Duration : 14 Nights/15 Days
Destination : Rajasthan
Day 01 : Arrive New Delhi. Proceed through customs and immigration to the pickup area in front of Costa Coffee where we will greet you and take you by bus to Bhatratpur, a journey of around 6 hours. We will arrange currency exchange facilities at a good rate in Delhi prior to our departure.
Day 02 : Bharatpur is famous for its nearby Bird Sanctuary which is home to many species of waterfowl and well worth a visit. The best time to visit the reserve is in the early morning. Motor vehicles are not allowed into the park and the options for getting around inside are either on foot, by hired bicycle, or hiring a cycle rickshaw and driver. On Monday morning we will take an early morning trip into the bird park which is adjacent to our hotel. After a 0930 breakfast we will undertake a full briefing on road conditions and the bikes. After lunch we take a short ride to Deeg [35km] and visit the spectacular palace there. On Tuesday we take a day trip to Agra [56km] and spend the afternoon exploring the famous Taj Mahal. We return to Bharatpur late afternoon.
Day 03 : After breakfast we leave on our ride to Sawai Madhopur and the Ranthanbore Tiger Reserve. The ride is around 210kms on small and sometimes fairly rough back roads and will take us most of the day with lots of stops along the way.
Day 04 : Ranthanbore Park is part of Project Tigers efforts to preserve the Bengal Tiger in the wild. Access to the park is strictly controlled and safaris are undertaken in open buses or jeeps in the company of a guide and driver. These safaris at dawn take around 3 hours and the chances of sighting a tiger are considered good at this time of year. Although much emphasis is put on tiger sightings during safaris to the park, there is a host of other wildlife to be viewed and the scenery throughout the park is spectacular. We will book one dawn safari on your behalf and we ask that you let us know at the time of booking your tour if you are not interested in taking this safari. After the morning safari, we have free time to explore the bustling small rural town of Sowai Madhopur. In the late afternoon we take a short ride, then a walk up to the spectacular Ranthanbore fort situated near the park gate with its panoramic views over the park.
Day 05 : We depart for Bundi this morning. Our journey is only 130 kms but fairly slow going on a narrow back road, stopping at the abandoned Indergarh fort and winding through numerous picturesque rural villages. We should arrive in Bundi in the early afternoon. Bundi boasts one of the most spectacular palaces on our tour and also has a thriving art community specialising in Mughal style miniature paintings.
Day 06 : We spend the morning exploring the stepwells and bustling friendly markets in the town and in the afternoon we visit the magnificent Bundi palace and fort to view the many frescoes.
Day 07 : The road from Bundi to our next stop at the Pangarh Fort is around 170kms. There is some spectacularly barren scenery on this part of the journey and we stop off en-route to look at the ancient 1000 year old temples at Bijolia. We will also stop at a ruined fort at Ratangarh for a picnic lunch after which we ride on small village roads to the lakeside campsite at Pangarh Fort. We will spend the night here under canvas, enjoying a traditional and unique al fresco meal.
Day 08 : After a leisurely breakfast and perhaps a wander around the lake, we take a short ride on rough roads to the spectacular Heritage Castle Bijaipur where we will spend the rest of the day relaxing around the pool, horse riding or strolling around the small village.
Day 09 : The road to Udaipur is for the most part good and will be an easy short ride of 160 kms. En route we take a short stop in Chittorgarh and ride up into the fort. After check in at our hotel in Udaipur we spend a relaxed afternoon exploring the town. Udaipur is also the first place on our journey where reliable Email and banking are available and we spend 2 days and 3 nights here, soaking up the atmosphere and shopping in this tourist friendly town.
Day 10 : Today we ride north on the beautiful back road to the Jain temples of Ranakpur via one of Rajasthan's most striking and secluded forts, Kumbalgarh. We ride through spectacular farming areas arriving in time for a late lunch. We visit the Jain temples in the late afternoon.
Day 11 : We ride to Pushkar via Beawar and Ajmer, a distance of 220kms, mostly on an excellent road. Pushkar is one of the major young travellers centres of Rajasthan and the opportunities for people watching, shopping and dining are excellent
Day 12 : We spend the day relaxing, exploring the ghats, temples and bazaars of Pushkar. You may also wish to take a camel ride into the desert in the afternoon.
Day 13 : We depart from Pushkar for a short [140kms] ride to Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan.
Day 14 : We spend the day touring the attractions of Jaipur, visiting the unique observatory and city palace and exploring the bazaars of this bustling city.
Day 15 : Today brings an early start as we depart by bus to New Delhi the bustling capital city of India. The journey will take us some 5-6 hours depending on traffic. We will spend the afternoon in the busy Karol Bagh area with its motorbike bazaars and markets. In the evening we join together for a farewell dinner.