Explore classic Rajasthan on an adventure tour through romantic India

The enchanting northern province of Rajasthan is awash with all the colours of India. On our cycling adventure we see all sides of this fascinating state. Cycling means that everything is slower and up close in India. Interact with the wonderful local population of small towns, drink chai under a roadside tree with friendly locals. From the opulence and splendour of Maharajahs' palaces to Holy Lakes and the beauty of the Taj Mahal this cycling adventure has it all.


Start
New Delhi, India
Finish
New Delhi, India
Country
India
Style
Original
Theme
Cycling, Explorer
Code
HHXC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Take the road less travelled as you cycle through the rural villages and majestic countryside of Rajasthan

  • Discover the rich history and architecture of Amber Fort, just outside of Jaipur, with the expertise of a local guide

  • Search for wildlife in the jungle of Ranthambhore National Park, the best place to see wild tigers in Rajasthan

  • Relive the legacy of the Rajput warriors by spending a night in a 400-year-old fort, which is now a family-run hotel surrounded by mango orchards

  • The Taj Mahal is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world, but its poetic history and beauty has the power to surprise even the most jaded travellers

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip covers anywhere between 25 to 90 km of cycling each day, so a reasonable level of fitness is required, although you’ll have plenty of rest breaks. A support vehicle will also be with you at all times, so if you get tired you can jump in. This trip is suitable for those seeking an active adventure and is a wonderful way to see the sights of Rajasthan from a different perspective.

  • While riding the bikes you’ll be exposed to the elements, so please ensure you’re well prepared with waterproof clothing suitable for both warm and cold weather conditions.

  • We visit a number of temples on this trip, which requires a certain level of modesty. Please bring clothes that cover the arms and shoulders, with pants/skirts that go past the knee. A light-scarf is also ideal for covering shoulders and arms when it’s hot.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

Namaste and welcome to India.
Please attend a welcome group meeting today at 6 pm to meet your fellow travellers and trip leader. You’ll also meet your cycling crew and get fitted out for your bike. Please see the important notes section of you trip notes for more information.



If you arrive into Delhi early, there are plenty of things to see and do. Perhaps pay a visit to the World Heritage-listed Humayun's Tomb or the 12th-century Qutub Minar. As the former residence of royal families and British soldiers, the Red Fort plays a vital part in Delhi’s history and is a must-see. Othwise book an Urban Adventure to see Delhi through the eyes of a local.
Notes: Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
Accommodation
  • Ashok Country Resort or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Delhi - Qutub Minar - INR500
  • Delhi - Humayun's Tomb - INR500
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
The day begins with an early morning warm-up ride (approximately 25 km). For the rest of the day, tour the sights of Delhi in a private vehicle. Explore Old Delhi, which has been an important city in India for well over 2,000 years. Visit the Jama Masjid (Delhi's oldest and India’s largest mosque), the Sikh temple of Sheeshganj Gurudwara and India Gate, the latter commemorating soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Indian Army in World War I. In the late afternoon, take a five-hour train journey to Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. Bikes will be transported separately by vehicle to Jaipur.

Cycling distance covered: approximately 25 km
Accommodation
  • Suryaa Villa or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Delhi - Old Delhi Walking Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning explore the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur by private vehicle and on foot. Visit the Amber Fort. Set atop a hill overlooking Maota Lake, the fort is a superb example of Rajput architecture. Entering the Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors) is a particularly memorable experience. You’ll also have the option to visit Jaipur's Royal City Palace and/or one of the five astronomical observatories built by the founder, Jaipur Maharaja Jai Singh. At the end of the day you might like to sit back in the iconic Raj Mandir Cinema and enjoy a Bollywood blockbuster.
Accommodation
  • Suryaa Villa or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jaipur - Walking Tour
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort guided tour
Optional Activities
  • Jaipur - City Palace - INR400
  • Jaipur - Observatory - INR200
  • Jaipur - Bollywood Movie - Raj Mandir Cinema - INR400
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Depart Jaipur after breakfast and enjoy a ride to the sacred city of Pushkar. On the way pass several forts and make brief stops to take pictures. Upon reaching Pushkar in the evening, take a guided walk around the town. Pass the holy Pushkar Lake, where pilgrims come to cleanse themselves of sins and disease by bathing along the lake’s 52 ghats. As the most important temple of its kind, head to Brahma Mandir - one of India’s few temples dedicated to the Hindu creator-god Brahma. The main street of the town is a bustling tourist market and well worth a visit if you want to stock up on souvenirs.

Cycling distance covered: approximately 90 km
Accommodation
  • Master Paradise or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pushkar - Walking Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Spend the day cycling to the ‘White City’ of Udaipur. Known as the ‘Venice of the East’, Udaipur is often regarded as the most romantic city in India. Set amid the Aravalli Hills, the city curls around Lake Pichola, the two palaces of Jag Mandir and Jag Nivas rising out of the water in their own reflections.

Cycling distance covered: approximately 75 km
Accommodation
  • Atulya Niwas or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Spend the day touring the sights of Udaipur with the group. Wind through narrow streets to the City Palace complex on the banks of Lake Pichola, which is the largest palace in Rajasthan. Pop into the impressive Jagdish Temple, dedicated to the Lord Vishnu. If time allows, perhaps visit the rose gardens of the Gulab Bagh, take a boat trip across Lake Pichola or participate in a Sitar lessons.

Cycling distance covered: approximately 20km
Accommodation
  • Atulya Niwas or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Udaipur - City Walk
  • Udaipur - City Palace
Optional Activities
  • Udaipur - Cultural performance - INR100
  • Udaipur - Lake boat ride - INR250
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
The majority of today is spent cycling through the Chittorgarh countryside to Pangarh Lake, spending the night sleeping in a comfortable permanent tent camp. On arrival, unwind with a cup of chai while watching the sunset over the lake and serene Vindhya Range. Enjoy a view out to the 15th-century Pangarh Fort, perched atop a hill to the north side of the lake.

Cycling distance covered: approximately 60 km
Accommodation
  • Paangarh Camp or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning, leave the campsite and cycle through farmland to the village of Bijaipur. On the way witness local rural life in action and, depending on the season, opium poppy fields in harvest. In Bijaipur stay in the 16th-century Castle Bijaipur, which is now a heritage hotel within the original fortified walls. Enjoy the palace’s blend of colonial and Mughal architecture as you relax by the pool or in the gardens, pampered by the Mewar hospitality of the hotel’s owners.

Cycling distance covered: approximately 15 km
Accommodation
  • Bijaipur Castle Heritage stay or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast, cycle on to charming Bundi. On arrival, explore the town on an orientation tour. Wander narrow streets packed with blue Brahmin houses, bazaars, temples and shops, and mingle with locals in the downtown market. Visit Bundi’s ancient and ornately carved baoris (step wells), which once provided water to the city. Imposing itself over the town is the 17th-century Bundi Palace, where you can check out some exquisite murals.

Cycling distance covered: approximately 65 km
Accommodation
  • Ishwari Niwas Heritage stay or simila (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today, ride to Ranthambhore National Park. Once a hunting ground for the Maharajas of Jaipur, today it’s a major wildlife park and the best place in Rajasthan to see tigers in the wild. The group will reach Ranthambore by late afternoon, so you’ll have plenty of time to rest up for an early start the next day.
Accommodation
  • Raj Palace Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Embark on a 4WD safari before dawn in search of leopards, wild boar, hyenas, nilgai, birds and of course, tigers. Deep in the jungle of the park is Ranthambhore Fort. Founded in 944 AD, few buildings have survived the ravages of war and time, but the ruins of Badal Mahal and Hammirs Court pavilions hint at its previous grandeur. In the late afternoon, explore a different sector of the park via 4WD to increase the chance of tiger sightings.

Notes: Ranthambhore National Park is closed between 1 July and 30 September each year. On the trips affected, we'll visit nearby Mansingh Sanctuary instead. In 2015 Intrepid returned to Ranthambhore National Park after suspending our visits in 2014 due to vehicle safety concerns. The majority of vehicles have now been assessed and upgraded. As the safety of our travellers is our highest priority, your group leader has the authority to reschedule or cancel the safari tour if they believe the vehicles available do not meet our safety standards.
Accommodation
  • Raj Palace Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ranthambore National Park - Morning Safari
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is the final day of cycling. Depart Ranthambhore and reach your destination of Madhogarh by late afternoon. After saying goodbye to the cycling crew, explore the small village with your group. Enjoy famous Rajput hospitality when you spend the night in the 400-year-old Fort Madhogarh, built by Madho Singh Ji and once the battlefield of the Kachwaha Rajputs. In 2000, the fort was converted into a family-run hotel in order to finance its upkeep.

Cycling distance covered: approximately 60 km
Accommodation
  • Fort Madhogarh Heritage stay or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Heritage Stay - Village walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today, travel by bus to Agra. Agra is a city of temples, gardens and palaces and is rich in Mughal heritage. Visit the Taj Mahal, built by Emperor Shah Jahan as a memorial to his wife Mumtaz. As described by the poet Rabindranath Tagore, this 'teardrop on the face of eternity' never fails to amaze. If you like, continue on to Akbar's Mausoleum.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Taj Resorts or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Agra - Agra Fort
Optional Activities
  • Agra - Akbar's Mausoleum - INR210
  • Agra - Additional entries to Taj Mahal - INR1000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
In the morning, tour the spectacular Red Fort. Founded by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century, its sandstone walls once enclosed the imperial city of the Mughal rulers. Wander around the fort’s palaces, mosques and halls before the afternoon drive back to Delhi.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Kyron or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
There are no activities planned for the final day and you’re able to depart the accommodation at any time. If you have a few extra days in Delhi why not jump on an Urban Adventure.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

14 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Cycle rickshaw, Metro, Private Bus, Shuttle Bus, Train

Accommodation

Deluxe permanent tent (1 night), Heritage Property (3 nights), Hotel (9 nights), Resort (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Delhi - Jama Masjid
  • Delhi - Sheeshganj Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)
  • Delhi - Old Delhi Walking Tour
  • Jaipur - Walking Tour
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort
  • Jaipur - Amber Fort guided tour
  • Pushkar - Walking Tour
  • Udaipur - City Walk
  • Udaipur - City Palace
  • Ranthambore National Park - Morning Safari
  • Heritage Stay - Village walk
  • Agra - Taj Mahal
  • Agra - Agra Fort

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Important notes

1. Please note that bike hire is paid locally on arrival at $USD150. Further information can be found in your trip notes.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip. See the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.
3. 2016 departures will be in Pushkar during the Pushkar Camel Fair. Please see Important Notes for more details.
4. Please advise your agent of your height at time of booking for correct sizing for bike hire

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