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The Best & Most Beautiful Motorcycle Trips In North India

Motorcycle Trips In North India

Northern India’s varied terrain and natural beauty attract many visitors every year. However, while transportation by car or coach may feel claustrophobic and slow, riding atop a powerful motorbike provides you with the freedom of the road and the thrill of fast acceleration.

There are many fabulous motorcycle road trips you can enjoy in North India. Whether you wish to explore grand buildings from the Mughal Empire, see sublime Himalayan landscapes, or meet friendly Indian people and learn about local customs, traveling by motorbike provides you with more flexibility and enables you to experience the real India.

And you don’t even need to take your own motorcycle. Reputable local companies such as StoneheadBikes will be happy to offer you powerful and reliable bikes on rent in delhi that are perfect for your needs.

Leh Ladakh bike tours

From Shimla to Manali via the Spiti Valley

The Spiti Valley in the northeastern part of Himachal Pradesh is a cold desert mountain valley high in the Himalayas renowned for its treacherous terrain but wonderful scenery. On these roads, you’ll feel safer wearing a full-face motorcycle helmet.

You can reach the Spiti Valley from Shimla by riding northeast along the NH5 through the Kinnaur Valley towards Khab then turning north onto the NH505. The name Spiti means “Middle Land” because the Spiti Valley lays between Tibet and India. It is one of the least populous regions of India.

In the Spiti Valley, you’ll find remote Buddhist monasteries, such as Tabo Monastery and Key Monastery. Tabo Monastery is the oldest in the Himalayas, founded in 996 CE. It is filled with priceless scroll paintings, manuscripts, frescoes, and statues, and the Dalai Lama has conducted ceremonies here.

Continue along the NH505 and you’ll come to Manali at the northern end of the Kullu Valley. An ancient trade route to Ladakh began in Manali. In Old Manali Village there is a temple dedicated to Manu. According to local legend, Manu was a Noah-like character who escaped a flood in an ark and then restarted human civilization after landing in Manali.

From Manali to Pangong Tso via Leh

This adventurous route takes you through the Ladakh region, the most fascinating area of India. Ladakh is the most northerly region in the country and also forms the highest plateau, with a base elevation of 9,800 feet above sea level. Its landscape is breath-taking, but less than half of the roads are surfaced. This makes it an ideal area to explore by motorcycle.

With mountain roads providing stunning views of snow-topped Himalayan Mountains, you can ride your motorbike through picturesque landscapes and admire the tranquillity of one of the remotest areas you will have ever visited. At such high altitudes, you should be careful to wear appropriate motorcycle rain-proof clothing.

The journey from Manali to Leh takes you from the lush mountainous region around Manali to the capital city of the Ladakh region. You’ll ride along some of the world’s highest roads and navigate high mountain passes, such as Tanglang La (17,480 feet) and Bara-lacha La (16,040 feet). The route skirts Hemis National Park, internationally famous for its rare snow leopards.

The route from Leh to Pangong Tso is through Chang La pass, which is the world’s 3rd highest road. The pass is an interesting challenge for motorcycles, with streams crossing the unsurfaced road in summer. Pangong Tso Lake is a saltwater endorheic lake at an elevation of 14,270 feet in the Himalayas.

Pangong Tso Lake is 83 miles long but only 3 miles wide, and 60% of the lake is in Tibet. Even though the western end of the lake is saline, the whole lake freezes over during winter. As the lake is within the disputed border area between India and China, you’ll need a special permit to go there and you’ll see army sentries near the tea house on the Chang La pass.

From Delhi to Agra

Delhi is undoubtedly the most famous city in India and a wonderful place to explore by motorcycle. With 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, anyone interested in history and culture will love Delhi. And tackling the busy and chaotic traffic in New Delhi is an essential part of your Indian experience. The best way to explore Delhi Sights by bike is by joining an organized Delhi Sightseeing tour run or hire a bike in Delhi by a reputable company such as StoneheadBikes.

The Red Fort in Old Delhi is an impressive palace built by the famous Emperor Shah Jahan in 1639. It once served as the main residence of the Mughal Emperors. Today, it’s a symbol of Indian independence. On 15th August 1947, India gained independence. On that date, the first Indian Prime Minister raised the new Indian flag above the fort’s Lahore Gate and made a fine speech.

You can take the Taj Express Highway from Delhi to Agra, a fascinating city with many Mughal-era structures. The Shah Jahan who built the Red Fort in Delhi also built the famous Taj Mahal in Agra as a tomb for his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The monumental marble structure was largely completed by 1643 and still inspires wonder in every visitor. Imagine riding your motorcycle towards the world’s greatest monument to love.

This article is brought to you by Stoneheadbikes – India’s leading bikes rentals and tours company based out in Delhi having branches in Bengaluru, Pune, Jaipur, Dehradun, Rishikesh, Chennai, Mumbai, Kathmandu & Bhutan. If you wish to rent a bike or looking for more information about motorbike tours, drop us a line or simply pick up your phone and call us up and we will have everything arranged for you in a timely fashion.

Group Driving: What should you know?

Most bikers like to ride a motorcycle with friends. Sharing the group trip is much more fun and is something that characterizes our group in a special way.

But we cannot pass that this activity is also more dangerous than when we shot alone. For that, we have to talk first about some previous considerations when we ride a motorcycle in a group :

  • Check the planned route: Before embarking on the route, it is advisable to inform you about the route, if they are mountain passes, tracks with very degraded soil or, on the contrary, you will travel many kilometers of highway … Check the weather forecast and adapt your clothes.
  • Full tank and charged battery: It is no longer just a matter of not bothering colleagues stopping when it is their turn to refuel. If for any reason we get lost (in groups or alone), we have to make sure we don’t run out of gas in an area we don’t know. Therefore, it is also important to leave home with the mobile phone battery fully charged. You never know how long you can be out.
  • Suitable group: Whether by displacement, types of routes or types of motorcycles, you must take into account who you ride on a motorcycle. If you think it is not the right group, find another group of people that is more similar to your wishes.
  • The road is not a circuit: It seems obvious, but the fact of going in a group does not mean that we are in a race. You don’t have to prove anything and it’s just about sharing the passion to ride a motorcycle and its feelings.

Once we have decided to go out with our motorcycle in a group, it is positive to keep in mind the following tips :

  • Leader: Also known as a road leader, he is the biker who guides the group, the person we have to follow, both in the route and in the speed. He is usually an experienced pilot who knows how to adapt to the circumstances of the tour. Additionally, a motorcyclist with some experience is also chosen to close the group in case any unforeseen event occurs and lags behind.
  • City: Maintain safety distances and do not lose your temper when the group is broken by a red light or other urban traffic incidents.
  • Zigzag circulation: When you go in a group, its members should circulate slightly in a zigzag in the same lane, that is, one on the right, one on the left and so on. In this way, we achieve greater visibility ahead of the motorist that precedes us and, in addition, we will have more space to perform an emergency braking or react to any unforeseen event.
  • Overtaking: When the group goes on the road, you have to advance only at the points where it is allowed. Also, as a general rule, do not advance your groupmates. If you had to do it for some reason, you have to go ahead in the allowed places and making sure that the partners know your intentions (gust of lights, horn).
  • Communication: Group members must have a nonverbal communication code that we all know. In this way, communication between us will be more fluid and secure.

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Motorcycle Riding Mistakes

Recommendations & Tips for Motorcycle Riders

There are many people who decide to take advantage of the weekends with good weather to know new places traveling by adventure motorcycle tours India. A plan that a priori seems very attractive, but that can be truncated if you are not used to long-distance routes. Below are several tricks and recommendations to all those who are going to make a bike rental tour of this type for the first time:

Bags and Suitcases

The amount of luggage carried will be determined by the distance to be traveled, the duration of the journey and the number of people traveling on the motorcycle. The first thing to do is distribute the weight between all the bags or suitcases. Do not load everything on the same side, otherwise, the motorcycle will become unbalanced.

Although the bags should be waterproof, if it rains, it is quite likely that the water ends up entering the Bags. To prevent the luggage from getting wet, it is advisable to protect all the objects inside by keeping them in plastic bags.

On the other hand, make sure that the bags are securely fastened. On long trips, the bags tend to move, so it is essential to tie them very well so as not to lose them. It is also advisable to cover them with some flame retardant material since, as they move, they may approach the exhaust pipe and be damaged.

Clothing

No matter how hot it is, always wear a  suit with protections. You should not drive in a shirt, without gloves, without a helmet or without the right shoes. Although the journey is short, if a fall is suffered and the proper equipment is not carried, there is a risk of serious burns and injuries.

In addition, you have to wear spare clothes, but never in excess. A good option is to wear old shirts that do not matter to wear and throw. In this way, the suitcase is emptying and there is room in case you want to keep memories of the trip.

A detail to keep in mind is that the clothes, especially the internal, should be comfortable. Normally garments with many seams begin to bother when they have been driving for several hours.

Food and drinks

Motorcycle trips are exhausting and that is why it is very important to be well fed and hydrated throughout the journey. Isotonic drinks are perfect for cooling and maintaining the level of minerals in the body. On the other hand, the energy bars occupy very little space and are an excellent snack. Bringing cans of precooked food is not a bad idea either.

Motorcycle condition

Before starting a trip you should check that all the components of the motorcycle are well. We StoneHeadBikes must ensure that the brakes, shock absorbers, filter, fluid level, wheel pressure … are in good condition. Part of this check is simple and can be carried out by the driver himself.

When you are going to take a long-term motorcycle tour India, it is recommended to take the motorcycle to a workshop so that it can be examined more thoroughly and ensure that there is no damaged item that may break during the trip.

If despite having carried out the necessary checks, there is a puncture or breakdown in the trip, a  basic repair kit can be very helpful. In remote places, it is difficult to find help and assistance can take a long time to arrive.

Also keep in mind that sometimes the routes pass through remote places where the nearest petrol pumps could be a few kilometers away, so it is advisable to refuel whenever you have the opportunity.

Documentation

Always have to put insurance,  driving license, Adhar Card or Voter ID. In addition, it must be verified that the documents that have an expiration date are in effect and will be available during the entire period of the trip.

Physical well-being

Finally, we must not forget that motorcycle trips involve great physical wear and that the body is going to be subjected to postures to which it is not accustomed. It is advisable to do a series of stretches before starting the journey and after each stop to avoid muscle aches.

If you are going to make a long trip, the ideal would be to make tours of at least two hours once a week in the months prior to the trip. The idea is that the body adapts to be extended periods of time on the motorcycle.

At this point, it should be remembered that you should take breaks every two hours or 100 kilometers, in addition to having slept enough in the hours before the trip.

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