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11 Day Journey of Mythological Tale in Mahabharata and Guided Motorcycle Tour in India

Delhi, India

Scenic Motorcycle Tour India

Come and experience the pleasures of mountain motorbiking as you go on an exciting and wondrous journey through the scenic locales of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. From awe-inspiring landscapes and bubbling rivers to majestic mountains and magnificent meadows of flowers and spectacular views, every nook and corner of Himachal and Uttarakhand is studded with the best gem of nature’s treasure trove.

Key information

  • Terrain: 70% asphalt
  • Bike: rental bike (Royal Enfield 500 CC or Himalayan)
  • Mileage: 1065 kilometers / 662 miles
  • Daily rides: 40 - 240 kilometers / 25 - 149 miles
  • Riding gear: included: used helmet; not included: ridding jacket and pants, high ankle shoes, elbow and knee guard (recommended to bring your own)
  • Meals: daily buffet breakfast and dinner

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Delhi
  • Visit the Hateshwari Temple in Hatkoti
  • Experience the nomads of the Himalayas
  • Explore Shimla, Dharamshala, and Mcleodganj
  • Ride to Narkanda - a land of apple and cherry blossoms
  • Go see the famous Shiva temple at Baijnath
  • Visit Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula
  • 10 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


6 riding days
Group size: Minimum of 4 participants
Airport transfer available:
Jolly Grant Airport (US$60 per person)
Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport
Airport transfer available:
Gaggal Airport (US$60 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

You will be accommodated in various accommodations in twin sharing basis during this tour. Your accommodations are as follows:

  • Night 1: Surya International or similar (deluxe hotel) in Delhi
  • Night 2: Rishikesh Inn or similar (deluxe hotel) in Rishikesh
  • Night 3: Home Stay (basic) in Sankri
  • Nights 4 and 5: Fairmount or similar (deluxe hotel) in Shimla
  • Night 6: KC Residency or similar (deluxe hotel) in Rampur
  • Night 7: Dev Conifer or similar (standard hotel) in Jibhi
  • Night 8: Citurs Palampur or similar (deluxe hotel) in Palampur
  • Night 9 and 10: Pride Surya or similar (deluxe hotel) in Dharamsala

Program

Day 1: Arrive in Delhi

Today you will arrive at Delhi and have an overnight stay at hotel.

Day 2: Delhi - Haridwar - Rishikesh

In the morning, proceed to New Delhi railway station to catch the train (Shatabdi express) for Haridwar. On arrival, you will be met and greeted by Brahmand Tour's representative and ride to Rishikesh (approximately 20 kilometers / 12 miles)

After the briefing about the trip, the bike key will be handed over. After, you will visit Rishikesh - it represents the Gateway to the Himalayas in the Tehri-Garhwal region of Uttaranchal. It abounds in natural splendor.

The spectacle of the Ganga rushing through the Himalayan foothills is an awesome sight. Several temples dot the banks of the Ganga at Rishikesh. Rishikesh is located at a height of about 1360 feet above sea level. It is believed that several yogis and sages lived and practiced penance here. Rishikesh represents the site where Vishnu vanquished the demon Madhu.

Later proceed for the visit in Rishikesh - visit Ram Jhula and Lakshman Jhula. In the evening you will handover the bike key. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 3: Rishikesh - Mussoorie - Lakha Mandal - Sankri (240 kilometers / 149 miles / approximately 7 hours)

After breakfast at the hotel proceed to Sankri via Mussoorie and Lakha Mandal Temple. The ride from Rishikesh to Dehradun is normal lane driving and from Dehradun it would be beautiful uphill ride towards Mussoorie.

You will take a small break while nearing Mussoorie to enjoy the scenic picturesque beauty of mountains and awesome view of Dehradun. Then another stop in Kempty Fall viewpoint, after crossing Mussoorie.

Once you reach the Yamuna Bridge you will be following the route of River Yamuna towards Naugaon village. En route you will have to visit Lakhamandal Temple and eat tasty Yamuna’s fish with rice in local restaurant at Gangnani dhara.

Upon arrival at Sankri, check-in and overnight stay at homestay.

Day 4: Sankri - Hanol - Hatkoti - Shimla (175 kilometers / 109 miles / approximately 6 hours)

After breakfast at Sankri you shall ride to Shimla en route Tuni, Hanol, and Hatkoti. You will ride back to Mori and from Mori you will take the route towards Tuni. The rode up to Hanol is no less than a fantasy which en route through virgin forests and exotic wildlife beside Tons River.

If you have experience and courage then get ready to raft on India’s one of the wildest river Tons and get on a nerve wrecking ride of your life. A lifetime experience of hard core rafting amid the wilderness of Tons Valley.

You will experience nomads of the Himalayas - a temporary shelter of Gujjar community, which is essentially a stick-and- mud huts. Nomad tribes spread out across the ranges of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh in search of rich forests and meadows for their cattle.

You will then proceed to Vashik devta temple Mahindrath, hardly a 20-minute ride from Hanol. You will have mesmerizing view of Tons River flowing through mountain ridge. After that, you will be off to Tyuni.

From Tyuni you will take right turn off to Ponta-Hatkoti road. Now you will be escorted by Pabbar River. Arakot is the boarder of Uttarakhand-Himachal Pradesh and from here you will enter the Himachal Pradesh and ride towards Apply Valley or Golden Belt of Himachal.

En route, you will get to visit Hateshwari Temple in Hatkoti. After visiting the temple, proceed to Shimla which is hardly a three-minute ride on highway road. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 5: Shimla visit

Morning post breakfast, proceed to visit the capital of Himachal Pradesh with Vice Regal Lodge (known as Indian advance studies) and Jakho Temple. In the afternoon, visit Gaiety Theater and Christ Church, which is the second oldest church in North India, after St John's Church in Meerut. It is a parish in the Diocese of Amritsar in the Church of North India.

Take an evening stroll down on The Ridge and The Mall (shopping place at Shimla) and the bustling Lower Bazaar Market. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 6: Shimla - Rampur (175 kilometers / 109 miles / approximately 6 hours)

After breakfast, you will ride to Narkanda - a land of apple and cherry blossoms and a gateway to Apple Country! You will ride to Rampur, the gateway of Hindustan - Tibet road. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 7: Rampur - Jibhi (220 kilometers / 137 miles / approximately 7 hours)

After breakfast, proceed to Banjar Valley (Jibhi) crossing villages such as Anni and other quaint villages. On your way to Jalori Pass, you will undertake an upward ride, lasting over an hour.

Riding along the river, you will move towards Jibhi, a picturesque Himalayan hamlet, located just below the Jalori Pass. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 8: Jibhi - Palampur (215 kilometers / 134 miles / approximately 8 hours)

After breakfast ride to Palampur. It is a hill station in India’s northern state of Himachal Pradesh. It’s known for its tea gardens. A waterfall drops into a stream at Bundla Chasm. On the way visit the famous Shiva temple at Baijnath.

Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 9: Palampur - Dharamshala (40 kilometers / 25 miles / approximately 2 hours)

After a leisurely breakfast, ride to Dharamshala, (the home of Buddhist priest Dalai Lama). On the way visit Norbulingka Institute (Monastery). Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. The evening is free to stroll down in the Tibetans settlement - Mcleodganj. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 10: Visit Dharamshala and Mcleodganj

Today you will have plenty of sites to visit during the ride. First you will have a stop at Kangra Fort (the incredible history of entire Kangra Valley), Raja Sansar Chand Museum, and Masrur Rock Cut Temples.

You will then have lunch with a local family. The evening is free to stroll down in the Tibetans settlement - Mcleodganj. Overnight stay at hotel

Day 11: Departure from Dharmshala to Delhi

On time, proceed to Dharamshala Airport to board the return flight to Delhi. On arrival at Delhi Airport, connect to an international flight to your onwards journey. It is now time to stay good bye and have a nice flight.

Bike rental deposit

Brahmand Tour need only 200 USD as security amount which is refundable after completion the trip. If there is any damage in the bike that would bore by the rider.

Skill level

Advanced:

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Location

Lakha Mandal Temple

The Lakha Mandal Temple is located 80 kilometers from Mussoorie-Yamunotri Road and has a strong legendary background. It is believed that the wicked son of blind king Dritarashtra conspired against the Pandavas and wished them to be burnt alive inside the Jatugriha, located here.

But fortunately they were saved by the power of the Shakti and therefore a Shakti Temple had been constructed here to commemorate the sacred power of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

In the 8th Century, this Lakha Mandal Temple, Dehradun was constructed with numerous stone engraved figures, each with a mythological association. These embellish the decor of the Lakha Mandal Temple and display the richness of Indian Heritage as well.

Kamal Valley

The Kamal Valley; geographically, the valley is the biggest divide between the Yamuna and the Tons Valley

Mori

Mori, a sleepy hamlet, amazingly scenic beautiful village, surrounded by greenish and yellowish paddy fields, Mori is located on the banks of renowned Tons River. Mori is a part of the Tons Valley, have a unique culture and history.

Mori is well known for adventurous water sports activities. Water rafting on the Tons River and trekking on the undulated hilly terrains are the chief activities one can adventure for. Legend tells that the River Tons was born out of the tears of Surpannakha. Sankri is hardly 21 kilometers from Mori.

Sankri Village

The Sankri Village in Uttarakhand is a route to the Paradise of Himalaya for every trekker. The ethereal natural beauty at Sankri resembles somewhat of a landscape painting painted on a canvas by the Great Masters. Sankri is a village located in the Uttarkashi District of Uttarakhand.

Perched at an elevation of 1,900 meters, the hushed hamlet is known among the trekkers as the starting point for Har ki Dun and Kedarkantha treks. However, the village itself is a mesmerizing tourist destination overlooking the majestic snow-covered Himalayan peaks.

While it may take eight hours of tiring ride through the meandering hill roads (Sankri is located roughly 200 kilometers from Dehradun), it is absolutely worth it.

Mahasu Devta Temple, Hanol

The ancient village of Hanol is primarily famous for the temple of Mahasu Devta who is the prime deity of the entire Jaunpur-Jaunsaar region. Known for his furious justice, Mahasu Devta is one incarnation of Lord Shiva who has come all the way from Kashmir to get people rid of evil spirits that haunted the region.

The beautiful temple architecture resembles trans-Himalayan style and is still in good shape. The temple complex, protected by the Archaeological Survey of India, stands next to the Tons River.

Tyuni

Tyuni is the second prime hub of the Jaunsaartribal block. Sharing its border with the Sirmour District of the Himachal Pradesh, Tyuni is scenically located aloft the Tons River finding a gateway to the neighboring Himachal Pradesh.

The customs, the attire and even the dialect of the native Jaunsaari people is very similar to that of their neighboring Himachali people. Here in Tyuni, Pabbar River meets Tons River. The Pabbar River is a tributary of the Tons River connecting to it from the west.

Hatkoti

Hatkoti is situated on the banks of the river Pabar, lays the mysterious valley of stone temples Hatkoti. Close by stands a small village by the name of Parhaat. At Hatkoti, two other small mountain streams Bishkulti and Raanvti join the Pabbar.

The color of the Bishkulti (vish-khalti) water is somewhat grayish and the local belief says that the stream oozes out poison. With the convergence of the three water streams (sangam), according to the Hindu mythology makes Hatkoti a place fit to be a pilgrimage.

Himachal itself, studded though it is with temples, has a very special reverence for Hatkoti, the abode of Goddess Mahishasurmardinian incarnation of Durga.

Hateshwati Temple, Hatkoti

This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and goddess Durga called as maa hateshwari. It is believed that this is spot where the gods fought a battle. There is also a Temple of Shiva.

Based on the architecture and carvings, archaeologically the temples are placed between the sixth and ninth centuries and many still relate their construction to the revival of Hinduism by Shankaracharya during the same period.

Many locals claim that it was constructed by the Pandavas who spent a considerable time at Hatkoti during their exile.

Shimla

Shimla is one of the most eminent tourist destinations in the country (Situated at a height of 2200 meters). This beautiful town is one of most elegant planned hill station in India. This town has colonial-style buildings alongside the historic temples and the amalgamation of the worlds leaves everyone visiting this region spellbound

Hatu Peak in Narkanda

Cherry blossoms is speculated to be native to the Himalayas. There are some amazing locations in the world where you can experience the beauty of the peak bloom of the blossoms. It is not easy to predict when exactly the buds will open offering the much awaited spectacular panoramic view.

Every year, thousands of cherry and apple trees burst into color offering a beautiful display of blossoms. If you want to experience these amazing panoramic views of blossoms, you can experience it in India as well, which is second to none.

One such less-explored destination is - Narkanda. It is situated at 2708 meters on NH-22 (Hindustan-Tibet Road), a township in the district of Shimla. It offers mesmerizing scenic views of snow ranges which makes it an ideal retreat for those who love to be secluded between the snow-filled mountains.

Narkanda which is famous for skiing and winters sports in winter, is not only a winter destinations, but it also offers spectacular views of cherry and apple blossoms in summers. It is a gateway to the Apple Country of Himachal Pradesh, which connects Shimla with Rampur and a diversion leading to Thanedar. Thanedar and Kotgarh is the prime apple belt of the state.

Food

Daily buffet breakfast and dinner at the hotel, except in Delhi, are included in the price. Brahmand Tour can arrange continental food only at Rishikesh, Shimla and Dhamrashala. Rest of the places can be Chinese and Indian cuisines.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 10 nights accommodation in mentioned or similar hotels on single occupancy basis
  • Daily buffet breakfast and dinner at hotel, except Delhi (day 2 with dinner and last day with breakfast)
  • Transfers in Delhi
  • Transfer from Haridwar to Rishikesh by exclusive vehicle
  • Royal Enfield 500 cc motorcycle with gearshift on the left as per the tour program / Himalayan motorcycle
  • Fuel / gas for entire trip
  • Basic spare parts (tires-tubes, clutch and accelerator wire, engine oil, chain lock, etc.) are included
  • Support vehicle to carry luggage and all essential during the entire trip
  • Road captain or technical assistance for entire trip with private motorbike
  • Royal Enfield mechanic for entire trip traveling in support vehicle
  • 1 A/C chair car train ticket from Delhi to Haridwar in Shatabdi
  • First aid kit containing adequate stock of the most frequently - needed medicine (if you have any medicine suggested by your physician then please carry at your end)
  • All taxes

What's not included

  • Air / train fare
  • Bike damage charges
  • Monuments entrance fee
  • Camera fee at monuments
  • Refundable security deposit (200 USD)
  • Any personal expenses like laundry charges, drinks, insurance, tip, etc.
  • Any other services aren’t committed above

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Transfer from and to the airport is included in the price. Brahmand Tour will pick you up from the airport.

If you want to avoid travel by train to Haridwar then, you can book your flight to arrive at Gaggal Airport (DHM) or Jolly Grant Airport (DED). Transfer from the airport is available for an additional cost of 60 USD per transfer.

Airport: Jolly Grant Airport Airport transfer available: Jolly Grant Airport (US$60 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Gaggal Airport Airport transfer available: Gaggal Airport (US$60 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Pricing information

The prices below are for a minimum of four riders. However, if the rider is ready to book as a solo participant, then the tour can still operate for the following prices:

  • 1 rider with rental bike: 2850 USD
  • 2 riders with rental bikes on twin sharing basis: 2940 USD
  • 1 rider with rental bike and 1 pillion: 4048 USD
  • 2 riders with rental bike and 2 pillions: 4780 USD
Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Wednesday November 17, 2021
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