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This Indian state has many surprises, not least the temperatures it can deliver. We will be travelling in winter here and although it is likely to be very warm in the daytime, temperatures drop sharply at night. This is beneficial to getting a good kip, but things can be chilly, or downright cold, during early starts. Due to this it is recommended that you bring sufficient warm clothes to cope with riding temperatures down to about 5ºC (for brief periods), while also being equipped to ride in the low-thirties. It is very, very unlikely to rain, but a windproof over-layer is the easiest way to convert cool riding gear into something warmer. Layers is the answer.


Compulsory on tour. As it's difficult to find headgear of a similar quality to that found at home, please bring a well-fitted helmet with you. If buying a new 'lid' specifically for your tour, then consider one with a venting system. If an open-faced helmet is your preference then one with a drop-down visor is ideal. If bringing a basic open-face, remember to bring some eye protection, including clear lenses for low light conditions. Also good for these tours, with a good blend of face-protection and ventilation is an enduro-style helmet. A decent full-face helmet is also perfectly adequate for these tours, but you will appreciate any venting.


Vented summer gloves are the best bet to beat sweaty digits, but you may get cold hands on early starts. Summer-style, waterproof gloves are ideal for all-round use. If you suffer greatly from chilly digits then you may want inner-gloves or even winter gloves for the early starts.


A traditional leather bike jacket will be OK, but a little hot and will require you to bring a waterproof over-jacket, or an over-suit. Although armoured textile jackets are generally better than leather, especially those with venting and breathable linings, another tack is to wear a light, vented, armoured jacket and carry a wind/waterproof over-jacket. This way you can stay reasonably cool, but add a windproof layer for instant warmth.


As with jackets, armoured textile trousers are probably the way to go, but waterproof ones tend to be very hot, so better go for a cool pair and carry waterproof over-trousers for chilly days. Likewise, protective jeans are ideal when mated to over-trousers.


Sturdy boots, covering the ankle, are a minimum requirement. We would recommend, though, that you wear 'proper' bike boots with shin protection. Touring-type boots fit the bill well, as do race boots and protective ankle boots.

Other clothing & kit

The list below isn't everything you might need to bring on one of our tours (some undercrackers might also be nice), but highlights things that are best not forgotten. Some of these items (insect repellent, hats, etc) can be bought cheaply in India, but as there may not be the time to nip to the shops on the first day, it's as well to bring them from home.

  • A snood is great for keeping dust out of the nose, for added warmth when needed and can even be worn as a hat to keep the sun off, or warmth in
  • Sunglasses with UV protection are important.
  • Bring cool, thin socks and a warm pair for early starts
  • A very lightweight sleeping bag (fleece ones are good) is useful, but not essential
  • Sandals are great for off-bike footwear
  • If you have a weak back, a kidney-belt may be helpful
  • A fleece is good for both cool evenings and for under-jacket warmth
  • Day bag sufficient to carry a water bottle and rain suit, or tankbag
  • A money belt, or waistpack in which to carry valuables, documents and International Driving Permit
  • A sun hat, especially if you're bald!
  • Very strong bungees or cargo net in case you tire of the day bag or need to carry that bit extra
  • Basic first aid kit: a few plasters and antiseptic cream (we carry a very comprehensive medical kit)
  • Any regular medication you need
  • Spectacles: bring spares, or your prescription with you
  • Swimming Cossie
  • Insect Repellent only ones with DEET content are reliable
  • Sun Block and plenty of it
  • Lip Salve with UV block
  • Torch/Head-torch
  • Penknife/Multi-tool
  • Alarm whether on phone or not
  • Watch for telling the time, so you're not late
  • Brandy for sharing with staff

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