India

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India

For the curious westerner there is no more distant, exotic and worthy region to explore and confirm the beautiful diversity of our planet! The adventurous spirit is there in every tour we offer – no short cuts, no cheap options – and we take pride in our reputation for quality and organization, matters that are not always easy to ensure in the Subcontinent.

We have been running tours in India on Royal Enfield motorcycles since 1996 and are the longest established UK motorcycle tour operator to India. Since then we have added Bhutan and Tibet to our Asia programme, and most recently Nepal, as well as Thailand, Laos and the Philippines. Our Ladakh High Roads Adventure attracts riders to the challenge of riding the highest motorable pass in the world, Khardung-La, at over 5,600 m (18,000 ft).

There are no hidden costs, these tours are as complete as they can be, from the moment you are met at the airport to the moment you leave. Because we only run small groups, maximum 10 bikes, you are always assured of our personal attention throughout the tour. You also benefit from the enjoyment of being in a small group of like-minded people, swapping stories and experiences, and with our long-standing, extensive local contacts we have access to accommodations, restaurants, monuments, roads and parks that others simply miss.

We hope the information here will convey some of the spirit of our tours. There really is nothing we can say or show that does justice to any of them, please believe what we say and have the holiday of a lifetime! And if you have any questions, we will be happy to discuss our tours with you.

And of course, we can also arrange custom tours for groups of four or more riders, in addition to our published dates.

You may only get to ride any of these destinations once in your life, so ride with H-C Travel on the edge of adventure – not the edge of disaster!

Why tour India?

  • Expect the unexpected
  • Whatever your preconceptions, India will surprise you
  • Our Royal Enfield motorcycles really are in their element on Indian roads
  • Fabulous historic cities
  • Truly breath-taking scenery and nature

Why tour India with H-C Travel?

  • The most experienced Himalayan and Keralan motorcycle guides in the business
  • Small groups to enhance your experiences, typically 4-8 motorcycles
  • Trained mechanic and a/c support/luggage vehicle
  • Quality accommodation, typically 4* except in the Himalayas
  • Flight-inclusive and custom tours available
  • The only UK tour operator to take you to the highest motorable pass in the World, Khardung-La, at 5605m
  • New model Royal Enfield 500s

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Your guides

Alam Hussein

Alam started with us as a mechanic way back in 1996, and he led his first tour in 2005. He has now participated in over 100 tours in India and the Himalayas as rider, mechanic or guide. When not working to make your tour the best possible riding experience, Alam is married and runs a motorcycle repair business and custom bike building shop in Dehredun that is famous throughout India.

I believe that one would have to search high, low & far to find a better tour leader than Alam who was most ably supported by his driver and mechanic – both quiet, but most responsible guys, who ensured that the bikes were ready to roll each morning, and always in show-room condition!

Trevor Millett (ex-professional tour guide), UK, 2011

Alam’s team

Our chief mechanic is Biru, who has worked on our tours since 2000, and our support/luggage vehicle driver is Bopinder, who joined in 2002. They are usually supported by two assistant mechanics.

Daniel Benster

Daniel is our guide and tour organiser in Kerala, with over 10 years’ experience guiding in Kerala. Born and raised in Yorkshire, he lives in Pune and spends as much time as he can in Kerala. Married to Anamika, he has incredible local knowledge, and the requisite laid back but firm attitude necessary to make your holiday run smoothly.

Daniel’s team

As with our northern Indian tours, we travel with a mechanic and a support vehicle driver.

Ranesh, our chief mechanic runs a very respected repair shop in Cochin. A real wiz with the spanners, there’s nothing you can teach him about Enfield Bullets.

Niyaz, our support vehicle driver, is the man who makes everything tick. He’s always on hand to offer a cold drink, sort out permits, red tape, and any other local ‘difficulties’ with a smile and the right words. He somehow manages to get our support vehicle through gaps that you’d think only a motorcycle could get through.

Tiffany Coates

We’re delighted to be working with global adventurer Tiffany Coates on our unique Ladies of Ladakh adventure. Tiffany brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our team and is just a great person to work and ride with. You can follow her adventures at www.tiffanystravels.co.uk

Please read this!

Motorcycling in India is surely one of the best ways to experience the country’s rich cultures, people, and unequalled scenery. At the same time, motorcycling here has its dangers, especially on narrow mountain roads with unpredictable traffic and quick-changing weather conditions. While most of our Indian tours are well-suited to any relatively experienced rider, our Himalayan Adventures should be undertaken by fit, experienced riders with an open mind for changing road conditions and different rules of the road. For these tours we modify our motorcycles for mountain and high-altitude riding, and we are experienced at managing / mitigating altitude sickness.

And because of our organization and our small group size, we have an accident record that is the envy of every other tour operator.

Age restrictions 18-65, but please check with us if you are over 65, we can be flexible.

Visa requirements

The Indian Government is in the process of changing visa requirements. At present, visas are required for travel to India (if you are not a UK citizen, please check with your travel agent). You will be sent further details once you have paid for your tour in full (usually visas can only be issued less than three months before the required dates). Visa costs for UK citizens are about £65, and if you wish to use a visa processing agency, rather than apply in yourself, they usually charge about £70.

Websites

For UK government information and advice www.fco.gov.uk
For visa applications http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk
For visa services www.rossconsular.com
Indian Tourist Board www.tourisminindia.com/
For more information on our Kerala tours www.keralabiketours.com

Articles

Ladakh High Roads Adventure, 2007 http://www.wanderlust.co.uk/article.php?page_id=107

Kerala, 2015

Motorcycle Sport & Leisure

Rajasthan Palace Classic Tour

India motorcycle tours

Rajasthan, the “Land of Kings” situated south-west of Delhi, on the edge of the Thar desert as it stretches to meet Pakistan, has been the home of proud Rajput warriors and seat of the mighty Mogul Empire. India at its exotic best! This deluxe desert-palace tour takes us through backroads to seldom seen castles converted into luxury hotels, hosted often by descendants of those who once claimed princely reign over the kingdoms of Rajasthan. The tour includes visits to Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, two of the best wildlife parks in India, and culminates with the brightest jewel in India’s crown, the Taj Mahal.

This is a tour that has an abundance of visual textures. Sweeping desert dunes, lush oases, jagged mountains accented with towering fortresses known as havelis, and towns of ornate architecture and vivid colours. The market places remain as traditional as they have for thousands of years. In the land of the Rajas, the camel is a common mode of transportation.

Highlights

Go on the search for tigers at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve • Visit the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world • Ride through villages and view rural India • Witness the beauty of The Golden Fortress City of the Sands in Jaisalmer • Enjoy the beauty of Brahman Lake, one of the most revered holy sites • Look in awe at one of the largest fortresses in India, Meherangarh Palace

Itinerary

Day 1 Delhi

On arrival in Delhi you will be transferred to your hotel. Relax and refresh or choose to enjoy an afternoon guided tour of Delhi. Tonight, offers a welcome dinner and your first chance to sample some local cuisine.

Day 2 Delhi – Nawalgarh (250 km)

An early rise for breakfast, meet your local crew, select your motorcycle and get familiar with the control layouts, starting techniques, and bike handling. You start your motorcycle tour from Delhi early this morning to avoid the rush hour traffic in India’s massive capital city, travelling a little on the main national highway before turning into the back roads through Rajasthani villages and farms. Continue to the capital of the Jhunjhunun district and on to the first amazing desert hotel in Nawalgarh.

Day 3 Nawalgarh – Bikaner (190 km)

Start the day with a brief visit to Mukandgarh Fort, continue through Rajasthan outback as you watch out for roaming peacocks and camels before arriving on the outskirts of Bikaner surrounded by the sand dunes of the Thar Desert. Take an afternoon ride to the Bikaner Palace Museum for a glance at the opulent historical past of this once wealthy trade route centre. The castles that were built by the Rajas in the desert outposts were intricately carved sandstone buildings called havelis.

Day 4 Bikaner – Jaisalmer (310 km)

After breakfast, it is a full day in the saddle as you ride through small villages set among desert oases with deep blue vast open skies above to the horizon of golden sands. Watch the world drift by as you ride virtually alone on the roads through the desert. Your home for the next two nights is the ‘Golden City’ of Jaisalmer, on the Pakistan – India border in the Thar Desert.

Day 5 Jaisalmer (free day)

After breakfast you have time to take a walking tour of the walled city centre and ancient markets, past fantastic carved sandstone havalis to the famous Jain Temple complex. Explore the many alleyways, walk the ramparts of the city walls, and stop at the many shops selling everything under the sun. This afternoon you can take an optional ride into the desert dunes to get a feel for the sand and experience the beauty of the deep Thar desert.

Day 6 Jaisalmer – Jodhpur (315 km)

Head south through the sand dunes to an ancient temple complex called Osiyan for a visit and fast lunch on the way to the fascinating desert city of Jodhpur, dominated by the Maharaja’s hilltop fortress called Meherangarh. After the long day’s ride, you arrive at your hotel on the hill leading up to the imposing Meherangarh Fort complex.

Day 7 Jodhpur – Pushkar (245 km)

Before leaving Jodhpur, ride the hill to the Meherangarh Fort and take an hour to have a tour of the impressive museum created by the Jodhpur Maharaja and family. This is one of the most awesome fortress palace complexes preserved in all of India and is a must see! Your ride continues east today past rock dinosaur fins and fantastic shaped pillars on the main highway towards Pushkar. The Brahman lake that the small village of Pushkar surrounds remains the holiest site in all Rajasthan, with bathing ghats to the holy waters encircling the entire lake.

 

Day 8 Pushkar – Ranthambore (155 km)

With an early rise, there’s time this morning to explore the small havelis built around the lake shore, take a camel ride into the desert, or just relax in the hotel’s beautiful gardens to watch the village pilgrims doing their sacred ‘Puja’ in the holy waters of the lake. Then head off to the world famous Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. Ride the backroads from Pushkar east to Ranthambore through a whole different Rajasthan. The hills are rocky and sharp compared to the soft dunes of the desert.

Day 9 Ranthambore Tiger Reserve

This morning is an early rise to join the dawn jeep safari to try get a glimpse of the most elusive of big cats, the Royal Bengal Tiger. Our naturalist guide takes us through the reserve by jeep in search of the tiger, and many more species of jungle wildlife encountered along the way. If there is one tiger reserve in India where you are most likely to spot the big cats, it’s Ranthambore. There’s time in the afternoon to relax or explore the surrounding villages before dinner.

Day 10 Ranthambore Tiger Reserve (free day)

Because once is not enough enjoy another morning safari. Then pick up your bike and ride into the tiger reserve to the ruins of the hilltop ancient Hindu city at Ranthambore Fort and temple complex, to visit one of the most famous temples of Hanuman, the monkey god. Here monkeys mix with hundreds of worshippers, which leads to a most interesting afternoon of people and monkey watching.

Day 11 Ranthambore – Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (170 km)

Keeping a keen eye out for the hundreds of monkeys along the road, run the narrow backroads through small villages and temples set in green jungle valleys to one of the least seen but most stunningly beautiful palaces in India at Deeg. Then continue to the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary at Bharatpur.

Day 12 Bharatpur – Agra (90 km)

Any tour to Rajasthan in winter would be remiss to pass this amazing sanctuary. More than 325 kinds of birds have been sighted, most of which have migrated from as far as Siberia and China. You have the entire morning to explore by bicycle, camera ready, throughout this wildlife park teeming with more birdlife in one place than anywhere else in India. On the road to Agra from Bharatpur is an elaborate city fort complex which in 1596 was the capital of the Mogul Empire – Fatehpur Sikri, now a perfectly preserved ghost town. Take a guided tour of this fascinating abandoned city before heading the 40 km to Agra and the Taj Mahal. Once you’ve arrived in Agra, there is time to visit the Taj for sunset a truly unforgettable experience!

Day 13 Agra – Delhi (210 km)

The Taj Mahal is one of the great wonders of the world, poetry in marble! No visit to the Indian sub-continent is complete without a sunrise/sunset visit. This morning starts with sunrise at the Taj, then it’s on the motorcycles again for the last leg of your tour along the main highway that takes us back to our hotel in Delhi, in time for your farewell dinner.

Day 14 Delhi

After breakfast this morning our tour ends, transfer to Gandhi International airport is in an A/C car or coach. Your return flight will arrive in the UK later today.

Total distance

c. 2000 km

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Price includes:

  • 13 nights bed & breakfast accommodation
  • 12 days motorcycle hire (Royal Enfield 500 Bullet)
  • Fuel
  • All Meals including soft drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Airport and local transfers,
  • 4WD Support vehicle
  • English speaking tour guide and local support team.

Price excludes:

  • US$500 refundable security/damage deposit to pay locally in cash
  • Visa (c.£65)
  • Personal items and expenses
  • Additional activities
  • Riding gear
  • Insurance
  • Flights, stopovers and additional accommodation which can be arranged through H-C Travel
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Questions & Bookings

Motorcycle holidays can be as simple or as complex as you want them to be and here at H-C Travel we’re happy to make whatever arrangements you want. We’re here to make organising your holiday as simple as possible.

Himalayan High Roads Adventure

If you just want one reason to take any motorcycle tour in the world, then riding our Himalyan High Roads Adventure over the world’s highest pass, Khardung-La, is surely good enough.

Literally, ‘Land of many passes’, Ladakh is one of the only places left on the planet where Tibetan Buddhism still flourishes as it has for thousands of years. Situated in the northernmost part of India, bordering the Karakoram Range and Tibet, it is surely one of the last unspoiled ultimate destinations. Part of the ancient Silk Route to the Orient, closed to outsiders until 1974, Ladakh also contains the world’s highest motorable pass, Khardung-La (5605m, or 18,380 ft). This motorcycle expedition takes you from the plains of Delhi, through the valleys and foothills of the Himalaya, over the military road first opened to foreign travel in 1992, crossing the Tibetan Plateau and finally to the Indus River Valley and Ladakh. Cross five major passes en route, including the world’s highest and second highest, traversing three distinct Himalayan ranges. The main road for much of your tour is a feat of engineering – blind bends, vertiginous drops and a pun at every turn courtesy of someone at the Border Road Organisation with a sense of humour – ‘Be easy on my curves’ and ‘Divorce speed’ being but two examples.

And a quick note about your ‘camp’ accommodation. Here at H-C Travel we like to sleep comfortably, and we want to make sure you do too. So, your camps provide en-suite tents with beds, carpets and hot water bottles, and you dine in the dining tent, with waiter service. We even offer room service. And all at about 5000 m altitude!

Temperatures are subject to rapid changes on this tour, and the climate will vary from the lower to the high elevations. While riding you must be prepared for these changes. Expect very hot and humid conditions on the plains, with possible showers. As you climb into the foothills expect warm daytime temperatures and cooler nights. Approaching the high passes and Tibetan Plateau you can expect anything from warm sunny days to rain, sleet or snow, with nights cool to cold but rarely reaching freezing point. Your tour dates are designed for optimum weather conditions; however, mountains are mountains, and they don’t come any bigger than the Himalayas!

Highlights

Ride some of the world’s highest motorable passes, Khardung-La, Taglang-La, Lachulung-La • Visit the historic capital of British Raj, Simla • Discover the wonders of the Lamayuru monastery • Challenge your riding skills with 112 consecutive hairpins, each one carefully numbered

Itinerary

Day 1 Delhi

On arrival in Delhi you will be transferred to your hotel. Relax and refresh before this evenings welcome dinner and hopefully traditional Indian dance show.

Day 2 Delhi – Parwanoo (250 km by coach)

Today rise early to breakfast and head for Parwanoo by minibus, out of the congested city and humid plains in comfort, along the busy Grand Trunk Highway. Climbing through the jungle foothills of the Himalaya you reach the tiny hillside town of Parwanoo, here you’ll meet the tour team and motorbikes and get to know them at your pre-dinner briefing.

Day 3 Parwanoo – Simla (100 km)

A late breakfast before a briefing to cover safety precautions, touring style, road conditions, and check of personal equipment, with time to select your bikes and become familiar with starting procedures, control layouts and bike handling. Your first day’s ride is a fantastic start to the tour, along the beautifully lush and twisty roads of the Himalayan foothills to Simla, where you will have time to explore this colourful bygone capital of the British Raj, a strange mix of half-palatial/half-timbered, with shops selling whisky and umbrellas.

Day 4 Simla – Mandi (200 km)

Wind your way out of Shimla on the small back-roads through towering pine and fir forests. Descending the knife ridges, you encounter dense jungle and terraced hills not unlike Nepal. Your hotel in Mandi overlooks the fast-flowing mighty Beas River.

Day 5 Mandi – Manali (110 km)

Since the beginning of time Kullu Valley has been known as ‘The Valley of the Gods’. Enjoy one of the most spectacular days of motorcycle touring anywhere in the world today as you run the cliff hanging highway along almost vertical walls of jungle and cascading waterfalls of the Beas River Valley. An all-too-short ride brings you to the mountain resort town of Manali, with plenty of time to explore the shops and markets.

Day 6 Manali (free day)

A rest day to explore the markets, temples and Tibetan refugee camps of this bustling mountain town before your ascent of the high passes to Ladakh.

Day 7 Manali – Keylong (125 km)

Think of the Alps and let your imagination expand and go wild, this is the Rohtang-La! After a hearty breakfast you start to climb right outside of town, up the most beautiful alpine road on earth. Though not that high a pass for the Himalaya (3978 m), it is certainly one of the most spectacular. Stop for lunch at the top and descend to the Lahaul Valley to meet the Chandra River and our hotel in the Lower Market with its views across the river to the monastery.

Day 8 Keylong – Sarchu (115 km)

Crossing the Rohtang Pass you’ve entered a whole new world; Tibetan Buddhist monasteries hang off precipices. Noticing how dry it’s becoming as you climb toward the Tibetan Plateau, you run the entire length of the Lahaul Valley heading for you next high pass, Baralacha-La (4892 m). From there descend to our luxury camp at Sarchu.

Day 10 Sarchu – Tsokar Lake (100 km)

Like a scene out of ‘Fantasia’ the day begins with a climb up the Gata Loops, 21 dizzy switchbacks on excellent surface, towards your third pass, Lachulung-La (5066 m). Descending through a moonscape gorge you arrive at the military post called Pang and then on to your luxury camp at Tsokar Lake.

Day 10 Tsokar Lake – Leh (175 km)

An early start up more hairpin curves out of Pang brings you to the Tibetan Plateau and what is called the More Plains, 44 km of wide valley filled with nomads and yaks, flat as a table, with massive glacial peaks either side. Taglang-La is the world’s second highest motorable pass at 5328 m (17,582’) with views of all creation from the top. Descending countless hairpin turns you enter the beautiful Miru Gorge, razorback ridges of every colour rock with tiny villages set among green/gold fields of barley. You’ve entered Ladakh, the last Shangri-La!

Day 11 Leh (free day)

Today, take a much- deserved rest in the ancient capital of Ladakh. Like a shining green emerald nestled in the stark setting of the Indus Valley, Leh is a mixture of old and new buzzing with shops, cafes, markets and activity. Viewed from the hilltop palace ruins, Leh looks medieval, but downtown, it’s all systems go. You are free to explore Leh town on your own or just relax in the hotel’s lovely gardens. There is an optional afternoon ride to explore the monasteries and upper valley with views of the Indus River and Stok mountain range below.

Day 12 Leh – Lamayuru (130 km)

Rested, you make for Lamayuru, a 10th century monastery at the head of the Indus Valley. The road sweeps alongside the river, over barren desert, through mud-walled villages set in shocking green fields, finally to the base of an immense gorge. No way out but up, you start the climb on what’s known as the ‘hanger loops’, 112 improbable hairpins and, like a dream set on the moon’s surface, Lamayuru floats into view.

Day 13 Lamayur – Leh (130 km)

After breakfast and a visit to the monastery, take the road back down the hanger loops to the village of Alchi. Another monastery, humble on the outside, hides some of the rarest works of Tibetan Buddhist wall paintings anywhere in Asia. You reach Leh early afternoon.

Day 14 Leh – Nubra (120 km)

The day you’ve been waiting for. Conditions permitting, you’ll ride the 26.5 km to the highest motorable pass on Earth, Khardung-La (5605 m, 18,380’). After the last 14 km of rocky road, you will join an elite few motorcyclists that have stood on top of the world! The views over the mountains of Tibet to the north, the Karakoram Range, K-2, and back down to the Indus Valley and Zanskar are simply indescribable! Then over the top and into the Nubra Valley.

Day 15 Nubra – Leh (120 km)

After a leisurely late morning coffee in the garden, you have the option of visiting another monastery, described as the ‘Potala of Ladakh’: Tikse is only 20 km from Leh and houses the largest statue of the future Buddha anywhere in the Himalaya. The views from the rooftop down the Indus Valley are a stunning contrast of river, green fields and barren high desert. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner tonight to say your goodbyes.

Day 16 Leh – Delhi

Possibly the most exciting mountain flight you can have, retracing our entire route at 9000 m, and taking only an hour and a half! The Himalaya glaciers unfold beneath you as you pass mountain range upon mountain range on your way back to the low plains and your hotel in Delhi.

Day 17 Delhi

After breakfast this morning your tour ends, transfer to airport for your onward travel arrangements. Or why not stay a few days longer and take an extension tour to the Taj Mahal?

Total distance

c. 1300 km

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Taj Mahal Extension Tour:

2 days, incl. 1 night in 5* hotel in Agra, private car/driver/guide, entrance fees to Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, £295 per person, twin share.

Price includes:

  • 16 nights bed & breakfast accommodation
  • 13 days motorcycle hire (Royal Enfield 500 Bullet)
  • Fuel
  • All Meals including soft drinks
  • Entrance fees
  • Airport and local transfers,
  • 4WD Support vehicle
  • English speaking tour guide and local support team.

Price excludes:

  • US$500 refundable security/damage deposit to pay locally in cash
  • Visa (c.£65)
  • Personal items and expenses
  • Additional activities
  • Riding gear
  • Insurance
  • Flights, stopovers and additional accommodation which can be arranged through H-C Travel

Back to top
Ask, and you shall receive!

Questions & Bookings

Motorcycle holidays can be as simple or as complex as you want them to be and here at H-C Travel we’re happy to make whatever arrangements you want. We’re here to make organising your holiday as simple as possible.

Kerala Mountains, Wildlife and Beaches Tour

The Kerala Mountains and Beaches motorcycle tour offers a dramatic contrast to our other Indian tours, and a great winter touring option.

Kerala lies at the southern tip of India and offers some very dramatic riding with its truly un-spoilt beaches, spectacular mountain rides and wildlife. Unlike the mass tourism of Goa, Kerala offers empty roads, glorious scenery, highly rated hotels and a friendly welcome everywhere.

Just to say that I had a fantastic time in Kerala. Everything was brilliant – hotels, locations, route – and all topped off by Daniel himself, ever ready to help and entertain – great guide, great guy.  Wonderful holiday.

Mel Fawcett, UK, 2010

Danny and his crew were absolutely great in all respects during the fourteen days we were with them. I can’t express what a fantastic time I had. Please accept my thanks, and total recommends to anyone thinking of using Danny and his team in the future.

Tim Porter, UK, 2010

After many weeks of travelling in India, this is paradise

Rick Stein, chef, 2013

Highlights

Witness the captivating Munnar tea plantations – as far as the eye can see • Visit the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary • Enjoy riding along mountain switchbacks and soaking in the beautiful surroundings • Search for tigers in the jungles of Masinagudi

Itinerary

Day 1 Cochin/Alleppey

On arrival in Cochin you will be transferred to your hotel by the beach in Alleppey. Here you can unwind and enjoy some R&R by the pool. Then you have an introductory meeting to get to know the other riders and your bike, hopefully with time for a short ride Finish off the day with a welcome dinner and some beers.

Day 2 Alleppey (free day)

A leisurely breakfast sets the scene for a relaxing day. You can go for an exploratory ride along the coast, past mission churches, unspoilt fishing villages, backwaters, lighthouses and beaches shrouded by endless palm trees. After this you should be starting to adjust to the pace of life here. And if you haven’t quite chilled out enough, book a massage, go to a yoga or cookery class or just order a refreshing beer, grab a hammock and relax!

Day 3 Alleppey – Kumily (200 km)

An early start today for a long day’s ride through some truly spectacular scenery. Traverse the backwaters and rice paddies before starting the ascent through the rubber and tea plantations of the Cardamom Hills and Southern Ghats. Climb on largely empty, well-surfaced roads until you reach the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Here the views become more sensational as the road gets worse! This route is largely untrodden – whereas tourists usually see the area by taking the boat on Lake Periyar, you pass through 100 km of the 770 sq. km sanctuary on our bikes. There is an abundance of wildlife, from flora, birds and insects up to bears, leopards, elephants and even tigers, although they keep themselves well-hidden usually. And no traffic. There is an easier route available too, and if there is any risk of animal attacks we will use this route. After riding to over 2000 m, you finally meet up with the good road again and re-join the highway for the final short run into Kumily.

Day 4 Kumily (free day)

Today is a free day, so you can decide what you want to do. If you would like, there is an early 6 am start to take the Periyar Lake boat trip to see the wild elephants, or you can get up a little later and just stroll around the town, take in the sights, do some spice shopping and enjoy the atmosphere.

Day 5 Kumily – Kodaikanal (150 km)

Drop down to the plains again on some very good roads and stop for a traditional Tamil lunch at the foot of the Palani Hills. Head off in the heat of the day, but temperatures soon drop as you ride up to the hill station of Kodaikanal at 2000 m in just 30 miles. If there’s time, you can take the bike around the paths of the summit, explore on foot, hire a boat on the lake in town, or just enjoy the local dairy products – cheeses and ice creams – and mushrooms.

Day 6 Kodaikanal – Munnar (165 km)

A mid-morning start gives you time to cruise back down, to stop for lunch at the restaurant at the foot of the Palani Hills. Then ride across the plains for about an hour, before climbing again through 17 hairpin bends and the start of a road of never-ending tea plantations. After stopping for tea on the edge of the Tata tea estate, the world’s largest, with a splendid view over Devikulam Lake, carry on to the enchanting hill station of Munnar.

Day 7 Munnar (free day)

A chance to explore the delights of Munnar and the surrounding area.  You can go in search of the Nilgiri Tahr, a rare mountain goat, in the cool of the morning. About half of the total world population of about 2000 animals live in the ranges below the Anamudi Peak (2695 m), the highest in southern India. You can ride the beautiful road down to Marayoor, or to the Mattupetty Dam and up to Top Slip, or how about a visit the tea museum and take a jeep tour to the highest tea estates in the world?

Day 8 Munnar – Ooty (Ootacamund, 250 km)

Leaving Munnar, you ride through Eravikulam Park, with its abundant monkeys and scattering of elephants, leopards and tigers. You then pass through Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, stopping for tea at Marayoor, famous for its local sandalwood. Looking out for herds of wild elephants sauntering across the road, you then descend to the plains of Tamil Nadu and stop for a late lunch at a roadside restaurant near Coimbatore. Then head back up into the Nilgiri Hills, hairpin bends aplenty, to a height of 2000 m and your overnight stop in Ooty.

Day 9 Ooty – Masinagudi (50 km)

See Ooty by motorcycle or on foot. Ride up to the Dodabetta Peak for fantastic views of the surrounding plains, or Avalanche Point, where there was snow and an avalanche many years ago! Visit the botanical gardens, English-style public (ie private) schools and churches, tea gardens and shops (or sleep in!). You then take your final mountain ride down a steep ghat road with over 40 hairpins to Masinagudi in time for a relaxed lunch and a pleasant afternoon by the pool or searching for tigers in the forest.

Day 10 Masinagudi – Wayanad (175 km)

An early start to go looking for elephants and tigers if you haven’t spotted any yet. After breakfast, get on your bike and traverse the huge Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and into Karnataka State. Stop for a pleasant lunch at the Bandipur Sanctuary and then head west into Kerala. After passing through Muthanga and Wayanad Sanctuaries, where spotted deer, wild boar and langur monkeys are common, and if you’re lucky you’ll see elephant herds browsing near the roadside.

Day 11 Wayanad – Secret Beach (200 km)

Heading west descending the ghats, and then south, avoiding the horrendous congestion of Calicut, you arrive by mid-morning at Guravayoor, one of the most famous temples and pilgrimage sites in southern India. Then enjoy a quiet section of the coastal road to a beautiful, undeveloped beach resort. The people here are incredibly friendly and make great efforts to wave and shout as you pass, they want you to feel most welcome and have not yet become blasé towards strangers. Spend the afternoon catching rays in the sea, and if you’re lucky dolphins too, and marvel at the sunset.

Day 12 Secret Beach – Thattekad (90 km)

You have time for an early dip in the Arabian Sea before heading off for Kodanad, a forestry department kraal where orphaned baby elephants are rescued, cared for and trained for a working life. Timing is crucial, so you can join in the daily bathing and rub down in the river, so no lie in today! A little known but well-kept road leads you to the hotel. Spend this evening watching the birds nesting for the night, and the villagers playing and working in the lagoon, with the croak of bullfrogs to complement your conversation.

Day 13 Thattekad (free day)

Today why not enjoy an early morning plantation walk, followed by canoeing in the Periyar River, with its sand boats, or even try white water rafting? In the afternoon, take a short ride into the forest where there’s a boat trip on the lake to go elephant and wildlife spotting.

Day 14 Thattekad – Cochin (50 km)

Your final ride takes you back to Cochin and a last chance to cement those memories. After saying farewell to your bike, in the afternoon there’s time for sightseeing and shopping in the old town. The atmosphere here is somehow different, and unlike any other Indian city – more relaxed, more open. Famous churches, cathedrals, synagogues and palaces are all within walking distance, and the sights and smells of the famous Chinese fishing nets and the market, with its teas, spices, nuts, fabrics, rosewood, Kathakali masks, cigars make this an enjoyable wander. Take an early evening stroll around the fort before this evenings farewell dinner.

 

Day 15 Cochin

After breakfast this morning your tour ends, transfer to airport for your onward travel arrangements.

Total distance

c. 1500 km

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Houseboat cruise. We can offer you an optional houseboat cruise after your tour – a traditional Keralan boat is a great way to get even more from your mountains and beaches experience! Prices on request.

Price includes:

  • 14 nights bed & breakfast accommodation
  • 12 days motorcycle hire, Royal Enfield 500 (left foot gear change) or 350 Bullet
  • Fuel
  • Some dinners
  • Soft/drinks and bottled water on tour
  • Entrance fees
  • Airport and local transfers,
  • 4WD Support vehicle
  • English speaking tour guide and local support team.

Price excludes:

  • US$500 refundable security/damage deposit to pay locally in cash
  • Visa (c.£65)
  • Personal items and expenses
  • Additional activities
  • Riding gear
  • Insurance
  • Flights, stopovers and additional accommodation which can be arranged through H-C Travel
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Questions & Bookings

Motorcycle holidays can be as simple or as complex as you want them to be and here at H-C Travel we’re happy to make whatever arrangements you want. We’re here to make organising your holiday as simple as possible.

Kerala Tea and Spices Tour

Our Kerala Tea and Spices builds on the success of our longer Mountains, Wildlife and Beaches tour, the very first Kerala motorcycle tour. The emphasis is on packing in as much great riding as you can into the time on tour for those of you with limited time or a tight budget. Our many years of experience riding in Kerala have gone into creating this new shorter tour, without compromising safety and unbeatable value for money, using good quality hotels, current model bikes and of course the luxury of small group sizes.

Kerala lies at the southern tip of India and offers some very dramatic riding with its truly un-spoilt beaches, spectacular mountain rides and stunning landscapes. Unlike the mass tourism of Goa, Kerala offers empty roads, glorious scenery, highly rated hotels and a friendly welcome everywhere.

Highlights

Witness captivating tea plantations – as far as the eye can see • Visit the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and the Thattekad Bird Sanctuary • Enjoy riding along mountain switchbacks and soaking in the beautiful surroundings • Enjoy beautiful sunsets

Itinerary

Day 1 Cochin

You will be met at the on arrival and transferred to your beach hotel in Cherai, nestled among acres of palm trees with uninterrupted views across the Indian Ocean into the sunset. Here you can unwind after the long flight and enjoy some R&R by the pool. There is an introductory meeting to get to know each other and your bike, hopefully with time for a short ride, followed by a welcome dinner.

Day 2 Cherai – Thattekad (90 km)

It’s a relaxing first day’s ride and your first stop is Kodanad. This is a forestry department kraal where orphaned baby elephants are rescued, cared for and trained for a working life. Timing is crucial, so you can join in the daily bathing and rub down in the river. A little known but well-kept road leads you to Thattekad. This is close to paradise, spend the evening watching the birds nesting for the night, and the villagers playing and working in the lagoon, with the croak of bullfrogs to complement our conversation.

Day 3 Thattekad – Valparai (150 km)

It’s a beautiful ride today as you head up into the Western Ghats, through Sholayar forest and ride through tea plantations to Valparai and your lovely overnight accommodation.

Day 4 Valparai – Top Slip (100 km)

Another amazing day as you ride down into the plains of Tamil Nadu round 40 hairpin bends (all numbered so you can count down to the bottom!). Then head along a dirt road through the forest to your overnight resort at Top Slip.

Day 5 Top Slip (free day)

Top Slip has a range of fun things to do and is a great place to take a break from riding motorbikes. It offers everything from fishing, wildlife safari, and bird watching to mountain biking, hiking and even cookery classes.

Day 6 Top Slip – Kodaikanal (150 km)

Back down to the heat of the plains before the temperature drops again as you ascend 2000m in just 50km to the hill station of Kodaikanal. If there’s time, you can take the bike around the paths of the summit, explore on foot or horseback, hire a boat on the lake in town, or just enjoy the local cheeses and ice creams – and mushrooms.

Day 7 Kodaikanal – Munnar (180 km)

There’s some time to explore Kodai before you head down the other side of the hill for a dosa lunch. By now you won’t be surprised that the afternoon’s ride is a climb back up into the hills and the famous tea town of Munnar.

Day 8 Munnar (free day)

A chance to explore the delights of Munnar and the surrounding area. You can go in search of the Nilgiri Tahr, a rare mountain goat, in the cool of the morning, about half of the total world population of about 2000 animals live in the ranges below the Anamudi Peak (2695 m), the highest in southern India. You can ride the beautiful road down to Marayoor, or to the Mattupetty Dam and up to Top Slip. Or how about a visit the tea museum and take a jeep tour to the highest tea estates in the world?

Day 9 Munnar – Kumily (100 km)

A lovely day’s ride across the Cardamom Hills, with winding roads, villages and plantations scattered among the forests. Stop to admire the Idukki Dam on the by now familiar Periyar River, the largest arch dam in Asia. Then visit a cardamom plantation, which feels like a shady woodland garden.

Day 10 Kumily – Mararikulam (240 km)

It’s an early start for a long ride through some truly spectacular scenery. Climb out of Kumily to over 2000m and enter the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Here the views become more sensational as the road gets worse! This route is largely untrodden – whereas tourists usually see the area by taking the boat on Lake Periyar, we pass through 100 km of the 770 sq. km sanctuary on our bikes. There is an abundance of wildlife, from flora, birds and insects up to bears, leopards, elephants and even tigers, although they usually keep themselves well-hidden. And no traffic. The riding is slow, and we will often switch off engines to freewheel down narrow lanes and take in the full sounds of the forest. Leaving the sanctuary, descend the Southern Ghats on largely empty, well-surfaced roads past rubber and tree plantations until you near Alleppey. Cross the world-famous backwaters and rice paddies before arriving in Mararikulam.

Day 11 Mararikulam – Cochin (50 km)

The final ride takes goes back to Cochin and a last chance to cement those memories. In the afternoon there’s time for sightseeing and shopping in the old town. The atmosphere here is somehow different, and unlike any other Indian city – more relaxed, more open. Famous churches, cathedrals, synagogues and palaces are all within walking distance, and the sights and smells of the famous market, with its teas, spices, nuts, fabrics, rosewood, Kathakali masks and cigars make this an enjoyable wander. Take an early evening stroll around the fort, with the sun setting against the Chinese nets and giant container ships offering defining images of Cochin. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner.

Day 12 Cochin

After breakfast this morning your tour ends, transfer to airport for your onward travel arrangements.

Total distance

c. 1000 km

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Houseboat cruise. We can offer you an optional houseboat cruise after your tour – a traditional Keralan boat is a great way to get even more from your mountains and beaches experience! Prices on request.

Price includes:

  • 11 nights bed & breakfast accommodation
  • 10 days motorcycle hire, Royal Enfield 500 (left foot gear change) or 350 Bullet
  • Fuel
  • Some dinners
  • Soft/drinks and bottled water on tour
  • Entrance fees
  • Airport and local transfers,
  • 4WD Support vehicle
  • English speaking tour guide and local support team.

Price excludes:

  • US$500 refundable security/damage deposit to pay locally in cash
  • Visa (c.£65)
  • Personal items and expenses
  • Additional activities
  • Riding gear
  • Insurance
  • Flights, stopovers and additional accommodation which can be arranged through H-C Travel
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Questions & Bookings

Motorcycle holidays can be as simple or as complex as you want them to be and here at H-C Travel we’re happy to make whatever arrangements you want. We’re here to make organising your holiday as simple as possible.

Bhutan

Take our incredible motorcycle tour into a different World: Bhutan, the kingdom in the sky, Druk yul, ‘the land of the Thunder Dragon”. Possibly the world’s most exclusive destination, right in the heart of the Himalaya. From West Bengal, we ride our Royal Enfield motorcycles over the border along valleys and climb passes through virgin jungle and forest. We ride past the ancient Dzong forts of the capital Thimphu and on into the heart of the Kingdom at Bhumthang.

Let us introduce you to the unique country of Bhutan, and what better way than on a motorcycle tour. This is a country where the rice is red and chillies aren’t just a seasoning but the entire dish. It’s also a deeply Buddhist land, where men wear a tunic to work, and where Gross National Happiness is deemed more important than Gross National Product.

Bhutan also showcases an undisturbed traditional Tibetan culture, extraordinary textiles, extreme trekking routes and stunning flora and fauna. It is a country full of surprises for its visitors.

…. yet another fantastic tour from HC Travel!
This has been a life changing holiday – the perfect combination of adventure (lots of!), awesome scenery, brilliant company and a privileged glimpse into a refreshingly untainted country and culture.
The Royal Enfields never missed a beat or let us down even when the conditions became a ‘bit’ demanding! They really are the perfect bike for this trip and we can’t imagine any better way of seeing Bhutan.
We cannot praise the team enough. Alam was a joy, an amazing tour leader, passionate about his job, fantastic company and he took 100% good care of us – a great guy. Bhim, our lovely-natured, bike-loving Bhutanese guide, taught us so much about his wonderful country, culture and people, and he went out of his way to be helpful. We felt privileged to have spent time with Alam, Bhim and the excellent Team and to have had such an insight into their lives.
Mark and Kate Chittenden, UK, 2010

Just returned from Bhutan trip had an amazing time , for me the journey of a life time. If any one likes curry , mountains and motor bikes this is the trip to go on – even the beer is a banging stuff. Big thank you to all who made it possible and special thanks to Alam who ran the trip like clockwork.
Syd Turner, UK, 2012

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a destination known to few, distant from the western world both geographically and in culture. It has less visitors annually than the Grand Canyon National Park can have in under two hours! Bhutan sounds like the perfect place for an H-C Travel motorcycle tour!

Nestled in the eastern Himalayas, Bhutan is sandwiched between Tibet and India. For the motorbike touring enthusiast, this tiny land offers the qualities we all seek when travelling by motorbike: a diversity of stunning scenery, an inviting population, political tranquility and exotic culture found within a small geographical package, quality riding that stimulates the senses at every mile, and the sense that this is a unique experience.

Bhutan’s cautious limitation of tourism and outside influence has paid off. The statistics are impressive: 72% of the country is forested, over 770 species of birds, over 165 species of mammals and an astonishing 5,500 species of plants. So few places on Earth offer such unspoiled beauty. The flora and fauna are remarkably pristine. The entire country is mountainous, shadowed by the towering snowcapped Himalayas – you’ll ride through lush green valleys sculpted over time by great rivers, never far from the imposing views of the world’s highest peaks.

The natural and well preserved beauty of Bhutan is no accident. Life is guided here by the deep spirituality of Buddhism, all things living are valued and revered, a harmony with nature and fellow man that will be evident as you encounter the natives throughout your journey.

The highlights are not marked by the usual ’tourist’ sights found on souvenir postcards. It is the natural beauty, ancient traditions, gracious people and the joy of sharing this extremely special experience with others that make Bhutan so special.

And your motorcycle experience is pretty good too! You will be riding into thin air as you cross a number of high passes offering magnificent views the eastern Himalayas. Take the Nikka Shu road carved out of the side of a cliff overlooking the Mangde Chu River.

And of course this is not just a motorcycle tour! There will be time to purchase colourful artisanal goods, hike the mountains, and engage the gracious locals, visit the 17th century Drukyel Dzong (Monastery fortress), one of many religious edifices to be encountered in your travels, or the famous Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Hermitage on the face of a sheer 1,000 m cliff … an incredible photo-opportunity that will remain etched in your mind for years to come.

Why tour Bhutan?

  • A truly intriguing kingdom, little seen or understood by Westerners for centuries
  • Experience a uniquely pure Buddhist approach to living
  • Some joyous riding, often on narrow and twisting cliff-hanging mountain roads
  • Unique lifestyle and customs – the closest to time travel you are likely to experience

Why tour Bhutan with H-C Travel?

  • Small groups of 2-8 riders
  • Experienced tour guide and local crew, we ran the first ever authorised motorcycle tour to Bhutan in 1998
  • Approved by the Bhutan government, and licensed in the UK
  • Featuring Royal Enfield 500 cc

Your guide

Alam Hussein, who started working for us a mechanic when he was 16, has been guiding tours since 2005. He has been on over 100 tours in India and the Himalayas as rider, mechanic or guide. Alam is no mean rider either. He participated in the Himalayan Raid Rally in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and came second in his class in 2005. And when not working to make your tour the best possible riding experience, Alam runs a motorcycle repair business and custom bike building shop in Dehredun that is famous throughout India.

I believe that one would have to search high, low & far to find a better tour leader than Alam who was most ably supported by his driver and mechanic – both quiet, but most responsible guys, who ensured that the bikes were ready to roll each morning, and always in show-room condition!

Trevor Millett (ex-professional tour guide), UK, 2011

Alam’s team

Without his reliable local support team, the logistics of running our tour programme in Northern India, Bhutan and Tibet would be well-nigh impossible. Our chief mechanic is Biru, who has worked on our tours since 2000, and our support/luggage vehicle driver is Bopinder, who joined in 2002. They are usually supported by two assistant mechanics.

Visa requirements

Visas are required for UK and EU citizens to India and Bhutan (if you are not an EU citizen, please check with your local Indian Embassy or travel agent). You will be sent further details once you have paid for your tour in full (usually visas can only be issued less than three months before the required dates). An Indian visa costs about £65, with processing fees if you wish to use a visa processing agency, of about £40. We will arrange your Bhutan visa, which is included in our price, after your arrival in India.

Websites

For UK government information and advice www.fco.gov.uk
For Indian visa services www.rossconsular.com
For Indian visas http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk.
Indian Tourist Board www.tourisminindia.com/
Bhutan Tourism http://www.kingdomofbhutan.com/

Thunder Dragon Adventure

This has been an amazing trip! Bhutan is a truly fascinating country …and we had some fantastic motorcycle riding – sometimes a bit hairy! The accommodation was far better than I had anticipated, and everyone we met was very friendly. Much of the success of the trip is due to our excellent guide, Alam. He was always cheerful, always helpful and he had a very strong feeling of responsibility for the group. His knowledge of the country and its culture, and him speaking the language helped a lot. We learned a lot about India from him. Also our Bhutanese guide, Bhim, was a cheerful and positive chap, who freely gave from his vast knowledge about Bhutan. So this trip has been one of my best journeys – so far… I just might come back for more!

Ulf Leander, Sweden, 2010

It seems a lifetime ago that I was treated like a Lord by your team. I have nothing but praise. Perhaps the roads could have been a little rougher but then I never fell off! All in all a trip to remember. The most money I have ever spent on a holiday but with what we got it was a bargain. God willing I will be back.

John Stone, UK, 2008

Discover the wonders of Bhutan on this Thunder Dragon Adventure, ride on cliff top passes shadowed by the magnificent Himalayan peaks, while in awe of the beauty of this un-spoilt country. Searching for wildlife and visiting fascinating monasteries are just a couple of the reasons why this tour is the one for you.

Highlights

Take in the beauty of un-spoilt forests, valleys and mountains • Visit the Takstang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery & the ruins of Drukyel Dzong an UNESCO World Heritage Site • Enjoy magnificent views of the Himalayan peaks • Search for wildlife including rare Himalayan species • Ride Nikka Shu Road, carved out of the side of a cliff overlooking the Mangde Chu River

Itinerary

Day 1 Delhi

On arrival in Delhi you will be transferred to your hotel. Relax and refresh or choose to enjoy an afternoon guided tour of Delhi. Tonight, offers a welcome dinner and your first chance to sample some local cuisine.

Day 2 Delhi – Siliguri

Rising early, catch the morning flight to Bagdogra, West Bengal, and then on to Siliguri. After lunch meet the tour crew waiting with the motorcycles and have a briefing to cover safety precautions, touring style, road conditions, and check personal equipment, with time to select your bike and become familiar with starting procedures, control layouts and bike handling. Tonight, is the welcome dinner.

 

Day 3 Siliguri – Darjeeling (70 km)

Escape the manic roads of the city and wind your way through West Bengali flatlands before starting to climb up and off the plains and into the cooler, wetter heights of the Himalaya foothills. The roads to Darjeeling are well paved and rife with bend after hairpin bend! The short 70km takes much longer than expected and the crowded, picturesque streets of Darjeeling are a welcoming sight. Darjeeling is known as the “queen of the hill stations,” famous as a trading post and hill station retreat of the British Raj, made all the more famous for the many tea plantations on its flanks, and most importantly the mighty views of the Himalaya and especially K2 to the northwest.


Day 4 Darjeeling – Phuntsholing (320 km)

Ride down from Darjeeling through tea plantations on an incredibly steep blacktop lane through villages balanced on sides of hills. Descend to the Teesta River again and across the plains of West Bengal. Resembling southeast Asia more than northern India, this area has herds of wild elephant and leopards. As a contrast to the vast mountain regions you have ridden through, it complements the varied landscape.  Overnight on the border town of India and Bhutan.

Day 5 Phuntsholing – Paro (260 km)

After breakfast start early, allowing ample time to view the mountain scenery and distant waterfalls as you climb the first pass, Chapch-La. Descending to the beautiful Wangshu River Valley through dense forest, meet the confluence of the Paro River, where you cross the bridge and head up the secluded river valley road, past the only international airport in the country, to the iconic taktsong, the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched high on the side of the cliff.

Day 6 Paro – Thimpu (60 km)

Today’s short ride to Thimpu gives you a terrific opportunity for a morning hike to the Tiger’s Nest. Paro is also home to the famous Drukgyal Dzong an UNESCO World Heritage Site and the National Museum, housed in an old watchtower above the palace. Thimpu’s nightlife is not to be missed this evening!

Day 7 Thimphu – Wangdi (130 km)

After exploring the capital city and a tour of Jigme Dorji Wangchuk Memorial Chorten with a Bhutanese guide this morning, have lunch in one of the local Bhutanese restaurants before climbing out of Thimphu to the Dochu La pass at 3100m. There are prayer flags everywhere on the summit and views of the magnificent Himalaya panorama and the giant peaks of Lunana. The road then descends over 1700m in 26km as we pass first temperate forest, then semi-tropical with orange, banana and bamboo. Arrive at the busy town of Wangdi, perched on a spur at the confluence of the rivers, with a mighty Dzong fortress built on the rocks above town.

Day 8 Wangdi – Bumthang Valley (300 km)

Continue east across the length of Bhutan on the only road across the kingdom. The road flattens for 12km then begins the climb over Black Mountain and the next pass, Pele-La at 3300m, where you’ll see yaks grazing and views of the Chomolhari Range in Western Bhutan. Another 1500m descent takes you to Nikka Shu bridge through forest and dwarf bamboo. The road is carved out of the side of the cliff above the Mangde Chu River and there is forest for as far as the eye can see, with the famous Trongsa Dzong visible 12km away. Enjoy a quick visit to Trongsa Dzong, the largest in the country, before heading over the last smaller pass to Jakar, your destination in the beautiful Bumthang Valley.

Day 9 Bumthang – Mongar (310 km)

The longest day’s ride of the tour, and one of the most spectacular, as you “ride the high ridges” from Bumthang Valley to Mongar. Where most visitors to Bhutan rarely even make it as far as Bumthang Valley, you thump on past over the high passes to the very centre of the kingdom. Vast forests for as far as the eye can see in every direction, mixed with extraordinary views of the high Himalayan snow-capped peaks, reward you for your ride through Shangri-La. 

 

Day 10 Mongar – Tashigang (80 km)

Enjoy the morning exploring Mongar before heading the relatively short distance to Tashigang through dense forest with howling Grey Langur monkeys to the jewel of eastern Bhutan, Tashigang. This is as far east as you will be able to travel in Bhutan at this time, after Tashigang the roads become less maintained and grown over, the people are tribal and all becomes wilder. Most traffic is by horse and on trails. The town has a new university where many students from all over Bhutan study.

Day 11 Tashigang – Sumdruk (190 km)

The day in Bhutan takes you back down through the many climate zones, reflected in the dramatic changes in flora and fauna, becoming again almost sub-tropical. The border town of Sumdruk is clean and ordered, busy as all border towns can be, but quiet. A contrast between Indian and Bhutanese cultures, the mix of this border is unique. 

Day 12 Sumdruk – Guwahati (200 km)

After checking out of Bhutan and back into India, ride through densely populated villages on flat steamy plains with bamboo groves. You’ll notice the relatively busy traffic of India compared to the lack of any traffic in Bhutan as you head for the capital of Assam, Guwahati. The mighty Brahmaputra River runs through Guwahati – from the high plateau of Tibet it crashes down to Bangladesh and out into the sea at Calcutta. Enjoy a farewell dinner with the Burma team.

Day 13 Guwahati – Delhi

After breakfast fly back to Delhi arriving early afternoon, with the rest of the day free before your final farewell dinner.

Day 14 Delhi

After breakfast this morning your tour ends, transfer to airport for your onward travel arrangements.

Total distance

c. 2100 km

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Price includes:

  • 13 nights bed & breakfast accommodation
  • 11 days motorcycle hire, Royal Enfield 500 (left foot gear change) or 350 Bullet
  • India domestic flights
  • Fuel
  • All dinners and selected lunches
  • Soft/drinks and bottled water on tour
  • Entrance fees
  • Airport and local transfers,
  • 4WD Support vehicle
  • Bhutan tourism tax and visa
  • English speaking tour guide and local support team.

Price excludes:

  • US$500 refundable security/damage deposit to pay locally in cash
  • Visa (c.£65)
  • Personal items and expenses
  • Additional activities
  • Riding gear
  • Insurance
  • Flights, stopovers and additional accommodation which can be arranged through H-C Travel

Taj Mahal Extension Tour:

2 days, incl. 1 night in 5* hotel in Agra, private car/driver/guide, entrance fees to Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri, £295 per person, twin share.

Indian wildlife reserve tours can also be arranged

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