Siliguri, 7 May, 2012:
Over 30 riders on their Royal Enfield motorcycles will reach Sikkim on Sunday for their first halt at Pelling. The Royal Enfield’s Tour of Bhutan was flagged off from Siliguri on 6 May, 2012 amidst much fanfare as they rode out into the eastern Himalayas.
RThe Darjeeling Enfielders, a local Royal Enfield enthusiasts club turned up in strength to show their solidarity towards fellow Royal Enfield riders.
The riders shall be riding out from Siliguri to Mirik, and further into Darjeeling and shall be crossing over into Sikkim on Sunday with their first halt at Pelling. The Tour is led by experienced riders from Royal Enfield who will guide the other riders about tricks of riding across such challenging terrain over the 10 days of journey. This is the first time that Royal Enfield has gone to Bhutan and the second time that they have gone international, with the first international ride being to Nepal last year.
While Royal Enfield has also been conducting an annual motorcycle tour to Nepal, it is the first time that the motorcycle maker is heading to Bhutan, the land which literally worships the phallus.
The 2012 Royal Enfield is the first ever factory backed motorcycle tour, which flanks India’s North Eastern border. The Tour of Bhutan will take riders across visually enchanting landscapes, from the tea gardens of Bagdogra to the quaint and narrow streets of Sikkim before moving on to Bhutan’s excellent roads and stunning topography. The tour will take you through three Indian states, West Bengal, Sikkim and Assam while Bhutan is the foreign country that this tour will take you on.
Meanwhile, here’s the complete route of the nearly 1,600 Km Tour of Bhutan spread across 10 riding days.