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Starts
New Delhi
+10 Destinations
Northern India
Ends
New Delhi
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Start and end in New Delhi! With the bicycle tour Cycling through Rajasthan, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 10 other destinations in India. Cycling through Rajasthan includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
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16
Transportation
Bicycle
Travel style
Bicycle, Adventure

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  • RN
    Written on March 10, 2017
    4.5 - Excellent

    The trip of a lifetime.....fabulous crew and route. All planned and executed so well.
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  • Cycling through Rajasthan reviewer 2
    Written on February 28, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A truly memorable holidayWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Cycling through rural India, visiting local village, cycling through chaotic city traffic and coping with it, with the help of Sanjay and Promod.  The friendliness of all the children and families waving us on even in the remotest of places, there would always be a 'ta ta' springing up from the unlikliest of spots.  Last but not least, being able to see India close up on a bicyle, you really get a feel for the country, rather than viewing it from the TV or other media.What did you think of your group leader?Sanjay and Promod and the rest of the team were outstanding.  Very helpful, always on hand to help and take any questions you may have.  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I was anxious about what I had read regarding cattle in road, barking dogs, the naughty sticks and stones, upset stomachs, but it paled into significance with regard to the whole holiday.  The cattle just roam, they cause no problems, whilst the other incidents were manageabe and very rarely occurred.     Is there anything else you would like to add?I did not expect so many of the roads to be so bumpy and stony in parts for such prolonged periods.  It did not phase most in the group, so it may be due to my not ever cycling off road, as I always cycle on good tarmac roads at home.  

  • Cycling through Rajasthan reviewer 3
    Written on February 28, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A truly memorable holidayWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Cycling through rural India, visiting local village, cycling through chaotic city traffic and coping with it, with the help of Sanjay and Promod.  The friendliness of all the children and families waving us on even in the remotest of places, there would always be a 'ta ta' springing up from the unlikliest of spots.  Last but not least, being able to see India close up on a bicyle, you really get a feel for the country, rather than viewing it from the TV or other media.What did you think of your group leader?Sanjay and Promod and the rest of the team were outstanding.  Very helpful, always on hand to help and take any questions you may have.  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I was anxious about what I had read regarding cattle in road, barking dogs, the naughty sticks and stones, upset stomachs, but it paled into significance with regard to the whole holiday.  The cattle just roam, they cause no problems, whilst the other incidents were manageabe and very rarely occurred.     Is there anything else you would like to add?I did not expect so many of the roads to be so bumpy and stony in parts for such prolonged periods.  It did not phase most in the group, so it may be due to my not ever cycling off road, as I always cycle on good tarmac roads at home.  

  • Cycling through Rajasthan reviewer 4
    Written on February 9, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Cycling through Rajasthan is a fantastic holiday. We saw and experienced so much. Magnificent Palaces, forts and Temples in the cities, and the pace and colour of life in the country. What did you think of your group leader?The leaders were great, Harish led the cycling and Pramod backed up the group. They were with us all day, everyday for the two weeks, and nothing was too much trouble. Harish made it clear from the start if we had any issue, we should raise it with them immediately, and they'd sort it out.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?There was a wide variety of cycling experience amongst our group. There are stretches of straight road through the country where people choose their own pace, and have the opportunity to take lots of fantastic photos - always safe in the knowledge the leader would stop and regroup at every junction, and the backstop leader, and bus were following up if you had a puncture. Long finger gloves for the early morning cycle.Is there anything else you would like to add?Book now!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I loved cycling through the market traffic in Udaipur - everything moving constantly, fairly slowly, but never stopping. The Meherangarh fort in Jodhpur, and the deserted citadel of Fatehpur Sikri were highlights for me. The Taj Mahal is spectacular.

  • Cycling through Rajasthan reviewer 5
    Written on February 9, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Cycling through Rajasthan is a fantastic holiday. We saw and experienced so much. Magnificent Palaces, forts and Temples in the cities, and the pace and colour of life in the country. What did you think of your group leader?The leaders were great, Harish led the cycling and Pramod backed up the group. They were with us all day, everyday for the two weeks, and nothing was too much trouble. Harish made it clear from the start if we had any issue, we should raise it with them immediately, and they'd sort it out.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?There was a wide variety of cycling experience amongst our group. There are stretches of straight road through the country where people choose their own pace, and have the opportunity to take lots of fantastic photos - always safe in the knowledge the leader would stop and regroup at every junction, and the backstop leader, and bus were following up if you had a puncture. Long finger gloves for the early morning cycle.Is there anything else you would like to add?Book now!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I loved cycling through the market traffic in Udaipur - everything moving constantly, fairly slowly, but never stopping. The Meherangarh fort in Jodhpur, and the deserted citadel of Fatehpur Sikri were highlights for me. The Taj Mahal is spectacular.

  • Cycling through Rajasthan reviewer 6
    Written on January 10, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A busy 15 days with plenty of laughs, fantastic guides and amazing sights.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Cycling past smiling laughing children playing together and watching them run across fields just to wave and say hello to you.What did you think of your group leader?Brilliant ! Sanjay and Harish were the best you could wish for and both had an excellent sense of humour. Nothing was too much trouble for them and Harish's passion for his countrys history was very knowlegable and infectious. Sanjays laugh could be heard all round Rajastan and his dancing is a real treat.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you travel over Xmas/ January its very cold and very foggy. Take plenty of warm clothes, i cycled in 8 layers on 2 days, to layer up in the mornings and evenings and warm trousers for your early morning game drive in Sariska ( we had frost). The sun doesn't appear some days till 1030ish and the temperature drops quickly around 4ish. Full cycling gloves as well as fingerless for the cold days and the best padded saddle you can find as theirs are not at all comfortable.  A multi way scarf to cover your head, ears and mouth, to keep you warm and prevent some of the dust and pollution getting in your mouth. Wrap around glasses are a must. Also bring a torch as power cuts happen often. Finally bring plenty of anti bacterial hand gel - this is a must and use it a lot !Be prepared to be a tourist attraction yourself, i lost count of the amount of times our group were asked to be in photos. Is there anything else you would like to add?A brilliant busy holiday with minimal spare time. The cycling is as fast as the team that cycles and the bus is always behind the slowest cyclist so apart from one particular day ( after the Jain Temple) there is no major pressure.The support team are also great and good fun too. You will see some amazing sights, eat lovely food and meet some great people, enjoy the journey :-) 

  • Cycling through Rajasthan reviewer 7
    Written on January 10, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A busy 15 days with plenty of laughs, fantastic guides and amazing sights.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Cycling past smiling laughing children playing together and watching them run across fields just to wave and say hello to you.What did you think of your group leader?Brilliant ! Sanjay and Harish were the best you could wish for and both had an excellent sense of humour. Nothing was too much trouble for them and Harish's passion for his countrys history was very knowlegable and infectious. Sanjays laugh could be heard all round Rajastan and his dancing is a real treat.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you travel over Xmas/ January its very cold and very foggy. Take plenty of warm clothes, i cycled in 8 layers on 2 days, to layer up in the mornings and evenings and warm trousers for your early morning game drive in Sariska ( we had frost). The sun doesn't appear some days till 1030ish and the temperature drops quickly around 4ish. Full cycling gloves as well as fingerless for the cold days and the best padded saddle you can find as theirs are not at all comfortable.  A multi way scarf to cover your head, ears and mouth, to keep you warm and prevent some of the dust and pollution getting in your mouth. Wrap around glasses are a must. Also bring a torch as power cuts happen often. Finally bring plenty of anti bacterial hand gel - this is a must and use it a lot !Be prepared to be a tourist attraction yourself, i lost count of the amount of times our group were asked to be in photos. Is there anything else you would like to add?A brilliant busy holiday with minimal spare time. The cycling is as fast as the team that cycles and the bus is always behind the slowest cyclist so apart from one particular day ( after the Jain Temple) there is no major pressure.The support team are also great and good fun too. You will see some amazing sights, eat lovely food and meet some great people, enjoy the journey :-) 

  • Cycling through Rajasthan reviewer 8
    Written on January 8, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A brilliant trip made special by the group leader and of course the group members. The contrast of city versus rural cycling and daily life is imense but equally attractive in their own way. They cycling is not overly arduous and the chai stops are rewarding and refreshing. Visting a range of attractions (temples, forts, national parks) gives a good feel and overview of Rajasthan.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?For me it was the cycling through the countryside and seeing the daily life of folk. Also listening to Sanjay and Harish talk about their country with immense pride and enthusiam. Very informative.What did you think of your group leader?simply superb. Enthusiatic, calm, curtious, effecient, responsive, organised, interested...every thing you would want in a leader for this trip.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Do some cycling at home, bring some warm clothes if travelling in December/January. If you like spicey food, ask for Indian spicey when ordering. Do not expect a lot of time to your self. The itinerary is a full and there is little time for shopping or strolling around the towns. Do not expect Internet even if advertised in the hotels.Is there anything else you would like to add?This trip is clearly packaged as a two week trip and provides a taste of Rajasthan. A few more days to allow some personal time to explore, e.g. in Pushkar. would be great. It maybe an idea to add a day trip returning to the same hotel and spending two nights somewhere.

  • Cycling through Rajasthan reviewer 9
    Written on January 8, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    A brilliant trip made special by the group leader and of course the group members. The contrast of city versus rural cycling and daily life is imense but equally attractive in their own way. They cycling is not overly arduous and the chai stops are rewarding and refreshing. Visting a range of attractions (temples, forts, national parks) gives a good feel and overview of Rajasthan.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?For me it was the cycling through the countryside and seeing the daily life of folk. Also listening to Sanjay and Harish talk about their country with immense pride and enthusiam. Very informative.What did you think of your group leader?simply superb. Enthusiatic, calm, curtious, effecient, responsive, organised, interested...every thing you would want in a leader for this trip.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Do some cycling at home, bring some warm clothes if travelling in December/January. If you like spicey food, ask for Indian spicey when ordering. Do not expect a lot of time to your self. The itinerary is a full and there is little time for shopping or strolling around the towns. Do not expect Internet even if advertised in the hotels.Is there anything else you would like to add?This trip is clearly packaged as a two week trip and provides a taste of Rajasthan. A few more days to allow some personal time to explore, e.g. in Pushkar. would be great. It maybe an idea to add a day trip returning to the same hotel and spending two nights somewhere.

  • Cycling through Rajasthan reviewer 10
    Written on January 3, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    Not so much a holiday, more of a trip!  It was great to be cycling and to get the fresh air and experience of the countryside although some of the local lads were mischeivious throwing stones as we passed by.  Every day was packed full of experiences and adventure.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The jewellers at Agra where I was allowed to wear the emerald ring made from Mumtaz Mahals crown and other fabulous emerald jewellry made fo royalty. - slumdog millionairress!  No where else in the world would one get this opportunity  certainly not Bond Strret!  This was on our last day where we cycled I the morning, stopping to drink chai from clay cups, bused up to Agra to see the Taj Mahal and then went to the jewellers - what a day! This jeweller also fixed my friends diamond ring bought in Jaipur by replacing the lost diamond - free of charge!What did you think of your group leader?Sanjay was just great! always motivating us and supporting us when cycling especially on the uppy uppies.  Most impressed that he would never accept his dinner until all his guests had received theirs.  An ideal host providingus with rum and coke and great dancer, really getting the diwali party-on-a-bus going. Harish was just as kind and thoughtful and a real companion on the trip.Our coach driver Rauol, his assistant and Michael the mechanic were also very polite, helpful and attentive.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I developed Guyons syndrome aka handle-bar palsy early on the trip and still have not recovered full feeling in my little and ring fingers on each hand, my grip is also weakened.  I would definitely advise cyclists to bring proper padded cycling gloves (I didn't) as the vibration from the rough road surfaces probably induced this condition see http://www.qwinerveprotector.com/BicycleGlove.html. I woud also advise a face mask for cycling through the cities and dusty roads, as I developd a cough/cold and a number of our party developed terrible coughs.  I had booster vaccinations for diptheria and polo and tetanous plus Hep A. I didn't need the anti-biotics the travel clinic at Boots provided (£5) for severe diarohhea but a lady on our trip did (she was on the verge of returning to the UK early) so I would recommend bringing some.  Also, always, always put on the sun tan lotion, anti mosquito lotion and bring plenty of anti-bacterial hand gel.  I had no stomach problems which was always a fear of mine for going to India.Is there anything else you would like to add?This trip was great value for money.  One of our party stayed an extra week and had problems with buses and stayed in a terrible hotel - it really highlighted to me how careful the planning for our trip must have been and to have stayed in (for the most part) clean and comfortable hotels and have no problems with the bus or hotel arrangments really took a lot of hard work.

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Start Jodhpur.
  2. Day 2: Explore Jodhpur by bike.
  3. Day 3: Ride/drive to Ranakpur.
  4. Day 4: Cycle to the lakeside town of Udaipur; evening city tour.
  5. Day 5: Cycle tour around Udaipur.
  6. Day 6: Ride on backroads to the fort of Kumbhalgarh.
  7. Day 7: Ride/drive to Pushkar on quiet roads.
  8. Day 8: Ride/drive to Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, via rural villages and Rupnagar.
  9. Day 9: Optional ride to Nahargarh Fort; Jaipur sightseeing.
  10. Day 10: Ride/drive to Sariska National Park via Pratap Garh.
  11. Day 11: Game drive; optional afternoon ride.
  12. Day 12: Ride/drive to Bharatpur N.P., renowned for its bird sanctuary, later visited by bike.
  13. Day 13: Late morning cycle towards Agra, passing through Fatehpur Sikri; visit the Taj Mahal at sunset.
  14. Day 14: Drive to Delhi; optional Delhi sightseeing.
  15. Day 15: End Delhi.

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  • What do I need to know about this tour?

    Average daily distance: 70km (43 miles). No.of days cycling: 11, we do offer a 100% vehicle support for this tour if there are times you do not feel like riding.

    Terrain and route: Mostly quiet backroads with occasional roads with traffic. All roads are surfaced. This part of India can be very hot. Although this trip is moderately demanding there is plenty of time to explore. The bikes use are Mountain bikes with front suspension. The terrain is mostly flat on this trip it is just the heat and humidity can be difficult to deal with.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 1,486 km.
  • New Delhi (India)
  • 489 km
  • Jodhpur (India)
  • 142 km
  • Ranakpur (India)
  • 60 km
  • Udaipur (India)
  • 64 km
  • Kumbhalgarh (India)
  • 179 km
  • Pushkar (India)
  • 131 km
  • Jaipur (India)
  • 79 km
  • Sariska National Park (India)
  • 105 km
  • Bharatpur (India)
  • 22 km
  • Fatehpur Sikri (India)
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