Diwali Dazzle

Summary

DATES : 04/11/2018 – 17/11/2018

DURATION : 13 NIGHTS

RIDING DAYS : 11 DAYS

DISTANCE : 1600 KMS (APPROX)

RIDE LEVEL : MODERATE/ TOUGH

VEHICLES : 

MOTORCYCLES – ROYAL ENFIELD

SUVs – TOYOTA, MAHINDRA

PLACES OF INTEREST :

DELHI – HERITAGE, SHOPPING, NIGHTLIFE

NURPUR BEDI – RUSTIC FARMSTAY

AMRITSAR – FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

SHIMLA HILLS – HIMALAYAS

RISHIKESH – RIVER GANGES

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We start our India motorcycle road trip in Delhi. Delhi straddles two worlds: the old constantly attempting to come to terms with the new. Old Delhi, once the capital of Mughal India, is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with crumbling havelis and formidable mosques. In contrast, the imperial city of New Delhi built by the British comprises spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings. The city’s importance lies not just in its past glory as the seat of empires and magnificent monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures. Our first day is spent relaxing and preparing for the ride ahead. Our Day 2 halt, Parwanoo is located 30 km north of Chandigarh and is known for its beautiful orchards. With apples and peaches grown in plenty, the fields of this small town seem dressed up in peach and red hues. The verdant cover of pine and fir trees along with pleasant weather make this small town at the foothills of the scenic Trikuta mountains, a refreshing halt. On Day 4, we ride 180 kms on our Royal Enfield motorcycles to reach Amritsar, which is home to the spectacular Golden Temple, Sikhism's holiest shrine and one of India’s most serene and humbling sights. We reach Amritsar on Diwali, the Festival of Lights. The illumination at the temple, and the fireworks, are a sight to behold. Diwali is one of the India's biggest festivals. It is a festival of lights and Hindus celebrate it with joy. During this festival, people light up their houses and shops with Diyas (Small cup-shaped oil lamp made of baked clay). They worship the Lord Ganesha for good welfare and prosperity and Goddess Lakshmi for wealth and wisdom. On Day 5, we travel 210 kms to reach Nalagarh, a beautiful hill station in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. Nalagarh serves as the entryway to the mountain state of Himachal Pradesh. The Nalagarh Valley is a long band surrounded by the spurs of the outer Himalayas to its north-east and the heavily eroded range of the Shivaliks in the south and west. Day 6 of our India road adventure entails a pleasant ride of 80 kms up the winding hills to a village named after Brirish engineer called Barog who was to construct a tunnel alongside the railway track. But due to some miscalculations, certain things went wrong with the construction. Barog was fined an amount of 1 Rupee by the British government. Unable to withstand the humiliation, Barog committed suicide. He was buried near the incomplete tunnel. Soon another tunnel was built by H.S. Harrington, Chief Engineer in Railways at that time. This tunnel is the longest of the 103 operational tunnels on the route of the Shimla-Kalka Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Barog station is immediately after the tunnel. Barog tunnel is the straightest tunnel in the World. Mashobra, our next halt in the Shimla hills, is known for its scenic locales, flora and fauna. Mashobra’s claim to fame is the fact that it is one of the retreats of the President of India. Mashobra boasts of gorgeous views, rich forests and blissful weather the whole year round. The town is known for its old world charm and has grand houses named after fruits and flowers. Mussoorie, which we reach on Day 10 of our motorcycle tour, with its green hills, varied flora and fauna and a view of the Himalayas, is one of Uttarakhand’s most popular hill stations and is often called the Queen of the Hills. Established by the British in 1823, Mussoorie became hugely popular with the Raj set. The ghosts of that era linger on in the architecture of the churches, libraries, hotels and summer palaces. Ever since the Beatles rocked up at the ashram of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the late '60s, Rishikesh has been a magnet for spiritual seekers. Today it styles itself as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, with a plethora of ashrams and all kinds of yoga and meditation classes. Most of this action is north of the main town, where the exquisite setting on the fast-flowing Ganges, surrounded by forested hills, is conducive to meditation and mind expansion. In the evening, an almost supernatural breeze blows down the valley, setting temple bells ringing as sadhus ('holy' men), pilgrims and tourists prepare for the nightly ganga aarti (river worship ceremony). You can learn to play the sitar or tabla; try hasya yoga (laughter therapy), practise meditation or take a punt on crystal healing. But Rishikesh is not all spirituality and contorted limbs; it's now a popular white-water rafting centre and Himalayan-trekking gateway. Day 13 of our Incredible India road journey sees us riding our magnificent Royal Enfield 500cc motorcycles back to Delhi, where we had started this amazing adventure.
Day 1  : 04/11/18 : Arrival in New Delhi. Acclimatize. Relax. Prep for the ride.
Day 2  : 05/11/18 : Delhi - Parwanoo. 270 Kms.
Day 3  : 06/11/18 : Parwanoo - Nurpur. 70 Kms.
Day 4  : 07/11/18 : Nurpur - Amritsar. 180 Kms.
Day 5  : 08/11/18 : Amritsar - Nalagarh. 210 Kms.
Day 6  : 09/11/18 : Nalagarh - Barog. 80 Kms.
Day 7  : 10/11/18 : Barog - Mashobra. 70 Kms.
Day 8  : 11/11/18 : Rest day in Mashobra.
Day 9 : 12/11/18 : Mashobra - Nahan. 150 Kms.
Day 10 : 13/11/18 : Nahan - Mussoorie. 130 Kms.
Day 11 : 14/11/18 : Mussoorie - Rishikesh. 80 Kms.
Day 12 : 15/11/18 : Rishikesh - Karnal. 180 Kms.
Day 13 : 16/11/18 :Karnal - Delhi. 140 Kms.
Day 14 : 17/11/18 : Departure from New Delhi.  
INCLUSIONS
  • Guided tour as per itinerary.
  • Experienced British and Indian road captains.
  • Road maps and travel information.
  • All hotel accommodation and meals.
  • All transfers including Airport transfers, sightseeing spots and during the ride.
  • All motorcycle hire charges for the guided tour duration.
  • Fuel, oil and spare parts for minor repairs of the motorcycles for the guided tour duration.
  • Third party insurance for the motorcycles.
  • All sightseeing spot entry tickets and guide charges (excluding camera charges).
  • Road and bridge tolls, special road, bridge and travel fee, inner border line permits.
  • Highly skilled motorcycle mechanics and trained paramedic.
  • Support vehicle for carrying luggage, spares, medical kit and other essentials.
  • Goods and Services Tax.
EXCLUSIONS
  •  Comprehensive and adequate personal travel, medical and accidental insurance of the riders.
  • Air travel and visas.
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages except water.
  • Tips, souvenirs and laundry.
  • Repair of damages to the motorcycles caused by the riders.
  • Personal riding and safety gear.
  • All telephone/mobile services.
  • Optional single-occupancy add-on.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions section.
Documents Check List
  • Signed copies of :
  1. Medical Form
  2. Liability Waiver Form
  3. Undertaking
  4. Travel Insurance Details
  • Original and 2 Photocopies each, of the following :
  1. Driving License (Rider)
  2. International Driving Permit
  3. Travel Insurance
  4. Passport
  5. Visa
  • Passport size photographs (four)
Gear Check List
  • Riding Jacket :Textile/Leather motorcycle jacket with removable lining and adequate protection
  • Riding Pants : Textile, Denim, Motocross or Enduro reinforced pants
  • Motorcycle Boots : Over the ankle and sturdy
  • Helmet : Full face (essential)
  • Riding Gloves : Lightweight gloves with good protection
  • Knee and Elbow guards : Hard type is recommended
  • Kidney Belt
  • Hydration Pack : 2-3 litres
  • Water Resistant Backpack
  • Goggles/Sunglasses
  • Snood/Buff Scarf
Essentials
  • Sun Block : High factor
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Insulated Flask
  • Lip Balm
  • Sun Hat/Cap
  • Personal Medication
  • Basic First Aid Kit : Re-hydration salt sachets, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Antiseptic Cream and Sticking Plasters etc
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Summary

DATES : 04/11/2018 – 17/11/2018

DURATION : 13 NIGHTS

RIDING DAYS : 11 DAYS

DISTANCE : 1600 KMS (APPROX)

RIDE LEVEL : MODERATE/ TOUGH

VEHICLES : 

MOTORCYCLES – ROYAL ENFIELD

SUVs – TOYOTA, MAHINDRA

PLACES OF INTEREST :

DELHI – HERITAGE, SHOPPING, NIGHTLIFE

NURPUR BEDI – RUSTIC FARMSTAY

AMRITSAR – FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

SHIMLA HILLS – HIMALAYAS

RISHIKESH – RIVER GANGES

PRICES (TWIN SHARING) :

SOLO RIDER – £2415

PILLION – £2205

SUV PASSENGER – £2100

SINGLE OCCUPANCY : (+) £420

BOOKING AMOUNT : £500

We start our India motorcycle road trip in Delhi. Delhi straddles two worlds: the old constantly attempting to come to terms with the new. Old Delhi, once the capital of Mughal India, is a labyrinth of narrow lanes lined with crumbling havelis and formidable mosques. In contrast, the imperial city of New Delhi built by the British comprises spacious, tree-lined avenues and imposing government buildings. The city’s importance lies not just in its past glory as the seat of empires and magnificent monuments, but also in the rich and diverse cultures. Our first day is spent relaxing and preparing for the ride ahead. Our Day 2 halt, Parwanoo is located 30 km north of Chandigarh and is known for its beautiful orchards. With apples and peaches grown in plenty, the fields of this small town seem dressed up in peach and red hues. The verdant cover of pine and fir trees along with pleasant weather make this small town at the foothills of the scenic Trikutamountains, a refreshing halt. On Day 4, we ride 180 kms on our Royal Enfield motorcycles to reach Amritsar, which is home to the spectacular Golden TempleSikhism's holiest shrine and one of India’s most serene and humbling sights. We reach Amritsar on Diwali, the Festival of Lights. The illumination at the temple, and the fireworks, are a sight to behold. Diwali is one of the India's biggest festivals. It is a festival of lights and Hindus celebrate it with joy. During this festival, people light up their houses and shops with Diyas (Small cup-shaped oil lamp made of baked clay). They worship the Lord Ganesha for good welfare and prosperity and Goddess Lakshmi for wealth and wisdom. On Day 5, we travel 210 kms to reach Nalagarh, a beautiful hill station in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. Nalagarh serves as the entryway to the mountain state of Himachal Pradesh. The Nalagarh Valley is a long band surrounded by the spurs of the outer Himalayas to its north-east and the heavily eroded range of the Shivaliks in the south and west. Day 6 of our India road adventure entails a pleasant ride of 80 kms up the winding hills to a village named after Brirish engineer called Barogwho was to construct a tunnel alongside the railway track. But due to some miscalculations, certain things went wrong with the construction. Barog was fined an amount of 1 Rupee by the British government. Unable to withstand the humiliation, Barog committed suicide. He was buried near the incomplete tunnel. Soon another tunnel was built by H.S. Harrington, Chief Engineer in Railways at that time. This tunnel is the longest of the 103 operational tunnels on the route of the Shimla-Kalka Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Barog station is immediately after the tunnel. Barog tunnel is the straightest tunnel in the World. Mashobra, our next halt in the Shimla hills, is known for its scenic locales, flora and fauna. Mashobra’s claim to fame is the fact that it is one of the retreats of the President of India. Mashobra boasts of gorgeous views, rich forests and blissful weather the whole year round. The town is known for its old world charm and has grand houses named after fruits and flowers. Mussoorie, which we reach on Day 10 of our motorcycle tour, with its green hills, varied flora and fauna and a view of the Himalayas, is one of Uttarakhand’s most popular hill stations and is often called the Queen of the Hills. Established by the British in 1823, Mussoorie became hugely popular with the Raj set. The ghosts of that era linger on in the architecture of the churches, libraries, hotels and summer palaces. Ever since the Beatles rocked up at the ashram of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the late '60s, Rishikesh has been a magnet for spiritual seekers. Today it styles itself as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, with a plethora of ashrams and all kinds of yoga and meditation classes. Most of this action is north of the main town, where the exquisite setting on the fast-flowing Ganges, surrounded by forested hills, is conducive to meditation and mind expansion. In the evening, an almost supernatural breeze blows down the valley, setting temple bells ringing as sadhus('holy' men), pilgrims and tourists prepare for the nightly ganga aarti(river worship ceremony). You can learn to play the sitar or tabla; try hasya yoga (laughter therapy), practise meditation or take a punt on crystal healing. But Rishikesh is not all spirituality and contorted limbs; it's now a popular white-water rafting centre and Himalayan-trekking gateway. Day 13 of our Incredible India road journey sees us riding our magnificent Royal Enfield 500cc motorcycles back to Delhi, where we had started this amazing adventure.
Day 1  : 04/11/18 : Arrival in New Delhi. Acclimatize. Relax. Prep for the ride.
Day 2  : 05/11/18 : Delhi - Parwanoo. 270 Kms.
Day 3  : 06/11/18 : Parwanoo - Nurpur. 70 Kms.
Day 4  : 07/11/18 : Nurpur - Amritsar. 180 Kms.
Day 5  : 08/11/18 : Amritsar - Nalagarh. 210 Kms.
Day 6  : 09/11/18 : Nalagarh - Barog. 80 Kms.
Day 7  : 10/11/18 : Barog - Mashobra. 70 Kms.
Day 8  : 11/11/18 : Rest day in Mashobra.
Day 9 : 12/11/18 : Mashobra - Nahan. 150 Kms.
Day 10 : 13/11/18 : Nahan - Mussoorie. 130 Kms.
Day 11 : 14/11/18 : Mussoorie - Rishikesh. 80 Kms.
Day 12 : 15/11/18 : Rishikesh - Karnal. 180 Kms.
Day 13 : 16/11/18 :Karnal - Delhi. 140 Kms.
Day 14 : 17/11/18 : Departure from New Delhi.  
INCLUSIONS
  • Guided tour as per itinerary.
  • Experienced British and Indian road captains.
  • Road maps and travel information.
  • All hotel accommodation and meals.
  • All transfers including Airport transfers, sightseeing spots and during the ride.
  • All motorcycle hire charges for the guided tour duration.
  • Fuel, oil and spare parts for minor repairs of the motorcycles for the guided tour duration.
  • Third party insurance for the motorcycles.
  • All sightseeing spot entry tickets and guide charges (excluding camera charges).
  • Road and bridge tolls, special road, bridge and travel fee, inner border line permits.
  • Highly skilled motorcycle mechanics and trained paramedic.
  • Support vehicle for carrying luggage, spares, medical kit and other essentials.
  • Goods and Services Tax.
EXCLUSIONS
  •  Comprehensive and adequate personal travel, medical and accidental insurance of the riders.
  • Air travel and visas.
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages except water.
  • Tips, souvenirs and laundry.
  • Repair of damages to the motorcycles caused by the riders.
  • Personal riding and safety gear.
  • All telephone/mobile services.
  • Optional single-occupancy add-on.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions section.
Documents Check List
  • Signed copies of :
  1. Medical Form
  2. Liability Waiver Form
  3. Undertaking
  4. Travel Insurance Details
  • Original and 2 Photocopies each, of the following :
  1. Driving License (Rider)
  2. International Driving Permit
  3. Travel Insurance
  4. Passport
  5. Visa
  • Passport size photographs (four)
Gear Check List
  • Riding Jacket :Textile/Leather motorcycle jacket with removable lining and adequate protection
  • Riding Pants : Textile, Denim, Motocross or Enduro reinforced pants
  • Motorcycle Boots : Over the ankle and sturdy
  • Helmet : Full face (essential)
  • Riding Gloves : Lightweight gloves with good protection
  • Knee and Elbow guards : Hard type is recommended
  • Kidney Belt
  • Hydration Pack : 2-3 litres
  • Water Resistant Backpack
  • Goggles/Sunglasses
  • Snood/Buff Scarf
Essentials
  • Sun Block : High factor
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Insulated Flask
  • Lip Balm
  • Sun Hat/Cap
  • Personal Medication
  • Basic First Aid Kit : Re-hydration salt sachets, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Antiseptic Cream and Sticking Plasters etc