Ratnadeep Das has started out on his road trip from Jamshedpur to Leh in Kashmir to Kanyakumari and back for his bucket list. He is riding a mint-green Royal Enfield Classic 350 which he lovingly addresses as the MintWheels.
The bucket lister always had a fascination for travelling. He wanted to cover the nooks and corners of India. Over the years he observed a phenomenal change in tourism. A movement had started to gain momentum, tourism on motorcycles.
The inspiration behind Ratnadeep’s bucket list came from online videos by the ‘toll-free traveller,’ and a female biker, Roshni Sharma who is an avid-traveller herself.
Ratnadeep emphasizes that for a bike trip such as this, preparations are a must. He spent an entire year preparing himself for his bucket list road trip. He visited the mechanic and observed, and even worked with him to learn the basics of motorbike mechanics. Following this, he came up with his own route.
He recalls of having the most incredible experiences so far such as witnessing the melodious tune of the Ravanahata in Rajasthan and the Om Banna shrine near Jodhpur.
Ratnadeep has covered Lucknow, Ludhiana, Gulmarg, Kargil, Agra, Palampur, Rajasthan, Jodhpur. He plans to visit Kanyakumari & the North East till wherever his health & motorbike permits.
The bucketlister has covered destinations of religious, historical and aesthetical significance on his Kashmir to Kanyakumari bike trip. Places like the Bodh Gaya, Benaras, the Golden Temple in Amritsar, the Ajmer Dargah Sharif, the Lamayuru.
Historical monuments and aesthetic places such as the Jaisalmer Fort, the Mehrangarh Fort, the Dal Lake, the Wagah Border, Tanglang La, the Tirthan Valley, Dras, the Wagah Border.
As you read this, Ratnadeep is on his bucket list ride revving his classic 350 to where the route leads him.
Through this solo bike trip from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, he wants to put out the message that India is actually safe and to explore on a motorcycle.
The bucket lister accepts that he was very sceptical about the whole idea of bucket list trip, let alone it’s accomplishment. However, he has met a lot of people and continues to meet more, walking across the country. He speaks of a seventy-year-old, elderly man on a bicycle for the Beti Bachao Abhiyan cause. Ratnadeep makes sure to talk to each one of them. All the conversations have humbled him with a hope to go on.
The only difficulty Ratnadeep speaks of is the rainy season. The Leh-Manali highway posed serious road breaks to his trip. Somehow, he managed to get by even though he was all alone.
For aspiring bike-trip enthusiasts, the bucket lister advises to follow and chase your dreams. With just a bit of diligence in preparation, you are good to go.
His next bucket list is more of rides. Through his rides, he wants to promote bike tourism in India with the help of other bikers. He wants to tell people that India is truly incredible.
“Biking in India is truly a magnificent thing. The people around help you like anything.”
A passion for biking eventually led Ratnadeep to explore the length and breadth of India right from Kashmir to Kanyakumari. If you too are passionate about something and have accomplished a bucket list on it, you are a true bucket lister. Share your story with us and get featured on Woovly.