Xplorearth

Xplorearth From the founders of the Raid-de-Himalaya. Extreme Moto-Adventures, 4x4 expeditions, culinary tours. Extreme moto-adventures on 2 and 4 wheels alike.
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Travel to the most uncharted parts of the country and beyond. Epicurean food fests and tours. We do it all!!!

pov ๐Ÿ“ธ   [Xplorearth, BMW, GS, 1250 GS, Offroad, Pov, Bike, Ride, Motorcycle, Adventure]
28/04/2024

pov ๐Ÿ“ธ


[Xplorearth, BMW, GS, 1250 GS, Offroad, Pov, Bike, Ride, Motorcycle, Adventure]

Certified โœ… Three days of riding through some epic, technical trails amidst the apple orchards and cedar forests of Hima...
26/04/2024

Certified โœ…

Three days of riding through some epic, technical trails amidst the apple orchards and cedar forests of Himachal ๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŽ

The boys were well worth their Level 2 certificates at the end of the event, and then some! Plenty of moments en route, but a job well done ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
[Xplorearth, Bike, Ride, Training, Trails, Himachal, Adventure, Triumph, Honda]

More from Day 3 of our private train and ride program as we upped the ante on some unforgiving trails ๐ŸคชPlenty of heart i...
24/04/2024

More from Day 3 of our private train and ride program as we upped the ante on some unforgiving trails ๐Ÿคช

Plenty of heart in mouth moments but nothing less than a great feeling of accomplishment once we hit the tarmac after the entire day spent in some deeply rutted forest trails with minimal room for error!

The smiles say it all! ๐Ÿ˜Ž
[Xplorearth, Bike, Ride, Trails, Adv, Adventure]

Day 3 and we were quite confident pushing the boundaries of the riders a little (even if they were not!) ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜ŽAfter a few t...
23/04/2024

Day 3 and we were quite confident pushing the boundaries of the riders a little (even if they were not!) ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜Ž

After a few teething problems at the start of the day (an unfortunate puncture on one of the bikes), we were soon in the thick of the forest trails again, each one gnarlier than the last! ๐Ÿ๏ธ๐ŸŒฒ

More to come on this epic day in the coming posts, since Instagram only allows us to post 10 photos at a time! ๐Ÿ‘€
[Xplorearth, Adv, Adventure, Honda, Triumph, Bike, Ride, Offroad, Trails, Himalayas, Himachal]

Thereโ€™s no place like home ๐Ÿก ๐ŸŒฒAnd when home happens to be stunning biker paradise with great weather for most of the yea...
19/04/2024

Thereโ€™s no place like home ๐Ÿก ๐ŸŒฒ

And when home happens to be stunning biker paradise with great weather for most of the year, that definitely helps ๐Ÿคฉ
[Xplorearth, bike, ride, triumph, motorcycles, trails, Himachal, adventure, adv]

Training, trails and a stellar coffee break to boot ๐Ÿ๏ธ๐Ÿค“โ˜•๏ธDay 2 of our train and ride program began with a few more point...
17/04/2024

Training, trails and a stellar coffee break to boot ๐Ÿ๏ธ๐Ÿค“โ˜•๏ธ

Day 2 of our train and ride program began with a few more pointers for the riders who were rapidly gaining confidence on the gnarly trails presented to them! Some more kilometres through the dirt was followed by a peaceful coffee break in a stunning meadow ๐ŸŒฒ

Class is in session ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ๏ธAdv training with the most stunning backdrop imaginable in the pleasant April warmth! โ˜€๏ธ         ...
14/04/2024

Class is in session ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ๏ธ

Adv training with the most stunning backdrop imaginable in the pleasant April warmth! โ˜€๏ธ

Talking all things Adv-Motorcycles theory before getting into some practical training on a closed course for our riders ...
13/04/2024

Talking all things Adv-Motorcycles theory before getting into some practical training on a closed course for our riders ๐Ÿ๏ธ

A lot easier to do something a certain way once you understand why! ๐Ÿค“

Finally back riding through the beautiful forest trails of Himachal Pradesh on some absolutely stonking ADVโ€™s - a privat...
11/04/2024

Finally back riding through the beautiful forest trails of Himachal Pradesh on some absolutely stonking ADVโ€™s - a private train and ride program for a super enthusiastic group of riders from Bombay! ๐Ÿคฉ

Incredible views, weather and company while tackling some extremely gnarly trails - we had a great time showing the group the real Himachal on two wheels ๐Ÿ๏ธ๐ŸŒฒ

The last week was awesome and we canโ€™t wait to post all about it in the coming days ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Camping under the night sky is part and parcel of the experience at the  ๐Ÿ•๏ธ๐Ÿ๏ธThe team will have to pitch their own tents...
01/04/2024

Camping under the night sky is part and parcel of the experience at the ๐Ÿ•๏ธ๐Ÿ๏ธ

The team will have to pitch their own tents and set out their bedding after every dayโ€™s riding at the Trophy, so we decided it would be best to give them a taste of the experience in the dunes around Sam! ๐Ÿœ๏ธ

Delicious dinner under the stars before the team headed back to our camp leaving Team India to spend the night under the watchful eye of the elements and of course! ๐ŸŒŒ

Thereโ€™s no substitute to teamwork at the  ๐Ÿฆพ๐Ÿœ๏ธThough riders will be covering hundreds of kilometres daily at the Trophy, ...
31/03/2024

Thereโ€™s no substitute to teamwork at the ๐Ÿฆพ๐Ÿœ๏ธ

Though riders will be covering hundreds of kilometres daily at the Trophy, the unique tests is where theyโ€™ll be scored and ultimately ranked in the competition ๐Ÿ“Š

Keeping this in mind, we put the team through some of the famous tests theyโ€™re likely to face during the upcoming competition - all the way from pulling our stacked Fortuner using a tow strap, the (in)famous BMW slow race, guiding a blindfolded teammate through a course of cones using their devices and many more!

Team India will have to expect the unexpected at the event and will have to rely on one another to make it through with the highest possible scores, but we were glad to see the bond between the riders strengthen all the way through the training program!

Day 2 in the sand for Team India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Lots of trails and progress as the group began to get the hang of riding through the...
17/03/2024

Day 2 in the sand for Team India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

Lots of trails and progress as the group began to get the hang of riding through the unpredictable terrain ๐Ÿœ๏ธ

An early start to what was initially an extremely humbling day for the riders as we introduced them to deep sand for the...
14/03/2024

An early start to what was initially an extremely humbling day for the riders as we introduced them to deep sand for the first time! ๐Ÿœ๏ธ

The power and weight of the GS would have to be used smartly to ensure that the riders wouldnโ€™t bog down in the deeper stuff. Lessons were learned and the application of the same was superb - soon all the boys were making a good fist of their battle against this foreign terrain, coupled with the heat that only the desert can bring! ๐Ÿ๏ธ

Team India for a reason! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

We had the pleasure of training Team India for the upcoming edition of the BMW GS Trophy to be held in Namibia later thi...
13/03/2024

We had the pleasure of training Team India for the upcoming edition of the BMW GS Trophy to be held in Namibia later this year, and what better place to put them through their paces than the sand of the Thar Desert! ๐Ÿœ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

More on how the trip went in the coming days but hereโ€™s an introduction to the riders who will be representing our country at BMWโ€™s pinnacle event in September!

.venkatesh .kidilam will be representing the team ๐Ÿ๏ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

will have the mammoth task of documenting the event for all of us back home, but will also be riding along the team for the duration of the event! ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ–‹๏ธ

And of course .javanmardi who represented Team India in the last edition of the Trophy, who is presently one of the instructors for and tasked with training this yearโ€™s team for the event! ๐Ÿ“ˆ

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The Jimny passed the Ice Kross test with flying colours! Adept in every kind of terrain, super convenient and manoeuvrab...
12/03/2024

The Jimny passed the Ice Kross test with flying colours! Adept in every kind of terrain, super convenient and manoeuvrable on narrow trails, and comfortably making its way through whatever Spiti threw at it! โ„๏ธ

Definitely an eye-opener for the entire group! ๐Ÿ‘€

Nothing screams Ice Kross like our trusty Fortuner prowling menacingly through the snow โ„๏ธ Our (and your!) best bet at m...
11/03/2024

Nothing screams Ice Kross like our trusty Fortuner prowling menacingly through the snow โ„๏ธ

Our (and your!) best bet at making it through these epic expeditions safe and sound!

Plenty of adventure in store as we made the climb from Kaza to the higher reaches of the mountains ๐Ÿ”๏ธ No snow (yet), but...
26/02/2024

Plenty of adventure in store as we made the climb from Kaza to the higher reaches of the mountains ๐Ÿ”๏ธ

No snow (yet), but plenty of action! ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ’จ๐Ÿ’จ

๐Ÿ“ธ .van.wegen

A whole lot of smiles as we took the stunning Chilgoza Trail en route Kaza on Day 2 of this yearโ€™s Ice Kross! ๐Ÿ”๏ธ A trick...
23/02/2024

A whole lot of smiles as we took the stunning Chilgoza Trail en route Kaza on Day 2 of this yearโ€™s Ice Kross! ๐Ÿ”๏ธ

A tricky, narrow path and stunning views everywhere you look - just make sure it isnโ€™t down! ๐Ÿ‘€
[Xplorearth, explore, Spiti, Winter Spiti, adventure, travel, 4x4, Himachal]

Making the climb to Kalpa and a fantastic view of the Kinner Kailash! ๐Ÿ”๏ธ๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿ“ธ .van.wegen  [Xplorearth, Spiti, Winter, Winte...
19/02/2024

Making the climb to Kalpa and a fantastic view of the Kinner Kailash! ๐Ÿ”๏ธ๐ŸŒ„

๐Ÿ“ธ .van.wegen
[Xplorearth, Spiti, Winter, Winter Spiti, 4x4, Hilux, Travel, Adventure]

One of the most iconic gateways in the Himalayas ๐Ÿ”๏ธ Adventure awaits! ๐Ÿพ [Winter Spiti, Spiti, Xplorearth, Adventure, Tra...
18/02/2024

One of the most iconic gateways in the Himalayas ๐Ÿ”๏ธ

Adventure awaits! ๐Ÿพ
[Winter Spiti, Spiti, Xplorearth, Adventure, Travel, 4x4]

Making the most of the race track like tarmac all the way down from Narkanda!! ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธThe road is twisty and fast, a driverโ€™...
17/02/2024

Making the most of the race track like tarmac all the way down from Narkanda!! ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ

The road is twisty and fast, a driverโ€™s paradise in this neck of the woods! ๐ŸŽ๏ธ

๐Ÿ“ธ .van.wegen
[Xplorearth, Spiti, Winter Spiti, Himachal, Himachal Pradesh, 4x4, expedition, adventure, travel]

The winding road to Narkanda provided us with the perfect opportunity to get some stunning shots of the convoy as we mad...
16/02/2024

The winding road to Narkanda provided us with the perfect opportunity to get some stunning shots of the convoy as we made our way towards colder climes on Day 1 of this yearโ€™s Ice Kross ๐Ÿš—๐Ÿš—๐Ÿš—โ„๏ธ

๐Ÿ“ธ .van.wegen
[Spiti, Winter, Winter Spiti, 4x4, expedition, travel, adventure, Xplorearth]

A cold start to Day 1 of Ice Kross โ€˜24 โ„๏ธ No snow anywhere in sight (yet), but temperatures were close to 0ยฐ as we depar...
14/02/2024

A cold start to Day 1 of Ice Kross โ€˜24 โ„๏ธ

No snow anywhere in sight (yet), but temperatures were close to 0ยฐ as we departed from Shimla towards Kalpa and our first real taste of altitude for the trip! ๐Ÿ”๏ธ

The 4x4s all looked stunning in the morning winter light! Which one do you think looked best? ๐Ÿคฉ

Ice Kross โ€˜24 was a special event from start to finish, with participants from all over the country making their way to ...
13/02/2024

Ice Kross โ€˜24 was a special event from start to finish, with participants from all over the country making their way to Shimla for the expedition! โ„๏ธ

Day zero included pre-event vehicle scrutiny, a driver briefing and generally getting to know your fellow companions for the week to come!

๐Ÿ“ธ .van.wegen

[4x4, expedition, self drive, winter Spiti, Spiti]

The perfect end to one of the best rides weโ€™ve had in recent memory - a sumptuous lunch  ๐Ÿ• Great food and company to mat...
04/02/2024

The perfect end to one of the best rides weโ€™ve had in recent memory - a sumptuous lunch ๐Ÿ•

Great food and company to match as we celebrated the end of an epic 10 days together! ๐Ÿป

The  is extremely handy off-road as well - a real force to reckon with in the ADV space ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ“ธ                             ...
06/08/2022

The is extremely handy off-road as well - a real force to reckon with in the ADV space ๐Ÿ

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 putting the  through its paces on the road to Chitkul, the last village towards the Indo-China border on this axis! ๐Ÿ” T...
06/08/2022

putting the through its paces on the road to Chitkul, the last village towards the Indo-China border on this axis! ๐Ÿ”

The looks of this machine definitely grow on you!

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Day 5 -  ride to Spiti ๐Ÿ” After nothing short of a baptism by fire, the group returned to the outskirts of Shimla to cap ...
06/08/2022

Day 5 - ride to Spiti ๐Ÿ”

After nothing short of a baptism by fire, the group returned to the outskirts of Shimla to cap off an epic ride!

Man and machine were tested to the fullest, and weโ€™re proud to say that the group emerged far more confident and capable riders after facing everything us .shimla along with the elements threw at them! โ›ˆ

Happy faces, a once in a lifetime experience and here we are already looking forward to the next one! ๐Ÿ

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Day 4 -  ride to Spiti ๐Ÿ” Day 4 of the ride meant the start of the return leg of our journey. Kaza to Kalpa was the order...
06/08/2022

Day 4 - ride to Spiti ๐Ÿ”

Day 4 of the ride meant the start of the return leg of our journey. Kaza to Kalpa was the order of the day, with a mixture of dirt and tarmac to be negotiated. ๐Ÿ›ฃ

The weather was compliant and the group made good time, reaching Kalpa by the early hours of the evening! ๐ŸŒ…

By this point it was also clear to see that the riders were far more comfortable negotiating varying terrain and situations on their motorcycles - always an aim on all of our rides!! ๐Ÿ

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Day 3 -  ride to Spiti ๐Ÿ” After a challenging previous day, the troops rode the next morning with fresh enthusiasm. News ...
06/08/2022

Day 3 - ride to Spiti ๐Ÿ”

After a challenging previous day, the troops rode the next morning with fresh enthusiasm. News has trickled in that the road to Kaza was now open and we could launch a fresh assault on the same in order to complete our trip as planned! ๐Ÿ”

The riders set out after breakfast and made it to Kaza in good time. A delectable lunch followed, after which those willing and able made the short journey up to Chicham Bridge and back before the evening ๐ŸŒ‰

All in all a full day with on and off road sections alike, culminating in the great achievement of reaching Kaza after the chaos brought about by the weather on the previous day โ›ˆ

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The World's highest Rally Raid.

Established in 1999. Making grown men cry ever since.

Started in 1999 as a salve to 3 motorsport junkies whose desire to wander aimlessly, albeit at ridiculously high speeds across the Himalayan landscape, led them to fire up an idea that gave birth to the now quite famous Rallye Raid de Himalaya - a cross country rally that runs 2000 kms across the Western Himalaya just as winter is tightening its death grip on the mountains.

This annual pilgrimage of masochists, armed to the teeth with outdated equipment and dubious 4x4โ€™s will attempt to beat icy roads, frozen riverbeds and the highest mountain passes in the world in an attempt to win the โ€˜Worldโ€™s Highest Rallyโ€™ !

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