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Off Roading & Self Drive

Ever heard of dune bashing in India. Well we have. Mercury Himalayan Explorations offers exclusive off road trips into the remotest corners of Indian Wilderness. India offers a variety of off road terrains from the deserts of Rajasthan, to the high mountain passes of the Himalayas to the dense tropical rain forests of North East and South India. MHE off road tours are tailored to suit group specifications and budgets.

If you want to try a hand at off roading, just call us and leave the rest to our 4 x 4 team. We will select a route to suit you, get you the SUV’s you need and train you to tackle any off road challenge you may face.

Mercury Himalayan Explorations Ltd. pioneered the concept of self drive off road tours in India when it hosted and organsied the Isuzu Challenge expedition from Rishikesh to Leh in 2000. 18 off road SUV’s were specially imported for this humungous project.

In 2002, we took it a step forward by organizing the first ever ATV (Quads) expedition from Manali to Leh. Special ATV bikes were shipped to India and the tour traversed the most challenging high altitude off road sections between Manali and Leh. Moving off the beaten track the route selected used tracks lying unused for more that 20 years to make the sport challenging.

In 2004 October the first self drive expedition in Rajasthan was launched under the banner of The Queen of Desert. An exclusive all woman expedition, where 80 woman participants challenged the off-roads of Rajasthan. This is the first time that Indian vehicles were used for such an expedition.

In a tie up with AVIS, we procured a variety of 4X4 vehicles in the form of Ford Endeavours, Mahindra Scorpios to pick up trucks. The expedition covered more than 800 Kms travelling from Ajmer back to Pushkar via Jojawar, Chattrasagar, Narlai, Kumbalgarh, Osian, Jodhpur & Ranakpur.

From here on off road in India was there to stay. More than 20 groups were operated in Rajasthan and Ladakh before we got enough confidence to launch this product in the Indian market.

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Safaris in Ladakh


Lake Safari, Tso Moriri and Pangong


Little Tibet Safari from Kashmir to Ladakh


Safari to the Eastern Karakoram and Nubra valley


Manali to Leh Jeep Safari



Safaris in Himachal Pradesh

bullet Heritage Himachal Safari
bullet Trans Himalayan Safari, Kinnaur, Spiti Lahaul and Ladakh

Safaris in North East

bullet Mystic Arunachal Safari, Bomdila - Tawang
bullet Mystic Arunachal Safari with Kaziranga and Namdapha
bullet Sikkim and Darjeeling Safari

Safaris in Rajasthan

bullet The Great Thar Expedition


Safaris in South India

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