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8 Days Rajasthan Desert Festival Guided Motorcycle Tour in India

Mandawa, India

True Desert Heritage Motorcycle Tour India

The Desert Festival of Rajasthan ride promises to offer most of the desert, heritage, and folk of Rajasthan when Rajasthan celebrates it's greatest fair and festival in the month of February. You will be riding to Shekhawati to start with the town of heritage havelis and then later explore the desert cities - Bikaner, Jaisalmer, and Jodhpur. Witness the most colorful event on the land of scenic golden sand dunes and explore the true heritage of the desert!

Key information

  • Terrain: 70% asphalt, 30% off-road
  • Bike: personal or rental bike (Royal Enfiled 500 CC / 350 CC / Himalayan)
  • Mileage: 1540 kilometers / 1,800 miles
  • Daily rides: 50 - 330 kilometers / 31 - 217 miles
  • Riding gear: available to rent: riding jackets, helmets, gloves
  • Meals: breakfasts, dinners

Meet the guides

Neeraj
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Highlights

  • Starts in Mandawa ends in Jaipur
  • Explore the city of Jodhpur in the evening
  • Join the Desert Festival events in Jaisalmer
  • See world famous place for migratory birds - Kheechan
  • Have a walk in the old city of Jaipur and drive to see Amber Fort
  • Explore the World heritage site, Jaisalmer City
  • Visit the haunted village - Kuldhara
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


6 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Hindi
The maximum participants in the group is 15
Airport transfer available:
Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$120 per person)
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will stay in various three or four star hotels, camps, or heritage havelis. Your accommodation will be in twin sharing basis or single occupancy.

Program

Day 1: Delhi - Mandawa

Arrive in Delhi, the capital of India, and board into the private AC coach to be transferred to Mandawa. Shekhawati is famous for it's old town and heritage havelis. Mandawa was founded in the mid-18th century. It is dominated by an imposing fort, now a heritage hotel that is maintained in classic medieval style with modern luxuries.

Mandawa is famous for forts and havelis. In the evening meet your travel partner, the Royal Enfield motorcycle and have a ride to explore Mandawa. Overnight stay at a castle or heritage haveli.

Day 2: Mandawa - Bikaner (210 kilometers / 130 miles)

Have breakfast and start riding towards the "Desert City of Rajasthan", Bikaner. It is famous for its picturesque golden sand dunes, striking red sandstone forts, stunning palaces and havelis, and certainly its camel safaris.

Rao Bikaji, a Rathore prince founded Bikaner in 1488 AD by transforming the barren land Jangladesh into a striking city. Evening is free to explore around. Have a stay in a hotel.

Day 3: Bikaner - Jaisalmer (350 kilometers / 217 miles)

Have an early breakfast and start riding towards to Jaisalmer. On the way, you will see world famous place for migratory birds - Kheechan. Kheechan is a village that is a home to the famous bird demoiselle cranes. Thousands of these birds migrate from Mongolia.

You will have a stop for photography and lunch at Kheechan and will continue the riding to Jaisalmer. By evening you will be reaching Jaislamer, "The Golden City”. It would be a great experience to enter in Jaisalmer in evening, when the sun shows its best of golden color. Have a comfortable stay in a hotel.

Day 4: Jaisalmer Desert Festival event - Sam Sand Dunes (50 kilometers / 31 miles)

Have breakfast and visit the World heritage site, Jaisalmer City. The name ‘Jaisalmer’ evokes utter magic and vibrancy of the desert. It’s straight out of an Arabian nights fable. Bhati Rajput ruler RawalJaisal, after whom the city finds its name, founded Jaisalmer in 1156 AD.

The Jaisalmer Fort, known as ‘Sonar Quila’ or ‘the Golden Fort’, rises from the sand and merges with the golden hues of the desert ambiance. The setting sun in its most colorful shades gives it a fairy tale appearance.

Join the Desert Festival events in the town. Today you will find best photo shots of Rajasthani culture. Post lunch, ride to Thar Desert ‘Sam’ Village. Herds of camel and cows are attractions on the way to Sam.

En-route, explore the haunted village - ‘Kuldhara’. Enjoy the Desert Festival events at sand dunes. In the evening, you will have a campfire and cultural dance. Night stay will be in comfortable tents.

Day 5: Sam Sand Dunes - Johdpur (330 kilometers / 205 miles)

Have breakfast and start riding to Jodhpur. It will be a relaxing ride. On the way, you will find giant windmills. Reach Jodhpur and explore the city in evening. It was founded by Rao Jodha, the leader of the Rathore clan, in 1459 AD.

The mammoth, imposing fortress (Mehrangarh) has a landscape dominating a rocky ridge with the eight gates leading out of fortress. JaswantThada, UmaidBhavan Palace is the rest of attractions. Have a stay in a heritage hotel.

Day 6: Jodhpur - Sambhar Lake

After breakfast start riding on village roads. En-route, see the Meera Temple at Merta. Meera was a fabled saint Princess of Merta and was one of the biggest devotee of Lord Krishna. Next stop would be the greatest inland Salt Lake of India - The Sambhar Salt Lake.

It is famous for a heritage Sambhar town, Shakambari Mata Temple and world famous migratory pink flamingos. Have a comfortable stay in comfortable tents in front of infinite Sambhar Lake.

Day 7: Sambhar Lake - Jaipur (100 kilometers / 62 miles)

Today you can go for an early morning walk or safari to see pink flamingo birds, village life of Sambhar and heritage town. After breakfast, you will ride towards to Jaipur. Afternoon is free at Jaipur.

In the evening, you will have a walk in the old city and will drive to see Amber Fort. Today will be the ride celebration party at a heritage restaurant on the hilltop of Nahargarh Fort. Have a comfortable stay in a hotel.

Day 8: Jaipur - Delhi

Have breakfast and board into a private AC coach to be dropped at Delhi from where you may continue journey to your countries respectively. Tour ends with cherishing memories.

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

Beginner:

  • can ride for 2-3 hours
  • minimal riding experience
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Guides

Neeraj Bunker

Location

Food

Included in your tour are daily breakfasts and dinners.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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)

In the free time, guests will enjoy with locals, can go for sightseeing if time permits and can enjoy photography for village life of Rajasthan.

What's included

  • Stay in twin sharing accommodation in camps, heritage / three-star hotels or equivalent
  • Breakfasts and dinners
  • Well serviced Royal Enfield rental motorcycle with fuel and oil for above mentioned tour itinerary
  • Ride captain and support crew (English-speaking) with first-aid facility
  • Minor repairs and spares included for the motorcycle
  • Availability of experienced motorcycle mechanic throughout the tour
  • Comfortable support vehicle with driver will follow the ride (for luggage, gear, and occasional passengers)
  • Cultural music and dances
  • Village life interaction
  • Camel safari at sand dunes
  • Third party insurance
  • 24 x 7 assistance from the ride control office at Jaipur

What's not included

  • Comprehensive insurance policy covering use of motorcycle
  • All lunches
  • All drinks / beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)
  • Vaccinations and personal medication
  • Any visa fee
  • Holiday insurance, travel health insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, tips, gifts, telephone or fax services, emergency evacuation costs, fines
  • Any cost for extra local sight-seeing other then the tour itinerary
  • Guide charges at monuments and museums
  • Entry fees and camera fees for museums, forts, temples, monuments and other such
  • Airport pick up and drop off (120 USD)
  • Rider jacket (220 USD)
  • Full face helmet (120 USD)
  • Half face helmet (100 USD)
  • Rider gloves (120 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 for an additional cost of 120 USD. Sand2Snow Adventure can provide Delhi to Mandawa private vehicle transportation so in Delhi, there will be a common meeting point, that they can communicate to you.

Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer available: Indira Gandhi International Airport (US$120 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.
8 days / 7 nights
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Availability

Start: Wednesday February 3, 2021
End: Wednesday February 10, 2021

Tour information

This tour requires a minimum of 10 riders.

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