Cycling in Rajasthan
Rajasthan is one of India's most captivating states, famed for its Rajput forts and palaces, desert villages, spice markets and the warmth of its people. Through a cycling tour of Rajasthan you can explore the real color of this state, experience the magic of the desert and discover the colorful culture of Rajasthan! This cycling tour explores northern India’s most colorful and exotic state. Visiting forts, palaces, temples, city monuments and remote villages, as well as taking in two wildlife reserves and some beautiful scenery, it’s the perfect way to gain real insight into the many faces of Rajasthan.
Day 01 – Delhi
Arrive at the international airport of Delhi. After traditional 'Swagat' (Welcome) our representative will assist you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel for check in. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02 – Drive to Sariska via Neemrana & Kesroli
This morning we leave Delhi behind and drive along Delhi-Jaipur highway to Neemrana (2 hrs. drive). From Neemrana we start cycling towards Harsoli, which is 45 kms from Neemrana. Then we will be transferred to a Midway where we will have lunch. After lunch, we head towards Sariska National Park, set amongst the lush vistas of the Aravali Hills. There will be another transfer to Chikni Mod, from where we will start cycling towards Bagad Ka Tiraha which is about 25 kms from Chikni Mod. From Bagad Ka Tiraha, we will be transferred to the hotel in Sariska. The journey takes us by way of the fort at Kesroli and the bustling, historic town of Alwar, whose massive fortress once protected the northern gateway into Rajasthan. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Overnight at Hotel. Total Cycling : 70 kms.
Day 03 – Sariska Sight-seeing
Morning game drive. Free afternoon to cycle around the villages A former hunting ground of the maharajahs, Sariska National Park is home to a rich abundance of wildlife, as well as a number of interesting medieval ruins. This morning we take a ride 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, as well as India’s largest population of peafowl. This afternoon we are free to explore the surrounding area by bike, travelling into the villages to enjoy some time amongst the local people. Overnight at Hotel. Total Cycling : 24 kms.
Day 04 – Sariska to Jaipur
From Sariska, we continue cycling through the scenic beauty of the Aravali Hills, enjoying some exhilarating ascents and descents as we make our way towards Jamwa Ramgarh. We then complete the rest of our journey to Rajasthan’s fabled ‘Pink City’ by vehicle, arriving in the state capital later this afternoon. 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. We have two nights here to make the most of this famous city. Overnight at Hotel. Total Cycling : 87 kms.
Day 05 – Sight-seeing of Jaipur
With a full day to enjoy some of Jaipur’s magnificent highlights we begin our day with a visit to the splendid City Palace, a dazzling fusion of Moghul and Rajasthani design. We also visit the stunning Amber Palace on the outskirts of the city, a superb marble and sandstone fortress. There is the option to hire an elephant instead of walking up to the palace; these are only available in the morning. Back in Jaipur we take in the unique majesty of the Hawa Mahal, the famous ‘Palace of the Winds’ and pay a visit to the remarkable 18th century observatory of Jantar Mantar, before a free evening to enjoy the city at our own pace. Overnight at Hotel. No Cycling.
Day 06 – Cycle to Pushkar via Rupangarh
After first travelling by road to the Naraina railway crossing this morning we begin cycling by way of the famous marble town of Rupangarh, and then on towards the ancient city of Pushkar. 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. Our journey today takes us along interesting back roads, with some gradual ascents and descents as we make our way through rural villages towards the holy city. Overnight at Hotel. Total Cycling : 95 kms.
Day 07 – Pushkar to Kumbhalgarh via Ajmer
After breakfast, we go for sight-seeing tour of Pushkar. We will visit the famous Brahma Temple, which is the only temple of Lord Brahma in the country and one of the few in the world. Lord Brahma is known as the creator of the world as per the Hindu mythology. We will also visit the sacred Lake with its Ghats. After the visits, we leave Pushkar behind & head to Gomti Circle which is around 190 kilometers away & from where we begin our day’s ride to Kumbhalgarh Fort. Leaving the national highway behind we 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. Overnight at Hotel. Total Cycling: 40 kms.
Day 08 – Kumbhalgarh to Udaipur via the Jain temples (Ranakpur)
After breakfast continue the trek for next 2hrs through Kottagudi ethnic village. Cycle from this village till Bodymettu. Pilot vehicle will pick you from here to transfer to Periyar through Bodymettu Ghat road. Overnight at Hotel. Cycling 15 kms.
Day 09 – Explore Udaipur by bike
Considered by many to be one of Rajasthan’s most elegant and sublime settings, Udaipur is a city of temples, palaces and gardens, encompassing some of the finest examples of Rajput architecture anywhere in India. This morning we head out on our bikes 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, we may also have a chance to visit the gardens of Gulab Bag, or take a sunset cruise on Lake Pichola. Overnight at Hotel. Total Cycling Approx. 22 kms.
Day 10 – Udaipur to Chittorgarh
A short drive to the outskirts of the city avoids the worst of Udaipur’s crowded streets this morning. Heading out into the countryside we then begin a ride of 60 kms to Satimagari Chauraha, from where we will be transferred to the magnificent fortress of Chittorgarh, perched high above the plains of the Berach River. Upon arrival, we check-in to the hotel & relax. In the evening, we go for the sight-seeing of Chittorgarh. Once the capital of the Mewar kingdom, the fort is the largest in India; a stunning testament to a golden age of chivalry and sacrifice. (If clients wish they can cycle in the evening as well for some Kms while going to fort). Overnight at Hotel. Total Cycling: 60 kms.
Day 11 – Chittorgarh to Bundi
After breakfast, we start cycling from the hotel for some hours, for a distance of about 50 kms before completing the rest of the journey to the historic city of Bundi by bus. Bundi is a small sleepy town located in the southern part of the state of Rajasthan. Bundi 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, we will visit Bundi Fort by bus or with an option of cycling as well. Later we return back to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel. Total Cycling : 50 kms.
Day 12 – Bundi to Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore National Park, on the eastern borders of Rajasthan, is one of India’s best ‘Project Tiger’ conservation projects. Cycling there today we follow a series of good roads and quiet cross-country tracks, as we make our way towards what was once the private preserve of the Maharajahs of Jaipur. The last part of the journey will again be undertaken by bus. Overnight at Hotel. Total Cycling: 72 kms.
Day 13 – Game drives in Ranthambore National Park
Ranthambore encompasses nearly 400 square kilometers 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 we enjoy morning and evening game drives in the park, with an option for those that 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 whose ramparts there are some fabulous views to-wards the Aravali and Vindhya Hills. Overnight at Hotel. No Cycling.
Day 14 – Rathambore to Agra via Lalsot and Dausa
Heading north this morning we drive from Ranthambore up to the city of Lalsot, from where we begin our final bike ride on to Dausa. From Dausa 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. Overnight at Hotel. Total Cycling : 33 kms.
Day 15 – Return to Delhi (240 kms/4-5 hrs)
This morning we rise early to watch the sunrise over the Taj Mahal, surely one of India’s most beautiful and most revered monuments. Certainly one of the most universally recognized buildings on earth, the Taj Mahal was built by the emperor Shah Jahan to honor the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, and was once described by Rudyard Kipling as ‘…the embodiment of all things pure’. Later we have an opportunity to visit the city’s im-posing fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before travelling back to Delhi to enjoy a final evening in the Indian capital. Overnight at Hotel. No Cycling.
Day 16 – Departure
The tour ends in Delhi this morning & after breakfast; you will be transferred to the international airport of Delhi to board the flight back to home.
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