Palace of Winds or Hawa Mahal in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Photo via Flickr:Travis Wise

Amber Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Photo via Flickr:Juan Antonio F. Segal

Palaces and Fortresses of Rajasthan, India

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Biking through the colors of the Rajasthan State

  • Cycling in Rajasthan, India, is not only a bike tour through unsurpassed color, but is a feast for all the senses. It is India's largest state and some say, its most romantic. Even the name, Rajasthan, invokes mystery. Here you will find all that you would expect of exotic India and some that you hoped you would not. Rajasthan is India at its vibrant best but is also India at its infamous frenetic worse with the pulsating energy, crowds, and, of course, noise of Delhi.

    Away from the city, fairytale palaces and epic forts testify to the legacy of the Rajput warriors and Mughal emperors, pastel cities and multi-colored turbans and textiles paint the experience. Local crafts and fine arts, developed and nurtured through history, delight.

    Here, you will find the old and the new. Village life remains steeped in tradition but, just like the rest of India, the pace of change is accelerating.

    The wildlife adds to this exotic adventure as Rajasthan is the habitat of tigers and leopards.

    Trip highlights:

    • Cycling in the heart of Rajasthan through villages, Indian countryside, tribal areas, and forests
    • Cycling safari in leopard land
    • Accomodations in heritage palaces and forts
    • Sightseeing of historical monuments
    • Fully guided by local cycling-escort with full back-up and support van.

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  • Main tour - 14 days/13 nights

     
    2 - 4 people £ 2025 $ 3,229 2144 NOK 21258 kr 19623 $ 2,551
    5 - 7 people £ 1616 $ 2,577 1711 NOK 16967 kr 15662 $ 2,036
    8 - 11 people £ 1505 $ 2,400 1593 NOK 15800 kr 14585 $ 1,896
    10 - 14 people £ 1417 $ 2,261 1501 NOK 14883 kr 13738 $ 1,786
    Single room supplement £ 489 $ 780 518 NOK 5133 kr 4738 $ 616

    Extension to Agra - 2 days/1 night

     
    Twin/double £ 194 $ 309 205 NOK 2033 kr 1877 $ 244
    Single supplement £ 44 $ 70 46 NOK 458 kr 423 $ 55

    extra options

    Extra night in Delhi (Radisson Blue or similar hotel airport) 
    Twin/double £ 91 $ 146 97 NOK 958 kr 885 $ 115
    Single room supplement £ 44 $ 70 46 NOK 458 kr 423 $ 55

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Indira Gandhi International Airport located in Palam, Delhi, India.

    Local Travel

    Airport transfers are included with your tour.

    Climate

    The climate in India keeps varying as per the latitude, altitude and season. In Rajasthan, the climate varies due to its topography. It is the driest region in India. Rajasthan is located in the north western part of India and thus, it is more prone to different climatic changes. While the western part of Rajasthan is dry and infertile, the southwestern part is hilly and wet. Broadly speaking, Rajasthan has a tropical desert climate and the tour dates are scheduled to take advantage of the best time for active touring.


Where You’ll Stay

Boutique and upscale hotels are offered on this exotic tour.

What’s Included

  • All Meals included as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Refreshments and snacks with water while on the road
  • Standard double room in all hotels
  • Breakfasts and dinners included at hotels
  • Airfare from Delhi to Udaipur (Economy class)
  • Bicycles and helmets
  • Private transfer in air-conditioned vehicle
  • Profesional English speaking guide
  • Jeep Safari in Bera and Bicycle Safari
  • Entrance fees to all sites written in the program
  • Boating in Udaipur
  • 24 hour service hotline
  • Tourist taxes and port fees

What’s Not Included

  • Tips
  • Personal expenses and personal gear
  • Alcoholic beverages

Extra Stay

2 day/1 night extension to Agra is possible. See itinerary and pricing.

TourBike
TypeGuided
SkillModerate
Length14–15 days
From$1786 Rates
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Tour Dates

2017:
November 19, and December 3, 2017. 

2018:
Sundays: January 21, February 18, and March 18, 2017.

We can accommodate bookings on other dates as well. Just ask!  Do note that the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.

Skill Level

This fully guided and fully supported tour is rated moderate and includes three to five hours of activity a day, elevation gains, longer distances, and uneven terrain.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Palaces and Fortresses of Rajasthan, India Map

Day 1: Arrive Delhi
Individual arrival at New Delhi’s Airport. Our local representative will meet you, transfer you to your first hotel, and assist you with check-in formalities. The transfer takes about 30 minutes.

Delhi is India’s capital and a major gateway to the country. The first impressions for any visitor traveling in from the airport are of a spacious, tree lined "garden city", with a number of beautiful parks. However, this is also a  bustling metropolis, combining the ancient with the modern. In the shadows of the towering skyscrapers, you will find the remnants of a bygone era. The ancient monuments stand as silent reminders of the region’s  legacy. (D)

Accommodation: Luteyns Bungalow

Day 2: Delhi
Today you will enjoy a full day in Delhi. You will first visit Old Delhi with a visit to Raj Ghat, a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. Later, you will drive pass Red Fort and thereafter, visit Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques. You will also enjoy a rickshaw ride through Old Delhi’s busy and narrow lanes. Then, from the old to the new  you will be driven to New Delhi, which reflects the legacy the British left behind.

The difference between New and Old Delhi is the division between the capitals of the British and the Mughals respectively. The contrasts between the walled city and New Delhi also marks the division in the life-styles. Within the walls, the colors of the past can be experienced. New Delhi, in contrast, is a modern and bustling city.

The tour of Imperial Delhi will include a drive pass Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President’s residence and parliament building, followed by a photo stop at the imposing India Gate. Later you will visit Humayun’s tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor Humayun. Before returning  to your hotel you will also visit Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Luteyns Bungalow
Activity: Full day sightseeing in Delhi (By Car)

Day 3: Delhi to Udaipur (By Flight)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transfered to Delhi Airport for an early morning flight to romantic Udaipur in Rajasthan. On arrival, our local representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. After lunch, you are taken on a half-day tour of Udaipur. Lakeside Udaipur, the ‘City of Sunrise’, is set amidst the Aravali hills of south Rajasthan. Its enchanting ensemble of marble palaces, historic temples, placid lakes, landscaped gardens and green hills, will enchant.  Stroll around Fatehsagar Lake and through the lively market before returning to the hotel.  (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Udai kothi 
Activity: Sighseeing

Day 4: Udaipur, 13 mi. (21 km)
After breakfast, your first cycling tour begins leading around the lake and the countryside to the outskirts.  The tour is a delightful blend of scenery where you’ll get to experience the historic old city as well as the picturesque countryside, with minimum traffic to deal with. You will pass through pretty villages and cycle along the banks of splendid lakes in and around Udaipur. Most of the ride is fairly level but you will also experience some small  but challenging hills. The stunning views are worth the effort. 

Later, you will  enjoy a two-hour boat-ride on Lake Pichola, visiting many of the ghats (banks) where ablutions and meditation take place, and enjoy excellent views of the Lake Palace and City Palace.  (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Udai kothi 
Transfer: 1hr, 20 mi
Activity: Cycling 13 mi. 

Day 5: Udaipur to Ghanerao,  27 mi. (43 km) 
After all the sightseeing and leisure biking, you will be ready today for the action to begin.  Be sure to eat a good breakfast at the hotel because you’re going to need all that energy for cycling from Udaipur to Ghanerao.  (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Ghanerao Castle 
Transfer: 50 mi 
Activity: 27 mi cycling through tribal areas, jungles, and hills
Total ascent: 1246 metres
Total descent: 1433 metres

Day 6: Ghanerao to Bera, 31 mi. (50 km)
Bera is today's destination. It is a small beautiful hamlet in Rajasthan where nomadic Rabari herdsmen are as much a part of the earth's tales as the mysterious felines that grace the hills and vanish at will into the folds. This is a land where pastoral fields meet and merge with wild grasslands and the swells of the Jawai Dam lap at the base of mighty granite forms. 

Hidden in the belly of Rajasthan, Bera is also known as leopard country, boasting of a considerable number of leopards (but very few tourists.)  To photograph leopards in Bera is on the to do list of every wild lifer. It has a classic landscape with Aravalli hills dotted with scrub-land vegetation such as cactus and keekar, and caves which provide a perfect habitat for leopards. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Bera Safari Lodge
Activity: 31 mi cycling from Ghanerao + Cycling safari for 10-12 mi.
Total ascent: 225 metres
Total descent: 279 metres

Day 7:  Bera
Today is a day packed adventure.

In the morning you are offered an early morning ride to Jawai Dam, a large reservoir and home to various species of birds. The Jawai dam is situated in Pali District of Rajasthan, built by Maharaja Umaid Singh of Jodhpur, it is the biggest dam in the western Rajasthan. This is a winter paradise for migratory birds, and holds a great diversity of birdlife both resident and migratory, with over 150 documented species. Lesser seen species include cranes, pelicans, flamingos and a stunning diversity of waterfowls.  As well as birds, there are also crocodiles in its waters!  This ride will also be available post lunch for late risers. 

Your ride to the local villages includes Rajasthan’s colorful rural belt. Jawai is a land of antiquity, wellness, adventure and mystery. It is also the home of the fascinating Rabri herdsman who have shared this land with wildlife for many centuries and continue to link the wildlife and local culture. You will embark upon a wonderful rural village excursion to see how the culture is associated with the wildlife conservation in the neighborhood. 

In the evening, there is opportunity to go for another safari to the scrub forest of Bera to spot the spotted predator, but this time by jeep. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Bera Safari Lodge
Activity: 18 miles cycling to and from Jawai dam + Village cycling about 17 mi + Jungle safari by jeep.
Total ascent: 74 metres
Total descent: 114 meters

Day 8:  Bera to Rohet, 27 mi.  (43 km)
An early morning safari is your last chance to spot the majestic big cat in its natural environment. You can embark on a jeep safari at dawn or choose to sleep and get up late.  The ones who opt for the safari will be back in time for breakfast. After breakfast and a transfer, the flat but ruggged cycling route leads  to Rohet.  Lunch will be a picnic at some scenic place on the way, maybe under a tree shade, where there are possibilities to spot some deer, black buck, and antelopes.  You will pass  through a few Bishnoi villages before you reach Rohet. 

After you check-in & freshening up, your day will end with a lovely dinner and some live folk music. (B,L, D)

Accommodation: Rohetgarh 
Transfer: 2 hrs, 56 mi
Activity: 27 mi cycling

Day 9:  Rohet to Jodhpur, 29 miles (46.4 km)
Your destination is Jodhpur which is one of the most distinctive among the many princely settlements of Rajasthan. Countless tales of courage speak of a 500 year old history and a culture which take pride in its strength and valor.

It is called the Gateway to Thar, as it is literally on the edge of the Thar desert. It is also called the Sun City as the sun shines (very bright and hot!) almost every day of the year.

After lunch visit the Mehrangarh fort of Jodhpur.  

The Mehrangarh fort stands witness to many battles. Learn about the intensely captivating history as you wander through the city. In an area prone to droughts, the shades of blue give a sense of relief. Look down from the fort at the soothing colors in sight, shimmering like a lake, an oasis, stuff that make the dreams of a desert people.

Jodhpur is also known as the Blue City, an apt name as most houses in the old city are shades of blue (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Ajit Bhawan
Activity: 29 miles cycling, Fort visit
Total ascent: 168 metres
Total descent: 143 metres

Day 10: Jodhpur to Khejarla, 46 mi. (52 miles)
Again a mixture of cycling and drive, start after breakfast and drive to some distance and then cycle to the Khejrala fort which is a 400-year-old Fort. The stunning red sandstone monument is a mesmerizing example of the architecture of the Rajputs. The rugged exterior contradicts an inner paradise with a striking blend of art and architecture leaving one with a magnificent aura! The spellbound grandeur of the Fort offers picturesque settings, latticework friezes, and intricate Jharokas that at once transports you back in time to experience the majesty of a long-gone era of valour and chivalry.   The historic structure amalgamates with the golden tint of the desert an ambience and the scenic setting suns in its most vibrant shades giving it a fairy tale appearance. Situated in a quiet and serene setting, Khejarla Fort carries a deep history and offers guests all the charisma and grandeur of an exclusive royal experience. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Fort Khejrala 
Activity: 26 miles cycling
Transfer: 26 mi., 1 hr
Total ascent: 320 metres
Total descent: 246 metres

Day 11: Khejarla to Jaipur, 32 mi.  (51 km)
This part of the tour involves more driving than cycling, because you have to cover a long distance. You will leave fort Khejrala after breakfast and depart for Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan state. Jaipur, the pink city, was founded in 1727 AD by Maharaja Jai Singh II who ruled from 1699-1744. Initially his capital was Amber, which lies at a distance of 11kms from Jaipur. After several battles with Marathas, Jai Singh was keen on the security aspect of the city. Due to this reason, he focused on his scientific and cultural interests to make a brilliant city. Being, a lover of mathematics and science, Jai Singh sought advice from Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, a Brahmin scholar of Bengal, to aid him design the city architecture. Vidyadhar referred the ancient Indian literature on astronomy, books of Ptolemy and Euclid, and discussed the plan with the King. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Alsisar Haveli 
Activity: 32 miles cycling
Transfer: 138 mi., 3 Hr
Total ascent: 1489 metre
Total descent: 1349 metre

Day 12: Jaipur
First on the agenda is a morning excursion to the amazing Amber Fort by jeep, which imperiously looks down on the city from atop the Hill of Eagles. You don’t just come here for the views – to step inside the fort is to step back in time to the splendors of the Mughal Empire and the Raj. (If an elephant sounds uncomfortable, you can go up by Jeep.) 

The fort’s forbidding exterior belies the beautiful fusion of art and architecture behind the ramparts. Highlights include the Kali Temple, famous for its huge silver lions, and the Hall of Public Audiences, where the maharaja received the petitions of his subjects. The hall features a double row of columns each capped by an elephant shape. Back in Jaipur, a sightseeing tour takes us to see the City Palace, the adjacent Palace of Winds, the Jantar Mantar observatory, a batik fabric print works and more. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Alsisar Haveli 
Activity: Local Sightseeing

Day 13:  Jaipur to Delhi (or extension. See below.)
After a leisurely and relaxed breakfast, drive back to Delhi and arrive by afternoon. Stay near the airport and catch a Bollywood Musical over farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Plaza 
Transfer: 167 miles

Day 14: Delhi departure 
You will be transferred to the airport to catch your onward flight.

End of Main Tour

 Extension

Day 13:  Jaipur to Agra
After breakfast, a 4 1/2 hour transfer will take you to Agra. En route, visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city, built by the Great Mughai Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry. It remains today in much the same condition that it was 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and was once a city larger than London. Now it is an extraordinary place to explore! (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Grand Imperial
Activity: Local sightseeing

Day 14: Agra to Delhi
In early morning, you will  set out for a  sunrise tour of the monument dedicated to love from an Emperor to his queen, the legendary Taj Mahal.

Agra Fort, the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire under successive generations, is on the agenda for later.  This was the seat of Mughal rule and administration and the present structure owes its origins to Akbar who erected the walls and gates and the first buildings on the eastern banks of Yamuna River. Shah Jehan added the impressive quarters and the mosque while Aurangzeb added the outer ramparts. You will visit its Hall of Public Audience and its Royal Pavilions.

After lunch, transfer back to Delhi and arrive by evening.  (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Plaza
Activity: Local Sightseeing
Transfer: 145 mi – 4 Hrs.

Day 15: Delhi Departure
Your wonderful adventure ends. Included is a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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