Mercury in Delhi crossing 40 Degrees. Knowledge of a high-altitude pass by the name of Chanshal, deep in Shimla district. Motorbikes not yet broken into. Couple of days at hand. Love for travel. Desperation to break free of the heat. And a very helpful travel blog by Vargis Khan! All the elements that propelled us into a memorable road trip to the Himalayas! [If you are contemplating a driving holiday to Chanshal Pass, but don’t have the inclination to go through whole of this account, then please directly jump to the end of this write-up, and take note of the points listed under “Ground Reality” – these might come in handy later during your trip] I’ll ride fast through our first day, which saw us riding from Noida to Kyarighat, a beautiful and serene place about 20 kilometers short of Shimla. We chose it instead of the more popular Shimla, to escape the din of the hive that Shimla becomes in the months of summer vacation. The day’s ride was long and hot; Kyarighat, cool and peaceful. Our evening there was spent in a walk through the cluster of houses that made up Kyari, and to the woods beyond, that engulfed us in a serenity that we cherished for long.