Some of the most iconic mobikes in the world vroom into the Himalayas to celebrate World Motorcycle Day. Photographs by Debjeet Kundu
Before the start of the Riderthon half-summit at Rohtang Pass, all of us pitch tents at this apple orchard near Old Manali, Himachal Pradesh. Riderthon is a community of Indian motorcycling enthusiasts, and this is their first such endeavour.
This is the first time that the iconic Indian motorcycles are in the Himalayas. Indian, the century-old American brand, has been a dream for riders around the world, and these two beasts are definitely the biggest celebrities in town when we visit.
In Old Manali, these yaks are as much a part of the street life as are the numerous cafes dotting the flea market. And they certainly don't mind all the 'touristy' attention!
The Riderthon journey starts at 3.30 in the morning. But the road to Rohtang Pass is notorious for its traffic jams, and people set off as early as 2am!
Rain and riding may seem romantic, but certainly isn't a very comfortable idea. However, poor visibility is a problem only for the riders - not for those soaking in the beauty.
Himachal Pradesh is one of the most beautiful states in India. The hide-and-seek game between the clouds and the sun makes it even more enchanting.
Below him is the busy road to Rohtang. But for this shepherd, the morning is as lazy as it has been for ages.
Roads connect places and people. And it is obvious that people will travel to experience these beautiful places. But the blackened snow only proves what a heavy price nature has to pay while humans enjoy themselves.
Broken - and sometimes washed away - roads are a major hindrance while travelling to Rohtang from Manali. But these Royal Enfield riders will not be stopped by anything.
Straight out of Jab We Met!? So now you know which road Kareena and Shahid had taken while crooning atop their jeep.
It is World Motorcycle Day and there's no better place to celebrate it than the Rohtang-Leh highway on your Bullet. And it is also great to see a girl (extreme right) getting into the 'guy territory'.
Rohtang in Tibetan means 'pile of corpses' - derived from the number of people that have perished over the ages while journeying through the heights of the Peer Panjal ranges. But once you experience the serene beauty of the place, one understands why people still risk everything to ride through these lofty peaks.