60 motorcyclists will traverse some of the toughest terrains and mountain passes of Ladakh and Spiti, before concluding the ride at Leh
The 15th edition of Royal Enfield’s Himalayan Odyssey was flagged off from India’s most iconic landmark, the India Gate. This 18 day-long journey will witness a fleet of 60 daring motorcyclists, which include 10 women riders, traverse approx 2200km of some of the toughest terrains and mountains passes of Ladakh and Spiti on their way to Leh. A test for both, man and machine.
Both, Himalayan Odyssey and Himalayan Odyssey Women were flagged off together from Delhi, however, they will take their own separate ways before finally meeting up at Leh. The group of riders was flagged off by Mr Rudratej Singh, President, Royal Enfield.
This year’s event had people joining in from all over India and some other parts of the world, to be a part of the expedition. These included cities like Chennai, Erode, New Delhi, Bangalore, Kochi and overseas locations like Dubai and Barcelona. The treacherous terrains and weather conditions of Leh and Spiti are sure to have their own share of challenges that will test the limit of each rider. Here's the official statement from the manufacturer.
Press Release -
Royal Enfield flags off the 15th edition of Himalayan Odyssey 2018
from India Gate - New Delhi
New Delhi, July 07, 2018: The 15th edition of Royal Enfield’s Himalayan Odyssey was flagged off today, from India Gate, the country’s most iconic landmark. Considered the holy grail of motorcycling, Himalayan Odyssey saw 60 motorcyclists including 10 women riders embark on a journey where they will be traversing some of the roughest terrains and highest mountain passes in the world, covering a distance of over 2200 kilometres in 18 days on their Royal Enfield motorcycles. The contingent was flagged off by Mr. Rudratej Singh, President, Royal Enfield. As a long standing tradition, the lamas chanted prayers and blessed the riders at the flag-off ceremony held at India Gate.
Addressing the riders at the flag-off ceremony, Mr. Rudratej Singh, President Royal Enfield said, “Himalayan Odyssey is a testimony of Royal Enfield, which has for over 15 years been encouraging riders to do more with their motorcycles. The ride is symbolic of motivating others to make motorcycling a way of life. We are certain that the riders who have embarked on this journey ultimately come back as explorers because we are not just about motorcycles but pure motorcycling and exploration.”
This year, participants for the Himalayan Odyssey congregated from across India, including cities like, Chennai, Erode, New Delhi, Bangalore, Kochi as well as overseas locations like Dubai and Barcelona, to be a part of the expedition.
Though both the rides, Himalayan Odyssey and Himalayan Odyssey Women, was flagged off from Delhi together, they will take different ride routes before finally converging at Leh. Through the ride, the participants will traverse across the picturesque regions of the Himalayas in Ladakh as well as Spiti. Both the regions will throw hostile challenges at the riders in terms of weather and terrain.
Each turn exposing the riders to a new landscape like no other, eventually leading them to overwhelming beauty of the great Himalayan range.