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Motorcycle road trip India / Odisha

Land of the Forefathers

Odisha is an indigenous land which projects us into a world before industrialization. For enthusiasts of natural preserved sceneries and rare encounters, this trip offers you the soothing simplicity of the ancient kingdom of Kalinga.

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Get on your Enfield for a solo, duo or group adventure embracing diversity and change of scenery. In the heart of “Gondwana”, this original continent which would have existed before the drift of continents, succumb to the rustic charm of Odisha. Enjoy a nature still untouched, discover ancient forms of craftsmanship, meet the most primitive tribes of India and explore the unspoilt coastline of the Bay of Bengal and Lake Chilika.

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Period February
Duration 14 days incl. 10 days' riding
Level Intermediate
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard
From 3850€/pilot

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Your Motorcycle Tour in Odisha 14 stages - 1700 Km

lotus temple delhi
D1 / Arrival in Delhi

Delhi: reception at the airport and transfer to the hotel in the city center. You can rest after the flight or discover the bustling capital of India.

lord jagannath puri
D2 / Delhi - Puri - 2h (domestic flight)

Puri, on the Gulf of Bengal, home to the celebrated Jagannath Temple, where only Hindus are allowed to enter. In the afternoon, we visit the city on a cycle-rickshaw, from the popular “Riviera” to the main temple, and have dinner where we enjoy an Oriya thali.

heritage palace dhenkanal
D3 / Puri - Dhenkanal - 175 Km

We ride along the very beautiful wild coast to reach Konark and its 13th century Sun Temple, classified as a Unesco World Heritage monument. Then we ride on to reach our destination: the royal palace of Dhenkanal, which is still held by the family heirs. We will taste homemade Oriya cuisine in a British colonial setting.

river mahanadi odisha
D4 / Dhenkanal - Badmul - 130 Km

We head off for a wild night on the banks of the Mahanadi, the magnificent and the most important river in the state. We discover the Satkosia gorge, nestling at the heart of the wildlife sanctuary of the same name, where rare Gharial crocodiles can be found. Overnight stay in a comfortable camp on the riverside.

kutia tribe odisha
D5 / Badmul - Udayagiri - 190 Km

Today we truly enter the heart of Odisha, its remote and exotic forests through the state of Kandhamal, of ineffable beauty and simplicity. We stop at its heart at Udayagiri, the land of several tribes including the Kutia tribe with tattooed faces.

landscape nature river odisha
D6 / Udayagiri - Muniguda - 210 Km

Today’s target, Nyamgiri! A sacred mountain for the Dongria Kondh a rare and secretive, captivating, unique Indian tribe which is found only in this region. Overnight stay in an extremely simple guesthouse, run by an NGO working in the field of education for village women.

dongria kondh tribe india
D7 / Muniguda - Godaguda - 170 Km

We go to a local market in order to see the amazing tribe of Dongria Kondh. Several spontaneous stops are scheduled in order to observe the activity in remote hamlets and villages whose simple life delights us. We spend the night in an ecological guesthouse.

bonda tribe odisha
D8 / Godaguda - Bentalbiri - 100 Km

Village walk in the morning followed by a visit to the village potters. Next we head to the land of Bondas, which is also a rare and unique tribe. We stay overnight in an original guesthouse in the indigenous region of Malkangiri.

waterfall odisha
D9 / Bentalbiri - 30 Km

We will go to the closest of the tribes considered to be the toughest, wildest and the most fearless: the Bonda tribe. After the market visit, we relax at the impressive Duduma waterfalls. Then we go for a walk around to meet the Gadaba tribe.

road lanscape odisha
D10 / Bentalbiri - Rayagada - 230 Km

A long day of magnificent landscapes and pastoral scenes awaits us. We enjoy the beautiful good roads, as well as a good number of small rural roads and trails.

children countryside odisha
D11 / Rayagada - Gopalpur - 230 Km

Another long riding day. We cross the region of Lanjia Saora tribe, known for their wall paintings. The route will be a treat: hills, wide, well drawn-out and traffic-less good roads. We leave the Eastern Ghats and its tribes behind to go to the seaside.

sea beach odisha
D12 / Gopalpur - Chilika - 90 Km

We reach the beautiful immense Chilka Lake, a special ecosystem fed with fresh water from the rivers and saline water from the ocean where the emblematic Irrawady dolphins and traditional fishing communities live.

farmer odisha
D13 / Chilika - Puri - Delhi - 120 Km

Return to Puri through a pleasant route where we leave the motorcycles to board a vehicle that will take us to Rhagurajpur, a craftsman’s village, and to the temple complex in the capital before dropping us off at the airport for the return flight to Delhi.

delhi jama masjid mosque
D14 / Delhi - International Airport

Last day: it's time to enjoy your last chai, the traditional Indian tea with spices! Your room is reserved until 10 am. Transfer to Delhi International Airport according to your flight schedule.

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David Corbett
i did the nepal mustang trip in …

“i did the nepal mustang trip in november with my son, a small amount of offroading skills is required. He had only passed his test 3months earlier and had gone a couple of off roading sessions and coped well. The weather was good that time of year, no rain and warm. the tour was better than i'd ever expected with a number of surprises along route. most accommodation was of good standard with some of very good 'the wife could spend a week here' standard. the bikes worked better than i'd expected, not ktm standard but you wouldnt want to be on a ktm allday, and half the appeal was the enfield. i would recommend this trip, so much so i am looking presently to book another trip with vintages rides.”

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.”

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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