Dear Classic Bike Adventure Friends
We have been waiting for some good news to report and indeed there is now light at the end of the “Covid tunnel”.
News: Nepal, Thailand, India
NEPAL has reopened its borders for vaccinated travelers, there is no longer a requirement for quarantine, other restrictive measures are not in place. Our local partners and friends tell us that the first tourists are again roaming the Thamel district in the heart of Kathmandu.
This comes just in time for our ROAD TO MUSTANG NEPAL TOUR, which will take place from 07 Nov – 21 Nov. We still have a few spots available and it would be a shame if they were not used. Of course, only for those who can endure some inconvenience, such as a PCR test before and after the trip.
The situation in THAILAND is also easing. On 01 July the country has started to open its borders with the “Phuket Sandbox” re-opening model. Vaccinated travelers have been able to enter Phuket since this date and can move freely on the resort island without quarantine. According to the official announcement, other parts of the country are expected to open up on 15 October, including Chiang Mai, where our NORTH THAILAND MOTORCYCLE TOUR from 06 Nov – 20 Nov will take place. At this point in time, hardly any details are known in regards to the new Corona entry rules, but we are optimistic that we can carry out the tour.
There are also some positive news from INDIA:
RC Vinod writes: “Here in India, life is slowly returning to its normal course. The Covid cases are decreasing and in the Indian Himalayas and in Goa the majority of the population over the age of 18 is vaccinated. The Himalayan region was little affected during the last wave. Since traveling within India is allowed without restrictions, we look forward to organizing our first Enfield adventure “after Corona” soon.
Unfortunately there is still no tourist visa for India, but we would like to try and organize a South India tour as soon as India opens up again. You can now pre-register without obligation and we do not expect a deposit for the time being.
The next scheduled date for our CLASSIC SOUTH INDIA TOUR through Goa is 27 Nov – 11 Dec 2021 & 29 Jan – 12 Feb 2022.
Our GOA TO KERALA TOUR will take place from 19 Feb – 07 Mar 2022.
Many thanks at this point to Hans Christoph Schilling for the beautiful PHOTOBOOK. Hans Christoph rode with us through southern India a few years ago and the photobook is an atmospheric “appetizer”. Beware, it could lead to wanderlust 😉.
Life goes on in CHINA & TIBET too!
The team from our partner company Tibetmoto organized several tours in Yunnan and Sichuan (southwest China) with foreign riders living in China. Here are some impressions from on-the-road.
It will take some more time until we will get our old lifes back, but a lot is now rolling in the right direction!
Our Tour Program 2022
For technical reasons, not all tours are shown in this newsletter. You can find all tours here: www.classic-bike-india.co/
A secluded area full of mysticism and wild Himalayan passes awaits you between Tibet and Nepal. Nepal offers the motorcycle tour of a lifetime! Slopes, winding mountain roads, gorges and exciting routes welcome you on the Road to Mustang!
2021: 07 Nov – 21 Nov
2022: 03 Apr – 17 April / 08 Oct – 22 Oct / 05 Nov – 19 Nov
11 riding days of pure freedom on a classic Enfield – on winding roads and relaxed to the most beautiful landscapes and beaches. Get to know people, foreign customs and cultures and immerse yourself in the countless facets of South India.
2021: 27 Nov – 11 Dec 2021
2022: 29 Jan – 12 Feb / 26 Nov – 10 Dec
We ride across the most beautiful mountain roads in South India, starting from tropical sandy beaches near Goa to green coconut palms and tea plantations in southern Kerala. No South India tour is more varied and offers nicer boutique hotels.
2022: 19 Feb – 07 Mar
Discover a fascinating culture in the mountainous north of the country. We ride on unique mountain roads that are unparalleled in Asia to the Golden Triangle on the Mekong, to ancient Buddhist cities and through tropical landscapes.
2021: 06 Nov – 20 Nov
2022: 05 Feb -19 Feb / 05 Nov -19 Nov
From Shangri-la to Lhasa across the Eastern Himalayas: look forward to the finest views of Everest, the world’s highest mountain, the cultural highlights of Tibet, remote mountain roads, undiscovered wilderness on the banks of the Mekong, snow-covered Himalayan peaks, and of course endless winding roads and beautiful mountain passes.
2022: 10 Apr – 25 Apr
Our most popular motorcycle tour in India: Ladakh with Nubra Valley and the highest motorable pass in the world: Kardungh-La. Ladakh, an area high up in the Indian Himalayas, is characterized by snow-capped mountains, deep gorges, azure-blue high mountain lakes, raging rivers and a unique Buddhist culture.
2022: 25 Jun – 09 Jul / 09 Jul – 23 Jul / 23 Jul – 06 Aug / 06 Aug – 20 Aug
Spiti lies deep in the Himalayas, close to the border with Tibet and is one of the least populated areas in India. Wild mountain ranges and high passes have preserved the millennia-old culture like no other in the world. Who could ask for a better setting for a unique adventure in the saddle of a motorcycle?
2022: 03 Sep – 17 Sep
Brand New: Pilot Tours 2022
New in our program: New routes between Dharamsala and Ladakh: For the first time we ride overland from the foothills of the Himalayas near Dharamsala to Leh and into the remote Zanskar valley. This is made possible by the newly opened Sisir La (4,790m) and Singge La (5,060m) passes. The new route is guaranteed to put a grin on even the toughest rider´s face.
2022: 18 Sep – 03 Oct
New in our program: Fantastic autumn tour through the Himalayan foothills. Wonderful passes up to 4,000m are waiting at the gates of Tibet. We visit the most sacred places and pilgrimage centers of the Sikhs, Buddhists and Hindus, including the Golden Temple of Amritsar.
2021: 14 Nov – 28 Nov
2022: 13 Nov – 27 Nov
Stay Strong, Ride On!