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Your cycling holiday in India

Cycling Rajasthan | Guided Group

Total Distance 210 miles (339km) | Average distance per day 34 miles (56km)

Explore wonderfully diverse urban environments from the chaotic streets of Delhi, to the 'pink city' of Jaipur the beautiful lakeside setting of Udaipur. Along the way we take time to look for the elusive Bengal tiger in Sariska and Ranthambore national parks. We cycle through remote villages to gain a glimpse of daily life in this traditional region, stopping along the way to see Rajasthan's incredible moghul architecture and dramatic forts.

Pushkar Camel Fair and Diwali.
Note that in mid-November 2018 and early-November 2019, The Pushkar Camel fair takes place, giving you the opportunity to witness one of the biggest camel gatherings in the world. During the month of November, the Diwali Hindu festival of lights will also happen. This stunning celebration is a colourful expression of light over dark, good over evil and knowledge over hope. The itinerary will therefore differ on certain departures.

Contact one of our Activites Experts for more information.

What not to miss

  • Backroads and villages of rural Rajasthan
  • National Parks and wildlife
  • Taj Mahal, Jaipur and Udaipur
  • Temples and Fortresses

What’s included

  • Touring / mountain bike and transport (bus, van)
  • Meals (breakfasts)
  • Standard accommodation
  • Airport transfers
Your cycling holiday in India

Cycling Rajasthan | Guided Group

Day 1

Arrival in Delhi.

Your tour starts in Delhi. If your flight time allows you may choose to take an optional sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, visiting Jama Masjid mosque which is one of the largest and most well known in India and Chandni Chowk market place.

Meals included: none

Day 2

From Delhi to Agra.

This morning you will leave Delhi behind and drive for about four hours heading south to Agra. Once the capital of the mighty Moghul Empire, the city is filled with some of the country's most opulent and spectacular buildings and one particularly fine example is its imposing fort, whose grandeur and importance has seen it inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Built by Emperor Akbar and then embellished by his grandson, Shah Jahan, this was once a great city, with palaces, mosques and halls all lying behind the protective embrace of 20m high walls. After visiting Agra Fort you will watch the sunset over the Taj Mahal, surely one of India's most beautiful and most revered monuments.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 3

From Agra to Bharatpur | Distance 21 miles (34km).

Today starts with a drive of about two hours to the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, lying close to the western boundaries of Agra. Today it remains a ghostly testament to the power of 16th century Moghul India and is a perfectly preserved example of an imperial court. After the visit, you will get on your bike for the first time and begin your cycling adventure. Today's almost flat ride will be on back roads passing through picturesque rural India, with its fascinating villages, waving children, and colourful traffic. On reaching Bharatpur we will check in at the hotel. Depending on your energy levels you may wish to take a walk round the city centre and refuel on a Rajasthani Thali filled with tasty and colorful dishes like Chicken Tikka and Paneer Tikka.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 4

From Bharatpur to Karauli | Distance 44 miles (70km).

Today starts with a short drive of 30 minutes, after which you will get on your bike and ride along small tarmac roads through scenic villages and though agricultural land. This area is known for its red sandstone used for the construction of the magnificent Red Fort and the majestic Rashtrapati Bhavan. We will cycle past some of these red quarries on our way to Karauli.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 5

From Karauli to Ranthambore National Park | Distance 24 miles (40km).

Ranthambore National Park is on the eastern borders of Rajasthan and is one of India's best 'Project Tiger' conservation projects. Cycling there today you will follow a series of good roads and quiet cross-country tracks, with quite a few ascents and descents as you make your way towards what was once the private preserve of the Maharajahs of Jaipur. The last part of the journey (around 70 kilometres) will again be undertaken by bus.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 6

Round Tour Ranthambore National Park.

Ranthambore encompasses nearly 250 square miles of lush jungle, turquoise lakes and ancient temples, providing a rich haven for crocodiles, leopards and some 300 species of birds. It is also one of the best parks in the country for spotting tigers. Today you will enjoy morning and evening game drives in the park, with an option for those who wish to also pay a visit to some of the local villages by bike. Ranthambore is also home to one of the oldest forts in the country, from which there are some fabulous views towards the Aravali and Vindhya Hills.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 7

From Ranthambore National Park to Maharaja's Palace | Distance 40 miles (65km).

Today starts with a drive of about 30 miles to Lalsot. From here you will start today's ride; you will follow small roads and tracks through villages and agriculture land, passing Hindu settlements, temples and shrines. Our accommodation tonight is in a Maharaja's Palace. Built in 1938 it is the family home of Maharaja Krishna Chandra Pal, who is the 181st in an illustrious line tracing itself back to Lord Krishna. The Maharaja and his family still live here, and the palace has been converted into a hotel. The façade stands out against the ancient town of Karauli, which dates back to 1348. The interior is decorated with an eclectic melding of Oriental and Art Deco forms and you can walk around the grounds and explore the gardens and orchard.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 8

From Maharaja's Palace to Jaipur | Distance 46 miles (75km).

Today you will start cycling from the hotel and pass by bike small villages and farm land heading towards Jaipur. You will cycle through the country side on a quite road surrounded by beautiful green -brown hills dotted with small trees and scrubs with hill-top forts silhouetted against the sky. We will drive the last hour to Jaipur where we will spend our final two nights. The evening is free for you to enjoy the city at your own pace and for those interested the leader can organise a cookery demonstration with active participation.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 9

Visit Jaipur | Distance 16 miles (25km).

Early morning you will will leave for a short ride (optional) to enjoy being on your bike away from the crowds in the villages that skirt Jaipur. Later you will return to the hotel for breakfast before leaving by bus for a full day exploring Jaipur's magnificent highlights. You will begin with a visit to the Amber Palace, a superb marble and sandstone fortress on the outskirts of the city. Back in Jaipur you will visit the splended City Palace, a dazzling fusion of Moghul and Rajasthani design, before taking in the unique majesty of the Hawa Mahal which is famous as the ' Palace of the Winds'. Afterwards we visit the remarkable 18th Century observatory of Jantar Mantar.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 10

End in Jaipur.

We say ‘alavida’ and ‘jald hee phir milenge’!

Meals included: breakfast

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

Your cycling holiday in India

Cycling Rajasthan | Guided Group

Your cycling holiday in India

Cycling Rajasthan | Guided Group

Note: The accommodation listed below is indicative, it is not guaranteed and is subject to availability. Alternative accommodation of an equal standard may be used.

Alwar Bagh Resort, Alwar

2-star

Spread over 7 acres, the resort portrays a heritage look but offers all the modern amenities.

Ashok Country Resort, Delhi

3-star

Ashok Country Resort is a family-run eco-friendly boutique hotel. The hotel has a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and is surrounded by the lush green lawns. 

Bassi Fort Palace, Chittorgarh

3-star

Built in the 16th century and converted into a heritage hotel, this home of the Mewar nobility still maintains its old charm and grandeur.

Hotel Ishwari Niwas, Bundi

4-star

The Haveli of Ishwari Niwas Heritage Resort was built during the reign of Maharao Raja Ishwari Singh for the Diwan of Bundi State. The hotel has a terrace and views of the mountains.

Hotel Pushp Villa, Agra

3-star

The Hotel Pushp Villa has a tradition of gracious living and is conveniently located In Agra, Facilities include a bar and a restaurant and in-house massage centre.

Kumbhalgarh Forest Retreat, Kumbhalgarh

3-star

This retreat is made up of 18 tastefully decorated cottages, each with private balconies. 

Paras Mahal, Udaipur

3-star

The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and a massage parlour, Rooms have a modern décor and have either a pool view or a garden view.

Pushkar Resorts, Pushkar

4-star

Nestled at the Aravalli foothills, Pushkar Resort offers relaxing cottage stays in 15 acres of landscaped grounds. The hotel has an outdoor pool and a games room with a billards table! The elegant rooms come with a private balcony.

Raj Palace, Ranthambore National Park

2-star

Wonderful place to stay that offers many rooms, garden and a swimming pool. The resort has pleasing layout and the food is fantastic.  

Suryaa Villa, Jaipur

3-star

Suryaa Villa features a restaurant and a small outdoor pool. The air-conditioned rooms combine wooden furnishings with modern amenities. 

Your cycling holiday in India

Cycling Rajasthan | Guided Group

Package Prices (Flights and Transfers Included) 2019

2019 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price  
05 April - 15 April  10 £1,890 Enquire now
18 October - 28 October  10 £1,820 Enquire now
01 November - 11 November  10 £1,820 Enquire now

Package prices are indicative, please contact one of our Activities Experts for more information.

Tour Only Prices 2019 (Transfers Included)

2019 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price  
06 April - 15 April  9 £1,079 Enquire now
19 October - 28 October  9 £1,120 Enquire now
02 November - 11 November  9 £1,120 Enquire now

Extras

Single room supplement: from £246

Solo travellers

On this tour we do not require you to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender and if we cannot match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above.

Your cycling holiday in India

Cycling Rajasthan | Guided Group

Total Distance

210 miles (339km)

Average distance per day 

34 miles (56km)

Suitability

On this trip you will mainly be following backroads and some larger main roads. The terrain is mostly flat however the heat of the day can make the days a little more tiring. A support vehicle is available throughout the tour. We have graded the route as moderate. 

Bikes

Bikes are 21 or 27 gear Trek 4300, 3900, 3700 Mountain bikes or Merida M-20 and Matt-40 bikes with lockable front suspension. At the time of booking we will take your height to reserve equipment. 

Electric bikes are available for an additional cost for the duration of the holiday. 

Please speak to one of our Activities Experts for more information.

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