Kozhikode: Anxiety, curiosity and an unbridled excitement filled the air when P. P. Adil and Roshith Lal, close friends and members of the Amazing Road Trip Club, set out on a long ride from the YMCA Cross Road in Kozhikode around 10 am on February 13.
On Monday evening, the 25-year-old seasoned roadies, who love to go on long and adventurous rides, returned from a 10,760-km epic trip, which took them through Nepal, China and Bhutan.
Using Google Maps for directions, they rode through picturesque as well as challenging terrains, scattered across four countries, and returned home with a bagful of memories.
“We would be on the road between 6 am and 6 pm. We would rent a hotel room and resume the journey next morning. Goa was our first stopover,” said Adil, who hails from Kinassery.
The duo then rode through Pune, Indore, Delhi before reaching Rupaidiha, a village in Uttar Pradesh on the India-Nepal border. They had to stay there for two days to complete the paperwork required to enter Nepal.
“Leaving the scenic mountains behind, we headed to Lumbini, the birth place of the Buddha. There were many monuments and monasteries that showcased grandeur and spirituality. Exciting sights were in store during the journey through the B. P. Koirala Highway, which links Kathmandu Valley with the Eastern Terai region. The breathtaking scenery on both sides of the road with snow-capped peaks forming the perfect backdrop made that route absolutely stunning and refreshing,” Roshith, a resident of Moozhikkal, said.
The duo spent a couple of days on the India-Bhutan border before heading to Thimphu and other intriguing destinations in the tiny mountain nation. They started their return trip via Jaigaon towards Kolkata and rode through Puri, Visakhapatnam, Chennai, Bengaluru and Mysuru to be back in Kozhikode.
According to them, Nepalese and Bhutanese regard south Indians highly. “They were very friendly and helpful. Our bikes developed some issues during the journey and we had to get them repaired. But the mechanics there refused to charge for their service. Whenever we inadvertently breached traffic rules, cops were kind enough to give us directions,” they said, adding that the thrilling ride gave them the energy and confidence to explore more unfamiliar and less-traveled places on their machines.