Travelling by motorbike gives you a new freedom to exploring Jaipur and the countryside of Rajasthan. It can be hair-raising at times but we discovered the Galta Ji Temple and the stunning Aravalli Hills before heading back to the chaos of Jaipur. We only experienced for one day but there are many excursions for longer!
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
Galta ji Temple
We rode legendary Indian motorbikes, Royal Enfields for an unforgettable road trip across Rajasthan, through the hustle and bustle of Jaipur about 10km to the Galta Ji Temple, also known as Monkey Temple as there are colonies swinging from the rafters. This jewel of Jaipur is built into the mountain pass in the Aravalli Hills, set around a natural spring and the water is collected in the water tanks outside. It is a sacred spot where Hindu pilgrims descend to bathe in the holy water and make offerings and pray in the nearby temples, especially during the festivals of Diwali (Oct/Nov) and Makar Sankranti (early Jan).
Hopping back on the bikes, we zoomed through the countryside and villages, of course, slowing down for any cows that decided to roam the streets. Our next stop was The Gateway Hotel Ramgarh Lodge Jaipur located in the Kukas area with stunning views of the Aravalli Hills all around. The former royal hunting lodge built for the maharaja in Jaipur is set in exquisite gardens with a very inviting swimming pool, just wanted to dive in! We sat down to lunch in the decorative dining area to eat our delicious Indian food, admittedly one dish was little spicy for my palate, brought a small tear to my eye!
Indian Highway Code
It was time to head back to the Pink City, it’s clear there’s a set of unwritten rules on the roads in India, it’s like an urban Highway Code, and apparently no rules for motorbikes. All the trucks have ‘Horn Please’ or ‘Sound Horn’ painted on their trucks, this is taken very literally by every vehicle on the road – it’s noisy, organised chaos!
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>>Trip organised by Trekkup // Photos with Trekkup logo courtesy of Piotr
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