The motor bikes provided are Royal Enfield Bullets. The Enfields were originally produced in Britain. After WW2, the factory was transferred to India, where they are still in production today. An experienced motor bike mechanic will accompany the tour. All fuel, maintenance and repairs are included. We use our own fleet of Enfields which are lovingly maintained and used exclusively for our tours only.
Day 1: Arrive Delhi. Met at airport and transferred to hotel.
Day 2: Delhi. Sightseeing tour in an air-conditioning bus to visit the sights in one of India's biggest cities. Delhi is the capital of India and a mixture of Hindu, Muslim and British architecture. The city consists of two parts - Old Delhi which was the capital of Muslim India, between the 12th and 19th centuries and New Delhi, the imperial city created by the British. After the tour, collect the motor bikes and have a practice.
Day 3: Delhi - Chandigarh (250 km). Ride through the "Plains of India" on a 4 lane highway Chandigarh is the capital of the Punjab, and purposely built in the 1950's by the French architect, Le Corbusier. Afternoon sightseeing tour.
Day 5: Chandigarh - Simla (130 km)
Leave the "Plains of India" and begin the ascent into the Himalayas (2130 meters/6990 ft). This hill station, was the "Summer Capital" of India during the British rule of India. It sprawls along a crescent shaped ridge, with many houses clinging to the slopes. Along the ridge runs the Mall, which is lined with stately English homes, theaters, shops and fine buildings, such as the Viceroy Lodge and Gordon castle.
Day 6: Simla. Sightseeing tour to see the sights of this beautiful place.
Day 7: Simla - Bilaspur (140 km). A great days ride through the Himalayas to Bilaspur that is a picturesque town overlooking a beautiful lake, with boating and swimming. Sightseeing tour and lake boat ride in the afternoon.
Day 8: Bilaspur - Kulu (140 km). Ride the winding road following the Beas River and enter the Kulu Valley (1200 meters/3940 ft). This town stands at the beginning of the beautiful Kulu valley, which is the gateway to Ladakh and Leh high up on the Tibetan plateau. This valley was isolated for centuries, until a road was built. Its people are a colorful mixture of Nepalese, Tibetan and Indians.
Day 9: Kulu - Manali (50 km). Ride through the beautiful Kulu Valley to Manali (1400 meters/4600 ft). The last town before the road winds its way up to the Tibetan plateau. A beautiful and vibrant town with spectacular scenery, temples and a wide variety of people.
Day 10: Manali (Rohtang Pass 100 km). A great days ride up to the Rohtang Pass (4000 meters/13000 ft) which is the entrance to the Ladakh region and also where nomadic Yak herders are still seen.
Day 11: Manali - Rewalsar (170 km). Another great days ride to Rewalsar - small town with a beautiful lake surrounded by Buddhist and Hindu temples.
Day 12: Rewalsar - Dharamsala (110 km). Continue riding through the mountains (1500 meters/4950 ft) Home of the exiled Dalai Lama and many other Tibetans forced to flee from the Chinese. Tibetan monasteries, schools, libraries, shops, restaurants, cultural centers and refugee camps, makes this area a mini Tibet. Magnificent views of the Himalayas one way and the plains of India the other.
Day 13: Dharamsala. Sightseeing tour to visit the Tibetan Monasteries.
Day 14: Dharamsala - Chandigarh (260 km). Ride down through the mountains and back onto the "Plains of India".
Day 15: Chandigarh - Delhi (260 km). Ride along the 4 lane highway back to Delhi. Say good bye to the Enfields, mechanic and drivers.
Day 16: Delhi - Agra (200 km). Relax in an air-con bus for the side trip to Agra to visit one of the world's wonders - the Taj Mahal. The Taj was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, between 1632 and 1653. Although the Taj is amazingly graceful from almost any angle, its the close up detail which is really astounding. Semi precious stones are inlaid into the marble in beautiful patterns and with superb craftsmanship.
Day 17: Agra - Delhi (200 km). Sightseeing tour to Fatehpur Sikri before continuing directly to the airport for departure. If you have the time and inclination, our Rajasthan Classic Motor Bike Tour can be done prior to the commencement of the Himalayan Classic tour.
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