The Great Indian Motorcycle Ride - Info
The Great Indian Motorcycle Ride is a motorcycle expedition not for the faint hearted and will be an amazing journey travelling from the North to the South of India, and will take approximately 32 days in duration. This event being one of our biggest adventures and challenges will truly test the core character of any rider.
We are excited to announce that this amazing adventure will be raising funds and supporting national charity - ‘PLAN INDIA’. The aim to educate, build and strengthen the remote communities in the way of establishing schools, hospitals, orphanages and supporting other charity organizations of our precious and beloved Himalayas is one of our proudest initiatives.
Commencing mid September 2016, this adventure will cover over 6000km of some amazing and diverse scenery that one will ever come across. We will tackle some of the most treacherous mountain passes in Asia including one of the worlds highest motorable roads situated at an elevation of over 5600m - KHARDUNG (LA) PASS. We will meet the sacred Ganges where millions of Hindus who believe to bathe in its water is to be absolved of all sins, and to be cremated on its banks and have one’s ashes immersed in its waters ensures salvation of the soul. Staying in Rishikesh, a pilgrimage town and the starting point of the holy Char Dham pilgrim route, we will encounter the beautiful daily ritual of the Aarti prayer. This ceremony takes place as the sunsets over the horizon, and with thousands of tiny oil lamps lit and set adrift from the banks of the holy river – The mother GANGES, it will be a spiritual experience. If spirituality is not your thing, then you will certainly not be disappointed in the visual aspect.
Moving further South we stop to view some of the oldest temples dating back to 950AD. Furthermore we’ll visit ancient forts, monasteries and some of the havelis (palaces) in the state of Rajasthan including India’s pride, the Taj Mahal.
Continuing through diverse landscapes we will stay overnight in Nagpur. Nagpur (also known as the Orange City – one for the KTM lovers) is situated at the Zero Mile marker indicating the geographical and dead centre of India.
No trip to India is complete without visiting The Kanha National Park now known as the Kanha Tiger Reserve. Rudyard Kiplings famous ‘The Jungle Book’ was inspired by this place, and we certainly can’t wait to be up close and personal with the Bengal Tiger. If we survive the visit to see the exhilarating Tigers, we’ll then continue on past Kerala’s vast expanse paddy fields. The neat little hamlets (a type of settlement) which lines up along either side of the canals are just as amazing in panoramic sights that one can never forget! The Chinese fishing nets, the reminiscent past trade links, and finally to ride to India’s most southern point, will be one of our greatest and rewarding achievements, Cape Comorin (where the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and The Bay of Bengal meet).
This is just an overview of the extensive itinerary we have planned, and if you wish to find out more then please click on the Itinerary Tab at the top of the page.
The inaugural GREAT INDIAN RIDE will have its challenges, and as each year passes we will further develop and make changes accordingly. We hope to create more awareness and we are thrilled to be part of this great venture. We promise to share our skills, knowledge and energy into the charity wholeheartedly. We hope to inspire others to join us and to be part of "PLAN INDIA" in making a difference to those who need it most.
We have places available for 40 riders, and to be part in this new and exciting ride, we ask each rider to raise funds of a minimum of $500 USD, over and above the cost of the tour*. We hope that you will be just as excited as we are, and join us in one of our most fulfilling and humbling life experiences.
*Tour cost includes all accommodation, meals and motorcycle hire with in the 32 day period. Please note that this price does not include international flights or visas. For terms and conditions, visit Dates & Rates page.
INDIAN MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURE
“ROYAL ENFIELDS FROM THE HIMALAYAS TO THE SOUTHERN TIP OF INDIA”
15 SEPTEMBER TO 16 OCTOBER 2016 - 6,000 KM
TOUR AT A GLANCE
|Region of country||India( North to South)|
|Period||September - October|
|Duration||32 Days 31 nights|
|Riding Days||24 Days|
|Accommodation||House Boat – Guest House – Camp – Hotel|
|Motorbike||Royal Enfield 'Bullet' 500cc|
|Level of Difficulty||Challenging|
|Max. Altitude Reached||5602mtrs|
|Max. Sleeping Altitude||3500 mtrs|
|Average Daily Distance||200kms|
|Fitness Level||Moderate & tough|
Duration of the ride with options:-
Option I: - Kashmir to Kanya Kumari and to your own destination (32 days 31 nights, 24 riding days)
Option II: - Kashmir to Agra and back to Delhi (16 days 15 nights, 12 riding days)
Option III: - Delhi to Agra to Kanya Kumari and to your own destination (16 days 15 nights, 13 riding days)
Season of ride: - Mid- September to Mid-October
Ride Grade: -Full of Gravels, Adventurous Ride, Rough & Tough, busy roads with traffic.
Highlights of the great Indian ride
- India’s biggest charity ride
- Travel India from the Himalayas from the North to south India
- Ride the world’s highest road at 5,600m
- Visit Buddhist monasteries, wildlife sanctuaries, Cochin Church & Hindu temples
- Ride the Indo-Tibetan frontier’s most remote roads in the Himalayas
- Visit Tibetan nomads with caravans of Yaks and Pashmina goats
- Discover India’s impressive, varied & enchanting culture
- Experience some of the most impressive settlements on the High Himalaya.
- A dip in scared Ganges
- See the stark contrast between ancient and modern India
- A magical journey throughout the India’s forgotten routes.
- Watch the sunset over the symbol of eternal love, Taj Mahal
- Observe exotic wild animals in their natural habitat at Kanha national park
- Explore the ancient palaces and forts of India
- A truly unique flora and fauna of the India.
- Take in the intricate details of Hampi’s ancient ruins and temples
- Destinations: New Delhi, Srinagar, Kargil, Leh, Khardungla, Tsokar, Jispa, Manali, Dharamshala, Shimla, Rishikesh, New Delhi, Agra, Jhansi, Khajurao, Kanha National Park, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Hampi, Bangalore, Ooty, Periyar, Alleppy, Kanya Kumari and to Kochi.
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