Desert Dunes

Summary

PRICE (TWIN SHARING)

SOLO RIDER £2415
PILLION £2205
SUV PASSENGER £2100
SINGLE OCCUPANCY (+) 420
BOOKING AMOUNT £500

DATES : 10/02/2019 – 23/02/2019

DURATION : 13 NIGHTS

RIDING DAYS : 9 DAYS

DISTANCE : 1900 KMS(APPROX)

RIDE LEVEL : MODERATE/ TOUGH

VEHICLES :

MOTORCYCLES – ROYAL ENFIELD

SUVs – TOYOTA, MAHINDRA

PLACES OF INTEREST :

AGRA – TAJ MAHAL, FORT

SARISKA – TIGER RESERVE

JAIPUR – HERITAGE, FORT, CUISINE

JODHPUR – FORT, PALACE

JAISALMER – DESERT CAMPS, FORT

PRICE (TWIN SHARING) :

SOLO RIDER  £2415

PILLION  £2205

SUV PASSENGER  £2100

SINGLE OCCUPANCY : (+) £420

BOOKING AMOUNT   £500

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Our  India motorcycle tour starts with a super smooth 200 kms ride on the Delhi-Agra expressway on Day 2. The magical allure of the Taj Mahal draws tourists to Agra like moths to a wondrous flame. And despite the hype, it’s every bit as good as you’ve heard. Along with Delhi and Jaipur, Agra forms the Golden Triangle of tourism in India. Sariska, a popular tourist destination in Rajasthan, is mainly known for its tiger reserve. Enclosed within the dramatic, shadowy folds of the Aravalli Hills, the Sariska Tiger Reserve is a tangle of semideciduous jungle and craggy canyons sheltering streams and lush greenery. It is home to peacocks, monkeys, majestic sambars, nilgai, chital, wild boars and jackals. Day 4 is a short 120 kms ride to Jaipur.Enthralling, historical Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital, is the gateway to India’s most flamboyant state. The city’s colourful, chaotic streets ebb and flow with a heady brew of old and new. Careering buses dodge dawdling camels while leisurely cycle-rickshaws frustrate swarms of motorbikes. In the midst of this mayhem, the splendours of Jaipur’s majestic past are islands of relative calm evoking a different pace and another world. At the city’s heart, the City Palace continues to house the former royal family; the Jantar Mantar, the royal observatory, maintains a heavenly aspect; and the honeycomb Hawa Mahal gazes on the bazaar below. And just out of sight, in the arid hill country surrounding the city, is the fairy-tale grandeur of Amber Fort, Jaipur’s star attraction. Jaipur earned the sobriquet of Pink City after Jai Singh’s descendant Ram Singh, painted the city in gerua to welcome the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) in 1876. For the want of a name for the color (gerua is closer to ochre than pink) the British called it pink and the name stuck. The sacred Pushkar Lake resounds with the chants and hymns from the 400 blue colored temples located on its banks. Pushkar, the stop on our Day 5 of the expedition, is also called ‘the rose garden of Rajasthan’, because of the flower farming in and around the city. The annual Pushkar Fair, which is held in November, is a major crowd puller. It also has one of the world’s few Brahma temples. With 52 bathing ghats and 400 milky-blue temples, the town often hums with puja (prayers), generating an episodic soundtrack of chanting, drums and gongs, and devotional songs. Day 6, and a 220 kms ride on our Royal Enfield motorcycles find us at the ramparts of Mighty Mehrangarh, the muscular fort that towers over the Blue City of Jodhpur. Around Mehrangarh’s base, the old city, a jumble of brahmin-blue cubes, stretches out to the 10km-long, 16th-century city wall. Jodhpur is also known as the ‘Sun City’ thanks to the bright and sunny weather all year round and the 'Blue City, because of the large cluster of houses painted in blue around the fort. After a day of rest in Jodhpur, we ride 290 kms across the beautiful barren desert landscape to reach our next halt, Jaisalmer. The desert city is also called the Golden city thanks to the color it gets from the yellow sandstone used for construction of the buildings. Jaisalmar is the last big town in Rajasthan closest to the India-Pakistan border and stands in the heart of the Thar Desert. The majestic fort of Jaisalmer, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a breathtaking sight: a massive sandcastle rising from the sandy plains like a mirage. Beneath the ramparts, particularly to the north, the narrow streets of the old city conceal magnificent havelis, all carved from the same golden-honey sandstone as the fort – hence Jaisalmer’s designation as the Golden City. After another day of well deserved rest, we encounter our longest ride of the road trip (330 kms) to reach Bikaner on Day 10. Known for producing the best riding camels in the world. The strategic location of Bikaner on the ancient caravan routes headed to Central Asia made it a prime trading center in medieval times. Bikaner stands on a slightly raised ground and is surrounded by a seven km long wall with five gates. The magnificent forts and palaces, created in reddish-pink sandstone, bear testimony to its rich historical and architectural legacy. Bikaner is a vibrant, dust-swirling desert town with a fabulous fort and an outpost feel. Lonely Planet describes it as a taste of arabian nights. Situated in north-eastern Rajasthan, Shekhawati, our next halt, is a semi-arid historical region rich in culture and history and has earned the sobriquet ‘open art gallery of Rajasthan‘ as the region has the largest concentration of frescoes in the world. Far less visited than other parts of Rajasthan, the Shekhawati region is renowned for its extraordinary painted havelis, highlighted with dazzling, often whimsical, murals. Part of the region’s appeal is that these works of art are found in tiny towns connected by single-track roads that run through desolate countryside north of Jaipur. Day 13 sees us riding 280 kms  to the glitzy suburban city of Gurugram in the national capital region of Delhi, before flying out the next day.
Day 1 : 10/02/19 : Arrival in New Delhi. Transfer by coach to Noida. Acclimatize. Relax. Prep for the ride.
Day 2 : 11/02/19 : Noida - Agra. 200 Kms.
Day 3 : 12/02/19 : Agra - Sariska. 200 Kms.
Day 4 : 13/02/19 : Sariska - Jaipur. 120 Kms.
Day 5 : 14/02/19 : Jaipur - Pushkar. 180 Kms.
Day 6 : 15/02/19 : Pushkar - Jodhpur. 220 kms.
Day 7 : 16/02/19 : Rest day in Jodhpur.
Day 8 : 17/02/19 : Jodhpur - Jaisalmer. 290 Kms.
Day 9 : 18/02/19 : Rest day in Jaisalmer.
Day 10 : 19/02/19 : Jaisalmer - Bikaner. 330 Kms.
Day 11 : 20/02/19 : Rest day in Bikaner.
Day 12 : 21/02/19 : Bikaner - Shekhawati. 200 Kms.
Day 13 : 22/02/19 : Shekhawati - Gurugram. 280 Kms.
Day 14 : 23/02/19 : Departure from New Delhi.
INCLUSIONS
  • Guided tour as per itinerary.
  • Experienced British and Indian road captains.
  • Road maps and travel information.
  • All hotel accommodation and meals.
  • All transfers including Airport transfers, sightseeing spots and during the ride.
  • All motorcycle hire charges for the guided tour duration.
  • Fuel, oil and spare parts for minor repairs of the motorcycles for the guided tour duration.
  • Third party insurance for the motorcycles.
  • All sightseeing spot entry tickets and guide charges (excluding camera charges).
  • Road and bridge tolls, special road, bridge and travel fee, inner border line permits.
  • Highly skilled motorcycle mechanics and trained paramedic.
  • Support vehicle for carrying luggage, spares, medical kit and other essentials.
  • Goods and Services Tax.
EXCLUSIONS
  •  Comprehensive and adequate personal travel, medical and accidental insurance of the riders.
  • Air travel and visas.
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages except water.
  • Tips, souvenirs and laundry.
  • Repair of damages to the motorcycles caused by the riders.
  • Personal riding and safety gear.
  • All telephone/mobile services.
  • Optional single-occupancy add-on.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions section.
Documents Check List
  • Signed copies of :
  1. Medical Form
  2. Liability Waiver Form
  3. Undertaking
  4. Travel Insurance Details
  • Original and 2 Photocopies each, of the following :
  1. Driving License (Rider)
  2. International Driving Permit
  3. Travel Insurance
  4. Passport
  5. Visa
  • Passport size photographs (four)
Gear Check List
  • Riding Jacket :Textile/Leather motorcycle jacket with removable lining and adequate protection
  • Riding Pants : Textile, Denim, Motocross or Enduro reinforced pants
  • Motorcycle Boots : Over the ankle and sturdy
  • Helmet : Full face (essential)
  • Riding Gloves : Lightweight gloves with good protection
  • Knee and Elbow guards : Hard type is recommended
  • Kidney Belt
  • Hydration Pack : 2-3 litres
  • Water Resistant Backpack
  • Goggles/Sunglasses
  • Snood/Buff Scarf
Essentials
  • Sun Block : High factor
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Insulated Flask
  • Lip Balm
  • Sun Hat/Cap
  • Personal Medication
  • Basic First Aid Kit : Re-hydration salt sachets, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Antiseptic Cream and Sticking Plasters etc
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Summary

DATES : 10/02/2019 – 23/02/2019

DURATION : 13 NIGHTS

RIDING DAYS : 9 DAYS

DISTANCE : 1900 KMS(APPROX)

RIDE LEVEL : MODERATE/ TOUGH

VEHICLES :

MOTORCYCLES – ROYAL ENFIELD

SUVs – TOYOTA, MAHINDRA

PLACES OF INTEREST :

AGRA – TAJ MAHAL, FORT

SARISKA – TIGER RESERVE

JAIPUR – HERITAGE, FORT, CUISINE

JODHPUR – FORT, PALACE

JAISALMER – DESERT CAMPS, FORT

PRICE (TWIN SHARING) :

SOLO RIDER   £2415

PILLION   £2205

SUV PASSENGER   £2100

SINGLE OCCUPANCY : (+) £420

BOOKING AMOUNT   £500

Our  India motorcycle tour starts with a super smooth 200 kms ride on the Delhi-Agra expressway on Day 2. The magical allure of the Taj Mahal draws tourists to Agra like moths to a wondrous flame. And despite the hype, it’s every bit as good as you’ve heard. Along with Delhi and Jaipur, Agra forms the Golden Triangle of tourism in India. Sariska, a popular tourist destination in Rajasthan, is mainly known for its tiger reserve. Enclosed within the dramatic, shadowy folds of the Aravalli Hills, the Sariska Tiger Reserve is a tangle of semideciduous jungle and craggy canyons sheltering streams and lush greenery. It is home to peacocks, monkeys, majestic sambars, nilgai, chital, wild boars and jackals. Day 4 is a short 120 kms ride to Jaipur.Enthralling, historical Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital, is the gateway to India’s most flamboyant state. The city’s colourful, chaotic streets ebb and flow with a heady brew of old and new. Careering buses dodge dawdling camels while leisurely cycle-rickshaws frustrate swarms of motorbikes. In the midst of this mayhem, the splendours of Jaipur’s majestic past are islands of relative calm evoking a different pace and another world. At the city’s heart, the City Palace continues to house the former royal family; the Jantar Mantar, the royal observatory, maintains a heavenly aspect; and the honeycomb Hawa Mahal gazes on the bazaar below. And just out of sight, in the arid hill country surrounding the city, is the fairy-tale grandeur of Amber Fort, Jaipur’s star attraction. Jaipur earned the sobriquet of Pink City after Jai Singh’s descendant Ram Singh, painted the city in gerua to welcome the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) in 1876. For the want of a name for the color (gerua is closer to ochre than pink) the British called it pink and the name stuck. The sacred Pushkar Lake resounds with the chants and hymns from the 400 blue colored temples located on its banks. Pushkar, the stop on our Day 5 of the expedition, is also called ‘the rose garden of Rajasthan’, because of the flower farming in and around the city. The annual Pushkar Fair, which is held in November, is a major crowd puller. It also has one of the world’s few Brahma temples. With 52 bathing ghats and 400 milky-blue temples, the town often hums with puja (prayers), generating an episodic soundtrack of chanting, drums and gongs, and devotional songs. Day 6, and a 220 kms ride on our Royal Enfield motorcycles find us at the ramparts of Mighty Mehrangarh, the muscular fort that towers over the Blue City of Jodhpur. Around Mehrangarh’s base, the old city, a jumble of brahmin-blue cubes, stretches out to the 10km-long, 16th-century city wall. Jodhpur is also known as the ‘Sun City’ thanks to the bright and sunny weather all year round and the 'Blue City, because of the large cluster of houses painted in blue around the fort. After a day of rest in Jodhpur, we ride 290 kms across the beautiful barren desert landscape to reach our next halt, Jaisalmer. The desert city is also called the Golden city thanks to the color it gets from the yellow sandstone used for construction of the buildings. Jaisalmar is the last big town in Rajasthan closest to the India-Pakistan border and stands in the heart of the Thar Desert. The majestic fort of Jaisalmer, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a breathtaking sight: a massive sandcastle rising from the sandy plains like a mirage. Beneath the ramparts, particularly to the north, the narrow streets of the old city conceal magnificent havelis, all carved from the same golden-honey sandstone as the fort – hence Jaisalmer’s designation as the Golden City. After another day of well deserved rest, we encounter our longest ride of the road trip (330 kms) to reach Bikaner on Day 10. Known for producing the best riding camels in the world. The strategic location of Bikaner on the ancient caravan routes headed to Central Asia made it a prime trading center in medieval times. Bikaner stands on a slightly raised ground and is surrounded by a seven km long wall with five gates. The magnificent forts and palaces, created in reddish-pink sandstone, bear testimony to its rich historical and architectural legacy. Bikaner is a vibrant, dust-swirling desert town with a fabulous fort and an outpost feel. Lonely Planet describes it as a taste of arabian nights. Situated in north-eastern Rajasthan, Shekhawati, our next halt, is a semi-arid historical region rich in culture and history and has earned the sobriquet ‘open art gallery of Rajasthan‘ as the region has the largest concentration of frescoes in the world. Far less visited than other parts of Rajasthan, the Shekhawati region is renowned for its extraordinary painted havelis, highlighted with dazzling, often whimsical, murals. Part of the region’s appeal is that these works of art are found in tiny towns connected by single-track roads that run through desolate countryside north of Jaipur. Day 13 sees us riding 280 kms  to the glitzy suburban city of Gurugram in the national capital region of Delhi, before flying out the next day.
Day 1 : 10/02/19 : Arrival in New Delhi. Transfer by coach to Noida. Acclimatize. Relax. Prep for the ride.
Day 2 : 11/02/19 : Noida - Agra. 200 Kms.
Day 3 : 12/02/19 : Agra - Sariska. 200 Kms.
Day 4 : 13/02/19 : Sariska - Jaipur. 120 Kms.
Day 5 : 14/02/19 : Jaipur - Pushkar. 180 Kms.
Day 6 : 15/02/19 : Pushkar - Jodhpur. 220 kms.
Day 7 : 16/02/19 : Rest day in Jodhpur.
Day 8 : 17/02/19 : Jodhpur - Jaisalmer. 290 Kms.
Day 9 : 18/02/19 : Rest day in Jaisalmer.
Day 10 : 19/02/19 : Jaisalmer - Bikaner. 330 Kms.
Day 11 : 20/02/19 : Rest day in Bikaner.
Day 12 : 21/02/19 : Bikaner - Shekhawati. 200 Kms.
Day 13 : 22/02/19 : Shekhawati - Gurugram. 280 Kms.
Day 14 : 23/02/19 : Departure from New Delhi.
INCLUSIONS
  • Guided tour as per itinerary.
  • Experienced British and Indian road captains.
  • Road maps and travel information.
  • All hotel accommodation and meals.
  • All transfers including Airport transfers, sightseeing spots and during the ride.
  • All motorcycle hire charges for the guided tour duration.
  • Fuel, oil and spare parts for minor repairs of the motorcycles for the guided tour duration.
  • Third party insurance for the motorcycles.
  • All sightseeing spot entry tickets and guide charges (excluding camera charges).
  • Road and bridge tolls, special road, bridge and travel fee, inner border line permits.
  • Highly skilled motorcycle mechanics and trained paramedic.
  • Support vehicle for carrying luggage, spares, medical kit and other essentials.
  • Goods and Services Tax.
EXCLUSIONS
  •  Comprehensive and adequate personal travel, medical and accidental insurance of the riders.
  • Air travel and visas.
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages except water.
  • Tips, souvenirs and laundry.
  • Repair of damages to the motorcycles caused by the riders.
  • Personal riding and safety gear.
  • All telephone/mobile services.
  • Optional single-occupancy add-on.
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions section.
Documents Check List
  • Signed copies of :
  1. Medical Form
  2. Liability Waiver Form
  3. Undertaking
  4. Travel Insurance Details
  • Original and 2 Photocopies each, of the following :
  1. Driving License (Rider)
  2. International Driving Permit
  3. Travel Insurance
  4. Passport
  5. Visa
  • Passport size photographs (four)
Gear Check List
  • Riding Jacket :Textile/Leather motorcycle jacket with removable lining and adequate protection
  • Riding Pants : Textile, Denim, Motocross or Enduro reinforced pants
  • Motorcycle Boots : Over the ankle and sturdy
  • Helmet : Full face (essential)
  • Riding Gloves : Lightweight gloves with good protection
  • Knee and Elbow guards : Hard type is recommended
  • Kidney Belt
  • Hydration Pack : 2-3 litres
  • Water Resistant Backpack
  • Goggles/Sunglasses
  • Snood/Buff Scarf
Essentials
  • Sun Block : High factor
  • Mosquito Repellent
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Insulated Flask
  • Lip Balm
  • Sun Hat/Cap
  • Personal Medication
  • Basic First Aid Kit : Re-hydration salt sachets, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen, Antiseptic Cream and Sticking Plasters etc