Day 1 (12th Sep 2014)
As we loaded our Motorcycles with luggage and rode out of our society building, the rain gods were there to welcome us. It was a light drizzle and so we continued our journey. A tankful at the nearest petrol pump, and we were on the road again. By the time we reached Murthal (50 kms) it was raining like cats and dogs. It was almost impossible to ride, so we took an early break at famous road side Dhaba (restaurant) and had our breakfast. The heavy rain lasted for about 30 mins and we were on the road again. The road was all wet; hence we had to ride slow. We were not expecting rains till we were in Himachal; hence this was a surprise and also a sign of worry for the coming days.
Day 1 Route Map
The light drizzle continued for about an hour and by the time we crossed Karnal city, the sun was out. We packed our rain gear and thanked god for having mercy on us. We picked up pace from here on and only stopped for a quick photography break at the entrance of Himachal on Himalyan Express Highway. This is perhaps the most beautiful highway on hills and every time we cross this section we enjoy riding here a lot. Twisty, Curved, super smooth roads are just one of the few things we are not used to yet. May be someday all our hill roads would be like this, till then let’s enjoy this one.
After the quick photography session we stopped for lunch at place called Pawanoo at a small restaurant named “Nikki Rasoi”. We are really found of this small restaurant as they provide excellent food at a great price. We have stopped here on every occasion; we were on our way to Shimla and beyond. After a heavy lunch we moved on the twisty Kalka – Shimla highway. The road here is actually good compared to any other standard hill station roads. This also creates problems of over-speeding and wrong over taking on corners. You need to be very careful here as you never know some idiot might be overtaking from wrong side on blind corners.
We managed good pace and without much drama reached Shimla before evening. Although our destination for today was Narkanda (60 kms) but we decided to stay at Shimla today to have a stroll on the Shimla Mall Road and savor some delicacies the restaurants offer here. Both of us headed straight for our known hotel at one corner of mall road. We got one nice, cozy room for a discounted price and settled in. After a quick fresh up and tea we were off to Mall road for an evening stroll and photography.
Shimla Mall road was relatively less crowded, September being off season, nevertheless it was an evening well spent with some hot manchow soup and dimsums.
After roaming around till late evening, we finally headed back to our hotel around 9 pm and discussed the next day’s route and plan. A couple of phone calls to near and dear ones to know about our whereabouts and we slept peacefully around 11 pm. It is a big day tomorrow, as we leave the main highway and enter into narrow twisty roads of Jalori pass.