Ladakh 3 Lakes Motorcycle Tour2024-05-22T06:04:54+00:00

The Three Lakes of Ladakh Motorcycle Tour

Experience the ultimate adventure on our Himalayan motorcycle tour in northern India, where you’ll explore the one-of-a-kind region of Ladakh, home to some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the world. Admire the three most beautiful azure salt lakes and conquer Umling La, the world’s highest motorable pass since 2024, standing at 5,883 meters. Explore the legendary Khardung La Pass (5,604 meters) and journey through the stunning gorges carved by the Indus and Shyok rivers. Explore the desert high valley of Nubra, complete with camels and sand dunes, and immerse yourself in the rich Tibetan Buddhist culture. The winding roads are like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

With over 30 years of motorcycle expedition experience in Ladakh, this tour has been our most successful motorcycle adventure for 14 years. Constantly updated to the current local road conditions, we present you the most fantastic routes, passes, and highlights that no one has ever been able to experience as part of an organized motorcycle tour. For the first time, you’ll cross 12 spectacularly high Himalayan passes, five of which are five-thousanders, including the three highest passes in the world!

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Explore all the scenic and cultural highlights of the ancient Buddhist Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh and the three most beautiful Himalayan lakes in the border region with Tibet, all over 4,500 meters high, Pangong, Moriri and Tso Kar. After two intensive weeks in Ladakh, you can even visit the Taj Mahal in Agra as an optional excursion. Our Leh Ladakh motorcycle tour package includes everything from your Royal Enfield motorcycle to accommodation and all meals.

Our Leh Ladakh motorcycle tour package is all-inclusive, providing everything you need for an unforgettable adventure. From the iconic Royal Enfield motorcycle you’ll be riding, to comfortable accommodations and all meals covered, we’ve got every detail sorted. For those who prefer a more personalized experience, we offer the option to organize private motorcycle tours in Ladakh.

Embark on the Ladakh 3 Lakes Motorcycle Tour without the hassle of long bus or taxi rides. We arrange direct flights from Delhi to Leh and back, ensuring your journey is as smooth and enjoyable as the adventure that awaits.

AT A GLANCE

AT A GLANCE

23.06. – 07.07.2024  (fully booked)
07.07. – 21.07.2024
21.07. – 04.08.2024 (fully booked)
04.08. – 18.08.2024
18.08. – 01.09.2024
Enfield Bullet 500: 3.180€
Enfield Himalayan 411: 3.180€
Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 (40 PS): 3.450€
Pillion 2.680€
Single Room +490€
Extension to the Taj Mahal (optional/depending on participant number): approx. 250 – 300€

Please specify your motorcycle choice at the time of booking!

15 days / 14 nights / 13 riding days

With extension:
16 days / 15 nights / 13 riding days

Accommodation in mid-range hotels and guest houses. 3 nights in basic accommodation.
21.06. – 05.07.2025
05.07. – 19.07.2025
19.07. – 02.08.2025
02.08. – 16.08.2025
16.08. – 30.08.2025
Enfield Bullet 500: 3.180€
Enfield Himalayan 411: 3.180€
Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 (40 PS): 3.450€
Pillion 2.680€
Single Room +490€
Extension to the Taj Mahal (optional/depending on participant number): approx. 250 – 300€

Please specify your motorcycle choice at the time of booking!

15 days / 14 nights / 13 riding days

With extension:
16 days / 15 nights / 13 riding days

Accommodation in mid-range hotels and guest houses. 3 nights in basic accommodation.

Ladakh Motorcycle Tour Highlights

  • As of 2024, the new highest pass in the world, Umling La, at 5,883m
  • Conquer the three highest motorable passes in the world, including the legendary Khardung La Pass at 5,604m
  • Immerse yourself in the otherworldly beauty of the azure lakes Pangong, Moriri & Tso Kar
  • Experience the unique culture and religion of Leh, the Tibetan Buddhist capital of Ladakh
  • Explore the high valley of the Nubra Desert, swap your motorbike for a camel ride up towering sand dunes
  • Visit the most beautiful monasteries in the region, with magnificent views at Thiksey, Hemis & Lamayuru
  • Take in the breathtaking views of the history-steeped Karakoram Glacier Siachen
  • Ride through the mighty Zanskar Gorge at Chilling
  • Discover the picturesque Indus Valley and the cultural heritage of the region
  • Embark on a pure adventure through winding gorges, passes and slopes between Pangong & Moriri
  • Enjoy stylish overnight stays in traditional Tibetan boutique hotels & guesthouses, with lake views at Pangong & Moriri, and close proximity to Tibetan nomads.

We tackle 12 passes on this Leh Ladakh motorbike tour:

5.883 m | Umling La Pass – The new highest motorable pass in the world
5.604 m | Kardungh La Pass – The second-highest motorable pass in the world
5.525 m | Photi La – Pass – The thir-highest in the world
5.390 m | Tanglang La Pass
5.360 m | Chang La Pass
5.312 m | Wari La Pass
5.050 m | Namshang La Pass
4.936m | Thato La Pass
4.900 m | Konka La Pass
4.844 m | Pologongka La Pass 
4.005 m | Fotu La Pass
3.700 m | Namika-La Pass

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The Three Lakes of Ladakh Motorcycle Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Flight to Leh* and acclimatization

Leh, the former capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, is located at an altitude of 3,524 meters in a broad valley surrounded by the tall mountain ranges of the Himalayas. The city was closely linked to Tibet, China and India via an important historical trade route along the Indus Valley. In addition to foodstuffs such as salt, precious goods such as brocades, cashmere wool, silk and indigo were traded. The mighty old royal palace built around 1600, which overlooks Leh and is open to the public, remains an impressive testimony to the former might of the kingdom. The spectacular view on the flight to Leh is already a highlight at the start of the tour. In Leh, a taxi driver from Hotel Bijoo will meet you at the airport with a sign. After the transfer to our simple but charming and centrally located tour hotel, you’ll have plenty of time to relax and acclimatize. Our guide will meet you at the hotel. Later, we’ll explore the area on a walk to the Shanti Stupa (pagoda), and there will be a delicious welcome dinner in the hotel garden in the evening.

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*Arrival: Best to arrive at Delhi International Airport before 02:30 a.m. am on tour day 01. From here we continue with the domestic flight to Leh at around 07:00 a.m.

Arrival in Leh
Road to the Hemis and Tikkse Monasteries

Day 2: Warm-up day tour – the Hemis and Tikkse Monasteries

Our first excursion with our Royal Enfield motorcycles takes us to two of Ladakh’s most famous monasteries, Hemis and Tikkse, in the upper Indus Valley. We’ll get to know the bikes on a warm-up run and enjoy the beautiful views. Hemis Monastery was founded in the tenth century and is closely associated with the Yogi Naropa, founder of the esoteric Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Afterwards, we’ll ride back to Leh for the night. Dinner will be served in the beer garden of a local restaurant.

Distance covered: approx. 90 km

Day 3: Tour Start to Tingmosgang 

Kick off the Ladakh motorcycle tour with a scenic ride into the western Indus Valley. Discover the ancient ruins and temples of the Basgo Royal Palace and the majestic Serpent Buddha statue at Likir Monastery. Take on the winding mountain roads with your Enfields and ascend to the village of Yang Tang, continuing over a small, unnamed mountain pass to Hemis Supachen, known for its sacred juniper forest. The awe-inspiring views of the narrow gorge, towering sandstone walls, and deep drops will make for a memorable first day of riding.

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The first day of the journey is already spectacular! In the afternoon, we arrive at an idyllic Tibetan village where we stay at a beautiful boutique hotel. The hotel is owned by a local family who also resides there and has built everything in the Tibetan style. The garden with a small stream invites you to relax. For those who still have energy, they can visit the temple overlooking the village on foot.

Distance covered: approx. 130 km

Snake Buddha statue at Likir Monastery
On our way to Fatu La Pass

Day 4: Exploring the Western Indus Valley & Aryan Culture

Embark on a thrilling ride along the Indus River deep into the western region. Wind through wild, winding roads and cross the first high pass as we leave the main road and venture into the remote hinterland. Soon, we’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the Aryan Valley, dotted with small villages and farmsteads. The Aryans of Ladakh are a unique people, with distinct physical characteristics, social customs, cultural traditions, and language. They rely on the land, subsist on the milk and meat of goats and sheep, and follow a solar calendar for their festivals and agricultural activities. 

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Some scholars believe that the Aryan, also known as Brokpas, were part of Alexander’s army and have been living in the region for over 2,000 years. With a population of only about 4,000, this tribe is considered “endangered” and their numbers are dwindling. Spend the night in a resort-style camp among the locals, immersing in their culture.

Distance covered: approx. 180 km

Day 5: Conquer the Namika & Fotu La Passes

As we set off, we soon reach the towering ruins of Chitkan Fortress, a former royal residence with nine levels. Enjoy breathtaking views of the valley and our winding mountain road from here. We’ll then wind our way through countless curves to the small Namika Pass (3,700m) before continuing into the Kanji Valley and a special village surprise awaits us at the end of the newly-built road. Next, tackle the never-ending switchbacks of the Fatu La Pass, reaching over 4,000 meters high. On the descent, visit the awe-inspiring Lamayuru Monastery, perched majestically on a rock above the surrounding area and a spectacular landmark of Ladakh.

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The “eternal” monastery sits at 3,500 meters and serves as a learning center for 150 resident monks. We continue to descend drive along the mighty Indus River towards the oasis of Alchi, located on the banks of the Indus River at an altitude of 3,200 meters. Here, we stay at a comfortable guesthouse with an apricot garden that reflects the local architectural style. Only a few steps away from the guesthouse is the oldest monastery in Ladakh, which now houses a cultural history museum with beautiful temple paintings. We will have dinner in the garden restaurant.

Distance covered: approx. 130 km

Across the water to Chilling
Khardung La Pass in the Indian Himalayas

Day 6: The Gorge of the Zanskar River

The former independent kingdom of Zanskar, located in an impressive high valley, is one of the many highlights of this Himalayan motorcycle tour. The road in the airy heights of Zanskar is, in the truest sense of the word, breathtaking and is also known as the “Roof of the World”. We follow the mighty Zanskar River deep into the gorge. In the village oasis of Chilling, we have time to enjoy the idyll. Afterwards, we take a small adventure trail to a secluded monastery nearby. In the vast area of Zanskar, only a few thousand people live, the region is only accessible seven months a year. In the afternoon, we return to Leh and relax in the garden of our hotel. Dinner in a rooftop restaurant with views of the king’s palace and the old town.

Distance covered: approx. 160 km

Day 7: Riding over the Khardung La Pass into the Nubra Valley

Get ready for a thrilling ride today, folks! We’re taking on the Khardung La Pass, the highest road pass in the world at 5,604 meters. This is one of the highlights of the tour and a must-do for any adventure seeker and motorcycle enthusiast. We’ll pass by an Indian army post and a temple, and of course, stop for a photo op with the sign that declares the Khardung La Pass as the highest motorable pass in the world. The views from the top are absolutely breathtaking, offering a panoramic view of Leh and the surrounding mountains. Once we’ve conquered the pass, it’s a wild ride down into the wide desert of the Nubra Valley.

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Trust us, the descent from 2,600 meters is worth it. Our destination for the day is the oasis of Hunder, where we’ll be staying in a lush garden hotel. For those who want even more adventure, we’re taking a guided tour in the afternoon through the western Nubra Valley on our trusty Enfields. The road gets narrower as we follow the Shyok River and reach the northernmost village in India. The views of the Karakorum mountain range in Pakistan are not to be missed. We’ll also visit the ancient and picturesque Diskit Monastery with its giant Buddha statue. After that, we’ll have the option to take a camel ride in the Hunder sand dunes or simply relax in the oasis. Dinner will be served in the relaxing garden of our hotel.

Distance covered: approx. 130-290 km

Camel ride in the dunes at Diskit
View of Lake Pangong

Day 8: Exploring the Nubra Valley & Siachen Glacier

Get ready for an adventure-packed day as we explore the wide and beautiful Nubra Valley. First stop, the hot springs of Panamik, where you can soak in the natural hot water and relax your muscles after a long ride. Next, we’ll take hidden roads that lead us further north, where you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains. Along the way, we’ll explore remote Tibetan monasteries and places of pilgrimage. Finally, we’ll reach the northernmost point of India, and the end of our journey, where you’ll catch a glimpse of the historic Siachen Glacier.

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This glacier, part of the eastern Karakoram mountain range, is the second longest in the world, and separates India from Pakistan and China. it’s of strategic importance. We’ll head back south along the same road and spend the night in Sumur.

Distance covered: approx. 230 km

Day 9: Cruisin’ over Wari Pass to Shakti

Get ready for a thrilling ride as we follow the Shyok River and tackle the Wari La Pass, standing tall at 5,312 meters. The recently opened pass road promises a challenging but rewarding experience. As we conquer the pass, we’re greeted with stunning views of the Shakti Valley. We’ll make stops at the beautifully crafted Taktok and Chemrey monasteries, dating back to the 17th century, and towering over the valley. Shakti village offers a glimpse into authentic Tibetan rural life and we’ll be staying in a cozy boutique hotel to rest and explore the village. So, pack your bags and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!

Distance covered: approx. 140 km

Motorcycling along the banks of Lake Pangong
At the Chang La Pass

Day 10: The Azure Blue Pangong Tso Lake

Another epic ride awaits as we tackle the Chang La Pass, standing at a towering 5,360 meters and adorned with colorful prayer flags. This winding mountain road leads us to the stunning Pangong Tso Lake, a sight to behold with its mesmerizing blue-green hues. We’ll spend the night at a cozy bungalow resort in Merak village, overlooking the vast lake. At 4,360 meters above sea level, Pangong Tso marks the border between China and India, and on a clear day, you might even catch a glimpse of the Tibetan shore. This is a must-see stop for any adventure seeker or motorcycle rider.

Distance covered: approx. 170 km

Day 11: Across Three Passes to the Indus & Beyond

Today’s stage presents an exciting challenge with not one, but three passes awaiting our conquest after we depart from the shores of Pangong: Thato La (4,936m), Kaksang La, and Namshang La (5,050m). Once these have been crossed, we’ll find ourselves alongside the Indus River, following its course for a brief stretch.

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Our journey continues until we reach our daily destination, Hanle, which serves as the gateway to the new highest pass in the world, Umling La, soaring at an elevation of 5,883 meters. Here, we’ll spend the night in a cozy guesthouse, resting up for the adventures that lie ahead.

Distance covered: approx. 190 km

Lake Tso Moriri

Day 12: The World´s Highest Pass: Umling La near Tibet

Embark on a day trip to Umling La Pass, the pinnacle of high-altitude riding. Standing at 5,883 meters, Umling La holds the title of the highest motorable pass in the world, surpassing the renowned Khardung La. The pass was only recently opened and has been accessible to foreigners since 2024, due to its proximity to the Tibet border, which previously made visits impossible. Before setting our sights on Umling La, we navigate the numerous hairpin bends of Photi La (5,525m), where breathtaking panoramas unfold, offering a mesmerizing glimpse into the mountainous expanse between Ladakh and Tibet. After today’s adventure, we circle back to Hanle village via a different road, where we can relax and unwind.

Distance covered: approx. 130 km

Day 13: Glamping at the vast Lake Moriri

We ride through the land of the Tibetan nomads, and today promises yet another adventure. Gradually, the magically turquoise Tso Moriri Lake comes into view, where we will stay in a simple yet charming seasonal tent camp in the village of Korzok. We enjoy the view over the lake and have the opportunity to visit the ancient monastery nearby or hike to the nomadic tent settlements in the wild high valley just behind Korzok. The bravest among us can take a dip in the cool waters of Tso Moriri Lake. We relish the landscape and atmosphere in our cozy camp with a lake view, and a typical Ladakhi dinner awaits us in the restaurant. Tso Moriri, which in the local language simply means “Mountain Lake,” is situated at an altitude of 4,522 meters and is not only the largest high-altitude lake in Ladakh but, at 105 square kilometers, also the largest in all of India. Its shores are home to Tibetan gazelles, lynxes, wild Tibetan donkeys (Kiang), Tibetan wolves, and snow leopards.

Distance covered: approx. 160 km

Ride over the wooden bridge to Shakti Valley
crossing a stream in the Shakti Valley (Leh)

Day 14: Riding into the Sunset: The Final Leg of our Adventure

The beginning of today’s stage is best described as a journey on dust tracks through desert valleys. We pass by steaming sulfur springs, cross the wind-whipped Pologonka Pass at 4,900 meters, and drive along the Tso Kar Salt Lake, a nature reserve home to shy and rare birds and rodents, heading towards Leh. The two six-thousanders, Thugje (6,050m) and Gursan (6,370m), dominate the expansive lake panorama landscape. Then we cross the “last” five-thousander, the Tanglang La Pass (5,340 meters). After a gentle ascent, we continue spectacularly through a wild rock gorge nearly 2,000 meters down to the Indus River. Then we reach Leh and thus our comfortable hotel where we will enjoy our goodbye dinner.

Distance covered: approx. 210 km

Day 15: Return to Delhi

We fly back to the capital in the morning and our Himalayan motorcycle tour comes to an end. We can arrange a hotel room for those who have later departures. For those interested, we can also take a trip to Agra to visit the Taj Mahal.

Option: Taj Mahal excursion – bus trip to Agra

If you’d like to visit the Taj Mahal, join us for a five-hour luxury bus ride to the old Mughal capital of Agra, where we’ll check into a fine 5-star hotel near the Taj. There will be free time in the afternoon to relax or to explore the city on your own. Dinner will be a buffet in the hotel.

Taj Mahal at Agra near Delhi

Day 16: Visit to the Taj Mahal and Red Fort

Early morning visit to the Taj Mahal followed by breakfast and a visit to the Red Fort. Return to New Delhi, visit Royal Enfield flagship store and farewell dinner. Transfer to the airport for departure.

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We can accommodate only 14 motorbikes on this tour.

Since our tours get filled up fast, please book our 3 Lakes of Ladakh 2023 and 2024 Tours now to avoid disappointment.

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2024
23.06. – 07.07.
07.07. – 21.07.
21.07. – 04.08.
04.08. – 18.08.
18.08. – 01.09.

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21.06. – 05.07.
05.07. – 19.07.
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Included Services

  • Domestic flights Delhi – Leh and Leh – Delhi incl. 15KG main luggage + 7KG carry- on luggage
  • All airport transfers
  • All overnight stays, accommodation with en-suite shower/toilet
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner (excluding drinks)
  • During the motorcycle tour: drinking water in the escort vehicle
  • All road tolls, bridge tolls, entrance fees during the joint program
  • Motorcycle: Enfield Himalayan 411 cc or Bullet 500 with fully comprehensive insurance (EUR 500 deductible), touring equipment of the motorcycles with saddlebags
  • Gasoline/oil and all spare and wear parts
  • Experienced English speaking motorcycle tour guide during the tour
  • Service vehicle for luggage transport and pillions. Every pillion has a guranteed seat in the service vehicle.
  • Experienced motorcycle mechanic (who can also ride your motorcycle in case of need)

Excluded Services

  • International flights to/from Delhi
  • Optional tips for guides and mechanics, souvenirs, shopping
  • Tourist Visa for India
  • Travel insurance and travel health insurance
  • Additional baggage for domestic flights, this can be bought cheaply at the counter

Optional Taj Mahal excursion 

250€ – 300€ (exact price depends on participant number) pick-up from Delhi airport and transfer in private AC minibus to the Taj Mahal. Early next morning visit of the Taj Mahal and and Red Fort in Agra (with guided tour). Including one night in a 5* hotel in Agra.

Questions & Answers

Can I get altitude sickness?2019-12-18T06:21:12+00:00

The Ladakh tour starts in Leh at the altitude of 3,500 meters, so a slow acclimatization is important. After two nights in Leh, we’ll move on to two nights in Alchi on the western Indus at an altitude of around 3,000 meters. Based on our experience, everybody should be well-acclimatized by then and the minor discomfort (dizziness, headache, insomnia) associated with high altitudes a thing of the past. So, don’t worry!
We have had hardly any cases of “real” altitude sickness on our Ladakh motorcycle tours in the last ten years.

That said, everyone reacts differently to high altitudes. We therefore recommend that you discuss the use of acetazolamide, a medication to prevent altitude sickness, with your GP.

Will there be any water crossings?2019-12-18T06:20:55+00:00

There is definitely one water crossing on the way from Nubra Valley to Lake Pangong in Ladakh. Ultimately, the situation is different after every winter, so you should be prepared to ford more than one river. Our team will be happy to help and take over your bike if you don’t feel comfortable with the crossing.

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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