The motor bikes provided are Royal Enfield Bullets. The Enfields were originally produced in Britain. After WW2, the factory was transferred to India ( Chennai - formerly Madras ), where they are still in production today. An experienced motor bike mechanic will accompany the tour. All fuel, maintenance and repairs are included. We use our own fleet of Enfields. These are lovingly maintained and used exclusively for our tours only.
Day 1: Arrive Delhi. Met at airport and transferred to hotel. Orientation of the hotel area.
Day 2: Delhi. Sightseeing tour in an air-con bus to see the sights of Delhi. Delhi is the capital of India and a mixture of Hindu, Muslim and British architecture. The city consists of two parts - Old Delhi which was the capital of Muslim India, between the 12th and 19th centuries and New Delhi, the imperial city created by the British. After the tour, collect the motor bikes and have a practice.
Day 3: Delhi. Free day to explore shop, eat and enjoy the rich variety of life in one of India's biggest cities.
Day 4: Delhi - Mandawa (250 km). The ride begins with an early start to avoid the Delhi traffic. After leaving the main highway the ride becomes far more enjoyable & relaxing until Mandawa is reached - a relaxing swim in the hotels pool to refresh, reflect on the 1st days ride and to enjoy the magnificent desert sunset! Mandawa is a small town situated at the beginning of the great Thar Desert, which extends west towards Pakistan. Its position on the camel routes between India and Central Asia brought great wealth. The wealthy merchants built magnificent mansions of golden - yellow sandstone, which are known as "Havelis".
Day 5: Mandawa. Sightseeing tour of Mandawa to visit the magnificent fort, palace, Havelis and enjoy the colourful market area.
Day 6: Mandawa - Bikaner (180 km). Ride along a very good road with little vehicle traffic (except for camel carts!) further into the Thar Desert and enjoy the change in vegetation, scenery and people. Arrive for lunch and a relaxing swim in the hotel pool before the sightseeing tour of Bikaner begins. Bikaner was founded in 1488 and contains the Jungarh Fort and palace within and also the Indian government's camel breeding farm.
Day 7: Bikaner - Jodhpur (200 km). Not far out of Bikaner is the famous Karni Mata Temple (Rat Temple) A short stop here to enjoy? The rats & mice running around your feet! Continue along the very good road until the magnificent and imposing Jodhpur fort is sighted you've arrived. A nice relax and swim in the hotels pool before having dinner & drinks on the lawns by the pool. The impregnable Meherangarh Fort, sitting atop a sheer rocky outcrop, totally dominates the city, which was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha, chief of the Rajputs. For many centuries, the proud Rajputs were the most feared and respected warriors - the many palaces, temples and immense forts are reminders of their proud history. The old city encloses a fascinating jumble of winding streets and many bazaars.
Day 8: Jodhpur. Sightseeing tour to visit and enjoy the magnificent and imposing fort, then a walk down through the back steets will lead to the Clock Tower bazaar/market where the full array of colorful and variety of people of Rajasthan will be found.
Day 9: Jodhpur - Pushkar (205 km). A great ride through many small villages until all of a sudden you're riding in hills, so different after riding on the flat desert roads! Pushkar is nestled amongst these hills. Pushkar is one of the holiest Hindu sites in India. Its sacred lake is dedicated to Brahma, the Lord of Creation, and is surrounded by bathing ghats and innumerable temples. These temples are home to the Sadhus, who are people who have renounced all worldly possessions and roam India seeking enlightenment.
Once a year, during the full moon in November, Pushkar is transformed into the world’s biggest camel and cattle fair. This fair is predominately a rural gathering, with thousands of the colorful and friendly Rajasthani villagers attending. During the day, camels are raced, paraded, bought and sold, whilst at night, the desert air is filled with the sounds of the distinctive Rajasthani folk music. A relaxing swim and dinner/drinks by the pool to savour this special and holy place.
Day 10: Pushkar. Sightseeing tour to visit the sacred lake, Brahmin Temple, an opportunity to be blessed by the Sadhus at the Ghats and take a stroll through this quaint town. A special dinner in the desert will be arranged - enjoy some delicious food and be entertained by Rajasthani dancers, singers and musicians a great night!
Day 11: Pushkar - Jaipur (160 km). Another great days ride along a good road to Jaipur. Jaipur is known as the "Pink City", due to the distinctive pink sandstone used in its construction. It was founded by the great warrior and astronomer, Jai Singh. It contains many forts, palaces, bazaars and the world famous astrological observatory.
Day 12: Jaipur. Sightseeing tour. Drive the 12 km to the magnificent Amber Fort which has an elaborate palace within even ride an elephant to the entrance! Back to Jaipur with a stop at the Summer Palace in the middle of a lake before visiting the Astrological Observatory.
Day 13: Jaipur - Sariska (150 km). Yet another great days ride through many small villages in the hilly region and forested area (look out for the monkeys on the side of the road) leading into Sariska. Accommodation will be at the former Maharajas hunting lodge, which is a magnificent building set in 50 acres, with fine antiques and stately rooms, tennis court, swimming pool - a look back at how the "elite" lived in the past. An afternoon or early morning jeep ride into the Sariska Wildlife Reserve, in search of antelope, wild boar, hyena, blue bulls and the elusive tiger.
Day 14: Sariska - Bharatpur (140 km). Ride along the back roads through many villages enjoying the rural "life" that lives on these back roads. Bharatpur is home to the famous Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary. An afternoon boat ride through vast swamps, to observe some of the 328 different species of local and migratory birds.
Day 15: Bharatpur - Agra (60 km). A short 25 km ride to Fatehpur Sikri for a sightseeing tour of this magnificent Moghul city before continuing onto Agra. After a relaxing lunch and swim in the pool it's time to visit the Agra Fort and Taj Mahal stay and watch the sunset at the Taj - it doesn't get much better than this! The Taj Mahal was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, between 1632 and 1653. Although the Taj is amazingly graceful from almost any angle, its the close up detail which is really astounding. Semi precious stones are inlaid into the marble in beautiful patterns and with superb craftsmanship.
Day 16: Agra - Delhi (200 km). Last days ride along a newly built 4 lane highway back to Delhi. Say goodbye to the Royal Enfields, mechanic and drivers.
Day 17: Delhi.nFree day to relax and get ready to leave Delhi that evening. Transfer to the airport. If you have the time and inclination, our Rajasthan Classic Motor Bike Tour commences immediately after our Himalayan High Road to Leh Motor Bike tour. Combining both the Leh and Rajasthan tours will provide an opportunity to experience riding through the Himalayas to the world's highest road and then back down to the semi desert region of Rajasthan - a great variety of scenery, people, customs, architecture and religions not to mention the substantial savings if you combine these tours.
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