The Rajasthan Cycle ride is the quintessential cycle ride through the heart of a region with great historical traditions. On this ride through the Rajputana region, crossing the numerous erstwhile kingdoms and principalities, not forgetting the deserts, is the unique opportunity to relish and experience the essence of the Rajasthan royalty and rural life of the common people. The ride is an assortment of myriad experiences like the cultural vibrancy, the raw beauty of its countryside, the luxurious heritage palaces and castles, great hospitality and the joie de vivre of the Rajasthani life. The Taj Mahal Extension tour enables you to visit the Taj at the end of your Rajasthan Cycling holiday.
Rajasthan Cycling Holiday
Show More Show Less Day 1: Jaipur Arrive Jaipur. Meet up with our guide. After a short break to freshen up, we can start our exploration of the Jaipur city. Also known as the Pink City, this city is rich in its history and culture. Exploring this vibrant and colourful city will give you a mesmerizing life time experience. Among places one could visit are Amber fort and the palace, built in a eclectic mixture of both Hindu and Muslim architecture. Jantar Mantar is the largest and best-preserved observatory in India; it is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Sawai Jai Singh, a Rajput king, is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Day 2: Roopangarh Fort Avoiding the traffic we will take a 35 km transfer to Bagru to start our cycling. Terrain is mostly flat and we cycle mostly through villages where you will experience real Rajasthan in its villages, corn fields, temples and ancient monuments. Our destination today is Roopangarh fort which was built in 17th century. This former fortress and palace is a hotel today. On arrival to the fort we can take walk through the ‘secret’ passage and other historical buildings inside the fort complex. There is also an opportunity to we go on a village walk and see the large inland salt lake- the Sambhar Lake. Here is a sight to enthrall you as you see thousands of flamingos and other water birds that congregate here. Evening you will be treated with traditional music, dance and cultural shows. Day 3: Pushkar Today our destination in the Rajasthan Cycling Holiday is the temple city- Pushkar, one of the oldest cities of India. We will start our cycling from Roopangarh Fort and cycle through the Roopangarh market, bright colourful villages and Khadela fort. While at Pushkar, we will visit the famous Brahma temple, on the shores of the Puskar Lake, considered sacred for Hindus. Here we can also explore the local markets if the mood takes you. Day 4: Khejarla We have a long undulating cycling route to Fort Khejarla. The scenic Aravalli mountain ranges make the ride exciting. The 400 year old Fort Khejarla is set against a rural setting & has now been converted in to a hotel full of character and our stay will be there with the erstwhile royal family. We will go for village tour at Khejarla on camel cart to visit the 600 year old Durga temple and to enjoy the sunset view. If you are interested in wildlife, this is a great opportunity to go on a Jeep safari to the desert and lake for sightings of wildlife. Day 5: Jodhpur We will cycle through the rural villages and corn fields today to visit another important city of Rajasthan - Jodhpur. This is the second largest city of Rajasthan. Jodhpur is famous for its handicrafts, mining fields and marble industries. Main places of tourist interest include the Mehrangarh fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace and Jaswant Thada. Day6: Jodhpur Today is the day you will be visiting the desert around Jodhpur & take a leisurely ride to Osian at the edge of the desert. Here the great Thar desert welcomes you with its traditional colour and gaiety. You can chose to ride a camel if the mood takes you. At sunset return back to the hotel. Day7: Ahore After breakfast, you will be transferred a short distance to Rohat and you will start the cycling from there. The cycle route is through the main roads, with mustard fields and village folks working the fields & the ever present camel carts passing you on the roads. Your destination today is Ravla Bhenswara where you will be staying in a castle built 240 years ago, now converted to a luxury accommodation in rural Rajasthan. Day8: Kumbhalgarh You will start cycling from the hotel initially through the corn fields and last 50 kms through rolling hills with breath taking views all around. The Kumbhalgarh Fort will welcome you to this magnificent place. Day9: Kumbhalgarh Today is the day you can go on a safari to the Kumbhalgarh wild life sanctuary. This sanctuary is home to wildlife like leopards, sloth bear, wolf, hyena & the Chousingha. (the four horned antelope). You can also go on a round cycling trip through the Aravallis for some bird watching. Day10: Udaipur Today our cycling route is mostly through beautiful valleys and narrow country side roads. We will finish our cycling at Iswal, famed for an ancient Jain temple. The historic capital of kingdom of Mewar, Udaipur is now a big and important city of Rajasthan. This place is also known as ‘the city of lakes’. Udaipur has its own history, culture and palaces. Evening you will be treated with the cultural shows. Day11: Udaipur Today we explore the city of Udaipur. One of the main attractions here is the City Palace on the east bank of Lake Pichola. The famous Jagdish temple is located in the City Palace complex. This three storied temple is built in the Indo-Aryan style of architecture. The Saheliyon-ki-Bari or the 'Garden of the Maids of Honor' of Udaipur was once reserved for the royal ladies. Day12: Depart Your Rajasthan Cycling Holiday ends here.
Accommodation, Most Meals, Transportation by AC car as per itinerary, Multi-geared bicycles, Accompanying Biking guide, Mineral water & Refreshments during cycling, All applicable taxes.
Took part in a cycle ride across Rajasthan with these, fantastic people and loved every moment. Georgina Smith 2016-10-02
What an amazing time we had on our rural Rajasthan trip. Everything was so well organised from the route to the hotels which were all so interesting. But what made the trip so good was the excellent leadership of Neeraj. He is an exceptional individual who managed everything so professionally. He was always friendly but made it quite clear that safety was his paramount concernAbly assisted by Rattan who as always was very keen to ensure we all had a good time. His help to our weakest cyclist was very much appreciated and was so kind. Not one of our group had one negative comment! Thank you also for fixing my bike problem so quickly.Hope to do another holiday with you soon Susan 2017-02-27
Q. Are cycles provided for this tour?
Cycles are provided for the tour
Q. What type of cycles are provided?
We provide CANONDALE / TREK / GIANT cycles.
Q. Will I get choice of my size?
We can provide frame sizes from 13” to 21”.
Q. Can I get my own cycle?
Yes, you can, but do let us know in advance.
Q. What other equipment are provided?
Standard items provided with the cycles are Pedals, Bar ends, water bottles and Helmets. We however recommend you bring your own helmets and camelbaks.
Q. What about transfers?
All transportation is included in the cost including airport pick up & drop at the nearest airport. The vehicle is also used to ferry your luggage , cycle & yourself as required.
Q. What kind of terrain can I expect?
The terrain consists of both level roads and mountainous terrain.
Q. What are the distances cycled each day?
We will send you this with the detailed itinerary.
Q. Are meals included in the package?
Most meals are included. The itinerary will have the details.
Q. What do I do if I’m too tired to cycle?
There is a vehicle that accompanies you throughout the trip. You can load the cycle on to carriers and take a ride it till you are ready to cycle again.
Q. Are panniers provided?
No but can do on specific request.
Q. Do we have a guide who cycles with us?
Yes, our guide will cycle with you throughout the trip.
Q. Do we get to shop along the way.
Yes, you will get opportunities en-route to do a bit of shopping. However, unless specifically asked for, our guides will not recommend any particular shop. We or our guides do not take commissions on shopping.
Q. Do we get to interact with local people?
You will get lot of opportunities to interact with local people and the itinerary specifically designed for such interactions.
Q. Does our visit help the local community in any way?
Yes, Most of the places you would be staying at are in small homestays, family owned resorts or camps and eco lodges managed by local community members . Your guides are selected from amongst the locals.
Q. Are entries into national parks, treks, elephant rides etc. included in the package?
No, all entries and activities will be charged extra but at actuals.
Q. Is the water available en-route safe to drink?
We recommend that you drink only the bottled water provided by us or if you are buying water, ensure that the bottle is sealed and has an ISI mark (India Standards Institute).
Q. How spicy is the food?
Typically Kerala food is spicy. We ensure that the food we provide is medium spicy unless you ask for bland food. Any special food requirements can be met if sufficient advance notice is given.
Q. Do we get an option of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food?
Q. What is the type of accommodation?
Accommodation provided is a combination of heritage villas, Eco Lodges & luxury Tents - all with a common thread of excellence in service. Most are family owned and run with great care and love. Food is a very important part of these journeys and we have ensured that Keralan cuisine is a part of this adventure. Our prices are based on 'twin-sharing' basis. For those interested, we provide single rooms, but at additional cost. While staying at the camp we provide all essentials including sleeping bags. A open-air barbeque around camp fire is another highlight of this adventure.
Q. What are the Exclusions ?
• Insurance - Please take your own insurance
• Tips to the guide and driver
• Personal expenses like beverages, laundry, telephone bills etc..
• Airport departure taxes (if any)
Q. Do we need a VISA ?
Yes, visitors to India must obtain a Visa before departure.
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