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Our Back-up support 4×4 vehicles follow the
group during the tours. If your partner prefers, he or she can join our tour as
a passenger in one of these vehicles which range from a SUV to mini-bus. This
option is as enjoyable as touring by car and allows both the rider and his or
her partner to enjoy the tour and absorb the scenery in comfort. In addition to
the great riding on these tours, there are many things to do and places to
India bike Tours does not allow "own
motorcycles" on the tours. Also, please note that motorcycle riding on our
"organized tours" is done in a sort of "convoy" formation
between the ride leader in the front and back-up vehicle(s) with support crew
at the rear (as sweeper). No independent riding is allowed during the tour.
No. India bike Tours provides motorcycles on the
tour, However the rent of motorcycle is
included in the price of the tour. In fact, if you compare our tour prices with
others you'll find that the motorcycles are coming virtually free !
To participate as a rider an individual has to
be equal or above the age of 18 years at the time of the tour, holding valid
full motorcycle driving license authorizing him/her to ride a 500cc motorcycle,
in reasonable health and with at least 3-4 years of any kind of motorcycle riding
experience. To participate as a co-rider on the pillion an individual has to be
equal or above the age of 16 years at the time of the tour, in reasonable
health and with at least some motorcycle co-riding experience. To participate
as a passenger in the support vehicle an individual has to be equal or above
the age of 10 years at the time of the tour and in reasonable health. (minors
will need authorization of adult/guardians). For the Himalayan Tours:
Please note that touring in the Himalayas on a motorcycle involves considerable
amount of riding on un-paved/dirt track/loose gravel/wet mud type surfaces as
well as creek crossings, some of which can range between moderate to difficult.
Riders need to have confidence in their riding skills/experience to be able to
handle their bikes under such conditions. We would expect that you have
at least some off road skills before you consider booking for these
tours. Further, for the routes which involve being at high altitudes
(above 3500 M), a certain level of health/fitness is a pre-requisite so if you
suffer from any preexisting condition which could be detrimental to your
health, we suggest speaking to your doctor/GP before booking with us. Write to
us if you have doubts or need further clarifications.
Yes, a valid full motorcycle driver license
(authorising you to ride a 500cc motorcycle) and international riding permit
are mandatory for riders to take part in our tours; however, they are not
required for the co-rider on the pillion or passengers travelling in support
vehicles. Also, make sure you obtain the International Driving Permit (IDP)
from your country of citizenship since it is not issued to foreigners in India.
In due course, you'll require to obtain a Health & travel insurance which
covers you for riding a 500cc motorcycle in India, before joining the tour.
Passport (valid for at least 6 months past the
intended period of stay in India). Indian Tourist Visa: Citizens of several
countries are now eligible for a e-Tourist Visa which can be obtained online.
It is a single entry visa valid for 30 days stay. It should be obtained online
before travelling to India. It can be applied for as late as 1 week before
intended date of arrival in India (processing time: generally 36-48 hours).
(Click here to go to Visa website) However, we suggest that you do not leave
this for the last week ! Travel & Health insurance: will cover you riding a 500cc
motorcycle in India for leisure.
We only accept Pillion riders along with a
rider. It means if you are an individual looking to join our tour as a co-rider
on the pillion you'll need to have a "rider" on our tour who agrees
to take you as a pillion. Riders who agree to take a pillion with them should
be confident of handling the extra weight (specially on the Himalayan tours)
which is actually easier to do on our guided tours since the luggage is being
hauled by the support vehicle. For those who want to join the tour but not to
ride, it is possible to book a place in a support vehicle as a passenger.
It may very depends on pillion Rider’s. Most
have found the seats completely fine. But there have been some cases where the
riders/pillions felt varying degrees of discomfort on long days. However, there
is no doubt in fact that you will be better off with some kind of
"motorcycle seat pads/cushions" like the "AIRHAWK". In case
pillions not satisfied with the RE fitted seat, You need not to worry, you Can
rent an AIR HAWK seat just for a tour with us as we can provide these for a
very reasonable rent for the duration of your tour.
Yes, pillions are most welcome to use the
support vehicle(s). However, in case of large groups (rare) where there could
be big no of pillions (even rarer), if it is not possible to accommodate all
pillions in the support vehicles at the same time, it shall be done on a
Just send us a message through one of our
Contact Forms or email us directly and we shall reply with our booking
form. Once your booking is complete, we shall send you an Invoice for the
tour/services opted. If there is more than 3 months to the tour date, a 50%
advance payment shall suffice to secure your spot on the tour.
We have carefully selected those hotels that can provide you a direct experience
of India’s magical history and culture and that are as breathtaking as the
roads you will riding on. We avoid the large impersonal, sanitised
chains - why go to India and stay in a hotel that could be anywhere in the
world? Indeed many of our hotels are Heritage, old palaces, boutique and
castles converted into Hotels. We also like variety, and see the hotels as a
way of directly experiencing India’s cultural and architectural richness. Many
of the hotels we choose have pools and spas and all offer excellent local
cuisine so you can fully unwind after a hard day's adventuring and return home
both rested and inspired. Our selected hotels are mainly for their charm.
In the Himalayas, however, at a location or two we have to stay in some basic
accommodation as options are very limited (specially at desolate locations at
very high altitudes). We always book the best accommodation we can in the
area for a reasonable price. Please note: if you are the last person to
book a tour and have opted, it is likely that you will have to have a room on
your own and will consequently be liable for the single supplement. It is
advise to book a tour early.
On our all tours, facilities such as wi-fi/
internet and laundry are available at all hotels we stay.
However, on the Himalayan Tours, on 2-3 days when we stay at high
altitude camps, even basic electricity is not available or is very unreliable.
If it is vital that you need electrical power every night, please speak to us
We anticipate that India’s varied and delicious cuisine will be one of the highlights of your trip. It certainly is for us! The hotels we choose offer wonderful local dishes (several have their own organic farms providing wonderfully fresh produce), and have good hygiene standards. Your tour price includes all your meals. You can expect to choose between either an Indian breakfast or a continental option of bread, eggs and fruit. Lunch will often be a lighter meal (the bikers will eat at cafes on the road or a packed lunch can be provided) and dinner is a more sumptuous affair - often a buffet of local delicacies. Many of the tours will include a chance to eat with a local family - where you will directly experience Indian family life and home-cooked food. If you are not a fan of spicy food then don’t worry, less spicy dishes can be prepared just for you or there is nearly always a western alternative on the menu. India caters well for those who are gluten intolerant (rice and lentils being their staples) and of course it is a vegetarian’s paradise! Indeed many hotels only serve vegetarian food. For those real foodies amongst you cookery classes can be arranged in several of our destinations.
We always recommend drinking bottled or filtered water (we highly recommend buying a “water-to-go bottle” which completely purifies tap water and cuts down on plastic). Lassis are a delicious Indian curd-based drink which are excellent for the digestion and of course the infamous Indian chai (milky, sweet and spiced) is available everywhere.
Alcohol will be available in most hotels (please
note that wine in India is relatively expensive and not the greatest tasting!)
- however, some hotels may refuse to serve you alcohol on religious grounds or
simply because their establishment does not have a license. The India Bike Tour
always respects the customs of local
culture and religion and would urge you to do so.
You may be wondering how much money you will need to take and in what form. Our tour costs include all accommodation, three meals a day, all transport, much of your sightseeing and all motorcycle costs where applicable. We do not, however, cover the costs of alcohol and other beverages. So the amount of money that you decide to bring depends on your appetite for Kingfisher beer and chai! Beer and wine prices are relatively expensive by Indian standards. A beer may range from $2.00 to $3.00 usd whereas a cup of tea might cost 50-cent. There are many beautiful things to buy in India (fabrics, jewellery, carpets, clothes etc) and cash is king. Most people spend between $200 and $500 depending on their appetite for shopping!
Cash points are generally available in most towns with the limit being $100 each withdrawal. We suggest taking around $100 us dollars with you. Your tour guide will get you the best exchange rate possible. Travellers' cheques are pretty redundant these days. A credit card is best, failing that any Visa or Master debit card. We also advise you to inform your bank if you plan to use your debit card in India.
Tipping is very common and as a rule we advise you to tip when the service is good - which it often is in India! The gesture is always well received and appreciated as wages in the service industry in India are generally very low. One is not expected to tip for basic goods - tea or coffee. Your Tour Leader will advise should you feel pressurised or unsure of what to pay at any point.
Another question that people often have regarding money is whether to give to beggars. This is a very personal choice. There is no right or wrong here but as a rule we generally suggest that you resist this urge and instead donate to a worthy charitable cause. There are several charities which we work with closely and can recommend to you. Many people bring pens and school books or buy fruit and nuts to hand out. This is a great substitute for just handing over money.
However it may very depends on tour you’re taking but generally things are included in our every tours is be
· An Experienced English Tour Leaders
· Airport pick-up and transfers to the Hotels
· All top accommodations
· All meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner
· Royal Enfield Motorcycle
· Fuel, spares and skilled mechanic’s
· Driver and Back-up Support 4×4 vehicle
· Selected Wildlife Sanctuary Safari or Tourist destinations.
· Local guides support
· Indian village tour and charity school visit
· Local interested trip
· Boat ride if on details.
WHATS NOT INCLUDED*
· International Flights
· A tourist Visa to cover your time in India.
· Insurance Policy (Health and Medical) that covers you to ride on a Motorcycle Tour .
· Adequate Motorcycle Clothing and Helmet
· All drinks including alcohol
One can buy pretty much anything in India - but it can take time! Most of our tours are set in rural settings and finding a quality, good fitting helmet for example can be tricky! We therefore recommend that you bring the following:-
· Good quality helmet
· Goggles or sunglasses
· Lightweight yet protective motorcycle clothing (including gloves, jacket, trousers and boots)
· Tank bag (useful but not essential)
When you book a tour with us you will be given a full information pack about what the climate will be like throughout your tour and how to pack accordingly. You will also be advised whether you need a mosquito net and the likelihood of rain, extreme cold etc.
Many of our tours run between the Indian cool dry season and the build up of the hot dry season (pre-monsoon). It is usually a very pleasant time of year to travel India - around 30 degrees in the days and mild in the evenings, however as it is between seasons it can sometimes climb much higher than this and sometimes dip a little lower so please bring clothing to cover these scenarios. Rain can occur at any time in India, though is very unlikely between October and May. There is nearly always the risk of mosquitoes and bugs so please ensure you bring repellent.
We suggest you travel light. There will be a multitude of lovely clothes for sale en route if you are caught short and all hotels will provide a cheap and efficient laundry service. In fact you may well come home with your clothes cleaner than when you left! Have your name on your bag clearly marked – this will help the hotels deliver the right bags to the right rooms. It is best to bring a larger suitcase and a smaller daypack.
Though Indian society is slowly modernising
(especially in the cities), it is still very conservative and traditional by
western standards. As a female travelling in India it is advisable to keep
your shoulders and legs covered especially in rural, less travelled areas. It
is well received if you keep well covered and even wear traditional Indian
clothing, which is both cool and comfortable. You will also need to bring
a head scarf for wearing in temples. The dress code is generally casual and
comfortable though you may want to bring something smarter to wear for dinner.
Of course once you are within the hotel, by the pool it is acceptable to wear
swimwear. There will be more information on local customs and traditions in the
information pack you will receive upon booking.
· Insect Repellant –
it is not the mosquito season when we are there on account of it being relatively cool but there might be mosquitoes in the more rural locations. Mosquito nets may be required on some tours
· Hand Sanitiser
· Face mask during COVID time
· Torch – power cuts are not uncommon
· First aid kit – including diocalm and rehydration salts
· Indian fitting plug adaptor (can also be purchased in India and probably at the airport)
· Small padlock for your bag whilst travelling on the train
· Sun cream
· Ear plugs (India can be noisy!)
· Hat/head covering/shawl for ladies whilst visiting temples
will usually meet for breakfast around 8:00 AM and discuss the day’s ride over
breakfast. We briefly cover the bikes, route, riding conditions, India’s
traffic rules and group riding hand signals. at 9:00 AM we start our riding for
over the few hours on road and take a “chai-stop" for stretching your legs
and relaxing your self. There will be regular chai-stop on the roads and one
lunch stops. There will be India’s experienced riders with us. The front, middle
and rear riders will be in communication with each other.
like to keep our days around 100 to 150 miles a day on fairly good roads. Included
“chai-stop”, fuel stops and lunch. 100 to 150 miles averages to be an 6 hour a day.
like to stop at places that have great foods and are biker friendly. I can
assure you that we will not be stopping at McDonalds or local junk food
restaurants! All the places we stop where we can enjoy the India’s authentic
India-Bike-Tour does not
Organise any trip in the raining season and unseasonal raining cannot be stop
us, We ride in rain or shine.
We will adjust our riding style and we may adjust the route but rain is just
something we riders have to deal with. It’s very rare with 0 percent
possibility when We will not ride if there is a possibility of icy conditions.
In the rare event we must cancel a ride because of weather we will do our best
to reschedule your tour.