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Goa Rider Mania Tour


A brand new exclusive trip from the tremendous playgrounds of South India to the largest gathering of Royal Enfield riders in the world, for a unique and enthralling escapade!

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Looking for a new adventure? Everything’s reunited in this demanding 680-mile itinerary that takes you in the wonders of Karnataka state. Expect dirt tracks in the middle of rice fields and lost temples in the jungle. You travel along narrow and secret mountainous roads to join breathtaking waterfalls. And last but not least, you end the trip at the 15th edition of the Rider Mania festival, the biggest worldwide Royal Enfield meet-up! We invite you to a multicultural event where you’ll engage with bikers from all over the world. An original motorcycle trip in Southern India for curious and adventurous bikers.

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Period November
Duration 10 days incl. 8 days' riding
Level Demanding
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard
From 2190€/pilot
2040€/pillion

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Your motorcycle tour in South India 10 stages - 1240 Km


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D1 / Arrive in Goa - Old Panaji

You’re greeted at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Make the most of this first day to explore the old town of Panaji: a fascinating blend of cultures and influences, with a Portuguese legacy. Its colourful alleyways are ideal for taking a stroll and soaking up the atmosphere of Goa.

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D2 / Old Panaji - Hubli - 160 Km

Your first day on the road: get to know your Royal Enfield and begin the adventure. We exit Old Panaji and cruise eastwards through Goa state. Our route runs past the Western Ghats, a mountain range that will be in view throughout our itinerary.

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D3 / Hubli - Badami - Hampi - 280 Km

An early start, heading for Badami. Before our eyes, the scenery of Karnataka scrolls from the Western Ghats mountains to vast tracts of farmland. We visit the archaeological site of Badami, with its cave-temple art. Last stop Hampi, reached through rice fields and other arable landscapes.

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D4 / Hampi - 70 Km

Day four begins with a tour of the outstanding site of Hampi, which has Unesco World Heritage status: a vast archaeological complex which exudes huge charm on an early-morning discovery. Enjoy your afternoon to go biking in the environs, or just sit back and unwind.

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D5 / Hampi - Mandagadde - 250 Km

A day-long 125-mile ride along small roads through plantations to Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary: the ochre hues of the plains and the rocks of Hampi give way to stunning blues and greens.

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D6 / Mandagadde - Jog Falls - 200 Km

A day packed with emotion! On the programme: you channel your inner Indiana Jones, searching for the lost fort of Kavalerduga, which boasts sublime views over the surrounding area; climb Mount Kodachadri, the highest local peak (1,300m/4,400 ft); ride a ferry across the lagoon... and round off the day in thrilling style at Jog Falls, the second-highest waterfall in India!

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D7 / Jog Falls - Agonda - 220 Km

Today you stay close to the water. Begin by following the sublime Sharavati River from the Jog Falls until it flows into the Arabian Sea! The route offers unforgettable views over the steep-sided valley. Once in Agonda, savour its idyllic beaches to the full.

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D8 / Agonda - Goa - 60 Km

Last riding day: this is a small stage to join Goa and enjoy the day to relax, catch a few more hours’ bliss on the beach, or prepare for tomorrow’s festivities.

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D9 / Rider Mania Festival

Today we enjoy the biggest worldwide Royal Enfield gathering.You’ll find custom bike exhibitions, dirt track races, off-road training sessions, concerts, and thousands of passionate riders, all in the same place. You’ll be able to engage with bikers from all over the world, around a common passion for the Royal Enfield.

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D10 / Goa - International Airport

You’re transferred to Goa international airport according to your flight schedules. End of our services.

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The riders' opinions

Paul
Vintage Rides - Simply the Best.

“Having joined two tours in India previously with Vintage Rides I have no hesitation in booking a third and recommending this company as experts in their field to anyone contemplating a guided tour on the sub continent or the far east. Vintage Rides is a French company and as expected many of the riders are French speakers but it is not a barrier. I speak English and have only a little of the French language but I have been welcomed by both the tour leaders and the other riders without any problems at all. Communication is not a problem in the brotherhood off the bikers. The tour leaders know their stuff and take you to places off the well beaten tourist track, always mindful of one's safety. The support team for mechanical issues that can occasionally arise with the robust Royal Enfield 500cc Bullet bikes and for transport of luggage and local knowledge remove any concerns, just sit back and enjoy the ride.”

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”

Neil
Great team offering a wide choice of …

“Great team offering a wide choice of rides. I selected northern Thailand, the golden triangle route. Well planned ride on good quality bike's, interesting and unique accommodation, well priced and well organised. No hesitation in recommending them and I am planning another trip for 2018 Neil UK”

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