Riding Regal Rajasthan

Price from
US$ 3,600
Duration
13 Days / 12 Nights
Distance
585 km
Tour code
IND-DRJ
Next departure
10-Dec-2017
Number of Cycling Days 11
Average Distance Per Day: 53
0
150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 343
0
2,250 m
Total Cycling Distance 585 kilometres
Accommodation Included
Bike Hire Mountain Bike: US$ 250
Single Supplement US$ 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

Get up early to tour the Jodhpur. One of our visit is the mighty Meherangarh Fort, the best preserved fort in India. Free to explore the town after touring and lunch on your own. In late afternoon, it's an orientation ride to test bikes around the villages of Chandelao.

Day 3

Today's ride brings us passing through small towns and farms; terrain gets drier and more arid. We have a chance to stay in a heritage fort hotel located in Luni, known to be a hub of many artisans working with clay, wood, metal by using their craft skills passed down from generation to generation.

Day 4

Follow on a road parallel to the Luni River, the terrain gets more arid, covered by acacia and prosopis trees and also abundant of the rare Black Buck antelope in this area. Our overnight stay is in a big house owned by Singh family, decedents of local aristocracy who always love to share their experience living in Rakhi with their guests.

Day 5

Today's ride is for the remote Bhawrani village and make our way back to Rakhi for one more night with Singh family. The road mainly focuses on dirt tracks and some unique sites. Ending the day with dinner on a sand hill outside town with the sightseeing of nomadic herders camp.

Day 6

We head towards Sodawas town today, riding through the farmlands. After 65 km of cycling, we will have the option to transfer or riding 40km more to our overnight lodge built in 40s with its elements of art deco architecture.

Day 7

Left the dry Thar desert behind, we're riding into the greener area. As we ride heading south east, the Aravalli mountains come into view and at the foothill is Jojawar town where we will stay overnight.

Day 8

We do a loop around the foothill of Aravalli hills nearby the village, exploring remote villages and shepherd settlements in the region.

Day 9

The Araveli range will always be on our left as we ride towards the Jain temples of Ranakpur where none of the 1444 marble pillars are carved in exquisite detail.

Day 10

Our first long uphill of the tour awaits us! We'll be riding through the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary as we ascend the Araveli range. The grade is gentle and we'll have plenty of time for the 10 km climb. Once we have reached the plateau the rest of our ride will undulate until we approach the hulking hilltop fortress of Kumbhalgarh when the road steepens.

Day 11

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

Day 12

Ride directly from the hotel into the green countryside of Udaipur and visit the Monsoon Palace, ideal for stunning views of the city. Then return to the city by riding around Fateh lake and have lunch lakeside. After a sunset boat ride on the lake, we'll have a farewell dinner with views of the beautifully illuminated city.

Day 13

We'll arrange the morning and afternoon transfer to the airport in Delhi and Mumbai for onwards flight.

Additional journey information

Meets: Jodhpur
Ends: Udaipur
Fly in to: Jodhpur Airport (JDH)
Fly out of: Maharana Pratap Airport (UDR)
Countries visited: India
Minimum age: 18 (on scheduled departures)

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