Q: Do I need a motorcycle license for riding in India?
A: Yes you do. To be legally driving in India you are required to carry your local driving licence, which must cover the size of bike you will be driving.
Q: Do I need an International Driving Permit (IDP)?
A: Yes. An International Driving Permit is basically an official, multi-language translation of your driving licence. They are cheap, quick and easy to obtain in your home country.
Q: What happens if I damage the motorcycle?
A: Minor damages are covered by us. However, major damage, particularly that caused by rider error or riding beyond the capabilities of the bike will need to be covered by yourself.
Q: What currency should I bring with me?
A: The local currency is Indian Rupees – INR. However, unless you are a resident of India, importing rupees is prohibited. You can either bring in other currencies to exchange when in India, or simply withdraw rupees from ATMs as you would back at home.
Q: Do I need a visa for India?
A: Yes, unless you are a national of Nepal, Bhutan or the Maldives. The easiest way to get one is to apply for an e-tourist visa online, but make sure you visit the official site. The visa lasts 60 days so unless you decide to extend your trip this should be plenty.
Q: Can I forge all appropriate documents using an office photocopier and a Pritt stick?
A: Strictly No!
Q: Will we have a local guide?
A: Yes – definitely.
Q: Will a mechanic be riding with us?
A: Yes, our mechanics travel with us as the sweep rider at the back of the group. In case there is any issue with your bike we provide backup bikes for you to carry on with the tour.
Q: Do I need to take water with me?
A: We provide mineral bottled water all the time.
Q: How big is the group?A: The average group size is between ten and sixteen riders as that’s about the manageable amount for a mixed group. If you are booking a private tour with a group of friends we can be a bit more flexible.
Q: What is the baggage allowance for the flight back to Delhi from Leh?
A: For domestic flight, the included baggage allowance is 15kg. To increase this limit it costs approximately $50 per 10kg. We can discuss this requirement with you before the tour.
Q: How do I carry my main luggage?
A: We are followed on the ride by either one or two support vehicles depending on group size. You just need to take a tank bag with travel essentials you feel you can’t manage without. All the spares, luggage, medical supplies, fuel, sweets, board games, goes in the truck!
Q: Where do I fly into?
A: You will need to book return flights to Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi –DEL or as per the itinerary. We will send our staff to meet you at the airport –give us your full flight details beforehand.
Q: Is there any medical support?
A: Yes. This tour is accompanied by a complete medical kit including oxygen cylinder.
Q: How can I avoid altitude sickness?
A: Read This.
Q: What riding kit should I wear?
A: This is a regular question from all our riders. We don’t provide any riding gear so bringing your own is recommended. A good full-face helmet, protective riding jacket and trouser (ideally with CE or equivalent). You are also going to need leather gloves, a neck tube to keep out the cold and even base layers for the days we are travelling at altitude.
Q: Do I need any immunizations for India?
A: Yes, you may do, but clearly it depends on what you’ve already had. We usually recommend Tetanus, Hepatitis A & B, and Typhoid.
Q: How much spending money will I need to bring with me?
A: This is a largely inclusive tour, you don’t need that much. All the food, accommodation, permits and fuel are sorted by us, so you just need cash for souvenirs, tips and alcoholic drinks.
Q: Are there ATMs on the way?
A: Yes, there are ATMs in the larger towns, but not the villages.
Q: What is the accommodation like?
A: The accommodation on this trip is deliberately varied to give you a wide experience of the region. Sometimes it will in top end hotels with all the facilities and sometimes at campsites miles away from anywhere.
Q: How do I charge my camera?
A: All the hotels have plug sockets. There are 2 types of sockets in India – 3 Pin connections – Type D, or 2 pin connections -Type C.
Q: Is Wi-Fi available throughout the tour?
A: Wi-Fi coverage can be slow at best, slow on average and non-existent on many occasions.
Q: Can I get an Indian SIM card?
A: You can buy a local sim card in Delhi; however most of our riders just wait to use the Wi-Fi at the hotels.
Q: Is it safe to drink the tap water?
Q: Can you cater for vegetarians / food allergies?
A: Yes. Please inform us beforehand.
Q: Is beef available?
A: Beef is strictly off the menu here.
Q: Who operates this tour?
A: This tour is operated by Wild Triumph (Parent company Bongu &Haan) and is having an Indian origin based out of New Delhi; capital of India.
Q: How do I book?
A: To secure your place we simply need a $500 non-refundable deposit.
Q: What payment methods do you accept?
A: We accept most major credit/debit cards. We can also accept direct bank transfers.