Ride of My Life
Ride to the Hidden Paradise of Sikkim

Home to Mt Kanchenjunga - the highest mountain peak in India (3rd highest in the world at 8586 m), Sikkim is a state in the North East India bordering Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan.

Sikkim offers both adventure and a rich cultural experience, owing to a strict tourism policy, basic road infrastructure and a unique culture from the rest of India.

Lush green alpine valleys, majestic waterfalls and old fashioned roads with a mix of tarmac roads which were once a part of the ancient silk route makes Sikkim a must do motorcycle travel destination. For you to enjoy the rough terrain, we will be using the Himalayan, new dual sports motorcycle from Royal Enfield.

Due to proximity to Tibetan border, the State Tourism, and Indian Army do not allow foreign nationals beyond certain points in North, as well as in east Sikkim, which is why we provide this tour for Indian Nationals only.

Tour Details

Dates: October 29th to November 9th 2017
Duration: 12 days, Siliguri to Siliguri
Rider: INR 54,990/-
Pillion passenger: INR 44,900/-
Booking amount: INR 10,000/-
Bookings for the tour close once the required number of riders is met

Tour Price inclusions

  • Sikkim entry permits and bike fees
  • Stay on twin-­sharing(double-occupancy) basis
  • Royal Enfield Himalayan dual sport 411 cc motorcycle
  • Dinner and breakfast on all days
  • Experienced English speaking road captain
  • Support vehicle for carrying luggage and other essentials
  • Mechanic throughout the tour
  • All tolls / entry fees

Tour price exclusions

  • Your two- way travel to Siliguri
  • Lunch on all days
  • Fuel for the ride
  • Entry fees at all forts and heritage buildings
  • Snacks, beverages (bottled water, juice etc)
  • Refundable security deposit for the motorcycle: INR 10,000
  • Optional single-occupancy add-on: INR 17,000
  • Optional rental for helmet, knee guards and magnetic tank bag
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions section.

Availability

  • Sikkim - FEW SPOTS LEFT

Day-wise route plan

Day 1Oct 29Sunday

ARRIVAL IN SILIGURI

ARRIVAL IN SILIGURI

Arrive in Siliguri by 12 noon. After checking you in into our designated hotel and meeting your co-riders, we head out for a short ride on the Himalayans so that you test the motorcycle you would be riding for the rest of the tour. While the mechanic makes final adjustments according to your riding style, the road captain briefs you on the route and day wise brief.

Day 2Oct 30Monday

SILIGURI TO PELLING

SILIGURI TO PELLING

We leave early in the morning and take the national highway, along Teesta river and say hello to the Himalayas and Sikkim. After the initial ride through tea estates, it’s mountains roads and switchbacks to reach the serene hill station of Pelling. Your stay at the hotel here has the view of the majestic snow-capped Mount Kanchenjunga, third highest peak in the World.

Day 3Oct 31Tuesday

PELLING TO RAVANGLA

PELLING TO RAVANGLA

Today, your Himalayan adventure truly begins, thanks to the basic road infrastructure Sikkim has to offer. The terrain gets rough, as we descend into a valley and then ascend to reach Ravangla (8000 feet), while passing through small quaint villages and farms. The huge statue of Buddha in Ravangla is a sight to behold. Your stay is in a hotel overlooking the majestic monument.

Day 4Nov 1Wednesday

RAVANGLA TO GANGTOK

RAVANGLA TO GANGTOK

Today, we will be taking the narrow and rough mountain roads through deep remote valleys. It will be a short but, twisty ride through mountain roads. We will reach Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim by lunchtime to procure your inner line permits and bike permits for the journey ahead.

Day 5Nov 2Thursday

GANGTOK TO LACHUNG

GANGTOK TO LACHUNG

We start early in the morning to stop at Tashi Viewpoint just outside of Gangtok, to catch the majestic view of the Kanchenjunga range. As we start our sojourn to North Sikkim, the terrain becomes rough, but the views more rewarding. We refuel, at the last fuel station in Mangan and also pack spare fuel for all the bikes and head towards a small town nestled in the mountains - Lachung which is the district headquarters of North Sikkim. The highlight of the day are the several waterfalls we would cross and the evening campfire, with a beautiful view of the Himalayas and clear night sky.

Day 6Nov 3Friday

LACHUNG TO ZERO POINT TO LACHEN

LACHUNG TO ZERO POINT TO LACHEN

Lachung is the gateway to Yumthang Valley, also known as Valley of Flowers. The ride to Zero Point (Yumesamdong) at an altitude of 15,300 feet is when we touch the high altitude region of Sikkim. Zero point is where the road ends in India, before the Chinese border. The initial ride is through thick forests, but slowly the landscape becomes barren and with snow clad peaks all around, you witness the diverse beauty and experience Sikkim has to offer.

After a warm cup of tea and snacks close to the India - China border, we retrace the ride back and head to the scarcely populated and quaint town - Lachen.

Day 7Nov 4Saturday

LACHEN TO GURUDONGMAR LAKE TO LACHEN

LACHEN TO GURUDONGMAR LAKE TO LACHEN

This is arguably the most mesmerizing and challenging day of the tour. Gurudongmar lake, the source of the river Teesta, is one of the most pristine and sacred lakes in India and is located 5 km south of Chinese border, at an altitude of 17,800 feet. Today is undoubtedly the best Sikkim has to offer in terms of landscape. No words can describe the pristine beauty you will witness this day.

Day 8Nov 5Sunday

LACHEN TO GANGTOK

LACHEN TO GANGTOK

Today’s ride is a retrace to Gangtok. Before arrival in Gangtok, we halt at the famous Seven sister’s waterfall for some quick pictures. With this, we enter the hustle and bustle of colorful city life, as a contrast to the calm we experienced over the last few days. Today, the ROML crew will also renew your permits for the journey ahead to East Sikkim.

Day 9Nov 6Monday

GANGTOK

GANGTOK

After an exhausting leg of the tour, this day is reserved for you to rest and enjoy the happening city of Gangtok, also voted as the cleanest city in India. You can head out for local sightseeing, or visit the markets for shopping and souvenirs. Visit the casinos to try your luck, or ride to the iconic Rumtek Monastery during the day.

Day 10Nov 7Tuesday

GANGTOK TO PADAMCHEN via NATHU LA PASS

GANGTOK TO PADAMCHEN via NATHU LA PASS

Today being a long ride, we leave early in the morning to ride towards East Sikkim on the Gangtok - Nathula highway, which is a part of erstwhile ‘Old Silk Route’. En route, we halt for tea and snacks at Tsongmo (Changu) Lake. Nathula pass would definitely be the highlight of the day and the tour. Just a common wall separates India and China here; you can see the road coming from China to India from where trading used to happen centuries ago. See the Chinese camp and even say Hi to them as they will be feets away from you!

After Nathula, we descend to ride along the beautiful views of Kanchenjunga mountain range, leading us to the famous 56 hairpin bends of Zuluk. Counting the bends and soaking in the beauty, we descend towards Padamchen, a small town in remote Sikkim.

Day 11Nov 8Wednesday

PADAMCHEN TO SILIGURI

PADAMCHEN TO SILIGURI

As the tour reaches its conclusion, we enter back into West Bengal to reach the bustling town of Siliguri, by evening. Here, we party to celebrate the experience of last 12 days. The ride marks an end with Sikkim making an imprint on your heart.

Day 12Nov 9Thursday

DEPART FROM SILIGURI

DEPART FROM SILIGURI

Today is the day to bid farewell to the Himalayas and your riding buddies, and head home after a ride of a lifetime.