Cycle Rajasthan - 12 days
Cycle the backroads of Rajasthan from Udaipur to the Taj Mahal, taking in Kumbhalgarh Fort, the lakeside town of Pushkar, the 'Pink City' of Jaipur, and Sariska National Park, on this action-packed Indian cycling holiday which starts and ends in Delhi.
Delhi - Udaipur. This morning after breakfast we will have a leisurely 2-hour cycle ride on some of the quieter backstreets of Delhi, getting used to our bikes and riding in India. After lunch we will take in a short sightseeing tour which includes the Red Fort and a stroll through on the city's market streets. Early evening we head to the railway station to board an overnight sleeper train to Udaipur.
Overnight: Sleeper Train | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
An early morning arrival into Udaipur and transfer to our city hotel for breakfast, after which we will set of on our sightseeing ride through the city, know as the "Pearl of Rajasthan." The city sits on the east side of Lake Pichola, and is surrounded by Aravalli Hills. We visit the City Palace complex dating back to the 16th century, it has several different palaces with interlinking courtyards and enjoy views of the Lake Palace Hotel which completely covers the island of Jag Niwas. We also visit the 17th century Hindu temple Jagdish Temple and have the opportunity to buy local souvenirs as we pass through plenty of market areas. If time allows we may take the option to take a boat trip on the lake
Overnight: Udaipur | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cycle to Kumbhalgarh
Udaipur - Kumbhalgarh. This morning we continue through the rural heart of Rajasthan with a 30 minute transfer to Iswal. Our ride starts on the quiet backroads heading generally northwards through lots of sleepy villages before reaching our overnight destination of Kumbhalgarh. The 15th century Kumbhalgarh Fort is one of Rajasthan's most impressive sites. We have time to enjoy the views from the walls before making our way to our nearby hotel.
Overnight: Kumbhalgarh | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Kumbhalgarh - Pushkar. Today our bike ride consists of two parts, from the hotel we ride the first 2 hours to the village of Ghomti, a junction with the main highway which links Udaipur and Jaipur. Here we join our support vehicle and drive for approximately 3 hours to Ajmer, where we are back in the saddle as we pass through the desert and across a low pass in the Snake Hills to the town on Pushkar. After we have checked in there is time to look around the town, which is one of the Hindu religion's five principal centres of pilgrimage. The white houses and temples of Pushkar are striking and none more so than from the prominent hilltop temple at sunset.
Overnight: Pushkar | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Pushkar - Jaipur. We continue exploring the backroads of Rajasthan as we head north from Pushkar across the arid farmlands and through small villages to a famous marble center of Rupangarh. The marble for the Taj Mahal was excavated at Makrana in this area. Close by is a large-scale salt extraction at lake Sambhar. We have the option to extend our ride south of the lake to Naraina Railway Crossing where we can board the bus for the 2 hour transfer to Jaipur.
Overnight: Jaipur | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Jaipur, which is known as the "Pink City" and is one of the most attractive and colourful cities in India. In the city centre we visit the old Maharaja's residence, the City Palace, which houses an excellent museum. We'll also see the Hawa Mahal or Palace of Winds, visit the fascinating observatory of Jai Singh, and located just outside the city, the spectacular Amber Fort. Jaipur has plenty of handicrafts, including hand-woven carpets, leather goods and jewellery, and there will be time to shop.
Overnight: Jaipur | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cycle the Aravali Hills
Jaipur - Sariska National Park. Back on the bikes we continue exploring the backroads of Rajasthan, starting with a short transfer to Ramgarh and following quiet roads through part of the Aravali Hills. We travel via the small town of Pratapgarh before reaching our hotel in the Sariska National Park, where there will hopefully be some time to relax at the pool before dinner.
Overnight: Sariska National Park | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sariska National Park
Sariska - Bharatpur. It's an early start today for our game drive in the park. The park is home to many bird and animal species such as leopard, chital, sambhar, nilgai, four horned antelope, wild boar, rhesus, macaque, langur, hyena and tigers. We return to the lodge for breakfast before setting off on our bikes through the reserve area for some relaxed exploration by bike. This afternoon we arrive at our overnight lodge accommodation at the famous bird reserve Bharatpur.
Overnight: Bharatpur (lodge) | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bharatpur - Agra. Today there is an option for an early visit to the bird sanctuary at Bharatpur. With around 230 species of birds in the park,it's an unmissable opportunity for anyone interested in bird life. After the tour we will return to the lodge for breakfast before we head out for our final cycle ride.It's an easy ride to the former Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri, one of the best preserved collections of Indian Mughal architecture, where we have a tour. After the tour we will board our support vehicle for the transfer to our hotel in Agra, close to the Taj Mahal.
Overnight: Agra | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Agra - Delhi. It's an early pre-dawn start as we make our way down to the magnificent Taj Mahal for sunrise. Built out of white marble by Emperor Shah Jahan, as a mausoleum for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal who died in 1631, this is definitely one of the man-made wonders of the world and it won't fail to impress. Later we visit the impressive Red Fort of Akbar, with its stunning views along the Yamuna River with the Taj in the distance. Then we transfer back to Delhi for our last night of the trip.
Overnight: Delhi | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Our tour ends after breakfast today and transfers to Delhi Airport are provided.
Is This Tour For You?
ADVENTURE CYCLING. A mountain bike fitted with semi-slick tyres is ideal for this trip, which offers a technically straightforward ride mainly on quiet and fairly level tarmac side roads. There are 7 days of biking on the holiday and the first of these is a short introductory ride on the backstreets of Delhi. After this, we have 6 days averaging about 60 kilometres per day on roads that include only moderate hills. It is our intention at all times to enjoy the beauty of Rajasthan, and our full-time support vehicle means that if we have spent too much time sightseeing during any of the days, we have the option to cut short the day's ride and transfer to our next night's accommodation. We have included a couple of sightseeing days and half-days to ensure we get the most out of this outstanding area. Regular weekend leisure cyclists will cope well with the biking on this holiday. BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE LOCALLY.
It is essential that you read the Trip Notes for further information about this trip including the distance and duration that you'll be cycling each day, bike requirements, bike hire and accommodation.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who would like their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.Read More