A Luxury Himalayan Foothills Adventure

Himalayas, India, Asia

Prepare yourself for paradise on wheels. Cruising along quiet country lanes through the verdant Himalayan foothills and staying in luxurious British colonial mansions converted into hotels along the way is one of life's greatest pleasures.

Organised by LiveIndia

A Luxury Himalayan Foothills Adventure


Itinerary

This trip is designed to be a real holiday with more than a hint of luxury, giving you time to take in the magnificent splendour of the Himalayas, enjoy and explore the towns and villages along the way and get to taste the very best of authentic Indian cuisine.

On this spectacular route through the Himalayan foothills we have left plenty of free time for us to pull over here and there and get a real feel for the local culture as well as see what's going on in this wonderful and remote part of the world. You will also have the time to take photos or jump into a mountain stream if you feel like it.

We are only going to be doing three or four hours of riding per day although on one or two days it will be five or six, which means for the most part it will be fairly sedate going allowing us the freedom to enjoy the stunning scenery, the ambiance and of course, the food. We'll also be taking a couple of days off to wander and relax in places of outstanding natural beauty, although you'll be able to use your bikes on those days too if you fancy. We won't be going through any major towns or highways so this trip is suitable for everyone who would like to see and experience India in the best possible way, which is definitely by motorbike.

One of the many highlights of your trip will be passing over the mighty Jalori pass at around 10,000 feet where you'll discover what it really feels like to be on the top of the world. It will be our eleventh day riding by then so you'll be more than ready for it. We'll be riding the wonderful classic Royal Enfield Bullet 500's which are just a joy to tour on with plenty of comfortable space and a backrest for pillions, so please bring your partners, they will love it. We are going to be staying in all sorts of excellent hotels from old colonial mansions, to quirky Indian guest houses and also a few nights in some of the finest hotels in India, one of which, Wildflower Hall, is categorised as one of the "special hotels of the world!" and another, the five star "The Imperial" Delhi, where we will spend two nights, is described as 'gorgeous luxury!' on Tripadvisor.

During the trip you'll be driving through breathtaking forests and valleys that really express the mystical beauty of the Himalayas, with 15,000 ft snow capped peaks often decorating the horizon. You'll also be visiting the fascinating Tibetan community in exile, where the Dalai Lama lives in the colourful and lively mountain town of Dharamsala. Later on we will spend a couple of nights in forest lodges in some of the most little known and wildlife rich areas of the Himalayas.

Each stage of our journey has been carefully planned to not only provide an exhilarating insight into India, the Himalayas and its peoples but also to leave enough open space to ensure that your trip is your own unique adventure waiting for you to experience.

To get us back to Delhi we have booked seats on the incredible historic "world heritage" narrow gauge railway line from the former British summer capital of Shimla. Originally built in 1903, by the British, nothing much has changed and being pulled through the mountains is like travelling back in time as you pass through the 103 tunnels, 20 stations and 60 miles of captivating pine forests and mountainscapes on our way down to the plains. We'll take lunch in the carriage while we enjoy the views.

So there you have it, you are going to do some superb riding, stay in some fabulous places and eat some delectable food. We have limited the group size to a friendly twelve. You've got two great guides with you, an easy going attitude, luxury accommodation, adventure, culture, beauty, and there'll even be time for a day's shopping or sightseeing, as you prefer, in Delhi at the end of the journey.

This trip is going to be nothing short of fantastic, so book now before all the places disappear, and we look forward to seeing you in Amritsar where we'll spend our first day acclimatising, getting ready for the bikes and visiting the stupendously beautiful Golden Temple, one of the worlds most stunning buildings.

The Route

Amritsar

Dalhousie

Chamba

Dharamsala

Mandi

Manali

Jalori Pass

Shimla

Delhi

Accommodation

We have chosen some really special places to stay for each of your nights in India. We will be staying in an eclectic mix of hand picked venues, each chosen to get the best out of every location we visit. You will experience everything from a comfortable traditional homestay where you can enjoy the freshness and vitality of a Himalayan spring water plunge pool, home cooking and family life, to sumptuous and decadent colonial mansions where you will sample a taste of the luxurious Raj.

With our extensive knowledge of all the areas visited, we guarantee that whether it's for the charm of a place its views or even its architecture, we have gone out of our way to make sure you are staying in the most exciting option available.

Food

If, like us, you enjoy good food then you will love the diversity and quality of the dishes and produce available in the restaurants and markets in India. But the real ‘foodies' out there will be even more excited by the less commercial side of dining Live India style. Our guides know the very best places to get real traditional Indian food - places that the average tourist or even tourist board would not know about. With friends every step of the way from Amritsar to Delhi, Andrew and Nitin are personally acquainted with the family cooks, farmers and restaurateurs who will be providing your culinary experience. These artisan food craftsmen will be very happy to show you what authentic Indian cuisine is. Fresh, local ingredients prepared by families who have often been cooking and perfecting the same dish for generations. One evening you'll eat from a leaf plate with expertly spiced beans, fresh fried chicken and dumplings, the next you'll be regally seated in a colonial palace eating the latest in fashionable Indian restaurant food. Live India takes good food seriously.

LiveIndia

Below you'll find, at a glance, what's included in the price of the tour, and what isn't.

Included

Use of a Royal Enfield 500cc Bullet with brake and gears the right way around.

All accommodation (twin shared basis unless you take the single room supplement)
Our complete support team including luggage vehicle, guides, medic, and mechanic.
Airport transfers.
All your petrol
Park entrance fees and ferry crossings.
Drinking water while you are on the road.
All breakfasts, lunches and dinners (except for 3 meals)
The Live India Welcome Meal and Farewell Dinner.
Two expert guides. One Indian, one English.

Not Included
Flights (To arrive Amristar, depart Delhi),
Indian visa (£40),
Insurance (our recommended package is £80)
Alcohol (well perhaps the odd one!)

Himalayas Tour
£3500 per person
£2900 per pillion
£500 single room supplement

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