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Kangra Valley - Amritsar

Summary

DATES: 17/11/2019 – 30/11/2019

DURATION: 13 NIGHTS

RIDING DAYS: 12 DAYS

DISTANCE: 1800 KM

RIDE LEVEL: MODERATE

VEHICLES :

MOTORCYCLES – ROYAL ENFIELD

SUVs – TOYOTA, MAHINDRA

PLACES OF INTEREST :

NEW DELHI : HISTORICAL MONUMENTS, SHOPPING, NIGHTLIFE.

RISHIKESH: YOGA, MEDITATION, RIVER-RAFTING.

TATTAPANI: HOT WATER SPRINGS, SPA.

AMRITSAR: GOLDEN TEMPLE, BORDER CEREMONY.

My Post
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, Rishikesh has been a magnet for spiritual seekers, ever since the Beatles rocked up at the ashram of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the late '60s. Today it styles itself as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, with a plethora of ashrams and all kinds of yoga and meditation classes. But Rishikesh is not all spirituality and contorted limbs; it's now a popular white-water rafting centre and Himalayan-trekking gateway.
Mussoorie, which we reach on Day 3 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.
Day 6,  We descend to Tattapani.  It is situated on the right bank of river Sutlej. In local language, ‘Tattapani’ means ‘hot water’. The place is famous for its hot water springs. The spring water is said to have curative powers that provide relief from ailments like joint pain, fatigue, stress relief, and poor blood circulation, and reduces fat and skin diseases.
Day 7 is a longer ride to the town of Mandi from where we cross over to the Kangra Valley. The town has mythological and historical significance and boasts of a unique temple architecture. It is referred to as Chhota Kashi (Little Benaras) as there are many ancient temples in the city and on the banks of river Beas.
Day 8  sees us taking an exhilarating ride as we gain altitude again to reach Dharamshala and Mcleodganj. The Dalai Lama's residence and the headquarters of the Central Tibetan Administration (the Tibetan government in exile) are in Dharamshala. Traditionally known for Kangra green tea, Dharamshala now produces all teas including black tea, green tea, oolong tea and white teas, in addition to the popular Kashmiri Kahwa and Masala Chai. McLeod Ganj is known as "Little Lhasa" or "Dhasa" (a short form of Dharamshala used mainly by Tibetans) because of its large population of OVERVIEW Tibetans. McLeod Ganj was named after Sir Donald Friell McLeod, a Lieutenant Governor of Punjab; the suffix ganj is a common Hindi word for "neighbourhood". Lord Elgin, the British Viceroy of India (1862–63), liked the area so much that at one point he suggested it be made the summer capital of India. He died at Dharamshala while on a tour there and lies buried at the St. John in the Wilderness at Forsyth Ganj, just below McLeod Ganj. His summer residence, Mortimer House, was acquired by the Government of India to house the official residence of the Dalai Lama.
Day 10 takes us from Mcleodganj to another famous hill station in Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie. It was named after The Earl of Dalhousie, who was the British Governor-General in India while establishing this place as a summer retreat.
On Day 11, we ride 200 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.
On Day 12, we travel 200 kms to reach Nalagarh, a beautiful hill station in Solan district 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 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:  Sun, 17/11/19: Arrival in New Delhi. Rest. Prep for the tour.
Day 2:  Mon, 18/11/19: New Delhi - Rishikesh. 220 km.
Day 3:  Tue, 19/11/19: Rishikesh- Mussoorie. 80 km.
Day 4:  Wed, 20/11/19: Mussoorie - Nahan. 125 km.
Day 5:  Thu, 21/11/19: Nahan - Kandaghat. 100 km.
Day 6:  Fri, 22/11/19: Kandaghat- Tattapani. 80 km.
Day 7:  Sat, 23/11/19: Tattapani - Mandi. 125 km.
Day 8:  Sun, 24/11/19: Mandi- Mcleodganj. 140 km.
Day 9:  Mon, 25/11/19: Rest Day.
Day 10: Tue, 26/11/19: Mcleodganj - Dalhousie. 125 km.
Day 11: Wed, 27/11/19: Dalhousie - Amritsar. 200 km.
Day 12: Thu, 28/11/19: Amritsar - Nalagarh, 200 km.
Day 13: Fri, 29/11/19: Nalagarh - New Delhi. 300 km.
Day 14: Sat, 30/11/19: Departure from New Delhi.
INCLUSIONS
  • Guided tour as per itinerary.
  • Experienced British and Indian road captains.
  • SCALA PACKTALK BLUETOOTH COMM DEVICE FOR EACH RIDER
  • 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 mechanic.
  • Support vehicle for carrying luggage, spares, medical kit and other essentials.
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.
  • Goods and Services Tax.
  • 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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PRICE (TWIN SHARING) :

RIDER :  £2500

PILLION :  £2300

4X4 DRIVER / PASSENGER : £2700

SINGLE OCCUPANCY : (+) £400

(All Prices Exclusive of 5% GST)

BOOKING DEPOSIT : £250

My Post

Summary

DATES: 17/11/2019 – 30/11/2019

DURATION: 13 NIGHTS

RIDING DAYS: 12 DAYS

DISTANCE: 1800 KM

RIDE LEVEL: MODERATE

VEHICLES :

MOTORCYCLES – ROYAL ENFIELD

SUVs – TOYOTA, MAHINDRA

PLACES OF INTEREST :

NEW DELHI : HISTORICAL MONUMENTS, SHOPPING, NIGHTLIFE.

RISHIKESH: YOGA, MEDITATION, RIVER-RAFTING.

TATTAPANI: HOT WATER SPRINGS, SPA.

AMRITSAR: GOLDEN TEMPLE, BORDER CEREMONY.

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, Rishikesh has been a magnet for spiritual seekers, ever since the Beatles rocked up at the ashram of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the late '60s. Today it styles itself as the ‘Yoga Capital of the World’, with a plethora of ashrams and all kinds of yoga and meditation classes. But Rishikesh is not all spirituality and contorted limbs; it's now a popular white-water rafting centre and Himalayan-trekking gateway.
Mussoorie, which we reach on Day 3 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.
Day 6,  We descend to Tattapani.  It is situated on the right bank of river Sutlej. In local language, ‘Tattapani’ means ‘hot water’. The place is famous for its hot water springs. The spring water is said to have curative powers that provide relief from ailments like joint pain, fatigue, stress relief, and poor blood circulation, and reduces fat and skin diseases.
Day 7 is a longer ride to the town of Mandi from where we cross over to the Kangra Valley. The town has mythological and historical significance and boasts of a unique temple architecture. It is referred to as Chhota Kashi (Little Benaras) as there are many ancient temples in the city and on the banks of river Beas.
Day 8  sees us taking an exhilarating ride as we gain altitude again to reach Dharamshala and Mcleodganj. The Dalai Lama's residence and the headquarters of the Central Tibetan Administration (the Tibetan government in exile) are in Dharamshala. Traditionally known for Kangra green tea, Dharamshala now produces all teas including black tea, green tea, oolong tea and white teas, in addition to the popular Kashmiri Kahwa and Masala Chai. McLeod Ganj is known as "Little Lhasa" or "Dhasa" (a short form of Dharamshala used mainly by Tibetans) because of its large population of OVERVIEW Tibetans. McLeod Ganj was named after Sir Donald Friell McLeod, a Lieutenant Governor of Punjab; the suffix ganj is a common Hindi word for "neighbourhood". Lord Elgin, the British Viceroy of India (1862–63), liked the area so much that at one point he suggested it be made the summer capital of India. He died at Dharamshala while on a tour there and lies buried at the St. John in the Wilderness at Forsyth Ganj, just below McLeod Ganj. His summer residence, Mortimer House, was acquired by the Government of India to house the official residence of the Dalai Lama.
Day 10 takes us from Mcleodganj to another famous hill station in Himachal Pradesh, Dalhousie. It was named after The Earl of Dalhousie, who was the British Governor-General in India while establishing this place as a summer retreat.
On Day 11, we ride 200 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.
On Day 12, we travel 200 kms to reach Nalagarh, a beautiful hill station in Solan district 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 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: Sun, 17/11/19: Arrival in New Delhi. Rest. Prep for the tour.
Day 2: Mon, 18/11/19: New Delhi - Rishikesh. 220 km.
Day 3: Tue, 19/11/19: Rishikesh- Mussoorie. 80 km.
Day 4: Wed, 20/11/19: Mussoorie - Nahan. 125 km.
Day 5: Thu, 21/11/19: Nahan - Kandaghat. 100 km.
Day 6: Fri, 22/11/19: Kandaghat- Tattapani. 80 km.
Day 7: Sat, 23/11/19: Tattapani - Mandi. 125 km.
Day 8: Sun, 24/11/19: Mandi- Mcleodganj. 140 km.
Day 9: Mon, 25/11/19: Rest Day.
Day 10: Tue, 26/11/19: Mcleodganj - Dalhousie. 125 km.
Day 11: Wed, 27/11/19: Dalhousie - Amritsar. 200 km.
Day 12: Thu, 28/11/19: Amritsar - Nalagarh, 200 km.
Day 13: Fri, 29/11/19: Nalagarh - New Delhi. 300 km.
Day 14: Sat, 30/11/19: Departure from New Delhi.
 
INCLUSIONS
  • Guided tour as per itinerary.
  • Experienced British and Indian road captains.
  • SCALA PACKTALK BLUETOOTH COMM DEVICE FOR EACH RIDER.
  • 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 mechanic.
  • Support vehicle for carrying luggage, spares, medical kit and other essentials.
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.
  • Goods and Services Tax.
  • 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
download (1)

PRICE (TWIN SHARING) :

RIDER :  £2500

PILLION :  £2300

4X4 DRIVER / PASSENGER : £2700

SINGLE OCCUPANCY : (+) £400

(All Prices Exclusive of 5% GST)

BOOKING DEPOSIT : £250