Cycling in French villages

The place I live in (Chasseneuil) is a small commune, surrounded by vast farmlands in all directions. The view resembles Microsoft Windows wallpapers. Beauty in every direction! My friends and I bought used bicycles recently and have been going crazy riding them everywhere.

Here are some pictures,

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The lone ranger

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The Shawshank redemption

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Interstellar

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Goodfellas

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Fight club

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Saving private Ryan

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Motorcycle diaries

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Hachiko

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Four brothers

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Into the wild

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Gone with the wind

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Paths of glory

The South Indian Road Trip – 2015

My brother and I started driving from Bangalore on 19 July 2015. We completed our road trip today after covering 2260 kms (1400 miles).

The places we covered were,

  • Madurai
  • Rameshwaram
  • Dhanushkodi
  • Kanyakumari
  • Alappuzha (Alleppy)
  • Munnar
  • Kochi
  • Wayanad
  • Madikeri

Here’s our route map for the 7 day 2000 km journey.

West coast road trip 2015

More photos soon.

Manali Winter Trek – First adventure of 2015

My brother, few of his classmates, and I decided to welcome this year with a trip to Manali and experience the cold winters of North India. The trek was organised by Youth Hostels Association of India (YHAI) and lasted 4 days (Jan 4 – 8). This was a mellow trek and the sights were incredible. There were snow covered mountains in all directions (Foothills of Himalayas) , the days were pleasant and the nights, freezing! Let me tell you more about it through my pictures.

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The Red Fort in Old Delhi

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The Indian flag flying high in Central Park, Delhi.

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Delhi covered in fog at 9 am

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The International Youth hostel at Manali

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View around the hostel at Manali

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One house stands alone amidst leafless trees

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Had we been here a week early, the entire region would have been filled with snow.

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The days were pleasant despite the harsh sun.

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Looks like a wasted garden, but I’m sure they’ll be colourful once again soon.

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I wish to trek there some day in the near future

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The tree that lived alone.

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The Dogs here are extremely friendly. They jog along by your side throughout the trek, and expect nothing in return.

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My brother and his friends contemplating about snow balls.

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My brother, his friends and I (Family Portrait).

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Trees awaiting change.

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The descent (Photo – Kaushik)

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The long and winding road (Photo – Kaushik)

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Hachiko keeping me company (Photo – Kaushik)

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Smiles and frowns (Photo – Kaushik)

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Serious snow balling happened here. (photo – Kaushik)

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Guardian of the mountains

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Buddhist prayer flags

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Sunset in Manali

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Huge statue of Lord Shiva at the Gurudwara in Manikaran. The fumes in the image is from the hot water spring below the statue. The water is so hot that rice and channa are cooked here.

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Enroute Dharamsala

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View from one of the hotels in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala.

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View from the museum window at Dharamsala

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The cemetery at the Church of St John in the Wilderness, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala.

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Somewhere in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala

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Back to International Youth Hostel, Delhi, and then to Bangalore.

A ride to Paradise

This one is from my road trip to Ladakh in 2012.

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Elegant Curves

The Gata loops in Ladakh, India.

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Riding the Himalayas

A photograph from a bike expedition to Ladakh. three friends and I rode some of the most wonderful Himalayan passes and the Ladakh valley during July 2012.

Photo Location – Khardung La (World’s highest motorable road) ,Ladakh.
Altitude – 18380 Feet.

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