Riding at the Land of Maharajas
Trip Duration: 15 DAYS
Riding distance:2200 KMS / 1370 MILES
Highlights: The tour includes visits to the famous Havelis, Palaces, Forts, Deserts, Lakes, Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, two of the best wildlife parks in India, and culminates with the brightest jewel in India’s crown, the TajMahal. This is a tour that has an abundance of visual textures. Sweeping desert dunes, lush oasis, and jagged mountains accented with towering fortresses known as havelis, and towns of ornate architecture and vivid colors. The market places remain as traditional as they have for thousands of years. In the land of the Rajas, the camel is a common mode of transportation.
Rajasthan, The “Land Of Maharajas” situated south-west of Delhi, on the edge of the Thar desert stretches towards, has been the home of proud Rajput warriors and seat of the mighty Moghul Empire. India at its exotic best! This deluxe desert-palace tour takes us through back roads to seldom seen Palaces and Havelis, converted into luxury hotels, hosted often by descendants of those who once claimed princely reign over the kingdoms of Rajasthan. The Rajasthan motorcycle tour doesn’t call for any special riding skills, other than coping with chaotic traffic in a few cities. Any competent road rider can easily handle the tour.
The complete tour covers nearly 2,000 km, with the longest distance ridden in one day being about 330 km.
MOTO TOUR ITINENARY
DAY 01: Arrive in DELHI.
We will meet you at Delhi Airport and transfer you to your Hotel. Because fellow group members may be arriving on different flights, we will wait to meet the fellow group members on the next day at the breakfast table and the staff at the dinner table.
DAY 02: DELHI – MANDAWA(260 KMS/5–6HRS)
An early rise for breakfast, Today we drive in a small mini bus to Mandawa past the airport and on into Rajasthan on the main national highway 8, before our turn off and onto the back roads from Rewari through small Rajasthani villages and farms, heading for the capital of the Jhunjhunu district and on to our first amazing desert hotel. The hotel was formerly one of the palaces of the Maharajas of Jaipur, set in a small village in the middle of the Shekawati sand dunes. Post lunch we’ll hold a briefing to cover safety precautions, touring style, road conditions, and check of personal equipment, with time to select our bikes and become familiar with starting procedures, control layouts and bike handling. Today we have trial ride around our Hotel.
DAY 03: MANDAWA–BIKANER(190KMS/4–5HRS)
We start the day with a brief visit to Mandawa Haveli, then we surprise peacocks and wild camels as we continue our run through the heart of the Rajasthan outback and end the day at a palace on the outskirts of Bikaner, in the sand dunes of the Thar Desert. We take an afternoon ride to the Bikaner Palace Museum for a glance at the opulent historical past of this once wealthy trade route centre. The castles that were built by the Rajas in the desert outposts were intricately carved sandstone buildings called havelis. Combined with impressive fortress defence structures, they created elaborate palaces.
DAY 04: BIKANER–JAISALMER(310KMS/5–6HRS)
Post breakfast in the palace gardens, it is a full day in the saddle as we ride through small villages set among desert oasis with deep blue vast open skies above to the horizon of golden sands. Wild camels and caravans of gypsies drift by as we are virtually alone on the roads through the desert.
DAY 05: AT JAISALMER.
Post breakfast we will visit the Jaisalmer walled city center and ancient markets, past fantastic carved sandstone havelis to the famous Jain Temple. In the evening we ride to the Sand Dunes to see the sunset.
DAY 06: JAISALMER–JODHPUR–LUNI(315KMS/5–6HRS)
For our ride to one of the world’s best known fortresses Jodhpur,we head south through the sand dunes to an ancient temple complex called Osiyan for a visit and fast lunch on our way to the fascinating desert city of Jodhpur, dominated by the Maharaja’s hilltop fortress called Maherangarh. We visit the Fort and further ride 40 Kms to Luni. After the long day’s ride, we arrive at our hotel Fort Chanwa.
Post breakfast we ride to Kumbalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary.
DAY 08: KUMBALGARH–RANAKPUR–UDAIPUR(150KMS/3–4HRS)
We start the day with a brief visit to Kumbalgarh Fort and further continue our ride to Udaipur the city of Lakes we head south to an ancient Jain Temple.
DAY 09: AT UDAIPUR.
Post breakfast we will visit the City Palace and the Sajjangarh Fort.
DAY 10: UDAIPUR–CHITTORGARH–BIJAPUR(160KMS/3–4HRS)
We start our ride to visit the Largest fort in India and further to a small town of rajasthan.
DAY 11: BIJAIPUR–BOONDI(140KMS/4–5HRS)
Post breakfast we ride through the small road and villages to a small town of Rajasthan which I famous for its Havelis.
DAY 12: BOONDI–RANTHAMBORE(140KMS/4–5HRS)
Today we will ride to Ranthambore national Park famous for the second largest fort in India and the Royal Bengal Tigers. This evening we will join the jeep safari to get a glimpse of the most elusive of big cats, the Royal Bengal Tiger. Our naturalist guide takes us through the reserve by jeep in search of the tiger, and many more species of jungle wildlife encountered along the way. If there is one tiger reserve in India where you are most likely to spot the big cats it’sRanthambore.
DAY 13: RANTHAMBORE–BHARATPUR(190KMS/5–6HRS)
Post breakfast we ride the narrow backroads through small villages and temples set in green jungle valleys to the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary at Bharatpur.
DAY 13: BHARATPUR–FATEHPUR SIKRI–AGRA(60KMS/2–3HRS)
We rise early to walk or bicycle inside the bird sanctuary to see the birds. After visiting the birds and having breakfast we continue further 60 Kms to Agra en route visiting FatehpurSikri. Today is last day of our ride.
DAY 14: AGRA–DELHI.
Post breakfast visit the TajMahal& Agra Fort. IN the evening board the fast train to Delhi. Arrive Delhi in the night, transfer to your hotel.
Transfer to the Airport to board the flight back home.