I’d always ridden a motorcycle in college and in my younger working days. Riding long-distance on my bike then was more of a necessity as I didn’t have a car to make long trips in. But as my I got married and my family grew, my priorities changed and the motorcycle made way for a car. Of course, I still loved watching videos and reading blogs of various bikers, hoping someday to join their ranks.
I retired a few years ago, and decided to spend some of the retirement money I had tucked away on a new motorcycle and some decent riding gear. Nothing high-end or top-of-the-shelf mind you. Just good enough to be reliable on a long trip. I started off slow, first doing short half-day trips to the outskirts of NCR. Eventually made a few riding friends and went on slightly longer trips.
A few months back, a few friends and I decided to do a slightly longer trip. I was initially a little hesitant due to my lack of experience, but some cajoling and the promise of nice winding roads slowly wore me down. So we started researching on the internet and a few online forums.
After a bit of researching we found that Mountain Trail in Mukteshwar offered biking tours from Delhi. While we were checking other options, we contacted Mr. Mayank Gupta, the owner of the resort and an avid biker himself. A few more phone conversations and a few discussions later, we decided to bike to Mukteshwar, accompanied by him. All amateurs ourselves, we all felt we could benefit with his experience and expertise.
Needless to say, the ride was amazing. The beautiful winding roads, dense forests on the side, and the sweet melody of Himalayan birds, plus ample amounts of chai, were what made the trip great. Mayank’s occasional tips were not only useful but insightful, gleaned from his own experiences, and would definitely serve us better on future trips too.
We stopped at Mountain Trail for a bit of a rest and a quick bite. The café has amazing food and a great outdoor relaxed vibe to it. A short tour of the resort, including the beautiful rooms, convinced us to stay the night and leave early the next morning rather than that day itself (accompanied by a quick call home of course).
Mukteshwar is definitely a great biking destination for any two-wheel enthusiast. Mayank Gupta’s expertise will put any amateur at ease, while building on their experience and imparting skills as well.