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Palaces and Lakes of Rajasthan

Guided Bike Tour

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13 days

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India

Palaces and Lakes of Rajasthan

Guided Bike Tour

Grade

1
2
3
4
5

Duration

13 days

Prices from

$2,725 P.P.
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Join us on this cycling journey through the sublime scenery and rich historical traditions of Rajasthan. This is a region of captivating palaces and ancient forts, linked together by a myriad of small villages and towns. Starting in the Pink City of Jaipur, we'll have the opportunity to visit some of its many bazaars, temples and museums before our cycling commences the next morning.
From here the highlights unfurl each and every day. Kishangarh, the 'Marble City' delights early and is followed by the temple city of Pushkar which bursts with vibrancy and colour.
Jodhpur stirs the senses and affords the chance switch saddles from bike to camel for a sunset ride and at Kumbalgarh we'll look-out for leopards at its wildlife sanctuary. Our final day is spent at the City of the Lakes - Udaipur, where we’ve time set aside to explore its numerous attractions, including the three-storey Jagdish Temple and the Garden of the Maids of Honour, Saheliyou-ki Bari.
We'll be staying in some of the most prestigious hotels in Rajasthan and have combined this with delicious meals that showcase the very best of Rajasthani cuisine.
With Agra a relatively short distance away, there is also the option to extend your time in India and take in one of the Wonders of the Modern World, the Taj Mahal. Contact us for details of this extension.
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Highlights

  • The Pink City of Jaipur & the Palace of the Winds
  • Pedalling to picturesque Pushkar
  • Haggling for handicrafts in Jodhpur
  • Looking for leopards in Kumbalgarh
  • Taking it leisurely at the Lakes of Udaipur
  • Treating your tastebuds to Rajasthani recipes

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Itinerary

Day 1
Departure

Depart from the home for India and Jaipur International Airport (JAI) arriving the next day.

Day 2
Jaipur
Non Cycling Day
  • Meals: Dinner

Following arrival, we transfer to our accommodation in Jaipur. In 1876 Maharaja Ram Singh had the entire old city of Jaipur painted pink, to welcome a distinguished British guest and thereafter it has remained the same and is known as the Pink City. It’s a great city to explore and we’ll be visiting some of its many bazaars, temples and museums.

This includes the beautiful City Palace, the Palace of the Winds, Jantar Mantar and Amber, the ancient capital. Amber is home to an amazing hillside palace that overlooks a lake and is a must see for those visiting Rajasthan. Early evening and it’s time to acquaint yourselves with your bikes for the trip ahead, before your first taste of Rajasthani cuisine.

Day 3
Jaipur to Kishangarh
43 Miles / 70 Kms + Transfer 35 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Our first day of cycling sees us heading to Kishangarh, which served as the capital of the state of Jodhpur during British rule. It is known as the Marble City, due to its connections with this rock and also serves as a wholesale market for chillies if you need to spice up a few meals in the days to come.

Our route starts after an initial transfer of 35kms, so as to avoid a section of heavy traffic and will be mostly flat as we cycle alongside cornfields and make our way through several small villages, experiencing rural Rajasthan at its best. Once in Kishangarh we should have time to visit the Temple of the 9 Planets and the Hanuman Temple. Our accommodation this evening is at the Phool Mahal Palace, which served as the Royal Palace of the Kishangarh Maharaja. Located in the centre of the city, it is now a beautiful boutique hotel that affords superb panoramic views of Kishangarh from its rooftop.

Day 4
Kishangarh to Pushkar
43 Miles / 70 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today’s ride sees us cyling through a number of colourful villages and towns which includes Khadela. Surrounded by the hills of the Aravalli, this ancient town was ruled by various dynasties of the Rajput clans and is renowned for its Havelis (residence of the elite), castles and forts.

Our cycling ends at Pushkar, one of the oldest cities of India, where we visit the Jagatpita Brahma Temple, on the shores of the Pushkar Lake. The temple is one of the few existing temples dedicated to the Hindu creator-god Brahma. For those in search of ‘retail therapy’ there are plenty of opportunities.

Day 5
Pushkar to Khejarla
50 Miles / 80 Kms + Transfer 40kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

A more undulating and longer cycle today, as we head to Fort Khejarla through the scenic Aravalli mountain range. Built in 1611 AD, Fort Khejarla is set against a rural setting and has been beautifully converted into a hotel that bursts with character and is the perfect place to stay after a day on the bike. Late afternoon we explore the sleepy lanes of Khejarla village and visit the 600 year old Temple of Goddess Durga (Goddess of War). It’s the perfect spot to watch the sun go down, so find yourself a quiet spot, grab your camera and get ready for a memorable shot or two.

Day 6
Khejarla to Jodhpur
50 Miles / 80 Kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

A day of cycling through small rural communities that are edged by cornfields, as we head to Jodhpur – one of the most stunning cities of Rajasthan. Jodhpur is famous for its handicrafts and marble and there’s lots to see here. Our accommodation tonight and tomorrow, is at the Ratan Vilas Heritage Hotel – (www.ratanvilas.com). It’s a superb place to relax after a day on the bike and is perfectly positioned for us to explore this intriguing city.

Day 7
Jodhpur
Non Cycling Day
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

A day set aside to explore this mesmerising city and its many sights and sounds, which include the Mehrangarh Fort, Umaid Bhavan and the Sardar / Clock Tower market. In the afternoon, we will take a very leisurely ride to the oasis of Osian at the fringes of the Great Thar Desert. Known as the Khajuraho of Rajasthan it’s famous as being the home to the cluster of ruined Brahmanical and Jain temples dating from the 8th century. Whilst here, you can enjoy an optional camel ride into the desert, before we return to the hotel in the late evening sunshine.

Day 8
Jodhpur to Ahore
50 Miles/80 Kms + Transfer 50km
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

After breakfast, we will be transferred (50kms) to the small town of Rohat from where our cycling commences. Along the way you’ll cycle alongside mustard fields where villagers work the fields. Along the way we should also be accompanied by camel carts and ‘drivers’ as they go about their daily business. Your destination today is Ravla Bhenswara the home of the noble Bhenswara family. Built over 240 years ago, but has now been tastefully converted into a luxury accommodation (www.bhenswarahotels.com) and where we’ll stay.

Day 9
Ahore to Kumbhalgarh
50 Miles / 80 Kms + Transfer 50kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Starting from our accommodation our cycling initially takes us through a series of cornfields before the last 50kms see us taking on a few rolling hills that afford us with breathtaking views throughout. En route we take time to visit the stunning Ranakpur Jain Temple. In addition to its with magnificent architecture, it is also famous for the large population of monkeys that live here.

Situated on the westerly range of the Aravalli Hills is Kumbhalgarh a place dominated by its impressive fort. This World Heritage Site has the second largest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China and will welcome you in style to this magnificent place.

Day 10
Kumbhalgarh
15 Miles / 25 Kms (optional)
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today we’ve the option of checking out the abundance of wildlife at the Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary during a safari drive. The sanctuary is home to numerous types of wildlife which includes leopards, sloth bear, wolf, hyena and the Chousingha (four horned antelope). For those looking to get in a few more miles, then an exploration of the Aravallis is a great alternative option and affords the chance to spot some of the region’s many birds, which includes Peacocks, Golden Oriole and Parakeets.

Day 11
Kumbhalgarh to Udaipur
50 Miles / 80 Kms + Transfer 10kms
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

On our final day of cycling we’ll be heading to the city of Udaipur. The route is a lovely final day and for the majority of its time it takes us through some beautiful valleys and narrow quiet countryside roads. We end our journey at the ancient Jain temple of Iswal and after a look around this important religious site we transfer to Udaipur (10kms) so as to avoid a section of heavier traffic. Known as the City of Lakes, Udaipur has grown into one of the most important cities in Rajasthan, but is certainly not without its beauty and boasts a rich cultural heritage. We’ve a day to explore its highlights tomorrow and scheduled in a cultural show this evening, with dinner taken at our accommodation – www.udaikothi.com

Day 12
Udaipur
Non Cycling Day
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Situated beside the beautiful Lake Pichola, with great views of the wooded Aravalli Hills (through which you’ve cycled) Udaipur has a romantic setting unmatched in Rajasthan. Picture perfect palaces, temples and havelis abound and countless meandering colourful streets add to the city’s charms.

No visit to Udaipur is complete without a visit to the City Palace. Built entirely of marble and granite it boasts a wonderful blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architectural styles and it is a feast for the eyes, with its numerous courtyards, pavilions and hanging gardens. Amongst the other highlights today are the Jagdish Hindu Temple and the gardens of Sahello Ki Bari.

Day 13
Departure
  • Meals: Breakfast

Following breakfast we depart for Udaipur’s Maharana Pratap Airport (UDR) for onward connections. If travelling to the UK / Europe you will arrive the next day.

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The Cycling

Terrain

Our ride through Rajasthan takes place predominantly on the flat of the plains with a few manageable climbs on the last day. Each day, whilst long in distance, have been designed to fully explore this amazing region.

We will be cycling through the villages of Rajasthan on roads which are relatively quiet traffic wise. Most of the roads are surfaced, though certain sections will be in bad repair and potholed. With this in mind we ask you to ride with caution on these sections.

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Cycling Adventures Grade

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4
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Grade 3 : Moderate

Distances generally between 20-45 miles / 32-72 kms per day

For the leisure cyclist with a good level of physical fitness

May include some steeper, cheeky climbs

Possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc)

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

Although you may not cycle everyday, you do keep yourself relatively fit and maybe enjoy an afternoon out on your bike at the weekend. Your preference is perhaps for flatter terrain but you don’t mind tackling some hills, and the occasional steep climb if you can take it at your own pace. For those happy to tackle some ups and downs, and possibly some sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc) we’d recommend our grade 3 trips. We’d generally expect those on a Grade 3 holiday to have a decent level of physical fitness and be comfortable with some longer days in the saddle.

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Dates & Prices

Private Departures

Private Departures

Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

Start Date
End Date
Duration
Price p.p.
Start Date
30/01/2021
Return Date
11/02/2021
Duration
13 days
Price
$2,725.00
Start Date
06/03/2021
Return Date
18/03/2021
Duration
13 days
Price
$2,725.00
Start Date
09/10/2021
Return Date
21/10/2021
Duration
13 days
Price
$2,810.00
Start Date
30/10/2021
Return Date
11/11/2021
Duration
13 days
Price
$2,810.00
Start Date
27/11/2021
Return Date
09/12/2021
Duration
13 days
Price
$2,810.00
Start Date
29/01/2022
Return Date
10/02/2022
Duration
13 days
Price
$2,810.00
Start Date
05/03/2022
Return Date
17/03/2022
Duration
13 days
Price
$2,810.00
Start Date
08/10/2022
Return Date
20/10/2022
Duration
13 days
Price
$2,810.00
Start Date
29/10/2022
Return Date
10/11/2022
Duration
13 days
Price
$2,810.00
Start Date
26/11/2022
Return Date
08/12/2022
Duration
13 days
Price
$2,810.00

Whats Included Tick

A) 11 nights luxury hotel accommodation

B) 11 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches 11 Evening meals as per itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Evening Meal

C) Full tour service including guides, bike mechanic, back up vehicle(s) etc.

D) Unless stated at least one leader qualified in First Aid

E) Airport collection / drop offs on scheduled arrival and departure days

F) Cultural Show (Day 11)

G) Entrance fees to temples, forts and palaces on Cycling Days. Excludes non-cycling Days 2, 7 and 12.

What's not Included Cross

A) Cost of Indian visa $100 USD

B) Medical check up and inoculations

C) Tips for guides etc.

D) Travel insurance

E) Bar bills, hotel refreshments, laundry, souvenirs, etc.

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) All flights and costs associated with travelling with a bike

H) Bike hire (available if required)

I) Meals not specified in the itinerary

J) Entrance fees to temples, forts, palaces on non-cycling days (Days 2, 7 and 12)

K) Optional camel ride at Osian Village (Day 7) $35 approx.

L) Airport transfers on non-scheduled arrival & departure days

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The Essentials

Travel Options

For this trip you will need to arrive in to Jaipur Airport (JAI) and depart from Udaipur Maharana Pratap Airport (UDR).

With most options from North America requiring an overnight flight, our itinerary is designed with a flight departing on day 1 to arrive on day 2. Our trips ends in Udaipur on Day 13 (airport transfer day).

Please note that some flights from North America may take two days of travelling so please bear this in mind when considering travel options.

There are several flight options so please contact us to discuss your travel options prior to confirming any travel reservations.

Accommodation

If you are looking to see Rajasthan in all its glory, then the accommodation we’ve chosen will compliment to the full the cycling and sights during your time with us.

These include a luxurious heritage hotel in Fort Khejarla www.jodhpurfortkhejarla.com, a former Maharajah’s residence in Jodhpur www.ratanvilas.com and an amazing lakeside hotel in Udaipur www.udaikothi.com

Contact us for the accommodation list for your specific trip.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have bikes available to hire.

These bikes are typically Cannondale Trails, a mountain bike featuring front suspension, disc brakes and good quality components (or equivalent)

If you do decide to hire we can include a helmet and all necessary spares for the trip. Please request helmets at the time of booking.

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