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Discover the comparatively untread paths of the most popular travel circuits in India on this exotic bike tour of Rajasthan, Agra and Delhi. This trip encompasses all the elements of India that makes it completely unique in its persona. The trip unveils with spellbinding lakes and palaces of Udaipur and traverses through amazingly intricate temples and bucolic villages of Rajsamand; the deserts and forts of Jodhpur; chaotic streets of Jaipur; bird and tiger sanctuaries of Bharatpur and Sariska; the Taj Mahal, and ends at Delhi with the Aravalli range of mountains throughout the backdrop of the tour.

Enjoy two weeks with us as we glide through all the views and points of culture that the highlights of India have to offer. Check our itinerary below for a day-by-day breakdown of all the amazing places we will experience!

Highlights:

  • Ride past some of the most exotic city landscapes
  • Eternal beauty of Taj Mahal Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary - regarded as one of the most amazing in the world
  • Admire historical stalwarts: weathered forts and breathtaking temples
  • Meander through the chaotic markets of Jaipur and Jodhpur
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Udaipur can be a jumble of sights, sounds and smells but is an absolute must for travelers. On the first day of the trip, our guide meets at your hotel at 13:00, and we cover some Udaipur highlights - a guided walk of the City Palace. The City Palace is enclosed in a large complex on the banks of Lake Pichola and has many more palaces inside. Enjoy walking the old market and eating street food at Paliwal Kachori, take an amazing cooking class with Sashi or a boat ride in the Pichola Lake. We convene tonight at dinner, next to the beautiful lake, to celebrate the start of a fabulous cycling journey. Meals: Dinner
Today we explore the 'City of lakes' on a short half day long loop on a bike, swerving to untreated nooks and corners through the beautiful rural countryside and absorbing this historic capital of Mewar at your own pace. A colorful landscape unfolds here with brightly clothed village women. Here you can see a typical hamlet of Rajasthan with people busy with farming. We get to discover kingfisher, langoors, cows, goats, peacocks along the way and a chance to take a refreshing ride around Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar and Badi Lake. In the evening, we recommend you to enjoy enthralling cultural show organized at Bagore Ki Haveli. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Distance cycled: 40km / 24mi
This day we start early and take a shuttle for a short distance and ride to the next town of Kumbhalgarh. This is the most scenic ride of the trip as you climb the Aravalis, maneuver through the rolling hills and cycle past a Dhonk (Anogeissus Pendula) strewn topography. The plant adds a spattering of color to the pale brown stretches along the way. Kumbalgarh is yet another historic fort town from the 15th century. In the evening, we climb the rugged Kumbalgarh Fort, surrounded by a 35km wall with 365 temples within. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance cycled: 50km / 30mi Shuttle: 1hr
Another beautiful day on a bike through the dense forest and undulating stretches takes you close to the Aravalis and later to the famous Ranakpur Jain Temple here. After you have rested and had lunch, use this time to see the magnificent temple. Made of marble, the temple is an intricate artwork of local craftsmen; do not miss two of the most exquisite carvings here - one made out of a single marble rock, which showcases 108 snakes and 1444 pillars, which will leave you awestruck. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance cycled: 50km / 30mi* Shuttle: 1hr
We start cycling early this day across lush millet vegetation and carpets of yellow mustard fields. The ride remains largely flat. You can enjoy the vistas with ease and look forward to your stay at the Sardar Samand Palace. An erstwhile hunting lodge, the palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1933. Set in tranquil surroundings of a lake, the low lying Aravalli hill ranges visible in the distance, and vast shrubby forests teeming with wildlife, the heritage resort is a great stop. Here you can relax in the comfort of a pool with peacocks strutting by the side or if you feel you still have the legs, take a walk around the property spread over hundreds of acres of land. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance cycled: 50km / 30mi* Shuttle: 1hr
On the last day of the ride, we make our way towards the fabled blue city of Jodhpur. We ride through a quiet and narrow backroad that offers ample opportunities for spotting wild animals like the black buck, blue bulls and if we're lucky, the shy but extremely graceful Indian Gazelle too. As we ride past swaying masses of yellow mustard and wheat, run into hordes of camels and goats as well as friendly villagers always happy to pose for a photograph or two. Along the way, we stop by for a lunch at the village homestay, Chandelao Garh and later shuttle to Jodhpur. We arrive at Jodhpur and visit the towering Mehrangarh Fort, a key highlight of Jodhpur, looms over the city from a small hill and can be seen from everywhere. The rest of the evening is free and you can spend as per your plan visiting a local market or spending quiet time at nearby rooftop restaurants Note: An audio-guided tour of Mehrangarh Fort is organized here. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Distance cycled: 45km / 27mi Shuttle: 1hr
We take an early morning train (06:05 - 10:50) from Jodhpur to Jaipur. In the afternoon, we take an Arts & Crafts Walk with our local expert Vineet, in pink city bazaar, to get up close and personal with the life of Jaipur. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Train: 4.5hrs
We start a trip of the pink city of Jaipur with the famous fortress of Kacchawaha kings at Amber. Large courtyards, intricate carvings on formidable structure and nuances of Rajput rule can be seen in the fort overlooking the Maota Lake. If you're up for a walk, take a tunnel to Jaigarh Fort. The rest of the day is at leisure. Jaipur is the erstwhile capital of the ruling Kacchawahas in the early eighteenth century. We recommend to take a walk in the old city and experience the delightful ancient markets at ease. Hawa Mahal and the numerous bazaars selling bright textiles and silver are worth every hour spent. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
This day we start early in the morning and ride past small villages, mountainous and greener landscape. The ride is undulating and gives a chance to witness the rural life around Jaipur from close quarters. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance cycled: 50km / 30mi
We cycle towards the forest of Sariska, through the amazing Aravalli hills, lakes and past Bhangarh Fort, the most haunted place in India. Today is an amazing trail for biking. We will continue cycling to Sariska National Park, a favorite haunt of wildlife buffs and professional wildlife photographers from around the world. The topography of Sariska supports scrub-thorn arid forests, rocky landscapes, dry deciduous forests, rocks, grasses and hilly cliffs. The park is famous for its Bengal Tigers, one of the most magnificent animals of India, which has long fascinated people with its awesome power and beautifully striped coat. It is the first tiger reserve in the world to have successfully relocated tigers. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance cycled: 45km / 27mi Shuttle: 1.5hrs
We take a gorgeous bike loop around Sariska in the morning and later in the afternoon, spend a day searching for tigers and other animals into the wildlife. Apart from the Bengal Tiger, the reserve includes many species of wildlife, such as the leopard, jungle cat, caracal, striped hyena, golden jackal, chital, sambhar, nilgai, chinkara, four-horned antelope, wild boar, hare, hanuman langur, Rhesus monkeys. Sariska is also ethereal for bird watchers with some of the rarest feathered species like Grey Partridge, White-throated kingfisher, Indian peafowl, Bush Quail, Sandgrouse, Treepie, Golden-backed Woodpecker, Crested serpent eagle and the Indian eagle-owl. Please note Sariska Park is open only during Oct-Mar. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance cycled: 50km / 30mi Shuttle: 30min
Begin the day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel, then set off on a bike ride through the picturesque countryside, chequered with mustard fields and millet farms to the Bharatpur. On the way, we make a stop at Abhaneri for lunch and visit Chand Baori, one of the largest stepwell built over a thousand years ago in the Abhaneri village of Rajasthan. Later in the evening, we explore the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary on a bike, famous for avifauna sanctuary that plays host to thousands of birds, where you have an opportunity to interact with the local guide and gain greater insight into the bird lives. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance cycled: 45km / 27mi Shuttle: 2hrs
People who love birds have another chance this morning to explore the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. In the late morning, we take a transfer to the Agra for a visit of Taj Mahal. We have a good half-day to visit one of the most awesome and extravagant monuments ever built - the Taj Mahal. It was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife in 1631-1653, with thousands of semiprecious stones inlaid. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Delhi hoards centuries of history, remnants of which, lie unassumingly in all parts of the city. Weathered monuments mingle with modern life seamlessly. Plan your own day today, if you have time. We recommend you to take a walk in the old city, an area called Chandni Chowk. Old crumbling houses precariously line the edge of narrow streets while old wires obstruct your view of the sky here with so much going on in one place, yet the warmth and acceptance of the area is heart-warming. If you have an appetite for street food, we recommend a bite of the oily parathas, kachoris, lassi and some tea. Meals: Breakfast
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