Our support vehicles follow the group during the tours. If your partner prefers, he or she can join our tour as a passenger in one of these vehicles which range from a SUV to mini-bus. This option is as enjoyable as touring by car and allows both the rider and his or her partner to enjoy the tour and absorb the scenery in comfort. In addition to the great riding on these tours, there are many things to do and places to enjoy.
ABoriginal Tours does not allow "own motorcycles" on the tours. Also, please note that motorcycle riding on our "organized tours" is done in a sort of "convoy" formation between the ride leader in the front and back-up vehicle(s) with support crew at the rear (as sweeper). No independent riding is allowed during the tour.
No. ABoriginal Tours provides motorcycles on the tour, the rent for which is included in the price of the tour. Infact, if you compare our tour prices with others you'll find that the motorcycles are coming virtually free !
For the Himalayan Tours, please read the "Important Advisory" on theHimalayan Toursweb page. To participate as a rider an individual has to be equal or above the age of 18 years at the time of the tour, holding valid full motorcycle driving license authorizing him/her to ride a 500cc motorcycle, in reasonable health and with at least 3-4 years of any kind of motorcycle riding experience. To participate as a co-rider on the pillion an individual has to be equal or above the age of 12 years at the time of the tour, in reasonable health and with at least some motorcycle co-riding experience. To participate as a passenger in the support vehicle an individual has to be equal or above the age of 05 years at the time of the tour and in reasonable health. (minors will need authorization of adult/guardians).
Yes, a valid full motorcycle driver license (authorising you to ride a 500cc motorcycle) and international riding permit are mandatory for riders to take part in our tours; however, they are not required for the co-rider on the pillion or passengers travelling in support vehicles. Also, make sure you obtain the International Driving Permit (IDP) from your country of citizenship since it is not issued to foreigners in India. In due course, you'll require to obtain a travel insurance which covers you for riding a 500cc motorcycle in India, before joining the tour.
Passport (valid for at least 6 months past the intended period of stay in India). Indian Tourist Visa: Citizens of several countries are now eligible for a e-Tourist Visa which can be obtained online. It is a single entry visa valid for 30 days stay. It should be obtained online before travelling to India. It can be applied for as late as 1 week before intended date of arrival in India (processing time: generally 36-48 hours). (Click here to go to Visa website) However, we suggest that you do not leave this for the last week ! Travel insurance: Should cover you for riding of 500cc motorcycle in India for leisure.
We only accept Pillion riders along with a rider. It means if you are an individual looking to join our tour as a co-rider on the pillion you'll need to have a "rider" on our tour who agrees to take you as a pillion. Riders who agree to take a pillion with them should be confident of handling the extra weight (specially on the Himalayan tours) which is actually easier to do on our guided tours since the luggage is being hauled by the support vehicle. For those who want to join the tour but not to ride, it is possible to book a place in a support vehicle as a passenger.
Based on customer feedback, we've had both opinions. Most have found the seats completely fine. But there have been some cases where the riders/pillions felt varying degrees of discomfort on long days. However, there is no doubt in the fact that you will be better off with some kind of "motorcycle seat pads/cushions" like the "AIRHAWK". You need not buy an AIR HAWK seat just for a tour with us as we can provide these for a very reasonable rent for the duration of your tour.
Yes, pillions are most welcome to use the support vehicle. However, it is not possible to accommodate all pillions in the support vehicles at the same time so it is done on a rotational basis.