Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > Southern Asia

Southern Asia Topics specific to Southern Asia, from Iran and Armenia east through Pakistan and India to China / Vietnam / Indonesia.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Motorcycle travel in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, India...

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 7 Apr 2011
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Vienna
Posts: 25
Leaving India without bike possible?

We are 3 overlanders from Europe on our own motorbikes being stuck in India. We all need to leave India for individual reasons and come back a few months later to continue our trip in India.

Has anyone ever attempted to leave India without his/her bike?
Is it possible to leave the bikes at a customs storage? Any experience?
Ideally, we'd prefer to leave the bikes at a friends place in Delhi though.

Alternatively, would this be possible in Nepal?
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 7 Apr 2011
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: NSW Australia
Posts: 139
You see many bikes in hotel grounds wrapped and waiting for their owners to return, try and do a deal with a good hotel or bike shop, the latter will do a service just before you arrive back.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 7 Apr 2011
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Melbourne / Oz
Posts: 184
If you have a valid carnet it is no problem to leave the bikes there.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 7 Apr 2011
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Back home in the UK
Posts: 883
Remember your bike must not stay in India on a carnet for more than 180 days, they do check when leaving, I am not sure what the consequences are for overstaying but it could be a problem.
__________________
If gaffer tape doesn't fix it then you haven't used enough tape
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 7 Apr 2011
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Helsinki
Posts: 1,591
I think officially you would need to take the vehicle out of the carnet-country, when you leave. But I don´t recall having anything about the vehicle on my passport, while we were in India, so I guess it would be possible in practice to leave for a while.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 7 Apr 2011
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Aussie expat in Switzerland half way RTW
Posts: 614
Quote:
Originally Posted by pecha72 View Post
I think officially you would need to take the vehicle out of the carnet-country, when you leave. But I don´t recall having anything about the vehicle on my passport, while we were in India, so I guess it would be possible in practice to leave for a while.
+1 for not having anything marked in my passport.
__________________
TurboCharger + Francois (our BMW R1200gs) '07
www.riding2up.net, blog.riding2up.net
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 7 Apr 2011
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Buckinghamshire for now!
Posts: 638
marky116 did it with his truck, try PM him he left it in Goa in a customs compound for a couple of months I think.
__________________
Buenos Aires to NYC 2012-2013: www.facebook.com/curryhunt

India and back 2009-2010:

Last edited by mcgiggle; 8 Apr 2011 at 06:09.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 8 Apr 2011
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: The Netherlands
Posts: 35
10 years ago I left my landrover in Chochin in Customs area. I gave my carnet to an agent and 2 months later he shipped the car for me. When you have a good story you will find no problems. The only thing the customs are afraid for is that you do not return to collect your things. When you explain that not collecting will cost you a fortune (bond and motorbike) and when you can point somebody as a contact, there should not be a problem.
Metita, now back in Holland
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 12 Apr 2011
Gold Member
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: UK
Posts: 58
Quote:
Originally Posted by BigTomsRide View Post
We are 3 overlanders from Europe on our own motorbikes being stuck in India. We all need to leave India for individual reasons and come back a few months later to continue our trip in India.

Has anyone ever attempted to leave India without his/her bike?
Is it possible to leave the bikes at a customs storage? Any experience?
Ideally, we'd prefer to leave the bikes at a friends place in Delhi though.

Alternatively, would this be possible in Nepal?
Hi BigTomsRide (or is it still Bryn?),

Here are the facts (from a previous post).

Ultimately, you can keep you bike in India as long as you like noting that a) your carnet will run out (ie. you pay some appropriate fine meted out by whomever does carnet related fines) and b) you will go over the Indian duty-free six month exemption period (per twelve months) that you are granted for having a carnet. After the six months, when you do finally leave you will be charged duty at whatever the prevailing rate is pro-rata for either the period over six months or the whole time the vehicle has been in India (it's not clear which let alone what the rate is).

You can get a one-time-only six month extension to the duty-free period.

I asked out of curiosity and they said explicitly that they had no facilities for storage at Delhi airport -- I had read elsewhere some suggestion of customs storage at Delhi airport but it was an explicit no this time.

My bike is at a friend's gaff at the end of Delhi airport and hopefully tomorrow he'll be posting my request for a six month extension. I've heard that getting an extension is not a problem.

However, the inconsistent documentation can be read as "you must remain with the vehicle in India." ie. you can't go home leaving the bike in India.

I have gone home so we'll see what happens. Note that I'm not in India to actually collect my extension or present any paperwork and am relying on a senior person in customs' suggestion that when I do return I bluff my way through the bureaucracy claiming they've been incompetent and ignored my request.

mark manley reports that they do check on leaving. I left India twice on my way round (to Bhutan and to Bangladesh) but it's hard to say if they were checking whether I'd exceeded 180 days and nothing would have been flagged anyway as it was within a couple of months of first entering. At Jaigaon (border with Bhutan) I had to instruct the guy on what to do as it was his first day. I had the impression that at Attari Road LCS (border with PK) they were a bit more clued up.

Cheers,

Ian
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 15 Apr 2011
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Lahore, Pakistan
Posts: 265
Hi Tom,
Nice to hear from you. Thierry Wilhelm left his bike in India and flew to Phillipines and intends to get it back soon.
Right person to help you.
Cheers
Omar
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
leaving bike in India for 5 months,Possible? Polly Trip Transport 6 31 Aug 2009 05:38
leaving argentina and leaving a broken bike .. how to ? siggsy South America 4 27 Jan 2009 18:16
Leaving car in India mrtom Southern Asia 8 13 Dec 2006 00:11
Leaving a bike with Carnet in India HeartOfSteel Southern Asia 3 2 Dec 2002 12:34
Looking for travelling companion-Berlin to India-leaving mid andreasb Travellers Seeking Travellers 4 24 May 2002 20:46

 
 
 

NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!

Next HU Eventscalendar

See all events

 

HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.



Scottoiler automatic chain oilers. The most important accessory for your next motorcycle adventure!


Renedian Adventures


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 06:42.