ROOF OF THE WORLD ADVENTURE TOUR – COST AUD 3400@per rider

Description

Delhi – Manali – Leh – Srinagar

15th June 2019 – 15th September 2019
Distance travelled 1575 km

Experience the adventure of a lifetime on the 15-day tour across the stunning sights of the northern tip of India. Across winding hills and icy glaciers, from rugged trails to serene houseboats, this is one trip you will never forget .

Tour Cost Includes

  • Royal Enfield Motorcycle(with fuel)

  • Backup and Support Vehicle

  • Skilled Mechanics

  • English speaking Group Leader

  • Sweep at the tail end of Riders

  • All Breakfast and Evening Meals

  • Accommodation at Heritage Properties

  • Local Sightseeing at Specific Locations

  • Any personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, tips and gifts and emergency evacuation.
  • Any camera fees.
  • Any entrance fees to the monuments.
  • Any services other than mentioned above.
  • Motorcycle Travel insurance, and you Holiday insurance and a medical insurance policy
    covering the use of a motorcycle.
  • All beverages and drinks. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic
  • Vaccinations and personal medication.
  • Indian Visa.
  • Air Fare from Australia or any other country to India.

A warm welcome at New Delhi airport by one of our crew followed by a cab ride through the colorful hustle and bustle of our capital city. You will stay in Karol Bagh, very close to the heart of Delhi and our workshops. The capital will bombard you with surprise, shock, and overwhelming emotion, almost as if it were a living entity!

Ride Distance: 90km
We begin our travel on the Shatabdi Express Train connecting Delhi to Chandigarh, which is popular as the first planned city of India. After the 3+ hour train ride, we are greeted by our friendly crew and ofcourse the Royal Enfield Motorcycles! Our ride begins after a friendly pooja (prayer) for the well being of the whole journey.

We ride some 90km to a private forest reserve in Northern Punjab. This introductory ride gives you a great opportunity to get a feel of your motorcycle, the gears, brakes and clutch, the power / torque and overtaking ability.
Post lunch, we visit the spectacular Khalsa Heritage Museum at Anandpur Sahib, a holy city of the Sikhs founded in 1665.

Meals: Breakfast (train), Lunch (Heritage Haveli), Dinner

Stay: Kikar Lodge, Punjab

Ride Distance: 250km
This is where the real fun begins! We ride the involving twisties along the NH 21 all the way up to Manali. Among other interests en route are the Pandoh Dam and the Aut Tunnel. It is a long day, and you are rewarded by the superb hospitality of Johnsons Café!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Pandoh Dam dhaba), Dinner
Stay: Johnsons Café Manali

Take a day to roam around the interesting town of Manali and you’ll soon gather why it is the tourism capital of the state of Himachal Pradesh. You could check out the Main Bazaar, Manu Temple and the quaint and charming town of Old Manali. The place is dotted with many cafes and eateries, various cuisines, hippies caught in a bubble, hikers, cyclists, motorcyclists… a traveler melting pot!

Meals: Breakfast
Stay: Johnsons Café Manali

Ride Distance: 140km
The true adventure begins here. We have an early start to beat the landslides, muddy roadblocks, overflowing nullahs (road rivers) and high altitude traffic jams! We have a chai pitstop at the mighty 4000m Rohtang La pass before descending into the Lahaul Valley. We cross Tandi, the last fuel station before Leh (another 375km odd) – so we tank up and carry spare fuel in jerry cans.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Khoksar dhaba), Dinner
Stay: Ibex Hotel Jispa

Ride Distance: 85km

Today, you will feel like you’re in the upper Himalayas. Icy-cold glacial melts, broken

bridges, turquoise coloured lakes and the 4900m Baralacha La are some of the elements we encounter today! Our destination is situated at the boundary between the states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Bharatpur dhaba), Dinner

Stay: Luxury Tents, Goldrop Camp Sarchu

Ride Distance: 250km
Being the longest day of our tour, we have an early start. But time will fly with the mesmerizing beauty of the landscape that we are to witness today! Climb up the 21 steep Gata Loop hairpins, do a couple of 4500m+ passes, stop for a meal at Pang which looks like it’s out of a Star Wars set. And if that’s not enough, we climb up the daunting Tanglang La, only the third highest pass in the world at 5300m above sea level! The infinite view on both sides of this pass is beyond words. You’ll understand when you get there! We descend along the Indus river to the humble height of Leh city at 3500m at the end of the day.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (Pang dhaba), Dinner
Stay: Hotel Omasila, Leh

We spend the day relaxing and acclimatising on the charming streets of Leh. Many would like to see The Shanti Stupa, Leh Palace, Leh Gompa and a rather interesting market in the main city. You won’t help but notice the mystic Buddhist flavor in this area with its prayer flags and monks and chants and the odd monastery here and there. And of course, the plethora of bakeries and cafes to take a refreshing

break from the sun, which can get pretty strong in the day. It’ll be a day well spent! Meals: Breakfast
Stay: Hotel Omasila, Leh

Ride Distance: 130km
This morning, we are off to the high point of this trip – the worlds highest motorable road – Khardung La at a gaping 5300m+ altitude. Stop for a chai, but not too long. On the other side, we descend into the serene Shyok and Nubra valleys. You will reach a spot that’ll remind you of a beach in the middle of the Himalayas, and move on through a mix of lush green villages and desert sand dunes. We also visit the village of Hunder which is known for its small population of double-humped Bactrian Camels.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (dhaba), Dinner
Stay: Hotel Karma Inn

Ride Distance: 130km
We traverse our route back to Leh via Khardung La, stopping by on the way to visit the 14th-century Diskit Gompa. Contrary to what one may think, the same route can look a whole lot different when traveling back!
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (dhaba)
Stay: Hotel Omasila, Leh

Ride Distance: 190km
Today, we soak in some Buddhist Karma. In the first half of the day, we head back toward Karu and visit the Hemis Monastery of the 11th century. We then return to Leh and carry on towards the Lamayuru Monastery – one of the oldest and largest gompas in Ladakh.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (dhaba), Dinner
Stay: Hotel Foto La

Ride Distance: 105km
Todays route is a smooth stretch of tarmac that flows like a black ribbon amidst the vast mountains of Western Ladakh. We head to Kargil, the second largest town of Ladakh after Leh. This weathered town has seen a lot and has an interesting marketplace with roofs coloured with sundried fruits and the like.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (dhaba), Dinner
Stay: Hotel D’Zojila

Ride Distance: 205km
Our last day of riding and we cross our final high altitude pass Zoji La at 3500m. These heights are commonplace by now, but Zoji La is a mysterious pass. Pray for good weather and it’ll pass by unnoticed. Bad weather and you will notice its presence, to say the least! We finally end our ride at the heart of Kashmir – Srinagar! We stay in ornate wooden houseboats on the placid Nagin Lake.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (dhaba), Dinner
Stay: Gurkha Houseboats, Nagin Lake

We spend our last day exploring the ‘Venice of the East’ as Srinagar is often called. There are lakes, various Mughal gardens, and fountains to visit. And maybe the best thing to do is to relax in the comforts of your houseboats by the lake and assimilate the amazing journey you’ve just been a part of the past 2 weeks!

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Stay: Gurkha Houseboats, Nagin Lake

Check out of your houseboats, head to the airport, board flight back to Delhi.

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