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Rajputana on Wheels

Packing List for Royal Enfield/Bullet Tour

This Indian state has many surprises, not least the temperatures it can deliver. We will be travelling in winter here and although it is likely to be very warm in the daytime, temperatures drop sharply at night. This is beneficial to getting a good kip, but things can be chilly, or downright cold, during early starts. Due to this it is recommended that you bring sufficient warm clothes to cope with riding temperatures down to about 5ºC (for brief periods), while also being equipped to ride in the low-thirties. It is very, very unlikely to rain, but a windproof over-layer is the easiest way to convert cool riding gear into something warmer. Layers is the answer.

HELMET

Compulsory on tour. As it’s difficult to find headgear of a similar quality to that found at home, please bring a well-fitted helmet with you. If buying a new ‘lid’ specifically for your tour, then consider one with a venting system. If an open-faced helmet is your preference the none with a drop-down visor is ideal. If bringing a basic open-face, remember to bring some eye protection, including clear lenses for low light conditions. Also good for these tours, with a good blend of face-protection and ventilation is an enduro-style helmet. A decent full-face helmet is also perfectly adequate for these tours, but you will appreciate any venting.

GLOVES

Vented summer gloves are the best bet to beat sweaty digits, but you may get cold hands on early starts. Summer-style, water proof gloves are ideal for all-round use. If you suffer greatly from chilly digits then you may want inner-gloves or even winter gloves for the early starts.

JACKET

A traditional leather bike jacket will be OK, but a little hot and will require you to bring a waterproof over-jacket, or an over-suit. Although armoured textile jackets are generally better  than leather, especially those with venting and breathable linings, another tack is to wear a light, vented, armoured jacket and carry a wind/waterproof over-jacket. This way you can stay reasonably cool, but add a wind proof layer for instant warmth.

TROUSERS

As with jackets, armoured textile trousers are probably the way to go, but water proof ones tend to be very hot, so better go for a cool pair and carry waterproof over-trousers for chilly days. Likewise, protective jeans are ideal when mated to over-trousers.

BOOTS

Sturdy boots, covering the ankle, are a minimum requirement. We would recommend, though, that you wear ‘proper’ bike boots with shin protection. Touring-type boots fit the bill well, as do race boot sand protective ankle boots.

OTHER CLOTHING & KIT

The list below isn’t everything you might need to bring on one of our tours (some under crackers might also be nice), but highlights things that are best not forgotten. Some of these items (insect repellent, hats, etc) can be bought cheaply in India, but as there may not be the time to nip to the shops on the first day, it’s as well to bring them from home.

  • A snood is great for keeping dust out of the nose, for added warmth when needed and can even be worn as a hat to keep the sun off, or warmth in

  • Sunglasses with UV protection are important.

  • Bring cool, thin socks and a warm pair for early starts

  • A very light weight sleeping bag (fleece ones are good) is useful, but not essential

  • Sandals a regreat for off-bike footwear

  • If you have a weak back, a kidney-belt may be helpful

  • A fleece is good for both cool evenings and for under-jacket warmth

  • Day bag sufficient to carry a water bottle and rainsuit, or tankbag

  • A money belt, or waist pack in which to carry valuables, documents and International Driving Permit

  • A sun hat, especially if you’re bald!

  • Very strong bungees or cargo net in case you tire of the day bag or need to carry that bit extra

  • Basic first aid kit: a few plasters and antiseptic cream (we carry a very comprehensive medical kit)

  • Any regular medication you need

  • Spectacles: bring spares, or your prescription with you

  • Swimming Cossie

  • Insect Repellent only ones with DEET content are reliable

  • Sun Block and plenty of it

  • Lip Salve with UV block

  • Torch/Head-torch

  • Penknife/Multi-tool

  • Alarm whether on phone or not

  • Watch for telling the time, so you’re not late

Key information

  • Bike: rental bike (Royal Enfield/Himalaya 350 cc)

  • Mileage: 1,472 kilometers / 915 miles

  • Daily rides: 200 – 300 kilometers / 124 – 187 miles

  • Meals: daily  breakfast

Highlights

  • Camping in the Thar Desert with camel ride

  • Pushkar Lake & Temple Visit

  • Home stay in village with Local community

  • An Orphanage School Visit to teaching/interaction with childrens

  • Helping to Local community in Udaipur for making traditional Dari (Carpet)

  • 11 nights’ accommodation

  • Daily  breakfast

  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Intermediate

  • Advanced

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Jaipur

Soon after breakfast, we shall behaving an extensive briefing before you take a short ride (in an effort to know your bike better and to get familiar with its controls and riding conditions in India) to Amber  town where we also visit the beautiful Palace.  The rest of the evening is free for leisure

Day 02: Jaipur – Mandawa (195 KM)

Leaving Jaipur, you head north-west on the NH-11 towards the Shekhwati region, to the town of mandawa.   Referred to as the “open air art gallery” of Rajasthan, the entire Shekhawati region is dotted with fascinating mansions (havelis) embellished with frescoes & colourfully painted walls.  Later in the afternoon, you may either join a guided tour of the “Havelis” or explore the town on your own.

Day 03: Mandawa- Bikaner (250 KM)

Joining the NH-11 again, you’ll head westwards towards the city of Bikaner, one of its famous cities right on the edge of the Thar desert.

Day 04: Bikaner (Sight-seeingday)

Bikaner’s landscape is dominated by the indomitable Junagarh Fort and the red sandstone Lalgarh Palace.  You may join an organized half a day sightseeing tour of the town.

Day 05: Bikaner – Jodhpur (250 KM)

After breakfast, you’ll saddle-up again for a 250 Km ride to the city of Jodhpur.  Today our route turns south as we head through the Thar desert into the Marwar region of Rajasthan.

Day 06: Jodhpur (Sight-seeingday)

The day is yours to visit the places of interest like the impressive Mehrangarh Fort, the spectacular Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jaswant Thada or the bazaars around the clock tower.

Day 07: Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur (270 KM)

After Breakfast it’ll be time to bid adieu to “the blue city” and take your journey further south towards the Aravali hills.  On the way, you’ll get the opportunity to make a brief stop at Ranakpur, a small town located in a wooded valley on the western side of the Aravali range, famous for the white marble Jain temple with intricate carvings.  Your final destination today will be Udaipur, the city of lakes.

Day 08:  Udaipur (Sight-seeingday)

Udaipur, a tourists delight as it is, will most likely have you spending the entire day visiting all it has to offer.  The evening will be a great time to absorb the stunning views of the “Pichola Lake” from the sunset point or one of the numerous roof-top restaurants lining the “ghats” around the lake and reminiscing the past few days after you left Bharatpur, as the sun sets.

Day 09: Udaipur – Chittorgarh – Bijaipur (165 KM)

Heading north-east from Udaipur, you first stop today will be the spectacular fort of Chittorgarh, one of the most romantic of Rajasthan’s fortifications.  After a visit to the Fort,  you’ll ride further 40 KM to Castle Bijaipur, now a heritage hotel and your destination of the day.

Day 10: Bijaipur – Pushkar (240 KM)

Leaving Bijaipur, you’ll head north to Pushkar, a holy town famous for its lake, various ghats and temples spread all around it.

Day 11: Pushkar  – Jaipur (150 KM)

Today, it’ll be time to say good-bye to the Royal Enfields & Rajasthan.  After breakfast, you’ll be boarding a bus coach for the last leg of this journey.  a city tour of Jaipur city.  If you’ve purchased a add-on, you will be transferred to our partner hotel where your accommodation has been arranged.

Inclusion

Twin sharing accommodation in double-bed rooms/tents including Breakfasts & Dinners

Local sight-seeing (at selected locations): Transportation & English guide

Royal Enfield Classic 350/500 Standard rental motorcycle

Experienced motorcycle mechanic

English-speaking Ride leader& support crew

Comfortable Support vehicle with driver (for luggage, gear & occasional passengers)

Transfers to/from Airports/Railway stations

Exclusion

Travel insurance policy coveringuse of motorcycle

Motor cycle damage deposit or damage waiver (optional)

All Lunches,  drinks / beverages (alcoholic or non-alcoholic)

Vaccinations and personal medication

Visa fee for India and Travel insurance

Items of a personal nature such as laundry, tips, gifts, telephone or fax services, emergency evacuation costs, fines.

Entry fees and camera fees for museums, forts, temples, monuments and other such places

Anything not explicitly mentioned in the “What’s Included” section

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