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Rajasthan on two wheels: Glimpses of Jaipur, Ranthambhore and Bundi

Touring through east and south Rajasthan on our motorcycle gave us a unique perspective and a greater appreciation of the things we experienced. Here are some glimpses of our experiences in Jaipur, Ranthambhore and Bundi.

Also read: Eight reasons why you should visit Rajasthan

Sunsets and twinkling lights in Jaipur

Whether it’s watching the sunset from the outer walls of Amer Fort; strolling through the old city during Diwali; or just negotiating the chaotic traffic, Jaipur gave us a bagful of unique experiences.

Amer Fort outer wall, Jaipur
The sun sets over the outer wall of Amer Fort
Watchtowers on Amer Fort outer wall, Jaipur
From one lonely watchtower to another
Top of Amer Fort Wall, Jaipur
A long way down!
Old city gate, Jaipur
The Sanganeri gate of the old city, lit up for Diwali
Diwali lights in old city, Jaipur
Crowds, dazzling lights and loudspeakers belting out music: that’s how Jaipur celebrates Diwali
Hawa Mahal, Jaipur
The Hawa Mahal dazzles even more than usual
Loaded motorcycle, Jaipur
Locked, loaded and ready for the road

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The Jungle Book comes alive in Ranthambhore

Hearing the bellow of a sambhar deer echoing through the morning mist in Ranthambhore and watching the king of the forest take his afternoon rest made us feel like we were in one of Kipling’s famous stories. Only Mowgli was missing.

Ranthambhore Fort
Ranthambhore Fort gazes over the serene Lake below
Darter bird, Ranthambhore
A darter dries off in the morning sun
Fruit bat, Ranthambhore
This flying fox seems as surprised as me at this lucky shot
Hunting lodge, Ranthambhore
The maharaja’s hunting lodge is in a reflective mood
Nilgai, Ranthambhore
A big male Nilgai shows off the colour that gives this large antelope its name
Sloth bear, Ranthambhore
A sloth bear digs for some ‘bear necessities’—in this case, termites
Tiger, Ranthambhore
This one is enjoying his rest too much to do more than give us an annoyed stare
Grey langur, Ranthambhore
A grey langur munches tender acacia leaves in the evening sun
Watchtower, Ranthambhore
A watchtower stands guard over Sawai Madhopur, next door to Ranthambhore
Bundi Road, Bundi
On the bumpy road to Bundi, with the Vindhya hills for company

The crumbling grandeur of Bundi

Lost in time, the still-imposing old palaces, mansions and temples of Bundi (pronounced ‘boondhee’), are fading reminders of a bygone age.

Raniji ki Baodi
The 40-metre deep Raniji ki Baodi step-well looks like something straight out of a fairy tale
Garh Palace, Bundi
The imposing but neglected Garh Palace at sunset
Garh Palace windows, Bundi
Lords and ladies must have gazed out over Bundi from these windows hundreds of years ago
Morning mist, Bundi
Bundi in the morning mist
Dha Bhai Kund, Bundi
The steps of the Dha Bhai Kund, still used for religious ceremonies
Temples, Bundi
An old temple takes on a magical glow at night
Badal Mahal, Bundi
The incredibly intricate murals in the Badal Mahal of the Garh Palace quietly flake in the darkness
Cenotaph, Bundi
A hilltop cenotaph at sunset
Bypass, Bundi
Admiring the Garh Palace from the bypass road around the old city
Bhimlat gorge, Bundi
Spectacular natural beauty at Bhimlat River gorge
Garh Palace at night, Bundi
Garh Palace at night, lit by a lone spotlight

Jaipur, Ranthambhore and Bundi all have something unique to offer. And each leaves lasting memories of its own.

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I took most of these photographs with my trusty Canon EOS 200D DSLR camera, using my impressive new Tamron 18-400mm zoom lens. The photos with me in them were taken with my brilliant old Samsung Galaxy S5 phone. I also took footage for the video with my sturdy GoPro Hero5 action camera. Click the links to check out the latest offers on Amazon.


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10 thoughts on “Rajasthan on two wheels: Glimpses of Jaipur, Ranthambhore and Bundi”

  1. Awesome clicks. Colours, angles, the light and shade effects were perfect. Did you have to wait for any particular time of day or were you lucky?

  2. Each picture makes you go Wow! Do share more details of where you stayed and your itinerary… Would love to follow your route.. Maybe on four wheels not two LOL

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