He splits his time between leading tours and running our Delhi office. But of one thing's for sure: his love for motorbikes is undivided!
A motorbike trip for freedom-loving bikers who pack some mechanical savvy but are, above all, resourceful and fearless. Boldly go, on two wheels, into one of India’s most compelling regions: Rajasthan. Visit mythical cities, make an incursion into the Thar Desert, journey through the Aravali Range, and relish encounters with an endearing people. When you arrive in Delhi, we give you our best tips and provide a sat-nav and road book. Once familiar with your Royal Enfield, you’re ready to embark on a highly colourful motorcycle tour.
You’re met at the airport and taken to your hotel in central Delhi. Free time, and night at the hotel.
You come to our garage for an induction day: a theory class about driving on Indian roads, and a hands-on mechanics class. You depart with a phone and an electronic roadbook.
And off we go, for our motorcycle tour of Rajasthan! You pick up your bikes in Delhi, and head for the region of Shekhawati, famous for its majestic havelis. Arrival in the village of Mandawa, set in semi-desert terrain.
On the way to Bikaner, your route continues through increasingly desert-like landscapes. On the edge of the Thar Desert, the historic city of Bikaner will take you by surprise with its noisy, cluttered alleyways. You can visit the city and its superb fort.
You could ride a long and beautiful road through the Thar Desert. On the approach to Phalodi, it’s not unusual to spot lovely blackbuck antelopes by the roadside. Arrive at day’s end in Jaisalmer.
We advise you to spend a day in Jaisalmer. Walk round the fort, and visit the palace and Jain temples. Another tip: take a walk as far as Gadi Sar Lake.
Depart for the Thar Desert along small roads, then switch to a sandy trail for more than 50km. We spend the night in the desert, amid the dunes – an incredible experience!
After watching the dawn break, and breakfast, a 200km ride eastward along small roads to Jodhpur, the Blue City, one of the most beautiful cities in Rajasthan.
We cross the crowded, heaving old town of Jodhpur, overlooked by the imposing Mehrangarh Fort. You can visit the fort, then ride to the ancient kingdom of Mewar.
You leave the arid plain of Mewar behind and wind your way into the Aravali Mountains: the superb roads pass through numerous valleys and very diverse landscapes. Arriving in Udaipur, “Venice of the East”, will make a big impression on you.
You can visit Khumbalagarh Fort. In the afternoon, set off straight north on the road to Dhamli. You'll drop down from the mountains to the large semi-desert plain of Mewar.
You can continue your motorcycle trip through Rajasthan to Pushkar, an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. To get there: small roads, semi-asphalt roads, and trails.
Northeast bound, you can ride along small roads to Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan. On the way, be sure not to miss the large salt lake of Sambhar. In the afternoon, we recommend visiting the "Pink City".
A morning visit to the huge Amber Fort, a few miles north of Jaipur, the we continue along small and sometimes mountainous roads to the fort in Alwar.
We ride back to Delhi - and that's the end of your motorbike tour. Drop off your Royal Enfields in our garage, then back to your hotel and free time.
A tour of the city, then transfer to the airport based on your flight-departure time.
“A wonderful and memorable experience. The 12 day tour that my wife (pillion) and I went on in Madhya Pradesh was very well planned, with interesting and sometimes challenging rides and sight-seeing during the day and comfortable, culturally fascinating places to stay in at night. Our tour leader was experienced, organised, had a fun personality and managed to respond to each member of the tour as an individual. We highly recommend Vintage Rides to anyone with a sense of adventure and competent motorcycle skills. Laurie and Jennie McAdam”
“Used this company twice now. They provide and excellent trouble free service. No hassle, awesome holidays.”
“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.”
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