Cycling Tour of Rajasthan

A superb Indian cycling holiday from Udaipur to the Taj Mahal




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Holiday Overview


  • Meet the locals as we cycle through timeless Rajasthan villages
  • Game drive in search of tigers at Sariska National Park
  • Chill out at the sacred lakeside settlement of Pushkar
  • Visit Agra, with its magnificent Taj Mahal and Red Fort

Our new bike traverse of Rajasthan is a medley of sights, sounds and other sensory stimulation, as we ride on backroads from Udaipur to the Taj Mahal in a little over a week. After a backstreets city tour by bike, we take the overnight train from Delhi to Udaipur. Here, in the City of Lakes, we begin with a cycle tour amongst its fabulous landmarks. Then, we set off riding through the rolling Aravali Hills to Kumbhalgarh and the atmospheric lakeside town of Pushkar. Passing farmers working in the fields and the locals travelling to market by foot and oxcart, we get a true feel for the lifestyle here. Throughout we have the luxury of constant back up from a support vehicle with a mechanic. Arriving at the ‘Pink City' of Jaipur, we have a rest day to visit the famous landmarks including the fabulous Palace of the Winds and the imposing Amer Fort. Continuing our traverse of these majestic lands, we journey to the Sariska National Park where we can have another afternoon off the bikes, as we set off on a game drive in search of the elusive tiger. The next stops on our 2-wheel journey are at the Bharatpur bird reserve and at the former Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri, before a short, final transfer to Agra. Here, we walk from our hotel to make a dawn visit to the peerless Taj Mahal and also visit the very impressive Agra Fort, before transferring back to Delhi. If you are looking for a fun and at times quite frenetic biking adventure that's jam-packed with Indian culture and history, then this is the perfect holiday for you.

Is this holiday for you?

ADVENTURE CYCLING. A mountain bike fitted with semi-slick tyres is ideal for this trip, which offers a technically straightforward ride mainly on quiet and fairly level tarmac side roads. There are 7 days of biking on the holiday and the first of these is a short introductory ride on the backstreets of Delhi. After this, we have 6 days averaging about 60 kilometres per day on roads that include only moderate hills. It is our intention at all times to enjoy the beauty of Rajasthan, and our full-time support vehicle means that if we have spent too much time sightseeing during any of the days, we have the option to cut short the day's ride and transfer to our next night's accommodation. We have included a couple of sightseeing days and half-days to ensure we get the most out of this outstanding area. Regular weekend leisure cyclists will cope well with the biking on this holiday. BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE LOCALLY.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Delhi. Transfers from Delhi Airport are provided.
  • Morning backstreet biking in Delhi. Afternoon sightseeing tour, then sleeper train to Udaipur.
  • Arrive Udaipur, transfer to the hotel. Afternoon cycle tour in a city known as the Pearl of Rajasthan.
  • Cycle on quiet backroads through timeless villages to Kumbhalgarh. Visit the impressive fort.
  • Ride on country roads to Ghomti, then drive to Ajmer. Back on the bike again as far as Pushkar.
  • Cycle through arid farmland to Rupangarh, with optional extension of the day’s ride. Drive to Jaipur.
  • Sightseeing in Jaipur. Visit the Palace of the Winds, the Jai Singh Observatory and the Amer Fort.
  • Drive to Ramgarh and bike through the beautiful Aravali Hills to Sariska.
  • Morning game drive at Sariska, followed by a day of backroads cycling. Final transfer to Bharatpur.
  • Optional morning safari at Bharatpur. Then, cycle to Fatehpur Sikri, before driving on to Agra.
  • Early morning at the Taj Mahal then visit the Agra Red Fort. After lunch, transfer back to Delhi.
  • Departure day. Transfers to Delhi Airport are provided.
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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Delhi. Transfers from Delhi Airport are provided.

    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.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Morning backstreet biking in Delhi. Afternoon sightseeing tour, then sleeper train to Udaipur.

    After breakfast at the hotel, we will have a leisurely 2-hour cycle ride on some of the quieter backstreets of Delhi. This will allow us to get used to our bikes and also begin the process of our cultural immersion into India. Later, we will have lunch and also enjoy a short sightseeing tour, to include the Red Fort and possibly a stroll along one of the city's teeming market streets. In the early evening, we will go to the railway station and board the sleeper train that will take us overnight to Udaipur. Our bikes will have been sent by road to Udaipur earlier in the day.

    • Accommodation Sleeper Train

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  • Arrive Udaipur, transfer to the hotel. Afternoon cycle tour in a city known as the Pearl of Rajasthan.

    We arrive in Udaipur in the early morning and transfer to our hotel in the city in time for breakfast. Our bikes will soon arrive (if they have not already) and we will set off on a sightseeing ride through the city, known as the 'Pearl of Rajasthan'. Situated on the east side of Lake Pichola and surrounded by Aravalli Hills, Udaipur is also known as the 'City of Sunrise' and 'Venice of East'. During this leisurely ride, we will visit the City Palace complex. Dating back to the 16th century, there are several different palaces, with interlinking courtyards, terraces and gardens. There are views from the palace hill of Lake Pichola and the Lake Palace Hotel which completely covers the island of Jag Niwas. We can also look out across the city of Udaipur from the palace. Our ride will also take us to the Jagdish Temple, a large 17th century Hindu temple and a fine example of Aryan architecture. There are plenty of market areas on our route and there may be the opportunity to buy souvenirs. If we have time, another option is to take a boat trip on the lake. Overnight at our Udaipur hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 300m

    • Distance 26km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 300m

    • Time 4 hrs cycling

  • Cycle on quiet backroads through timeless villages to Kumbhalgarh. Visit the impressive fort.

    Our journey through the rural heart of Rajasthan begins after breakfast with a short transfer of about half an hour to Iswal. Here, we start our ride on quiet backroads and, heading generally northwards through lots of sleepy villages, to finally reach our overnight destination at Kumbhalgarh. This is probably the hardest day's biking of the holiday, as the roads are, at times, decidely undulating. With its fortifications extending to over 36 kilometres and enclosing literally hundreds of Jain and Hindu temples, the 15th century Kumbhalgarh Fort is one of Rajasthan's more impressive sites. We have time to look around and to enjoy the views from the walls, before returning to our nearby hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 700m

    • Distance 65km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 400m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs cycling

  • Ride on country roads to Ghomti, then drive to Ajmer. Back on the bike again as far as Pushkar.

    We have a bike ride in 2 parts today. Starting out directly from our hotel, we ride the first 2 hours or so on minor roads to the village of Ghomti and a junction with the main highway (which links Udaipur and Jaipur). Here, we board our support vehicle and drive for about 3 hours to Ajmer, where we get back onto our bikes and ride easily for a further couple of hours, through the desert and across a low pass in the Snake Hills to the town of Pushkar. After checking in at our hotel, we have time to look around this wonderful town, which is one of the Hindu religion's 5 principal centres of pilgrimage. Crowding around its lake, the white houses and temples of Pushkar present a striking image, especially from the prominent hilltop temple at sunset.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 340m

    • Distance 41km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 650m

    • Time 3 hrs cycling

  • Cycle through arid farmland to Rupangarh, with optional extension of the day’s ride. Drive to Jaipur.

    Continuing our exploration of the backroads of Rajasthan, we head north from Pushkar across arid farmland and through a number of small villages to Rupangarh, a famous marble centre. The marble for the Taj Mahal was excavated at Makrana in this same area. Nearby, too, is Sambhar Lake, where there is large-scale salt extraction. We have the option to extend our ride south of the lake to Naraina Railway Crossing, where we can get on the bus for the 2-hour transfer to Jaipur, where we overnight at a hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 410m

    • Distance 95km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 520m

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs cycling

  • Sightseeing in Jaipur. Visit the Palace of the Winds, the Jai Singh Observatory and the Amer Fort.

    A day off the bikes, as we take a sightseeing tour of Jaipur, recognised to be one of the most attractive and colourful cities in India. Known as the 'Pink City, Jaipur was laid out on a grid of broad avenues, with sandstone buildings some of which were later painted pink. In the centre, is the old Maharaja's residence, the City Palace which now contains an excellent museum, where we can see fine paintings, old clothing dating from the time of the Maharajas and collections of antique weapons - certainly worth a visit. We will also have time to check out another of Jaipur’s most impressive landmarks, the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds. Also on our tick-list is the amazing observatory of Jai Singh, which has a number of giant astronomical instruments fashioned out of brass and marble and laid out in a garden. The splendid Amer Fort is another unmissable attraction and is located just outside the city. Jaipur is also a centre of many handicrafts, with hand-woven carpets, leather goods and jewellery amongst the most prominent. We spend a second night at our Jaipur hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Drive to Ramgarh and bike through the beautiful Aravali Hills to Sariska.

    Another great day of biking on the backroads of Rajasthan, which starts with a short transfer to Ramgarh. From here, we follow quiet roads that meander through a part of the Aravali Hills. There are many farms and villages and neat fields dotted with trees. Traversing open valleys and rocky ridges, we have a reasonable amount of ascent and descent, as we travel via the small town of Pratapgarh and reach our accommodation in the Sariska National Park in the afternoon. Depending on our arrival time, there may be time to use the pool at our resort-style hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Distance 70km

    • Meals bld

  • Morning game drive at Sariska, followed by a day of backroads cycling. Final transfer to Bharatpur.

    We will have an early start for a game drive in the park. This is a hilly park, well covered by deciduous woodland and is home to many bird and animal species, such as leopard, sambhar, chital, nilgai, four-horned antelope, wild boar, rhesus macaque, langur, hyena and jungle cat. Returning to the lodge for breakfast, we will then set off on our bikes through the reserve area. The Sariska National Park is located in a tranquil region served only by minor roads and perfect for our relaxed exploration by bike. Following back roads, initially through the park itself, we can fully immerse ourselves in the sights and sounds of rural India. Heading east and then south, we are soon within striking distance of our next overnight lodge at the famous bird reserve of Bharatpur. We may need to use the support vehicle for a short, final section of today's route.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Distance 60km

    • Meals bld

  • Optional morning safari at Bharatpur. Then, cycle to Fatehpur Sikri, before driving on to Agra.

    There is the option to get up early for a game drive in the Bharatpur reserve. For anyone interested in India's birdlife this is a must. There are around 230 species of birds in the park, including many waterfowl and several species of eagles. This tour will need to be arranged by your guide and paid for locally. Those who opt for this tour will return to the lodge for breakfast, before the group heads out mid morning on the short and final cycle ride of the holiday. We will cycle easily on backroads to the former Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri, where we take a tour. Built by the emperor, Akbar, in 1569 and including a number of royal palaces, a harem, courts, a mosque, private quarters and other utility buildings, Fatehpur Sikri is one of the best preserved collections of Indian Mughal architecture in India. After our visit, we board the support vehicle for the short transfer to Agra, where we check in at our hotel close to the Taj Mahal.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Distance 24km

    • Meals bld

  • Early morning at the Taj Mahal then visit the Agra Red Fort. After lunch, transfer back to Delhi.

    We have an early, pre-dawn, start for the walk down to the Taj Mahal. The gates open shortly before sunrise, allowing us to be in place to appreciate the sheer magnificence of the Taj Mahal, built out of white marble by Emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal who died in 1631. This fabulous piece of supreme Mughal architecture is one of the unquestioned man-made wonders of the world and cannot fail to impress. Later we visit the almost equally impressive Red Fort of Akbar which commands views along the Yamuna River, with the Taj in the distance. After lunch we transfer back to Delhi (5 to 6 hours), where we check in at our airport-accessible hotel for our last night of the trip.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Departure day. Transfers to Delhi Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast at the hotel. Airport transfers are provided for all client departing on this day. There are lots of extensions that can easily be added to your holiday in india. Why not pre-book a beach hotel break in Goa or Kerala. Contact our office for details.

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Holiday Information

  • A professional local English speaking biking leader
  • Delhi Airport transfers on the first and last days of the itinerary
  • Overnight train from Delhi to Udaipur
  • All land transport involved in the trip itinerary
  • Support vehicle / driver and mechanic
  • All accommodation as described
  • One game drive in Sariska National Park and park fees
  • Monument entrance fees as per itinerary
  • All meals

  • Travel insurance
  • Indian Visa
  • Delhi Airport transfers (outside the group arrival and departure days)
  • Tips for drivers and other staff
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

The group will have one night at a hotel close to Delhi Airport at the beginning of the trip and another more central hotel in the Indian capital at the end of the trip. Along the route we have 9 nights in various hotels and lodges of a reasonably comfortable 'tourist' standard. All accommodation is allocated on a twin-sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. Depending upon availability it may also be possible to arrange single rooms. For additional hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the Dates and Prices page of the trip on our website.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All meals are included, from lunch on Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary to breakfast on Day 12.

Part of the experience of a visit to India is sampling the excellent local food. Indian cuisine offers a wide choice of dishes, much more variety than the 'curries' we are used to in Indian restaurants at home. Whether the food is presented as a dinner buffet or as a set menu, there will always be vegetarian options. In some place, there will also be familiar international dishes. Breakfasts include cereals, bread, possibly in the form of local 'rotis', eggs, hard-boiled or omelette, often one or two delicious, spicy Indian breakfast options, fruit, juice, hot water for tea or coffee. Lunches will usually be at a restaurant where you can choose what you want - the guide will help with this.

Transfers from Delhi Airport to the group hotel in Delhi are provided on Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary. At the end of the holiday, on the final day of the Land Only itinerary, transfers are provided from the hotel in Delhi to Delhi Airport.

The trip will be led by an experienced local English-speaking biking leader. In addition the group will be accompanied by one or more support vehicles and a designated mechanic.

Approximately £150 - £200 (or equivalent in Euros, US dollars etc.) changed into local currency (Indian rupees), should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses, including snacks or lunches, tips for your guides, beer and soft drinks, etc. There are several opportunities to buy souvenirs on this trip. It is not necessary to purchase local currency (Indian Rupees) before you travel. Sterling, US dollars and Euros are readily exchanged in Delhi. Since you will be changing the majority of your spending money into local currency on the day of arrival, we recommend taking this in cash. You can change an initial amount on arrival at Delhi Airport, where the rate is likely to be a few rupees down on what you can expect to get on the high street. Credit cards can be used to purchase many goods in Delhi, Udaipur, Jaipur and Agra and are particularly useful for more expensive souvenirs. It is possible to withdraw cash (rupees only) from cash machines in Delhi, Udaipur, Jaipur and Agra using credit and debit cards.

Tipping is an accepted and expected part of Indian culture, although you should only tip for services which are well done. We recommend that tips to your guides and driver be made from the group as a whole and that the group decides together on an appropriate amount. Your guide will help with sundry tipping; bell boys, other hotel staff, toilet attendants, lunchtime restaurant staff, Sariska staff and railway porters. This means you don't need to concern yourself with who to tip and who not to tip. Your guide will set up a tip 'kitty' for this and you will probably be asked to contribute 2000 rupees (£20) each for this. Separately from this, you will need to tip the driver. And you will need to tip your guide. As a rough guide we suggest that £50 (depending on group size) will allow you to pay reasonable tips.

Taking a bike on an aircraft is usually straightforward. Different airlines have differing policies with regard to baggage allowances and transporting bikes. We advise you to visit the website of your chosen airline and check out their baggage allowances before purchasing your air ticket. Take account of the weight and dimensions of your intended check-in baggage in advance of your arrival at the airport, since airlines can charge for both excess and oversize baggage, or refuse to carry oversized baggage. If you are using a domestic flight to connect with your International flight then it is likely that a different baggage policy will exist for the domestic and international flight sections. Please note, in addition, that the check-in baggage limit on all internal flights within India is now 15kg. Any additional charges incurred for transporting your bike on any of the flights required for this adventure are the responsibility of each individual client.

We recommend SEMI SLICK tyres for this trip. You can ride this backroads route successfully on a mountain bike such as a Specialized Rockhopper or a Trek 6500. Alternatively, you could choose to use a 'hybrid' type bike or even a 'cyclocross' bike. Please call us if you are unsure about the suitability of your current bike. We cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring that your bike is in perfect working condition before you start this trip. You are depending on your bike to transport you throughout your trip, across at times rough roads. It is VITAL to ensure it is THOROUGHLY SERVICED to guarantee it is in good mechanical order before departure. If you are not mechanically minded, get your local bike mechanic to service it for you. For home mechanics, points to note particularly are:

a) Check rims and if they are worn / cracked / dented replace with a new rim / wheel to avoid wheel failure. It is especially important to check that the rims on rim-braked bikes are not worn concave by the brake blocks - replace them if they are.

b) Check wheels are true and spoke tension is tight.

c) Check and, if required, adjust / grease ALL bearings and quick release skewers.

d) Check and, if required, replace brake and gear cables.

e) Check disc / brake pads, mounts and cables / hydraulic lines - replace if necessary.

f) Check - lube / threadlock & tighten - all bolts (esp. suspension pivots, bottom brackets, disc rotor bolts & disk mount bolts).

g) Check chain, cassette and chain rings for wear – replace as necessary.

h) Make sure you have the right tyres, inner tubes and BIKE SPECIFIC SPARES for your bike.

Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs to your bike e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally our bike guides will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and the inconvenience of waiting for assistance.

Travelling with a bike is usually as straightforward as travelling with any other type of baggage -providing you have packed it adequately. We have many years experience of travelling with our bikes, and nowadays we think that the best way to travel and fly with a bike is to partially dismantle it and put it into a purpose made soft bike bag. Although more expensive than a cardboard bike box, they are smaller in size to transport and are considerably easier to handle. To pack your bike you simply remove both wheels and pedals and prepare it for travel as follows. Obviously, extra care when packing your bike can minimise the chances of accidental damage occurring in transit. Ask your local bike store for plastic wheel hub protectors (which will prevent damage to your bike bag) and plastic fork and frame spacers, insert the spacers into the dropouts, tape them in place and then put extra padding over this area. Use pipe insulation lagging (from your local DIY store) to cover frame tubes, forks and seat post. If required, remove your bars from the stem and attach them carefully to your frame/forks using plastic ties or pvc tape -ensure that your Ergo/Sti levers are well padded to minimise the chance of damage. You may also wish to remove your rear gear mech, pad it with foam and tape it to the chainstay out of harms way. Finally, you should partly deflate your tyres, but leave some air in them to help absorb any impact on the wheels. Don’t forget to pack wheel skewers, pedals and any bolts you have removed, these are the items that tend to get left behind. Finally, find an old cardboard bike box and cut out panels to fit inside your soft bike bag for extra protection. Don’t forget to bring sufficient packing materials to pack your bike on the way home.

PLEASE DO NOT USE a purpose-made rigid bike box -these are heavy (which can put you over your baggage allowance) and are also too bulky to be easily stored or transported on the group’s support vehicle.

Throughout this trip we have the back up of one or more support vehicles. Each morning our main baggage will be loaded onto the support vehicle which will follow the group on the day's ride. The local biking leader and the support vehicle driver will watch over the group and will carry mobile phones, allowing you to contact them in the case of a breakdown or other incident. We want everyone to enjoy their cycling experience on this trip and we recognise the importance of group members being allowed to cycle at their own pace. On most of our biking holidays it is usual that there can be a fair distance between the front and rear cyclists in the group and there may be times when other group members, vehicle support and biking leader are out of sight. However, our regular stops mean that it's never long before we regroup. The support vehicle will pick up any group members who wish to take a break from cycling at any time.

One option is that you take your own bike on this holiday. After all, it is the bike you know best. However, you can also hire a bike locally. Our local agent has a range of Merida (Matts 40 and Matts 20 hardtails). These bikes generally have Shimano Acera and Altus components. They have Tektro Disc Brakes, 100mm front suspension and 26 inch diameter wheels. They are available in a range of frame sizes - from 13 to 21 inches. Bikes can be reserved, subject to availability, at a cost of £90 (Oct 2014 – subject to change) for the duration of the holiday. This cost will be paid locally and does not cover you if you lose the bike or damage it beyond 'fair wear and tear'. Contact the KE office if you want us to reserve a bike for you. Your hire contract will be with our local agent and KE cannot be held responsible for any issues arising from bike hire. If you do hire a bike, we recommend that you take your own shoes, pedals and possibly even your saddle, which will go a long way towards making it feel like your own bike. You must also take your bike helmet, which you will wear whenever you are biking. One final issue with regard to the hire bikes is that they are fitted with regular knobbly tyres. If you would prefer to ride on fast-rolling, semi-slick tyres (the great majority of this route is on tarmac) you should consider taking a pair with you. These can be fitted to the bike for you before the first day’s ride.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for predominantly warm climatic conditions during the day. Good padded cycling shorts are essential.

Your bike will normally be a mid level Mountain Bike such as a Specialized Rockhopper or Trek 6500. Front suspension is recommended. You could also ride this backroads route successfully on a good quality ‘hybrid’ or ‘cyclocross’ bike. It is vital that your bike is THOROUGHLY SERVICED and in perfect working condition before the trip.


  • Stiff-soled cycling shoes or SPD’s
  • Base-layer - short sleeve cycling top (x 1)
  • Mid-layer - long sleeved cycling top (x 1)
  • Outer layer - lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Fleece jacket or jumper
  • Regular biking gloves
  • Padded cycling shorts (x 2)
  • Baggy overshorts for modesty
  • Eyewear - Biking glasses
  • Cycling helmet - mandatory
  • Travel and apres biking clothes
  • Training/Leisure shoes for apres biking
  • Wash bag, towel, toiletries, including anti-bacterial handwash
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • Swimwear
  • Headtorch/Headlamp

Daypack and contents

  • Cycling daypack (e.g. Camelbak) of at least 15- 20 litres total capacity is recommended
  • Water bladder - min. 3 litres
  • Lightweight waterproof top
  • Multi-tool
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Inner tube
  • Pump
  • Camera
  • Sun cream
  • Lightweight loose trousers to wear for modesty in villages
  • Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).



(Note: If you are hiring a bike, you do not need to bring any spares. Although it is still a good idea to take a couple of 26 x 2 inch inner tubes with Presta valves).

  • You should bring the following with you as a minimum. Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally the bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconvenience waiting for assistance.
  • Tyres: You will need: 1.9 to 2.2 inch semi-slick tyres suitable for predominantly dry conditions.
  • Pump
  • Plastic tyre levers
  • Spoke key
  • 2 x inner tubes
  • Liquid chain lube (bottle not aerosol)
  • Multi-tool with Allen keys
  • Chain link extractor (if not on multi-tool)
  • 2x puncture repair kits
  • A rag and brush for cleaning bike and drive train
  • Spare chain links
  • Spares specific to your bike if applicable (e.g. disc brake bleed kits, shock pumps etc)

KE tools and spares

  • On all of our trips we carry a toolkit and a basic range of spares for emergencies. As bikes become increasingly part specific it is impossible to carry a comprehensive range of spares compatible with all makes and models of bike.

Energy Gels/Sports Drinks/Power Bars

  • Our back up vehicle will carry ample supplies of water, snacks and lunches but if you like a particular energy gel, sports drink or power bar we suggest you bring a selection of your preferred choice along.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa India

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $60 and you need to apply for this online prior to departure at Please download the detailed information document: Visa PDF India

You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

The currency of India is the Indian Rupee.

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The better conditioned you are the more you will enjoy your trip. We suggest that you adopt a sensible weekly exercise regime and fit in a number of long cycle rides in hilly country to ensure you are physically capable of taking part in this trip - this will also provide you with an opportunity to make sure all your riding kit is tried and tested before you travel. Cycling is obviously the best activity to prepare for this trip,.However, running, squash and swimming are also good for developing aerobic fitness and stamina.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

From November to February, the climate in this part of India will offer very pleasant riding conditions. Daytime maximum temperatures are usually between 25 and 30 degrees Centigrade, with little humidity. Evenings and mornings can be cool, however, especially in December, with temperatures falling as low as 10 degrees Centigrade. There is likely to be very little rainfall in Rajasthan during this period, although the odd shower can never be ruled out.

  • Rajasthan, Delhi and Agra. Lonely Planet
  • Rajasthan, Delhi and Agra. Rough Guides

Rajasthan Flexi Map. Insight Guides. Scale: 1:1,900,000

On one side is a road map of Rajasthan at 1:1,900,000. (includes Delhi and Agra). Topography is shown by relief shading and colouring with spot heights. The map presents the region’s road and rail networks, including selected local roads, with driving distance shown on main routes. On the reverse are indexed street plans of central Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur, highlighting various sights, public buildings and selected hotels. A special feature of the Insight Flexi series are panels with additional tourist information.

Extend Your Holiday


From $116 per room per night

Florence Inn

From $97 per room per night Combining comfort and elegance with economy, the Florence Inn is our preferred group hotel in Delhi. Well appointed throughout and with a smart lobby, it is immaculately clean. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The Florence Inn is just 5 minutes walk from Karol Bargh market and the metro station making it an ideal location for exploring the city.


From $166 per room per night Situated in Lutyens’ Delhi within 10 minutes walk of the famous Lodi gardens and Khan Market, Claridges oozes old-world charm and luxury. Set in a landscaped garden with swaying palm trees, you can get right away from the hurly burly and enjoy gracious Indian hospitality. The guest rooms and suites are classically decorated and equipped with all modern conveniences as you would expect in a hotel of this calibre. Claridges contains several excellent restaurants offering a choice of world cuisine and there is an outdoor swimming pool and a health club.

Maidens Hotel

From $133 per room per night Operated by the Oberoi group and set in 8 acres of garden with shady trees, Maidens is one of Delhi's oldest hotels. Built in the early 1900s, it has retained its colonial charm and offers spacious well appointed rooms with high ceilings. The hotel has a restaurant serving international and Indian cuisine, a garden terrace extending to an open courtyard, and a small intimate bar. There is no pool. Located in Old Delhi, it gives easy access to Mughal monuments and the colourful Chandni Chowk bazaars.

Manor Hotel

From $144 per room per night This 2-storey, 15-room boutique hotel in a pleasant garden setting is very distinctive. With clean modern lines and contemporary furnishings the Manor Hotel has an understated elegance and comfort which is very appealing. Its public areas contrast cool Italian mosaic flooring with warm rich wood panelling, and you can enjoy a high level of service which is friendly and efficient. The hotel has an award winning restaurant and a bar. There is no pool but the hotel has a Wellness centre with yoga and massage. The Manor is located in a quiet residential area close to the Lodhi Gardens.

Ambassador Hotel

From $133 per room per night Situated in Lutyens’ Delhi next to Khan Market, this art deco style hotel designed by British architect Walter George in 1945, is a listed heritage building. Its location makes it convenient for both the airport (22km) and the city centre (10 minutes by dive). The Vivanta-by-Taj Ambassador is operated by the Taj group of hotels, so you can expect the best of hospitality and service.

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