“Khukri” is the symbol of pride as well as a versatile weapon of choice for the brave Ghurkha people. These hardy, ethnic Nepali folk, have been taming these Himalayan foot hills for over a thousand years. Their bravery, valour and loyalty is legendary and recognised world-over. These people are also superb hosts.
The “Khukri Ride” is a tribute to the robust Ghurkha people.
This ride is specifically designed for Bikers aspiring to start Adventure Motorcycle Touring. It is also great for bikers who have gotten a bit rustic with age but would like to start riding again.
The Darjeeling Hills are under 6500ft., largely covered with dense Pine forests and scenic Tea Gardens. Roads are generally sealed and good. Some sections with steep inclines with hair-pin bends makes the ride very thrilling. Our route will also take us thru few shallow water crossings and smooth dirt roads.
Spectacular views of Mt Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world.
Pristine Pine forests and beautiful Tea gardens.
Local delicacies like Taipoh, Tongbah, Momos etc.
Opportunity to engage in relaxed discussions with locals, to know about their culture, heritage and legends.
Superb Motorcycling experience.
Guests are welcome to get their own motorcycles. Only prerequisite is that it should be 200cc or more and properly serviced for a long ride.
A wide variety of Motorcycles can also be rented in Siliguri. We have tied up with a vendor, who is an avid biker himself and ensures all their motorcycles are well maintained.
These are the indicative rental rates: We will issue a code to confirmed guests for discounted rates.
Accommodation will be on twin sharing and triple sharing basis in rooms of suitable size to ensure safe distance. All rooms will be sanitised by us in addition what the hotel/Home-Stay owners do.
Safe Riding: This trip is to enjoy the experience of motorcycling in the hills. An opportunity to look within and explore yourself. This is not a race or an ego trip.
We have the expertise, experience and SOPs for safe riding. Guests breaking rules set by the road captain and/or endangering self and other’s lives will be unceremoniously asked to leave the group without any compensation.
Food: On such motorcycle trips, we recommend choosing to eat well cooked vegetarian food with eggs. This will help you focus on the road without any inconveniences. However non-vegetarian food will also be available if any guest insists.
Accommodation: We choose to stay in Home-Stays because the local community directly benefits from the income and our guests get a chance to interact with locals. These are homes, NOT hotels. Therefore our conduct must be as we would behave at our own homes.
Some things to keep in mind.
Request instead of ordering.
Keep your voice as low as possible and only as high as necessary.
Keep it clean and leave it clean.
We look forward to riding and experiencing the magnificent hills with you.
Zanskar monasteries ride was a ride that is now permanently itched in memory, a very well curated route with some amazing sights, experiences and connect with the history that is untouched by modern tourism.. highly recommend Red Panda for curated riding experiences .. thank you Balaji :)
One of the best experiences we've had. Bala is experienced and patient. For a rookie, finishing the Menchuka ride was a big deal. Came back with some love motorcycle skills. Loved every day of it.
Had a life Changing experience in the monasteries of zanskar ride With red panda. One of a kind extreme travel company this is
On my bucket list, was an himalayan motorbike tour. My wish was fulfilled through Red Panda - and I had an adventure of a life time. Very experienced lead and sweep drivers, with back up 4 wheeled vehicle for any emergency. Curated stays in relatively unknown, spartan but hygienic and comfortable places. Loved staying inside a plastic tent and also Bamboo house. Very well done by our Captain Balaji!! Thank you.Read More
A leap of faith was what it was.. I had not ridden a bike for last 25 years and this hum drum of a covid lockdown was wearing me down. So when Bala sent an WA invitation to ride with him for 8 days of #khukriride, it ignited a spark (pun intended).Those 8 days in Jan 2021 spent riding with Bala & Jojo across NE himalayas were full of thrill, splendor, captivating & enervating. Meticulous planning right from bike selection to route planning, excellent homestays interspersed with local knowledge and intel made this ride a memorable one. I would strongly recommend this ride to anyone who has some interest in riding and adventure. Am sure if I can do it at my age..anyone can. My best wishes to Bala & his team at #redpandaadventures. You are helping many arm chair enthusiasts like me realise a new meaning of life.Read More