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Old 1st December 2015, 16:14   #16
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It is said "A picture is worth a thousand words" and your post just did that. I could see through every picture of your's and the minimal text was icing on the cake (True BHP Style). I am planning a visit to Darjeeling from Hyderabad the moment i lay my hands on the innova(The process to currently acquire it from the organization under Car Lease Policy is ON). I choose this location because the distance and the good high speed road connectivity between Hyderabad to Kolkata and then a twister as i approach the actual destination. But the whole perspective has changed after looking at the photos you have posted. Now, i am looking forward for the destination more than the journey.
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Dear BlackPearl,
[i]My folly! Apart from 1100D, I should have thanked you for showing the road to North Bengal and Sikkim hills. Looking forward to meet you in the Team-BHP Kolkata meets (unfortunately I haven't attended any of them till now)
No worries Sayak, if we start giving thanks to everybody on this forum for all their inputs, the travelogues would be filled up with names
You have excellent writing skills, keep on travelling and travelogue-ing (if there is any term like that). Forgot to mention that rated a well deserved 5 stars to your thread.
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Dear Sayakc,

Amazing pictures and I enjoyed your offbeat writing style as well. The last photo is simply magical.
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beautiful wording on a great travel. Loved the pictures and thanks for sharing.
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Sayakc, your descriptive writeup and the photographs go hand in hand. Hope to meet you soon during any Kolkata TEAM-BHP meet and listen your experiences.
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Very nice photos, narration of your solo ride travelogue.

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You see, travelling in a motorcycle is different from a car. Thereís openness as opposed to containment. And that means you can actually touch, experience and see things more closely in a motorcycle. That draft of cold air hitting the face or those gloved hands getting frozen is the real thing which you canít prevent. You are a part of the environment and your reactions are partially or completely dictated by it; unlike a car where you are always confined to a compartment.
+1. Also, you can stop and park wherever required, capture photo, or just enjoy the beauty of mother nature.
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Old 1st December 2015, 19:44   #22
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Thank you Sankar!

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WOW!!! That was one hell of a ride... Discovering oneself in such calm and tranquil places, is something which we all crave to but hardly achieve. Kudos to you...
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What a superb poetic narration. Felt like I am travelling with you and your beloved bullet. ..Timeshifting. Thanks brother.
Thank You Joel! Wish you the best of luck for your journey and congrats in advance for your new car.

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It is said "A picture is worth a thousand words" and your post just did that. ...and the minimal text was icing on the cake (True BHP Style).
Thank You BlackPearl for the rating !

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No worries Sayak, if we start giving thanks to everybody on this forum for all their inputs, the travelogues would be filled up with names
You have excellent writing skills, keep on travelling and travelogue-ing (if there is any term like that). Forgot to mention that rated a well deserved 5 stars to your thread.
Thank You mustang_shelby!

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Amazing pictures and I enjoyed your offbeat writing style as well. The last photo is simply magical.
Thank You FuelInjector!

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beautiful wording on a great travel. Loved the pictures and thanks for sharing.
Yes Nempuguru, agreed. A motorcycle gives a lot of freedom in navigation.

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+1. Also, you can stop and park wherever required, capture photo, or just enjoy the beauty of mother nature.
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Sayakc, your descriptive writeup and the photographs go hand in hand. Hope to meet you soon during any Kolkata TEAM-BHP meet and listen your experiences.

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Old 3rd December 2015, 03:46   #23
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I really don't have words to express my feelings after going through your travelogue. I was done booking my tickets to Leh for Feb first week and stumbled upon your journey. I could feel that moment where you sat on a boulder, lit up a cigarette and kept gazing the stars. A moment worth all the pain you took in getting there.

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Fantastic write-up Sayakc thanks for sharing the experience. The problems you faced while going up to Tonglu, itís scary and in my personal view this stretch of road is not for 2 wheelers.

Walking alone at night in those places are best avoided, man you might be having nerves of steel. The fall pictures are awesome and this is one of the best times to travel to Singalila National Park another one is the Rhododendron season.
I wish you travel more to enrich us with your crisp writing and lots of good pictures.

Let me share a different view of the same place (Coming down from Tonglu in April).

Tonglu: Wheels on the Holy Road-dsc_2451.jpg
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Dear SouraC,

I have heard that April and May is a great time for the Rhododendron flowers and the photo you took is indeed a beautiful one. Realized this time I need to trek this trail some day in the future!

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Let there be 1000 photos & 100 travelogues on Darjeeling/around. The 101st T'logue and the adjoined set of photos all will look new and fresh & yours proved it.
Others would have already said, i say it again, you have a writer in you. I could feel your experience. Your words light up a different perspective of enjoying the nature, not by being there but by being a part of the nature itself.
As said by someone "Time spent in nature is time spent realizing that you don't know it all and that you never will". But it is always worth spending time to experience its beauty, often.
Thank you Sayakc. Deserves 5*
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... And the next day, I rode off solo to Tonglu on my motorcycle. And what an experience it was. ...

This travelogue, not being substantial, initially I hesitated in publishing it.. But on later thoughts realized that publishing this holds more quality than not publishing it and so here it goes.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful writing and photographs. It is often said that a picture is worth thousand words. I would say that your words are equally vivid. Lastly, I presume you have set your level of "being substantial" at a much higher level than ordinary mortals Anyway, please keep us posted about your trips.


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