Balaji Suresh, a rider from Coimbatore is on 'All India, Nepal and Bhutan Ride' on his Bajaj Pulsar 220F bike and has completed exactly one year on his ride. He started his ride on July 26, 2017 and planned to cover North East India, Nepal, Bhutan, some parts of North India and West India, along with Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra and Karnataka.
A mechanical engineer and farmer by profession, he has been riding for 8+ years. For the past 12+ months, he has been away from home and still is. His actual plan was to wind up his journey in 6 months but once in the mountains, he lost himself in the process of travelling in-depth and in search of less travelled destinations where tourists can't be seen.
His parents keep on calling him back but the natural beauty, being with welcoming people and the majestic mountains make the process to return tougher. Being from a small well knit family ,he misses home. He has been able to keep his expenses in check. He spends nights in temples, gurudwaras, friends' homes, village hut, tribal people hut, dhabas, yak skin huts, army camps, CRPF camps, forest rest house, river bank, checkpost, ashrams etc and sometimes even camping. Food has also not been a problem as he has met some wonderful people along the course of his ride. He has tasted local and traditional cuisine everyhere he went. He has received support from friends in times of need.
The places he has covered till now are: Eastern ghat belt starting from ooty till Odisha, interiors of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Odisha, Jharkhand, WB, Bihar, UP, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, J&K, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Nepal, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. He has been to all remote places where there was hardly any civilization, in parts of Pakistan, China and Nepal. He is wandering in Nagaland and will soon explore Bhutan, Sikkim, Kolkata central and western India.
There have been many memorable moments in his journey like meeting unknown souls who have left an impression, tasting snakes, listening to ghost stories, off road riding, party nights, watching battle tank training, crossing elephant jungles and watching first sun light over Mt. Everest, to name a few. He has thanked everyone for being supportive for his ride.
Team Throttle salutes this passionate rider and wishes him good luck for his remaining ride!