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Your cycling holiday in India

Cycling Rajasthan | Guided Group

Total Distance 331 miles (529km) | Average distance per day 33 miles (53km)

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

14 Nights / 15 Days

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 Sariska National Park | Distance 40 miles (64km) | Elevation +384m / -375m.

It’s a two hour transfer along the Delhi-Jaipur highway to Neemrana, a historic old town that was once the capital of the Chaunan dynasty. From here the cycling begins with a 28 mile ride towards Harsoli through the villages of rural Rajasthan. You get back in the vehicle after lunch as we drive to Chikni Mod, from where you will start the second cycling section (16 miles) towards Bagad Ka Tiraha. We end the day driving on to the hotel in Sariska National Park, set amongst the lush vistas of the Aravali Hills.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 3

From Sariska National Park to Jaipur | Distance 43 miles (68km) | Elevation +667m / -651m.

A former hunting ground of the maharajah's, Sariska National Park is home to a rich abundance of wildlife, as well as several interesting medieval ruins. This morning we will leave early from the hotel and bring a packed breakfast with us, taking a drive through the park in jeeps. A haven for sambhar, chital and wild boar, the park also plays host to small numbers of leopards and tigers. After the packed breakfast near Sariska park, you will start the day on your bike, cycling through the scenic beauty of the Aravali Hills and enjoying some exhilarating ascents and descents as you make your way towards Jamwa Ramgarh. You will then complete the rest of the journey to Rajasthan's fabled 'Pink City' by vehicle. Rich in the history of the Rajput princes, Jaipur is considered by many to be one of the finest planned cities anywhere in India, the usual urban chaos being somewhat tempered by wide streets and formal gardens.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 4

Free day Jaipur.

Today you are free in Jaipur. You will begin with a visit to the Amber Palace, a superb marble and sandstone fortress on the outskirts of the city. Then it’s on to the splendid City Palace, a dazzling fusion of Moghul and Rajasthani design, before taking in the unique majesty of the Hawa Mahal which is as famous as the ' Palace of the Winds'. 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 5

From Jaipur to Pushkar | Distance 53 miles (85km) | Elevation +521m / -433m.

This is the longest riding day of the tour. But first you’ll travel 60 miles by vehicle to the Naraina railway crossing. You’ll then set off on two wheels to the ancient city of Pushkar by way of the famous marble town of Rupangarh. One of the oldest cities in India and revered as one of the five sacred dhams (holy shrines) of the Hindus, Pushkar lies beside the shores of Lake Pushkar, to the north-west of Ajmer. The cycle journey follows interesting back roads, with some undulating ascents and descents as you make our way through rural villages towards the holy city.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 6

From Pushkar to Kumbhalgarh | Distance 19 miles (30km) | Elevation +505m / -326m.

The day starts with your sight-seeing tour of Pushkar. You will visit the famous Brahma Temple, which is the only temple dedicated to Lord Brahma in India and one of the few in the world. Lord Brahma is known as the creator of the world as per Hindu mythology. You will also visit the sacred lake with its Ghats and if time allows you can climb to the nearby Savatri Hilltop temple by steps for magnificent views over Pushkar. You will then leave Pushkar behind and drive for about 118 miles to Gomti Circle from where you will begin the day's ride to Kumbhalgarh. Leaving the national highway behind we will head away from the desert, towards the green landscapes of the Aravallis and the remote hilltop fortress of Kumbhalgarh, one of the finest defensive fortifications anywhere in Rajasthan.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 7

From Kumbhalgarh to Udaipur | Distance 43 miles (68km) | Elevation +1084m / -1271m.

This morning you will visit Kumbhalgarh Fort before starting out on your bike for a ride of about 20 miles to a Shiva Temple. We will then drive a short distance to Ranakpur to visit the famous Jain's Temple. The road takes us through the countryside by way of Saira village, before depositing us amidst the stunning complex of Jain temples at Ranakpur. Built around the middle of the 15th century, this incredible collection of white marble domes, turrets and cupolas represent some of the most exquisite temple architecture in India. The main temple is supported by no fewer than 1,444 intricately carved marble pillars, of which no two are alike. After the visit, we will drive back to the Shiva Temple from where we will begin the second leg of today's cycling for about 21 miles towards the highway. Finally, we will drive for about one hour to the beautiful lake city of Udaipur and upon arrival, check-in to the hotel and relax for the rest of the day.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 8

Round Tour Udaipur | Distance 13 miles (21km) | Elevation +320m / -321m.

Udaipur is considered by many to be Rajasthan's most elegant and sublime setting. Udaipur is a city of temples, palaces and gardens. This morning you will head out on your bike to explore the city, visiting the Jagdish Temple and the City Palace, whose opulence and grandeur provide a fascinating insight into what is believed to be the oldest dynasty on earth. Time allowing, you may also have a chance to visit the gardens of Gulab Bag, or take a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 9

From Udaipur to Chittorgarh | Distance 19 miles (30km) | Elevation +171m / -171m.

The day starts by driving the short distance to the outskirts of the city (45 mins) to avoid the crowds. You will then head out on your bikes into the countryside for a ride to Satimagari Chauraha, passing through villages and witnessing real rural life. You will finish cycling here and drive (1 hour) to the magnificent fortress of Chittorgarh, set on a viewpoint high above the Berach river plains. This World Heritage site was once the capital of the Mewar kingdom, dating back to the 7th century and is one of the largest forts in India, a stunning testament to a once golden age of chivalry and sacrifice.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 10

From Chittorgarh to Bundi | Distance 34 miles (55km) | Elevation +232m / -472m.

After breakfast you will transfer by bus (2.5 hours). Collecting your bike and leaving the national highway behind you will head out into the beautiful vindhyachal countryside for the 30-mile ride to Bundi. You will pass by granite quarries and travel through rural villages, seeing stone carving factories and shops or perhaps people working in the fields as you go. Bundi is a small, sleepy town located in the southern part of the state of Rajasthan and is known for its palaces, intricately designed step wells and water tanks. The history of Bundi dates back to 1193 AD when Sultan Mohammed Ghauri defeated Prithviraj Chauhan, which compelled the Chauhan nobles to seek shelter in the neighboring state of Mewar. In the afternoon you will spend time visiting Bundi fort either by bus. (or with the option to cycle!)

Meals included: breakfast

Day 11

From Bundi to Ranthambore National Park | Distance 46 miles (74km) | Elevation +574m / -564m.

Ranthambore National Park on the eastern borders of Rajasthan, is one of India's best 'Project Tiger' conservation projects. Your ride will follow a series of good roads and quiet cross-country tracks, with quite a few ascents and descents, as we make our way towards what was once the private preserve of the Maharajahs of Jaipur. The last part of the journey (around 44 miles) will again be in the bus.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 12

Free day 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. Ranthambore is also home to one of the oldest forts in the country, from whose ramparts there are some fabulous views towards the Aravali and Vindhya Hills.

Note: There is also an optional tour to some of the local villages by bike.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 13

From Ranthambore to Agra | Distance 21 miles (34km) | Elevation +217m / -189m.

We drive north from Ranthambore to Bharatpur (156 miles). You will commence your final bike ride to Fatehpur Sikri on backroads and off road tracks passing through villages and agricultural fields. Fatehpur Sikri is a wonderful sandstone temple site. From Fatehpur Sikri we then complete the journey to Agra by bus. Once the capital of the Mughal Empire, Agra (along with Delhi and Jaipur) makes up the third part of India's historic 'Golden Triangle' and remains a rich repository for some of the country's most iconic monuments including the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 14

Free day Agra.

This morning you will get up early to watch the sunrise over the Taj Mahal. Probably the most universally recognised building on earth, the Taj Mahal was built by emperor Shah Jahan to honour the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz. Later you will have an opportunity to visit the city's imposing fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before travelling back to Delhi to enjoy a final evening in the Indian capital.

Meals included: breakfast

Day 15

End in Delhi.

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

Meals included: breakfast

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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 2018 (Flights and Transfers Included)

2018 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price
02 November - 17 November  14 £2255
16 November - 01 December  14 £2255

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

Tour Only Prices 2018 (Transfers Included)

2018 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price
02 November - 16 November  14 £1575
16 November - 31 November 14 £1645

Package Prices (Flights and Transfers Included) 2019

2019 Departure Dates Nights Adult Price
05 April - 20 April  14 £1875
18 October - 02 November  14 £1875
01 November - 16 November  14 £1875

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
05 April - 20 April  14 £1135
18 October - 02 November  14 £1175
01 November - 16 November  14 £1175

Extras

Single room supplement: £260 to £370

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

331 miles (529km)

Average distance per day

33 miles (53km)

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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