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...

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 24 Aug 2010
Caminando's Avatar
Moderated Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: DogZone Country
Posts: 1,227
Sikkim, January/February

Anyone ridden a bike in Sikkim in these months? Any other comments on this region?

I googled for bike info there but all I get is those unwanted motorcyle tour companies.
Reply With Quote
Old 26 Aug 2010
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: May 2007
Location: London
Posts: 549
Haven't ridden a bike in Sikkim, but did drive there in very late Dec 07 if that helps. Conditions were fine and it wasn't even that cold. Have a look at overlandcruiser.net then India if you want to see pictures. Also got a GPS track for the bits we saw (which were by no means all of it) - PM me if you're interested.

Bear in mind you will need to get an entry permit. Not sure which way you're entering, but we went there from Darjeeling and got ours from there.
Reply With Quote
Old 26 Aug 2010
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Hertfordshire, UK
Posts: 64
Was through the Darjeeling / Sikkim area January 2009.

Great area and thoroughly enjoyed it - only problems encountered were when the "separate state" brigade were out and about...

On several occasions they had roads blockaded and fairly unruly and bad tempered crowds gathered.

On those days there was absolutely no traffic going anywhere. Riot Police were out and the only option was to stay put until the protests ran out of steam. Not even a Policeman was prepared to help us force our way through to Bagdora airport...

Other than that it was great.
Reply With Quote
Old 26 Aug 2010
Caminando's Avatar
Moderated Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: DogZone Country
Posts: 1,227
Thanks to you both above for comments. I dont have a GPS but thanx for the offer.

It seems to be less visited, Sikkim, and the permit is annoying. But at least it's free. I will come up from Darjeeling, where I want to find my father's old school. Also I'll check out his childhood home in Calcutta, or Kolkata.

I might make Sikkim the trekking part of my trip, and bike in the warmer south round Hampi. I liked Rajastan last trip, hiring a bike, because the desert was great and any roads I was on were quiet. Most roads in India make me believe in god, tho' that doesn't help!!!!
Reply With Quote
Old 1 Sep 2010
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: May 2007
Location: London
Posts: 549
Permit involves 2 visits to 2 separate offices - takes a couple of hours.

On the way back, make sure you stop at Teesta Bazaar if you're into white-water rafting.
Reply With Quote

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
Anyone heading to Central America January/February? freewheelin frank Travellers Seeking Travellers 10 16 Dec 2009 16:55
Libya January/February 2010 kayamtom Travellers Seeking Travellers 0 15 Dec 2009 22:30
Mexico in February, 09 perfon Travellers Seeking Travellers 7 2 Oct 2008 21:05
February, going to Mexico BS Travellers Seeking Travellers 0 19 Dec 2004 00:19
Sikkim, West Bengal and Bhutan tour Douglas Hackney Southern Asia 1 29 Jul 2004 15:58


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!

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


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 11:37.