Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Motorcycle Tour Experience of a Rider with Legendary Moto Rides

I booked 14 days Motorcycle Tour to Rajasthan (Land of Regal Warrior) with Legendary Moto Rides.
When we reached at Delhi Airport, we got the garland welcome by LMR’s representative & he escorted us to hotel & explained us about day by day tour programme. Next morning we drove about 130 km in air-conditioned car to Behror, small town away from the hustle bustle of Delhi. We were eight motorcyclist & four Pillions met there with each other. Later we took a test ride with Royal Enfield motorcycles for the first time. My bike was called Desert Storm & I found it more suitable to Indian road conditions. All riders were very happy with its gearing system, condition & sound of the bike. 

The route we visited Mandawa, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Sam Sand Dunes, Osian, Jodhpur, Bhenswara, Udaipur, Ghanerao, Pushkar, Jaipur by Bike & then to Agra by Car. On the way we would see palaces, forts and memorable landscapes and experience a rich culture.
Camels pulling loaded carts are often seen on the roads in this trip. Also visit brick factory, local milk dairy, oxen wheel & enjoy a marble game with local kids.
Jaisalmer is embedded in the Thar Desert, on the way to the Pakistani border. Known as "the golden city", its hilltop fort seems to radiate at sunset and is quite a sight at the end of a day spent buying silks, paintings and clothes in the maze of markets at its foot.
Later ride to visit Kuldhara village, said to have been abandoned some 150 years ago. The villagers are believed to have fled, leaving a curse on Kuldhara, after discovering a local nobleman lusted after one of their maidens.

Sam is a campsite about 45km west of Jaisalmer with sweeping dunes that stretch away to the horizon. Large, comfortable tent sites dot the area - all with modern amenities. To sit on the veranda with a cold beer, watching the sun go down after a long ride is a very agreeable experience.

We crossed many scenic villages on the bike, but I loved to visit village Nevra & here we enjoyed many activities such as school visit & had conversation with kids & teacher. We visited the local village house & typical rural lady cooking food for all family members & also enjoyed the opium ceremony with villagers. The time we spent here is just incredible & unforgettable.

We also visited many Forts & Palaces in this trip but I loved Jodhpur Fort the most & Udaipur Palace.

We stayed mostly in havelis - large, colonial buildings, converted for tourists, with inner courtyards, marble floors, water fountains and wide verandas with comfortable chairs where saddle-sore riders could escape the sun.

After Jodhpur, we started our next journey to the destination called Bhenswara & enroute we visited Motorcycle Temple. Here you see a 350cc Royal Enfield motorbike garlanded with flowers and enshrined in a glass case. It was owned by a local who died in an accident on it some years ago. This Temple is so popular not only among the local people, but also people from all over India. People come to this temple to give thank for fulfilling their wishes.

The food was mostly suited to Western tastes with mild and occasionally hot curries, vegetables, dhal and naan or roti bread always a favourite.
Local restaurants have been always an eye-opener. Packed to capacity, the food was served from large steaming bowls straight onto the plate with refills readily available. As soon as we'd finished, we were ushered out and the table instantly occupied by the next customers.

We had really unique experience when we stayed in some rural destinations like Osian, Bhenswara & Ghanerao. When we reached to Pushkar, we enjoyed the sunset near the Ghat & here you can see many foreigners doing some fun activities to earn money. Some are dancing, some are playing guitar, some are singing, some are juggling & many more.
On last biking day, we reached Jaipur & visited Amber Fort on the bike. On this trip we rode Royal Enfield nearly 2200km later the trip was over. The bikes had served us all perfectly and we all returned home with wonderful memories of a truly beautiful part of India, Rajasthan.

The tour includes 13 nights twin share accommodation with breakfast and dinner, air-conditioned transfers, the use of a Royal Enfield Classic 500 motorbike, the services of experienced motorcycle mechanics, an English-speaking ride leader and support crew and a support vehicle with driver.

There are total 06 departures from October to March with prices from around $2600 for the rider and $1900 for the passenger. In a special offer from the LMR Rajasthan Motorcycle Tour, first 05 riders/pillion get free dinners throughout the tour.

We are planning to do South India Motorcycle Tour with Legendary Moto Rides in 2018. With Fixed Departure Tours, they also offer you Customized Tour & here you have many other interesting rides such as Himalayan Ride, Spiti Valley, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand. See www.legendarymotorides.com