The cult motorcycle maker kicked off the epic 18 day-long journey of 2,200km on 7 July from India Gate, New Delhi
This year’s ride sees participants from various cities such as Chennai, Erode, New Delhi, Bangalore, Kochi as well as overseas locations like Dubai and Barcelona. While the Himalayan Odyssey and the Himalayan Odyssey Women were flagged off from Delhi, both groups will be taking different routes before finally converging at Leh. On the 15th edition of the event, riders will explore the scenic beauty of Ladakh and Spiti, amidst terrain and weather that will put the their grit to the test. Here’s Royal Enfield’s official release about the event.
Royal Enfield flags off the 15th edition of Himalayan Odyssey 2018 from India Gate - New Delhi
60 motorcyclists including 10 women will cover a distance of over 2200 kilometres in 18 days
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.