Join a Rajasthan Cycle Tour through India’s Most Colourful State
Small Group Tours: 12 Oct 2019, 16 Nov 2019, 01 Feb 2020
Private Tours: Minimum 2, from October to early April
Cycling: 09 Days (Approx. 320 Kms/198 Miles)
Tour Name: India: Cycling in Rajasthan The Land of Maharajas
Duration: 12 days
Touring Style: Cycling
Grade: Accommodated - Comfort
Local Payment? Yes - INR9500 paid to your tour leader on day 1 of your tour
Starts: Delhi, India
Ends: Delhi, India
Includes: Bike Hire, English Speaking Cycle Guide, Support Crew, Air-conditioned Vehicle/Coach, All accommodation, transfers, excursions, sights and most meals. Contact us for a detailed itinerary using the form belowBike Hire, English Speaking Cycle Guide, Support Crew, Air-conditioned Vehicle/Coach, All accommodation, transfers, excursions, sights and most meals. Contact us for a detailed itinerary using the form below
The Land of Maharajas and one of India’s most colourful states, Rajasthan has landscapes that vary from green rolling hills to barren deserts. The whole state is dotted with dramatic fortresses and the countryside is a patchwork of villages and towns where we will experience the timelessness of rural India.Experience the Rajasthan Cycle Tour in India.
Cycling through the back roads on this Rajasthan Cycle Tour in India we will see rustic huts with their straw-covered roofs, drooping camels, chewing dried grass and hay and children always smiling.
This is a phenomenal journey for cyclists looking to explore India beyond its famed monuments.
However, the main sights are not neglected and as we visit Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, the ‘pink city’ of Jaipur, holy Pushkar, Mandawa and of course the Taj Mahal at Agra. We will also introduce you to some of the lesser known gems such as Khimar on the edge of the great Thar Desert.
The accommodation has been carefully selected and includes a selection of special heritage properties as well as comfortable modern 4.5 star hotels throughout the tour.
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Enjoy a half day city tour of Old & New Delhi.
Day 2: Delhi – Mandawa (Drive 250 Kms / Cycling 25 Kms)
Close to Mandawa we get on our bikes for the first time and cycle the 25km towards our accommodation. This area once lay on an important caravan route connecting Delhi and Sind (now Pakistan) with the Gujarati coast
Day 3: Mandawa – Nawalgarh – Mandawa (Cycling 50 Kms)
After breakfast we do a circuit, cycling to the Shekhawati villages of Mukundgarh, Dhundlod and Nawalgarh (famous for its grand havelis) before returning to Mandawa.
Day 4: Mandawa via Nagaur to Khimsar (Drive 220 Kms / Cycling 30 Kms)
Our first group departure (13th February 2016) will be in Nagaur for the last day of the cattle fair and we will visit the fair after lunch at a local restaurant. We cycle the last 30km to Khimsar a small village that is dominated by Khimsar Fort, our accommodation for the night.
Day 5: Khimsar (Cycling 65 Kms)
This morning we after breakfast we head out on a fully day ride around Khimsar. We will visit and meet with local villagers which offers a genuine opportunity to learn about their daily lives.
Day 6: Khimsar – Jodhpur (Luni) (Drive 120 Kms / Cycling 30 Kms)
Cycle 30km towards Ossian where we stop for lunch and to stop and visit the Hindu Temples and the Jain Temple which were built between the 8th and 12th centuries. Drive to Luni (just outside Jodhpur).
Day 7: Luni – Jodhpur – Luni (Cycling 20 Kms)
This morning we peddle around the Luni countryside villages and visit the local Chaudhary family to view the Opium ceremony. After lunch drive the 25km to Jodhpur. Visit Mehrangarh Fort before walking down to experience the sights and sounds of the local market at the Clock Tower.
Day 8: Luni – Pushkar (Drive 200 Kms / Cycling 40 Kms)
After breakfast, we will drive for around 3 hours to Barunda. It is here that we get on our bikes to cycle 40km off the beaten track through a number of rural villages with time to stop and meet the locals.
Day 9: Pushkar – Jaipur (Drive 130 Kms / No Cycling)
Sightseeing in Pushkar, a very important year-round pilgrimage site for Hindus as well as being one of India’s oldest cities. We then drive to Jaipur and visit Amber Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar (the medieval observatory) and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds).
Day 10: Jaipur – Bharatpur (Drive 175 Kms / 30km Cycling)
Cycling through the rural countryside of Abhaneri, Delari, Kolva, and Kolwa. Drive to Bharatpur and the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Option to cycle in the park or take a rickshaw (own expense). The park is an important wintering ground for a number of endangered migratory birds and home to a huge number of non-migratory species and mammals.
Day 11: Bharatpur – Agra (Drive 45 Kms / 30km Cycling)
Last day of cycling, peddle 30km towards Fatehpur Sikri. After lunch, we visit Fatehpur Sikri. Emperor Akbar built the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri in 1569. We will then carry on to Agra.
Day 12: Agra – Delhi (Drive 210 Kms / No Cycling)
Morning visit to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. After lunch, we will drive back to Delhi (approx 4.5 hours). Tour ends Delhi.
Minimum of 2 travellers. Maximum of 15 travellers
2 people travelling twin share from: NZ$5029 per person + local payment of INR9500
Single Supplement from: NZ$1265
4 or more people travelling twin share from: NZ$4259 per person + local payment INR5000
Pricing is valid from 01OCT19 – 31MAR20
*Prices are in NZ dollars and are subject to change until confirmed and paid in full. A non-refundable deposit of 25% is required to secure your booking. Final payment is required 8 weeks prior to departure.