A seemingly straightforward trip throughout Nepal on TVS’ 125cc stars seems to be one stuffed with twists and turns. Rishabh Bhaskar brings us the main points.
Printed On Aug 06, 2022 07:00:00 AM
We’ve been making our method by means of a seemingly limitless visitors jam for near an hour now. In just a few areas, the street is barely giant sufficient to let two vans move. However others have fared far worse than us: a sea of hapless folks have been stranded for near half a day on Nepal’s Prithvi Freeway. Day Certainly one of our trip by means of this nation had taken just a few surprising twists and turns to say the very least. “Ought to we’ve simply turned again in direction of Kathmandu?” The thought floated in all our minds as we waited for an earth mover to clear an enormous pile of boulders that was blocking our method.
Incessant rains had wreaked havoc, inflicting landslides and visitors jams that stretched for miles.
A number of hours previous to being caught within the jam from hell, we have been all upbeat in regards to the three-day journey that TVS had deliberate for us within the land that’s the birthplace of Gautam Buddha. The event? A trip to rejoice the success of TVS’ 125cc two-wheelers – the Ntorq 125 and the Raider. Each merchandise haven’t solely been a runaway hit in India, however have additionally risen in reputation in neighbouring Nepal and that’s why TVS introduced us right here. The night time earlier than departure, we noticed scores of TVS Ntorqs on the busy streets of Kathmandu and there have been a large variety of the newly launched Raider as effectively.
Standing within the forecourt of the Jagdamba TVS dealership, our flag off level, there was a palpable sense of pleasure within the air. Obligatory photograph ops with the Raider and Ntorq 125 Race Version executed, we set off in direction of our first vacation spot, Pokhara. Situated 220km away, Pokhara is a serious metropolis in Nepal, well-known for its beautiful lakes and delightful surroundings.
The trip out of Kathmandu was eventful in itself, with the plain chaos and heavy visitors of a capital metropolis. The peppy little 125s made gentle work of coping with it and shortly we have been on the Prithvi freeway. By this time, the heavens had opened up, as we continued down the winding ghats that have been peppered with potholes. The vistas round us, nonetheless, have been breathtaking. Lush inexperienced mountain ranges stretched so far as the attention may see and as soon as we reached the underside of the valley, the Trishuliriver was a relentless companion, flowing alongside.
The Ntorq impressed with its capability to face up to a bashing.
The street situations had improved by now and we may discover the efficiency of the 125cc mills. The Raider’s raspy exhaust word stuffed the air as we handed visitors at a fast tempo. I’ve at all times beloved the bike for its peppy nature, and evidently, we have been having a good time on it. Apparently, not like the Raider in India that will get Eco and Energy modes, the Raider offered in Nepal doesn’t have an Eco mode. Additionally, it doesn’t have a combi-braking system. I admit, backing the rear into just a few corners was a responsible pleasure we loved!
It was all going effectively to this point, and we have been on schedule to succeed in Pokhara by sunset. Little did we all know that Mom Nature had different plans in retailer. The automotive carrying our baggage had left an hour earlier than us and referred to as in to report that it was caught in a jam. Incessant rains within the Chitwan district over the past couple of days had brought on landslides within the area. By this time, we have been making our method by means of the tail-end of the jam and reached our lunch halt after a few kilometres.
An hour later, we acquired information that the jam was just for one other 30km until we reached the Mugling junction. After a lot deliberation, we determined to proceed to Pokhara. The digital camera and assist crew ditched their automobiles and hopped on as pillions.
What adopted was an expertise we’d always remember. Working as a workforce, our convoy squeezed by means of each out there hole between stranded buses, automobiles and vans. To say that the sunshine and manoeuvrable 125s we have been on made life simpler can be an understatement. In just a few locations, we additionally needed to trip by means of ankle deep slush. It took us over two hours to get to Mugling. The convoy that had damaged into fragments within the mess regrouped right here, amidst cheers and sighs of reduction in addition to just a few tears. The ordeal had worn us out, however we nonetheless had 100km to cowl and the solar was setting.
Fortunately, the remainder of the journey was comparatively straightforward. Though it was darkish and raining, with the roads stuffed with potholes, slush and waterlogged in some areas, our little TVSes carried on unperturbed. I’ve to confess, I’ve by no means been extra elated on the sight of a lodge, than once we reached Pokhara.
The subsequent day was in full distinction to the one earlier than. The skies have been clear blue, the solar shining in all its glory and we have been astride our bikes and scooters on a clean six-lane Pokhara to Hemja freeway. After just a few photograph ops, we headed to the CommeA La Maison, a quaint restaurant overlooking the attractive Phewa Lake. It was right here that we acquired the subsequent spherical of dangerous information. In a single day rains in Chitwan, our subsequent vacation spot, had elevated the probabilities of extra landslides. Plus the route again to Kathmandu from Chitwan was clogged with visitors in just a few locations. It wouldn’t be sensible to leap from the frying pan into the fireplace, no?
With a heavy coronary heart, we parked the bikes in Pokhara and flew to Kathmandu. Our 750km journey was decreased to only 280km.
On the intense facet, we have been protected and ever grateful to our little bikes for taking a beating on these climate worn roads and getting us to our vacation spot. It’s no marvel they’re so fashionable in Nepal.
Instances like these remind us that not all the things goes as deliberate, however it’s sensible to recognise when to not mess with mom nature. As for the unfinished exploration of this stunning and culturally wealthy nation, there’s at all times a subsequent time. And when that occurs, I do know I’d be glad to do it on both the Raider or the Ntorq, and with all the buddies I made in Nepal.