The 15th edition of the Himalayan Odyssey was flagged off from India Gate, New Delhi, last Saturday and brought together riders from all regions of India (and the world) and all walks of life. This year, 60 motorcyclists are part of the ride, including no less than 10 women riders! The Himalayan Odyssey traverses some of the most challenging terrains, including the world’s highest mountain passes.
The riders will cover over 2200km in 18 days on various Royal Enfield models and will pass through cities like Chandigarh, Manali, Jispa and Leh, Kaza and Shimla. No less than seven high altitude passes will also test both man and machine on this ride. Flagged over by Rudratej Singh, President of Royal Enfield, as a long-standing tradition, the lamas chanted prayers and blessed the riders at the flag-off ceremony of the #HimalayanOdyssey at the 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.”
It should be noted that though both the ‘Himalayan Odyssey’ and ‘Himalayan Odyssey Women’ rides were 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. Here is a quick look at the flag-off ceremony –