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Motorcycle road trip India / Himalaya - The Routes of Hinduism

Motorcycle road trip India / Himalaya

The Routes of Hinduism


An immersion into the heart of sacred India riding a motorcycle on the magnificent routes of Uttarakhand, with the peaks and eternal snow of the great Himalayas as the backdrop.

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Our fashion-icon tour leader has two long-standing passions: photography and The Bullet. But above all, he’s in love with India.

Let yourself be carried away on the most beautiful routes in the Himalayan foothills, through pine forests and sacred rivers. A little known region with few western tourists, the road trip in the Kumaon and Garhwal regions is sprinkled with visits to famous Hindu pilgrimage sites. Here’s the plan: we propose to take you on a ride across the mountains with a hypnotising backdrop in the northern horizon, the Great Himalayan peaks. Are you tempted? We will finish with the holy city of Haridwar, on the banks of the Ganges, an incredible spectacle with a unique intensity.

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Period April & May / October & November
Duration 12 days incl. 8 days riding
Level Intermediate
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard or Comfort
From 2340€/pilot
2190€/pillion

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YOUR MOTORCYCLE TOUR IN HIMALAYA 12 stages - 1300 km


D1 / Arrival in Delhi

Reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel in central Delhi. Your room is available from noon onwards. Free time to visit the city center.

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D2 / Delhi - Jim Corbett Park - 260 km

Early morning departure in a private vehicle to Jim Corbett National Park. Arrival at the Park which overlooks the first hills of lower Himalayas and rest at the hotel. A short ride is proposed to allow you to get familiarized with the motorcycles.

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D3 / Jim Corbett Park - Bhimtal - 190 km

We take a small road in the forest area of the National Park. We ride along the Kosi River and once we reach an altitude of 1500m, you can expect to get your first view of the Great Himalayas in the distance.

D4 / Bhimtal - Jageshwar - 115 km

We continue to ascend through the bucolic Kumaon before arriving at Kesar Devi, where Bob Dylan and other beatnik counter culture figures spent time. We venture into the splendid forest of Binsar, at an altitude above 2000m. Finally, our machines take us to Jageshwar temples, a religious site which is 2500 years old.

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D5 / Jageshwar - Kausani - 190 km

We go on a side journey on the Eastern side in order to see the second highest peak in India, Nanda Devi (7816m). After lunch, we begin a small trek in a typical Kumaoni village, which managed to preserve its old architecture and organisation. We spend the night in Kausani, and its breathtaking views of the Great Himalayan range.

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D6 / Kausani - Chopta - 205 km

Today we have not only more “challenging” routes ahead but also a series of bends that can be classified as among the most beautiful routes of the region! We climb through the splendid forest of Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary and Chopta Pass (2600m), which will make you feel as though you have reached the Alps. Overnight stay in a camp.

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D7 / Chopta - Narayankoti - 70 km

A shorter day in terms of kilometers, as this part of Gharwal deserves to be explored! You can choose between 2 treks, an easy one, and a less easy one. Uttarakhand unveils itself entirely when you do this effort of walking. Coming down the Mandakini valley, we visit the ancient temple of Ukimath, one more landmark on the pilgrimage routes.

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D8 / Narayankoti - Kanatal - 225 km

It’s going to be a big day today! Departure at sunrise. From Mandakini Valley, we climb up a tiny road through Kedarnath forest, which we do quite easily on our Royal Enfields. Picnic, river bathing, and then after riding along the immense reservoir of Tehri Dam, we climb up to Kanatal to spend the night in a 100% ecological retreat.

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D9 / Kanatal - Nag Tibba - 140 km

The day starts with a beautiful and long road on a mountain ridge. Well-drawn bends and views, a pure delight for the riders. We finish this day by climbing up to the meadows of Nag Tibba, where a short relaxing trek is possible, and finally, spend the evening around a bonfire in another ecological retreat.

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D10 / Nag Tibba - Haridwar - 150 km

We ride through Mussoorie, a famous destination popularized by the British in the colonial era. We stop at Rishikesh, the world Yoga capital. We leave our motorcycles here, and go down in a vehicle to Haridwar, the holiest of the holy cities, where we will watch the daily rituals of pious Hindus on the banks of the Ganga late in the afternoon.

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D11 / Haridwar - Delhi - 250 km

Departure in a private vehicle and return to the capital. According to the schedule of your return flight, free day in Delhi, or transfer to the International Airport in the evening. End of our services.

D12 / Delhi - International Airport

Depending on your flight schedule, you still have the chance to enjoy Delhi and have a last local meal, go shopping or visit one of the Royal Enfield stores. Transfer to the International airport. End of our services.

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The riders' opinions

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!)”

GregoryEvans
Wonderful experience with great company

“My group of 12 friends had a wonderful experience riding in the Himalayas with Vintage Rides. From the fantastic Pierrey our tour guide to the work done by the backroom staff to ensure this unique experience went without a hitch, this a very experienced and highly recommended company to put your trust in for such a journey. Will definitely use them again at some time in the future - perhaps Mongolia.”

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.”

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