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Motorcycle road trip India / Rajasthan - From Desert to Mountains

Motorcycle road trip India / Rajasthan

From Desert to Mountains


Rajasthan “for grown-ups”, after a briefing and a mechanics lesson in our garage.

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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.

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Period October to March
Duration 16 days incl 13 days' riding
Level Demanding
Without tour leader
Accommodation You choose
From €990/pilot
€840/pillion

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Your Motorcycle Tour in Rajasthan 16 stages - 1,556 miles


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D1 / Arrive in Delhi

You’re met at the airport and taken to your hotel in central Delhi. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

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D2 / Delhi

Today is an important day. Riding the Indian roads solo is not an easy feat. An extraordinary adventure awaits you, and you have to be prepared. Your tour instructor will meet you at the hotel and take you for a full day’s induction at our garage in Delhi, which covers: Royal Enfield mechanics and problem solving.

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D3 / Delhi - Mandawa - 161 miles

You start the tour heading for Shekhawati (northeast Rajasthan), famous for its majestic haveli mansions built by the region’s merchants. You cruise on the motorway for around 75 miles until you reach Behror and then a further 105 miles along country roads. You spend the night in Mandawa, a village surrounded by semi-desert terrain. You are free to book your own accommodation tonight.

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D4 / Mandawa - Bikaner - 125 miles

On the way to Bikaner, the “Pearl of Rajasthan”, your route becomes increasingly arid and desert-like. Perched on the edge of Thar Desert, the ancient city of Bikaner will take you by surprise with its lively, bustling alleyways. You can explore Bikaner and its superb fortress.

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D5 / Bikaner - Jaisalmer - 211 miles

You cruise a long stretch through the desert on a good road. As you approach Phalodi, it’s not uncommon to spot blackbuck antelopes with their long spiralling horns on the roadside. You end the day in Jaisalmer. You’ll spot its majestic citadel dominating the skyline from across the desert.

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D6 / Jaisalmer

Spend the day in Jaisalmer, a fortress city and architectural dream in the middle of arid desert. Walk around the fort and visit the palace and Jain temples. Venture down bustling alleys and visit the lavish haveli mansions.

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D7 / Jaisalmer - Thar Desert - 80 miles

You set off for the Thar Desert along small roads and then switch to a sandy track for more than 30 miles. You will spend the night in the desert, amid the dunes – an incredible experience!

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D8 / Thar Desert - Jodhpur - 205 miles

After watching the sun come up and breakfast, head east for 124 miles of small roads to Jodhpur, “the Blue City”.

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D9 / Jodhpur - Ghanerao - 106 miles

Spend the morning visiting Jodhpur, a populous, swarming city dominated by the imposing Meherangarh Fort, which houses the grand Umaid Bhawan Palace. Lose yourself down the winding alleys of this blue city. In the afternoon, head south towards the ancient kingdom of Mewar.

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D10 / Ghanerao - Udaipur - 75 miles

You leave the arid plains behind you and wind your way up the Aravalli mountains. You take superb minor roads that pass through numerous villages, crossing several valleys with very diverse landscapes. You end this leg in Udaipur, the “Venice of the East”.

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D11 / Udaipur - Dhamli - 135 miles

Make an early start and visit Kumbhalgarh Fort, home to the second longest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China. In the afternoon, you set off north on the road to Jojawar. You drop down from the mountains to the vast semi-desert plains of Mewar.

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D12 / Dhamli - Pushkar - 136 miles

You make your way to Pushkar on small roads, followed by a main road for about 5 miles. Then, you take a few tracks and part-asphalt roads to Pushkar, a small, peaceful village built around a sacred lake, which is an important Hindu pilgrimage site.

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D13 / Pushkar - Jaipur - 112 miles

Heading northeast, you cruise along small roads to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital. You come back onto the main road for the last 30 miles before entering the city. You can spend the afternoon visiting the "Pink City".

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D14 / Jaipur - Alwar - 105 miles

Your penultimate riding day! You take a morning visit to the imposing Amer Fort, a few miles north of Jaipur, and then, continue along small and sometimes mountainous roads to Kesrolim, Sariski or Alwar.

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D15 / Alwar - Delhi - 105 miles

You make your way back to Delhi. A busy day on busy roads: you will unavoidably spend a lot of time on main roads, which means you need to be extra careful. Make sure you leave early so that you are back at the Vintage Rides office before 4 pm. Your Vintage Rides instructor will ask you about your motorcycle tour, give the bikes a thorough 3-hour check over and return your deposit.

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D16 / Delhi

If you have enough time, you can spend some time visiting the city before you are transferred to the airport in time for your return flight.

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The riders' opinions

Ken
Excellent tour of Rajasthan

“Excellent tour of Rajasthan. Great bikes and superb accommodation. Anuj was just the best tour guide.”

Karl
A once in a lifetime experience!

“Made the 14 day Rajasthan rumble and it has been an amazing ride. We had breathtaking moments, crossing small villages and having chai teas with locals. Amazing hotels and sightseeing. If you a bike enthusiast and like exotic travels, you should do this trip. The guide and local staff managed it, not being a touristic thing.”

Suresh Yeraballi
Lifetime experience riding across Rajasthan, India.

“Vintage Rides represented by Denise had tailormade a bike route in Rajasthan for four of us and I should say they have planned the trip so meticulously that everything went so seamlessly and gave us an experience of a lifetime, in terms of riding and the stay at some awesome places. They have mint condition bikes and an excellent team onboard, who are best in what they do and a note of thanks to the team leader Sid and support staff Ashraf, without whom the trip would have been incomplete. Cheers!”

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