Rajasthan cycling tour

Cycling in India

India is an incredible destination for adventure travel and one of the best ways to discover it by bike, so we have put together a little taste of what you can expect if you embarked on a cycling tour of Rajasthan.

As well as the tour itself, there’s loads to see and do in this amazing country – the  elephants in Bandhavgarh, the stunning mountains in Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh, sunrise at the Taj in Agra, the stunning coastline of Goa and of course the fabulous Indian food. Your cycling adventure in India will be an unforgettable and amazing experience.

Rajasthan cycling tour

Your cycling adventure starts at Jodhpur taking you to the lakeside city of Udaipur, and then on to the holy town of Pushkar. After leaving the desert scenery the ride will take you to the town of Jaipur, overlooked by the Amber Palace, before visiting Ranthambore and the chance to see a tiger – one of the ultimate experiences for anyone visiting India. The cycle finishes at the world famous Taj Mahal palace – the most apt place to round off a fantastic trip.

Day-to-day Rajasthan itinerary

Day 1 – Flight to Delhi

Fly to Delhi and enjoy a rest day exploring the amazing sights and cuisine of the Indian capital before your cycling adventure begins.

Day 2 – Delhi to Jodhpur

Day two is spent relaxing again in Delhi with a morning cycle tour of New Delhi and an afternoon guided tour of Old Delhi. In the evening you will take an overnight train to Jodhpur where the real adventure will begin.

Day 3 – Rest day in Jodhpur

The overnight train arrives in Jodhpur in the morning. You can then relax before an enjoyable afternoon cycle tour, which includes seeing the magnificent Mehangarh Fort, offering great views of Jodhpur town below.

Day 4 – Jodphur to Udaipur

Enjoy your first day of proper cycling as you head to the stunning lakeside town of Udaipur via the majestic 15th century Jagdish temple at Ranakpur.

Day 5 – Cycle tour of Udaipur

This is a magical day spent cycling around the ancient Hindu capital of Udaipur and the surrounding area including visiting the City Palace and Jagdish Temple.

Day 6 – Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh

Day six is a pleasant day spent cycling to the fort of Kumbhalgarh, where you’ll enjoy the stunning scenery and the views that the fort commands over the surrounding area.

Day 7 – Kumbhalgarh to Pushkar

After breakfast, day seven is a short day of cycling on back roads, and when the bikes can take no more, 4x4s transport you and your bike to the holy town of Pushkar for a well-earned rest and a fantastic meal. The optional walk to the hilltop temple to watch the sunset is highly recommended – that’s if your legs can take it.

Day 8 – Pushkar to Jaipur

The roads out of Pushkar are unsuitable for bikes so you set off after breakfast in the 4x4s. Your transport drops you off for the remainder of the ride, passing through rural villages, to Jaipur which is the capital of the Rajasthan region.

Day 9 – Cycle sightseeing tour of Jaipur

Day nine is a very pleasant day exploring the ancient town of Jaipur by bike. You’ll get to see the city palace, the observatory of Jai Singh and The Palace of the Winds before settling down with some welcome local cuisine.

Day 10 – Jaipur to Ranthambore National Park

From Jaipur there is a short ride in the 4x4s again before the ride to Ranthambore National Park.

Day 11 – Wildlife spotting Ranthambore National Park

Today is an amazing day spent in 4x4s so you can spot some wildlife … and hopefully an elusive tiger. Ranthambore National Park is world famous for its wildlife, and is one of the best places in the world to spot these amazing creatures. The park has a huge diversity of fauna and flora and if you are not lucky enough to spot a tiger you won’t be disappointed as there is plenty of other wildlife including Sambar, Gazzelle, and the majestic Monitor Lizards. Dawn and dusk offer the best times for an opportunity to spot the wildlife and the rest of the day is spent relaxing or exploring the local area.

Day 12 – Ranthambore National Park to Bharatpur National Park

4x4 transport takes you and your bikes from Ranthambore National Park towards Bharatpur National Park. Your transport drops you off so you can cycle the remainder of the way to Bharatpur National Park, ready for another day of amazing wildlife spotting tomorrow.

Day 13 – Wildlife spotting Bharatpur National Park

Bharatpur National Park is one of the finest bird reserves in the world and offers protection to many native water birds as well as migratory birds which spend their winter in Bharatpur. The morning is spent exploring the bird sanctuary by bike with a free afternoon to rest and reflect on an amazing trip and the highlight yet to come … the Taj Mahal.

Day 14 – Bharatpur National Park to Agra

After enjoying the wildlife highlights of the two previous days you cycle from Bharatpur National Park to Agra passing through Fatehpur Sikri, an ancient deserted royal city. Fatehpur Sikri was once the political capital of India's Mughal Empire under Akbar's reign (from 1571 until 1585) when the city was abandoned due to lack of water. Visit Emperor Akbar's palace complex, mosque and tomb before continuing your ride to Agra.

Day 15 – Agra to Delhi

Today is spent relaxing after your cycle tour and visiting the Red Fort before ending your trip at one of the world’s most famous buildings … the Taj Mahal. From Agra you will be transferred to Delhi where you can relax and celebrate the end of an amazing adventure.

Day 16 – Flight home from Delhi

How to get to Delhi

We recommend booking this trip through a reputable cycling tour operator. Due to the large distances and terrain covered it is advisable to have knowledgeable guides as well as all of your accommodation booked in advance. For a real adventure and to save some money you could of course book some flights to Delhi and try to arrange guides and accommodation yourself but using a reputable cycling tour operator is the safer option.

Cost considerations for the Rajasthan cycling tour

Your 16-day cycling tour in the Rajasthan area tour price should include:
  • Return flights
  • Applicable departure taxes
  • All airport transfer and holiday transport costs
  • All accommodation
  • All meals
  • Cycling tour leader and full support crew
  • Luggage transfers
  • All cycling equipment and basic medical kits

Who can do this cycling tour of Rajasthan?

This 16-day cycling tour is an adventure suitable to relatively fit individuals who are able to cycle for approximately five to six hours in a day. Some of the days are quite long, and depending on the time of year, the cycling can be strenuous and hot, so it's really important that you ensure your body is ready for the challenge and you drink plenty of water en-route too.

Regardless of your age or fitness, it is always good advice to have a full medical check-up before deciding on whether or not to embark on a cycling challenge in India.

Medical considerations for the cycling tour

Always consult your doctor for a list of all the medical requirements before setting off on your adventure activity holiday.
  • For India you should have typhoid and hepatitis A vaccinations.
  • A rabies vaccination is also recommended but this is not a nessesity.
  • Allow about six to eight weeks before your travel date to start all of your vaccinations.
  • Anti-malaria tablets are also required.
  • Make sure you start taking your anti-malarial drugs before you travel and after you return home as per the instructions.
  • It is a good idea to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes by wearing long sleeve tops and trousers at night as well as using insect sprays containing DEET.
  • Finally, make sure your tetanus and polio jabs are up to date.

When you have arrived in India, make sure you have at least one rest day after your flight to recover from any jet lag or travel fatigue and make sure you are fighting fit to enjoy your adventure activity holiday.

 

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