Saturday, 15 September 2012

Women motor-bikers outdrive men on Himalayas

Himachal Vacation Travel News
MANALI/ LEH: Men vying for the best biker titles by riding their bikes on the roughest terrains of the Himalayas seem to be losing to women as hundreds of female bikers from across the world are reaching here to prove their mettle. All available roads have been trampled under the bikes ridden by women but they are intended to do what men cannot do.
Moksha Jetley with her machine
ndia, Canada, USA, Germany, Italy, France… adventure enthusiast women from every corner of the world are flying to Kullu to organize their high altitude motorbike expeditions. Women bikers are searching if any motorable road has not yet seen any female. Most of the women are newbie while very few of them are professional, still they are testing their limits on 15,000 to 18,400 feet high roads. Many women are joining men in their tours and proving their riding skills. Not only that, some women riding their bikes alone in terrains of Manali-Leh highway want to go beyond their limits.
“I’m loving riding my bike on Himalayas. This is difficult but rewarding,” a well known Canadian celebrity Lia Grimanis informed Himachal Vacation Travels and Adventure over phone from Nubra Valley of Ladakh. Lia has an experience of biking on ice in Norway when temperature was -55 degrees Celsius. “I’ll ask all women in my country to try their luck on Manali-Leh highway once in their life.”

Motor-bikers on Manali-Leh highway

There are no races or rallies, but groups of women motor-bikers can frequently be seen on Manali-Leh highway. This is for the first time that Royal Enfields are not easily available on rent in Manali. Motorbikes are being hired from outside the state. 500CC bike, long leather shoes, windcheater, helmet and a bunch of long hairs peeping out of the helmet, the Himalayan roads are thundering with presence of adventurous housewives.
Unfortunately, negligible numbers of women from India are daring to come out of the homes and compete men on roads. “Our culture and traditional thoughts doesn’t allow women to ride bikes like men do,” India’s first professional motor-biker Moksha Jetley rues, who want to see more Indian female bikers riding on off-roads. “Hundreds of women are riding their bikes on Manali-Leh, Shimla-Spiti, Leh-Zanskar, Manali-Srinagar highways. But, I hardly meet any Indian. Yes, some of our women have laid the foundation stone of a new era but I was never encouraged for my biking passion by anybody in my country, though I’m encouraging my Indian sisters,” she added.
Thrill of biking on Manali-Leh highway is drawing more and more women every year. Though a biking tour is expensive than the family holiday tour, but women, who have tasted the fun of biking, are ready to pay any cost to live their dreams.
Moksha has ridden her motorbike from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, Tibet, Napal and most of the toughest roads of the Himalayas. She has been inspiring Indian women to come out of their boundaries and live their dreams. She is launching a women motor-biking expedition in November where her slogan would be ‘proud to be a woman’. “Women can do anything. Why only cricket. We can beat men in all the fields. Women have been forced to stay indoors for centuries, but this is the time for men to worry,” she said.

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