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A Motorcyclist's Dream: Riding the Spiti Valley circuit of the Indian Himalayas

Spiti is a high-altitude cold desert region of the Himalayas, located in the north-eastern part of the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The name "Spiti" means "The middle land", i.e. the land between Tibet and India. It is a motorcyclist's dream to ride the Spiti circuit  from Shimla to Manali, and this is my account of the same.

Day One

On Day 1, I’m up early, super excited, yet nervous. We (me and Eskimo, my Royal Enfield Himalayan) will ride out of the city soon, taking breaks occasionally. Orange juice by the Delhi-Chandigarh highway acts as good fuel for the body. Around 2:30 pm, we entered the mist and very light rain. Shimla isn’t too far now, and I reach my friend’s place around 4 pm. Back at his place after 11 years—how time flies. The evening follows with momos, beer, and home-cooked food to end the day. A good start to the ride.

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