Rajasthan Palace Classic Motorcycle Tour

On our Rajasthan Palace Classic motorcycle tour we see India at its exotic best! Rajasthan, “Land of Kings”, has been the home of proud Rajput warriors and seat of the mighty Mogul Empire. This desert-palace tour takes you through backroads to seldom seen castles converted into luxury hotels, hosted often by descendants. We include visits to Ranthambore Tiger Reserve and Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, two of the best wildlife parks in India, and it culminates in the brightest jewel in India’s crown, the Taj Mahal.

Map of Rajasthan Palace Classic Motorcycle tour


— Search for tigers at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve
— Visit the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world
— Ride through villages and view rural India
— Witness the Golden Fortress City of the Sands

  • Day 1


    On arrival in Delhi you will be transferred to your hotel. Relax and refresh or choose to enjoy an afternoon guided tour of Delhi. Tonight, offers a welcome on our ‘Rajasthan Palace Classic motorcycle tour’ dinner and your first chance to sample some local cuisine.

    Day 2

    Delhi – Nawalgarh (250 km)

    After an early rise for breakfast, meet your local tour crew and select your motorcycle. Take time to get familiar with the control layouts, starting techniques, and bike handling. You’ll avoid the rush hour traffic in India’s capital city, travelling a little on the main national highway. We then turn onto the back roads through Rajasthani villages and farms before hitting our first amazing desert hotel in Nawalgarh.

    Day 3

    Nawalgarh – Bikaner (190 km)

    Start the day with a brief visit to Mukandgarh Fort. Continue through Rajasthan outback as you watch out for roaming peacocks and camels. Arrive on the outskirts of Bikaner surrounded by the sand dunes of the Thar Desert. Take an afternoon ride to the Bikaner Palace Museum. Here uncover the opulent historical past of this once wealthy trade route centre.

    Day 4

    Bikaner – Jaisalmer (310 km)

    After breakfast, it is a full day in the saddle. You ride through small villages set among desert oases with vast deep blue skies above the horizon of golden sands. Watch the world drift by as you ride virtually alone on the roads through the desert. Your home for the next two nights is the ‘Golden City’ of Jaisalmer, on the Pakistan/India border in the Thar Desert.

    Day 5

    Jaisalmer (free day)

    Take a walking tour of the walled city centre and ancient markets, past fairytale carved sandstone havelis to the famous Jain Temple complex. Explore the alleyways, walk the ramparts of the city walls, and stop at the shops selling everything under the sun. This afternoon you can take an optional ride into the desert dunes. Get a feel for the sand and experience the beauty of the deep Thar desert.

    Day 6

    Jaisalmer – Jodhpur (315 km)

    Head south through the sand dunes to an ancient temple complex called Osiyan for a visit and quick lunch. Then it’s on our way to the fascinating desert city of Jodhpur. This is dominated by the Maharaja’s hilltop fortress called Meherangarh. After the long day’s ride, you arrive at your hotel on the hill leading up to the imposing Meherangarh Fort complex.

    Day 7

    Jodhpur – Pushkar (245 km)

    Ride to the Meherangarh Fort to have a tour of the impressive museum created by the Jodhpur Maharaja and family. This is one of the best fortress palace complexes preserved in all of India and is a must see! Your ride continues past rock dinosaur fins and fantastical-shaped pillars towards Pushkar. Brahman lake remains the holiest site in all Rajasthan, with bathing ghats to the holy waters encircling the entire lake.

    Day 8

    Pushkar – Ranthambore (155 km)

    First thing we’ve time to explore the small havelis around the lake shore or take a camel ride into the desert. Alternatively just relax and watch the village pilgrims doing their sacred ‘Puja’ in the holy waters. Then head off to the world famous Ranthambore Tiger Reserve. Ride backroads from Pushkar to Ranthambore, through a whole different Rajasthan. Hills are rocky and sharp compared to the soft dunes of the desert.

    Day 9

    Ranthambore Tiger Reserve (free day)

    This morning is an early rise to join the dawn jeep safari to try 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. We hope to see many other more species of jungle wildlife along the way. There’s time in the afternoon to relax or explore the surrounding villages before dinner.

    Day 10

    Ranthambore Tiger Reserve (free day)

    Because once is not enough enjoy another morning safari! Then pick up your bike and ride intoRanthambore to the ruins of the hilltop ancient Hindu city at Ranthambore Fort and temple complex. Visit one of the most famous temples of Hanuman, the monkey god. Here monkeys mix with hundreds of worshippers, which leads to a most interesting afternoon of people and monkey watching.

    Day 11

    Ranthambore – Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary (170 km)

    Keep a keen eye out for the hundreds of monkeys along the road. Run the narrow backroads through small villages and temples set in green jungle valleys. We’re heading for one of the least seen but most stunningly beautiful palaces in India at Deeg. Then we’ll continue to the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary at Bharatpur.

    Day 12

    Bharatpur – Agra (90 km)

    This morning explore this wildlife park teeming with more birdlife in one place than anywhere else in India. On the road to Agra from Bharatpur is an elaborate city fort complex. In 1596 this was the capital of the Mogul Empire, Fatehpur Sikri, now a perfectly preserved ghost town. Take a tour of this fascinating abandoned city before heading to Agra. Visit the Taj Mahal for sunset – a truly unforgettable experience!

    Day 13

    Agra – Delhi (210 km)

    The Taj Mahal is one of the great wonders of the world, poetry in marble! No visit to the Indian sub-continent is complete without a sunrise and a sunset visit. This morning starts early at the Taj, then it’s on the motorcycles again for the last leg of your tour. We’ll head back along the main highway that takes us to our hotel in Delhi, in time for your farewell dinner.

    Day 14


    After breakfast this morning your tour ends. Transfer to the airport for your onward travel arrangements. We are sure you’ll have many wonderful Rajasthan Palace Classic motorcycle tour memories to reflect upon as you journey home.

    Total Distance c. 2000 km

  • Rajasthan Palace Classic
    Dates Rider Passenger Single room supplement
    19 Jan - 01 Feb 2020 £4,425 £3,775 £925
    26 Jan - 08 Feb 2021 £4,425 £3,775 £925
  • What's Included & What's Not
    Price Includes Price Excludes
    13 nights bed & breakfast accommodation
    12 days motorcycle hire (Royal Enfield 500 Bullet)
    All Meals including soft drinks
    Entrance fees
    Airport and local transfers
    4WD Support vehicle
    English speaking tour guide and local support team
    US$500 refundable security/damage deposit to pay locally in cash
    Visa (c.£65)
    Personal items and expenses
    Additional activities
    Riding gear
    Flights, stopovers and additional accommodation which can be arranged through H-C Travel
  • Tour Guide AlemAlam Hussein, who started working for us a mechanic when he was 16, has been guiding tours since 2005. He has been on over 100 tours in India and the Himalayas as rider, mechanic or guide. Alam is no mean rider either. He participated in the Himalayan Raid Rally in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and came second in his class in 2005. And when not working to make your tour the best possible riding experience, Alam runs a motorcycle repair business and custom bike building shop in Dehredun that is famous throughout India.

    Alam’s team
    Without his reliable local support team, the logistics of running our tour programme in Northern India, Bhutan and Tibet would be well-nigh impossible. Our chief mechanic is Biru, who has worked on our tours since 2000, and our support/luggage vehicle driver is Bopinder, who joined in 2002. They are usually supported by two assistant mechanics.

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