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Motorcycle road trip India / Himalaya

The Sources of the Ganges


An immersion deep in sacred India along the amazing roads of Uttarakhand, with the highest Himalayan summits as your backdrop.

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Saddle up for an authentic pilgrimage in the “Land of the Gods”, a gentle first taster of the Himalaya. This Himalayan motorcycle trip will propel you along the most beautiful roads in the areas of Kumaon and Garhwal, which are graced by famous Hindu temples and holy rivers. In this little-visited region, encounters take on a special atmosphere, and a sense of spirituality is present everywhere. Ride along twisting roads on cliff faces and amid pine forests, and pass through picturesque villages as far as Rishikesh, world yoga capital and a hub for rafting fanatics. After all these adventures, you’ll come to the holy city of Haridwar, on the banks of the Ganges, and gauge the importance of the sacred in India…

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Period April & May / October & November
Duration 10 days incl. 6 days' riding
Level Intermediate
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Comfort or Boutique
From 2040€/pilot
1890€/pillion

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Your Motorcycle Tour in Himalaya 10 stages - 735 Km


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D1 / Arrive in Delhi

You’re met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in central Delhi. Free time, and night at the hotel.

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D2 / Delhi - Corbett

Depart very early for Corbett National Park by private vehicle. Once at the hotel, rest and some poolside unwinding.

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D3 / Corbett - Ranikhet - 90 Km

A morning induction session: getting to grips with the bikes, and a briefing on Indian driving rules. Departure at noon, on a little road that zigzags up to Ranikhet, a paradise nestled in the mountains of Kumaon.

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D4 / Ranikhet - Kausani - 120 Km

We ride along a beautiful mountain road as far as Almora – a peaceful, very pleasant section. Then make the climb to Kausani, which offers superb views of a mountain range more than 300km long.

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D5 / Kausani - Pipalkoti - 160 Km

An early start, heading for the little stone temple in Beijnath, on the banks of the Gomti River, where we’ll see enormous holy trout. Then comes a charming little road along a cliff face, following the Pindar River as far as Pipalkoti.

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D6 / Pipalkoti - Rudraprayag - 140 Km

We take a small winding road as far as the old temple of Gopeshwar, then on to the wonderfully colourful temple of Ukhimat. To finish, a beautiful ride along the Mandakini River to Tilwara.

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D7 / Rudraprayag - Chamba - 160 Km

We ride a steep road alongside the Ganges. Saucer eyes guaranteed: sublime landscapes of red sandstone mountain faces, many waterfalls, and pine forests. Sumptuous scenery all the way.

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D8 / Chamba - Haridwar - 85 Km

An early departure for Rishikesh along a superb mountain road. We then follow the Henval River, before taking the road to Haridwar, one of the holiest towns in Hinduism, situated where the Ganges emerges from the Himalaya.

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D9 / Haridwar - Delhi

Back to the capital by private vehicle, and transfer to your city-centre hotel.

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D10 / Delhi

Free day, shopping, and visits to the city’s monuments; a private vehicle can be provided. Evening transfer to the airport.

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The riders' opinions

Laurie
A wonderful and memorable experience

“A wonderful and memorable experience. The 12 day tour that my wife (pillion) and I went on in Madhya Pradesh was very well planned, with interesting and sometimes challenging rides and sight-seeing during the day and comfortable, culturally fascinating places to stay in at night. Our tour leader was experienced, organised, had a fun personality and managed to respond to each member of the tour as an individual. We highly recommend Vintage Rides to anyone with a sense of adventure and competent motorcycle skills. Laurie and Jennie McAdam”

Matthew
Very professionally run with …

“Very professionally run with experienced guides who, through their local knowledge, can get you to out of the way places the average traveller would not have access to.”

Doddy.
We were a bunch of mates from Norwich …

“We were a bunch of mates from Norwich in the UK looking for something different on bikes. We decided to email 2 company's, Vintage rides and another Aussie outfit based in Nepal. Both company's provided a detailed route in the Mustang Valley in Nepal. The Aussie company was slightly cheaper but the bikes looked older and most importantly sending 20,000 euro's abroad to either company did not appeal to me! However Vintage rides payments are covered via our version of ABTA. The Aussie company payments were not. Easy choice for us. We arrived in Nepal to be greated by the coolest dude at the airport in leather jacket, ciggy in one hand , his name Francois. I can go on and bang on about what an experience the ride was which it was but if you are looking for a company to to have the ride of your life then Vintage rides is at the top of the game. All hotels were fantastic, we bumped into another British company half way up the Mustang valley and I have to say I was glad I had booked Vintage rides. The bike the Britsh had were all sorts of old Royal Enfields and the hotel they were in looked terrible, even the Britsh tour t-shirts they were wearing looked like they were from pound land ! Francois our gide put up with 8 middle aged blokes on a 12 day bender! One hotel we drunk dry !! Brexit was mentioned once or twice but we all decided the French are not so bad after all they can drink as well !! Francois new exactly where to take us ,he has done these trips most of his life. The support crew were 10 mins behind us all the time to fix puncures and fix bikes. Vintage rides is a company that know's what it is doiing and I would have no hesitation in booking another trip (Mongolia) again. A big thankyou to Francois and Denise for organising such a great trip. Roll on next year we are booking again. Doddy.”

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From April 15th 2018 to April 24th 2018
From October 17th 2018 to October 26th 2018
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