Adventures / Remote Rides

Cycle the Backroads of Rajasthan

A colourful, cultural ride through India's desert state via temples, tigers and the Taj Mahal

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Adventures / Remote Rides

Cycle the Backroads of Rajasthan

A colourful, cultural ride through India's desert state via temples, tigers and the Taj Mahal

DURATION

8 nights

LOCATION

India

ANNUAL LEAVE

6 days off work

SEASON

Sep-Apr

GROUP SIZE

Up to 14 people

MEETING POINT

Delhi Airport

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

You'll cycle an average of 40km per day in hot conditions, so a good level of fitness and some riding experience is necessary

Pedal through Rajasthan's jewels of Jaipur, Pushkar and Agra to reach the unmissable Taj Mahal

Head out on a tiger safari in Ranthambore National Park on the lookout for India's enigmatic Bengal tigers

Explore the sights and sounds of Delhi on two wheels and relax into some yoga in the Moonlight Garden overlooking the Taj

Stay in heritage hotels and former royal palaces for a taste of luxury in India's 'Land of the Kings'

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We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

Included

Guides

Local, English-speaking tour leader and cycling guide

Accommodation

Bed down in 4- & 5-star boutique hotels & heritage properties

Meals

All meals included - tuck in to delicious food throughout

Transfers

Airport and all other transfers

Equipment

Cannondale Quick 6 hybrid bikes with flat pedals

Support Vehicle

To hop in to if your legs need a rest

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Tips for your guides

Some meals as described

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi

Anytime on Day 1

Ends

Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi

Anytime on Day 9

Transfers

Your host will meet you on arrival at the international airport in Delhi and transfer you to your accommodation in New Delhi. On the last day of your trip, your host will transfer you from your accommodation in to the airport in Delhi in time for your flight home.

Airport transfers are included in the main price if you arrive on Day 1 and depart on Day 9. If you wish to arrive before the trip start date or stay longer at the end, your host can arrange private airport transfers and pre/post-trip accommodation. See Optional Extras for prices.

Travel options

There are numerous direct flight options to Delhi with various carriers from the UK, Europe and the east coast of North America. Travellers from the west coast of North America will generally transit through major hubs such as London, Paris and Dubai.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 8

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 9

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Any trip to India is a sensory delight, and the flavours are a big part of that. North Indian cuisine is often mirrored in the curries found outside of India in Western restaurants, so curry lovers will be in their element on this trip. Curry dishes in the north tend to be rich and creamy, with common ingredients being cashew, chicken, lamb, potato, cauliflower, and breads such as naan, paratha and roti. Delhi is fantastic for street food such as chaat - a whole family of different types of savoury snacks, and chole bhature - a famous Delhi street dish of curried chickpeas and fried bread served with chillies, onions and coriander. There are Western food options available if you fancy a break from Indian food at any point. The stunning Bar Palladio (found at your palace accommodation in Jaipur) is a classic Italian restaurant, inspired by European dining in India.

Vegetarians and vegans are extremely well catered for in nearly all parts of India. Other dietary requirements and allergies can also be catered for - please just request these on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

Delhi

In Delhi, you'll stay at the boutique Ambassador - a luxurious, 5-star heritage hotel in New Delhi. Built in 1947, the same year that India gained independence, the architecture is in the Art Deco style but renovated to infuse traditional and modern styles. You'll stay in a twin-share room with an en-suite bathroom.

Jaipur

In Jaipur you'll stay at Narain Niwas Palace - one of the finest heritage hotels in the state of Rajasthan. Designed in the Anglo-Indian style popular in the Victorian era, the palace was a country retreat for the Kanota royalty in the early 20th century. There's an opulent restaurant and characterful bar, and the rooms are decorated with frescos, paintings, ethnic Indian furnishings and traditional Jaipur-style colour palettes. You'll stay in a twin-share room with an en-suite bathroom.

Ranthambore National Park

On the fringe of Ranthambore National Park, you'll spend two nights at the Tigress Resort - a luxury accommodation with a swimming pool, spa services and an excellent restaurant. Designed in the royal Rajasthani heritage style, the Tigress is a fantastic spot to watch the sunset after a busy day of tiger-spotting in the park. You'll stay in a twin-share room with an en-suite bathroom.

Pushkar

In Pushkar you'll stay at the Brahma Horizon Hotel - a modern, luxury hotel in one of India's oldest cities. The rooms have fantastic views of Pushkar and the surrounding hills, while the pool makes a great place to relax and cool off from the Rajasthani heat. You'll stay in twin-share rooms with an en-suite bathroom.

Agra

In Agra you'll stay at The Grand Imperial - a lavish and homely heritage accommodation in the heart of the city with beautiful grounds and a swimming pool. You'll stay in twin-share rooms with an en-suite bathroom.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

Day 1

Welcome to Delhi

Meet your host at the airport in Delhi, and settle in for the transfer across town to your hotel in New Delhi. Check in and enjoy the hotel, before meeting up with the group for a cycle check and dinner together.

Day 2

Cycle past Delhi's highlights

Cycling

30km · 120m up · 120m down

Saddle up first thing this morning to hit Delhi's streets, cycling amidst the sights and sounds of India's capital. Peddle past some of the city's iconic sights including the presidential house, India Gate and the National War Memorial. In the afternoon you'll explore Old Delhi on a cycle rickshaw ride through the chaotic streets, visiting the Jama Masjid, Delhi's oldest mosque and the Sheeshganj Gurudwara, a Sikh temple where you can learn about the Sikh religion.

Day 3

Cycle to Jaipur

Cycling

40km · 190m up · 190m down

Head out of Delhi in the van, driving to a village called Samode where your Rajasthan riding truly gets underway. Take in the rural feel of this area, cycling through villages as you make your way to Jaipur, Rajasthan's capital and one of the state's most vibrant cities. Settle into your opulent palace accommodation before heading out to explore the Amber Fort and watch the sun set over the Pink City.

Day 4

Cycle from Jaipur to Pushkar

Cycling

54km · 240m up · 240m down

Bid farewell to your palace and hop in the van for a couple of hours to reach Roopangarh Fort. Back on the bikes, you'll ride deeper into rural Rajasthan - passing village scenes and several forts before stopping for lunch. Continue pedalling further through this desert-like landscape, finally arriving at the holy lakeside city of Pushkar - an important pilgrimage site for Hindus and Sikhs.

Day 5

Pushkar to Ranthambore

Cycling

40km · 210m up · 210m down

Hiking

1hr

Pedal out of Pushkar, heading east for 40km until you reach the village of Kishangarh. Stop here for lunch and load the bikes onto the trailer as you settle in to be chauffeured the rest of the journey to the jungles of Ranthambore National Park. Check into your Rajasthani heritage-style resort and enjoy some downtime. Later, you'll hike to Ranthambore Fort to take in the view of the national park from the top.

Day 6

Tiger safari

Wildlife Watching

6hrs

Rest your legs today - your eyes will be doing all of the work. You'll head out on jeep safaris into Ranthambore National Park, with the main draw being the chance of sighting Bengal tigers. While the majestic tigers rightly steal the show, Ranthambore is a magical place where nature has reclaimed ancient fortresses and temples, and is now teeming with wildlife. The park is also home to the sambar, the largest of all Asiatic deer, plus varieties of eagles, marsh crocodiles, pythons, leopards and sloth bears.

Day 7

On to Agra and the Taj Mahal

Enjoy another of India's big hitters today, swapping tigers for the Taj Mahal as you head to the iconic architectural gem. After breakfast at your Ranthambore resort, you'll settle in for the road trip to Agra, arriving mid-afternoon. Later in the evening, you'll head into the grounds of the Taj Mahal, approaching the spectacular mausoleum via a network of intricately maintained gardens and fountains. Watch the sun go down before heading back to the hotel for dinner and a well-earned sleep following a spectacular couple of days.

Day 8

Yoga overlooking the Taj

Yoga

1hr

After all the cycling and wildlife spotting of the past week, a good stretch is needed this morning - one with the most spectacular backdrop. Head to Mehtab Bagh - the 'Moonlight Garden' - a green space by the Yamuna River, directly overlooking the Taj Mahal. Mehtab Bagh has a unique and calm aura, away from the hustle of Agra and the main entrance to the Taj. You'll find a quiet spot first thing, joining a yoga teacher for a restorative session linking up India's famous physical, mental, and spiritual practice at the site of its most famous landmark. What a way to end the trip! You'll head back to Delhi later for a goodbye meal to toast the trip in style.

Day 9

Goodbye Delhi

Enjoy one last breakfast in India's capital before checking out, for your host to transfer you to Delhi Airport in time for your return flight.

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What's included?

  • Cannondale Quick 6 hybrid bikes with flat pedals

What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • Soft overnight duffel bag or rucksack
  • Daypack (20-30 litres)
  • Waterproof liner for daypack

CYCLE KIT

  • Helmet (required)
  • Pedals and saddle if you would rather use your own (these will be fitted to the bike for you)

CLOTHES

  • Padded cycling shorts
  • Sports top or cycling jersey
  • Fleece jacket or similar jacket for the evenings
  • Rainproof and windproof lightweight jacket
  • Trousers/leggings for the evenings
  • Cycling gloves
  • Buff or neck scarf
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear and socks
  • Sunglasses and sunhat
  • Something to sleep in
  • Cycling shoes/trainers (bring your own pedals if using cleats)
  • Sandals

OTHER

  • Swimwear (for hotels)
  • Bumbag or small handlebar bag for riding
  • Quick-dry travel towel
  • Universal travel adapter
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Earplugs
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (including blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Energy bars and snacks

Pre/post trip accommodation in Delhi (single, twin or double)

Payable Before Departure

Pre/post trip accommodation in Delhi (single, twin or double)

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Private airport transfer - each way

Payable Before Departure

Private airport transfer - each way

We've crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of this trip, and plant enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 621kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal for 2022 to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. For every person booked with us since 2016 we’re planting enough trees to suck at least 2x more carbon out the atmosphere than is emitted by their trips. All native trees, as part of amazing projects that are re-foresting degraded land, tackling the biodiversity crisis and supporting local communities at the same time. We go further than that too, also funding re-wilding projects worldwide to help protect important keystone species from extinction. See the reforestation and re-wilding schemes we support. See our carbon action plan.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

It's no secret that we love cycling and many of us at HQ think it's the best way to see a country, however, we realise that organising your own trip can be a total faff. On our cycling trips, we've found a local guide who has put together a perfect route and will navigate for you all the way. We even send a van that transports your overnight luggage and provide high-quality bikes and delicious snacks to keep you going. Faff eliminated! All you have to do is turn up, pedal and take in the landscape with your fellow tourers. You don't need to be a lycra-clad 'roadie' although they're welcome too!

You'll be riding Cannondale Quick 6 hybrid bikes. These are light aluminium hybrid bikes - perfect for riding on rural and city roads. They all come with standard flat pedals and male/standard saddles. If you would rather pack your own saddle and pedals (including SPDs), please do and these will be fitted for you.

This trip is designed for cyclists of average fitness able to cover around 45km (average) each on back-to-back days. You'll be riding on rural roads through Rajasthan's desert, without too much elevation gain and loss and there are regular rest breaks each day, so the going is easily manageable by most cyclists with basic fitness. The Rajasthan heat is definitely a factor several months of the year, so bring some suitable breathable clothing to wear and your cycle leader will ensure the rides are broken up with regular hydration stops. No technical skill is required, just some strong legs and a sense of adventure! There will also be a support vehicle alongside the group to transport your luggage, so if the going gets too tough or too hot, you can always jump in for a bit of respite.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Tips are not included in the trip cost. These are entirely at your discretion but there is an expectation to tip for good service. Your guide will help with advice, however we suggest the below as a guideline per person:

500 Indian Rupees per activity to the guides; 1000 Indian Rupees per day to the driver; approx, USD 3-5 per person, per day to the tour leader.

Of course, you are free to tip more or less, and the amount should be reflective of your perception of service and quality - a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Filtered water is available at most of the hotels you stay at on this trip - you can fill up your refillable bottle and bike bottle from your hotel each day. Additionally, your tour leader and driver will carry a large container of purified water for the group to refill their bottles from.

Travellers flock to Rajasthan throughout the year, however for a physical trip the months of May-August are best avoided due to the heat of the pre-monsoon and monsoon months. We don't run departures during this period. Winter in Rajasthan is from October-March when temperatures are at their most pleasant and rainfall at its lowest. Expect highs of between 22-29°C / 72-84°F. Things start hotting up in April with temperatures notching up by several degrees and humidity rising as the monsoon builds up, however, cycling trips are still enjoyable during the month of April.

No. You'll need to have a larger bag suitable for all your belongings which will be transported for you. If you wish to ride with a small backpack or to bring along a saddle bag to keep your phone, camera and any other small valuables in, then please do - see kit list.

You can leave excess luggage at the Ambassador Hotel in Delhi, as you are staying here on the first and last nights of the trip. The same support vehicle is used throughout the adventure, so you are also free to leave additional luggage securely in the vehicle for the duration of your ride through Rajasthan.

We recommend checking out the country specific information here and also talking to a travel nurse.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our adventures. Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure.

Your insurance policy should also include specific Covid-19 cover, including cancellation and curtailment cover if you, your travel companion or a close relative are diagnosed with Covid-19.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

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