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This motorcycle ride allows you to experience the true essence of Rajasthan. You will be visiting historical forts and palaces, staying on the sand dunes in the desert, experiencing tiger and leopard safaris, riding on dry lake beds, and even a river crossing with your motorcycle on a boat through a crocodile sanctuary! This Rajasthan ride is a judicious mix of history, myth, wildlife safaris, and of course riding through arid landscapes while avoiding the busy highways as much as possible.
You will be staying at various accommodations on a twin-sharing basis.
You will need to arrive at the designated hotel in Jaipur by noon. If you're coming from outside India, fly to New Delhi, and then choose to either fly into Jaipur on a short 30-minute flight or catch the early morning Shatabdi Express train at 6:00 a.m. for a five-hour journey to reach Jaipur. Do plan to fly into New Delhi accordingly, in that case.
At the hotel, you'll meet the Ride of My Life team and your co-riders. After lunch, the road captain gives a briefing about the ride and then you head out for a short spin on your motorcycles. If you need any adjustments, the mechanics will take care of it. After the ride, you are free to visit the Nahargarh Fort and the Amber Fort for the Sound and Light show in the evening.
Today, you kickstart the Rajasthan ride and true to the Ride of My Life philosophy, you will skip the mundane National Highway NH-11 and instead take the interior roads that cut across the dry Sambhar Salt Lake. But before arriving at the campsite on the outskirts of Bikaner, you will ride through the Tal Chapar Blackbuck Sanctuary as well. At the campsite, you will stay in swiss tents that have attached restrooms.
Your first stop today is the famous Karni Mata temple, otherwise known as the Temple of Rats. The 20,000 odd holy rodents living in the temple are revered by their followers that visit from far and wide. These rats are considered auspicious and not pests. Note that this place is free of Plague and other contagious diseases.
After a brief stop at the temple, you again take the scenic country roads and join the National Highway for a smooth ride to Khudi, on the outskirts of Jaisalmer town. Away from the hustle and bustle of the town, you stay in traditional mud cottages with a view of the sand dunes that Rajasthan is famous for.
After breakfast at a local village house, you go for a ride around the sand dunes, followed by a ride to the ancient Kuldhara village. A ghost village now, Kuldhara was reportedly abandoned overnight by its residents sometime in the 1800s. You also visit the Golden Fort for which Jaisalmer is famous for. After lunch, you ride back to Khudi and you may go for a Jeep or camel safari in the sand dunes. In the evening, you watch a folk dance around a bonfire in the sand dunes.
After a stint on the National Highway, you take a detour via the Pokhran dry salt lake. This will be 50 kilometers of riding on back roads surrounded by arid flat land that echoes the true essence of Rajasthan. After reaching the hotel in Jodhpur, you are free to visit the famous Mehrangarh Fort.
Today, you have a comparatively short ride, as you have something very special in store for you in the evening. In the morning, you visit the now becoming famous Bullet Baba Temple, where a Royal Enfield motorcycle is the revered idol. You then head to Castle Bera, a heritage hotel, where leopards rule the surrounding area. The special experience is the evening jeep safari in which there are high chances of sighting a leopard.
Today's ride is special for various reasons. There are the roads with their curves and switchbacks on the oldest mountain range in India (the Aravalli hills) that you ride today instead of the usual dead straight ones you've been on so far.
Then, there are the two famous monuments of not just Rajasthan but all of India. Ranakpur temple, famous for its architecture and intricate carvings and Kumbhalgarh fort, that has a wall that's second only to the Great Wall of China.
The best is for the last which is the beautiful city of Udaipur, the Venice of the East. After checking in, you drive to Pichola lake to enjoy the mesmerising sight of the whole city with all its beautiful heritage properties and illuminated palaces. This for sure is a sight to behold.
After a week of riding in Rajasthan, a rest day at Udaipur, considered one of the best cities in the world for travel, is a must. Depending upon your interest, you can choose to visit the various sightseeing places in Udaipur, but don't miss visiting the biggest palace in Rajasthan that was built over a period of 400 years.
Today's ride takes you to the plains along the Chambal River. Riding alongside the Chambal, you will encounter some breathtaking vistas, including a fortress built on the banks of the river. Later, you take a dirt track that leads you through the jungle to the city of Bundi.
A short ride day again, you reach Pali Ghat situated at the confluence of the Chambal and Parvati rivers, and pitch your tents overlooking the river. After freshening up, you head out for a boat safari to spot crocodiles and alligators. Sighting them will be very easy with the expert guides. In the evening, you party around a bonfire with your feet in the cool sands of the river bed. Tonight, you camp in the wilderness under the stars.
The best is, yet again, for last. Instead of taking the national highway, you ride on dirt tracks along the Chambal river. You then haul your bikes on to a boat and cross the mighty Chambal river. A unique experience that is rarely possible in the desert state of Rajasthan. Taking interior roads again, you reach the famous Ranthambore Tiger Sanctuary in time for the jeep safari to meet the tiger in its natural habitat.
Today, you leave early for a four-hour ride on the National Highway to reach Jaipur. You will be in Jaipur by 1:00 p.m. A few rooms at the hotel will be available for you to freshen up before your respective flight or train connections. The stay at Jaipur and meals on this day are not covered in the tour cost. If you need a room for yourself, please inform Ride of My Life in advance.
Gaurav is a national award winning filmmaker who gave up making commercial films a long time ago to follow his passion. Since the last 11 years, he has been traveling solo across India and making documentary films about remote places and indigenous people. Two of his films, Riding Solo to the Top of the World and One Crazy Ride, have won awards at film festivals worldwide. His third film, Motorcycle Chang Pa is about a one-year journey to the Changthang plateau in Ladakh. Gaurav brings with him his years of travel experience and knowledge of the most remote and breathtaking regions of India.
Vinod's interests lie in motorcycle travel, photography, and technology. An avid photographer, he has done several motorcycle rides to different parts of India and abroad, especially in the Himalayas. Vinod has an uncanny knack for planning a ride to the bone without killing the romance and footloose nature of travel itself. His zest for perfection and meticulous planning is the backbone for designing the ride flow of all tours. He is also a member of 60kph, Motorcycle Travel Club, India, and was an integral part of the award-winning motorcycle documentary One Crazy Ride.
You will touring through the best of Rajasthan, India. Rajasthan literally means "Land of Kings". Perhaps no other place in India has a history as rich and colorful as Rajasthan. At the time of India's independence, there were 22 princely states that made up the present-day Rajasthan, with the Rajputs ruling them. They have left behind a legacy of massive forts, splendid palaces, historical temples, and a land steeped in culture.
The price of the package includes daily breakfast and dinner.
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