This tour takes you well off the beaten track into the tribal, forested heartland of central India. We explore the Dadhikar valley in the east of Rajasthan before heading south to the Art Deco palace at Karauli. From here to the culturally fascinating city of Gwalior where we have a taste of Indian luxury at the Usha Kiran Palace hotel. We venture further south to the peaceful, holy town of Orchha which sits on the banks fo the beautiful river Betwa. We then head east to the temples of Kajaroaho before enjoying 5 days' venturing through the jungles and tribal villages of southern Madya Pradesh. Expect forest lodges, tiger spotting, delicious local cuisine and an abundance of incredible roads. We end by flying back to Delhi for a final night in India's capital city. This tour is a true adventure which provides a rare glimpse into the hidden natural and cultural wonders that inspired Kipling's Jungle Book.
Rider Price £2950 Pillion Price £2150 support vehicle/minibus price
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You will be greeted at New Delhi airport on the morning of your arrival in India by your tour leader and taken by minibus to Dhadikar Fort near the city of Alwar, stopping for a “thali” lunch en route (journey time 4 hours). The Dhadikar Fort is located in the heart of the Rajasthani countryside, 20 minutes from the bustling city of Alwar and 40 minutes from the Sariska nature reserve.
After some time to rest and shower, you will meet your bike and support team. You will also meet local expert and naturalist Niranjan Singh (Ninja) who will be your guide during your time at Dhadikar. You have your first experience riding your motorcycle to the nearby village of Dhadikar where you will have chai and snacks at the potter’s house. The first day ends with a gala dinner and local music on the terrace.
... is something to savour! A gentle start to the day before we visit the Nirvana Foundation. This wonderful charity schools local children who would not otherwise receive an education and helps local communities with environmental and socio-economic development. After lunch we visit the Sariska Tiger Reserve where we hope to spot the elusive Indian tiger. The day's excursions will provide a gentle (and very scenic) opportunity for the motorcyclists to get to know the ins and outs of Indian traffic protocol.
Accommodation: Dhadikar Fort. This beautifully restored heritage hotel is set in a 13th century fort. Its stunning location high above the Aravelli Hills affords panoramic views of the rural Rajasthani countryside and the forested valley beneath. The hotel is noted for its excellent organic cuisine and rustic interiors. It will make a perfect location to rest and unwind after your flight and offer a charming and comfortable base from which to explore this fascinating region. Treatments are available in the small Ayurvedic spa.
...we are off early to hit the scenic, well surfaced roads leading south to Karauli. Lunch en route, we arrive in time for an afternoon tour of the Palace with our host Mann Singh. The Bhanwar Vilas Palace was constructed in the 1930s and is a living shrine to this wonderful era of both architure and design.
...150km south east through villages and farmland to the Ushi Kiran Palace Hotel in Gwalior. This fascinating city has made a rich contribution to the history of India, from the Vedic ages to the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and the British Raj. As a result it boasts a rich heritage of art, architecture and culture. The Ushi Kiran Hotel is a 120-year-old palace, and part of the Taj chain - noted for luxury, quality and style. Set amidst 9 acres of beautifully landscaped lawns, it has a pool, a fantastic spa and art deco bar - in fact you may struggle to leave and explore the nearby city! Gala dinner and classical music in the hotel's restaurant.
...to the peaceful holy town of Orchha. Expect some good roads cutting through a stunning scenery of lakes, forests and craggy escarpments. We arrive just after lunch at the pleasant Amar Mahal hotel where we'll have time to enjoy the pool and gardens or wander/bike into the nearby town. Buffet dinner at the hotel. (120Km)
... the ancient golden palace of Orchha which sits proudly above the town on the banks of the river Betwa. You may also choose to explore the forests, villages and nature reserves that surround Orchha on your Enfield, or even head to the river for a swim and picnic. Don't miss sunset in the Chattris that are located near the Hotel Amar. This evening we visit the nearby village of Ganj for a homestay dinner at the Friends of Orchha charity.
...to the temple town of Kajaraho - famous for its complex of stone temples decorated with images from the Karma Sutra. We check into the Radisson before a guided tour of the temples. Evening dinner in town. (130Km)
...further into the dense jungles of Madya Pradesh. Expect to see an abundance or wildlife as well as remote villages and farmland where time has stood still for centuries. We ride through the Bandhavgarh National Park which sprawls over an area of 450 square kilometres. This National Park is known for its breathtaking array of flora and fauna, including many white tigers, bison, cheetals, langgors and sambars. Here we stay at Tiger Trails Resort which is located close to the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, on the slopes of Vindhya hill ranges. This beautiful resort is nestled beneath the undisturbed jungle of Bandhavgarh. It has a majestic dining area, a well-stocked library and a private lake that is home to various aquatic and bird life. Wake up early in the morning to the sound of woodpeckers and revive your body and mind walking around the wooded estate. (220 Km)
...we take our time on this journey to explore the villages and markets of this largely tribal area. Well off the tourist trail, we will be privileged to experience an aspect of Indian culture few get to see. We arrive in the vibrant city of Jabalpur late afternoon and check into the Kalchuri Residency in time for a dip in the pool before dinner.
will have a day and evening to briefly explore this fascinating city. We check into the comfortable Panchsheel Park Hotel before enjoying a South Indian dinner in the fashionable Haus Kaas area of south Delhi - and maybe a final Kingfisher beer on one of the many rooftop bars overlooking the nearby lake and medieval temple complex. Your amazing adventure has ended but will resonate for years to come!