Originally Posted by arn
The EFI RE500 costs close to 150,000, not 115000
The trip includes airfare, which in July cannot be less than 6-7000 INR, and may go up to as much as 15000.
It also includes fuel, attendant mechanics and spares, and back up vehicle (do check out the rental for vehicles in that area for 2 weeks!), as well as the cost of transporting all the vehicles back after a one way journey.
Considering all that + obviously accommodation and 2 meals a day + services of a "babysitter" (tour guide :P), it may not be dirt cheap, but is far from exorbitant.
PS: I've nothing to do with this tour group, don't know about their services and have not met the operators online or offline.
the bullet 350 (fairly enough for a single driver) costs between 90k-100k rupees http://www.infibeam.com/bikes/make/royalenfield.html
for an example, a friend trip to Italy with girlfiriend, including 2 way flights, week on a car - 2K km, hotels, fuel and food,
for ~2000$ and this is Italy, for one, 2 weeks would be ~2000$ (including flights) and this is Europe, not India...
they charge here 2000$ per passenger, seems way too high,
not here to argue alkirk's money of course that is his own issue, just trying to show him other perspective if might,
yet for India it seems terribly high,
115K INR or 108K after flights for a 3 week bike trip is tons of money for India,
lets say just for the example:
3 meals a day, 150INR for a meal * 21 days ~9500 lets say 10000 rupees,
1 day hire enfield - exaggerated 1000 rupees - 21000 rupees,
guide 1 day 150 rupees (high salary) - 3150 - " -
flight back - 13000 - " -
car with spares, mechanic, food etc. exaggerated 10000 rupees
hotels 500INR per night (nice hotel in India) - 11000
lets not forget this is for 1 person, if another comes then they earn much more...
we get ~65000 rupees exaggerated price, maybe there are more issues but it seems that the basic is here),
if they earn so much per one passenger, for the second one they will earn much more.
maybe i'm wrong but from my pov, they can do it easily in half the price.