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Himalayas: The Only Motor-Trek Across the Entire Mountain Range.

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Himalayas: The Only Motor-Trek Across the Entire Mountain Range.

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Sep 6, 2020
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9781005395698
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An International motor journey across the whole Himalayan mountain range traversing foreign countries, covering over 14000 Kms in a gruelling journey of 76 days.A first-hand account of the arduous journey criss-crossing Countries, Mountain Peaks, Passes, Forests, Rivers and desolate roads, some infested with Terrorists.
And enjoying the company, the food, the festivals, the people, the Bazars, the comradery, the views, the season and the Boozing.

Editorial:
Publicado:
Sep 6, 2020
ISBN:
9781005395698
Formato:
Libro

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Sumant Barooah33 Fairview StreetVictoria 3122Australia.Mail: onlysumant@gmail.comPhone: 0415466008GCE. Univ. of CambridgeB. Sc (Honours)Associate, Clothing Institute, U.K.Diploma in Creative Writing. U.K.Photography Faculty.I have worked across the Globe in a different profession.Last I lived in China for 8 years.I was the Regional Director for a British company for all the Countries in the Pacific Rim.Written for Magazines in India and China.Have two Photo Books in Print1.Among, The Temples of China2.Assam. ‘Xunor Xophura’ The Golden ValleyA travel book on a National Expedition. I was part of an expedition driving all across the Himalayas, from Karakoram to China, across the countries on-route, a journey of 74 days.3.‘A journey of a lifetime-Riding the Himalayas’4.‘China A Chequered Life.At the moment doing two other books,5.Sexual Happenstances, A Guide to Sexual Adulthood6.An Inside View of An Outside World7. Sri Lankan Surfing Serendipity-Another one on Life in ChinaAll writings are fiction with a memoir background.

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Himalayas - Sumant Barooah

HIMALAYAS

The ONLY

Cross country

motor-trek

across the entire mountain range

An International motor journey across the whole Himalayan mountain range traversing foreign countries, covering over 14000 Kms in a gruelling journey of 76 days.

for

Mr. Phalguni Matilal

A first-hand account of the arduous journey criss-crossing Countries, Mountain Peaks, Passes, Forests, Rivers and desolate roads, some infested with Terrorists.

And enjoying the company, the food, the festivals, the people, the Bazars, the comradery, the views, the season and the Boozing.

Riding ~

the Himalayas

The Himalayas has been a challenge to every mountaineer, traveler, trader and adventurer in the world, protecting, nurturing and nourishing the life of the sub-continent, home of some of the oldest religion in the world with its temples, monasteries and legends.

Romancing brigands, explorers, travelers, hermits, priests, poets, writers and the tribes have made it their home.

Extending over miles from the stark cold deserts of the west to the tropical forests of the east, it is a wonder at every bend hiding glaciers, rivers, valleys, glens waterfalls and blossoms, changing colours at the onset of every season. It will be every so long before it settles down to a predictable pattern.

At the mention of adventure and explorers today, one envisions journeys into outer space or lone treks across the North or the South Pole, in outlandish gears armed with electronics to foretell your next step, one wonders if there are any frontiers left for, we mortals.

No not the diehard Mr. Phalguni Matilal, a seasoned expeditioneer and an avid traveler feels otherwise; adventure is everywhere, you must know what you seek.

As the leader of the Adventurers and Explorers Society, he single-handedly set up ‘Riding the Himalayas’, a motor-trek from Turtuk, in the Karakoram range in the west to Kibitho, the very end of the Eastern Himalayas. A single journey of 76 days, starting at Delhi and ending at Calcutta, a distance of 14,000 Kilometers across the Himalayas, through India, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan to Arunachal Pradesh.

Every collective motor expedition in India is misunderstood and normally called a Rally, and configured as a collective bashing around the hills at break-neck speeds, considered a domain of lunatics. The ‘Expedition’ as it was designated,

actually turned out to be an adventure in full form in the weeks that followed.

For some of us it started on the 29th of August 2003, at the formal Press conference and flag-off. A group of sixteen people gathered at the Park Hotel flying out of Bombay, Pune, Calcutta and various parts of Delhi, without a route map, no experience of driving in ‘Scorpios’, ‘Boleros’, ’Invaders, no idea of the terrain or the weather; aged between 22 and 67 years, one with a steel leg, one slightly asthmatic, some with vertigo and some with hydrophobia to begin with.

Somebody in the Press Conference was keen to know if we had 4X4 vehicles and the Mahindra representative nonchalantly affirmed, rather than allay our fears, that 4x4 were not necessary.

Route maps and itineraries were presented, a sumptuous lunch, the customary round of thanks and applauses and we were bound for better or for worse journey ahead

Mr. Pahlguni Matilal, the Leader, a retired senior bureaucrat, Mrs. Matilal, Mr. Keki Daruwala, retired bureaucrat, a renowned poet, Ashish Dutta, a Director with the Railways, Sujoy Chakravarty, Traveler, Corporate Executive from the TATA group ,Farah Vakil, Ralliest and Ecologist, Photographer, Bird Watcher, Mohit Midha, Photographer, Bird watcher, the Film Crew of Sanjeev Chettri, Girish Bisht, Harinder Rawat, Car Specialist, Drivers Sanjeev, Ramesh, Ashwini. And yours truly, designated the Film Director.

Reebok attired we arrive at the Gymkhana Club with our near and dear ones, to bid us a great journey. To wish us luck we were joined by the one and only Hari Singh who has won the Malaysian, Thailand, Indian Rally Championship five times, a Sardar, almost seven feet tall, impeccably dressed; "ganne de khet vitch tamatar thithe"! His favourite exclamation at the time, I remember clearly

Garlanded, Photographed, a short prayer and off we were on this journey of a lifetime.

Early morning pitter-patter raindrops of late August, bags slung in, equipment stacked, choose your riding partners, getting away photographs for the sponsors, formal roll call and God speed. Walky-Talkies ablaze with mindless chatter, shedding behind the excitement of preparation, closing offices, selecting and packing personals, shopping preparing your mind-set for the journey, weather, heights, leaving behind the loved ones, a daughter, a terrier, a girl friend, a routine, a life.

The India Gate floats by in the swirling mist of an early fog. Negotiating early Sunday morning traffic in our new wheels, Hari leading the way we hit N.H.1 on our way to Chandigarh and Mohali.

Personal accoutrements are refurbished at Chandigarh and lunch is served at the Mohali Cricket grounds. This was our first encounter with celebrity status with the Press in attendance, photographs to splash all over the nation and personal interviews. Bouquets greet the leader, an accomplished cricketer, and Hari Singh the local celebrity.

A hurried goodbye to civility and we are on our way to Paragpur paying our respects at Takht Sri Anandpur Sahib established in 1664 by the 9th Guru Sri Tegh Abrader Sahib.

Adventure beckons; as we were passing the local river Beas some of the photographers got down to do some photographs, not knowing that it was forbidden. Soon enough the whistle blowing police, weapons drawn swarm two of our vehicles on the bridge. They made it clear in no compromised words that we were possibly spies from a neighbouring country and need to be arrested. In fact, one of them was so agitated that he thought this was his opportunity to earn the police medal. We had to show them our cameras our expedition credentials and yet they would not let go of my camera until I disgorged the film within. The leading vehicles fortunately returned on our walkie-talkie arousal and

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