This page is about my journey across India meeting new people and understanding different cultures. This idea sparked in me when I was backpacking across Europe. I met couple of Europeans who had more knowledge about India compared to me. I felt bad that being an Indian I didn’t see as much as the Europeans. That is when I decided to ride across India.
This idea to travel sprouted when I didn’t even have a motorbike. To embark on this adventure I needed two things 1. Cash in the account 2. A cruise bike. For the first one I took up a 9-5 job corporate job and saved sufficient amount of money. For the later one I decided to take either a Royal Enfield or Bajaj Avenger. After a lot of analysis, I decided to take Bajaj Avenger 220cc.
I had to decide the right time to quit my job. The thought process was mainly about the next things in life. I had a great time at IBM Watson working on state of art technologies. But I had to decide what next in terms of personal as well as professional growth. So I applied for PhD and meanwhile planned take a break before committing myself for 3-4 years. So here starts the journey of the LoneRider.
What is this whole trip about?
Well this trip is a completely unplanned trip. A trip where there is no deadline and limits. I wanted to taste different cultures and meet as many people as possible from different aspects of life.
Why ride alone?
Lot of people asked me why I was travelling alone and suggested me to take someone along the way. I don’t mind riding along with like minded people, but who has free time like me. This trip is completely unplanned. I travel as per my mood and interest. If I like the place I don’t mind staying an extra day otherwise I would just shorten my stay. It is better to ride alone right? 😀
How are you planning this trip?
In few words I have a rough plan in mind but it will be enhanced on the go. For example: I initially planned to ride south from Jaisalmer. But I met a lovely Punjabi family there and I have decided to ride north. Since I decided that I would not ride more than 300km a day. I decide to stay in a village/city/town in 300km radius from my current destination. I prefer to stay with local family rather than a guest house.
What about accommodation?
- Couch Surfing: An interesting concept of staying with local.This gives me the opportunity to know their culture as well as share interesting stories.
- Youth Hostel India: I am a lifetime member of Youth Hostel India. There are roughly around 700 hostels across India. These are quite cheap and reduces my cost of travelling.
What bike are you riding?
Below is my ride named “The Beast” [from X-men]. It is Bajaj Avenger 220cc 2013 model.
How are you planning to sustain yourself in terms of money?
I will be freelancing so that I keep my cash reserve intact. My specialisation is in NLP, Data mining, Machine learning and Python.
How long is the trip?
Completely undefined. The trip might end when I get bored or when I am out of cash or when I get my PhD admit.
Stay tuned to know more about what all things I am carrying and numerous travel stories. If you want to be posted about my travel stories do like my LoneRider Facebook page.