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Backroads of Rajasthan

(6 Nights / 7 Days)

  • Tour Cost on Twin-share US$ 1375 PER PERSON OWN ROOM SURCHARGE: US$ 200
  • Tour Type GUIDED WITH SUPPORT VEHICLE
  • Bike Hire INCLUDED
  • Cycling 6 DAYS (APPROX 350 KM)
  • Tour Start / End JAIPUR
  • Departure Dates DAILY: JAN, FEB, MAR, APR, SEP, OCT, NOV, DEC (Supplement applicable on tours between Dec 20 and Jan 10)
  • Group Size 2 TO 8 PEOPLE
  • Given Below THE ITINERARY,INCLUSIONS / EXCLUSIONS,HOTEL DETAILS,TRIP NOTES

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.


THE ITINERARY

PICK UP FROM JAIPUR - SAWARDA (2 NIGHTS), KISHANGARH (1 NIGHT), ROOPANGARH (1 NIGHT), SHEKHAWATI (2 NIGHT), DROP BACK TO JAIPUR






Day 1: Jaipur - Sawarda

Today we will pick you from your hotel in Jaipur and we will cycle to Sawarda. Fort Sawarda has a proud history and has witnessed some of the important milestones in the history of the region. Cycling 60 KM. (For arrival into Jaipur, please check our tour notes below)

Day 2: Sawarda
Cycle to Sambhar Lake in a loop ride. Enmeshed in history, unique in beauty and rich in salt, the Lake remains nature's blessing to arid Rajasthan. A network of narrow gauge trains transport salt from the lake to the processing plant. Cycling 50 KM.







Day 3: Sawarda - Kishangarh

Cycle to Kishangarh. Located in the heart of Rajasthan, Kishangarh offers the very best of Rajasthan's heritage and culture. The majestic fort of Kishangarh, where you will spend the night, has a 17th century moat as its backdrop and faces the vast rain fed Gundalao Lake in front. Cycling 50 KM

Day 4: Kishangarh - Roopangarh
Today we cycle to the nearby Roopangarh Palace which was built in AD 1648. Originally a nine turreted Fort, it has been built added on by several generations. The town reflects the spirit of a lesser known India. Cycling 40-50 KM






Day 5: Roopangarh - Ramgarh (Shekhawati)

Cycle to Ramgarh. Nestled in the Shekhawati region – the "open air art gallery of Rajasthan" – and surrounded by rolling sand dunes, lies the enchanting town of Ramgarh. Total distance 90 KM (cycling as desired).

Day 6: Ramgarh (Shekhawati)
Shekhawati is filled with some of the most captivating painted havelis (mansions) - built by rich business families more than a century ago. Explore some of these havelis that are covered with an incredible variety of frescoes, depicting religious, secular, Persian and British colonial designs and motifs. Cycling 40-50 KM







Day 7: Ramgarh - Jaipur

This morning you will be transferred back to Jaipur

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: contact@indiaonbicycle.com










INCLUSIONS:

  • Accommodation on twin-share basis in the mentioned hotels or similar
  • 6 Breakfast
  • Entrance fees to cultural site visit in the itinerary
  • All cycling arrangements: An accompanying air-conditioned support vehicle, An accompanying Cycling Guide, Cycles, Spares for cycles, Bottled Water + Soft Drinks + Snacks during Cycling
  • All currently applicable taxes


EXCLUSIONS:

  • 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
  • Camera charges at monuments
  • 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


NOTES:

  • A SUPPLEMENT, AS CHARGED BY HOTELS, WILL BE APPLICABLE ON TOURS BETWEEN DEC 20 TO JAN 10.
  • THESE PRICES ARE VALID TILL APRIL 15, 2017


HOTELS :

This is the backroads of Rajasthan, a less visited, off-the-beaten-track region, where there are a large number of heritage hotels built centuries ago. These heritage hotels are some of the finest reasonable priced hotels that have been chosen by us for their levels of quality and value for money. To be considered for inclusion in our tours, a hotel must adhere to strict quality standards and hospitality. We do not pass cheap hotels as Standard category hotels.

If any of these are unavailable on your dates of travel, we will substitute them with similar quality accommodation.


Sawarda: Fort Sawarda

A beautiful boutique hotel nestled in old world charm, ideally located to the main attractions of the city.

Room: Standard

Hotel Website...




Kishangarh: Phool Mahal Palace

Phool Mahal Palace has an enviable location. The majestic Kishangarh Fort with its 17th century moat is its backdrop and it faces the vast rain fed Gundalao Lake in front.

Room: Standard

Hotel Website...




Roopangarh: Roopangarh Fort

The majestic Fort stands like a sentinel, surveying the passage of time - 350 years have come and gone and many a stone records facts of its past.

Room: Standard

Hotel Website...





Ramgarh (Shekhawati): Ramgarh Frescoe)

A beautifully restored old haveli (mansion) with lovely frescoes. It is ideally located to explore the entire Shekhawati region.

Room: Suite

Hotel Website...







Trip Notes:

  • CYCLING: Daily cycling ranges between 50 to 80 kilometres. Instead of giving a certain number of kilometres each day, we mention total distances between the destinations and leave the choice of cycling distances to our guests as capabilities and interests vary. The remaining distance can be covered in the support vehicle.
  • 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 few 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. 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 end September 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.
  • HOW TO REACH: Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is accessible by flights from Mumbai and by flights and trains from Delhi. We recommend that you arrive into Delhi, stay couple of nights, and then take an early morning train to Jaipur. A day trip to Agra is also possible from Delhi. Do write to us for options and we will be happy to offer free travel advice or make pre / post travel arrangements for you.

For booking or other queries, please write to us at: contact@indiaonbicycle.com