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Indian women carrying water from stepwell near Jaipur. Photo: Getty #493063982
4.9
| 11 reviews

Cycle the Backroads of Rajasthan

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

Duration

9 nights

Annual Leave

6 days off work

Group Size

Up to 14 people

Season

Sep-Mar

Location

India

Meeting Point

Delhi Airport

Classic Accommodation

Hotel

Customer Reviews

(11)

4.9

Difficulty

Moderate

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4.9
| 11 reviews
A trip of a lifetime!
April 2024
Anwen R.
A trip of a lifetime!
April 2024
Anwen R.
A trip of a lifetime!
April 2024
Anwen R.
A trip of a lifetime!
April 2024
Anwen R.
A trip of a lifetime!
April 2024
Anwen R.
A trip of a lifetime!
April 2024
Anwen R.
A trip of a lifetime!
April 2024
Anwen R.
A trip of a lifetime!
April 2024
Anwen R.
A trip of a lifetime!
April 2024
Anwen R.
A trip of a lifetime!
April 2024
Anwen R.
What an adventure!
April 2024
Martin H.
The best way to tour Rajasthan!
April 2024
Liz L.
The best way to tour Rajasthan!
April 2024
Liz L.
The best way to tour Rajasthan!
April 2024
Liz L.
The best way to tour Rajasthan!
April 2024
Liz L.
I really enjoyed my visit to India with Muc...
April 2023
Sophie
I really enjoyed my visit to India with Muc...
April 2023
Sophie
I really enjoyed my visit to India with Muc...
April 2023
Sophie
I really enjoyed my visit to India with Muc...
April 2023
Sophie
I really enjoyed my visit to India with Muc...
April 2023
Sophie
Such a brilliant, fun trip with so many uni...
April 2023
Sarah
Such a brilliant, fun trip with so many uni...
April 2023
Sarah
Such a brilliant, fun trip with so many uni...
April 2023
Sarah
Such a brilliant, fun trip with so many uni...
April 2023
Sarah
Such a brilliant, fun trip with so many uni...
April 2023
Sarah
Amazing trip cycling & touring in Northern...
April 2023
Christianne
Amazing trip cycling & touring in Northern...
April 2023
Christianne
Amazing trip cycling & touring in Northern...
April 2023
Christianne
Amazing trip cycling & touring in Northern...
April 2023
Christianne
This trip exceeded my expectations. From st...
April 2023
Jen

Explore Delhi on two wheels before pedalling through ‘The Land of the Kings’ to reach Agra and the unmissable Taj Mahal

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

Cycle to the holy city of Pushkar, explore the hidden side of Jaipur by rickshaw, and relax into some yoga overlooking the Taj

Day 1

Welcome to Delhi

Main Bazar, Paharganj, New Delhi, India. Photo: GettyImages-962826702

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

Jama Masjid Mosque Old Delhi, India. Photo: GettyImages-478812424

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. Pedal 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

Indian women carrying water from stepwell near Jaipur. Photo: Getty #493063982

Driving

5hrs

Cycling

40km · 190m up · 190m down

Head out of Delhi in the van, for a five-hour drive 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 traditional haveli accommodation before heading out to explore the Amber Fort and watch the sun set over 'the Pink City'.

Day 4

Unique rickshaw capers in the Pink City

A memorable way to see Jaipur awaits today as you meet up with an NGO: The Pink City Rickshaw Company, who provide aspirational employment opportunities to 200 women from low-income households in Jaipur. You'll hop into a custom-designed, carbon neutral e-rickshaw, keeping all the whimsy and iconic nature of this staple of Indian transportation. Your female rickshaw guide will show you the secrets hidden in the walled city of Jaipur, telling stories that offer a peek into the soul of the Pink City. Enjoy some well-earned downtime in the afternoon, relaxing at your haveli or exploring Jaipur at your own pace, before dinner in the evening.

Day 5

Cycle from Jaipur to Pushkar

POV of cycling through Rajasthan rural roads in India. Photo: GettyImages-1295520790

Driving

2-3hrs

Cycling

54km · 240m up · 240m down

Bid farewell to Jaipur 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 6

Pushkar to Ranthambore

An image of a cute Langur Monkey hanging from one arm taken in India's famous Ranthambhore National Park. Photo: GettyImages-467448180

Driving

6hrs

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 way to the jungles of Ranthambore National Park. Check into your nature-immersed resort and enjoy some downtime.

Day 7

Tiger safari

Ranthambore tiger safari in India. Photo: GettyImages-157739460

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. Between safaris, you'll also hike to Ranthambore Fort to take in the view of the national park from the top.

Day 8

On to Agra and the Taj Mahal

Young man contemplating the famous Taj Mahal at sunrise walking and wandering inside the marvellous monument. Photo: GettyImages-1085852158

Driving

5hrs

Enjoy another of India's big hitters today, swapping tigers for the Taj Mahal as you head to this iconic architectural gem. After breakfast at your Ranthambore resort, you'll settle in for the five-hour 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 9

Yoga overlooking the Taj

Taj Mahal historic monument at sunset as seen from Mehtab Bagh garden on the opposite side of the Yamuna river at Agra, India. Photo: GettyImages-1169496062

Yoga

1hr

Driving

4hrs

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 a green space in the Taj Nature Walk Park, overlooking the Taj Mahal and away from the hustle of Agra. 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 10

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.

Included

Guides

Local, English-speaking tour leader and cycling guide

Accommodation

Bed down in authentic boutique hotels & heritage properties

Meals

All meals included - tuck in to delicious food throughout

Transfers

Airport and all other transfers

Equipment

Trek X-Caliber 6&7 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

Visas where required

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 9

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 10

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 Regend Grand Ambassador – an award-winning hotel in Central Delhi infusing traditional and modern styles. You'll stay in a twin-share room with an en-suite bathroom.

Jaipur

In Jaipur you'll stay at the Traditional Heritage Haveli, located at Bani Park in the centre of Jaipur. The haveli (a converted townhouse) has an outdoor pool, spa and wellness centre to help you unwind after exploring the hustle and bustle of the walled city. 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 Pugmark Wildlife Resort – luxury accommodation with a swimming pool, spa services and an excellent restaurant. Designed to nestle in the landscape with its natural gardens, the Pugmark is a fantastic spot to watch the sunset after a busy day of tiger-spotting in the park. You'll stay in twin-share rooms with en-suite bathrooms.

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 en-suite bathrooms.

Agra

In Agra you'll stay at the Hotel Royal Regent – a 4-star hotel in central Agra with a pool and terrace overlooking the city. You'll stay in twin-share rooms with en-suite bathrooms.

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).

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.

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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
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

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

Anwen R.(April 2024)