The Royal Enfield tour of Rajasthan 2012 took place between 5-15 February and it seems a great time was had by all; having just returned from our first tour of the year, we were incredibly jealous!

As a tour organiser myself, I wanted to put the spotlight on the Royal Enfield tour as it’s a great example of what a tour should be.

The tour started in Jaipur where the riders were given lots of memorabilia e.g. stickers and t-shirts to really add to the sense of occasion and anticipation for the start of the journey the next day. It’s a great way to get Royal Enfield lovers coming together and making them feel a part of something special. There’s even a starting flag to herald the start of the tour and see excitement reaching fever pitch! To cement this, riders are given certificates at the end of the journey so they have a great memento of their tour.

Although run by Royal Enfield, it’s not all about the bikes; it’s about new experiences and time to unwind too. For example, from dune bashing and a visit to Karni Mata Mandir, famous for its rat population to sampling the local cuisine, camel rides and a (much needed) rest day in Jodhpur. Whilst it’s important to recharge the batteries – tours can be very demanding – these sorts of activities are also important because they help the tour group (most of whom won’t know one another) to bond over a shared appreciation of this (potentially) once in a lifetime experience.

What was great about this tour is that it has been planned to pass major Indian landmarks and give people an experience not to forget e.g. Pokhran, location of the demonstration of India’s nuclear capability and the historic battlefields of Longewala. So people aren’t just getting a great ride and some great sights, they’re getting to absorb some of the history and culture which make India such a fantastic place to tour.

There’s a great blog on the Royal Enfield website which followed the riders on each day of the ride

We have a similar tour through Rajasthan which this year runs from 13th-30th November. There are still places available so get in quick!