Roads less travelled are not explored in a day or alone…it needs a serious passion... commitment… responsibility…. co travelers and of course fun. Such is a tale of Jeypore Bike Riders with whom we explored the other side of highways around Jaipur.
One day as I was just scrolling down through walls of Jaipur Photographers Club and suddenly my eyes got glued to a post mentioning “This Sunday we will explore some Adventure Sports Photography with Jeypore Bike Riders, the route would be decided by Jeypore Bike Riders” sounds interesting I said to myself… but route... why keeping suspense… wink wink.. .whatever… I am in for the ride... err… shoot.
Finally the ride day was here...and I was all geared up with my machine…oops...I mean my lens machine to capture the ride, as per plans photography club members met at pink square and moved to next meeting point on Jaipur - Delhi highway approx 6kms from pink square….at this pit stop we took onboard few more of our photography enthusiasts… but wait where are the bikes... riders… we were not able to spot them anywhere around… I was just about to ask… Anil sir… to call them... and suddenly... a roaring sound was heard and we saw approx dozen of bikes approaching us which filled the air with excitement.
And within few minutes… NH 8 was alive….as we all with riders moved to explore… explore??? Yes to explore... roads… paths… ourselves... which never thought even existed. After few kms we took a left on a narrow road… which welcomed us with some potholes and traces of recent rains…moving further on deep curves... we stopped at a crossroads soon... which as per the riders was the last wide space where we can have a group shot before flagging off the journey... after few quick shots together it was decided that we will move ahead and will take positions at different locations to capture the whole ride… live. We moved further through Kukas back roads and various villages… and took our positions and waited to capture for riders to pass by so that we can have some diff angles…and point of view, we clicked some shots when the mean machines passed… Dukes… Honda CBRs… Pulsar’s… accompanied by two- three Royal Enfield’s being ridden by dashing dudes.
After a short ride of few kms and when bike group moved ahead of us... we all moved again in our four wheels to catch them at their natural pit stop… once again with same strategy we all moved further leaving behind bikers… and now as we moved ahead we had to climb small hills(part of Aravali range)..which turned out to be a most scenic drive offering hills on other side and vast fields and some small valley on other side giving us the feeling that... yes this is what we were looking for in our city which can fill everyone with energy and freshness… we stopped at one high point and again took the position at height this time… so that rider’s can be shot cleanly... wink wink… shot with camera I mean!!
Further moving down the hills we moved through one more village and to our surprise… road we were travelling off disappeared suddenly and we moved down to a river bed(some river might have flowed here few centuries back)… and as we drove down… a deep cut…welcomed us…to give a feel of off-roading… we carefully moved our Xylo as it was not a 4x4 machine... and once got through this we stopped at river bed in between mustard fields and once again eagerly waited for some rider’s who were on the way… to show us some dirt magic… and they didn't disappoint us at any point of time… colorful dukes... mustard fields… wet sand… were complimenting each other… and as they moved through fields on river bed… the sand made little difficult to ride on but that’s what off-roaders are meant for… difficult hai… I’ll do it man… the bikes and their rider seems like they have strong bonding with... dirt... sand... fields... rains… and are made for each other. We captured some off-roading skills of passionate and responsible riders of JBR… and some relaxing moments….with all these excitement... captured moments we moved back to city.
Journeys are made by the people you travel with... and on this small journey we had made few friends too… and it’s not the end to this journey as many more will happen to see unseen and travel on roads less traveled….to make a new path to lead.
I am Vivek Kakkar but I call myself as "Being Vivek", a Healthcare IT Professional into Amateur photography. I like to spend time with camera to explore dimensions of life. Nature, People and Street Life are some subjects I like to click and feel photography is the best way to connect with nature, life and self.