India is a country so full of variety, so much magic, so ever-changing that visitors always differ on how best to describe it: ‘a sensory overload’, ‘incredible’, ‘it will cast a spell on you’… But most agree on one thing: the only way to really experience India is on a motorbike. We only have six motorbikes on any one tour to allow everyone to enjoy a hassle free, personalised trip.
The MIGHTY HIMALAYAN TOURS
For the true adventurer, these tours take you through some of the world’s highest motorable roads- up to frosty-beard altitudes of 18,390 feet. Leh and the surrounding areas of Ladakh are only accessible between June and September as snowfall blocks the way up for rest of the year. After leaving the lush alpine green of Manali and weaving your way up and up and up and over the snow-banked Rohtang Pass, you’ll be launched onto a lunar landscape all the way to Leh and beyond. From Leh the tours head into the most northern parts of India, across deserts with double-humped camels, past hot springs and through one after another after another magnificent valley.
Where no good accommodation can be found, or even no accommodation can be found, Extreme Bike Tours team puts up amazing camps with western manufactured tents and comfy beds. At night it can almost feel like your head is in the stars surrounded by snow capped peaks. It truly is the most sensational tour and one that every rider should do once in their life.
THE TRIBAL REGIONS TOUR
For a less extreme but equally as memorable take on the Himalayas, this tour takes riders around the tribal districts of Himachal Pradesh. Starting from the famous Kullu valley, known as the ‘Valley of The Gods’, you wind your way into the time-warp architecture of Shimla- a slice of England much as it was during the Raj days as the summer capitol. The tour then heads into some of the most beautiful valleys in the Himalaya- Kannaur, Spiti and Lahaul- before heading back into Kullu. Crossing three passes, the highest at an altitude of 14,900 ft, through orchards and mystical lakes, the well-maintained roads allow riders to put their Bullets through their paces. The valleys will echo with the roar of your engine. Buddhist temples line the route and you get a true feeling of how people have lived here for thousands of years, smiling faces and locals waving as you cruise pass. The mix of beautiful valleys, ancient civilizations and the pure joy of riding a 500cc Royal Enfield is sure to keep the dinner party chatter alive long after you get back home.
SOUTH INDIA TOURS
The South India tour covers the finest hill stations of Kerala and Tamil Nadu and the famous beaches of Goa. The scenery feels like something out of an old movie, as you pass coffee, tea plantations and plantation houses. The panoramic views of the Indian plains below will blow you away as you cruise around the effortlessly winding roads, the Bullet purring from the cool air of the tea plantations, and back down onto the warmer climate and open highways of the Indian plains.
Starting in Cochin near the Arabian Sea, the tour takes the riders inland through the hill-stations of Munnar and Kodai Konal, Ooti and Madikeri and before looping back to Udipi on the Arabian Sea. As you rumble up the western coast of India through Karnataka and into Goa, you’ll be topping up the tan, pulling over for some beach action before ending up at our base in Anjuna and its world famous flea market. Throw in the countless Hindu temples along the way this is an experience you’ll never forget, the experience of “Incredible India”.
And if you thought Goa was all white-sand beaches, prawn vindaloo and exotic cocktails, you’d be wrong. Deserted Ridley Turtle nesting sites and Old Portuguese mansions dot the coast as much as the full power party crowds.