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India

Rajasthan Palace Classic Tour

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

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Highlights

— 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

    Delhi

    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 dinner and your first chance to sample some local cuisine.

    Day 2

    Delhi – Nawalgarh (250 km)

    An early rise for breakfast, meet your local crew, select your motorcycle and 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 before turning into the back roads through Rajasthani villages and farms on to the 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 before arriving on the outskirts of Bikaner surrounded by the sand dunes of the Thar Desert. Take an afternoon ride to the Bikaner Palace Museum for a glance at 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 as you ride through small villages set among desert oases with deep blue vast open skies above to 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 fantastic carved sandstone havalis to the famous Jain Temple complex. Explore the many alleyways, walk the ramparts of the city walls, and stop at the many shops selling everything under the sun. This afternoon you can take an optional ride into the desert dunes to 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 fast lunch on the way to the fascinating desert city of Jodhpur, 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 fantastic 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)

    There’s time this morning to explore the small havelis around the lake shore, take a camel ride into the desert, or 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, and many more species of jungle wildlife encountered 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 into the tiger reserve to the ruins of the hilltop ancient Hindu city at Ranthambore Fort and temple complex, to 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)

    Keeping 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 to one of the least seen but most stunningly beautiful palaces in India at Deeg. Then 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 which in 1596 was the capital of the Mogul Empire, Fatehpur Sikri, now a perfectly preserved ghost town. 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/sunset visit. This morning starts with sunrise at the Taj, then it’s on the motorcycles again for the last leg of your tour along the main highway that takes us back to our hotel in Delhi, in time for your farewell dinner.

    Day 14

    Delhi

    After breakfast this morning your tour ends, transfer to airport for your onward travel arrangements

    Total Distance c. 2000 km

  • Rajasthan Palace Classic
    Dates Rider Passenger Single room supplement
    20 Jan - 02 Feb 2019 £4,450.00 £3,775.00 £899.00
  • What's Included & What's Not
    Price Includes Price Excludes
    13 nights bed & breakfast accommodation
    12 days motorcycle hire (Royal Enfield 500 Bullet)
    Fuel
    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
    Insurance
    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.

    Daniel Benster is our guide and tour organiser in Kerala, with over 10 years’ experience guiding in Kerala. Born and raised in Yorkshire, he lives in Pune and spends as much time as he can in Kerala. Married to Anamika, he has incredible local knowledge, and the requisite laid back but firm attitude necessary to make your holiday run smoothly.

    Daniel’s team
    As with our northern Indian tours, we travel with a mechanic and a support vehicle driver.

    Ranesh, our chief mechanic runs a very respected repair shop in Cochin. A real wiz with the spanners, there’s nothing you can teach him about Enfield Bullets.

    Niyaz, our support vehicle driver, is the man who makes everything tick. He’s always on hand to offer a cold drink, sort out permits, red tape, and any other local ‘difficulties’ with a smile and the right words. He somehow manages to get our support vehicle through gaps that you’d think only a motorcycle could get through.


    Tiffany Coates
    We’re delighted to be working with global adventurer Tiffany Coates on our unique Ladies of Ladakh adventure. Tiffany brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our team and is just a great person to work and ride with. You can follow her adventures at www.tiffanystravels.co.uk

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