Royal Enfield Himalayan Odyssey returns after 2 years, 18th Himalayan Odyssey flagged-off from India Gate, Delhi

~ 18 Days | 70 motorcyclists | 2,700 Kms adventure to the world’s highest motorable pass at 19,024 ft
~ Aims at galvanizing the riding community towards adopting responsible travel practices with a zero ‘single-use-plastic’ ride

Delhi: Amid the thunderous roaring of over 70 Royal Enfield motorcycles and the contrasting chants of the lamas, early morning at India Gate, the 18th edition of Royal Enfield Himalayan Odyssey was flagged off in Delhi. With 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.

Returning after a hiatus of three years, this year, the Himalayan Odyssey – one of the biggest and oldest motorcycle rides of its kind in the Himlayas, 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 lifetime.

Flagged 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.

Speaking at the flag-off ceremony Mohit Dhar Jayal, Chief Brand Officer, Royal Enfield said, “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.”

Traversing 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.
Working 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.

June 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.

Started in 1997, Himalayan Odyssey has been the ultimate motorcycling experience in the Himalayas and continues
to encourage riders to fulfill their dream of riding to the Himalayas. It's an adventure of self discovery and human endurance. A journey like Himalayan Odyssey is a life changing experience and over the 18 days, the riders will face each challenge together that will strengthen the sense of camaraderie amongst them and in the end leave every rider with memories which will remain deeply etched in the mind forever.

In Royal Enfield Himalayan Odyssey 2019, Royal Enfield initiated the #LeaveEveryPlaceBetter campaign which
aimed at a zero ‘single-use-plastic-ride’ by discouraging participants from using bottled water, and facilitating purified water by employing dispensers along the way.

To cut down the use of single use plastic bottles, Royal Enfield set up community water purifiers along this route. Six
purifiers were installed across strategic locations in the popular Manali Leh route- Keylong Service Centre, Sarchu
Camps, Leh Service Centre, Nubra swiss Camps, Pangong Camps and Swiss camps in Debring, while three
additional water purifiers were used throughout the journey for Himalayan Odyssey participants. Pure and filtered
water was made available to riders traversing this route, thereby negating the need to purchase single-use plastic
water bottles

The oldest motorcycle brand in continuous production, Royal Enfield has created beautifully crafted motorcycles
since 1901. From its British roots, a manufacturing plant was established in Madras in 1955, a foothold from which
Royal Enfield spearheaded the growth of India’s mid-sized two-wheeler segment. Royal Enfields are engaging,
uncomplicated, accessible, and fun to ride; a vehicle for exploration and self-expression.

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