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Rajasthan Cycling Holiday
Rajasthan Rural Cycling Holiday
Rajasthan Cycling Holiday (KC 09)
Region : North India
11
Days

Activity

Comfort

Cost per Person

US$ 2250

Based on a minimum of 2 people travelling

Tour Overview

The Rajasthan Cycle ride is the quintessential cycle ride through the heart of a region with great historical traditions. On this ride through the Rajputana region, crossing the numerous erstwhile kingdoms and principalities, not forgetting the desert, is the unique opportunity to relish and experience the essence of the Rajasthan royalty and rural life of the common people. The ride is an assortment of myriad experiences like the cultural vibrancy, the raw beauty of its countryside, the luxurious heritage palaces and castles, great hospitality and the joie de vivre of the Rajasthani life. The Taj Mahal Extension tour enables you to visit the Taj at the end of your Rajasthan Cycling holiday.



Rajasthan Cycling Holiday

Day 1: Jaipur
Arrival in Jaipur – you meet up with your guide. After a short break to freshen up, you can start your exploration of Jaipur city. Also known as the Pink City, Jaipur is rich in its history and culture. Exploring this vibrant and colourful city will give you a mesmerizing life-time experience. Among places one could visit are the Amber fort and the palace, built in an eclectic mix of both Hindu and Muslim architecture. Jantar Mantar is the largest and best-preserved observatory in India; it is a collection of architectural astronomical instruments, built by Sawai Jai Singh, a Rajput king, and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.   
Day 2: Kishangargh
Avoiding the traffic you will take a 35 km transfer to Bagru to start your cycling. Terrain is mostly flat and you cycle mostly through villages where you will experience real Rajasthan in its villages, corn fields, temples and ancient monuments. Your destination today is Kishangarh, where you will be visiting Kisangargh fort build in 17th century.   You will be staying in a heritage palace overlooking Gundalao lake, where you may spot lots of flamingoes, wild ducks etc.
Day 3: Pushkar
Today your destination on this tour is the temple city- Pushkar, one of the oldest cities of India. You will start your cycling from Kishangarh and cycle through the lively villages to reach Pushkar. While at Pushkar, you will visit the famous Brahma temple, on the shores of the Puskar Lake, considered sacred by Hindus. Here you can also explore the local markets if the mood catches you.  
Day 4: Khejarla
You have a long undulating cycling route to Fort Khejarla. The scenic Aravalli mountain ranges make the ride exciting. Your stay will be at the 400 year old Fort Khejarla which is set against a rural backdrop, and has now been converted in to a hotel full of character & has the erstwhile royal family in residence. Your village tour at Khejarla will be on a camel cart when you visit the 600 year old Durga temple and enjoy the sunset view. If you are interested in wildlife, this is a great opportunity to go on a Jeep safari to the desert and lake for sightings of wildlife.   
Day 5: Jodhpur
You will cycle through the rural villages and corn fields today to visit another important city of Rajasthan - Jodhpur. This is the second largest city of Rajasthan. Jodhpur is famous for its handicrafts, mining fields and marble industries. Main places of tourist interest include the Mehrangarh fort, Umaid Bhawan Palace and Jaswant Thada.  
Day6: Jodhpur
Today you will visit the desert around Jodhpur & take a leisurely ride to Osian at the edge of the desert. Here the great Thar Desert welcomes you with its traditional colour and gaiety. You can chose to ride a camel if you fancy it. At sunset you return to the hotel.   
Day7: Ahore
After breakfast, you will be transferred a short distance to Rohat and you will start cycling from there. The cycle route is through the main roads, with village folk working the mustard fields & the ever present camel carts passing you on the roads. Your destination today is Ravla Bhenswara where you will be staying in a castle built 240 years ago, now converted into a luxury accommodation in rural Rajasthan.   
Day8: Ranakpur
You start cycling from the hotel and initially go past fields and through rolling hills with breath taking views all around. You will be staying in a 250 year old palace. A visit to the famous Jain temple which was constructed in 15th century will be an unforgettable experience. The amazing architecture that highlights light coloured marble with more than 1400 carved pillars covers about 48000 sq feet of the Jain temple.  
Day9: Kumbhalgarh
Today you cycle to Kumbhalgarh. The Kumbhalgargh Fort will welcome you to this magnificiant place. The fort was built in 15th century. The 36km long wall of the fort hold the record of 2nd longest wall in the world. There are about 360 temples inside the fort complex.  
Day10: Udaipur
Today your cycling route is mostly through beautiful valleys and narrow country side roads. The historic capital of the kingdom of Mewar, Udaipur is now a big and important city of Rajasthan. It is also known as ‘the city of lakes’. Udaipur has its own history, culture and palaces. One of the main attractions here is the City Palace on the east bank of Lake Pichola. The famous Jagdish temple is located in the City Palace complex. This three storied temple is built in the Indo-Aryan style of architecture. The Saheliyon-ki-Bari or the 'Garden of the Maids of Honor' of Udaipur was once reserved for the royal ladies. In the evening you will be treated to some enthralling cultural shows
Day11: Depart
Your Rajasthan Cycling Holiday ends here.

Inclusions

Accommodation, Most Meals, Transportation by AC car as per itinerary, Multi-geared bicycles, Accompanying Biking guide, Mineral water & Refreshments during cycling, All applicable taxes.

Holiday Feedback

Took part in a cycle ride across Rajasthan with these, fantastic people and loved every moment. Georgina Smith 2016-10-02

What an amazing time we had on our rural Rajasthan trip. Everything was so well organised from the route to the hotels which were all so interesting. But what made the trip so good was the excellent leadership of Neeraj. He is an exceptional individual who managed everything so professionally. He was always friendly but made it quite clear that safety was his paramount concernAbly assisted by Rattan who as always was very keen to ensure we all had a good time. His help to our weakest cyclist was very much appreciated and was so kind. Not one of our group had one negative comment! Thank you also for fixing my bike problem so quickly.Hope to do another holiday with you soon  Susan 2017-02-27

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FAQs

Q. Are  cycles provided for this tour?

Cycles are provided for the tour

 

Q. What type of  cycles are provided?

We provide  CANONDALE /  TREK / GIANT cycles.

 

Q.  Will I get choice of my size?

 We can provide frame sizes from 13” to 21”.

 

Q. Can I get my own cycle?

Yes, you can, but do let us know in advance.

 

Q.  What other equipment are provided?

Standard items provided with the cycles are Pedals, Bar ends, water bottles and Helmets. We however recommend you bring your own helmets and camelbaks.

 

Q. What about transfers?

All transportation is included in the cost including airport pick up & drop at the nearest airport. The vehicle is also used to ferry your luggage , cycle & yourself as required.

 

Q. What kind of terrain can I expect?

The terrain consists of  both  level roads and  mountainous terrain.

 

Q. What are the distances cycled each day?

We will send you this with the detailed itinerary.

 

Q. Are meals included in the package?

Most meals are included. The itinerary will have the details.

 

Q. What do I do if I’m too tired to cycle?

There is a vehicle that accompanies you throughout the trip. You can load the cycle on to carriers  and take a ride it till you are ready to cycle again.

 

Q. Are panniers provided?

No but can do on specific request.

 

Q. Do we have a guide who cycles with us?

Yes, our guide will cycle with you throughout the trip.

 

Q. Do we get to shop  along the way.

Yes, you will get opportunities en-route to do a bit of shopping. However, unless specifically asked for, our guides will not recommend any particular shop. We or our guides do not take commissions on shopping.

 

Q. Do we get to interact with local people?

You will get lot of opportunities to interact with local people and the itinerary specifically designed for such interactions.

Q. Does our visit help the local community in any way?

Yes, Most of the places you would be staying at are in  small homestays, family owned resorts or camps and eco lodges managed by local community members . Your guides are selected from amongst the locals.

 

Q. Are entries into national parks, treks, elephant rides etc. included in the package?

No, all entries and activities will be charged extra but at actuals.

 

Q. Is the water available en-route safe to drink?

We recommend that you drink only the bottled water provided by us or if you are buying water, ensure that the bottle is sealed and has an ISI mark (India Standards Institute).

 

Q. How spicy is the food?

Typically Kerala food is spicy. We ensure that the food we provide is medium spicy unless you ask for bland food. Any special food requirements can be met if sufficient advance notice is given.

 

Q. Do we get an option of vegetarian and non-vegetarian food?

Yes

 

Q.  What is the type of accommodation?

Accommodation  provided is a combination of heritage villas, Eco Lodges & luxury Tents - all with a common thread of excellence in service.  Most are family owned and run with great care and love. Food is a very important part of these journeys and we have ensured that Keralan cuisine is a part of this adventure.  Our prices are based on 'twin-sharing' basis. For those interested, we provide single rooms, but at additional cost.   While staying at the camp we provide all essentials including sleeping bags. A open-air barbeque around  camp fire is another highlight of this adventure.

 

Q. What are the Exclusions ?

                    Insurance  - Please take your own insurance

                    Tips to the guide and driver

                    Personal expenses like beverages, laundry, telephone bills etc..

                    Airport departure taxes (if any)

 

Q.      Do we need a VISA ?

 Yes, visitors to India must obtain a Visa before departure. 

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