Dreaming of Mongolia… this July!

Dreaming of flying across the vast steppes of Mongolia aboard the majestic Royal Enfield Machismo. Can’t wait to get back there. Who’s coming? This July, 19 – 28. Be one among the very few that get to visit the open and welcoming land of Mongolia.

The 10 day tour starts and ends in Ulanbataar and here are some of the highlights:

– Ride one of the true wilderness spaces on the planet
– Sleep in yurts and feel like an explorer
– Travel from the Khangai Mountains to Khogno Khan Sand Dunes
– See the night sky like you’ve never seen it before!
– Take a selfie with a Bactrian Camel
– Spend a day on horseback in Orkhon Valley
– Go fishing with the locals
– Immerse yourself into Mongolian culture with a homestay
– Ride with the eagles of the steppes

Contact us now to book your spot. Limited seats available.

Jammin thru Mongolia

    Update: Bagan Sunrise and Lungis

    After an epic sunrise at Bagan where the sun slowly revealed the field of pagodas, we rode east across Myanmar, up and over the Shan Hills. The landscape of this country changes everyday and I love it! After a short break at the hill station of Kalaw for some coffee and fried snacks, we descended down to Inlay Lake for another day off.

    But just a few kilometers from the end of the day, my clutch cable felt that it snapped. With Noel’s encouragment, I managed to ride the bike without using the clutch till our hotel. After poking around a bit, I found out it wasn’t the clutch cable but the plate that attaches to the end of the cable in the gear box. Good thing the garage manager and mechanics at Vintage Rides warned me of this and gave me spares for this part. I found a local mechanic, who had never worked on such a bike, but I could tell that he knew what he was doing, and together we got the part changed.

    Oh and to blend in better, Noel and I bought lungis! All the men in Myanmar wear lungis, which they call lungee. It’s considered formal wear and only the younger urban generation wears pants. They tie it differently than lungies of South India and it’s really easy to walk in and of course, lots of ventilation 😉

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    Update: The Pagodas of Bagan in Myanmar

    Myanmar continues to impress. From Mandalay we rode along the Ayerawaddy River to Bagan, an amazing site of thousands of pagados and temples built almost a millenia ago. Noel and I are enjoying how friendly and welcoming the locals are. On the way to Bagan, I randomly stopped under some shady trees and there happened to be a farmer’s house there where we had a cup of green tea and a sticky rice snack. Visitors are always welcome in Myanmar and it’s wonderful to experience it.

    After 10 days on the road from Delhi, we finally took a day off to let our bones and the bikes’ suspensions rest. It was also a wash day and we cleaned all our gear, shedding a kg or two in dirt.

    We have a guide for our trip along with a government escort as we are doing something out of the norm in crossing this once-restricted country on our own vehicles. We are supposed to follow the pilot car but they are really nice and let us ride ahead at times. Our guide, Michael, was once a philosophy graduate and now wants foreigners to take away a great impression of his country.

    Bagan is the most touristy site in the country and rightly so with its stunning wealth of pagodas and temples. Some are grand and covered in gold leaf and others are simple with exposed brick. All of them have an image of the Buddha inside and people still pray here. At the end of the day, we climbed up to watch the sun do its magic across the Plains of Bagan. The magnitude of nature never ceases to amaze us, moreso when you are standing atop a thousand year old pagoda with a magnificent sun setting in the west and the full moon rising in the east silhouetting hundreds of pagodas.

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    Update: Welcome to Myanmar!

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    We continued riding east and now we’re into Myanmar!! First time crossing a land border with a Royal Enfield and wow, so thrilled to make it through the Moreh/Tamu border between India and Myanmar!

    The Indian army has built this road a bit of the way into Myanmar and BRO leaves their trademark of smirky road safety signs, just like in Ladakh.

    First impressions are that the people are super friendly and gentle and the landscape is lush. We rode south from the border along the mountains of Manipur and now we’re in Kalay. Lunch was exciting and delicious; fish, quail eggs and other things I couldn’t recognize. We’re riding right across this country as it opens up to the outside world 🙂

    Update: Assamese Selfie

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    A curious little Assamese kid at a dhaba.
    Heavy fog this morning getting to Guwahati where traffic was snarled due to PM Modi visiting the region. Left the city and gliding through the twisty roads up to Kohora, the entrance to Kaziranga National Park. The Bullets are running great and feel very stable in the corners. There’s not much horsepower in them so it’s all about keeping the momentum up through the turns 😉

    Update: First Day Chai

    Chai should always be served in clay cups 🙂

    Left Delhi before dawn and watched the sun struggle to rise against the smog. Easy riding on the highway to Agra and then madness on the local highways of Uttar Pradesh. Got the bikes serviced at Royal Enfield in Kanpur as the engines have just been rebuilt. Good to be riding with Noel.

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    Snapshot: Temporarily on a Honda XR250L

    8 October 2012


    I’m back on two wheels 🙂 Check out my temporary ride for my extra break in Nairobi: it’s a beautiful 1986 Honda XR250L. Ash, a local rider, has been following my trip for a while and let me borrow his bike for the few weeks that I’ll be in Nairobi. So kind of him. Thanks, buddy!! My exams start tomorrow and preparation has gone well. Then another one on Friday and I’m all done. For sanDRina, new stator has shipped from the US and waiting on new CDI and wiring harness from my parts stash in India.

    Snapshot: Mara River Crossing

    27 September 2012


    Crossing the Mara River at sunset in Northwestern Tanzania.

    I made it back to Nairobi after 24 hrs sitting and bouncing in buses. Nice journey; covered in dust as I rode out of the bush and then a ferry across a gulf on Lake Victoria. I smiled when I got on the first bus as they were playing Bob Marley videos. My anthem was on: Jammin’ and of course, at full volume 🙂 Took this bus to the border and my first land crossing without a vehicle, very quick and caught the last night bus on the Kenyan side into Nairobi by early morning.

    Busy day today and I managed to change my exams to Nairobi. Then rode with my boda boda friend, Daniel to Gikomba second-hand market and I bought some jeans and shoes to fit in with my city friends for the next few weeks 😉 Thanks to Davide for letting me crash at his place. Wow, WiFi and hot showers… the good life :p