Roads to Heaven Motorcycle Tour2024-05-24T17:04:39+00:00

Himalaya Motorcycle Tour – Roads to Heaven Motorbike Adventure

Zanskar & Ladakh till Dharamsala: Himalayan Overland Tour on new passes

Discover new horizons between the “Valley of the Gods” and Ladakh: We ride from the foothills of the Himalayas into the remote Zanskar Valley and further into Ladakh in the far north of India, deep into the Himalayan mountains. The recently opened passes of Sisir La (4,790 m) and Singge La (5,060 m) make it possible. The new route will undoubtedly bring a grin to even the most experienced rider’s face, as it promises a thrilling adventure amidst the diversity of the Himalayas.

Our journey starts amidst the lush mountain ranges of the Himalayan foothills in Kullu, the “Valley of the Gods.” From here, we ride across the Rohtang Pass to Zanskar, one of the most remote regions of the Himalayas. Crossing the newly constructed Shingo La Pass, we reach Padum, the headquarters of Zanskar, at a dizzying altitude of 5,105 meters. This 150-kilometer long, extremely rugged off-road track offers us entirely new perspectives. In the following days, we reach Ladakh in the far north of India via the also newly opened passes of Sisir La and Singge La. This “Cliff Hanger” route, divided into several daily stages, is considered one of the most exciting routes in the Himalayas, putting your riding skills to the test and requiring good nerves and concentration. Amidst the rugged terrain and breathtaking landscapes, you will experience an adrenaline rush like never before.

Upon arrival in Ladakh, we treat ourselves to a night’s stay in the beautifully serene mountain oasis of Tingmosgang, exploring the western Indus Valley before reaching Ladakh’s capital, Leh. Civilization awaits us here, as Leh impresses with its vibrant old town, cafes, restaurants, and, of course, its Buddhist culture, fortresses, and monasteries. A rest day here is a well-deserved treat.

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Then, we head southwards via the Manali-Ladakh Highway, also known as the “Highway to Heaven,” as it brings us incredibly close to the skies. Some sections of the road are now paved, but there are still enough challenges as we cross four high passes beyond 5,000 meters in altitude. One of them is Tanglang La (5,390 m), the second-highest motorable pass in the world. After many action-packed days with endless curves, we return to the gentle Himalayan foothills, where the journey comes to an end in Dharamsala.

Dharamsala is not only the residence of the Dalai Lama but also a picturesque place in North India, renowned for its spiritual atmosphere and preservation of Tibetan culture.

With 1,600 kilometers in 15 days, we have ample time to relish this incredible new Himalaya motorcycle adventure, showcasing the full diversity of the Indian Himalayas and offering a classic adventure tour with challenging routes and off-road sections. The ride will be a test of your riding skills and will require strong nerves.

Besides spectacular landscapes, this Royal Enfield motorcycle tour through Ladakh and Zanskar leads to unique testaments of the Tibetan-Buddhist heritage of the region, such as the Bardan Monastery, Leh, the temple of Karsha, and the mystical, abandoned Zangla Palace, perched above wild valleys and ravines, and of course, Dharamsala. Therefore, you’ll have ample opportunities to immerse yourself in the rich culture of Tibet.
We also organise Leh Ladakh Motorbike Tours   and the Golden Himalaya Tour all along the Himalaya route.

Royal Enfield Himalaya Tour – AT A GLANCE

AT A GLANCE

23.06. – 07.07.2024
28.07. – 11.08.2024
18.08. – 01.09.2024
Enfield Himalayan 411: 3.490€
Pillion

2.990€

Single Room +490€

RE Bullet only on request, please specify.

15 days / 14 nights

The hotels & guesthouses are the best that can be found locally. From simple village guest houses to 3* hotels. One night in the guest house of a Buddhist monastery.

28.06. – 12.07.2025
19.07. – 02.08.2025
09.08. – 23.08.2025
Enfield Himalayan 411: 3.490€
Pillion

2.990€

Single Room +490€

RE Bullet only on request, please specify.

15 days / 14 nights

The hotels & guesthouses are the best that can be found locally. From simple village guest houses to 3* hotels. One night in the guest house of a Buddhist monastery.

Himalaya Motorcycle Tour Highlights

  • Ride to the remote Zanskar Valley through the new adventure passes of Sisir La (4,790 m) and Singge La (5,060 m)
  • Experience pure adventure as we cross the newly constructed Shingo La Pass Trail (5,105 m) from Zanskar to Ladakh, covering 150 km of rugged terrain
  • Explore the most beautiful monasteries in Zanskar: Bardan, Karsha, and the mystical abandoned palace of Zangla
  • Enjoy the serene village oasis of Tingmosgang, with the region’s most charming Tibetan boutique hotel
  • Discover the western Indus Valley with its passes, monasteries, and the unique culture of Ladakh
  • Ride the famous Manali-Ladakh Road, known as the “Highway to Heaven,” crossing four major passes at breathtaking altitudes
  • Experience Leh, the Tibetan-Buddhist capital of Ladakh, with its narrow old town alleys and colorful architecture
  • Revel in the beauty of the Himalayan foothills in Himachal Pradesh, known as the “Valley of the Gods”
  • Encounter pure adventure on the Saach Pass, just before the ride’s end
  • Immerse yourself in culture in Dharamsala, the residence of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile

We tackle eleven high altitude road passes on Roads to Heaven motorcycle tour:

5,030 m | Baralach La – an action-packed pass on the Highway to Heaven
4,739 m | Nakee La – winding through endless hairpin bends
5,065 m | Lachung La
5,390 m | Tanglang La – the second-highest motorable pass in the world
4,790 m | Sisir La
5,060 m | Sengge La – the most challenging pass in Zanskar
4,108 m | Fatu La
3,700 m | Namik La
5,105 m | Shingo La – recently opened and the new gateway to Zanskar
3,980 m | Rohtang Pass – now beautifully accessible again
4,030 m | Meptak La Pass
4,450 m | Saach Pass – pure adventure at the ride’s end.

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Roads to Heaven Himalaya Motorcycle Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi, connecting flight to Kullu.

Arrival in Delhi until the early morning at 2:30 am. The connecting flight to Kullu takes place on the same day at around 6:00 am. Naggar, a traditional Hindu village in Himachal Pradesh, is located 500 km away from Delhi. It lies in the heart of the Western Himalayas, in the Kullu Valley. According to Hindu belief, the gods chose this valley as their home due to its mesmerizing beauty, earning it the name “Valley of the Gods.” Naggar was once the capital of the region, and the picturesque Naggar Castle, perched above the village, bears witness to that era. Around Naggar, at an altitude of 1,760 meters, lie thousand-year-old Hindu temples scattered. The view of the valley, fields, meadows, forests, and surrounding villages with their unique culture is breathtaking.

Our hotel today: Hotel Ragini and Cottages, a cozy, family-run hotel where you immediately feel at home. The rooftop restaurant overlooking the eternal snow-capped peaks serves local and western cuisine. Ragini is located in the heart of the Kullu Valley village, far away from modern and hectic life.

Naggar – 1.760m

Flight to Leh
Road to the Hemis and Tikkse Monasteries

Day 2: Briefing & Warm-up Motorbike Tour

In the morning, the tour briefing takes place, and all participants are informed about riding in India and the tour in general, with a focus on our Royal Enfield motorcycles. We hop on the bikes, and a short ride along secluded mountain roads takes us to a nearby waterfall and some beautiful viewpoints from where we can see the picturesque mountain ranges. It’s a perfect day to get acquainted with the land, the people, and the motorcycles.

Naggar – 1.760m – 60km

Day 3: Crossing the Rohtang Pass

Our tour begins, and the Himalaya adventure starts! We ride on small roads across the Rohtang Pass (3,980 m) to Keylong. For many years, the Rohtang Pass was inaccessible due to traffic, but after the completion of the Rohtang Tunnel in 2020, this has changed. The Rohtang Pass offers the first challenges while being perfectly suitable for acclimatization.

Keylong – 3.080m – 120km

Snake Buddha statue at Likir Monastery
Road to Kargil via Fotu La Pass

Day 4: Keylong to Padum via Shingo La Pass (5,105m)

One of the highlights of the Zanskar and Ladakh Himalaya motorcycle tour – and we mean it literally. Riding through the recently opened Shingo La Pass, reaching an altitude of 5,105 meters, takes us into rugged terrain. Today’s ride is not to be taken lightly. Crossing the pass is a true adventure – many will find it challenging. In the afternoon, an exciting ride on fantastic trails leads us to the Bardan Monastery before we settle into our hotel in Padum. Padum was named after Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rimpoche (“born from a lotus”), an influential Buddhist teacher of the 8th century. He is still revered today, and his teachings are studied in all Tibetan-Buddhist monasteries. Overnight stay in a comfortable hotel in Padum.

Padum – 3.670m – 170km

Day 5: Through the Zanskar Gorge

We begin the day with visits to the Karsha Temple and the mystical abandoned Zangla Palace, once the seat of the Zanskar Kingdom. After a few kilometers, we leave paved roads behind – the trails along the Zanskar River are calling! We ride further north into the depths of the Himalayas. The road narrows, and the steep slopes often obscure the sky – we are now deep in the Zanskar Gorge. Road conditions become more demanding, and at some points, we must ford the river. Slowly, we gain altitude and finally reach our destination for the day, Lingshed, at nearly 3,800 meters. In Lingshed, we visit the Tibetan-Buddhist “Yellow Hat” Monastery, where the Dalai Lama spent a week in the summer of 2022.

Lingshed – 3,800 m – 90 km

Kargil to Rangdum road
Road to Padum, Zanskar over Penzi La Pass

Day 6: Across New Passes from Zanskar to Ladakh

We ascend high through Zanskar via the newly opened gravel road and the passes of Sisir La (4,790 m) and Sengge La (5,060 m). A significant part of the route presents challenges, as the demanding trail with many hairpin bends is freshly carved into the mountains. The landscapes in this remote part of the Himalayas are otherworldly and largely untouched. With some luck, we may spot wild donkeys, birds of prey, and other wildlife. In the afternoon, we reach the green oasis of Tingmosgang, nestled in a side valley. We stay in a stunning Tibetan boutique hotel in a fantastic and tranquil location. Tingmosgang is situated on the well-developed and asphalted east-west connecting road between Leh and Kargil in Ladakh. We made it and can now relax!

Tingmosgang – 3,100 m – 140 km

 

Day 7: Leh – Capital of Ladakh

Optional excursion to the passes of Fatu La (4,108 m) and Namik La (3,700 m). Today’s ride offers pure on-road relaxation, and besides the pleasure of riding on the Srinaragar-Leh “Highway” with little traffic, we visit the “invisible village” of the native Ladakhis, the Buddhist Lamayuru Monastery from the 15th century, perched on a hill surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Various other attractions and viewpoints await us. Then, we reach the banks of the Indus River, a sacred river in India and the lifeline of the entire region, which winds through the mountains and shapes the landscape here. Our adventure continues with a relaxed ride into the western Indus Valley.

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We visit the ruins and temples of the old royal palace of Basgo and the mighty Snake Buddha statue in Likir Monastery. Riding our Royal Enfields, we ascend the narrow mountain roads to the village of Yang Tang and cross the Meptak La Pass (4,030 m) before heading to Hemis Supachen, famous for its ancient sacred juniper forest. After a few relaxed hours of riding, we arrive in Leh, where we can unwind for the rest of the day at our simple but charming and centrally located hotel. Later, we explore the area with a walk through the old town.

Leh – 3,500 m – approx. 200 km

Panoramic view of Zanskar Valley
From Padum, Zanskar to Darcha via Shingo La Pass

Day 8: Relaxation Day in Leh

Leh, the former capital of the Himalayan Kingdom of Ladakh, sits at an altitude of 3,524 meters in a wide valley surrounded by the high Himalayan ranges. The city was historically connected to Tibet, China, and India via an important trade route along the Indus Valley, a branch of the Silk Road. Besides salt, valuable goods such as brocade, cashmere wool, silk, and indigo were traded. The majestic old royal palace, built around 1600, overlooks Leh and is open to the public, a testament to the former power of the kingdom. Today is a free day, and besides hiking to the King’s Palace, you can also visit the Shanti Pagoda, perched above the city. The old town, with numerous shops, restaurants with rooftop terraces, and cafes, invites you to take a stroll. This day also serves as a buffer day in case of any delays during the motorbike adventure tour.

Leh – 3,500 m

Day 9: From the Indus Valley via the “Highway to Heaven”

We ride to Ladakh’s most famous monasteries, Hemis and Tikkse, in the upper Indus Valley. Hemis Monastery was founded in the tenth century and is closely associated with Yogi Naropa, the founder of the esoteric Kagyü lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. After that, we ride on the Manali-Ladakh Highway, also known as the “Highway to Heaven,” heading south. Most of the road is paved, but it still offers enough challenges. After a light lunch, we cross the 5,328-meter-high Tanglang La, known as the second-highest motorable pass in the world, and then leave the last settlements of Ladakh. Overnight stay in a guesthouse near the Tso Kar salt lake, a small, picturesque lake surrounded by mountains, rich in wildlife, at an altitude of around 4,500 meters.

Tso Kar – 4,500 m – 160 km

From Darcha to Keylong
Road from Keylong to Killar

Day 10: Oh, HimalaYa!

A challenging, long day awaits us on the spectacular “Highway to Heaven.” Therefore, we start early in the morning. We ride over three main passes to Himachal Pradesh: Lachung La (5,065 m), Nakee La (4,739 m), and Baralacha La (5,030 m). The road today is variable, with most of the pass roads unpaved or barely paved. However, we are rewarded with breathtaking views of high Himalayan mountains and surreal high plateau landscapes.

Jispa – 3,200 m – 230 km

Day 11: Relax & Rock n´Roll

The first part of today’s ride is relaxed, mostly on single-lane paved mountain roads. Along the way, we take a break in Udaipur, where we visit the famous Triloknath Temple, a pilgrimage site for Hindus. Then, the road narrows, and we pass through narrow, steep cliffs to Killar, mostly on trails along rushing rivers through wild natural landscapes. We stay overnight in a simple accommodation in the Pangi Valley in Killar.

Killar – 2,600 m – 150 km

 Killar to Kisthwar Road
Killar to Bairagar via Saach Pass

Day 12: Adventure Saach Pass

Our destination for the day, Kajjiar, is one of the most remote areas in the region. One can imagine the quality of the trails, which lead through narrow canyons and along rivers. The 4,450-meter-high and mostly unpaved Saach Pass will make every biker’s heart race with excitement. Another pure adventure, just before reaching civilization!

Khajjiar – 1,920 m – 180 km

Day 13: Dharamsala – Seat of the Dalai Lama

In the afternoon, we reach the residence of the Dalai Lama in exile, Mcleod Ganj, in the upper regions of Dharamsala. Since the 1950s, thousands of Tibetan exiles and Tibetan monks have been living here. The place is characterized by small bookstores, colorful cafes, and restaurants offering authentic Tibetan food. There are few places with as much flair, making it the perfect endpoint of our Himalaya motorcycle tour through Ladakh and Zanskar.

McLeod Ganj – 2,080 m – 130 km

Bairagarh to Dalhousie Road
Dalhousie to McLeod Ganj Road

Day 14: Tibetan Blues in Dharamsala

Experience an unforgettable day filled with fascinating impressions in Dharamsala! We begin our day tour with a visit to the Norbulingka Institute, where the beauty and traditions of Tibet are preserved. Artful craftsmanship, impressive gardens, and a tranquil atmosphere await you after the adventures. Next, we head to the venerable Dalai Lama Temple, a place of immense spiritual significance and the seat of the Dalai Lama. As we stroll through the charming streets of Dharamsala, you’ll discover many other small attractions that give this place its special charm. The colorful markets, lively street artists, and traditional handicraft shops will captivate you. Here, you’ll find authentic souvenirs and the chance to take a piece of the fascinating Tibetan culture home with you.

Day 15: Goodbye India

Fly to Delhi and catch your onward flight back home with many beautiful memories. The international flight can depart from 8:00 PM onwards. If you wish, you can extend your stay individually.

Dalhousie to McLeod Ganj Road

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Himalaya Motorcycle Tour – Included Services

  • Domestic flights Delhi – Kullu and Dharamsala – Delhi
  • All airport transfers
  • Accommodation in double rooms with shower/WC
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Drinking water provided during the day in the support vehicle
  • All road tolls, bridge tolls, and entrance fees during the shared program
  • Rental motorcycle Royal Enfield with comprehensive insurance (EUR 500 deductible), motorcycles equipped with saddlebags
  • Fuel/oil and all spare and wear parts for the motorcycles
  • Experienced English-speaking motorcycle tour guide
  • Support vehicle for luggage transport and pillions
  • Experienced motorcycle mechanic (and backup rider)

Himalaya Motorcycle Tour – Excluded Services

  • International flights to/from Delhi
  • The Delhi-Kullu flight includes 10 kg checked baggage + 5 kg hand luggage, and the Dharamsala – Delhi flight includes 15 kg checked baggage + 7 kg hand luggage – an airline requirement. Additional baggage can be purchased at affordable prices at the counter based on the kilogram rate.
  • Optional tips for guides and mechanics, souvenirs, shopping
  • Tourist visa for India (online E-Visa available)
  • Travel insurance and travel health insurance

Included Services

  • Domestic flights Delhi – Kullu and Kullu – Delhi incl. 15KG main luggage + 7KG carry- on luggage

  • All airport transfers
  • All overnight stays, accommodation in double rooms with 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 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
  • Support vehicle for luggage transport and Experienced motorcycle mechanic

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.

Why does the tour only take place in the summer months?2022-11-03T08:44:03+00:00

We have planned the tour for the best season as the new high passes are only open for a very short time between the rainy season and the onset of winter.

Is the tour suitable for passengers?2022-11-03T08:44:30+00:00

The tour is generally not or only poorly suited for passengers, as many stages can only be driven alone. Most of the time, the passenger would have to sit in the escort vehicle.

Are there river crossings?2022-11-03T08:44:56+00:00

There are short river crossings in several places in Zanskar and Ladakh, sometimes with challenging road surface.

How difficult are the gravel roads?2022-11-03T08:45:08+00:00

These are the most demanding gravel roads from our entire program, only comparable to Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan during our Overland tour from Munich to Lhasa. If you have little or no experience, you should book a different and less challenging tour first, for example our “3 Lakes of Ladakh” tour, which is also very popular.

What motorcycles are available?2022-11-03T08:45:28+00:00

We only offer this tour on the Royal Enfield Himalayan. The travel enduro is perfect for the terrain.

What happens if I can’t or don’t want to ride part of a stage?2022-11-03T08:45:44+00:00

Some stages are demanding, we understand that! Our mechanic, who accompanies the tour, can step in as a substitute rider for your motorcycle at any time.

Will there be rider training for riding in gravel roads?2022-11-03T08:46:05+00:00

Unfortunately, our tour guides cannot offer this, riding experience on grvael must be brought along. This is not a beginner’s tour. Our tour guides are happy to provide help and the briefing explains some theoretical aspects, but it is not a training ride.

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