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11 Day Ride to the White Desert Through Ghost Town Guided Motorcycle Tour in India

Ahemdabad, India

Heritage Ride and Motorcycle Tour in West Coast India

This tour will take you to the West Coast of India. Major heritage attractions are covered in it. You will ride about 1500 kilometers across the state of Gujarat. You will ride on open highways and town roads, fairly easy as per riding skills. You will cover archaeological, monumental, and geographical wonders of this part of the world. Not to forget some delicious ethnic Indian food that will be offered.

Key information

  • Terrain: 80% asphalt, 10% bad asphalt roads, 10% sandy road
  • Bike: rental bike (Royal Enfield Himalayan / Classic / Standard)
  • Mileage: 1500 kilometers / 932 miles
  • Daily rides: 120 - 290 kilometers / 75 - 180 miles
  • Riding gear: included: elbow guard, knee guard, helmet but you can bring your own
  • Meals: all breakfasts and dinners

Meet the guides

Nishit
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Ahmedabad
  • Visit Mahatma Gandhi’s Ashram in Ahmadabad
  • Ride to the ancient fortress and ghost village ‘Lakhpat’
  • Explore the white desert of Kutch, Harappa, and Mohenjo Daro civilization excavation site
  • View the local mud houses called "Bhunga's" and hear their stories of survival
  • See the white ass sanctuary at Dhrangadhra
  • Visit the towns of Mandvi and Kutch
  • 10 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Styles


8 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi
Group size: 10-15 participants
Airport transfer included: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport
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Accommodation

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

Riders will be given three-star category stays with single or double occupancy options. Some hotels will have room services. Some will have buffet served. Almost all the destinations will have internet (Wi-Fi) and international calling facility.

The tented accommodations at Dhordo will have a large enclosure with stage set for folk dance and nearby adventure activities like ATV rides, paramotor sailing (third party organized).

Accommodation will be provided in the following or similar hotels:

  • Hotel Ashray inn or similar in Ahemdabad
  • Rann Riders Resort or similar in Dhangradhra
  • Serena Beach Resorts or similar in Mandvi
  • Rann Kandhi Resort or similar in Dhordo
  • Rann Resort or similar or homestay in Dholavira
  • Hotel Honest Anjani or similar in Halvad

Program

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive at Ahmadabad from respective home town. Check into hotel. You will get a briefing, get used to the bike, and meet other members of the group.

Day 2: Ahmadabad - Gandhi Ashram - Dhrangadhra (120 kilometers / 75 miles)

After breakfast, visit the Gandhi ashram in the heart of the city and onwards to Dhrangadhra Wild Ass Sanctuary. Check into resort.

Day 3: Dhrangadhra Asiatic Wild Ass Sanctuary excursion

After breakfast, leave for safari excursion in jeep, horseback, camel or bike (on own expenses) and return back to the resort.

Day 4: Dhrangadhra - Dholavira Resort (270 kilometers / 168 miles)

After breakfast, leave for Dholavira, the excavation site of Harappa and Mohenjo Daro civilization. Upon reaching, check in the resort.

Day 5: Dholavira - Dhordo tent city (290 kilometers / 180 miles)

After an early breakfast, leave for Dhordo tent city. Upon arrival check in the tents. Today you will cross the tropic of Cancer.

Day 6: Dhordo - Kalo Dungar - White Rann - Dhordo (103 kilometers / 64 miles)

Full day sightseeing to Kalo Dungar (Black Mountain), white Rann of Kutch and return back to the tents. Later one can indulge in adventure activities in the vicinity (third party joy rides, charges extra and actual). In the evening, there will be folk dance and cultural program (included in the package).

Day 7: Dhordo - Lakhpat - Mandvi (240 kilometers / 149 miles)

After breakfast, leave for Lakhpat Fort (also called the ghost own) see the ancient old currency which one could find scattered everywhere. Afterwards leave for Mandvi town, upon reaching check into resort.

Day 8: Mandvi local sight seeing

After late breakfast leave for Mandvi ship building port. Here one will still find the traditional wooden ship being repaired and maintained. Later visit the Vijay Vilas Palace, home to the royal family of Kutch. Return back to resort.

Day 9: Mandvi - Halvad (240 kilometers / 149 miles)

After breakfast leave for Ahmadabad, stopping at Halvad for transit.

Day 10: Halvad - Ahmadabad (150 kilometers / 93 miles)

After breakfast leave for Ahmadabad and check into hotel

Day 11: Departure

Tour concludes after breakfast.

Skill level

Beginner:

  • can ride for 2-3 hours
  • minimal riding experience
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

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

Included excursions

  • Folk dance and traditional musical dance at the tent city of Dhordo.

Guides

Nishit Chheda

Location

  • Extremely dry and barren land
  • Less or no vegetation around
  • Traditional dressing is an influence of neighboring country
  • Lot of self-help groups empowering rural women can be found here
  • Women selling traditional handicrafts

Food

Riders will be served mostly vegetarian food however in few places non-vegetarian would be provided (eggs, chicken, and mutton). Alcoholic drinks are available with special arrangements and permits during the tour. Packaged drinking water will also be available throughout the tour. Please make sure to inform Touring Tours of any special dietary requests so they can make necessary arrangements.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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)

Joy rides

ATV rides

Paramotor Sailing

What's included

  • Royal Enfield motorcycle
  • Fuel
  • Helmets
  • 11 nights accommodations various hotels, resorts, or home stays
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinking water
  • Mechanic
  • Back up vehicle to carry luggage
  • Third party liability (maximum 200000 INR)

What's not included

  • Lunch
  • Venue
  • Joy ride
  • Museum entry tickets / camera charges
  • Safari fees
  • Other personal beverages
  • Permit charges
  • Air ticket
  • Medical emergency / evacuation / accidental charges other then covered
  • Damage done to motorbikes (other than wear and tear of brakes and tires)
  • Spare parts used other permitted wear and tear

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (AMD). Transfer from and to the airport is included in the price. Touring Tours will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport Airport transfer included: Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% 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.
11 days / 10 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 10 participants

Availability

Start: Friday December 25, 2020
End: Monday January 4, 2021

Special discount

Group bookings above 5 persons will have 2% discount on their respective package costs.

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