Away from the busy tourist trail is the rustic and rural Rajasthan. This cycling journey through backroads of Rajasthan explores the small villages nestling happily on the rugged terrains and introduces from close quarters the people who inhabit them. Wrinkled tree thickets, rustic huts with their thatched roofs, drooping camels chewing fodder, women cleaning their courtyards or designing the mud walls with plasters of clay, cow dung and hay and ever-smiling children is what these villages are all about.
This journey is ideal for cyclists looking to explore beyond the iconic monuments, as we uncover the real and un-spoilt rural Rajasthan.
- Tour Cost on Twin-share: US$ 2100 PER PERSON, SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT US$ 376
- Tour Type: GUIDED WITH SUPPORT VEHICLE
- Bike Hire: INCLUDED
- Cycling: 8 DAYS (APPROX 450 KM)
- Tour Start / End: JODHPUR / UDAIPUR
- DATES: Daily Departures in JAN, FEB, MAR, APR, SEP, OCT, NOV, DEC
- Group Size: 2 TO 10 PEOPLE
- Given Below: THE ITINERARY , INCLUSIONS / EXCLUSIONS , HOTEL DETAILS , TRIP NOTES
JODHPUR - CHANDELAO - SARDAR SAMAND - JOJAWAR - RANAKPUR - KUMBHALGARH - UDAIPURRequest Detailed Package
Day 1: Jodhpur
Arrive in Jodhpur today. Founded in 1459, Jodhpur was once the capital of the Marwar State and a major trade centre in the 16th century due to its location on the ancient silk route. (For arrival into Jodhpur, please check our tour notes below)
Day 2: Jodhpur - Chandelao
This morning we will explore the imposing Mehrangarh Fort, one of the largest forts in India. Afterwards, we will cycle to Chandelao. The majestic Chandelao is the ancestral home of the landowners of the area and has been tastefully converted into a heritage hotel. Cycling 40-50 KM.
Day 3: Chandelao
Today we explore the region around Chandelao. This is rural Rajasthan where you will come across Bishnoi hamlets. The unique Bishnoi people are staunch worshippers of nature in all its forms, specially the sanctity of plant and animal life. Around these villages, one can see numerous migratory birds. Cycling 40-50 KM
Day 4: Chandelao - Sardar Samand
Cycle to your next destination, the Sardar Samand Palace. Built in 1933, this lake-side palace is an Art Deco hunting lodge. The countryside with its lively villages and smiling village folk will make you stop by and interact with them. Cycling 40-50 KM
Day 5: Sardar Samand - Jojawar
Cycle to Jojawar. Set amidst the Aravalli hills, this little garrison fort was once a major principality of the Royal house of Marwar. Jojawar is a perfect place for those looking for the old world charm of the princely fiefdoms of yesteryear. Cycling 70-80 KM
Day 6: Jojawar
Today we will cycle around the countryside of Jojawar. The country around Jojawar boasts of very interesting landscapes, with the picturesque Aravalli Hills. The camel herding Rabaris are an ethnic group only to be found around Jojawar and you will cycle to their homesteads. Cycling 40-50 KM
Day 7: Jojawar - Ranakpur
This morning we cycle to Ranakpur. Built in the 15th century, Ranakpur temples are very well preserved and one of the most holy places for Jain pilgrimage. These temples lie in a remote and peaceful valley of the Aravali range. Cycling 60-70 KM
Day 8: Ranakpur - Kumbhalgarh - Udaipur
This morning we cycle to Kumbhalgarh Fort. Cradled in the cluster of mountain peaks of Aravali range, the formidable medieval Kumbhalgarh Fort stands a wary sentinel to the past glory. After visiting Ranakpur, we drive to the historic Udaipur (cycling part of the tour ends today). Cycling 40-50 KM
Day 9: Udaipur
This morning we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Udaipur (non-cycling tour with a culture guide) visiting the City Palace, Sahelion-ki-bari and Jagdish Temple.
Day 10: Udaipur - Onward Journey
Today you will be taken to Udaipur airport for your flight to Delhi or Mumbai to connect with your international flight. We will be pleased to make additional arrangements and suggest things to see and places to stay should you wish to extend your stay in India. This could be a non-cycling tour as well. Ask us for optional add-on tours by writing to us here: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Accommodation on twin-share basis in the mentioned hotels or similar
- 9 Breakfast, 2 Lunch, 2 Dinner
- Arrival and departure transfers with our representative
- An accompanying support vehicle
- An accompanying cycling guide on cycling days
- Bicycle and Helmet
- Entrance fee to monuments
- Bottled water during cycling
- All currently applicable taxes
- Items of personal nature like tips, laundry, telephone calls, drinks, etc
- Any other meals than those mentioned above
- International airfare
- Any insurance coverage
- Airport or VISA fee
- Any extra expenses incurred for reasons beyond our control such as emergency evacuation, natural calamity, etc
- Any other item not specifically mentioned above as INCLUDED
- A SUPPLEMENT, AS CHARGED BY HOTELS, WILL BE APPLICABLE ON TOURS BETWEEN DEC 20 TO JAN 10 AND DURING MAJOR FESTIVALS.
- THESE PRICES ARE VALID TILL APRIL 15, 2019
If any of these are unavailable on your dates of travel, we will substitute them with similar quality accommodation.
Jodhpur: K P Heritage Haveli
Standing at the foot of magnificent Mehrangarh Fort, this is an authentic heritage haveli, lovingly resorted, to serve as a comfortable oasis for present day travelers.
Chandelao: Chandelao Garh
Majestic Chandelao Garh is the ancestral home of the landowners of the area, and has been tastefully converted into a heritage hotel.
Sardar Samand: Palace
Built on the banks of a beautiful lake by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1933, The Sardar Samand Lake Palace is a magnificent Art Deco hunting lodge.
Jojawar: Rawla Jojawar
Set amidst the Aravalli hills, this little garrison fort was once a major principality of the Royal house of Marwar.
Ranakpur: Maharani Bagh Orchard Retreat
Laid out by the Maharani of Jodhpur, this used to be a favorite retreat for the royal family. Built in the late 19th century, it is a peaceful retreat set amidst lovely gardens and orchards.
Udaipur: Swaroop Vilas
Situated opposite Lake Swaroop Sagar, this boutique heritage hotel offers exquisite heritage architecture and all modern conveniences.
- CYCLING: Daily cycling ranges between 50 to 80 kilometres. If any group member wishes to cycle less, they may hop on to the support vehicle for a part of the journey.
- TERRAIN: In Rajasthan most of the roads are asphalt, however, in small villages, the roads are either broken or have been cobbled, thus making it difficult to use road bikes. Mostly along rustic rural lanes where there is little or no traffic, you get to experience rural India at its best. There are occassional stretches of busier roads as well, however, we provide 100% support vehicle to give you a lift if you would rather not ride on these sections. Towards the end of the tour you will gradually ride uphill as you reach Aravalli hills. You will experience Rajasthan countryside firsthand and encounter pink-turbaned men, women carrying fodder in colourful skirts and camel carts plying along the roads.
- WEATHER: January to mid-April and October to December is the best time to cycle in Rajasthan. Average temperatures range from max of 25°C and minimum of 7°C. The desert sun is not so intense and the days are cool and pleasant, perfect for cycling. The mornings and evenings are generally cool and mild, however, January and late December can be very cold. There is no humidity and little or no rain can be expected. May, June, July and August are extremely hot and not recommended for cycling. For detailed travel kit recommendations, please refer to our FAQ section.
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