Rajasthan Classic Motor Bike Tour

DELHI - Capital of India and a mixture of Hindu, Muslim and British architecture. The city consists of 2 parts - Old Delhi which was the capital of Muslim India between the 12th and 19th centuries and New Delhi the imperial city created by the British.

MANDAWA - This small town is situated at the beginning of the great Thar desert which extends west towards Pakistan. Its position on the camel routes between India and Central Asia brought great wealth. The wealthy merchants built magnificent mansions of golden/yellow sandstone which are known as "Havelis"

BIKANER - This desert town was founded in 1488. The main attraction is the Jungarh Fort which has an elaborate palace within.

JODHPUR - The impregnable Meherangarh Fort sitting atop a sheer rocky outcrop totally dominates the city which was founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha chief of the Rajputs. For many centuries the proud Rajputs were the most feared and respected warriors - the many palaces, temples and immense forts are reminders of their proud history. The old city encloses a fascinating jumble of winding streets and many markets and bazaars.

PUSHKAR - This small town is one of the holiest Hindu sites in India. Its sacred lake is dedicated to Brahma the Lord of Creation and is surrounded by bathing ghats and temples. These temples are home to the Sadhus who are spiritual people who have renounced all wordly possessions and roam the sub continent seeking enlightenment. Once a year during the full moon in November Pushkar is transformed into the worlds biggest camel and cattle fair. This fair is a gathering of many thousands of the colourful and friendly Rajasthani villagers. During the day camels are raced, paraded, bought and sold, whilst at night the desert air is filled with the sounds of the distinctive Rajasthani folk music.

JAIPUR - Known as the "Pink City" due to the distinctive pink sandstone used in its construction. It was founded by the great warrior and astronomer Jai Singh. It contains many forts, palaces, bazaars and the famous astrological observatory which is a wolrd heritage listed site.

SARISKA WILDLIFE SANCTUARY - Accommodation will be at the former Maharajas hunting lodge which is a magnificent building set in 50 acres with fine antiques and stately rooms. An afternoon or early morning jeep ride into the wildlife reserve in search of antelope, wild boar, hyena, blue bulls and the elusive tiger.

BHARATPUR - The famous Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary is nearby. An afternoon or early morning boat ride through vast swamps to observe some of the 328 different species of local and migratory birds.

AGRA - It has a magnificent fort, a perfectly preserved but abandoned Moghul city called Fatehpur Sikri and one of the most famous buildings in the world - the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal between 1632 and 1653. Although the Taj is amazingly graceful from almost any angle its the close up detail which is really astounding. Semi precious stones are inlaid into the marble in beautiful patterns and with superb craftmanship.

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