Arunabh Manumdar is a man who has done what others probably could dream of. This IIT graduate quit his lucrative job at Cognizant and travelled from Bangalore to Bangkok on his TVS 110CC bike. He completed this journey of more than 6000 KM in flat 25 days. He started on 25th December 2015 and completed his journey on 18th January 2016. However, his journey has not been an easy one and he had to face lots of hurdles including one minor car accident.
“I always had a passion for long rides on any vehicle I could get my hands on. During my IIT-Bombay days, I just took off one day on my mother’s Honda Activa through the scenic Western Ghats to reach home at BEL Circle in Bengaluru,” he told The Hindu .
Arunabh used tri-nation highway connecting India and Thailand through Myanmar. First part of his trip included Tirupati, Visakhapatnam, and Konark to reach Kolkata. Afterwards, he crossed through Guwahati, Silchar and Imphal to reach Moreh, a small town in Manipur located on the Indo-Myanmar border. It is through here that he entered Myanmar.
He told Deccan Herald, “People are very warm and welcoming and the sight of a biker with his bags saddled behind and asking for directions is usually a welcome change. I have stayed with locals in Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Zanskar, Rann of Kutch and a few other places. The nomadic lifestyle is a privilege that I have been lucky to experience.”
This ride termed “The TVS Bangalore-Bangkok Moto Run 2015” was sponsored by the TVS Motor company and Arunabh rode solo and completed the journey succesfully.
Arunbah is the first to have done this journey spanning three countries on 110CC bike.
He told New Indian Express, “
Every bike is designed for a specific purpose. You take it out of its comfort zone and you realise the capabilities of it.
The revelation to attempt a journey of this magnitude came to me when I managed to take a below-100cc bike across the Rann of Kutch on a blistering afternoon to within 700 metres of the Indo-Pak border at Vighakote. My resolve to attempt this journey was further heightened when I heard of the new Indo-Myanmar-Thailand highway on social media, the internet was abuzz with this ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ and ‘bucket-list’ ride. Having done my fair share of the Himalayan circuit, I wanted to do something I hadn’t done before.”