Rajasthan round trip with Taj Mahal/Agra

More than 1300 years ago, the wild warrior tribes of the Rajputs, the "prince's sons", settled the area we know today as Rajasthan.

Pricing

Price
per rider in shared twin/double room €2,550.00 $2,836.77 ?
per pillion passenger in shared twin/double room €2,300.00 $2,558.65 ?
per person single room (surcharge) €375.00 $417.17 ?

Features

Features
17 x overnight stay in hotel
1 x overnight stay in a tent
18 x breakfast
17 x dinner
Rent a motorcycle
Operating materials (petrol/oil)
Service vehicle
Mechanic Service
Tour guide
Airport transfer in India
Transfer by car or minibus to Mandawa
An overnight stay in the desert
Not included features
Everything that is not listed under services

More details

More details
Total distance approx. 2360 km
Level of difficulty Easy to medium
min: 4 - max: 12 drivers
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Visa
Swiss, Austrian and German nationals require a visa to enter India. Your passport must be valid for at least another six months. Obtaining a visa is relatively uncomplicated. A visa valid for six months or an e-Visa valid for 30 days is sufficient.
Vaccinations
No vaccinations are required for India. A valid international vaccination passport is required from persons entering from areas with yellow fever (certain countries in Africa and Central and South America). However, it is generally recommended to be vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria, polio, hepatitis A and typhoid fever. As there are many different aspects to be considered in each individual case, it is always advisable to seek personal travel health advice from a doctor or pharmacist experienced in travel medicine in good time (about 4 to 6 weeks) before the trip. Here too, we recommend that you seek medical advice in good time.
Driving licence
You need a valid German and an international driving licence of class 1 or A. Please note that the international driving licence is only valid in combination with the national driving licence.
Minimum number of participants
You will find the minimum number of participants next to the respective travel description. As an organizer we have a right of withdrawal if the minimum number of participants has not been reached 6 weeks before the start of the trip. In this case, we will refund the amounts paid on account.
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In practice, however, we always try to carry out the trip with fewer participants in your interest, if you agree. in this case, there is no service vehicle available and we charge a staggered small group surcharge:
1 participant: 10% of the travel price
2 participants: 5% of the travel price
3 participants: 2,5% of the travel price
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Half double room
For single travellers we offer the possibility to share a double room with another traveller. If there is no "half" double room available at the time of your booking, we will charge the single room supplement. You will be refunded as soon as a double room partner is found.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

Fleeing from Muslim invaders, they emerged from the surrounding states of Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, subjugated the indigenous tribes, the Bhils and Minas, and established their everlasting feuding kingdoms, the traces of which can be seen today.

The former 36 Rajput clans originated from three mythological lineages, the "Suryavansa" or Sun Race, which derive their origin directly from Sri Rama, the "Induvansa" or Moon Race, which see themselves as descendants of Sri Krishna, and the "Agnikula", the Fireborn, who arose from the flames of a sacred fire on Mount Abu.

The history of Rajasthan is the history of endless bloody wars between the individual clans on the one hand and against attackers from outside on the other. Again and again, the territory was occupied by foreign rulers, as the prince's sons were more busy fighting each other than joining forces to defend the country against invaders.

This senseless bloodshed only came to an end when the British concluded protection treaties with individual princes, which guaranteed the Rajputs secure income and their posts and titles, but made them will-less pieces on the chessboard of British power politics. Rebellions of the oppressed rural population and the middle class shook this power structure and finally brought it down under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi.

In 1947 all Rajputs empires were integrated into the newly formed Indian nation state. In order to encourage them to cooperate, the Sun, Moon and Fireborn were guaranteed a fixed income as well as the maintenance of their titles and other privileges. At the end of the 50s Indira Gandhi also put an end to this. The more enterprising among the once indescribably rich Maharajas transformed their castles and palaces into hotels or other tourist attractions, the others became impoverished and simply disappeared from the scene.

Today Rajasthan is the second largest state in the Indian Confederation after Madhya Pradesh. The largest part is desert and steppe landscape. Only in the south we find a little bit richer vegetation and some hills and mountains.

There is probably no region in the whole of India that is as rich in historical witnesses of a glorious past as Rajasthan. No matter which of the famous cities - Jodhpur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Udaipur, Pushkar and whatever they are called - you visit, they all cast a spell over you from times long past and a journey through Rajasthan grows imperceptibly into a journey through time.

On our 19 day tour we will visit the most important places in Rajasthan. Our journey begins in New Delhi. We will first take you to your hotel, where you can relax from the journey. Early in the morning we go by car to Jhunjhunu and from here we continue with the bikes to Bikaner and Jaisalmer. From there we drive via Jodhpur, Ranakpur, Udaipur and Bundi to Ranthambore. Finally we visit Jaipur and the Taj Mahal in Agra, before our journey ends in Delhi again.

Our program includes visits to forts and palaces, day trips to remote temples and havelis, and of course a camel ride into the desert. Rajasthan is a feast for the eyes. The monotonous grey-yellow of the desert is contrasted by the indescribably colourful saris with which the women of this state adorn themselves. The palaces and havelis boast of their architectural and artistic splendour.

The tour does not make any special demands on the driving technique. Every good road driver can master the journey in comfort. The total distance is about 2,400 km, the longest daily distance is about 330 km. You just have to be prepared for "slightly higher" temperatures, after all Rajasthan is a desert state. We sleep as far as possible in very good middle class hotels, former palaces and havelis. The Rajasthan tours take place in the best travel season, winter/spring and autumn. They are a pleasure in every respect and become an unforgettable adventure.

Route

Route

1. Arrival

The destination airport is Delhi (DEL). The flights usually arrive in the middle of the night. We will pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel.

Overnight stay in New Delhi

2. Transfer Delhi - Mandawa

Breakfast. Transfer to Mandawa. About seven hours later we reach our Haveli in Mandawa, in the district of Shekhawati. Today, the first thing to do is arrive, rest and enjoy the day.

Overnight stay in Mandawa

3. Excursions to the Shekkawati region (about 100 km)

Breakfast. After a restful night and a sumptuous breakfast we set off on a half-day motorcycle tour. Under the expert guidance of Mr. Laxmikant, the owner of our resort, or his son, we will visit some of the picturesque villages in the surroundings of Jhunjhunu, He will show us the village wells typical for the region and we will visit magnificent havelis, former merchants' houses.

Overnight stay in Mandawa

4. Mandawa- Bikaner (about 225 km)

Breakfast. Today the round trip begins. First stop is Bikaner. We're leaving. At 15:00 we are expected at our hotel. Now an adventure of the special kind begins. After a short drive by jeep we reach a small desert village where our camels are waiting for us. On four legs, we are now heading into the middle of the Rajasthan desert, where we will spend the night under the open sky after an opulent meal.

Overnight stay in Bikaner

5. Bikaner (about 80 km)

After breakfast we return to the hotel by camel cart and jeep. Together we visit the Jhunagarh Fort, one of the most impressive complexes in Rajasthan. It gives an eloquent impression of the splendour in which the Maharajas of earlier times lived. Optional: Visit of the rat temple of Deshnok. The little rodents lead a so called "soundless existence" here, and it is considered a sign of special happiness when a white rat runs over your bare toes.

Overnight stay in Bikaner

6. Bikaner - Jaisalmer (about 330 km)

Breakfast. And again we are early on our feet or wheels. Today the longest stretch of the whole tour lies ahead of us, 333 km to Jaisalmer. Fortunately the roads in Rajasthan are in excellent condition with very little traffic. The further west we advance, the more the vegetation recedes, until we finally find only sand and scree with a few scattered thorn bushes.

Overnight stay in Jaisalmer

7. Jaisalmer

Breakfast. Jaisalmer, the westernmost city of Rajasthan, is only a few kilometers away from the Pakistani border. We live in a Haveli, which is run by the descendants of one of the last ruling families of Jaisalmer. Everyone can spend the day to their own taste. Jaisalmer invites you to relax and enjoy. It is also the ideal place to buy souvenirs of all kinds.

Overnight stay in Jaisalmer

8. Jaisalmer - Jodhpur (about 285 km)

Breakfast. Today's tour will be a pure desert trip. From Jaisalmer to Jodhpur it is only through sand, scree and thorny bushes. Jodhpur is a typical Indian city, hectic and loud and cheerful. However, our hotel complex lies like a peaceful oasis in the middle of traffic and car horns. The large pool invites you to swim and relax. If you want, you can also go on an exploratory walk through the bazaar of Jodhpur on your own.

Overnight stay in Jodhpur

9. Jodhpur

Breakfast. Today the visit of the Meherangarh Fort is on the agenda. Afterwards we drive to the Jaswant Thada Memorial, also called the Taj Mahal Jodhpurs, which is built of white marble. But the real highlight is the Makhani-Lassi in the Shri-Mishrilal-Hotel. Connoisseurs claim that it is the best lassi in all of India. I'm curious to hear your verdict.

Overnight stay in Jodhpur

10. Jodhpur - Ranakpur (about 180 km)

Breakfast. We are leaving Jodhpur heading south. After a few kilometers of highway we tour leisurely through fields and fields. Again and again picturesque villages and small towns invite you to take a tea break. In the afternoon we reach Ranakpur and check in at our resort. There is plenty of time to visit the famous Jain temple and take a walk through a nearby nature park. Afterwards a huge pool invites you to swim and laze around.

Overnight stay in Ranakpur

11. Ranakpur - Udaipur (about 170 km)

Breakfast. The morning belongs to the fort of Kumbalgarh. The terrain is gigantic, as the protective wall measures about 36 km with a width that can accommodate eight horses next to each other. We visit the palace and some of the numerous temples scattered throughout the beautiful natural landscape. Around noon we continue our journey and reach Udaipur in the late afternoon, the most romantic city in India, as is often claimed.

Overnight stay in Udaipur

12. Udaipur

Breakfast. The day can be arranged freely. Highlights of the city are the City Palace, the Jaghdish Temple and the Lake Palace, where the 007 thriller "Octopussy" was shot years ago. But the most beautiful thing for me is a walk through the seemingly endless maze of small streets and alleyways where time seems to stand still and people live as they did hundreds of years ago. Udaipur is a paradise for souvenir hunters.

Overnight stay in Udaipur

13. Udaipur - Bundi (about 270 km)

Breakfast. First the route takes us on a well developed highway. Mileage is the order of the day. On request we will make a short stopover in Chittorgarh and visit the fort. We continue along the highway for some time until we turn onto a small side road in Bijolia. We are now in the deepest Rajasthan. Wide fields and tiny, picturesque farming villages dominate the landscape. In the early evening we reach Bundi.

Overnight stay in Bundi

14. Bundi - Ranthambore (about 130 km)

Breakfast. And on we go through the hinterland of Rajasthan. The road conditions are now not quite as good as we have experienced in other parts of the country. But we are compensated by beautiful landscapes and dreamy villages. Photographers get their money's worth. In Ranthambore we stay overnight in a small resort with a pool. If you feel like it, you can already go on your first safari for "tiger hunting" this afternoon.

Overnight stay in Sawai Madhopur

15. Ranthambore - Jaipur (about 150 km)

Breakfast. Fancy some tiger? Of course we cannot guarantee that you will see one of the wild cats on one of the safaris. But it's definitely worth a try. The Ranthambore National Park is also a little jewel in terms of scenery and the three-hour excursion takes you right into the heart of India's wildlife. Around noon we will start our journey to Jaipur, which we will reach after about four hours driving time.

Overnight stay in Jaipur

16. Jaipur

Breakfast. Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is known as the Red City, The Pink City. At the end of the 19th century, on the occasion of the visit of the British viceroy, the Maharajah who was reigning at the time had all the houses in the city painted red, the colour of welcome. This tradition is still continued in the old town today. We visit the Palace of the Winds, the observatory and walk through the big bazaar in the old town.

Overnight stay in Jaipur

17. Jaipur - Agra (about 240 km)

Breakfast. Highway No. 11 has been completely rebuilt in the past few years and should now slowly be finished. We can drive our Enfields to our heart's content and cover the 230 kilometres to Agra in a record short time by Indian standards. In the hotel a nice pool and iced Kingfisher beer awaits us. Whoever feels like it can stretch their feet in this typical Indian megacity. Tomorrow it will rise early and in the evening it is better to go in early.

Overnight stay in Agra

18. Agra - Delhi (about 200 km)

The early morning is the best time of day to visit the Taj Mahal. We have to be at the ticket counter at 6:00. It is a breathtaking experience when the sun slowly sends its warm pink rays onto the bright white marble of the mausoleum. You'll never forget this sight. Then breakfast. Around noon we drive back to Delhi and reach our hotel in Karol Bagh in the early evening.

Overnight stay in New Delhi

19. Journey home

Breakfast. Transfer to the airport. Return flight. And with that ends our journey through space and time. We hope to have offered you a pleasant and adventurous trip to India. If you liked it, just come back to India, next time maybe to the south or the roof of the world, to Ladakh or Garhwal in the Himalayas.