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Rajasthan: A ride in the Land of Kings

Rajasthan is not referred to as the “Land of Kings” without good reason. 

An important stop on the Silk Road, the famous ancient trade route connecting the Far East with the West. Caravans of colourful camels and peoples crossing the Thar Desert

Havelis and caravanserais populated the roads many of these have been preserved by converting them into beautiful hotels packed full of history. 

A caravan in the Thar Desert
A caravan in the Thar Desert
Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur view from Mehrangarh Fort
Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur view from Mehrangarh Fort

Forts such as Khimsar or Chanwa in, castles like Bijapur have been restored in order to ensure their survival in a world of uncertainty for these old princely states and families. Filled with oddities these landmarks are memories of a bygone era. 

Of course Rajasthan being a very popular destination has simply hundreds of these heritage properties scattered around the state some half in ruins and others given a facelift  ready for a new generation of travellers. 

Temple of Bada Bagh
Temple of Bada Bagh

The majestic city of Udaipur dominated by the City Palace and its lake has some of India’s most famous and iconic buildings like the luxury Lake Palace Hotel. On the edge of the Aravali Hills it is one of India’s most beautiful cities and referred to by some as the “Venice of the East”.

Aravali hills from Jaipur
Aravali hills from Jaipur

The Aravali Hills offer some of the best riding in Rajasthan as you are swept off the desert floor into it meandering roads visiting Kumbulgarh Fort one of the most impressive yet surprisingly empty forts surrounded by 35km of walls and staggering views from the top of its buildings.

Kumbhalgarh
Kumbhalgarh
Taj Lake Palace
Taj Lake Palace

Jaisalmer a veritable sand castle in the Thar Desert, a living breathing fort like no other is surely one of the most epic sights. A mirage as if from “The Arabian Nights”. An oasis while crossing the Thar Desert the alternative route to the Pamir Mountains of Central Asia.

There are havelis and ruins still on the route, out in the dunes, that tell the tales of these hardened travellers. Taking the bike through the desert gives opportunities to tackle some sand not everyone’s favourite you got to have the feeling for riding sand. 

Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer
Jodhpur
Jodhpur
Royal Enfields 500cc Classic Desert Storm
Royal Enfields 500cc Classic Desert Storm

Not all hotels fit into this luxury category and there are many that still retain all the features and are indeed old havelis without the 5 star facelift and the price tag. So really whatever your budget there is something for everyone. 

Rajasthan is a vast state with so many things to do and containing so much of the India of legend. The motorbike or more specifically the Royal Enfield is the ideal way to explore, whether renting and going it alone or joining groups such as Extreme Bike Tours you can pick and choose what you want to see.

Mehrangarh fort
Mehrangarh fort
Courtyard inside Mehrangarh fort
Courtyard inside Mehrangarh fort

Treat yourself to luxury at any level or ride and find hidden places as you go the choice of yours Rajasthan will never disappoint….

Khimsar Fort Hotel
Khimsar Fort Hotel
Ben Lloyd
Ben Lloydhttps://extremebiketours.com/
Ben has always loved the icon that is the Royal Enfield, first discovered during his years travelling around India. He one of the Directors of Extreme Bike tours. Now he resides in Sri Lanka with his family.

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