I booked the trip online through Deepack who kept me updated and gave me detailed advice on the Enfield Riders tours available. After reviewing his advice I chose the 2 Day Tour which I've just returned from yesterday. My Lead Guide Rider Shreeni came to my hostel the day before the tour to introduce himself and let me see the bike ....the new Royal Enfield Himalaya 410. Immediately I felt at ease with Shreeni so much so that he felt like an old family friend within minutes of meeting him. He had a professional, knowledgeable persona underlined with a genuine friendly attitude and a wicked sense of humour and his English was impeccable. It's a shame he admitted he was a Chelsea FC supporter but everyone has to have their one flaw ? We hit it off immediately and I was instantly put at ease and I knew I was in for 2 great days. Thankfully, I wasn't wrong. We left Mumbai on Wednesday morning at 0700 hours and although not in the peak of the morning rush hour it still felt menacing and crazy. This is where Shreeni showed his leadership skills and professionalism aided by his right hand man Buba our mechanic who shadowed me initially providing a protective buffer between me and any errand cars, taxis, tuk tuks, wagons, tractors, dogs,cows and monkeys. This gave me great peace of mind and confidence. Our overnight accommodation was instinctively chosen by Shreeni after listening to my needs in our pre-ride meet. The accommodation was a bamboo eco-lodge with individual huts and a communal superbly designed and appointed dining sitting/relaxing area. The ride back to Mumbai was equally as enjoyable as the first day with the added bonus of a crazy ferry ride followed by an even crazier but adrenaline pumping cruise along Marine Drive and back to base just before rush hour although it didn't feel that way to the Mumbai traffic virgin. I often use superlatives when their possibly not 100% justified BUT on this occasion I could not recommend the services, expertise, camaraderie and downright fun and enjoyment Enfield Riders offer to the client from the initial point of contact - Deepack to the guys at the sharp end that deliver that FIRST CLASS experience - Shreeni & Buba .........a trip of a lifetime and one that will live in my memory and heart forever. After watching their incredible Ladakh trip promotional video I think ......in fact I know that will be added to my "bucket list" and I'll definitely be enrolling for that adventure in the very near future !!! Bravo & High 5 Shreeni & Buba
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