Royal Rajasthan Classic Bike Tour 1 – 14 Feb 2016
Day 1: Delhi – Agra – Bharatpur by Bus 260Km.
On our Rajasthan Tour you shall be met at the airport and transferred to Agra (about 4 hours) where the group will visit the Taj Mahal, the legendary monument to love. Then we continue to the day’s last destination of Bharatpur. We get our Enfield 500cc Classic bikes here and next morning begin our ride to Ranthambore National Park.
Day 2: Bharatpur – Ranthambore 260Km.
Ride on a lively mix of country roads and national highways as we tune in to the bike and riding in this amazing country!
For centuries Ranthambhore was a hunting ground for the maharajas who even created artificial lakes and watering holes to attract big game. This huge area of forests and swamps has some of the richest wildlife in India. A dawn safari into the park is scheduled and the chances of sighting a tiger at this time of year are good.
Day 3: Ranthambore Safari.
Ranthambhore, now a Project Tiger reserve since 1973, is also home to other major wild animals including the leopard, nilgai, dhole, wild boar, sambar, hyena, sloth bear, chital and a variety of birds & reptiles. A typical day at Ranthambhore starts with a pre dawn wildlife safari that lasts 2-3 hours. The rest of the day can be an opportunity for relaxation, exploration or contemplation depending on your inclination. After lunch you head out again towards the national park, a nice afternoon ride to visit the 1000 year old Ranthambhore fort and watch the sunset.
Day 4: Ranthambore – Bassi 175Km.
The city lies near a narrow gorge and is surrounded on three sides by hills of the Aravalli Range. A substantial wall with four gateways encircles the city. Next on the agenda are the beautiful rides on back roads to the towns of Bijaipur and Chittorgarh. Relatively few westerners venture into this area as public transport is limited and there is an inquisitive friendliness and hospitality shown to westerners. Passing through the exotic city of Chittogarh, we’ll wind our way up to the vast commanding fort overlooking the city from its rocky plateau. Extensive ancient forts and palaces of the Rajput era are here as well as visiting the bustling small town markets and bazaars. The town of Indragarh and nearby places are famous for the renowned temples of Bijasan Mata and Kamleshwar. Stay at Bassi Fort Palace.
Day 5: Bassi – Bundi 180Km.
We ride the quiet country roads to Bundi. Stay at Hotel Ishwari Niwas Palace.
Day 6: Bundi – Udaipur 270Km.
We’ll be continuing on winding roads through the far south of Rajasthan, past peaceful Lake Jalsamand and through landscapes virtually unknown to travelers. Udaipur is known for its Rajput-era palaces, it is often called the “Venice of the East” and is also nicknamed the “Lake City”. The Lake Palace, for instance, covers an entire island in the Pichola Lake. Stay at Jagat Niwas Palace.
Day 7: Udaipur – Site seeing.
Udaipur, a tourists delight as it is, will most likely have you spending the entire day visiting all it has to offer. The evening will be a great time to absorb the stunning views of the “Pichola Lake” from the sunset point or one of the numerous roof-top restaurants lining the “ghats” around the lake.
Day 08: Udaipur – Kumbhalgarh.(130 KM)
The Mewar fortress of Kumbhalgarh is a remarkable battlement surrounded by a wildlife sanctuary, home to a very large variety of wild life, some of which are highly endangered species. This impregnable fort fell only once to the combined forces of four kingdoms including Emperor Akbar. Stay at Kumbhalgarh Forest Retreat.
Day 09: Kumbhalgarh – Jodhpur.
After breakfast, you’ll saddle-up yet again for a 185 Km ride to the city of Jodhpur. Referred to as the “Blue City” due to the vivid blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. Hotel Vivanta by Taj – Hari Mahal, Jodhpur.
Day 10: Jodhpur site seeing.
The old city circles the fort and is bounded by a wall with several gates. Rich in history, music, food, art and language blend in perfectly to gives one a lively experience that is very distinct to this region. The city is famous for its food specially ‘Jodhpur Sweets’ It lies at the onshore of Thar desert and life has been influenced with the ways of the desert people.
Day 11: Jodhpur – Pushkar 200Km.
The famous lake of Pushkar is considered to be very old and of the time when the earth was created. The Lake is surrounded by 52 different ghats to take a bath. This place is heaven for shoppers, filled with many items like jewelry, cloths, showpieces, books, bags, handicraft, shoes. Stay at Pushkar Palace Hotel.
Day 12: Pushkar – Jaipur 145Km.
Ride on a lively mix of country roads and national highways to reach Jaipur with its16th century’s Amber fort. Feel free to visit the colorful bazaar for shopping in the evening. Stay at Trident Hotel – with a lake view!
Day 13: Jaipur – Site seeing.
Site seeing and shopping, Jaipur has it all! In the morning visit the Magnificent City Palace (Royal Museum) built in 1727 by Maharaja Sawai Singh. The complex consists an excellent museum, an armoury, sprawling gardens, buildings and several fine halls, Jantar Mantar (the Astronomical Observatory) & Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds). (flight to Delhi in the evening)
Day 14: Delhi – Site seeing tour.
Delhi was the site of ancient Indraprastha, the mythical capital of the Pandavas during the Mahabharata. There are a number of legends associated with the origin of the name Delhi. One is that it is derived from Dhillu or Dilu, a king who built a city at this location in 50 BC and named it after himself. In AD 1639, the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built a new walled city in Delhi, which served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1649 until the Rebellion of 1857.
We see you to your flight in the evening.