A bike trip to Ladakh is regarded as the most challenging and dangerous road trip you can take in India. And consequently, most bikes you see there are sturdy Royal Enfields and a couple of others. What you don’t see in Ladakh, however, is a scooty.
As a part of Season 2 of TVS Scooty Zest Himalayan Highs, Anam Hashim rode 2,100 km from Jammu to the KhardungLa Top, which is the highest motorable road in the World, on a TVS Scooty Zest 110. In doing so, the 21 year-old earned herself a place in the Indian Book of Records as ‘The youngest female rider to scale the Khardung La Pass.’
While the journey started smoothly, there were some patches where the going got tough for Anam – “There was an 80 km stretch of very rough road, which zig-zagged, and you can’t stop in between because there are always trucks and lorries coming down the road. There was also the threat of landslides,” she recalls with a shudder. “At Chang La Pass, I had a few breathing issues because of the altitude and sub-zero temperatures. It was really tough. But the Zest managed and we completed the journey.”
She really astonished more than a few people by turning up there on a 110cc scooter. “People were shocked to see me! They could not believe that I had driven the Scooty Zest all the way to the mountains!”, laughs Anam. “They thought I had it transported. I had to show them the meter to finally convince them!”.
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Anam Hashim also happens to be India’s youngest female stunt rider. The love for stunting started early for Anam, “I used to watch guys practicing stunts on their bikes in my hometown, Lucknow. But I was really fascinated after watching the TV show Stuntmania and I started practicing my own stunts. I have been professionally stunt-riding since I turned 18 and got my licence!” she shares. With her father’s support, she started stunting on her prized TVS Apache 180 and now she regularly takes part in many competitions.
It was the biggest competition, at the India Bike Week, where she was approached by TVS for the ride to Khardung La Pass. Anam Hashim will soon be repeating this arduous journey but this time she will be leading a group of 10 other women riders as a part of TVS Himalayan Heights.
Quite an impressive feat isn’t it? Would you ever attempt riding to Ladakh on a scooter?