An intrepid all-rounder, she has cruised India’s roads with many groups, and knows the country like the back of her leather-gloved hand.
If you’ve already journeyed hundreds of miles through the jewels of Rajasthan, the tea plantations of Kerala, and the unforgettable trails of Ladakh… then dare to take a motorbike trip in the heart of India: Madhya Pradesh. Some of the country’s most beautiful temples and palaces, national parks with abundant wildlife, authentic and spontaneous encounters, sublime little roads, and delightful hotels. You’ll only ride in the morning, to really soak up the places en route. Make haste for the land of Rudyard Kipling, and you’ll better understand why this immensely mysterious and beguiling region inspired the famous Jungle Book.
Arrive in Delhi, usually in the evening. You're met at the airport and transferred to the Amarya Villa hotel in central Delhi.
Early start by train. Arrive at the hotel at noon to settle in and have lunch. Royal Enfield induction session, then a bike ride around the centre of the peaceful village of Orchha.
The first stage of your motorcycle trip in Madhya Pradesh. Today’s stage will take us to Panna national park. You cross the forest of Orchha Nature Reserve, then reach Fort Bijawar for lunch. Then we will head to the Ken River Lodge, a hotel on the banks of the Ken River, to rest from our long first day.
In the morning, possible to go on a jeep safari in Panna National Park. Next, we head for the Archaeological Museum in Khajuraho, to admire its famous erotic sculptures. Back to the Ken River Lodge, where we spend the night.
Off to Maihar, zigzagging between forests and mildly hilly landscapes. We ride through typical small villages, where the local farmers go about their daily work. Arrive at the vast Mahiar Palace, where we stay the night.
After cruising along small rural roads, we take a trail for a few miles to reach our hotel in the forest. Free time and night at Kings Lodge, set between forested hills and a national park.
Today, the bikes stay in the garage. A very early start for a safari Bandhavgarh National Park. Another free afternoon. Night at Kings Lodge.
A packed day in the saddle. We ride through scenery akin to African savanna, and pass through villages, meeting the local people. Night at Kanha Earth Lodge, in luxury bungalows set in 16 acres of forest.
The bikes stay parked today. We rise at dawn for a final safari. If we're lucky, we'll spot tigers, bears, wolves, leopards, deer... Free afternoon.
Last day of motorcycle. The roads are new and the surface is impeccable. We cross forests and countryside before reaching our destination in the heart of the Pench National Park, for a memorable night. Genuine jewelry of Madhya Pradesh, this hotel located in the heart of the National Park of Pench has room perched in Mahua trees, typical of the region.
It would have been a shame not to enjoy this idyllic setting any longer. We enjoy today a well deserved day of relaxation by the pool. Possibility to organize a last safari (not included in the program) for the ones wishing to discover the 16 hectares of this magnificent property.
Transfer to Jabalpur airport, as per our flight time. Arrive in Delhi, and settle into the hotel. Free evening in Delhi.
The end of a great motorbike trip in Madhya Pradesh. We take you to the airport as per your flight-departure time.
“This is my second trip with Vintage Rides and it was just as good as the first. ( I have even booked a third, so that's three within the year!). If your a rider that likes adventure and off-road riding, then Mustang is the journey for you. Be prepared to be pushed to the limits and also meet a good bunch of fellow adventure riders.”
“We were a bunch of mates from Norwich in the UK looking for something different on bikes. We decided to email 2 company's, Vintage rides and another Aussie outfit based in Nepal. Both company's provided a detailed route in the Mustang Valley in Nepal. The Aussie company was slightly cheaper but the bikes looked older and most importantly sending 20,000 euro's abroad to either company did not appeal to me! However Vintage rides payments are covered via our version of ABTA. The Aussie company payments were not. Easy choice for us. We arrived in Nepal to be greated by the coolest dude at the airport in leather jacket, ciggy in one hand , his name Francois. I can go on and bang on about what an experience the ride was which it was but if you are looking for a company to to have the ride of your life then Vintage rides is at the top of the game. All hotels were fantastic, we bumped into another British company half way up the Mustang valley and I have to say I was glad I had booked Vintage rides. The bike the Britsh had were all sorts of old Royal Enfields and the hotel they were in looked terrible, even the Britsh tour t-shirts they were wearing looked like they were from pound land ! Francois our gide put up with 8 middle aged blokes on a 12 day bender! One hotel we drunk dry !! Brexit was mentioned once or twice but we all decided the French are not so bad after all they can drink as well !! Francois new exactly where to take us ,he has done these trips most of his life. The support crew were 10 mins behind us all the time to fix puncures and fix bikes. Vintage rides is a company that know's what it is doiing and I would have no hesitation in booking another trip (Mongolia) again. A big thankyou to Francois and Denise for organising such a great trip. Roll on next year we are booking again. Doddy.”
“Very professionally run with experienced guides who, through their local knowledge, can get you to out of the way places the average traveller would not have access to.”
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