Golden Himalaya Tour2022-09-29T09:27:53+00:00

The Golden Himalaya Motorcycle Tour

Ride to the “Valley of Gods”, the Gateway to Tibet & the Golden Temple

This phantastic India motorcycle tour is a true Himalayan treat for every rider during the Golden Autumn of North India. We ride well over 3000 meters and enjoy the most beautiful passes of the Himalayan foothills of Himachal Pradesh – with breathtaking views of snow-capped sacred mountain giants. Himachal Pradesh means “Land of the Gods”. The seemingly endless dense forests, rolling mountains, river valleys and winding roads are so beautiful that, according to popular belief, the Hindu gods made this region their home.

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Our journey begins in Shimla, a hill station from the English colonial era. Here, the time of the British Raj seems to stand still, with old colonial-style residences and a relaxed atmosphere that invites you go on a stroll. After a short period of acclimatization, we start the engines of our Enfields and head north. Already on the warm-up day we reach 3,400 meters and enjoy the scenic roads. In the following days we get closer and closer to the border with Tibet and experience the passes and valleys at Chitkul and we ride along the beautiful rivers Sutlej and Tirthan. In this area at the “Gate of Tibet” Buddhism meets Hinduism and we visit colorful temples and the holy Kinnaur Kailash, a six thousand meter high snow giant.

The next stages take us to the hot springs of Tatapani, to Manali and Kullu, where the highest pass of the journey awaits us, and finally to Dharamsala, residence of the Dalai Lama. Here we visit the Dalai Lama Temple and the surrounding area. The destination of the trip is the world-famous Golden Temple of Amritsar – the most important sanctuary of the Sikh religion, where we can experience the crowds of pilgrims and temple ceremonies. On this tour you will not only make many discoveries and get to know the country, ist people and cultures, but you will also have time to relax and enjoy. For this we book the most beautiful resorts and hotels. Come with us on our very special laid-back tour in India’s Golden Himalayan Autumn! Two weeks of Royal Enfield Cruising full of intensity and diversity await you.

AT A GLANCE

AT A GLANCE

15.10. – 27.10.2022 (Special tour 13 days – Please request a tender)
13.11. – 27.11.2022
Enfield Bullet 500: 2.990€
Enfield Himalayan 411 2.990€
Pillion 2.680€
Single Room +690€

RE Bullet only on request, please specify.

15 days / 14 nights / 13 riding days
Overnight stays in resorts and selected middle class hotels and guesthouses
19.11. – 01.12.2023
Enfield Bullet 500: 2.990€
Enfield Himalayan 411 2.990€
Pillion 2.680€
Single Room +690€

RE Bullet only on request, please specify.

15 days / 14 nights / 13 riding days
Overnight stays in resorts and selected middle class hotels and guesthouses

Golden Himalaya Motorcycle Tour Highlights

  • Breathtaking views of the most beautiful Himalayan mountain ranges of Himachal
  • Cross the fantastic passes Jalori (3,200m), Kandi (2,100m), Hatu (3,400m) and Jot (2,400m) at well over 3,000 meters
  • The Sutlej and Tirthan rivers and their fascinating landscapes
  • The Great Himalayan National Park, UNESCO World Heritage
  • The picturesque valleys of Kullu, Manali, Tirthan, Kalpa & Sangla
  • Pure relaxation in the hot springs of Tatapani
  • Visit to the mystical Kali Hindu Temple in Sarahan
  • The 6,000 meter high sacred Kinnaur Kailash Mountain
  • The residence of the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala
  • The majestic Golden Temple of Amritsar
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Golden Himalaya Motorcycle Tour in India Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to India, flight to Shimla

Arrive at Delhi airport for the early morning flight to Chandigarh. Private transfer from Chandigarh to Shimla where we will arrive around noon. The rest of the day is free for relaxation. Joint dinner with the group near the hotel.

Shimla is a hill station once established by the British Raj during colonial times to escape the hot summer in Delhi. All of India and what is now Pakistan was administered from here – unbelievable given that it is a small town in the foothills of the Himalayas. Today, time seems to stand still in Shimla, and one can stroll around to admire the old colonial residences and take a break in the many quaint cafes and restaurants.

On the road to Bir

Day 2: Warm-up ride to Narkanda

Familiarize yourself with the Royal Enfield Bullets and the Indian traffic! Today’s stage is short, but we are already riding high. We ride to Narkanda and take a break on the way at 3,400 meter high Hatu Pass where we can enjoy the first fantastic views of snow-capped mountain ranges in the distance. From here we continue to a beautiful resort surrounded by nature and forest, which also offers panoramic views of the mountains.

Distance covered: approx. 70km

Day 3: The enchanted landscapes of Sutlej valley

We follow the winding mountain road along 2,000 meter high mountain ranges and after a short while we reach the Sutlej river valley. Magnificent mountain peaks and dense evergreen forests line the valley. After leaving Rampur, the capital of Kinnaur region, we ascend to the famous Kali Temple – in the town of Sarahan. Sarahan marks the entrance to the legendary Kinnaur Valley. Dedicated to the goddess Kali, the Hindu temple complex at Sarahan sits at the cultural crossroads of Hinduism and Buddhism. In the complex itself we will come across three more temples where we will listen to mystical stories and legends. The intricately crafted wooden architecture and unique construction of these temples are reminiscent of a bygone era.

Distance covered: approx. 160 km

 old royal residence of Naggar
wild Tirthan valley

Day 4: Passes, glaciers and forests

With its dizzying, steep mountain road and suddenly changing landscapes, the ride up into the remote Sangla Valley is a challenge – a real adventure! The green landscape now gives way to a rocky landscape. The Sangla Valley has a lot to offer: passes, glaciers and snow, but also green forests, rivers and majestic waterfalls. We ride through lush nature and drive through charming small wooden villages built on the mountain slopes – a beautiful stage of our tour and a real highlight! Then it’s off to Chitkul, where the road ends not far from the Sino-Tibetan border. Beautiful small Buddhist temples await and the local culture is unique. The people of this heavenly valley are not only easygoing and friendly, they practice both Hinduism and Buddhism and live together in harmony. In ancient mythology, the Kinnara community of Chitkul sat halfway between humans and gods. We have dinner and stay overnight in a cozy hotel in the scenic surroundings in the middle of the Sangla Valley. The place is like something out of a fairy tale – snow-capped mountains, wooden huts and apple orchards as far as the eye can see!

Distance covered: approx. 110 km

Day 5: Kinnaur Kailash – Shiva’s Mountain

Today we have our sights set on the “highlight” of our Himachal motorcycle tour! We drive through Kinnaur and arrive at the quiet, ancient mountain village of Kalpa, dating back to 1,000 at an altitude of almost 3,000 metres.

This dream landscape offers us a fantastic view of the 6,000 meter high mountain Jorkhanden and the holy mountain Kinnaur Kailash. Kinnaur Kailash is considered the winter residence of the god Shiva and is sacred to both Hindus and Buddhists.

Distance covered: approx. 80 km

Enchanted Landscapes in Sutlej Valley
Kinnaur, Kailash – Shiva’s mountain

Day 6: Enjoy the Tatapani Hot Springs

A beautiful long day on the National Highway takes us back towards Shimla – a route that will make any driver’s heart beat faster! It is as if we are gliding through an unreal landscape on the winding mountain roads. In Tatapani we take a well-deserved break and drive deep into the valley to the hot springs – time to relax in the thermal baths. On the restaurant terrace high above the river we taste popular regional dishes and spices for dinner.

Distance covered: approx. 200 km

Day 7: The Great Himalayan National Park

We ride to the remote and peaceful Tirthan Valley and stay at a riverside lodge where we can enjoy nature. This day takes us north along the Sutlej Riverbanks over the 3,200 meter high Jalori Pass and down into the Great Himalayan National Park, which encircles the vast Tirthan River. Surrounded by lush green trees and colorful landscapes, we follow the crystal blue mountain rivers that are home to wild rainbow trout. The national park has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2014 due to its unique fauna and flora, which also offers wonderful views. In the evening we can enjoy a fresh rainbow trout fillet and look back on the day with a cool beer in hand.

Distance covered: approx. 150 km

Sangla Valley
Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh

Day 8: The Wild Parvati Valley

After breakfast, our adventure takes us first through the Beas Valley, then deep into the wild Parvati Valley, famous for its natural hot sulfur springs, which according to folk wisdom are said to cure diseases. Manikaran is the valley’s main town and a sacred pilgrimage site where Sikh and Hindu cultures meet. A hot bath in the temple complex together with the disciples is a unique cultural experience. We take a detour through the mysterious village of Malana with its unique culture, and was recently connected to a road. As the road is newly built, it will offer us a challenging ride.

Distance covered: approx. 120 km

Day 9: Relax in Naggar

Morning ride to a waterfall in the mountains where lunch awaits. Then it’s on to Naggar. Optionally we will ride across Rohtang Pass and Manali. We will decide this on the spot, as there is often simply too much traffic on the way to the pass. Naggar is a traditional and peaceful Hindu village in the heart of the Western Himalayas, in the Kullu Valley. Because this area is so beautiful, according to Hindu belief, the gods chose this valley as their home. That is why it is called “The Valley of the Gods”. Naggar was once the capital of the region, hence the picturesque Naggar Castle. At the Hotel Ragini Cottages you immediately feel at home. In and around Naggar, at 1,760 meters, Hindu temples dating back thousands of years dot the area. The view of the valley, the forests and the surrounding villages with their unique culture is fantastic. Dinner on the hotel’s rooftop terrace with fantastic sunset views of the snow-capped Pir Panjal Range.

Distance covered: approx. 90-130 km

Road to the hot springs of Tatapani
artists’ village of Andretta

Day 10: Ride to Dharamsala

A longer day of riding brings us to Dharamsala via the Kandi Pass (2,100m) on a fantastically winding mountain road. Nestled in majestic hills and surrounded by lush greenery, the hill town is home to a large settlement of Tibetans and is steeped in their cultural influence. The McLeod Ganj area offers one of the most mesmerizing landscapes in the entire state of Himachal Pradesh. In the evening we meet for dinner at a rooftop bar.

Distance covered: approx. 200 km

Day 11: McLeod Ganj, home of the Dalai Lama

Our motorcycles have a day off today! We have the whole day to explore this amazing region. We immerse ourselves in the colorful Tibetan world, experience history at the Tibet Museum and visit the bustling town of McLeod Ganj, the new home of the Dalai Lama and his government-in-exile. The Namgyal Monastery is located here, one of the most important religious institutions in India, and the Tsuglagkhang, the temple of the Dalai Lama. We also visit the scenic Dal Lake and take a relaxing stroll in the evening hours.

There is time during the day to relax and visit Norbulingka Cultural Center once we arrive in Dharamsala. The Norbulingka Institute was established in 1995 to preserve Tibetan culture, arts, crafts and literature. Today it houses numerous workshops of artists and craftsmen as well as a gallery of Tibetan history and art. Buying the beautiful handicrafts for sale is a great way to support Tibetan culture and Tibetans in exile.

Motorcycle ride to Dharamsala
McLeod Ganj

Day 12: Across Jot pass to Khajiar

Back in the saddle! We ride on small roads over the Jot Pass to Khajiar, also called “little Switzerland”. Khajiar is famous for its vast meadows and tiny lakes surrounded by cedar forests. A fantastically beautiful landscape! We stay overnight in a resort surrounded by dense forest.

Distance covered: approx. 120km

Day 13: The plains of Punjab

A final day of motorcycling in India – we ride fantastic roads, through incredible landscapes and through villages with their colorful culture.

Today we experience the fertile plains of Punjab and arrive in Amritsar in the afternoon – sacred place and home of the world-renowned Golden Temple.

Distance covered: approx. 210 km

 Dalhousie hill station
On the road to Punjab

Day 14: The Golden Temple of Amritsar

We have plenty of time to visit the legendary Golden Temple, the holiest site of the Sikhs. A breathtaking golden building awaits us in the center of a small lake. Millions of Sikhs come here every year to perform religious ablutions. The great ensemble and the spiritual atmosphere will surely captivate you. Farewell dinner in Amritsar.

Day 15: Flight from Amritsar to Delhi

The tour concludes with a flight from Amritsar to Delhi, from where you can take your international flight. If time permits between flights, the Royal Enfield Store can be visited in the airport’s Aerocity. The Aerocity in Delhi offers many international standard hotels and restaurants. No hotel is planned for tonight, but we’re happy to help find one.

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19.11. – 01.12.

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Included Services

  • Inlandsflüge Delhi – Chandigarh / Amritsar – Delhi
  • All airport transfers
  • 14 nights in mid-range hotels with shower/toilet en-suite
  • Mietmotorrad nach Wahl mit Teilkaskoversicherung (EUR 500 Selbstbeteiligung), Tourenausstattung, Linksschaltung
  • Gasoline/oil and all spare and wear parts
  • Experienced English-speaking motorcycle tour guide on own motorcycle
  • Breakfast and dinner (excluding drinks)
  • Mineral water in the support vehicle during the day
  • All road tolls, bridge tolls, entrance fees during the joint program
  • Support vehicle for passengers and luggage
  • Seats in the escort vehicle for all pillion
  • Experienced motorcycle mechanics (and backup riders)

Excluded Services

  • International flights to/from Delhi
  • Optional tips for tour guides and mechanics
  • Tourist visa for India (approx. 70 €)
  • Lunch
  • Travel cancellation insurance and travel health insurance

Questions & Answers

Do I need a visa for India?2019-12-18T06:33:21+00:00

Visitors to India need a tourist visa, which you must obtain in advance.
Visas are not issued on arrival.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the period of your stay.
The e-Tourist Visa costs around 20 to 80 euros and you can apply for it online.
Important note: The terms for the e-Tourist Visa can be found here: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html
The visa application itself can be found here: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/info1.jsp

What do I need to bring along for a motorcycle tour?2020-01-06T11:30:46+00:00

You will definitely want to bring your riding suit with protectors and a helmet. You will also need motorcycle boots or lighter riding shoes and gloves. While your gear should be breathable in hot climates, you need to be ready for anything at high altitudes and in the Himalayas. We recommend winter gloves, warm socks, liners for jackets and trousers, a scarf and face protection. Rain gear is a good idea if your riding suit is not waterproof.
Please note that we do not hire out clothing. We believe that your own riding gear will fit best and thus give you the best protection. If you forget anything, we’ll find a solution, however. We often have spare gear with us, or we can point you in the direction of a shop.

Do I need travel insurance and travel health insurance?2019-12-18T06:24:21+00:00

We always recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover costs incurred if you need to cancel the trip due to illness or other reasons. When shopping for travel health insurance, make sure the policy covers the potentially high cost of medical evacuation to your home country. Both forms of insurance can save you a lot of money in an emergency and we recommend them unreservedly. In many countries, your national motoring organization can provide the coverage you need.

What should I keep in mind when riding with a passenger?2019-12-18T06:24:20+00:00

Riding two-up is almost always possible. In difficult terrain or on rough tracks, every passenger has a guaranteed seat in the support vehicle to keep things relaxed for both rider and pillion.

Do pillion passengers have a guaranteed seat in the support vehicle?2019-12-18T06:24:16+00:00

Yes, all passengers have a guaranteed seat. In bad weather or challenging riding conditions, they can switch to the support vehicle at any time – and back to the bike when conditions improve.

How big are the groups? What’s the minimum number of participants?2019-12-18T06:24:15+00:00

Groups generally consist of 8 to 14 riders and 2 to 6 passengers. The minimum number of participants is 6 riders.

What’s the Classic Bike Adventure travel team like?2022-04-14T10:41:11+00:00

Our European tour guides are skilled motorcyclists and inveterate travelers who love India. They’re resilient in the face of stress and know the history and culture of the regions they cover. Our Indian mechanics are experienced Enfield specialists who all speak English and are happy to help with any technical problem, great or small.
A stand-in rider is always available. More information on our travel concept is available here.

What kind of bikes will we ride?2019-12-18T06:24:12+00:00

We ride 500cc Royal Enfield Bullets manufactured from 2014 to 2017 that feature electric starters, 5-speed gearboxes with the gearshift on the left, front disk brakes, roomy and rugged leather saddlebags, crashbars, 19” tires and twin horns.

What do I need in the way of documents?2019-12-18T06:24:09+00:00

You will need your passport, national driving license, international driving license and flight ticket. Please be sure to make photocopies of all of your important travel documents and carry them separately. They can be invaluable in an emergency.

What are the import regulations for India?2019-12-18T06:32:08+00:00

Up to 200 cigarettes and 2 liters of alcohol may be imported duty-free. All international cigarette and spirits brands are available in India. Customs checks of arriving tourists have become considerably less strict in recent years.

Do I need a driving license?2019-12-18T06:24:05+00:00

All riders must have a valid motorcycle driving license issued in their home country. An international driving license is also required. Be sure to contact the relevant authorities in your home country well in advance for more information on obtaining an international driving license.

Will I need maps?2019-12-18T06:31:37+00:00

Simple street maps are often available locally. The best road maps are available from the German publishers Reise Know How and Nelles. These are only available in specialized bookstores or online.

Where can I stow my bags?2019-12-18T06:24:02+00:00

Your baggage will be carried by the support vehicle. Please don’t pack too much – remember: less is more. From time to time, we’ll have to carry our baggage over short distances to the hotel. Baggage is not insured, so please be sure to purchase your own baggage insurance for the trip if necessary. Your personal items for the day are best kept in the saddlebags or your daypack. Tank bags – including magnetic ones – can be used on the Enfields, but we don’t provide them.

Do I need to buy an Indian SIM card for my phone?2019-12-18T06:30:59+00:00

European SIM cards now work almost everywhere in India. You’ll need patience if you want a local SIM card, as the registration takes a minimum of three days, and in some regions it is not possible at all.

How much is the deposit for the bike?2019-12-18T06:24:00+00:00

Riders must make a deposit of USD/EUR 500.00 in cash for their bikes. The deposit will be refunded when the bike is returned in good condition. The deposit corresponds to the comprehensive insurance deductible for damage to the rented bike and damage or injuries to third parties caused by the rider.
(The deductible is payable in such cases!)

Important note: The deductible also applies to damage or injury to third parties. In practice, the rider is initially liable for the full damages. The costs are later refunded by the insurance company, minus the deductible.

What are the specs of the bikes?2019-12-18T06:23:59+00:00

Technical specifications: Single-cylinder four-stroke, 499 cc, 16 kW (28 bhp) at 4,600 rpm, 178 kg, 80 cm seat height, 123 kph max.

Our Enfields were manufactured from 2013 to 2017 and are well-maintained. Naturally, some of them bear the minor battle scars typical of touring motorcycles. Technically, they are all in top shape and perfectly suited to the planned tours. They’re tremendous fun to ride, and their handling is safe and predictable after a brief familiarization period. Our average speeds on the tour range from 40 to 60 kph, depending on the road conditions and traffic.

On which side do you ride in India?2022-04-14T10:40:16+00:00

Indians drive on the left. The flexible and generally considerate driving style of the locals makes it easy to adjust to riding on the “wrong side” and coping with traffic conditions that initially seem chaotic. The behavior of pedestrians and cyclists, and the frequent presence of animals on the road call for considerably more attention, however. Extreme caution is required around children.
Further information on traffic and riding can be found here and here.

What kind of food and drinks will we be having in India?2019-12-18T06:29:54+00:00

Western food is generally not available, so we’ll be having simple, often vegetarian meals as well as regional specialties throughout the tour. Hearty breakfasts will not always be available. We can promise you a wide range of cuisine, with a special emphasis on local specialties. In general, a lot of curry is served in India, and little meat – chicken being the most common non-vegetarian food – but plenty of vegetables, legumes and rice. Indian cuisine is generally well-spiced, easily digestible and not overly hot. Vegetarians will have no problems in India.
Indian beer is not always up to international standards. The most common brands are Kingfisher, Castle and San Miguel. The local Chang beer is quite effective but requires a bit of getting used to. Wine – when it’s available – is even more of an acquired taste than Chang. Mineral water and beverages such as Coca Cola can be purchased anywhere and must be carried individually.

Should I bring Indian rupees to India, or are US dollars preferable?2019-12-18T06:29:18+00:00

You are not allowed to bring Indian currency into the country or take it out. You may bring the equivalent of up to US$ 5,000 in foreign currency into the country without prior notice. We recommend bringing euros in €50 and €100 notes. Please make a note of the daily exchange rate to avoid getting a bad rate at the airport. American Express Traveler’s Cheques are no longer in common use and will cause unnecessary hassles. Credit cards (Maestro, Visa and MasterCard) with PINs can be used for cash advances from ATMs in many towns.
You will need the equivalent of around €100 to €150 for drinks, lunch and tips per week.

What’s a typical day on the road like?2019-12-18T06:22:49+00:00

A travel day normally begins at 8 am with breakfast. Around 9 am, after a short briefing by the road captain, it’s time for the day’s riding, the mileage of which can vary quite a bit. Plenty of time will be available for lunch and coffee breaks, of course. Depending on the day’s mileage, we’ll reach the destination hotel between 3 and 4 pm.
Since our tours vary considerably, we may also hit the road at 8 am on high-mileage days – which is also nice, because then we have the whole day ahead of us.

What’s the time difference?2019-12-18T06:28:18+00:00

Indian standard time is 5.5 hours ahead of GMT.

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