Ride the challenging roads of the Pangi Valley and the Himalayas in the far north of India with Sideburn's editor Gary Inman and respected tour leaders, Helmet Stories.
Seven days of riding, camping and feasting with India’s most fun motorcycle tour company and your favourite motorcycle magazine.
PRICE: 100,000 rupees (approx. £1000, US$1600, €1400, AU$ 2000 at current exchange rates).
INCLUDES: Royal Enfield bike rental, transfers to and from New Delhi International airport; meals and drinks on the road; all accommodation (twin sharing in hotels, individual tents when camping); sleeping bag; guides; back-up truck; mechanic and kitchen staff.
WHEN: 10-18 September 2015.
WHERE: Chandigarh and Pangi Valley in Himachal.
WHICH FLIGHTS TO BOOK
You must be in New Delhi before midday on 10 September 2015. Fly home after 8pm on 18 September 2015. Helmet Stories can suggest hotels if you want to arrive before or leave later to have more time to acclimatise and relax.
13 places only.
HOW TO BOOK
The trip is run by the highly experienced Helmet Stories company.
All payments to Helmet Stories.
50% deposit on booking.
25% two weeks before trip.
25% on arrival in Delhi
NOT INCLUDED: Flights to and from Delhi; any accommodation before the 10th or after the 18th; personal insurance; riding kit (bring your own).
10 Sept, day 1: Arrive New Delhi, transfer to Chandigarh by van/bus, 250km. Overnight in hotel.
Day 2: Chandigarh – Manali by van/bus - 185 miles
6am start to reach Manali by afternoon. Last hot running water for four days. Collect bikes.
Day 3: Manali – Urgos - 110 miles.
Very easy if the sun is out, very tough if the rain gods come out to play. There's perfect tarmac, mud to play in, wooded tracks running along feisty rivers and a campsite shaded by willows at the end of the day. A perfect start to come to terms with your motorcycle, a 500cc Royal Enfield.
Day 4: Urgos – Phindri - 55 miles.
Challenging riding on this ball-breaking road.
Day 5: Phindri – Sural Bhatori via Killar - 70 miles.
Of the same terrain as Day 4. Rewarding riding.
Day 6: Sural-Sach Pass– Satrundi - 75 miles.
Even more ball-breaking roads and crossing a 14,500ft (4500m) mountain pass. This is not a gentle blast down the Pacific Coast Highway.
Day 7: Satrundi – Khajjiar - 75 miles.
Tarmac begins. Sort of… Riding through the mini-Switzerland of India. Overnight in hotel. Hot running water.
Day 8: Khajjiar – McLeodganj - 80 miles.
The last day of riding marked with scenic back roads and ending in the official home town of the Dalai Lama. Overnight in hotel.
Day 9: McLeodganj – New Delhi airport by van/bus - 370 miles.
* Organisers reserve the right to change the itinerary without prior warning.
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