The world-famous Khajuraho resonated with deep roars as scores of Harley Davidson motorcycles from across the country rode into the iconic heritage site for the third edition of Eastern HOG rally.
Bike riders of Harley Owners Group (HOG) reached the city on Friday to take part in a series of fun and adventurous events and will be here till Sunday.
The aim is to foster the spirit of brotherhood and camaraderie and promote Khajuraho as a tourist spot. Over 200 owners of Harley bikes, belonging to diverse professions and fields, have converged at Khajuraho.
Saurin Shah, regional director, West Zone, Harley-Davidson Owners Group, said he rode to Khajuraho on his Heritage Softel Classic Harley Davidson bike which he had purchased for `21 lakh in 2011. He said, “Many exciting activities have been arranged for the Harley riders, who come from different parts of the country, different cultures and traditions. The rally provides an opportunity to them to show-off their creativity and share experiences. They will take with them memories that they will always cherish.”
Saurin further said, “We ride with utmost care as we ride for pleasure and aim is not to drive fast. Khajuraho, with its world-famous temples, is providing a fascinating experience to us amidst the rich cultural heritage of India. The participants will promote the tourist destination after returning to their native places.” When asked about his experience so far at Khajuraho, Saurin said, “It is a wonderful place and people here are very friendly. But road connectivity is poor.”
Saurin said his group reached Khajuraho from Jhansi. He said the road should have been four-lane. At some places, roads in MP are in very bad shape with potholes. He said HOG riders individually bear their expenses.
Dharmendra Jain of HOG Indore chapter, who is co-hosting the rally, said Harley Davidson annually organises four rallies. The participants have their own bikes. He said Neeraj Pant Vaidya from Vishakhapatnam and Sachin Diwan from Mumbai are participating in the rally for the first time. They are charmed by the beauty of the place. Diwan has come here on his Harley Davidson 2015 CVO model 1,800 CC which costs Rs 55 lakh.