INDIA / Rajasthan - Desert & Palaces

"Rajasthan is romantic India wrapped in gaudy royal robes. Like a microcosm of Mother India, there’s also abundant wildlife and warm people, glitz and camels, soulful music, glittering saris, tottering turbans and a surprisingly rich cuisine. A vast and wonder-laced state with treasures more sublime than those of fable, the Land of the Kings paints a bold image. Compiling a must-see list in Rajasthan can cripple the fussy traveller: Meherangarh looming over bright blue Jodhpur the giant gold sandcastle at Jaisalmer, the palaces and pageantry of Udaipur, ... the storybook whimsy of Bundi and the havelis sprinkled through Shekavati – see them all, and you’ll see a month fly by ..." (Quote www.lonelyplanet.com)

At a Glance ...

Best traveltime October, November, February, March
Start/Finish Delhi / Delhi
Duration 18 travel days, 14 riding days
Distance covered around 1.400 mi / 2.200 km
Day rides 70 - 215 mi / 110 - 340 km
Roads Mainly tarmac
Motorcycles Enfield Bullet 500cc, left side gear shift, e-start
Rider's requirements Easy riding but important to keep one's cool when coping with the traffic!
Group size Min. 4 and max. 10 riders - space for pillion rider in our follow up car.
Accomodation Heritage hotels, old palaces and castles converted into Hotels, some middle-class Hotels
What's included All meals, water and soft drinks, all entry fees, petrol for the bikes, back-up car, mechanic
Highlights Taj Mahal, Udaipur "Venice of the East", Jaisalmer Desert Fortress, Rajput Palaces and the Colours of Rajasthan...
Important You need a VISA to enter India! Many nationalities now can apply online for a "Visa on Arrival"
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The Maharaja Tour - Touring the Marvels of Rajasthan!

Day 1 Airport pick-up and bus ride to our Hotel in Mandawa, 250km form Delhi.
Day 2 After a briefing on the Enfield motorcycles and the peculiarities of the traffic in India we explore Shekhavati region and it´s havelis (traditional, ornately decorated residences)
Day 3 Further into Thar Desert, to Bikaner. Colourful Basars are waiting to be explored.
Day 4 On the road to Jaisalmer we stop at Kichan to visit a Colony of "Demoiselle Cranes".
Day 5 Like a fairy tale out of "1001 Nights" the "Golden City" Jaisalmer appears in the desert. For a few hours we swap our "Bullets" for Camels.
Day 6 We cruise to Jodhpur. The "Blue City" with its mighty Merhangarh Fort.
Day 7 A relaxed ride on small roads takes us to Luni where we stay at the Fort that´s been converted into an heritage hotel.
Day 8 On our way to today col's Hotel, the Royal Castle in Ghanerao, we stop at the marvellous Jain Temple in Ranakpur.
Day 9 Without doubt the best day col on our bikes. Cruising through the Aravalli mountains and with a stop at the breathtaking Kumbalgarh Fort we make our way to ...
Day 10 Udaipur the "Venice of the East". A day col to relax and to enjoy the city.
Day 11 On roads that rarely see tourists me move towards the tiny village of Bambora where we stay once more within ancient walls...
Day 12 ...further into Rajasthan´s backroads we ride to Bassi.
Day 13 Another jewel in the crown on this tour. Bundi is a beautiful, non-touristy step back in time.
Day 14 Today col we reach Swai Madhopur and...
Day 15 ...Ranthampore National Park, abundant wildlife and maybe a Tiger?
Day 16 Again rural India and after visiting the Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary in Bharatpur. Our last day col on the Enfield s.
Day 17 The "Ghost Town" Fathepur Sikri and a highlight of the tour, the Taj Mahal, the monument of love. A Bus and the "Grand Trunk Road" leads us back to Delhi.
Day 18 Flight back home and farewell to the "Land of the Maharajas".