiful. I deliberately rode my bike slowly, because that was the only way to enjoy the entire journey to its fullest. There were numerous waterfalls along the way. Each of them was beautiful in its own way. I really wished I could have more hours in a day, so that I could travel longer before going back. The only time which was slightly discomforting for others who were driving bike on same route along the journey, was when there was heavy rainfall between Shillong and Cherapunji. However, that actually made my trip more interesting, because I love riding my bike in the rain. The Shillong to Cherapunji stretch turned out to be the smoothest throughout the journey. At the end of the trip when I checked my bike, it was still in pristine condition. I wasn’t surprised; the Himalayan is built for roads rougher than the ones I had been on. One thing that I cannot repeat enough is that going slow along that route will give you a more enriching experience than speeding along will. I am going back for a longer trip next month if time allows; the Cherapunji- Shillong journey is far different from any other hill station I’ve been to. Route Covered :- Guwahati (Assam) to Assam to Cherrapunji (Meghalya).

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