Mo-bike Endeavour – I. –Lateral moves from the Vindhyachal through Mewar, the Aravallis, Marwar, the Great Thar and moving north through the Shekawati onto the Sariska and Keoladeo National Parks while finishing the main trip at the great Taj Mahal.
1. Intention. To discover the true Rajasthan by basing our experiences on the joys of deep adventure and great mo-bike rides through lateral moves from the Vindhyachal through Mewar, the Aravallis, Marwar, the Great Thar and moving north through the Shekawati onto the Sariska and Keoladeo National Parks while finishing the main trip at the great Taj Mahal. If embellished with other activities/sports before we get on our mo-bikes, this can become an even more amazing trip, a fore-runner of many more for which you will surely return again and again. (Water/aero sports will be on request at time of booking and will precede the main drive through Rajashan).

2. Duration. 23 action packed driving days within Rajasthan. Additional three days to cater for Delhi/Agra on the way in or out.

3. Best time. October to March

4. Age Profile. 18 years upwards, as per fitness.

5. Broad Itinerary.(Refer Map)

(a) Transfer from Delhi airport to a hotel to rest and recoup and a full or half day sight seeing depending on arrivals. (For those that have visited Delhi earlier the halt at Delhi can be minimized)

(b) The main adventure starts from south eastern Rajasthan to which we move by train from Delhi. The very first day takes us on drives to very large and amazingly beautiful water bodies around which there are wild life sanctuaries to pass through. Skirting the edges of these vast lakes the next day brings us back to the environs of the Vindhyachal where we halt near the Bhainsrodgarh Sanctuary. Another day along the western edges of the Vindhyachal, another halt near a sanctuary and two beautiful lakes and the next day after visiting an old fort astride the ancient routes of ingress to Mewar we end the day at the historic fort of Chittaurgarh which added much to Rajasthan’s valour and values where we halt for the night at a small special hotel. In keeping with our affinity for water bodies and sanctuaries we head south, check out two wild-life sanctuaries and pass Jai Samand en route not far from which we halt in a near fort – hotel. Then on to the picturesque city of Udaipur where two nights allow us to rest and take in the sights of this beautiful city. (Total 8 nights after Delhi, but excluding water sports which need an extra two nights if requested for).

(c) Westward-ho and off we head for the Aravalli range where we will visit the beautiful temple at Eklinghji and cross onto the Marwar plains. We spend three days in cross country forays into parts of this beautiful, if rocky, hill range taking in Ranakpur Temple and the fabled Kumbalgarh Fort at the same time. An excellent option opens up as instead of mo-bikes this can be done on horse back – the Marwari horse is a magnificent steed and it may take a more than a little persuasion to get you to accept to return to your mo-bikes. (Horse safari is at a marginal addition to the cost and so on request). If adhering only to mo-bikes these three days have equal interest in the Aravallis. After 4 great nights we next head for Jodhpur where half the trip concludes. (Total 4 nights)

(d) A day around Jodhpur and its fort and palaces and away we head into the Great Thar through desert roads for Jaisalmer. (Camel safari, if requested, is best undertaken at this stage before Jaisalmer and is arranged on request as an addition to the basic itinerary). Two nights and a day at Jaisalmer and the fourth day from Jodhpur finds us on the National Highway to Bikaner which occupies us for a day before we spend a day and night in the Shekawati catching up with its lost art forms and crumbling heritage. Onto Jaipur for a day and from there to Sariska and Keoladeo Wild Life Sanctuaries. After 23 glorious days in Rajasthan we turn the bikes towards Agra to see the Taj or back to Delhi if the Taj has been seen earlier. (Total 11 nights).

(e) Visit the wonder – Taj Mahal and head for Delhi to catch the return flight home. (For those that have visited Agra earlier the visit to Agra from Keoladeo Sanctuary can be curtailed).

6. Accommodation. This will be a mix of hotels, heritage locations, tents both luxurious and small, home stays and the odd night under the stars. Changes can be made to suit specific participant requirements.

7. Cost of Basic Itinerary above (Delhi airport back to Delhi airport).

(a) Our tariff is all-inclusive in India and based on a group of 10 or more for the basic itinerary suggested above. This includes airport transfers, hotel and basic sightseeing costs at Delhi, Agra and at all halts in Rajasthan en route, train fare, costs of the horse and/or camel rides, costs of bike rentals and service and maintenance throughout the trip, tips, accommodation (twin sharing), water and all meals. However international air-fares, airport taxes, visa charges, duty on any items and personal expenditure such as drinks, laundry, tobacco, telephone charges, camera charges where applicable and individual expenses incurred away from the plan for the group are excluded. Costing details based in finalized plans on request.

(b) Registration. As winter is the peak tourist period it is essential that Registration be done at least four months prior to arrival. Half the determined costs of this Expedition to be paid on registration and the balance to be paid six weeks prior to arrival.

8. Changes in the itinerary, if requested, can be worked out and costs evaluated separately. Or, any other specified itinerary can be developed to match your interests.