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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

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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 - 270 km

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

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D3 / Jim Corbett Park - Sitla - 150 km

In the crisp morning air, 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 2000m, you can expect to get your first view of the Great Himalayas in the distance. Here comes the second ascent of the day, which takes us to the heart of the bucolic Kumaon, a fantastic little mountain road.

D4 / Sitla - Binsar - 120 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. Overnight stay in the vicinity of this classified and protected forest.

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D5 / Binsar - Kausani - 215 km

Morning loop at Jageshwar temple, a religious site surrounded by majestic Himalayan cedars. Then, for the pure pleasure of riding and investigating the turns, we make a great loop from the East, and see, if the sky allows it, the second highest peak in India, the Nanda Devi (7816m). After lunch, we begin a small trek in a typical Kumaoni village, which managed to preserve its old architecture and organisation.

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D6 / Kausani - Chopta - 195 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 - 60 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 - Mussoorie - 120 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. Then we go to the valley of the other major holy river for the Hindus, the Yamuna. We then climb up to the meadows of Mussoorie, a climatic resort created by the English, and much appreciated by the Indian tourist fleeing the overwhelming heat of the plains.

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D10 / Mussoorie - Haridwar - 110 km

We get back to the Yamuna and stop at Rishikesh, the world Yoga capital, where Beatles had come to meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the guru who taught them transcendental meditation. We then go down 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 - 230 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

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!”

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.”

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!)”


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From October 27th 2018 to November 7th 2018
From April 15th 2019 to April 26th 2019
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