Frequently Asked Questions
We suggest you to go through the frequently asked questions listed below to prepare yourself better
for a trip with us. Click on the questions to view the answers. If your question is not in this list, just
1. What will be the team on the tour?
Each tour will have a road captain and a support vehicle with a mechanic on board.
2. Which motorcycle would I be riding on your tours?
For all the tours, you can choose from our fleet of Royal Enfield motorcycles the one that appeals
to you most. You can also opt to take your own motorcycle on our trips.
3. How will I get used to riding the Royal Enfield I hired?
We keep the afternoon or evening of the first day of your tour for this very important task. On
this day, we will brief you about your motorcycle and its controls. After that you can ride your
Royal Enfield motorcycle to get the hang of it.
4. Can I ride my own motorcycle on the tour?
Yes, you can. We respect customers wish to carry their own motorcycles as they are bonded to their
machines. We will check out your bikes to ensure that they are fit and serviced for our trips.
5. Would I be carrying my own luggage on the motorcycle?
We have utility vehicles on all our tours that can carry some of your luggage. You may be required
to carry some of your lugguage with you on the motorcycle. Saddlebags, tailbags and backpacks are
available with us for this purpose. You should be carrying your valuables like passport, cash,
camera and other important equipment with you at all times. Tank bags, waistpouches and backpacks
are available with us for the same.
6. Do you have restrictions on how many riders you allow on each tour?
Yes, there is a restriction on the number of riders for every tour. The maximum number of riders
for a tour varies depending on the route, time of the year and expertise of the group.
7. Can I bring a partner with me on the tour?
Yes, of course you can. You can book under the couple packages we have. We have discount for
8. Do you have discount for group booking?
Yes, we have discount for group booking also.
9. Do you provide customized or private group tours?
Yes, according to your preferences, we can create and lead customized or private group tours.
However, we advise you to plan it well in advance so your chosen dates do not clash with our
fixed departure dates.
10. Can I join the tour as a pillion rider?
You can if you have a rider on our tour who agrees to take you as a pillion and handle the extra
weight, especially in the Himalayas. It is easier on our guided tour since the luggage is mostly
carried by the back-up vehicle.
11. What are the criteria to participate in your tours?
To participate as a rider an individual has to be equal or above the age of 18 years at the time of the
tour and be in possession of a valid motorcycle driving license and international driving license
(for foreigners), be in appropriate health condition depending on the route and have at least 2 years
experience in riding a motorcycle.
As a pillion, an individual has to be equal or above the age of 12 years at the time of the tour, be in
appropriate health condition depending of the route and with at least some motorcycle co-riding experience.
For couple booking if both of you plan to take turns riding the motorcycle, both of you should satisfy
the riders criteria.
12. What documents will I need in a tour?
Indians will need their driving license and their passport. Foreigners will need their driving license,
passport with valid tourist visa to India and also valid visa to the country in which the tour is. You
are recommended to apply for appropriate travel and health insurance.
13. If required, can a pillion travel in the back-up vehicle during the tour?
Yes, pillions or riders, if required, are welcome to use the back-up vehicle whenever they need as long
as there are seats available and that it is done on a rotational basis with other members. However
priority shall be given to a participant in emergency situations.
14. Can a person new to motorcycle riding participate in your tours?
Different routes demand different amount of experience. We would prefer you had at least 2 years of
motorcycle riding experience. If you have less we will recommend that you take the easier routes. But if
we find that you can confidently handle a 170kg bike on challenging roads then we will not restrict you.
15. Can I use the motorcycle to travel after the day’s ride has ended or on rest days?
No, you cannot. We do the local sight-seeing on the bikes together and on the rest days our mechanics
work on the bikes for general checking and maintenance.
16. What kind of travel insurance would I need?
Different countries and insurance companies have their own policies. Your insurance should cover you
for your entire period of travel. The policy should also cover you for riding motorcycles, unexpected
curtailing of the holiday, medical expenses arising overseas, loss or damage to luggage and property, and
personal liability claims against the participant and emergency evacuation.
17. Are there any possibilities of these tours getting disrupted?
We organize guided motorcycle tours in some of the remotest areas on earth. The weather and environment
can be unstable sometimes, especially in the Himalayas. Landslides, moving glaciers, heavy rain or
snowfall and others happen very frequently in the Himalayas and can lead to road blocks or accidents.
Although we prepare for almost every contingency with utmost care, certain unforseen factors can cause
delays, disruptions and possibly cancellations as well. Even though we eat and stay at hotels/camps most
of the nights during the tour, we always carry high altitude camping gear, enough fuel, rations and
provisions, just in case. Every morning your route captain will inform you about the conditions of the
roads and will decide if a change in the programme is required.
18. What happens in case of unforeseen situations such as landslides, bad weather etc?
After judging the situation on the ground, the Road Captain will take a call on the alternate route.
19. What kind of fitness level is needed for your tour?
If you are fit enough to ride a motorcycle and can walk about a kilometer or climb a flight of stairs
without getting breadthless then you are fit enough for our tours.
Motorbike tours in the Himalayas involves being at a very high altitude where not only is the temperature
very low but the oxygen level is also low. This can lead to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) in few cases.
People who are in a good physical condition are less likely to suffer from AMS. We suggest you consult your
doctor before joining us on these tours.
For Rajasthan tours the temperatures can be very high in the Thar desert. So, you should be fit enough
to endure high temperatures and very dry weather.
20. Is there any difference in riding a motorcycle in India and in Western countries?
Indian traffic is always on the left side. But this is not the only difference to most of the western
countries. What might seem at the first sight completely chaotic and unorganized has certain rules that
should be followed while riding. Besides, road conditions can vary a lot, especially in the higher
Himalayas. Our team will teach you everything that you should know during your familiarization ride.
21. How fast will I be riding a motorcycle during the tour?
You would be riding at about than 30-40 mph (60-70 kph) at any time. Apart from the obvious safety reasons,
we advocate riding slow for you to enjoy and absorb the landscape.
22. Do we ride on everyday of the tour?
It depends on the tour you have chosen. For simpler or shorter tours we generally ride daily. For more
challenging and longer tours you will have more opportunities for rest, relaxation and local sight-seeing.
However, in the Himalayas, bad weather, road blockages or landslides can disrupt our original schedule
and sometimes you may have to ride longer and harder that the original plan.
23. What are the risks involved?
When you go on an adventure activity, you are exposed to a certain amount of risk especially in the
Himalayas where the road conditions can be quite challenging. Our team will prepare you to face as many
conditions as possible, but you should always be ready to use your common sense and instinct for the
unforseen. A true adventurer would view tough riding conditions as challenges and not risks.
24. What happens in case of a medical emergency?
On every tour we always carry a medical kit including oxygen cylinder. Most of our team members have
also been trained in first aid and rescue. However, in case of serious injuries or health problem that
requires medical intervention, we will arrange transportation to the nearest doctor/hospital immediately.
25. Are the motorcycles insured?
Our motorcycles are covered under third-party insurance and don’t cover accidental damages. We trust that
you will, in good faith, cover the cost of repairs in case of any unlikely damages caused by you.
26. What kind of weather should I expect along the touring route I have choosen?
If you have chosen to ride through the Himalayas, you have to expect a variable weather or even sudden
changes in weather. It can vary from bright hot sunshine to moist foggy or heavy rain or snow fall or
In Rajasthan, the burning heat can be an inconvenience during summer.
27. What kind of clothing should I bring for the tours?
Ideally, you should wear certified waterproof riding gear, riding boots, riding gloves along with a
helmet. But if you do not have riding gear, wear clothing that will give you some protection in the
unlikely event of a spill. As a minimum, you should wear the following: Footwear that protects your
feet and your ankles (hiking boots are good). Durable pants-leather is best; but you can make do with
jeans, work pants, or something similar. An abrasion resistant jacket that zips or spans up close to
the neck. For the Ladakh tour, you would also need a pair of thermal inner wear to combat the cold.
Please make sure your riding gear is waterproof or you have a separate rain gear. You should also pack
nightwear and casual clothing and footwear for your time away from the motorcycle.
28. What kind of riding and safety gears do I need?
A helmet, elbow and knee guards are a must. We also suggest a good riding jacket, lowers, riding shoes,
riding gloves for overall protection. For the himalayan tours you will also need waterproof and windproof
gears. All accessories you can either get your own, or buy or rent from us.
29. How do I book a tour?
You can book a fixed guided tour by filling the form on the
book trip page
You can book a custom tour by filling the form on the
custom tours page
You can also send us an e-mail specifying your choice of dates and number of riders and pillions.
You can also book on phone by calling us. Our contact emails and phone numbers are given on the
contact us page
After receiving your details, we will send you your tour cost, the booking amount and how you can
pay it. After you pay the booking amount your tour is booked.
The balance amount will be payable not later than one months before the start of the tour.
30. When should I book the tour?
You should book the tour as soon as you are sure of making it. For all our tours, we have limited seats,
so book as soon as you can.
31. Do I need vaccination before I come to India or for tour in general?
We suggest you follow your country's policies and the demands of your insurance policy regarding
vaccination. You should also meet your doctor and he would be the best judge on the precautions you need
to take depending on your medical history.
32. Should I bring Indian currency to India?
Bringing Indian currency from your country into India is not allowed. To get Indian currency you will have
to encash your Traveller's cheques or exchange your country's currency or use your international credit
card to get INR (Indian Rupees) at various establishments at the airport or in major cities in India.
Don't count on Traveller's cheques or credit cards being accepted at the places that we are visiting.
You can check currency conversion rate to Indian Rupees at http://www.xe.com/ucc/
33. How much additional money will I need apart from the tour cost?
You will need money for lunch, snacks, beverages, fuel, all expenses of personal nature like laundry,
internet, phone calls, entrance to monuments, tips, personal shopping etc. We also suggest you keep some
contingency for unforseen circumstances.
34. Will I have access to ATM machines to withdraw money?
Since most tours are in remote parts of the world, you will not have access to ATM machines every day,
but once we are in towns or cities you can avail of this facility. You will need to check with your bank if
they would allow withdrawals at foreign ATMs.
35. Should I bring a sleeping bag?
For most of our tours, night stays are at hotels or established campsites. Here mattress and blanket are
provided by the respective establishment. But for tours that involve a lot of camping, you would need to
bring your own sleeping bag. You can also take it from us.
36. What type of accomodation will you provide?
Type of accomodation will depend on the tour, but generally speaking you will be staying at some mid-range
hotel that we have carefully selected. At some places you can be staying at a luxury accomodation while
at places like in the Himalayas, where the options are quite limited, you will be staying in basic
accommodation. Although the type of accommodation can vary significantly, you can be assured that they
are the best we´ve found in the area for a reasonable price.
The rooms we provide are twin-sharing rooms and always include an individual bathroom. If you don´t want
to share a room, you may buy a single occupancy.
37. Is food included in the tour price?
Only breakfast and dinner is included in the tour price. You have to pay for lunch, snacks and other
38. What kind of food will be served?
We serve well-cooked good hygenic food. The menu depends on whatever is locally available at the area
where we are travelling.
39. What about toilet facility?
When we are staying at a hotel, fixed campsite or at homestay, you would have proper toilet facilities.
During a day's ride, toilets may not be available at all places.
40. Will I need to share a room?
Yes, lodging for all our tours are on double-occupancy basis. If you don't want to share a room, you may
buy a single occupancy at the time of booking the tour.
41. Do I need to carry medicines?
You should carry the medicines you have to take for your present medical condition. We would be carrying
general medicines for basic illnesses and first-aid. You should also carry your medicines in case you are
allergic to any specific substances.
42. What kind of camera is recommended?
Any camera will do if you want to save your tour memories. If you are into photography, you can bring
your choice of camera. Avoid carrying too much equipment because it will be very cumbersome to manage
it on the tour.
43. During the ride, can I stop to take pictures whenever I want?
We do not recommend. As the back-up vehicle with mechanic and spare parts stay or stop behind the last
rider, it would be very difficult for the driver if he has to stop and wait for every rider wanting to
take pictures. We always choose a picturesque location for every stop we make and our team leader also
will stop when the place really offers breathtaking landscapes which are worth to take picture.
44. How often can I recharge my electronic equipment?
You can recharge your electronics through power outlets on the days we have hotel accommodation. Note that
in India, the power mains run at 220v. Most modern electronic device chargers support both 110v and 220v
but do check each charger / device in advance since 110v chargers and devices will not work without a
The standard plug socket is also of a different kind. You will need to get converter plugs to enable your
chargers and devices to plug into standard Indian wall sockets.
We suggest you carry power bank in order to recharge your equipment in remote places.
45. Is electricity available everywhere?
Electricity may not be available everywhere. In some places on the Himalayan tours there might be no power.
Make sure to recharge all your electronics and power bank as soon as electricity is available like in the
hotels and don't forget a travel adaptator.
46. Do the motorcycles have luggage carriers?
The motorcycles can be equipped with removable luggage carriers which can be availed from us.
47. Will my mobile phone work during the tour?
Mobile phones will work in places where network coverage is available for your provider. Network may not be
available in remote area and at all place during the ride. Foreigners will need international roaming
activated on their mobile phone plan for it to work in India. You might want to check with your cell
phone company for related tariff and compatibility.
48. What about internet access?
Like mobile connection, internet connection will be available only in areas where network of your provider
is available. Don't expect wi-fi connection during the tour.
49. Do you provide travel arrangement services before and after the tour?
Travel arrangement before and after the tour is not part of our services. But we can advice you to the best
of our knowledge how you can reach and go from the start and end points of the tour.
50. Do you provide motorbikes on rent?
Yes, we provide motorbikes on rent. You can hire it either for part of the day on per kilometer basis or for
whole day or multiple days on per day basis.
51. How do I book a motorcycle on rent?
Give us a call on our contact number and we will tell you how and where to pick up your motorcycle from.
You have to pickup or return the motorcycle that you rent between 9am to 9pm.
52. What documents do I need to rent a motorcycle?
You will need to submit a photocopy of your driving license, original address proof and a passport sized
photograph for authorization and paper works.
53. I still have some questions. What shall I do?