IP College Student Breaks Record To Become The Youngest Female Rider To Conquer Khardungla Pass

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19 years old Riya Yadav, second-year student of Indraprastha College for Women, Delhi University recently created history by making a new record. She is now the youngest female rider to conquer Khardungla Pass, the highest Motorable Road in the world, situated at an altitude of 18,379 ft on her bike (Royal Enfield Classic 350 HR 26 DA 0178)
This record will be registered with Limca Book of Records as well as India Book of Records. Earlier this record was held by Anam Hashim (21yrs).
Riya drove the roads of Leh, Ladakh and drove the taboos of society.
What started as a passion for bikes and learning the joy of riding some seven months back resulted in a life changing experience with her partner in crime Manzil (Bike).
She started her journey on 17th June from Delhi and reached back home on July 1,2017.
For this ride Yadav ¬†was accompanied by famed rider Sarah Kashyap and two other female riders for the Season 1 of the First Himalayan Escape Women’s Edition. She started her ride on 17th June’ 2017 from Delhi to Chandigarh from wherein the ride was flagged off from on 18th June 2017 and returned to Chandigarh on 30th June 2017, hence completing the ride.
During her ride she covered 7 passes, among these passes she covered top 3 highest motorable roads of the world, Khardungla pass (18,379ft), second highest was Tanglangla (17,590ft) and the highest pass was Changla pass (17,582ft)
” Every biker dreams of going on a Leh, Ladakh bike trip once in their lifetime. Luckily I got this opportunity just within seven months from when I started riding. The old saying ‘there’s beauty everywhere, all you have to do is just look around’ is true to the core when it comes to the mesmerizing views of Leh, Ladakh. Going on a Ladakh trip by bike is all about the good vibes and the undying spirit of a rider,” the second-year student of Indraprastha College for Women said.
On this ride she covered a total distance of approximately 3,200kms. This ride was her first ever bike trip to mountainous region. Her father gifted Royal Enfield on her 19th birthday.

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Sahiba Talwar
Sahiba is currently pursuing BA(hons) Journalism from Delhi University.

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