Somewhere in between turning photographs to memories and exploring new places, I discovered that I could turn my passion into a profession and founded Photographers of India, now a strong community of half-a-million photographers and explorers from across the country. It helped me bring my love for travel and photography together on a single platform.
This impromptu trip to Ladakh last year ranks among the best trips I've done all these years. Like always, this, too, had two of my most favourite companions: my Olympus camera and my motorcycle. The best part about taking trips on a motorcycle is when the breeze hits your face and you can absorb the entire experience of travelling to a new place. It’s like being high on life.
On a hike towards one of the most iconic monasteries in Bhutan situated on a clifftop in Paro, known as Tiger’s Nest or Park Taktsang. You need to ride for about 4-5 hours from Thimpu, followed by a 3-hour trek (one way), to reach this beautiful and serene monastery.
A local boy flashing a big smile while playing near Chimi Lhakhang, also known as the Fertility Temple located in Punakha village. There is no proper road that leads to this monastery, but I managed it on my motorcycle. Needless to say, it was an exhilirating experience.
A serene picture of reflection on a rainy day in Thimphu near the Buddha Dordenma statue. This photograph is very close to my heart, and I got a seamless reflection of the Buddhist monk walking on the edge of Buddha Doderma in Thimphu. It’s a steep ride from Thimphu city to this statue.
Being on the saddle gives me a sense of contentment where I can enjoy my own company to the fullest. Over the years, I have ridden all the variants from the Royal Enfield’s stable — from the Classic, Thunderbird to the Continental GT, Himalayan and Interceptor. My personal favourite is the Himalayan. I can always trust my Himalayan, a bond of comfortability and dependability met during this short ride to the Aravali Hills near Delhi in 2017. Mostly, it was offroad as soon as we left the highway, but my motorcycle did not let me down.
Drifting on Royal Enfield at the Aravali Ranges near Delhi in 2017. While testing the capabilities of my new motorcycle, we did a lot of off-roading that day.
On a road trip from Delhi to Rajasthan in 2017 covering 3200 Km in 10 days. This is probably my longest bike ride ever, and trust me, Rajasthan roads are among the best for a bking expedition.
Riding Royal Enfield-Himalayan on a bridge in Rakcham in Sangla Valley, Himachal Pradesh during POI’s Winter Expedition of Spiti Valley in 2017. The diverse landscape and the raw beauty of the cold mountainous desert is best explored on the motorcycle. It took us 9 hours to reach Sangla from Shimla; the road condition was bad, and one of our motorcycles broke down enroute.
Snow-clad mountains in Chikul, Sangla Valley, Himachal Valley during POI’s Winter Expedition to Spiti Valley in 2017. We rode for almost 5-6 hours a day for straight 12 days on this trip. Our aim was to explore as many places as we could and experience the snow time of the year.
A local playing bagpipes in front of the Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland. Most of the motorcycles were so expensive to rent, but I somehow managed to borrow it from another motorcyclist staying in the same hostel for a day, and this short ride to Eilean Donan Castle was none other than a last dot to connect on my 21-day Scottish trip.
The tranquil and quiet Dal Lake in Kashmir. The picture was clicked during POI’s trip to Kashmir in 2019. One can definitely find peace in the serenity of Dal Lake. I could spend hours in the shikara and feel the calm around me.