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Motorcycle road trip India / Himalaya - The Sources of the Ganges

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

Greg
I would recommend Vintage Rides to any …

“I would recommend Vintage Rides to any rider contemplating a guided motorcycle tour. Right from my initial email with Denise, the professionalism and attention to detail was reassuring. Everything was organised for us and our tour guide Josh was fantastic from start to finish. The Royal Enfields were a lot of fun and suited the type of riding we did, the scenery was simply mind blowing and the tour was the best holiday and adventure ever. On top of all this, the value for money was excellent. I will be touring with Vintage Rides again. I did the Trans Himalayan in India.”

Daphne
Spiti Valley - Absolutely fantastic!

“Absolutely fantastic. The pre-trip organization and communication was stellar. The itinerary and accommodations were well planned and our guide, mechanic, and support driver collectively allowed for a trip where any risk of stress was quickly replaced with nothing but pure delight. I took the Spiti Valley tour ("Gateway to Tibet") which offered otherworldly views and rich cultural exposure. The remote area was particularly enjoyable as even when compared to other Himalayan routes there was very little traffic... truck or otherwise (The last thing I want to do is to go to a remote location to be stuck endlessly maneuvering around slow trucks). I sing the praises of Vintage Rides at every possible opportunity. I've ridden motorcycles all over the world either independently or with a tour group and this trip was tops! I wish I had sooner discovered Vintage Rides and they will certainly be my choice again. Vive la Moto! (If you like to see the video of the trip it is at advmotorbike dot com under "global moto"... it will say in image more than my words can convey!)”

James Mc
July 2015 Himalayan Motobike tour

“An awesome adventure lead by a very capable and fun tour leader. A great mix of riding from bitumen to two wheel dirt tracks and a great mix of accommodation experiences from hotels, hostels to large tents. Price was genuinely reasonable and our mechanic was a wizard. I will most definitely do it again in a couple of years time when I get sick of just looking at the photos and video!”

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From May 19th 2018 to May 28th 2018
From October 17th 2018 to October 26th 2018
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