ESSENTIAL INFORMATION

The essential info section includes a comprehensive guide to preparing our tours (like packing checklist) and other essential information like weather, clothing, health (vaccination) etc

HIMALAYAN TOURS

Packing Checklist

  • DRIVING LICENSE (Rider): Full and valid for 500cc motorcycle INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT (Rider): Obtain from your country of residence.
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE: Must cover riding 500 cc motorcycles
  • PROPER PROTECTIVE RIDING GLOVES - WINTER & SUMMER
  • PROPER RIDING BOOTS - Preferably water-proof High Ankle
  • RIDING JACKET + PANTS
  • HELMET - We`d prefer if you brought your own
  • Please note that if your riding gear doesn`t include proper padding OR if you choose not to wear one (specially on warm days), please bring separate Knee & Elbow guards.
  • RAIN-SUIT (Full) - if your riding gear is not water-proof
  • RIDING GOGGLES
  • BALACLAVA (to protect from dust & insects)
  • EYE DROPS
  • SUN SCREEN / SUN BLOCK AND LIP BALM
  • TORCH/FLASHLIGHT
  • THERMAL UNDERWEAR & WARM (WOOLEN) CAP
  • INSECT REPELLENT
  • MEDICINES/DRUGS (LEGAL) Carry prescriptions with you
  • OTHER PERSONAL CLOTHING
  • ITEMS OF PERSONAL CARE & HYGIENE

Optional

  • SLEEPING BAG/ LINER (if you are finicky about a used one)
  • SUNGLASSES / SUN HAT
  • WATER CARRIER/HYDRATION PACK
  • SCARF / BANDANA (to protect face/neck)
  • EAR PLUGS
  • YOUR FAVOURITE BOTTLE OF LIQUOR & COFFEE you might find Indian spirits & coffee unsavoury

Weather & Clothing advise

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Since the tours start and end in New Delhi where it can go as high as 46° C June and gets very sultry once the rains arrive in July which means you’ll need summer clothing as well, specially if you are planning to spend a few days before or after the tour in the Indian plains. Even in the Himalayas, daytime temperatures at low altitudes can be as high as 30° C whereas they can fall to below freezing levels at high altitudes & over high passes specially in early mornings & during the nights.

Rain is a certainty, snow is a possibility. A few nights are spent in camps at high-altitudes (above 4000 M) where temps can fall very low (0-5° C).

An outdoor warm jacket, some light - medium woolens, thermal underwear & warm caps are essential. However, in total you’ll need more summer wear than winter.

RAJASTHAN TOURS

Packing Checklist

  • DRIVING LICENSE (Rider): Full and valid for 500cc motorcycle INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT (Rider): Obtain from your country of residence.
  • TRAVEL INSURANCE: Must cover riding 500 cc motorcycles
  • PROPER PROTECTIVE RIDING GLOVES - SUMMER
  • PROPER RIDING BOOTS
  • RIDING JACKET + PANTS - SUMMER
  • HELMET - We`d prefer if you brought your own
  • Please note that if your riding gear doesn`t include proper padding OR if you choose not to wear one (specially on warm days), please bring separate Knee & Elbow guards.
  • RAIN-SUIT (Full) - if your riding gear is not water-proof
  • RIDING GOGGLES
  • BALACLAVA (to protect from dust & insects)
  • EYE DROPS
  • SUN SCREEN / SUN BLOCK AND LIP BALM
  • TORCH/FLASHLIGHT
  • FLEECE/WIND JACKET
  • INSECT REPELLENT
  • MEDICINES/DRUGS (LEGAL) Carry prescriptions with you
  • OTHER PERSONAL CLOTHING
  • ITEMS OF PERSONAL CARE & HYGIENE

Optional

  • SWIMSUIT (Many of our hotels have swimming pools)
  • SUNGLASSES / SUN HAT
  • WATER CARRIER/HYDRATION PACK
  • SCARF / BANDANA (to protect face/neck)
  • EAR PLUGS
  • YOUR FAVOURITE BOTTLE OF LIQUOR & COFFEE you might find Indian spirits & coffee unsavoury

Weather & Clothing advise

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Day time temperatures in Rajasthan will be normally in the high twenties and low thirties but can plunge in the evenings and late nights/early mornings can be quite cold (below 10° C) specially in the desert areas. Thunderstorms are possible so water-proofs are recommended.

Winter highs in New Delhi (where the tours start & end) range from 16 °C (61 °F) to 21 °C (70 °F). Nighttime temperatures average 2–8 °C (36–46 °F).

Light cottons to medium woolens are advised. In total, you’ll need more summer wear than winter.

HEALTH & VACCINATION

Please keep in mind that you need to be reasonably fit to participate in our tours. Read our FAQ`s section for more info.

Applicants of Himalayan Tours stand advised against participation if they suffer from severe asthma, high blood pressure, muscular disorders, respiratory or heart disorders, any such medical precondition which might be detrimental to the health of the participant on such a tour which involves spending several consecutive nights at high altitudes (from 3500 to 4500 meters). Applicants with any precondition must consult their doctor before booking themselves on this tour.

Vaccinations/ Immunizations
The following are the recommended vaccinations for India when your travel is for less than 5 months (Note: This is just a general guide. Please consult your doctor for country specific medical advise with regards to your travel to India.) :

Hepatitis A, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Malaria, Tetanus, Japanese encephalitis, Poliomyelitis & Rabies.
Also ensure you are updated with regards to routine vaccinations such as for influenza, chickenpox, polio, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR), diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) (& also for rotavirus for children) and their booster doses by your doctor regardless of travel requirement.
Yellow fever vaccine is required for all travellers arriving from a yellow-fever-infected country in Africa or the Americas, or arriving from or transiting through the following countries: Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, and Zambia.
Americas: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela.
Caribbean: Trinidad and Tobago.
Yellow fever vaccine is not recommended or required for travellers arriving directly from North America, Europe, Australia, or other Asian countries.

Some useful Web Resources

Horizons Unlimited - The Motorcycle Travelers Bulletin Board
Lonely Planet`s - Practical Travel Info on India (Money, Health & Visas
Riding Gear in India - Kaulson (KRP) | Cramster | Outdoor Travel Gear
The Royal Enfield - Official Website
JS Insurance UK - Travel Insurance for 500 cc Motorcycle Touring
Right Royal way to tour India - By Chris Gillard (The West Australian)

Recommended Reading - Books on India (By Lonely Planet)
Travel Biz Monitor - Article on Motorcycle tourism in India
60KPH - Motorcycle Travel Club, India
Team-BHP - Redlining the Indian Automotive scene
India Mike - The India Travel Forum