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New Himalayan Motorbike Expeditions in Mystical Bhutan and Sikkim

September 9, 2013 Wholesaler No Comments Email Email

Motorcycle tour operator, Extreme Bike Tours, has introduced two new Himalayan adventure rides in the secluded Indian State of Sikkim and in the neighbouring kingdom of Bhutan – one of the world’s most enigmatic countries.

The Sikkim and Bhutan tours will run in May, 2014, and May, 2015, with guests riding India’s classic Royal Enfield 500cc motorbikes along winding, remote and cliff-hugging roads through the spectacular eastern Himalayas, with stays in local hotels and guesthouses each night.

Covering 640km, the 11-day Sikkim tour offers a round-trip itinerary from Delhi, following twisting mountain roads leading past the region’s terraced fields, tea-yielding farms of Darjeeling, sacred Himalayan Grouplakes, ancient monasteries, hidden valleys and spectacular views of the Himalayas, including Mt Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak.

Meanwhile, the new, 15-day Bhutan tour includes 1500km of riding through the tiny and mountainous State of Sikkim and then into the mysterious Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, which, until recently, was closed to visitors for centuries and where tourism is still strictly controlled to maintain the country’s rich but simple culture. Motorcyclists will ride through forests of rhododendrons and orchids, past monasteries and villages and climb roads reaching heights of 3750m, with views of 7541m-high Mt Gangkhar – the highest unclimbed mountain in the world.

On both tours, groups are limited to just 10 bikes and open to licensed motorcyclists although pillion passengers are also welcome.

The 11-day Sikkim tour departs Delhi on May 3, 2014, and May 2, 2015, and is available from US$3580 per rider and US$2420 for pillion passengers and includes all accommodation, meals, fuel and transfers as well as return domestic flights in India from Delhi to Bagdogra, where the riding starts and ends.

And the 15-day Bhutan tour departs Delhi on May 17, 2014, and May 16, 2015, and is available from US$6650 per rider and US$5870 for pillion passengers and again includes all accommodation, meals, fuel and an internal flight from Delhi to the ride starting point of Bagdogra and a flight from Guwahati in the Indian state of Assam back to Delhi at the end of the tour. Prices include visas, taxes and daily visitor royalty fees that Bhutan charges to maintain ‘high-value, low-impact’ tourism in the country.

Featured on the world’s most watched factual TV program, ‘Top Gear’, in 2011, Extreme Bike Tours is based in India and owned by former Englishman and adrenalin junkie, Zander Combe. Up to 80 per cent of riders are from Australia.

For bookings, visit www.extremebiketours.com or call + 91 96653 77344.

* Tours and fares are subject to availability and conditions apply. Flights from Australia are not included in the fares.

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