Departure: New Delhi
Duration: 14 Days
Trip Grade: Demanding
From the serenity of the Taj Mahal to the majesty of the Himalayas, from the bustle of Delhi to the calm of Kathmandu, this is truly a tour of contrasts. As well as some amazing riding, you'll experience the richness of both Hindu and Buddhist religions, the warmth of Indian, Nepali and Tibetan cultures and even the best wildlife in Asia – quite a combination! Whilst the majority of the tour is on well-paved roads, there are a couple of days where the going gets a bit rougher, especially if we're unlucky enough to hit rain.
Day 01: Arrive in Delhi
You'll be met at the airport and taken to a comfortable hotel.
Day 02: Day in Delhi, evening transfer to Agra
Today there'll be a chance to have a look around historic Delhi, and to see some of the city's main sights. We'll catch India Gate looking at it's best at dusk before leaving for Agra by private bus.
Day 03: Agra – Kuchesar by bus
The Taj Mahal is one of the real wonders of the world, an impressive sight at any time of day but really spectacular at dawn, so we'll have to rouse ourselves early to make sure we get there. Our tourist duties completed, we'll jump on a private bus to Kuchesar. Our home there will be an 18 th century mud fort, an appropriate place to be introduced to your Bullets! After a short briefing you'll have the rest of the day to get used to riding an Enfield, and we'll all go on a short excursion to give you an idea of Indian road conditions.
Day 04: Kuchesar – Bareilly (210km)
Our first real day on the road, and what a road it is! Few roads have as much history as the Grand Trunk Road; it's been in existence for centuries and was aptly described by Rudyard Kipling as a "river of life". Nowadays it's a relatively smooth ride and a good place to get your Enfield under control!
Day 05: Bareilly to Bardia (270km)
Once we're through the border formalities and in to Nepal, we'll join the Mahendra Highway, a fantastic stretch of road thorough the fertile plains of Nepal's Terai region. Bardia National Park is one of the largest areas of untouched wilderness in Nepal, home to 35 different mammals, and tonight we'll sleep in "jungle cottages" for that real "close to nature" experience!
Day 06: Bardia to Tansen (330km)
While 330km may sound like a long way, the quality of the road means that the miles will fly by. Only when we start heading north for the long ascent to Pokhara does the going get a bit tougher, but by then we'll have already done 300km! Tonight we'll sleep just outside the historic town of Tansen, our first real taste of traditional Nepali culture.
Day 07: Tansen to Pokhara (120km)
A challenging day's ride despite the short distance. The road is scenically stunning but wants for tarmac on a few stretches – be warned! After a seemingly endless succession of twists and turns we get to Pokhara, Nepal's “adventure playground” and a great place to relax.
Day 08: Day in Pokhara
There's so much to do in Pokhara it's hard to know where to begin! From relaxing by the lake, to day treks, to tandem paragliding there really is something for everyone, enjoy!
Day 09: Pokhara to Chitwan (150km)
A smooth ride takes us to the gates of Nepal's best-known wildlife reserve, Chitwan National Park. From there we'll be transported by jeep to our "jungle-style" accommodation, looking out along the way for the 47 varieties of mammals, and over 450 species of birds that live inside the park.
Day 10: Day in Chitwan
Our chance to go deep in to the jungle! The choice of transport is up to you; you can walk in, take an elephant safari or go by jeep, but whichever way you go you'll be amazed at what you see.
Day 11: Chitwan to Bhaktapur via Daman & Patan (250km)
Probably the most demanding ride of the tour, there's a 20km stretch on today's route which is in poor repair and twisty with it, quite a challenge! The road improves at Daman, the only place in the world where you can see 8 of the world's 10 highest peaks – pray for a clear day! From there we'll climb steadily upwards until we reach Patan, directly south of Kathmandu. Patan has a long Buddhist history, and we'll pause for a while to wander around the numerous temples there, taking in the ancient atmosphere. Finally we'll ride down the road to Bhaktapur and it's timeless charm, nestled in the heart of the Kathmandu Valley.
Day 12: Bhaktapur to Kathmandu via Nagakhot (80km)
One for the early risers! There are many places in the Kathmandu Valley which offer views of the Himalayas, but none better that Nagakot, so we'll have to make sure we're there to see the sun rise over those most majestic of mountains. From there we'll head for incomparable Kathmandu, a short final ride away.
Day 13: Day in Kathmandu
Whether you feel like shopping or sightseeing, eating great food or just wandering around, Kathmandu won't let you down. The perfect place to finish your epic journey, and to reflect on everything you've seen since Delhi!
Day 14: Flights home.