Uncover the kingdom of Bhutan

Ride through the winding mountain passes and challenging trails on some of the hardest terrains the world has experienced, in the land of the Thunder Dragons.

PREPARING YOUR RIDE

Get your machine ready to take on the mountains of Bhutan.

Preparing your ride
  • Get your motorcycle serviced well in advance and do not wait for the last minute. At ground level the most important thing are the tyres and the wheels. Ensure that you have adequate tread on them. We recommend you start the ride with a brand new set of tubes; you are less likely to face punctures.
  • Get the rims trued, an out of shape rim will affect handling.
  • Inspect and make sure that your motorcycle has genuine OE parts, especially hubs, spokes, rims and other engine components. We cannot provide support for modified items and in such cases you are requested to carry your own spares. We can make arrangements to carry them in the service truck.
  • Check the condition of front fork oil seals and replace if needed.
  • Check the rear swing-arm bush for play and replace if needed.
  • Check your chain and rear sprocket for wear. If you find that there are less than four notch adjustments or broken teeth, replace your chain and both your sprockets.
  • Your motorcycle’s clutch is really crucial for this trip, so make sure that your clutch is in good order and adjusted properly. When you open your clutch cover, also check the primary chain and the adjuster. Do not use any kind of additional insert under the chain adjuster. If the adjuster has reached its limit replace the primary chain.
  • Check the battery and the earthing connections. If you have any history of electrical trouble, be sure that the problem is completely solved.
  • Check for play in the steering column and replace the ball race bearing if necessary.
  • Check all the rubber components like carburettor manifold, fuel lines, air filter manifold etc. for cracks and tears and replace if in doubt.
  • Check all cables and if found bent or frayed, replace immediately.
  • Finally, tighten all the nuts and bolts and if it is found to slip or the threads are damaged replace the relevant parts.
gearing up
  • HELMETS: A good quality full face helmet protects you from impact and shelters your head from the elements. Pick a helmet that fits you well and provides proper ventilation.

  • NECK PROTECTION: On Tour of Bhutan, 2017, it’s important to keep your neck warm and covered with multi-utility headgear, which can be used as a scarf or a balaclava. The headgear is also effective in keeping the dust and cold out, and also wicks sweat away from your neck.

  • RIDING JACKETS: Look for a protective jacket that offers good protection from impact and abrasion and is adaptable to the ever-changing weather conditions. Make sure the jacket has impact protectors, an abrasion resistant outer shell and layers to keep you warm and dry.

  • GLOVES: Good fitting, water-resistant protective gloves are a must for this ride. Choose a pair which will protect your knuckles and finger joints, keep your palm fatigue free and has a secure closure system.

  • RIDING PANTS: Look for waterproof pants with protection in the knees, helping you ride in comfort and confidence.

  • BOOTS: Select a pair of boots with heel, ankle and shin protectors; a soft foot-bed and flexing zones that move with you. Go for a fit which will accommodate 2 layers of socks without getting too tight.

  • LUGGAGE SOLUTIONS: Pack everything you need in a purpose-built bag and throw it over your motorcycle. Saddlebags, tank bags and tail/duffle bags are the most common and best suited for this purpose.
    For Tour of Bhutan, pick one which is water-repellent and protects against rain and dust.

GEARING UP

Your safety and comfort on this ride depends on getting the right gear.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

Rules of the road.

Rules and Regulations

We try to keep rules and regulations to the minimum unless when necessary for the harmony and safety of the individual or group. However we expect the few that we have, should be followed very strictly, failing which we may exclude that particular participant from the rest of the trip.

Rules
  • Intoxication:

    We do not allow any form of intoxication when on the motorcycle

  • Conduct:

    Riders are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that preserves their dignity and that of others around them - including other participants, support staff and locals of the region

  • Environmental responsibility:

    We must try and ensure that we maintain the sanctity of the region we are passing through.

  • Medical advice:

    If you are under medical treatment we expect you to follow the medical advice very strictly

Luggage
  • A vehicle is arranged to carry your luggage, and will be carried at the owner’s risk. Each rider is allowed to place one bag with maximum permissible limit of 15 Kgs. Each rider must ensure that his/her luggage is loaded and unloaded every day. The support vehicle is the last vehicle to start and last vehicle to reach hence there might be a delay in participants being able to access their luggage after reaching a destination. It can be tiresome to wait for the service vehicle for something as basic as a tube. Hence your satellite luggage carried on the motorcycle should consist of:

    1. Change of clothes.
    2. One pair of footwear.
    3. Set of tubes
    4. Spark plug
    5. Throttle & clutch cable,
    6. OEM toolkit

Service
  • Service back up – we will have a mechanic travelling along with some basic spare parts and tools. If needed, parts may be replaced and the rider will be charged for the same. We will do our best to help with the bike but in these hard conditions each rider is responsible for bringing his/her bike home. Therefore bike preparation is very crucial and the scrutiny will be thorough. We will guide you in both.

Itinerary - Tour of Bhutan 2017

Bhutan, a country that maps its progress via GNH (Gross National Happiness), bridges the gateway to the Himalayan Rhapsody and also rightfully features as a top riding destination embedded with an average of 10 curves per km of road. Little is left to the imagination of a rider cruising via curves, jaw-dropping landscapes and cities that don’t even have traffic lights.

Submerge yourself into the purring symphony of pure motorcycling along deep valleys, rice paddies, orchards and specks of tiny villages along the roadside. This ride will catapult itself into yet another unforgettable experience.

Tour of Bhutan will be held in : The Cindrella Hotel, 3rd Mile, Sevok Road, Siliguri, West Bengal 734008. Phone: 098320 22717

day date from to kms details
1 Sat 14th October Scrutiny and First aid training Breakfast
2 Sun 15th October Siliguri Phuntsholing 180 Breakfast
3 Mon 16th October Phuntsholing Paro 180 Breakfast
4 Tue 17th October Paro Thimphu 50 Breakfast
5 Wed 18th October Thimphu Rest Day Breakfast
6 Thur 19th October Thimphu Punakha 85 Breakfast/Dinner
7 Fri 20th October Punakha Gelephu 200 Breakfast/Dinner
8 Sat 21th October Gelephu Bumthang 310 Breakfast/Dinner
9 Sun 22th October Bumthang Mongar 184 Breakfast/Dinner
10 Mon 23th October Mongar Tashi Gang 90 Breakfast/Dinner
11 Tue 24th October Tashi Gang Samdrup Jongkhar 180 Breakfast
12 Wed 25th October Samdrup Jongkhar Guwhati 110 Breakfast

Participants can also rent GPS for the ride at Rs. 400 per day. The GPS would be equipped with the complete route map. Since there are only limited units available, it shall be given only on first cum- first serve basis.

If you need further assistance, please contact +91 44 42230384 or email us at rides@royalenfield.com.

MEET THE TEAM

Find out more about the Royal Enfield team you'll be riding with on Tour of Bhutan.

HEMA CHOUDHARY

At the age of 16, Hema Choudhary had her first ride on a motorcycle. She learnt the ropes on an old two stroke that she borrowed from her brother. It was in 2015 when Hema bought her first motorcycle, a Royal Enfield Desert Storm and since then she doesn’t miss an opportunity to ride, Hema marked her first solo ride of 2013 km from Gurgaon to Goa in 2016. Apart from riding, Hema is a Physics (Hons.) graduate from St. Stephen’s college, Delhi University and is a National level Basketball & Lawn Tennis player. As per her, the whole credit for her passion for riding and sports goes to her upbringing in an army family.

AAKASH AHUJA

Aakash is from Mumbai and has completed his graduation in commerce from R D National college, Bandra. A passionate motorcyclist, he turned his passion into his job by joining Royal Enfield back in March 2012. For the last four years, he has been contributing to the Rides & Community team, which organises all our rides and motorcycling events. He believes his true religion is redefining riding, with all his soul, goodness and righteousness.

what to expect

Have a look at what can be experienced after registering.

what to expect
What is included?

Lodging and boarding arrangements on a twin sharing – 'bed and breakfast' format.

day date from to kms details
1 Sat 14th October Scrutiny and First aid training Breakfast
2 Sun 15th October Siliguri Phuntsholing 180 Breakfast
3 Mon 16th October Phuntsholing Paro 180 Breakfast
4 Tue 17th October Paro Thimphu 50 Breakfast
5 Wed 18th October Thimphu Rest Day Breakfast
6 Thur 19th October Thimphu Punakha 85 Breakfast/Dinner
7 Fri 20th October Punakha Gelephu 200 Breakfast/Dinner
8 Sat 21th October Gelephu Bumthang 310 Breakfast/Dinner
9 Sun 22th October Bumthang Mongar 184 Breakfast/Dinner
10 Mon 23th October Mongar Tashi Gang 90 Breakfast/Dinner
11 Tue 24th October Tashi Gang Samdrup Jongkhar 180 Breakfast
12 Wed 25th October Samdrup Jongkhar Guwhati 110 Breakfast

What is not?

Riders will be responsible for paying for their own snacks and anything else not listed as included in the package.

If you need further assistance, please contact +91 44 42230384 or email us at rides@royalenfield.com.

THINGS TO KNOW

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Frequently asked questions
Registration
  • There are only limited numbers of seats available for the ride.

  • Only India nationals are eligible to participate in the Tour of Bhutan.

  • Royal Enfield reserves the right to decline any registration at their discretion.

  • The registration is non-transferable.

  • The candidate is confirmed only after his/her name appears on the Royal Enfield website, after payment is made and due documents are processed.

  • Further to this there will be a gear and motorcycle scrutiny conducted one day before the ride which is mandatory.

  • How do I register?

    Online Registration: Registration is an online process where payment can be made online. You would need to fill in all the forms that will appear once you click on "Register" tab. There will be certain documents listed under the documentation section that you will need to scan and attach as images in zipped format. Only once all the forms are duly filled you will be directed to make the payment online. Once you have made the payment, you will receive a registration number. However, your name will appear on the confirmed riders list only once we have verified all the documents and details.

    Dealer Registration: You can also register yourself at the nearest Royal Enfield dealership by paying in cash and giving your registration details.

  • Registration fee for Tour of Bhutan 2017 is as follows:

    Rider - INR 38000
    Couple - INR 76000

    The above fees Includes:
    Accommodation on a twin-sharing basis.
    Permits for the rider and motorcycle.

Documentation
  • Driving License

    Riders should have a valid Indian driving license(Original) permitted to ride a geared motorcycle OR should hold an International driving permit(for motorcycles)

  • Passport/Voters ID

    Original Passport/Voters ID, will be required to cross the international border

  • Photographs

    Six passport size photographs for application of various permissions

  • Motorcycle Documents

    Vehicle Registration Certificate, Tax, PUC and two wheeler insurance policy valid for the duration of trip.

  • Medical Insurance

    Personal Medical Insurance (Mediclaim) is mandatory and should be valid in the country the ride is taking place in and should be valid for the duration of the trip (i.e. Bhutan)

  • Medical History by Doctor and Self (Draft available at registration page)

  • Duly filled Indemnity Bond (Draft available at registration page)

  • Kindly note that the scan copy these documents need to be uploaded online (in case of online registration) or to be submitted at the dealer (in case of dealer registration). The original of the same to be carried along for the ride.

  • Disclaimer

    Royal Enfield will not be responsible for any disruption to your ride due to you failing to carry these documents or your loss of these documents. All additional direct and indirect costs incurred by the Participant to replace documents are borne by the Participant and refunds will not be made for any part of the Tour missed.

Cancellation or Curtailment
  • There is a lot of advance planning that goes into this trip and based on a participant's confirmation, others might have to be turned down and hence, we will not be in a position to refund the registration amount if you wish to not participate.

    In the event of the cancellation or postponement of the ride due to logistics, Royal Enfield shall refund only the registration amount to the participant and not any other expenses incurred by the participant.

Force majeure
  • Means unusual and unforeseeable circumstances which are beyond normal control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised. Such circumstances or events include (but are not limited to) war, or threat of war, riot, civil strife, industrial dispute, unavoidable technical problems with transport, closure or congestion of airports, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster, volcanic activity, fire and adverse weather conditions.
    In the event of any of the above, refunds or compensation cannot be made and participants will be responsible for providing all their own additional meals, travel and accommodation.

Luggage
  • A vehicle is arranged to carry your luggage, and it will be carried at the owner’s risk. Each rider is allowed to place one bag with maximum permissible limit of 15 kg. Each rider must ensure that his/her luggage is loaded and unloaded every day.

  • Satellite luggage (to be carried on the motorcycle at all times)

  • The support vehicle is the last vehicle to start and last vehicle to reach hence there might be a delay in participants being able to access their luggage after reaching a destination, also it can be tiresome to have to wait for the service vehicle for something as basic as a tube. Hence your satellite luggage carried on the motorcycle should consist of:
    1. Change of clothes
    2. One pair of footwear
    3. Set of tubes
    4. Spark plug
    5. Throttle & clutch cable
    6. OEM toolkit

Service
  • Service backup – we will have a mechanic travelling along with some basic spares. If needed, parts may be replaced and the rider will be charged as per the current price in Bhutan for the same. We will do our best to help with the motorcycle but in these hard conditions each rider is responsible for bringing his/her motorcycle home. Therefore motorcycle preparation is very crucial and the scrutiny will be thorough. We will guide you in both.

If you need further assistance, please contact +91 44 42230384 or email us at rides@royalenfield.com.

Confirmed Riders

S.NO NAME CITY
1 Aloke Debnath bangalore
2 Aaditya Patankar Pune
3 Aakash Ahuja Chennai
4 Hema Choudhary Chennai
5 Abhisang Shome Mumbai
6 Yasir Mohamed RIYADH
7 Rajiv P Hyderabad
8 HARSSH DUTT Bilaspur
9 krishnakumar padmanabhan mumbai
10 MOHIT CHAWLA mumbai

Tour of Bhutan 2017

14th October - 25th October, 2017

Uncover the kingdom of Bhutan

Ride through the winding mountain passes and challenging trails on some of the hardest terrains the world has experienced, in the land of the Thunder Dragons.

PREPARING YOUR RIDE

Get your machine ready to take on the mountains of Bhutan.

GEARING UP

Your safety and comfort on this ride depends on getting the right gear.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

Rules of the road.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Have a look at what can be experienced after registering.

THINGS TO KNOW

Need more information? Get it all here.

Confirmed Riders

S.NO NAME CITY
1 Aloke Debnath bangalore
2 Aaditya Patankar Pune
3 Aakash Ahuja Chennai
4 Hema Choudhary Chennai
5 Abhisang Shome Mumbai
6 Yasir Mohamed RIYADH
7 Rajiv P Hyderabad
8 HARSSH DUTT Bilaspur
9 krishnakumar padmanabhan mumbai
10 MOHIT CHAWLA mumbai