A group of four city-based cycling enthusiasts rode from Manali to Leh in an extraordinary feat of teamwork and perseverance. They covered some of the world's most scene mountain passes - Rohtang, Baralacha, Naki, Lachulung, Tanglang and Khardung.
They started cycling on July 7, travelled 525 km, and ended the journey on July 16.
The team's mission was to send a message to people that clean transport is a better option than using cars.
Nitish Bajaj, 38, is a marketing manager, while Dr Chiro Mitra, 41, is a veterinary surgeon. Manas Arvind, 35, is an advertising professional and Jasbir Singh, 41, is a design professional. These are the individuals who summoned the courage to cycle all the way to Leh.
"We planned for this since January this year and we prepared hard. We learned how to take care of our cycles and made ourselves physically fit," said Arvind.
"We stayed in tents during the journey. We carried grocery and tyre kits, and a support vehicle followed us just in case there is emergency," added Arvind.
"I have a seven-year-old son, and my wife was a bit alarmed initially. But she eventually helped me in giving final touches during the planning process," said Arvind.
Jasbir Singh, who has been into adventure sports and mountaineering for the last seven years, said his family was not happy at the idea initially. "But they supported me later on," he said. "The most memorable part of the journey was that we managed to cover all the six important mountain passes," added Singh.
However, Chiro Mitra's memorable moment is something straight out a movie. "We were near Rohtang Pass and we would travel in group. But at this area a landslide occurred between me and the third cyclist. I thought I was going to die. I spent six hours at the area alone in T-shirt and shorts," he said.
"Some army men came and saved me! That was the most memorable moment," he added.
For Nitish Bajaj, it is important to tell the younger generation to cycle often. "This is a good way to reduce pollution and stay healthy as well," said Bajaj.
In the end of the journey, the four Gurgaon residents are a satisfied lot. Who knows what the morrow holds? They may try another daring feat in future to inspire others to go green.