MaKaGoMa

The journey leads you into a part of India, which is incomprehensibly treated quite stepmotherly by most providers of motorcycle tours and which has also remained largely unnoticed by us so far. This should now come to an end.

Pricing

Price
per rider in shared twin/double room €2,750.00
per pillion passenger in shared twin/double room €2,500.00
per person single room (surcharge) €400.00

Features

Features
16 x overnight stay in hotel
15 x breakfast
15 x dinner
Rental Motorcycle: We provide each of you with a motorcycle of the traditional British Indian brand Royal Enfield for the duration of the trip and the planned travel programme.
Operating materials (petrol/oil): Petrol and oil for the specified tour as well as any road tolls incurred will be covered.
Accompanying vehicle: For groups of four or more self-drivers, an accompanying vehicle is available for luggage.
Mechanic Service
Tour guide: Each tour is accompanied by a German or English speaking tour guide.
Other travel expenses: We will pay all entrance fees for visits that are included in the travel programme. Special fees for the use of photo or video cameras are excluded.
Airport Transfers in India: Upon arrival you will be met at your destination airport in Mumbai and transferred to your hotel. On departure we will also take you back to the airport in time.
Not included features
Everything that is not listed under services
All prices are excluding flights and travel insurance
Travel Insurance Package: Travel Cancellation Insurance Holiday Guarantee (Travel Cancellation Insurance) Travel Health Insurance Emergency Insurance Travel Accident Insurance Luggage Insurance
Single occupancy surcharge: Indian hotels almost without exception have double rooms. Nevertheless it is possible to occupy the rooms individually. Please refer to the price lists of the respective tour for the surcharges charged.
Visa fees
Drinks: Drinks are not included in the tour price.
Tips: Tips are very important in India. It is self-evident that one slips a few rupees to the waiter and the hotel boy.

More details

More details
Total distance: approx. 2350 km
Daily stages on site: approx. 40 - 340 km (except arrival and departure stages)
Road condition: Asphalt in good condition throughout, few bends
Riding skills: Level of difficulty is easy to medium
Climate: Tropical climate, temperatures rise up to 34 degrees Celsius. As a rule, there is no precipitation during this period.
Hotels: You sleep in good, well-kept Indian middle class hotels in double rooms with shower or bath and WC.
Minimum number of participants: 4 persons. If the minimum number of participants has not been reached 6 weeks before the start of the trip, we will refund the deposit in this case.
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Clues:
Flights: When booking flights, please note that the first day of travel is the day of departure and the last day of travel is the day of return.
Insurance: A complete travel insurance package is available at HanseMerkur for about 100 €, depending on the price of the trip. You can find all information here: HanseMerkur will be happy to take out travel insurance for you with HanseMerkur Reiseversicherung.
Visa: To participate in a "Wheel of India" trip you need a tourist visa with a validity of 6 months or the new eTV. The visa is valid from the date of issue. The passport must be valid for 6 months after the end of the trip.
Vaccinations: It is generally recommended to be vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria, polio, hepatitis A and typhoid fever.
Half double room: We offer single travellers the possibility to share a double room with another traveller. If there is no "half" double room available at the time of your booking, we will charge the single room supplement. You will be refunded as soon as a double room partner is found.
Single room occupancy is possible at extra charge. The single room surcharges can be found in the tour descriptions.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

The journey takes us through four states of India. It begins in Maharashtra, continues to Karnataka, from there to Goa and back to Maharashtra. On the map you can follow the course exactly.

It combines the experience of different landscapes with numerous cultural highlights. It also provides an insight into the way of life in rural India.

The riding demands are not particularly high, even though some of the tracks are long and therefore strenuous, and there are plenty of curves waiting for you on the mountain tracks through the Western Ghatts.

Tour schedule

Day 1 Arrival

The destination airport is Mumbai. Today your flight starts to Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay. Sometime during the night you will step on Indian soil and then the adventure can begin.

Overnight stay in Mumbai

Day 2 A day in Mumbai

After a few hours of sleep and a good breakfast we will take the opportunity to stroll a little through Mumbai. In the vicinity of our hotel there are some well-known sights, which can be easily reached on foot.

Overnight stay in Mumbai

Day 3 Ride to Nashik (approx. 220 km)

After a few hours of sleep and a good breakfast we will not board the motorcycles but a vehicle corresponding to the size of the group and be chauffeured to Nashik. After the experiences of the first MaKaGoMa tour in February 2019 we decided to take this step. The traffic in Mumbai is so heavy that we don't want to put anyone through this chaos for hours.

Shortly after noon we will reach Nashik and have enough time to explore this interesting city. We will go to the Ghatts, where at Kumbh Mela millions of devout Hindus from all over the world take a purifying bath in the holy river Godavari. The next Kumbh Mela in Nashik will take place in 2027. But also now many believers gather daily at this place.

Later we will have a look at the motorcycles and philosophize a little about the Indian traffic. But don't worry. What at first sight appears to be completely inscrutable chaos will soon lose its threatening nature, and after only a few hours we will be swimming along in a sea of trucks and buses, cars and motorcycles, cyclists and pedestrians, not to mention cows, dogs and goats like a fish in water.

Overnight stay in Nashik

Day 4 Ride to Ellora (about 195 km)

The next two days will lead us to some of the most important examples of Indian sacred art, to Ellora and Ajanta

Our hotel in Ellora is located only a few steps away from the temple district. Here we find some important Buddhist and Hindu cave temples, but above all we can admire a building that is unique in the world in this dimension, the Kailash Temple.

Five generations have worked on this building. The temple was hewn entirely from a rock massif and designed from top to bottom. The communication alone over such a long period of time is a masterpiece, not to mention the architectural and artistic achievement.

Overnight stay in Ellora

Day 5 Day trip to Ajanta (approx. 205 km)

In a U-shaped valley near the small village of Ajanta, Buddhist monks lived in complete seclusion from the 2nd to the 8th century. They created one of the most visited historical cult sites in India. There are 29 cave temples of varying degrees of completion in the facility. These were partly used for religious ceremonies, but also as dwellings for the monks. Since 1983 Ajanta has been listed by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site.

Overnight stay in Ellora

Day 6 Ride to Solapur (approx. 340 km)

The next two days are real Enfield days. There are almost 600 kilometres ahead of us and we can look forward to Indian biking at its finest. Although we will hardly experience a speed rush, and occasionally curse both the condition of the roads and the behaviour of Indian road users, the bottom line is that it will be a pleasure to cruise across the expanses of the Deccan plateau.

Overnight stay in Solapur

Day 7 Ride to Badami (about 220 km)

In the afternoon, after two great days of riding, we reach our next destination, Badami. Also in Badami we find impressive temples and cave temples, which are attributed to different historical epochs. On the shores of a very beautifully located lake, one can get away from the loud and sometimes hectic hustle and bustle of everyday Indian life.

Overnight stay in Badami

Day 8 Visit Badami and Pattadakal (approx. 40 km)

In Pattadakal, which we visit today as part of a day trip, we find a kind of experimental field for South Indian temple architecture. The experiments in Pattadakal were also the inspiration for the great Kailash temple in Ellora.

Just as impressive as the temple complexes is the place itself. For the attentive and reserved observer, the extremely friendly people offer an insight into their daily life. Especially photographers get their money's worth.

Overnight stay in Badami

Day 9 Ride to Hampi (about 140 km)

After a short ride through rural India we reach Hospet. Our hotel is located here. If you want, you can make an excursion to Hampi today, or you can stroll through the city and postpone your visit to Hampi until tomorrow.

Overnight stay in Hampi

Day 10 Sightseeing Hampi

In the 16th century, Hampi was the capital of the kingdom of Vijayanagar, which ruled almost the entire south of the Indian subcontinent. Today Hampi is a huge area, which inspires its visitors on the one hand scenically and on the other hand as a cultural site.

The whole area, which stretches over many kilometres, is covered with huge boulders. It looks as if giants have thrown the rocks wildly around here in ancient times.

In the midst of this rugged landscape, partly hidden under the rocks, partly in the open plain, are numerous temple complexes, all of which date back to the time of the Vijayanagar rulers.

Overnight stay in Hampi

Day 11 Ride to Goa (approx. 330 km)

Today is another long riding day ahead of us. Over 300 kilometres separate us from the coast at the Arabian Sea. We're going to Goa, the former hippie colony. Our hotel is only a few hundred meters from the beach, and surely the first thing everyone will do upon arrival is to take a refreshing dip in the sea. If you want to take it easy, you can also relax at the hotel's own pool and end the day with a cool Kingfisher beer

Overnight stay in Colva Beach / Salcette

Day 12 A day in Goa

Today you decide. If you want to recover from the strains of the last days, you can just hang out for the day. There are more than enough opportunities for reflection. The beautiful beach invites you to sunbathe, the numerous shops entice you to go shopping and both the pool and the sea offer the opportunity for a refreshing swim.

If you are more into activity, you can go out and explore Goa by bike. He and she will see that the legacy of the Portuguese in the form of bright white churches can be discovered all over Goa. The landscape, lush green rice paddies, dense forests and coconut plantations are a feast for the eyes and the mind after the days spent in the rather dry areas of the Deccan highlands.

Overnight stay in Colva Beach / Salcette

Day 13 Ride to Kholapur (approx. 245 km)

We leave Goa, and now three days follow through the Western Ghatts, and that means mountain rides of the finest. Here our Enfields have another opportunity to show their best side and prove that they are the ideal means of transport for travelling through India.

Overnight stay in Kolhapur

Day 14 Ride to Panchgani (about 160 km)

This is where people flee from Mumbai when the heat in the megacity and air pollution become unbearable. In this place we will experience something that is almost unknown in India: peace and quiet. No honking cars, no blaring loudspeakers at temples and mosques, just peaceful tranquillity and a gigantic view into a wide valley.

Overnight stay in Panchgani

Day 15 Ride to Mumbai (about 250 km)

Another beautiful day of riding and we reach the destination of our journey, Mumbai. But we will park the motorcycles a few kilometres before Mumbai and let them ride us the last kilometres into the city again.

Overnight stay in Mumbai

Day 16 A day in Mumbai

Now we have one more day to explore Mumbai. Everyone can arrange this day according to their own taste. You can either stay in the city itself or go by boat to Elephanta and visit some more cave temples. However, I would like to warn you that after Ajanta and Ellora and Badami the caves on Elephanta are rather modest. But the boat trip is really fun.

Overnight stay in Mumbai

Day 17 Flight home

And this is also the end of this journey. If you liked it, come back to India with us. There's still plenty to explore. Perhaps in the Rajput state of Rajasthan, or in the tropical-exotic south of the country, or even in the heights of the Himalayas. India has many faces.