Cycling Tour of Rajasthan - India
India, Bike - Semi Slick, 12 days - from £1,295 (land only) - from €1,620 (land only) - from $2,265 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Delhi. Airport transfers are provided for all clients arriving on Day 1. KE Land Only package services begin with lunch. Afternoon at leisure, with the chance to enjoy the gardens and pool at the hotel. We will also take the opportunity to check bikes and hire bikes.
Day 2: After breakfast at the hotel, we will have a leisurely 2-hour cycle ride in some of the quieter backstreets of Delhi. There will be an afternoon sightseeing tour and then we go to the railway station to catch the overnight train to Udaipur. Ride distance 10 km (6 miles).
Day 3: We arrive in Udaipur in the morning and transfer to the hotel for breakfast. 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. Overnight Udaipur. Ride distance 26 km (16 miles).
Day 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 Amer Fort, rising above the lake. We spend a second night at our Jaipur hotel.
Day 8: 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, where we check in at our lodge accommodation. Ride distance 70 km (44 miles).
Day 9: After a morning game drive in the Sariska National Park, we have breakfast at the lodge before setting off on quiet country roads, initially through the reserve area. Plenty of opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of rural India. Reaching the main road, we board our support vehicle for the drive to our lodge accommodation at Bharatpur. Ride distance 60 km (38 miles).
Day 10: In the morning, there is the option to visit the game reserve of Bharatpur, famous for the diversity of its birdlife. Then, after breakfast, we cycle easily on backroads to the former Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri, where we take a tour. A final transfer takes us to our hotel in Agra. Ride distance 24 km (16 miles).
Day 11: 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 12: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Delhi Airport transfers are provided for all clients on this day.
GPS Trip Data
Click on the link below to view the detailed stats for this holiday via Garmin Connect. Tracked using a Garmin etrex20 you can see detailed mapping of the route, daily distances travelled, the total ascent and descent each day and maximum altitude.