RAJASTHAN : THE ROYAL RIDE
15 days – 14 nights
|Total Time||15 Days|
|Hotel Overnights||14 Nights|
|Total Distance||2200 kms|
|Riding Days||13 Days|
|Breakfast||14 Included breakfasts|
Delhi, Nawalgarh, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jaisalmer Fort, Patwa Ki Haveli, Tilon Ki Pol, Jodhpur, Osian, Ranakpur, Kumbalgarh Fort, Udaipur, Lake Pichola, Bagore ki Haveli, City Palace, jagdish Temple, Chittorgarh, Jaipur, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Taj Mahal
Traditional Accommodations and all meals on twin sharing basis ( Good Mid range havelis or palaces)
This tour is best done in the Indian winter months of Novemner to March – cool months to ride in the deserts of Rajasthan.
Start – Delhi
Finish – Delhi
Day 1 – Arrival Day – Arrive at Delhi and local Delhi sight seeing
We would welcome you at the Airport in Delhi and transfer you to your hotel in Gurgaon, a corporate township on the Western end of Delhi. Its a day you would catch up with your jet-lag and we would have an evening briefing on the tour ahead. You would also meet your horses for the ride – the Royal Enfield – and may be get a feel of this classic motorcycle. If your are early in the day, we could go in for a short sight seeing trip to Indian Gate, Lotus temple or Qutub Minar.
Day 2 – Ride from Gurgaon to Nawalgarh
Today, we ride to Nawalgarh, a rather small town that boasts several fine havelis and bazaars. The saddle time would be about 6 hours, and we will cover a distance of 245 kms. Top sights in Nawalgarh are the Bala Qila Fort which houses the famous Sheesh Mahal. 7kms from Nawalgarh is Dundlod, Famous for a perfect blend of Rajput and Mughal art & architecture.
Day 3 – Nawalgarh to Bikaner
Today, we ride to Bikaner and cover a distance of 220 Kms. Saddle time is 5 hours. Bikaner is a vibrant, dust swirling desert town with a fabulous fort and an energizing outpost feel. Bikaner is less dominated by tourism than many other Rajasthan cities, thus it is a better place to enjoy the fabulous and colorful bazaars. Top Sights in Bikaner are Junagadh Fort and the Karni Mata Temple, where the pilgrims worship thousands of holy rats.
Day 4 – Bikaner to Jaisalmer
On this day we start early for our ride to Jaisalmer. The distance to be covered is 350 Kms and the saddle time is 8 hours. We will cross Phalodi and Pokhran on our way to Jaisalmer. Pokhran Fort hotel is a popular lunch stop. Once in Jaisalmer, We can relax and enjoy the atmosphere, as we have an entire day to explore.
Top Sights in Jaisalmer are Jaisalmer Fort, Fort Palace (Museum) and Patwa-ki-Haveli (Famous for its design and intricate stonework)
Day 5 – Explore Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer as a city has a lot to offer. We will try to cover as much as is possible in a day. Some of the Must Visit places are:
Jaisalmer Fort: It is a massive sandcastle rising from the sandy plains like a mirage from a bygone era. Jaisalmer’s unique fort is a living urban centre, with about 3000 people residing within its walls. It’s honeycombed with narrow, winding lanes, lined with houses and temples – along with a large number of handicraft shops, guesthouses and restaurants
Patwa ki Haveli: Its an interesting piece of Architecture and is the most important among the havelis in Jaisalmer. This is precisely because of two things, first that it was the first haveli erected in Jaisalmer and second, that it is not a single haveli but a cluster of 5 small havelis. This is the largest Haveli in Jaisalmer and stands in a narrow lane.
Tilon Ki Pol: The attractive 14th-century Tilon-ki-Pol gateway that straddles the road down to Gadi Sagar is said to have been built by a famous prostitute. When she offered to pay to have it constructed, the maharawal refused permission on the grounds that he would have to pass under it to go down to the tank, which would be beneath his dignity. While he was away, she built the gate anyway, adding a Krishna temple on top so the king could not tear it down.
Day 6 – Jaisalmer to Jodhpur
The total distance to be covered today is 305 Kms, and the saddle time is 7 hours. We will take a detour from Pokhran and cross Osian on our way to Jodhpur.
Osian: The ancient Thar Desert town of Osian, was dominated by the Jains. Osian today is inhabited mostly by Brahmins – most of the houses here are painted blue. The finely carved ancient temples of Osian are a must see spot.
Jodhpur: The city is known as the “Sun City” for the bright, sunny weather it enjoys all the year round. The old city circles the fort and is bounded by a wall with several gates. Jodhpur is also known as “Blue City” for the blue color on the houses in the old city area. Jodhpur is a popular tourist destination, featuring many palaces, forts and temples, set in the stark landscape of the Thar Desert.
Day 7 – Jodhpur to Ranakpur (visit Kumbalgarh)
Today, we will cover a distance of 185 Kms, and the saddle time would be 4 hours. On our way to Ranakpur, We will stop at the Om Banna temple which is just 45 Kms out of Jodhpur and we will also visit Kumbalgarh fort before stopping at Ranakpur.
Kumbalgarh Fort: Kumbhalgarh Fort is a Mewar fortress on the westerly range of Aravalli Hills, in the Rajsamand district near Udaipur of Rajasthan state in western India. It is a World Heritage Site included in Hill Forts of Rajasthan. With a wall over 38 km long, the fort is the second largest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China and the second largest fort in Rajasthan after Chittorgarh Fort. The journey to the fort, along twisting roads through the Aravalli Hills, is a highlight in itself.
Ranakpur: Ranakpur is one of India’s biggest and most important Jain temple complexes. Top Sights in Ranakpur is Chaumukha Mandir (Temple), an incredible feature of Jain devotion, it is a complicated series of 29 halls, 80 domes and 1444 individually engraved pillars.
Day 8 – Ranakpur to Udaipur
Today, we have a much relaxed ride. The distance to be covered is 100 Kms, and the saddle time would be 3 hrs.
Udaipur: Udaipur is dominated by the sprawling city palace that hugs the eastern shoreline of Udaipur’s centre piece, Lake Pichola. Udaipur with its lakes lies on the south slope of the Aravalli Range in Rajasthan. The Northern part of the district consists generally of elevated plateaus, while the eastern part has vast stretches of fertile plains.
Top Sights in Udaipur are Lake Pichola, Bagore Ki Haveli, City Palace and Jagdish Temple
Day 9 – Udaipur sightseeing
Beside shimmering Lake Pichola, with the ochre and purple ridges of the wooded Aravalli Hills stretching away in every direction, Udaipur has a romance of setting unmatched in Rajasthan and arguably in all India.
Fantastical palaces, temples, havelis and countless narrow, crooked, colourful streets add the human counterpoint to the city’s natural charms.
Some of the Must Visit places in Udaipur are:
Lake Pichola: Lake Pichola, situated in Udaipur city is an artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD, named after the nearby Picholi village. Lake Palace (formerly known as Jag Niwas) is a luxury hotel located on the island of Jag Niwas in Lake Pichola.
Bagore ki Haveli: Bagore-ki-Haveli is a haveli in Udaipur in Rajasthan state in India. It is right on the waterfront of Lake Pichola at Gangori Ghat. The palace has over a hundred rooms, with displays of costumes and modern art. The glass and mirror in the interiors are Haveli work. It also preserves an example of Mewar painting on the walls of the Queen’s Chamber. The two peacocks made from small pieces of colored glasses are examples of glasswork.
City Palace: Udaipur City Palace is one of the architectural marvels of Rajasthan, located peacefully on the banks of Lake Pichola. City Palace boasts of the wonderful blend of Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture. The Palace has various towers, domes and arches, which add to the flavor of heritage site. City Palace comprises 11 wonderful palaces, which were built by different rulers still they resemble each other.
Jagdish Temple: Jagdish Temple is one of the famous temples of Udaipur. Located in the City Palace complex of Udaipur, this temple is made in the Indo-Aryan style of architecture. It is celebrated for being the largest temple in the city of Udaipur. This three-storied temple is a wonder of architecture that comprises beautifully carved pillars, decorated ceilings, painted walls and lush halls.
Day 10 – Udaipur to Chittorgarh
The distance to Chittorgarh is 117 Kms, and the saddle time would be 3 hrs. Chittorgarh, the garh (fort) rises from the plains, like a huge rock island, nearly 6 km Long and surrounded on all sides by 150 m plus cliffs. The stories of valour and sacrifice of Rana Pratap Singh and his struggle to save his Kingdom are unmatched in the World. The Padmini’s Palace and the evening sound and light shows are good things to see.
Day 11 – Chittorgarh to Jaipur
Today, we ride to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital. Distance to be travelled is 320 Kms and the saddle time would be 7 hrs.
Jaipur: Jaipur is an enthralling historical city and the gateway to India’s most flamboyant state. At city’s heart, the City palace continues to house the former royal family. Top Sights in Jaipur: Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Colorful Bazaars, Amber Fort, City Palace and Nahargarh Fort.
Day 12 – Exploring Jaipur
The planned city of Jaipur was the political centre of a princely state in pre-independence India, and is now the capital of Rajasthan. Be it a cluster of majestic temples amidst the Aravallis or palatial forts that once protected the city boundaries, the pink city is home to a range of accessible heritage sites and grand monuments. Some of the Must Visit Places in Jaipur are :-
Hawa Mahal: Jaipur’s most distinctive landmark, the Hawa Mahal is an extraordinary, fairy-tale, pink sandstone, delicately honeycombed hive that raises a dizzying five storeys. It was constructed in 1799 by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh to enable ladies of the royal household to watch the life and processions of the city.
Jantar Mantar: Jantar Mantar, an observatory begun by Jai Singh in 1728 that resembles a collection of giant bizarre sculptures. The name is derived from the Sanskrit yanta mantr, meaning ‘instrument of calculation,’ and in 2010 it was added to India’s list of Unesco World Heritage Sites.
Amber Fort: This hilltop fort complex lies on the dusty Aravalli hill range, 11 km outside Jaipur. It was the capital of the Rajputs for 700 years and the original residence of the royal family, before Jaipur was constructed. Built in a combination of Hindu and Islamic architectural elements, it encloses pretty palaces, imposing gates and several official buildings. These are decorated with wall murals, carvings, and mirror and glass work.This magnificent fort is largely made up of a royal palace, built from pale yellow and pink sandstone and white marble, and divided into four main sections, each with its own courtyard.
City Palace: A complex of courtyards, gardens and buildings, the impressive City Palace is right in the centre of the Old City. The outer wall was built by Jai Singh, but within it the palace has been enlarged and adapted over the centuries. There are palace buildings from different eras, some dating from the early 20th century. Despite the gradual development, the whole is a striking blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture.
Nahargarh Fort: Reminiscent of Jaipur’s royal past, the 18th-century Nahargarh Fort once formed a strong defence for the city of Jaipur. A walk through its massive gates, beautifully-crafted temples and large courtyards will transport you back in the time of the maharajas. Considered to be one of the best vantage points in the pink city, the fort’s crown offers spectacular vistas of Jaipur and the serene Man Sagar Lake.The scenic hilltop location of Naharharh Fort provides breathtaking views of Jaipur and its natural defenses.
Day 13 – Jaipur to Agra
This is your ride to one of the most exotic tourist spots in India – the Taj Mahal in Agra. We ride out in the morning and ride a distance of about 250 Kms in about 6 hours. We ride to the grand Agra Fort before we check in into our hotel in Agra. Next day in the morning we would see the world renowned monument of love – The Taj Mahal, which happens to be among the seven wonders of the World.
Day 14 – Agra to Gurgaon
The day begins with a big tick on your bucket list – the Taj Mahal tour.
Taj Mahal : The iconic Taj Mahal is a mausoleum made of ivory-white marble situated on the banks of the Yamuna river. It was commissioned in 1632 by Shah Jahan, the mughal emperor, as a tomb of his favourite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. This masterpiece was completed in 1653 at a cost of about 32 million Rupees, which in today would be about USD 827 million. It took some 20,000 artisans, 20 years, to build this exotic tomb. The was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Point in 1983 for being ‘the jewel of Muslim art in India and one of the universally admired masterpieces of the world’s heritage’. The Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore described Taj as ‘the tear-drop on the cheek of time’.
We return to have our breakfast, change and ride out to Delhi through the Yamuna Expressway. We would be in Delhi by the late afternoon and the rest of the day is free time for you.
You are now free to fly out on your scheduled dates next day morning or may be extend your tour by a couple of days to cover more of Delhi or Amritsar. Please get in touch with us separately in case you want us to plan some more extension of your stays in India. We shall be happy to help.
Day 15 – Departure Day – Local Delhi or fly out
We shall organise your drop to the airport or may be stictch another itinerary for your extended stay in India. Please fill in Ask Me form for customising your trip or to modify this itinerary.
- All transfers including Airport transfers, tourist spots and during the ride
- All Bike hire charges for Royal Enfield 500 cc for trip duration.
- Fuel, oil and spare parts or minor repairs for bikes for entire guided tour duration
- All tourist places entry tickets and guide charges ( excludes camera charges)
- Guided tour as per itinerary – from receiving at the airport to sending off from airport.
- A back up logistics mini-truck / mini bus with driver and Royal Enfield mechanic
- Traditional Accommodations and all meals on twin sharing basis ( Good Mid range havelis or palaces) for 14 Nights / 15 Days
- A welcome dinner and a traditional farewell dinner
- Third party insurance of the motorcycles