A group of bike enthusiasts in Gurgaon get together and organise weekend road trips to the hills and the desert.
Some residents of Gurgaon have combined their passion for bikes with the thrill of seeing new places to form a group called the Nomad Riders. Interestingly, most bikers in this group ride on ordinary motorcycles rather than high-end super bikes. Anyone with a bike is welcome to join the group on their outdoor rides.
Get set go
“When I came to Gurgaon about five years ago, a lot of people were interested in biking, but going alone was a deterrent. Being a biker and an avid traveller myself for the last 10 years, my friends and colleagues decided to join in,” says Vasant Gopalkrishnan, a member of the group. The group’s first trip was organised in July 2010, when 25 riders drove up to Karnal Haveli.
Since then, the Nomad Riders have travelled to Lansdowne, Ranthambore, Teerthan Valley in Manali, Alwar and even Ladakh in the last one year. The trips are usually between 300 to 500 kilometres, which can be completed within two to three days. “We keep the budget between Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 and like to explore places that are a bit off-beat,” says Harsh Gupta, a member of Nomad Riders.
The group’s trip to Leh Ladakh a couple of months ago counts amongst the most memorable for the members. “Ladakh is the Mecca of bikers and we are thrilled that we could do it within a year of our start. People thought that we would need very high-end bikes for the 10 day trip involving tough terrains, but most of us went on our Bullets,” says Sandeepan Nandan, 27, an executive. “But we were back in time for our office on Monday,” he adds.
The group is now planning a trip to Mandava, a village in Rajasthan known for its fresco forts and wall paintings.
JOIN THEM ON THE ROAD
Next Ride: The group will ride to Mandava in Rajasthan
Starts: October 7
Till: October 9
Open to: Everyone
Meeting Point: IFFCO Chowk, Gurgaon
Meeting Time: 5:30 am
Distance from Gurgaon: 250 kilometres