Leading Indian two-wheeler manufacturer Royal Enfield's Tour of Bhutan ride will start in Siliguri on 10 October. The fourth edition of the Tour of Bhutan will see 30 riders travelling nearly 1,500 km in 12 days.
After being flagged off in Siliguri, the Tour of Bhutan convoy will travel through tourist destinations such as Darjeeling, Phuntsholing, Paro, Thimphu, Phobjikha, Bumthang, Trongsa and Gelephu. The route for the ride will take the riders through the scenic mountains forming the Annapurna ranges.
The riders will traverse through the snow-capped mountain peaks in the eastern Himalayan ranges, namely the Black Mountains and the Shivaliks. They will be cruising through the country stretches, with most of the roads ascending or descending into the hills in a series of sharp or smooth curves.
The route map indicates the terrain is challenging enough for the riders to get a dose of off-roading. The ride will pass through mountain roads, ghat sections, slushy off-road trails, water crossings, gravel tracks and forests.
The oldest motorcycle company in continuous production, Royal Enfield, made its first motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield is in forefront in organising planned rides for its customers. Apart from the Tour of Bhutan, the Chennai-based manufacturer conducts international rides to Nepal and Tibet.
The Himalayan Odyssey ride to Leh in Jammu and Kashmir is one of the popular expeditions conducted annually. In addition, Rider Mania gathers Royal Enfield enthusiasts from across the country in Goa ever year.
Registrations for the Tour of Bhutan have already started on the Royal Enfield website.