Chennai-based motorcycle manufacturer Royal Enfield on Wednesday announced its first company-organised motorcycle tour of Uttarakhand. Registrations are now open for the 10-day ride, which the company calls 'Ride to the Land of the Gods'. The participating riders will set off on September 15 from Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Any existing Royal Enfield motorcycle owner can register for the 1500-kilometre ride across the Himalayas by visiting the company's website. While this may be the first edition of the Royal Enfield Tour of Uttarakhand, the company has been conducting similar rides to other parts of the Himalayas for 14 years under the Himalayan Odyssey banner. The terrain of the Himalayas has been a point of inspiration for the development of the Royal Enfield Himalayan, which will soon be available in fuel-injected form.
If you have been planning to ride through the scenic and challenging landscape that is the Himalayas, but couldn't be bothered about planning and organising the trip for yourself, then this could be a good opportunity for you. In a statement, Royal Enfield said that it will take riders through the lesser-explored regions of the Himalayas, forest reserves, and to Mana, the last village on the Tibetan border. As per the Royal Enfield website, the cost for the tour of Uttarakhand is Rs 20,000 per person and Rs 40,000 per couple. This registration fee includes accommodation as well as three meals a day, as well as fees for entry passes to places listed on the ride. However, the participant will have to bring his or her own motorcycle as well as pay for their fuel.
The group will be accompanied by experts from the company, who will not only lead the ride but also provide service support in case of any mechanical issues. The route that the company has chosen will begin from Dehradun on September 15, passing through Harsil, Uttarkashi, Auli, Mana, Niti Pass, Kausani, Jim Corbett National Park, and back to the Uttarakhand capital on September 24. The riders will cover between 160 to 300 km a day on different days of the ride.
The Chennai-based motorcycle manufacturer has also been in news for its two upcoming launches, the FI version of the Himalayan and a higher-displacement motorcycle which is rumoured to be a 750cc offering. Since RE has been testing this motor on the Continental GT, it is believed that a 750cc cafe racer might be in the pipeline. More importantly, the fuel-injected Himalayan is expected to reach at the dealerships sometime next month.