So whilst driving my own car to the Himalaya’s was always a dream and it came true, I had not always imagined of biking in the Himalaya’s, somehow, the thought that rains could come down and in that cold weather I firmly believed that rains would not be too much fun. However, as I wanted to ride to Jalori Pass in my car a lot of people told me to avoid the car and use the bike instead. Frankly too many unnecessary apprehensions were in my mind about the bike ride. However with Jamie to accompany and probably assist if anything went wrong I finally took the plunge. Trust me this was like tasting blood! No wonder so many people bike in the Himalaya’s! Whilst initially when the road got slushy as we neared the top of the pass it was scary, the best part was I actually over came my silly fears. In the end I would say it just required a tad careful driving at some times. The views that we got on the way could not be captured by the camera as wonderfully as I did with my eyes. Jalori Pass is situated at 10800 feet and is closed from October to April in the winters due to snow.
Luckily for us the weather remained quite nice till we reached uphill and even did a small trek to reach the absolute summit for some spectacular views of the Himalaya’s and the changing cloud formation at the the top of the hills. As we stayed on the summit mesmerised by the beauty of the 360 degree view we actually saw the weather changing from sunny to unruly. Whilst it rained in the valley below on us we had snow flakes. That infact was my first experience of a live snow fall. We rushed back worried the road would become even more slippery. Luckily the rains were only a trickle and we had a pretty safe ride back to Raju where a hot lunch awaited us!
Here are a few pics from the ride! 😀
The views from the top were something like this :
Sigh… the feeling to go back was like that of been to Heaven and back! 😀 May this just be the beginning of many Bike Expeditions in the Himalaya’s I say!!! 😀 😀