Kipling's India 1250

Known as the 'heart of India,' Madhya Pradesh is home to a large tribal population, which has been largely cut off from mainstream development. It is also India's most forested state and abundant with tiger sanctuaries and ancient temples, making it a perfect backdrop to a Glorious Motorcycle Adventure.

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.

OVER FIFTY YEARS OF RIDING MOTORCYCLES........thought I'd done and seen it all...fantastic adventure with all day stunning scenery. I just fell in love with India. Thankyou for a fantastic tour and also becoming a great friend - I 'll be back..........

Alan Nelmes, Ealing London UK October 2013

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Day 1MEET & GREET AT DELHI AIRPORT - CLICK TO READ ON!

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. 

 

  • MEET & GREET AT DELHI AIRPORT - CLICK TO READ ON!

Day 2PEACOCKS & BIRDSONG, WHAT A WAY TO START THE DAY - waking up in the Dadhikar Valley...

... 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. 

 

 

Day 3ALWAR TO KARAULI - after a splendid buffet breakfast...

...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.

Day 4KARAULI TO GWALIOR - more great rural riding as we travel...

 

...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.

 

Day 5GWALIOR TO ORCHHA - heading south...

...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)

 

Day 6 ORCHHA - A day off to explore...

... 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. 

 

Day 7ORCHHA TO KHAJURAHO - We head further east...

...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)

 

Day 8 KHAJURAH TO KATNI...

...today we enter the luscious jungles of central India as we head south into tiger territory. We enjoy a ride to Katni were we stay in the hotel Nirmal Chhaya. The terrain of the reserve boasts extensive plateaus, forests and gorges and is home to the river Ken - one of the least polluted rivers in India. The day ends with a candle-lit river-side dinner.

 

DAY 9KATNI TO BANDHAVGARGH - we head further south today into the landscape that inspired Kipling's Jungle Book...

...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)

 

Day 10BANDHAVGARGH TO KANHA - Possibly the best ride of the trip...

...as we ride west then south through this stunning landscape. We will understand how the lush sal and bamboo forests, grassy meadows and ravines of Kanha provided such inspiration to Rudyard Kipling. We will reach Kahna National Park late afternoon after a lengthy ride in time for a walk through the forest before dinner. Nestled right on the bank of Banjar River, Wild Chalet Resort offers a magnificent view of river Banjar to the front side & lush green forest to the back. Beautiful cottages with Individual terraces and hammocks strategically positioned are the perfect place to soak in the sun and abundance of wildlife. We enjoy two nights here in this magical setting. (230 Km)
 

Day 11DAY TO EXPLORE KANHA - We head off to explore further south...

... perhaps exploring the surrounding nature trails, river swimming, bird watching or riding by motorcycle or bullock cart to the tribal village of Manegaon. There is an afternoon excursion into the Kahna Nature Reserve - one of India's finest National Parks, in the hope of spotting the elusive Indian white tiger. In the evening we enjoy some excellent regional food in the hotel's restaurant.

 

Day 12KANHA TO JABALPUR

...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.

 

Day 13JABALPUR TO DELHI - A night train journey back to Delhi where we...

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!

 

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