Sikkim Bike RIde


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The adorning heights of Himalayas have never disheartened anyone. Be it present in Jammu or Kashmir or Himachal or Uttarakhand. If only the magnificent mountains surrendered themselves to these boundaries. Crossing international borders a.k.a. Nepal, Himalayan Ranges open up once again in India, to the meditative state of Sikkim. Though the perimeters of the state remains smaller compared to other Himalayan states but Sikkim bags many medals in its merit. Mt. Kanchenjunga crowns the state at one end while the lush green alpine valleys and majestic waterfalls and lakes adorn the lands of Sikkim.

Once a monarchy in its own time, Sikkim became an Indian State in the year 1975 but somewhere it still stands out from the rest of the country by practicing organic farming and living by the motto of “Swachh Bharat”. With old fashioned roads which were once a part of ancient Silk route, culturally rich and extravagant monasteries in co-existence with Nepali temples; Sikkim binds it all and caters to wide range of tourists.

If there is roughness to reach atop Nathula Pass at a height of 4,310m; to balance it out Gurudongmar Lake gratifies the thirst at 5,183m. If there is uniqueness in the lifestyle which leaves one spellbound; the hospitality fuses in the air and makes one a Sikkim-ite! Sikkim thus very gracefully tags itself with extremities “Where Nature Smiles”.

Biking around Sikkim not only soothes the adrenaline rush amongst adventure junkies but also liberates one in this mountain kingdom. So get set and go! Pack your bags as we await here with your companion for the ride (big hail to bullets!) and mind-blowing itinerary.

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Day 1: Day 1:  Arrival at Siliguri

Report to the sprawling city of Siliguri which is our gateway to Sikkim. We will allot the bikes to the group in the evening. After the dinner, there will be a group orientation session followed by the briefing of the ride. One can stroll around the tea gardens by the day and witness this part of Bengal.

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Day 2: Day 2:  Siliguri to Gangtok

As we embark our journey to cover pan Sikkim, Gangtok marks our first stopover. With amazing road the panoramic scenery adds to the toast. It won’t take long for River Teesta to join along as we leave the foothills of Siliguri. The snaky roads as patented by any mountainous region will make its way to a city which isn’t just litter free but a spit free zone too (It exists and “in” India!). Won’t that be a wonderful experience to stay in the cleanest city of India?

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Day 3: Day 3:  Gangtok to Lachen

A tiny hamlet of Lachen in North Sikkim at a height of nearly 8000ft completely tosses the look of nature around. With alpine meadows now in the background we mark our steps closer to the snow clad mountains. It is believed that Guru Nanak Ji followed this very route and entered Tibet. No nature lover should miss the exquisiteness of North Sikkim. One gets to witness the dove white Kanchendzonga (Kanchenjunga) soaring into the sky. As the terrain changes the ride raises its adventure bar and it gets more thrilling and exciting. We relax for the night in Lachen.

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Day 4: Day 4:  Lachen to Gurudongmar Lake to Lachung

Trips where the memories too travel to eternity are the ones worth taking. And that is exactly what today’s ride will offer. Cruising to highest altitude lake is an achievement, first and secondly awards with a spectacular view. It is from here on where the landscape flips to barren mountains and there begins the Chopta Valley. With very few vegetative pasture lands, the valley ends the green world of Sikkim and makes its way to crystalline clear Gurudongmar Lake. At 17,800ft lake is not just a visual treat but also holds a religious importance. The legendry beliefs add glory to its name. We ride back to another hamlet called Lachung after soaking in the beauty of sacred lake. We recline for the night in Lachung, a quiet and serene place in proximity to Tibet border.

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Day 5: Lachung to Yumthang to Zero Point to Gangtok

Sikkim is a land with wonders of valleys, lakes, high mountain passes, snow capped mountains, waterfalls, hot springs, meandering roads, tea gardens and the list never ends. As we start our today’s journey we enter the valley of flowers. Yumthang Valley is a paradise which tucks in wide variety of rhododendron flowers and thus named aptly. We ride through the valley to make our way to Gangtok. En route we halt at Zero Point. We halt because there is no road further. Not far away from this point, China begins and one can easily see Chinese bunkers and men around. And that’s how we peeked in international borders too. We rest for the night in Gangtok.

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Day 6: Gangtok Rest Day

The capital city of Sikkim is nestled right between the winding hilly roads and cottony clouds. The mesmerizing beauty can be seen best through a bird eye view in a cable car. One can also explore places in and around Gangtok via road. The city is a perfect blend of rich culture and urbanisation. From religious sites like Rumtek Monastery to casinos; from peaceful gardens to bustling MG Road; city showcases all the shades. A pleasant relaxing stay in the city will be refreshment for tomorrows ride.

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Day 7: Gangtok to Zuluk via Nathu La and Old Silk Route

A mountain biking is incomplete until the meandrous roads spins off the head and the bike didn’t thunder around any mountain passes. Today is the day when the dream of all bikers will come true. Riding through the roads once marched upon by traders is as silky as its name (Silk Route). And there begins the narrow road with right, left, right, left turn. With 56 hairpin bends, Zuluk hands down is every rider’s utopia. Thambi view point gives a complete view of the loops. Surely the inner photographer will be born seeing the splendid bends in a frame. We continue riding through quaint villages like Gnathang, Kupup and pass by numerous numbers of lakes until we scale high to Nathula pass. At 14,140ft the pass shows the mountain covers in foreign lands. And there again, we peek into foreign lands- the Tibetan plateau and Bhutanese mountains.

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Day 8: Zuluk to Pelling via Ravangla

We rode across the North and East Sikkim. We embark our journey to explore the South and West of Sikkim now. We ride all the way to Pelling, the land known for holy lakes, pristine landscape and old monasteries. Before we land ourselves at 300 year old Pemayangtse Monastery and the magical Kechuapari Lake and glittering Kanchendzonga waterfall we take a detour to Ravangla. A small picturesque town with a huge Buddha statue, Ravangla pulls people to reach out to its unearthliness. Touring around Temi Tea Garden we once again start thundering our bullets to pave way to Pelling. We relax by the night in Pelling.

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Day 9: Pelling to Siliguri

East or West or North or South, we rode across all the terrains of Sikkim. With terrace gardens passing by at one time, to rocky mountains with sterile lands at one point, to windy snaky trails and snowy towers the other times; we roved through the tremendous land of Sikkim. We ride the final lap to Siliguri and relive the Sikkim days through memories until the next time.

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Day 10: Depart from Siliguri

This will be the last day of our trip and we will say BYE to all our trip mates.!

• Accommodation for 09 Nights on Double Sharing

• 09 Breakfast and 09 Dinners + Morning Tea (Veg Meals)

• Royal Enfield 350/500CC

• Fuel Expenses

• Back-Up vehicle with Mehanic and Spare Parts

• Permit Charges

• Road Captains

• Free Photography

• First-Aid medical kits

• Free TanTra T-shirt

• Go-Pro video of the ride

• Lunch on All Days

• Any Monument entry Fee

• Personal Expenses (Snacks/Water Bottles/Energy Drinks)

• Cost Escalation due to natural reason/strike/taxi-Bike Union Issues/Anti social unrest (Riders need to bear their expenses of the day in such cases)

• Anything which is not mentioned in inclusions

Apparels: 

1/2 Thermal Upper - 1/2 Thermal  Lower - Briefs as per requirement - 2 Comfy Boxers - 1 Lower - 3 Denims - 5 Tees - 1 Jacket - 8 Pairs of Woolen- Socks-  1 Gloves - Caterpillar Boots - 1 Slipper - 1 Quick Dry Towel 

Personal Care:

Face wash - Deo Vaseline - Toothpaste - Toothbrush - 2 soaps - Shampoo - Toilet Paper - Sunscreen

Gadgets:

Camera + Charger  - Phone + Charger - Multiplug Power Bank 

Riding Gears:

Riding Jacket - Knee Guards - Elbow Guards - Gloves Rain - Liner Thermal - Liner Rain Coat - Riding Boots - Backpack - 5 Bungee Cords - Balaclava - Helmet

Documentation:

RC(self biker)  + DL Insurance (self bike) + Photo Id PP Size Photos + Xerox of DL/RC + Xerox of Photo Id + Petrol Jerry Cans + Spare Keys (self bikes)

Medicines (Optional):

Personal medication (if any) - Combyflam - Dolo650 - Dettol - Cotton Gauge - Band Aids - Volini Spray - Crep Bandage - Knee Cap etc

Misc:

Chocolates - Polybags - Rubber bands - FlashLight - Scissors - Lighter/Matchbox - Swiss knife -  Handkerchief - Diary - Pen - Volet - Debit/Credit cards etc

All essentials should only be consider as advice, essentials may change as per the conditions and situations

I am the individual registering for this programme and hereby agree to the following:

  1. I understand that if a change in my health or physical condition does occur which might affect my ability to participate in the Program or otherwise exercise safely, that I will immediately notify Tantra AdventureZ.
  2. I agree that Tantra AdventureZ shall not be liable or responsible for any injuries to me resulting from my participation in the event and I expressly release and discharge Tantra AdventureZ, its owners, employees, agents and/or assigns, from all claims, actions, judgments and the like which I or my heirs, executors, administrators or assigns may have or claim to have as a result of any injury or other damage which may occur in connection with my participation in the event.
  3. I understand that whenever I will feel light headed, faint, dizzy, nauseated or experience pain/discomfort during the camp, I will stop the activity and inform the  Event Leader of  Tantra AdventureZ.
  4. I understand that I am not obligated to perform nor participate in any activity that I do not wish to do, and that is my right to refuse such participation at any time.
  5. I am aware that Tantra AdventureZ does not allow & entertain the consumption of Drugs & Alcohol during the complete activity. If I am found indulging in any such activity, then Tantra AdventureZ has the right to disqualify my participation from the Adventure Activity with immediate effect.
  6. I acknowledge that trainers of Tantra AdventureZ. are not physicians and are not trained in any way to provide medical diagnosis, medical treatment, or any other type of medical advice. Furthermore I am aware that it is always advisable to consult a physician before embarking on any new adventure activity.
  7. In the event of my suffering any medical or health difficulty whilst performing any physical activity, and particularly where I may lose consciousness or be unable to deal with matters myself, I hereby authorize Tantra AdventureZ. to contact a physician and to take me to such physician and/or any appropriate medical clinic orother hospital and to use the services of an ambulance where appropriate and I undertake liability for all costs thereby incurred. I am aware of all inherent dangers during the trip. I acknowledge and understand I will be engaging in activities that involve risk of serious injury, including permanent disability or death and severe social and economic losses which might result not only from my own action, inaction or negligence, but action, inaction or negligence ofothers, or the condition of the premises on or off site or of any equipment used and further, that there may be otherunknown risks not reasonably foreseeable at this time. I assume all these risks and expressly waive, release, discharge and agree not to sue Tantra AdventureZ. for any loss, damage, death, disability, injury, or action of any kind for participating in this camp or any other activities organized by Tantra AdventureZ. and I hereby indemnify and hold Tantra AdventureZ. harmless against any claims by my dependents or other third parties whatsoever arising by reason of my death, disability or injury whilst participating in Adventure Activity.
  8. I am aware that Tantra AdventureZ does not accept responsibility for any loss, theft and/or damage to vehicles and/or personal property left in vehicles or any other area at the location I am camping.
  9. I understand and accept that no refunds, whether in whole or in part, will be granted if I cannot complete the activity.
  10.  It is in the nature of a holiday of this kind to be flexible. The day to day agenda and ultimate goal of the tour is taken as an aim and not as a contractual obligation. We shall not be responsible for the delays or alterations in the program or expenses incurred due to Conflict, international or internal flight/train/bus delay or cancellations, strikes, sickness, bad weather, natural calamity like landslides/cloud burst/avalanche, road block, war, riots, vehicle problems, political closures, sudden shut down of government office eg immigration office/DC office/RSTA or similar.
  11. Participants need to bear their own expenses of the day (accommodation + meals, apart from the package cost) in case of change in itinerary due to Conflict, international or internal flight/train/bus delay or cancellations, strikes, sickness, bad weather, natural calamity like landslides/cloud burst/avalanche, road block, war, riots, vehicle problems, political closures, sudden shut down of government office eg immigration office/DC office/RSTA or any other reason which is not under control of Tantra Adventurez.
  12.  In case any Rider wants to drop the bike on the way other that the starting point of the Ride ie Siliguri then Rider have to bear the transportation charges of the bike, which is Rs 10,000/- per bike.
  13. The cost is for the entire package and there would be no refunds in case any part of the Package is not availed.
  14. We would not be liable to pay any kind of compensation arising because of any mishap, sickness, accident etc.
  15. Your participation in a trip is entirely at your own risk. We are NOT responsible or liable for any injuries you may suffer, fatal or otherwise. Also, we are NOT responsible for any loss or damage to your property, including your motorcycle, irrespective of how any damage may have been caused.
  16. I notify that I do not have any Criminal Cases/Police Cases running against me.
  17. I agree that this constitutes the entire agreement between me and Tantra AdventureZ. and I acknowledge that I conclude this Agreement of my own free will without force or coercion and not having been induced to do so by reason of any representations on the part of Tantra AdventureZ. and any agreement toterminate this Agreement or to amend or vary it in any way, shall not be of any force or effect unless and until reduced to writing and signed by the relevant parties
  18. I have read, understand and accept the terms and conditions above.

I have read this Release and Terms of Agreement and understand all of its terms. I sign it voluntarily and with knowledge of its significance.

Participant Name:            Signature & Date:

1. What is the fitness requirement for Sikkim Bike RIde ?

- During the ride we will cover the areas with altitude ranging from 6000 ft to 18000 ft. In the higher altitudes like Gurudongmar Lake, Nathu La, Zero Point, the air is very thin. So starting with some cardio exercises 1 month prior to the ride is the best way to prepare your health for this ride.

2. From where the Bike ride will start ?

- Bike ride will start from Siliguri, West Bengal.

3. Is my Travel to Siliguri and Back to my hometown covered in this package ?

- No, Travel to Siliguri and Back to the hometown of riders is not covered in the tour cost.

4. What will be the riding distance on each day ?

- The riding distance on each day differs, however on an average we will be riding around 140 KM on daily basis.

4. Do i need to carry my own riding gears ?

- Yes, you need to carry your riding gears. we provide Helmets along with the bikes to the riders as well as the pillions.

5. What kind of Bikes we will ride during this tour ?

- We will provide you with Royal Enfield 500 CC bikes.

6. Will we be staying in Camps or Hotels during the ride ?

- Your accomodation will be in Hotels on each day. The rooms will be alloted on double occupancy basis.

7. What kind of clothing is required for this trip ?

- You can find all the necessary details about clothing in the essentials section. 

8. Are there any chances of getting Acute Mountain Sickness in Ladakh ? If yes, then how to prevent it ?

- As you know we will be riding to some high altitude places in this ride like Gurudongmar Lake (17800 ft) and Nathu La (14,140 ft), so there are chances of getting Acute Mountain Sickness. However, it can be prevented if you keep your body hydrated by drinking lot of water throughout the day. Secondly, you should not over exert yourself in the High Altitude Mountain Passes by running and doing more physical activities. It is advisable that you do not spend more than 15 minutes in the Mountain Passes.

9. Will there be oxygen cyclinder as a backup ?

- Yes, we carry oxygen cylinder as a backup.

10. If i am riding with a pillion, where will i keep my luggage ?

We have a dedicated backup vehicle which goes along with the riding group. All the central equipments along with the luggage of the riders will be carried in the Back Up vehicle. You only have to tie your day pack in the bike.

11. What will happen if there is any breakdown ?

- All our bikes are in best conditions so the breakdown are a far distant thing to happen. But, in case of a breakdown, there is a Mechanic who accompany the whole group throughout the ride with spare parts.

12. Are there any permits required for visiting Sikkim ?

- Yes, Inner Line Permits are required to visit North and East Sikkim. All the Permits will be provided by Tantra Adventurez.

13. Do i need to carry any Identity Proof with me for this ride ?

- Yes, you need to carry your valid 6 passport size photographs, Driving License, ID proof and Address proof. Your ID Proof and Address proof will be required to get the Inner Line Permits.

14. Which mobile networks are available in Leh/Ladakh ?

- All major mobile networks are available in most of the parts of Sikkim.

15. Are ATMs available in Sikkim ?

- ATMs are available in all the mojor cities of Sikkim.

16. Which all parts of Sikkim we will be covering in this ride ?

- We will cover all parts of Sikkim (North, South, East and West)

17. How to Book for this ride ?

- You can book directly from the website/NEFT/IMPS.

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