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10 Day Festival of Colors Guided Motorcycle Tour in Rajasthan

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Holi Celebration and Motorcycle Tour Rajasthan

Sand2Snow Adventure designed this tour to let you enjoy the Festival of Colors 'Holi', while riding your motorcycles through the villages and old towns of Rajasthan. As you start riding a few days prior to the Holi Festival, you will enjoy every evening by listening and dancing to Holi traditional folk songs. The experience with villagers would be a life long memory.

Key information

  • Terrain: 50% asphalt, 50% off-road
  • Bike: personal or rental bike (Royal Enfield 500 cc)
  • Mileage: 1020 kilometers / 634 miles
  • Daily rides: 90 - 280 kilometers / 56 - 174 miles
  • Riding gear: included: helmet, knee and elbow guard; available to rent: rider jacket, rider gloves
  • Meals: all breakfasts, dinners

Meet the guides

Neeraj
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Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Delhi
  • Visit the great fort Sonar Ka Quila
  • Celebrate and enjoy Holi Festival with colors, sweets, and music
  • Go on a camel safari and sit on a back of a camel in the desert
  • Sightseeing in Jaipur and Jodhpur
  • Buffet breakfasts and dinners
  • 9 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


8 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi
Group size: 6-15 participants
Airport transfer available:
Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$150 per person)
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be accommodated in heritage or deluxe category hotels and camps.

Program

Holi Festival is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of 'Phalgun' as per the Hindu Calendar, mostly it occurs in the month of March. Enjoy every evening by listening and dancing on Holi traditional folk songs. Chang is the instrument and Dhamaal is the traditional Holi songs.

You will be a witness to a land of heroic kings and their great fortresses. Camel is an animal of State Rajasthan, why don’t you go for a camel safari and sit on the back of a camel and tie a colorful Rajasthan’s turban! During this tour, you will feel the rich cultural music and dance of ancient Rajasthan.

Itinerary

Day 1: Delhi - Jaipur

Get received by a Sand2Snow representative at Indira Ghandi International Airport and get transferred to Jaipur by a private AC coach. Jaipur, the Pink City, was founded by the ruler of Amber Jai Singh II in 1727. The name of the city is after its founder Jai Singh. Evening free and stay in hotel.

Day 2: Jaipur sightseeing

Today, you will have a full day tour to the Pink City, Jaipur. Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, City Palace, Amber Palace, and Jaipur's traditional bazaar will be the main attractions. You will witness a beautiful sunset at a hill top fort Nahargarh followed by seeing the city lights from the top of the hill restaurant. Come down to the city and stay in hotel.

Day 3: Jaipur - Sambhar (90 kilometers / 56 miles)

Today you will meet your tour partner, the retro motorcycle Royal Enfield. Say good morning to your travel partner, have breakfast, and start the motorbike riding to the salt water lake Sambhar Lake. The ride will proceed through the real Rajasthani villages and village life.

Sambhar Lake is India's largest saline lake and it will be a very thrilling ride on the dry endless surface of salt lake. Evening would be free to explore the heritage town of Sambhar and stay on the banks of Sambhar Lake.

Day 4: Sambhar - Pushkar (120 kilometers / 75 miles)

Take a rural road to an old holy lake called Pushkar. It is a very famous holy town among Hindus, called Adobe of Lord Bramha. The world’s only temple dedicated to Lord Bramha is here. The beautiful Pushkar Lake is a sanctified spot, considered as old as the creation, and has been a place of pilgrimage since time immemorial.

It is surrounded by 52 bathing ghats, where people come to take a dip with deep religious faith rooted in their hearts. See ghats, bazaar, and stay for the night.

Day 5: Pushkar - Kumbhalgarh (280 kilometers / 174 miles)

Get ready to see the predominating change in land and culture. Ride through plans and enter into beautiful hills of Arawali. Kumbhalgarh is a World Heritage Site included in hill forts of Rajasthan. The fort was built by Rana Kumbha in 15th century and it is claimed to be the second-longest continuous wall after the Great Wall of China. Evening is free to explore the fort and nearby. Stay in hotel.

Day 6: Kubhamlgarh - Jodhpur (195 kilometers / 121 miles)

Ride down from the hills and pass through the beautiful villages of Cattleman. Today's best attraction would be temple of Bullet Baba. A Royal Enfield motorcycle and its rider being worshiped by thousands. Listen to the story and continue ride to Jodhpur.

Now you are in Marwar region of Rajasthan. Today is the start of traditional Holi Festival, by burning effigies in the night. Join the festival and stay in hotel.

Day 7: Jodhpur sightseeing

First half of the day is reserved to enjoy the Festival of Colors, Holi. The colors, sweets, and music will be arranged at the hotel itself. You will play and enjoy Holi till lunch.

After lunch, you will go on a city tour to Sun City, Jodhpur. It was founded by Rao Jodha, the leader of the Rathore Clan, in 1459 AD. The mammoth, imposing fortress (Meherangarh) has a landscape dominating a rocky ridge with the eight gates leading out of fortress.

Jaswant Thada, Umaid Bhavan Palace is the rest of attraction of the day. You may opt to rest for the day or go for sightseeing. Have a stay in hotel.

Day 8: Jodhpur - Pokhran (175 kilometers / 109 miles)

See the changes in landscapes as well as in culture. You will be riding towards to Jaisalmer, the driest place of the Rajasthan. Continue the ride in arid land to Pokhran, an old town in Thar Desert which offers a very beautiful fort and views. Stay at Pokharan Fort at night.

Day 9: Pokhran - Jaisalmer - Sam (160 kilometers / 99 miles)

Today will be the most awaited day of the entire tour program. A giant fortress will appear on the back of a hill, standing alone in no man's land the barren Thar Desert.

You will reach the living fort, Sonar Ka Quila, the second oldest fort in Rajasthan, built in 1156 AD by the Rajput Rawal (ruler) Jaisal from whom it derives its name Jaisalmer Fort. Have a visit to the great fort and admire its beauty.

Have lunch at a fort view rooftop restaurant and continue riding till the real sand dunes. Evening is free for camel safari, Rajasthani cultural music, and traditional Rajasthani food. Experience the real desert life of Rajasthan. Have a night stay in comfortable Swiss tents.

Day 10: Jaisalmer - Delhi (overnight journey)

Ride to explore the desert and rest of the attractions of Jaisalmer. Board into an overnight train to Delhi from where you may board your respective flights.

Bike rental deposit

There is no need for a bike rental deposit. The tour cost includes damage repair cost of 80 USD. Sand2Snow Adventure will not ask you to pay until the damage cost is more than 80 USD. Beyond that you will be asked to pay the cost difference of actual cost and the included 80 USD.

Skill level

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Guides

Neeraj Bunker

Location

Rajasthan is a colorful state of India, known for its heritage forts and havelis, that takes you to the old era of majestic kings and queens. Civilization in villages of Rajasthan is still of that era.

The vibrant colors of dresses of women and turbans of men, their cattle of goat, sheep, cows and camels and their mud huts, the melodious folk music of Langa's and Manganiyaar's will definitely make you to forget your urban life for a while and dissolve your soul in the true colors of Rajasthan.

Food

Two major meals are included in the package. You will have buffet breakfasts and dinner during this tour. Sand2Snow Adventure normally includes Continental food, Indian vegetarian food and non-vegetarian food.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

If you'd like to book an additional trip to Taj Mahal, it is available for an additional cost of 350 USD per person.

What's included

  • 9 nights accommodation in heritage / deluxe category hotels and camps
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Royal Enfield motorcycle 500 cc with fuel for the itinerary
  • Essential ride accessories (helmet, knee and elbow guard)
  • Third party insurance
  • Well trained Royal Enfield motorbike mechanic support
  • Minor spare parts, flat tyre, and general service and maintenance of motorbike
  • Services of an expert, English speaking adventure / ride captain to lead the group
  • Backup vehicle to carry extra luggage, spares, tools, and occasional passenger
  • Permits and fees
  • General purpose medicines and first aid kit
  • Private AC vehicle from Delhi to Jaipur
  • AC sleeper train ticket from Jaisalmer to Delhi
  • Sand2Snow Adventure Co. t-shirt
  • Ride celebration party at sand dunes before tour concludes (limited drinks)
  • All taxes

What's not included

  • Any air / bus / taxi / jeep fare which is not mentioned in what is included section
  • Expenses of personal nature like laundry, telephone / fax calls, mineral water, alcoholic beverages, entrance and camera fee at monuments / museums, medical expenses, gratuities, any fine, etc.
  • Any kind of insurance, such as accident, theft, medical, evacuation, etc.
  • Any item, activity or facility other than clearly mentioned within the inclusions and itinerary above
  • Cost of fuel and spare parts of any kind, bike maintenance, etc. (if you are joining with your own motorbikes)
  • Any entry fees, any tips, porter / pony charges or any other expenses incurred by the participants during the sightseeing trips, other than as clearly mentioned within the inclusions and itinerary
  • Any extra costs incurred due to extension / change of the itinerary due to natural calamities, road blocks, rescue or evacuation, vehicle breakdown etc (factors beyond organizer's control)
  • Motorcycle damage cost, if the expenses are more than 80 USD
  • Airport pick up and drop off for 150 USD
  • Riding jacket (240 USD)
  • Riding gloves (130 USD)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Transfer from and to the airport is available upon request. Sand2Snow Adventure will charge an additional cost of 75 USD per way or 150 USD for back and forth transfers.

Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer available: Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$150 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
10 days / 9 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 6 participants

Availability

Start: Saturday March 27, 2021
End: Monday April 5, 2021

Special discount

You will get a 10% off discount when you book with four or more riders.

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