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motorbike on rocky road - annapurnas (nepal)

Riding my motorbike on the dirt road between Tatopani and Jomsom, in the Annapurnas (Nepal)

This is the "official" road, but during the dry season, people also use a slightly better gravel road in the river-bed, but it involves crossing water several times.­

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dirt road
kali gandaki valley
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mountain road
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rocks
royal enfield bullet
stones
thunderbird
tristan savatier
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March 18, 2013
Nimung kyu Truss Bridge, Annapurna Conservation Area, Tukuche 33100, Nepal
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Photos taken during a motorcycle trip with a friend in Nepal in March 2013.­

This includes a trip up the Kali Gandaki valley to the Annapurnas and the Lower Mustang region, with its beautiful Himalayan landscapes.­

Those photos were taken one year before the April 2014 earthquake that killed many and caused major damage in central Nepal.­

Many of the buildings and temples on those photos have been damaged or destroyed by the 2014 quake, especially the shaky brick houses in Bhaktapur.­

That's me!

Photos of Royal Enfield "Bullet" Motorcycles.­

Royal Enfield are manufactured in India.­ They are rugged and simple to maintain and fix, which is why they are very popular in the Himalaya regions.­ The most popular model is 350cc, but there is also a 500cc version.­

Royal Enfield "Bullet" motorcycles are also heavy, sometimes unreliable and not fuel efficient, because they are based on a design that dates the 1940's, with only minor changes and improvements.­ But they are very simple to fix when they break down.­

I rented my Royal Enfield in Delhi, at a small shop called "Smart Motors" on Naiwala street in the Karol Bagh neighborhood.­ The owner, Mohit Soni, is a very nice guy, and they have good bikes.­ I recommend him.­

Other recommended shops to rent Enfield "Bullets" in Delhi are Lali Singh and Tony Motors.­