Cycling Tour of Rajasthan - India
India, Bike - Semi Slick, 10 days - from £1,195 (land only) - from €1,435 (land only) - from $1,975 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Delhi. Delhi Airport transfers are provided for all clients arriving on this day. KE Land Only package services begin with lunch. In the afternoon we can take it easy whilst also making sure we have everything ready for our journey.
Day 2: This morning we transfer back to the airport for our domestic flight to Udaipur (the bikes will have transferred overnight). We arrive in Udaipur and transfer to the hotel. Our bikes will soon arrive and we will be off for a cycle tour of this 'Pearl of Rajasthan', visiting the City Palace and Jagdish Temple. Ride distance 26 km (16 miles).
Day 3: We have a half-hour transfer to Iswal, where we set off on our ride. We follow quiet backroads, with minor ascents and descents and spend time in beautiful villages, en route to our overnight hotel in Kumbhalgarh. We have time here to visit the fort, one of the finest in the state of Rajasthan. Ride distance 65 km (41 miles).
Day 4: We depart Kumbhalgarh on our bikes and ride on undulating backroads for about 2 hours to reach the village of Ghomti. From here, we transfer through the desert to Ajmer, where we saddle up again for a further 2 hours of biking through striking desert scenery to the sacred town of Pushkar, where we check in at a hotel. Ride distance 60 km (36 miles).
Day 5: We ride on desert backroads and amongst arid farmland to Rupangarh, a famous centre for marble extraction. There is the option to continue the day's ride from here to Naraina Railway Crossing. We finally transfer to Jaipur and our hotel. Ride distance 70 km (44 miles) to Rupangarh and an optional 24 km (15 miles) to Naraina.
Day 6: Today we are off the bikes and sightseeing in Jaipur - the 'Pink City'. It is one of the most attractive and colourful cities in India. We visit the City Palace, the former residence of the Maharaja and the observatory of Jai Singh. We then go to the Palace of the Winds and the Amber Palace, rising above the lake. We spend a second night at our Jaipur hotel.
Day 7: We begin the day with a short transfer to Ramgarh. Then, we're back on our bikes and cycling to Sariska through the beautiful Aravali Hills, with a reasonable amount of ascent and descent. We reach Sariska in the afternoon, check in at our lodge accommodation and in the early evening have a game drive in the Sariska National Park. Ride distance 70 km (44 miles).
Day 8: After breakfast we begin the day's riding from the lodge and follow quiet country roads, initially through the national park. Plenty of opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of rural India. Reaching the main road, we board our support vehicle for the drive, via Fatehpur Sikri, to Agra. Ride distance 60 km (38 miles).
Day 9: This morning we visit the beautiful white marble Taj Mahal, built by the Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631. Later, we visit the Red Fort of Akbar and then, after lunch, we transfer to Delhi and our hotel.
Day 10: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Delhi Airport transfers are provided for all clients on this day.