Riding Regal Rajasthan

Price from
US$ 3,600
Duration
13 Days / 12 Nights
Distance
634 km
Tour Code
IND-DRJ
Next departure
07-Oct-2018
Number of Cycling Days11
Average Distance Per Day: 58
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150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 338
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2,250 m
Total Cycling Distance634 kilometres
AccommodationIncluded
Bike HireMountain Bike: US$ 250, E-Bike: US$ 350
Single SupplementUS$ 765

All About this Tour

A beguiling land of forts and palaces, Rajasthan will be sure to enchant you with its splendors. Riding through the former princely states will provide an insight into a majestic world as Rajasthan remains a land still connected to its regal past. The vibrancy and colours of Rajasthan will be ever present on this amazing cycle journey as we ride from the once powerful Raj state of pink-hued Jaipur, through the sandy-coloured land dotted by the vivid splashes of turbans and the skirts of villagers, to the blue city of Jodphur and end at the alabaster 'City of Lakes', Udaipur.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Jodhpur airport and transfer to the hotel. We meet for dinner and a trip briefing.

Day 2

We tour Jodhpur, including Meherangarh Fort, after which you are free to explore the town and lunch on your own. In late afternoon, we have an orientation ride around Chandelao.

Day 3

We ride through small towns and farms; terrain gets drier and more arid. We stay in Luni, known as a hub of artisans who possess skills passed down from generation to generation.

Day 4

Following on a road parallel to the Luni River, the terrain gets more arid, covered by acacia and prosopis trees. We may see the rare Black Buck antelope that is luckily common in this area. We overnight in a big house owned decedents of local aristocracy who share their experiences.

Day 5

Today's ride is for the remote Bhawrani village. The road is mainly dirt tracks with some unique sites. We end the day with dinner on a sand hill outside town with sights of nomadic herder camps. Then we head back to Rakhi for one more night with the Singh family.

Day 6

We head towards Sodawas town, riding through the farmlands. After a 65-km cycle, we can choose to transfer or to ride 40 km more to our overnight art deco lodge.

Day 7

Leaving the dry Thar desert behind, we ride into the greener area of the south east, where the Aravalli mountains come into view. We overnight by the foothills at Jojawar.

Day 8

We loop around the Aravalli foothills near the village, exploring remote villages and shepherd settlements.

Day 9

The Araveli range will always be on our left as we ride towards the Jain temples of Ranakpur where every of the 1,444 marble pillars are carved in exquisite detail.

Day 10

Our first long uphill awaits! We ride through the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary as we ascend on a gentle grade up the Araveli range. From the plateau, our ride undulates until the steep approach to Kumbhalgarh.

Day 11

A great day cycling through the rolling countryside starts from the lofty Aravelli Hills and down through the barren lowlands to the lake city of Udaipur.

Day 12

Ride into the green countryside and visit the Monsoon Palace. Then return to the city by riding around Fateh Lake. After a sunset boat ride, we have a farewell dinner over the beautifully illuminated city.

Day 13

Morning and afternoon transfers to the airports in Delhi and Mumbai for onward flights.

Elevation Profiles

Day 2 - Jodhpur - Chandelao Ride 36km. +76m / -76m.
Day 2 - Jodhpur - Chandelao Ride 36km. +76m / -76m.

Reviews

  1. Our guide - Jehan was fantastic! He was competent, knowledgable, authentic and so enthusiastic. Moreover, he has a wonderful gentle sense of humour which became increasingly evident throughout the tour, both through his anecdotes of life, history and culture of India but also in the manner in which he interacted with all the guests on the tour.
  2. The other guests (a couple from the UK) who were a joy to be with for almost two weeks. We shared the 'journey' in so many ways but always in good spirits with lots of friendly banter.
  3. Accommodation - All great with a few through the middle of the tour being exceptional.
  4. The route - Th cycling days averaged 60km with one day of 90km. Mostly flat terrain but there was one day of 50km riding that was quite strenuous. However, with the cohesion of the group, the riding on all days was enjoyed. Most particularly, I enjoyed the morning rides through villages where day to day life unfolded before our eyes.
  5. The food - Much to Jehan's credit, we enjoyed a rich array of coal delights for every meal. To my knowledge, nobody experienced the slightest touch of 'Delhi Belly'. On the contrary, the dishes were always fresh and served with complete hygiene.
  6. The extra bits that make all the difference:
  7. great bikes that were perfect for the conditions
  8. fantastic bus/support vehicle with two team members that were very friendly and efficient
  9. great pre tour information and liaison particularly via heaps of interaction with Penchudee who has always been friendly an efficient in responding to my queries
Geoff NoblettFebruary 2017

Riding Regal Rajasthan was an awesome way to introduce to the wonders of India.

Margaret AshleyNovember 2016

We saw not only the usual tourist spots, but areas in India that could only be experienced by bike. Eating food with and from the locals was a treat. Our guide was quite knowledgeable and full of enthusiasm.

William G Self JrNovember 2015

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