“This night ain’t for the faint of heart”… was the voice inside my head after reaching the top of Sela Pass on my Royal Enfield Motorcycle, located at 4170m (13,700ft) in the Tawang District of Arunachal Pradesh. I opened the map and whispered to myself “Am I really here?” Far from home at an altitude high enough to freezing the spine with the mercury at -12-degrees, I was enveloped in snow… but still the frozen Sela Lake looked like a dream sequence from Narnia. This all was quite a lot to process!
After my solo trip to Ladakh last year on the Royal Enfield motorcycle, I was hooked to any and every place that lay high up in the Himalayan mountains. Since then, I have been craving for those rough roads and incredible landscapes. Just a week before I was planning out this amazing road trip to tame the crown of Arunachal Pradesh, and now I was here! Covering 6,000 kms from Pune to the wilderness of north-east India on my Royal Enfield Motorcycle was everything I dreamt of, executed to perfection. I had started to like my routine cliche, yet amazing, sleepless nights. Finally, the last of those troubled nights was here and my Royal Enfield Classic 500 was ready for its mission.
Image source – Akshay Milind Jadhav (Riding Nomad)