This adventure has a bit of everything. You get to see old and new Delhi and we head to the Taj Mahal before flying to the mountains and experience the majestic Himalayas on the quintessential Indian motorcycle – Royal Enfield.
We head east towards the disputed border regions of the Spiti Valley where we’ll visit the Pin Valley National Park, a monk that was caught in a landslide while meditating 550-years ago, the highest village in the world, the picturesque Key Monastery and we’ll stay in a 12th century monastery.
The scenery starts to change as we head up and over Kunzum Pass at 4590m and make our way through the valley where temporary camp sites look after weary travellers. We make the final ascent up one of the world’s craziest roads – Rohtang Pass (Which translates to Field of Corpses!). As we descend past the tree line, the beauty of the Kullu Valley will vie for your attention. Our destination is Manali and it ranks as one of the most chilled out party towns on the planet.
Enjoy yourself at the after tour party but not too much as you don’t want to forget the memories of the ancient monasteries, the friendly faces on the kids that wave at you as you speed past, the remoteness of the areas where people choose to live, the thump of the single cylinder of the Royal Enfield, overcoming the challenging and gnarly unsealed roads in the Spiti Valley or the multitude of other memories you’ll take with you.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||New Delhi, India|
|TOUR DATES||2019 – June 17th – June 27th (Includes Taj Mahal day trip – Usually US$250)
2020 – June 15th – June 25th (Includes Taj Mahal day trip – Usually US$250)This tour can be completed any time between June and the end of October. Please get in contact if the fixed dates above are not suitable for you.
|PRICES||Rider: US$3,290 per person
Pillion: US$2,490 per person
|WHAT’S INCLUDED|| Transfers to/from Airport and Hotel
All internal transfers and other travel for the duration of the adventure
A low kilometre, fastidiously maintained Royal Enfield Motorcycle
Quality Accommodation on a twin share basis (Comfort hotels/guest houses/Camps/tents)
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for the entire tour
Taj Mahal day trip
English speaking guides
Medical kit available and Oxygen on high altitude adventures
Mechanics with all necessary spare parts
Support vehicles to carry all luggage (if riders are injured or feeling unwell, they can take a break and jump into our back-up jeep to relax!)
Bottled mineral water throughout the adventure
Tea/Chai & snacks en-route
Permits for restricted areas
All entrance fees en-route
|NOT INCLUDED|| International flights
VISA (details sent with rider pack)
Travel Insurance (compulsory)
NOTE: The prices above are based on a twin share basis. If you’d like your own room, then there is a US$650 supplement.
Payment terms: A US$1000 deposit must be made at time of booking. Balance payment must be paid 8 weeks before the tour start date. Payment plans are available upon request.Terms & Conditions What To Bring Price Guarantee
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN NEW DELHI
Most of the flights land at midnight at New Delhi IGIA. Please ensure you arrive with plenty of time to transfer to the domestic airport for your early morning connecting flight to Kullu. Alternatively, if you would like to arrive a day early and relax or sight-see let us know and we can arrange accommodation.
DAY 2: TAJ MAHAL & AGRA
FULL DAY TRIP
A private vehicle will pick us up from the hotel at 7am and take us to Agra. We’ll visit Agra Fort, have lunch and then visit the Taj Mahal before returning to Delhi in the early evening.
We jump on an early morning flight and head for the Himalayas. Once we land, we check in to the hotel and have lunch. We’ll have a rider briefing with our adventure leader, check personal equipment and cover safety precautions before being properly introduced to the Royal Enfield motorcycles. We’ll take the bikes out on the adjacent narrow roads of the surrounding villages and through the mountains. This is your chance to familiarise yourselves with the motorcycles and get to know the roads. In the evening we get back to the hotel for dinner and rest before the tour starts proper..
After breakfast we will ride to the unexplored area of Kullu District. The Banjar Valley is a lush green valley & the border area of the “Great Himalayan National Park”, a home to many birds, fish & animals. Lunch will be in a Local restaurant and we’ll explore the valley after lunch too. Overnight at Raju Guest house/ similar.
BANJAR/GUSHANI TO SARAHAN (190kms / 6-7 hrs)
A scenic road goes up 2500m through a pine forest to Narkanda which has great skiing in the winter months. A gentle descent through villages to join the main road from Shimla that leads to Kinnaur in the Spiti Valley. We continue to Sarahan, the summer capital of the Rampur Busheher. We visit a 1500 year old temple of goddess Bhimakali and we have an amazing view of the Shirkhand peaks. Overnight in Hotel/ Guest house.
SARAHAN TO KALPA (150kms / 6 – 8 hours)
One of the prime attractions of Kalpa is the Kinnaur Kailash mountain as it is considered to be sacred by the locals of the region. A Shiva Lingam measuring 70m in height sits on top of the peak which attracts a large number of devotees and tourists all year round. We will ride through Sangla Valley which is another prominent attraction after which we visit the Kamru Fort, the Naga Temple and Sapni, which are renowned for their architectural excellence and the city of Reckong Peo which offers a panoramic view of the Kinner Kailash Mountain. Overnight in A Hotel or Guest house.
KALPA TO TABO (180km / 7-8 hours)
We leave Reckong Peo and enter a restricted area after getting our passport checked at Jangi. The route to Khab where Sutlej river enters India and merges into the Spiti river is simply amazing. It is uphill along a cliff, high over the Spiti River until Nako, where a magnificent view awaits us. To the north of the village is the monastic complex belonging to the Drugpa order. We continue along the cliff roads, driving through several villages until Tabo Monastery which was founded in 996 A.D. We’ll explore the village by foot and in the evening join the Puja ceremony in the Monastery. Overnight in Hotel/ Guest house.
TABO TO KAZA via Dhankar, Lalung, Pin Valley (110kms / 4-5 hours)
We head from Tabo via Dhankar, the ancient capital of the Spiti king and home to the most incredibly situated gompa, perched high on a barren rocky mountain. Continuing to Lallung and in the afternoon reaching Pin Valley, known for its national park which is home to snow leopards and ibex. We stay overnight in Kaza.
KAZA TO MANALI via Rohtang Pass 3980m (204kms / 6-8 hours)
Today is a long physically challenging day as we ride the craziest roads of the adventure. We cross streams and dirt tracks with frozen puddles to navigate up and over the Kunzum Pass . We’ll take our chai and lunch break at Batal before ascending up and over the worlds craziest road – the Rohtang Pass and along the sparkling Beas River and finally we arrive back in Manali. As it’s the last night of this adventure we’ll celebrate and party with our new friends.
EARLY MORNING FLIGHT
We catch the early flight to Chandigarh before catching the next flight which sees us land in Delhi in the afternoon. Time to relax by the hotel pool or head into the city to see the spice markets of Old Delhi and let your taste buds be tantalised.
DELHI TO YOUR ONWARD DESTINATION
Time to board the flight back to Delhi and head home. Back on home turf you won’t be able to explain the scale of this journey; photographs and videos will fail to do justice to your adventure. Your memories of this epic adventure will stay with your forever.
INSURANCE IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
(INDIA, NEPAL, BHUTAN, TIBET, MONGOLIA, MYANMAR and SRI LANKA)
In the countries we conduct adventures, commercial insurance on motor vehicles is either not available, or is of questionable value. 3rd party insurance will usually not cover foreigners and even if it does, it is generally worthless if one needs to make a claim. In the event of an accident in these countries, the situation is usually settled on the spot without the “assistance” of insurance companies. If insurance companies are involved, it can take days, weeks and even months before there is a resolution.
Damage Cap Option “DCO”
Himalayan Heroes offers its riders the option of capping the cost of your damage bill on the motorcycle you are riding. The cost of this damage cap option “DCO” is US$195, paid as a lump sum before the tour starts. In the event you damage the motorcycle, the DCO will cap your damage bill at US$200.
- If, like most of our riders, you do not damage the motorcycle then the total cost to you is only the cost of the DCO = US$195.
- If, like some of our riders, you put the bike down at slow speed and damage mirrors, levers, foot pegs etc and the damage bill is say, US$120 then you pay the US$120. The total cost to you is US$315 (US$195 DCO + US$120 damage bill)
- If you have a big off and damage the tank, forks etc and the damage bill is say US$750 then your damage bill is capped at US$200. The total cost to you is US$395 (US$195 DCO + US$200 damage bill).
The DCO is optional, so if you would like to carry the risk yourself, you are welcome to. At the completion of the tour, you will be presented with an itemised bill of the damage to the bike. Approximately 50% of our riders do not damage the bikes and of the 50% that do receive a damage bill, the majority of the bills are less than $300. Please send us an email if you’ve got any questions about the DCO.
The DCO is not an insurance policy and therefore any costs related to it cannot be claimed on a travel insurance claim.