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Explore the cultural heart of vibrant northern India on this cycling holiday.
Destinations > India > Cycling Rajasthan
9 nights hotel accommodation, 9 breakfasts, transportation by bus, 4WD and bicycle, services of an Explore Worldwide tour leader/cycle guide, assistant cycle guide, bike mechanic, drivers and local guide.
2 Nov '19; 4 Apr, 24 Oct, 7 Nov '20
Discover Rajasthan's impressive Moghul architecture, visit the incredible Taj Mahal and look out for tigers in Ranthambore National Park.
Back to India Tours
Indian villages by Bike - Cycle through the back-roads and villages of rural Rajasthan
Wild India - Game drives in Rathambore National Park to seek Tigers
Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Jaipur - Explore the majesty of the Moghuls and the Rajput princes.
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Arrive Delhi and check-in at the hotel. If your flight time allows you may choose to take an optional sightseeing tour of Old Delhi, visiting Jama Masjid mosque which is one of the largest and most well known in India and Chandni Chowk market place, built by Shah Jahan who also created the Taj Mahal. Drive through India Gate and see the government buildings, before returning to the hotel. We will begin our cycle journey tomorrow and over the coming days we will be covering on average some 56 kilometres a day, spending up to six hours in the saddle.
This morning we leave Delhi behind and drive for about four hours heading south to Agra. Once the capital of the mighty Moghul Empire, the city is littered with some of the country's most opulent and spectacular buildings and one particularly fine example is its imposing fort, whose grandeur and importance has seen it inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Built by Emperor Akbar and then embellished by his grandson, Shah Jahan, this was once a great city, with palaces, mosques and halls all lying behind the protective embrace of 20m high walls. After visiting Agra Fort we will watch the sunset over the Taj Mahal, surely one of India's most beautiful and most revered monuments. Certainly one of the most universally recognised buildings on earth, the Taj Mahal was built by the emperor Shah Jahan to honour the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz.
No cycling today. (B)
Today starts with a drive of about two hours to the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri, lying close to the western boundaries of Agra. Today it remains a ghostly testament to the power of 16th century Moghul India and is a perfectly preserved example of an imperial court. After our visit we jump on our bikes for the first time and begin our cycling adventure. Today's almost flat ride will be on back roads passing through picturesque rural India, with its fascinating villages, waving children, and colourful traffic. On reaching Bharatpur we will check in at the hotel depending on your energy levels you may wish to take a walk round the city centre and refuel on a Rajasthani Thali filled with tasty and colorful dishes like Chicken Tikka and Paneer Tikka. Bharatpur is also famous for a few sweet dishes including mango soufflé.
Our total cycling distance today is approximately 34 kilometres. (B)
Today starts with a short drive of 30 minutes then get on our bikes and ride along small tarmac roads through scenic villages and though agricultural land. The landscape we ride through becomes more agriculture, and we pass more small villages and people tending crops including mangos, fennel, onion and sweet potato on the cultivated land. This area is also known for its red sandstone used for the construction of the magnificent Red Fort and the majestic Rashtrapati Bhavan. We will cycle past some of these red quarries on our way to Karauli.
Our total cycling distance today is approximately 70 kilometres. (B)
Ranthambore National Park on the eastern borders of Rajasthan, is one of India's best 'Project Tiger' conservation projects. Cycling there today we follow a series of good roads and quiet cross-country tracks, with quite a few ascents and descents, as we make our way towards what was once the private preserve of the Maharajahs of Jaipur. The last part of the journey (around 70 kilometres) will again be undertaken by bus.
Our total cycling distance today is approximately 40 kilometres. (B)
Ranthambore encompasses nearly 400 square kilometres of lush jungle, turquoise lakes and ancient temples, providing a rich haven for crocodiles, leopards and some 300 species of birds. It is also one of the best parks in the country for spotting tigers. Today we enjoy morning and evening game drives in the park, with an option for those that wish to also pay a visit to some of the local villages by bike. Ranthambore is also home to one of the oldest forts in the country, from whose ramparts there are some fabulous views towards the Aravali and Vindhya Hills.
Optinal cycling distance today is approximately 30 kilometres. (B)
We start with a drive of about 50 km to Lalsot. From here we start our ride; we follow small roads and tracks through villages and agriculture land, passing Hindu settlements, temples and shrines. Our accommodation tonight is in a Maharaja's Palace. Built in 1938 it is the family home of Maharaja Krishna Chandra Pal, who is the 181st in an illustrious line tracing itself back to Lord Krishna. The Maharaja and his family still live here, and the palace has been converted into a hotel. The façade stands out against the ancient town of Karauli, which dates from 1348. The interior is decorated with an eclectic melding of Oriental and Art Deco forms and you can walk around the grounds and explore the gardens and orchard.
Our total cycling distance today is approximately 65 kilometres. (B)
Today we start cycling from our hotel and pass by bike small villages and farm land heading towards Jaipur. We cycle through the country side on a quite road surrounded by beautiful green -brown hills dotted with small trees and scrubs with hill-top forts silhouetted against the sky. We drive the last hour to Jaipur where we spend our final two nights. The evening is free for us to enjoy the city at our own pace and for those interested the leader can organise a cookery demonstration with active participation.
Our total cycling distance today is approximately 75 kilometres. (B)
Early morning we will leave for a short ride (optional) to enjoy being on our bikes away from the crowds in the villages that skirt Jaipur. Later we return hotel for the breakfast and to freshen up before leaving by bus for a full day exploring Jaipur's magnificent highlights. We begin with a visit to the Amber Palace, a superb marble and sandstone fortress on the outskirts of the city. Back in Jaipur we visit the splended City Palace, a dazzling fusion of Moghul and Rajasthani design, before taking in the unique majesty of the Hawa Mahal which is famous as the ' Palace of the Winds'. Afterwards we visit the remarkable 18th Century observatory of Jantar Mantar. Tonight we enjoy our final night in India and celebrate the trip in a traditional restaurant.
Our total cycling distance today is approximately 25 kilometres. (B)
Your tour ends today after breakfast. (B)
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3 Days / 2 Nights
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