13 Days Royal Enfield Motorcycle Tour in India

Incredible Motorbike Tour India

Join Ride Expeditions and ride the worlds’ highest passes on this epic adventure of a lifetime. Touring through the Himalayan Mountains provides breathtaking views around every corner, unique cultural experiences with the amazingly friendly locals and motorcycle riding to dream of. Ride Expeditions will take you through sunny pine forests, snow-capped mountains, and red rocky landscapes that look that they’ve come straight out of Star Wars. Come and join Ride Expeditions for a tour of your lifetime!

Highlights

  • All bike’s fuel
  • Khardungla pass visit
  • Starts and ends in New Delhi
  • Royal Enfield 500cc Classic or Himalayan
  • Airport pick-up and flight from Leh to Delhi
  • Transfer from Delhi to Shimla
  • 12 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


10 riding days in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport

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Accommodation

During this bike tour, you will be staying in various accommodations. On day one, you will be in a in a four-star hotel in New Delhi. On day two, you'll stay in Shimla, in a quality hotel. In Shoja, you'll stay in an old, but very nice hillside hotel. On day four, you will sleep in a luxury five-star hotel in Manali. Depending on road and weather conditions further north, you may spend two nights here in Manali (and then just spend the one night in Nubra Valley).

On day five, you will be in a hotel in Keylong. On day six, you will sleep in large tents, with attached WCs and big beds in Sarchu. On day seven, you will sleep in a nice hotel outside of town Leh. On day eight, you will be in a nice hotel, still in Leh. On day nine, you will be in quality semi-permanent tents in Pangong Tso. On day 10 and 11, you will be staying in luxurious tents with big beds and attached WCs in Nubra Valley and on day 12, you will be in a quality hotel in Leh.

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  • Terrain: 98 percent on road, but road conditions vary from smooth tarmac to harsh rocky tracks. Two percent is on a sandy track alongside Pangong Lake.
  • Bike: rental bike
  • Mileage: 1400 kilometers / 870 miles
  • Daily rides: 108 kilometers / 67 miles
  • Meals: Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner (except day one, that only includes dinner, day eight, that only includes breakfast and dinner, and day 13, that only includes breakfast)

This motorcycle tour isn’t about racing around mountain roads (you might just fall off the edge if you try!) but it’s about cruising through the hills with a group of like-minded riders and taking in the incredible surroundings of the beautiful Himalayan Mountains. Sitting aboard your thumping Royal Enfield Classic is the only way to travel India’s mountain roads as you pass beneath cascading waterfalls, alongside fast flowing rivers and weave around the occasional yak! For this motorcycle tour, you will be riding on a brand new every year, the beautiful Royal Enfield 500cc Classics with fuel injection.

There will also be professional guides or mechanics and a support vehicle to carry your luggage, spare parts, as well as a spare motorcycle. You will be riding on road, but the road conditions vary from smooth tarmac to steep rocky tracks. The average daily ride hours will be five to eight hours with plenty of stops for you to drink and take photos. It is also suitable for pillion riders but please be aware that you will most likely become the designated cameraman!

Day 1: Arrival in India (New Delhi)

Ride Expeditions will meet you at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) and bring you to your hotel. It is the perfect base from which to explore this chaotic city. The traffic is insane, but thankfully you will not have to ride in any of this. You will meet in the afternoon where your tour leader will give a full briefing on the adventure that lies ahead. Tonight’s accommodation will be in a four-star hotel.

Day 2: Coach to Shimla

After breakfast at the hotel you will board your private coach and head for the hills! The journey to Shimla is a comfortable eight-hour trip on good roads. Sit back and enjoy the views as you begin the climb to the Himalayas. Shimla is simply a beautiful and fascinating town that was the old summer capital of British India. You’ll arrive at the hotel mid-afternoon, where your support team will be waiting with welcome drinks on the front lawn. Accommodation will be in a hotel.

Day 3: Shimla to Shoja (160 kilometers / 99 miles)

The first day of riding on this Himalayan motorcycle tour, and boy is it a good one! You leave the chaos of Shimla behind and quickly find yourselves on beautifully paved winding roads that are simply a joy to ride! You descend into a river valley and turn on a road that is much less smooth, but no less beautiful. In the afternoon you will steadily climb on winding roads that cut through pine forests up to your first high pass of the trip, the Jalori Pass, at 3,100 meters above sea level.

You will stop at the top outside Mahakali Temple for biscuits and a cup of chai before riding the newly paved road down to your hotel, perched on the hillside and offering spectacular views over the trees. Sunset beers followed by a big meal and a roaring campfire: a great end to a great first day of riding! Accommodation will be at an old, but very nice hillside hotel.

Day 4: Shoja to Manali (120 kilometers / 75 miles)

You’ll ride the rough roads down into Banjar Valley, through pine forests and quaint rural villages. You’ll descend until you meet the Beas River, which you’ll then ride alongside all the way to Manali. The traffic gets a bit manic, so you’ll need to keep your wits about as you weave around trucks, rickshaws, dogs, and cows! You’ll escape this as best you can by crossing to the other side of the river and riding tiny winding roads through small villages, all the way up to your excellent five stars hotel.

Manali is a beautiful ski resort style town sat at 2,000 meters. You’ll arrive mid-afternoon, giving you the chance to do shopping in Old Manali, visit the hot springs at Vashisht, or even hike up to a nearby waterfall. In the evening you'll go out for dinner at Johnson’s Cafe, where it's strongly recommended to sample the trout from the local rivers, it’s delicious! After dinner, you’ll enjoy drinks around the fire pit.

Note: Depending on road and weather conditions further north, you may spend two nights here in Manali (and then just spend the one night in Nubra valley).

Day 5: Manali to Keylong (110 kilometers / 68 miles)

Leaving Manali, you will ride alongside the Beas River before starting the climb up to your first high pass of the trip which is the Rohtang La Pass at 3,876 meters. The roads up to the top are incredible, with countless hairpin turns and spectacular views across the hills. The roads get a little rougher as you descend into the Lahaul Valley, but with its cascading waterfalls and rugged terrain, the scenery is no less impressive. Tonight’s destination is Keylong, the tribal district headquarters. Tonight’s accommodation will be in a hotel.

Day 6: Keylong to Sarchu (100 kilometers / 62 miles)

You’ll ride smooth tarmac in the morning that curves its way up to the scenic Bara-lacha la pass which sits at 4,883 meters, the highest altitude yet. You will stop just on the other side for lunch and there are three things that might now happen which are nothing at all, you might feel a bit queasy (no worries, Ride Expeditions has oxygen bottles to hand), or you might feel a bit drunk and giddy.

Don’t worry, this is just your body acclimatizing to the high altitudes and it does not last long. After lunch, you will descend to the Sarchu plateau where the campsite awaits. After enjoying a buffet dinner in the ‘restaurant tent’ you will light a bonfire together to keep your toes warm! Tonight’s accommodation will be in large tents, with attached WCs and big beds.

Day 7: Sarchu to Leh (260 kilometers / 162 miles)

After breakfast, you will saddle up for what might well be the most beautiful riding day you’ll ever have experienced. You will start the day by riding up Gata Loops, 21 hairpin turns that snake up the mountainside. Ride towards the Upper Indus Valley and over two more of the world’s highest passes (Lachalung La: 5,085 meters and Taglang La: 5,330 meters).

The winding roads are an immensely joyous ride and there are fresh breathtaking views around each and every corner. You will have a larger distance to cover today, but the road conditions are excellent and you are able to increase the pace. You’ll arrive at your hotel in Leh late afternoon. Tonight’s accommodation will be in a nice hotel outside of town.

Day 8: Leh

Enjoy a day of rest, local sightseeing, and exploring the fascinating mountain town of Leh, the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Ladakh. There are plenty of restaurants, shops, cafés, and markets. The old market, in particular, is a great experience. There are many monasteries and ancient temples that are well worth a visit, as is the impressive nine-storey abandoned Leh Palace that overlooks the town.

If you cannot bear to be separated from your steed, then you are of course welcome to take the Enfields out for a cruise in the hills. Tonight’s accommodation will be in a hotel.

Day 9: Leh to Pangong Tso (175 kilometers / 109 miles)

Riding over Chang La Pass at 5,280 meters, you'll cruise towards Pangong Lake, the highest saltwater lake in the world. Watch out for the huge Himalayan yaks that patrol the valley! Stop for a picnic lunch alongside a stream in this beautiful valley, before continuing down towards the lake, shared by both India and China, 134 kilometers long, and a spectacular sight with snow-capped mountains and orange rock faces reflecting off of the perfectly clear blue waters. Sleep in large tents with big beds, attached WCs, and radiators.

Day 10: Pangong Tso - Nubra Valley (190 kilometers / 118 miles)

After enjoying breakfast and some cups of chai tea down by the lake, you’ll saddle up for another day's fine riding through the mountains. You’ll travel through an incredibly remote region along an old military road that has only recently been opened to tourists. The smooth road surfaces cruise you down into the beautiful Nubra Valley. The accommodation will be in a luxury campsite. “How can a campsite be luxurious,” you say? Well, you’ll just have to wait and see!

Day 11: Nubra to Turtuk to Nubra (165 kilometers / 103 miles)

Today you ride out to have lunch in the small village of Turtuk, located just 7 kilometers from the Pakistan border. You might’ve thought that you’d already seen all the different types of terrain the Himalayas has to offer but think again! This road is an incredible ride and the views are smack-in-the-face amazing. After arriving back at the camp and sinking a cold Kingfisher or two, it’s into the support vans and out to the sand dunes for a spot of camel riding. Back at the camp, another campfire awaits! Accommodation: Luxury campsite.

Note: If you spent two nights in Manali, you will only be able to spend one night in Nubra Valley, meaning this riding day will not be possible.

Day 12: Nubra Valley to Leh (130 kilometers / 81 miles)

Ride Expeditions has saved the big one for the last, which is Khardung La Pass! Join the elite handful of motorcyclists that have stood on top of the world with their motorcycle by their side. Reputed to be the highest motorable road in the world, Khardung La Pass sits at 5,358 meters above sea level. The views from the top are second to none, looking across Zanskar and the Kangri Mountains. You will ride down the other side on rocky dirt roads until you reach your final destination.

You will enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel restaurant and say goodbye to the support team. Tonight’s accommodation will be in a quality hotel.

Day 13: End of the tour (fly to Delhi)

After a breakfast feast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport (IXL) where you will say your goodbyes. Then, buckle up for one of the most exciting mountain flights. Passing over numerous mountain tops and glaciers, one and a half hours flight will quickly descend out of the mountains back to Delhi. Please note that flight bookings vary from this airport and Ride Expeditions can't guarantee which flight they’ll be able to book for you. Flight departures vary between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

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

Included excursions

On this tour, you will get the chance to go to Pangong Lake, which is the world’s highest salt lake and possibly has the world’s most amazing views.

Location

This bike tour will take you across India. Your Himalayan motorcycle journey will start from New Delhi before you go to Manali. Your ride will visit Shimla, Shoja, Keylong, Sarchu, Leh, Pangong Tso, and Nubra Valley. The Himalayas are situated in Northern India and touch Nepal, Pakistan, and China. This rugged mountain range, spanning 2,400 kilometers across India, has 15,000 glaciers and is the birthplace to the River Ganges. The lower regions, below the snow-covered peaks, are home to lakes, forests, and cultivated lands.

Food

During this bike tour, you will be served with daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner (except day one, that only includes dinner, day eight, that only includes breakfast and dinner, and day 13, that only includes breakfast). You will also have drinks along the way.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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

Things to do (optional)

  • Cruise on the hills on Leh
  • Local town sightseeing
  • Shopping
  • A camel ride in the Nubra Valley (they’re not as comfy as the Enfields, they smell bad and they might spit on you, but they’re still good fun)

What's included

  • The latest Royal Enfield 500cc Classic or Himalayan
  • Third-party motorcycle insurance
  • 12-night accommodation as per itinerary
  • All fuel
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Support vehicle/s carrying your luggage, spare parts, tools, etc.
  • Western medic / local doctor
  • Global Rescue cover for all riding days (2019 onwards)
  • Full support crew: professional local guide, mechanics on the bikes and a local doctor / western medic
  • Ride Expeditions personalized travel app (for Android and iOS)​
  • Domestic flight from Leh to Delhi (excluding baggage upgrades)
  • Airport pickup
  • Private coach transfer from Delhi to Shimla
  • All entrance fees and riding permits
  • Welcome pack
  • Donation of a percentage of tour profits to a local charity / school​
  • 1 tree planted on your behalf

What's not included

  • Personal travel insurance
  • International flights
  • Indian visa
  • Motorcycle damages (Ride Expeditions require a 500 GBP security to be held on your card or they can offer their own damage insurance for an extra 180 GBP)
  • Alcohol
  • Pet camel

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Ride Expeditions will pick you up from the airport and the last transfer will be by air from Leh to Delhi.

Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • 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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