the thunderous roaring of over 70 Royal Enfield motorcycles and the contrasting
chants of the lamas, early morning on July 2, 2022 at India Gate, the 18th
edition of Royal Enfield Himalayan Odyssey was flagged off in Delhi.
70 riders embarking on a journey to Umling La, the highest motorable pass in
the world, via some of the most breath-taking terrains in northern India,
Himalayan Odyssey 2022 will witness riders covering a distance of over 2,700
kilometers in 18 days on their Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycles. With a view
to reduce impact on the fragile ecosystem of the Himalayas and also raise
awareness about environment friendly tourism, this edition of the Himalayan
Odyssey will continue to root for the adoption of Responsible Travel practices
by its rider community, in a bid to #LeaveEveryPlaceBetter.
after a hiatus of three years, this year, the Himalayan Odyssey - one of the
biggest and oldest motorcycle rides of its kind in the Himalayas, will see
riders follow two different routes.
While both groups will be flagged off from
Delhi together, one group will ride to Ladakh via the picturesque Manali route
and the other will traverse the rugged Sangla-Kaza route, before finally
converging at Leh. Riding through Ladakh and Spiti will challenge the rider in
terms of weather and terrain, while also experiencing an adventure of a
off from the India Gate - New Delhi in the traditional Ladakhi ceremony, the
riding contingent were blessed by Buddhist Lamas who chanted prayers to bless
the riders at the flag-off ceremony. This year, participants for Himalayan
Odyssey congregated from across Singapore, Saudia Arabia, the USA, as well as
from cities like Mumbai, Pune, Madurai, Delhi, Bangalore, Anantapur and
Vijayawada, among others, to be a part of this epic ride.
at the flag-off ceremony Mohit Dhar Jayal, Chief Brand Officer, Royal Enfield noted,
“The Himalayas are Royal Enfield’s spiritual home, and the Himalayan Odyssey is
an ode to the undying spirit of exploration and motorcycling adventure since
its inception in 1997. This edition marks a significant chapter in our endeavors
to explore more as we travel to Umling La, the new highest motorable pass in
the world. In 2019, we took a step towards reducing the plastic footprint with
our #LeaveEveryPlaceBetter initiative and this year we continue our journey
towards preserving and sustaining the delicate environment of the Himalayas
with our ‘Responsible Travel’ initiative. We hope our efforts will help nurture
an environmentally aware and conscientious community of riders and these 70
riders will become an inspiration for responsible motorcycle journeys, for
other riders as well.”
through some of the roughest terrains and highest mountain passes in the world,
the Himalayan Odyssey contingent will continue to promote the concept of
responsible motorcycle journey through various efforts. In Himalayan Odyssey
2019, Royal Enfield introduced its #LeaveEveryPlaceBetter initiative which
aimed at discouraging participants from using bottled water, and facilitating
purified water by installing dispensers along the key riding route in Ladakh.
In its efforts towards remaining green, this year, all participants have been
given a Life Straw and a green kit to significantly reduce their plastic
consumption. The ride will also encourage participants to dispose of all waste
responsibly during the ride.
with local communities and promoting them is also a key aspect of Royal
Enfield's Responsible Travel campaign. As part of this campaign, the brand has
introduced several initiatives to empower the local community by supporting
over 60 homestays in remote locations in Ladakh, rural electrification with
solar power impacting 682 households in rural Ladakh. Royal Enfield is also
closely working with the local administrations to monitor waste management in
these regions. This year, the cavalcade will also make a stop at Chumathang on
10th of July where Royal Enfield is supporting the Chumathang Football
Tournament, which will see participation from almost 300 children.
marks the start of the riding season in the Himalayas with thousands of riders
traversing the Ladakh and Spiti region of the Himalayas. Royal Enfield has set
up a comprehensive service network in the region that caters to the riders who
require service support at 17,982 feet. Under this program called the ‘Leh
Rider’s Support’ the company has nearly 66 service touch points across 6 routes
with 175 skilled service technicians to ensure that the riders have a
hassle-free riding experience throughout the riding season.
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