This bucket lister has ridden across the country and beyond on a bucket list motorcycle trip for a whopping hundred and thirty days across India and two other neighbouring countries. He has covered almost all of the must-see places and experienced them for himself.
His bucket list is huge, like a never ending thing and is full of random stuff, like exploring different places – cities, villages and the people who live there, their food habits. However, it is not just restricted to listening to people’s account of their lives but by experiencing it firsthand. This helps him understand the soul of a place and then absorb it.
“It’s like a dream that you want to be everywhere, with everyone and is one of them.”
THE MOTORCYCLE TRIP – ROUTE
His bucket list motorcycle trip for 130 days encompassed locations that can serve some pretty cool vacation ideas
Aligarh – Delhi – Jaipur – Pushkar – Jaisalmer – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Rann of Kutch – Dholavera – Ahmedabad – Daman – Vapi – Mumbai – Divyaghar – Ganpatipule – Saligaon – Goa – Jogfall, Blinder – Udupi – Kutta, Coorg – Ooty – Conoor – Munnar – Kodokomlai – Kochi – Attirapali – Allepe back water – Kovalam beach – Kanyakumari – Rameshwaram – Dhanoshkodi – Pondicherry – Bengaluru – Hampi – Hyderabad – Vizag – Vijaywada – Elluru – Srikakulam – Puri – Kolkata – Raiganj – Darjeeling – Mangan – Thangu – Gurudongmar lake – Tso Lhamo (highest lake in India)
From there he moved on to Gangtok – Nathu La – Gnathang Valley – Zuluk – Malbazar – Jaigaon. He crossed into Bhutan through the district of Phuentsheling – Chukha Bhutan – Haa Valley – Chelela pass – Paro – Tiger nest – Thimphu – Punakha – Gelephu. He made his way to India through Guwahati and rode further to Bombdila – Tawang – Bomla – Bhalukpong – Itanagar – Hapoli village – Ziro Valley – Majuli Island – Kohima – Dzuku Valley – Imphal
His motorcycle trip had him ride across the Indo-Myanmar border through the town, Morey and moved ahead towards Tamu, Mayanmar – Moraing – Loktak lake after which he came back to India through Dimapur,- Haflong – Karimganj – Agartala – Khowai – Unakoti – Silchar – Aizwal – Kheleriyat – Dawki – Mylylong – Nokalikhai falls.
Riding across the beautiful North-East, he stood there to admire the Seven Sister falls. He also witnessed the Elephant falls. He continued his motorcycle ride through Mawsynram – Shillong – Umiam lake – Siliguri – Muzaffarpur – Bodhgaya – Ranchi – Jaspur – Aurangabad – Allahabad – Raebareli – Lucknow – Gwalior – Agra – Dehradun – Panchkula – Barog – Amritsar – Dalhousie – Sach pass – Killar – Ishtiyari – Jispa – Leh – Khardungla – Nubra Valley – Turtuk – Panamik – Siachen Base Camp – Shyok – Pangong – Changla – Leh – Kargil – Rangdum – Padum – Drang Drung glacier – Sonmarg – Srinagar – Patnitop – Manali – Chandigarh – Delhi and finally made it to Aligarh.
His inspiration for such kinds of adventure travel comes from reading. He is an avid reader and mostly it’s about travel. He doesn’t follow any specific person, or a traveller but goes on to read about random travel stories, how they travel and explore their own country, their own culture, and travelling to find their roots. That’s how the travelling bug got to him and so he did, on a motorcycle – the love of his life.
“There is nothing better than travelling by motorcycle in India. I just want to travel and visit every single possible corner of this country. I want to see and experience it and know how beautiful it is.”
Once he starts achieving his bucket list items, one by one, he keeps adding more to it. To him a bucket list item is like a floating iceberg, when you achieve it, only then do you figure it out that there is a lot more to it. What one might be thinking or might have already seen is perhaps just a small portion of a bigger picture.
“It’s difficult to count and tell, how long my bucket list goes, because there is a lot, a lot more to explore, a lot more to experience and a lot more to add to my list.”
About difficulties, the bucket lister believes that there is no such thing, it’s all in your head. Once there’s a start to it, things start falling in right places. It’s like if one wants to find an exact conclusion then he/she needs to start doing things, and not just sit and think about things and what difficulties and what problems and what more.
“Just do it and stick to your decisions and dreams and believe in yourself.”
The experience of being on a motorcycle trip for 130 days in India has totally changed him. It has changed his perspective towards life, people and made him a believer in humanity. He goes on to meeting strangers and who are now friends, actually more of the family than just friends.
“I don’t have siblings but now I know how it feels to have one. They are all over the country irrespective of their colour, caste, region, religion, profession.This is something you should experience, it’s very difficult to express the happiness and this beautiful feeling of having them all in my life.”
Ali feels that the whole experience has helped him become a better human being through each of his motorcycle trips. Through exploring his country he believes that at the same time he was, unconsciously exploring and improving himself too.
“Every day I’m becoming more of me, more of what I’m as a human being.”
For travel enthusiasts who plan to explore India on their adventure bucket list, Ali has an advice for you.
“If you are planning to travel in India then don’t forget to carry one very important thing with you. Your ‘SMILE’. Open your heart and smile to people and you will get lots of love from them. They will accept you like you are one of them. After all, we are just the same, one family, one species, there are no strangers actually. So smile and open your heart, open your arms and accept people, they will accept you too. Don’t feel that it’s something of a new place or new people. Smile and then you will find your siblings and a family in them. You’ll see people ready to help you out even before you ask them for it.
This serial bucket lister has one more bucket list to accomplish, in mind. Although he’s a tad bit doubtful of its possibility. He really wants to take his parents along to travel with him. A trip to all those beautiful places and meet the people he has met on his bucket list travel.
WoovlyFunFact: Did you know that motorcycles are a healthier and a greener way of travel than cars? It has also been experimented upon and proven that riding a motorcycle helps you burn more calories. The endorphin hormones that are secreted by the pituitary gland over just the ‘excitement’ of riding a motorcycle are good stress busters.