Rajasthan Cycling Adventure – 12 days

Rajasthan Cycling Adventure – 12 days

Rajasthan Cycling Adventure is a well-worth moderate-level cycling trip through Rajasthan, the land of Maharajas. It is one of the most popular cycling trips in India. In this trip, visit magnificent monuments like the Taj
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  • Trip Code: ATH3457
  • Country: India
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Trip Level:
    Moderate
    This tour is rated moderate and is for all levels of cyclists in above average physical conditions. You need to be in good shape and reasonably fit. Moderate trips are ideal for cycling enthusiasts who enjoy nature and culture, as well as occasional climbs and mud. Some experience is recommended for the this biking trip. There are several climbs and drops in this trip as you soar through some ancient Nepalese villages, hilltops with stunning views of the Himalayas, religious sites and serene gardens. Moderate biking trips include a mixture of paved roads, jeep tracks and single tracks.
  • Activity: Mountain Biking
  • Starts at: New Delhi
  • Ends at: New Delhi
  • Trip Route:

    New Delhi-Agra-Bharatpur-Deeg-Bharatpur-Karauli-Ranthambore National Park-Jaipur-New Delhi

  • Best Season: 
Mid-April to Mid-September

Trip Highlights

    • Guided sightseeing in New and Old Delhi (Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid, India Gate, etc)
    • Crown of Palaces the Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world
    • Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, one of the best bird areas in the world
    • Picnic lunch and loop ride around Kaila Devi National Park
    • Tiger spotting in Ranthambore National Park, one of the best places to watch tigers in Rajasthan
    • Guided sightseeing in Jaipur (Amer Fort, City Palace, Palace of Winds)
    • Golden Triangle, the most popular tourist circuit in India
    • Cycling in India’s culturally and architecturally rich areas

Trip Information

Rajasthan Cycling Adventure is a well-worth moderate-level cycling trip through Rajasthan, the land of Maharajas. It is one of the most popular cycling trips in India. In this trip, visit magnificent monuments like the Taj Mahal, spot tigers in Ranthambore National Park, and as you ride through rural Rajasthan lanes, visit unique villages, exchange smiles with curious kids and women in colourful saris and experience local culture.

The trip begins in Delhi. Spend a day sightseeing in both Old and New Delhi. The itinerary includes popular monuments like Jama Masjid, India Gate, Lotus Temple among others. Then, on the way to Bharatpur, stop at Agra and visit the stunning Taj Mahal, one of the wonders of the world. Cycling starts in Bharatpur. Visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary, one of the best bird-watching spots in the world. From there, ride to Karauli and take a loop ride around Kaila Devi National Park. Then have a very exciting time at Ranthambore National Park. Take a game drive into the national park, which is the best place to watch tigers in Rajasthan. From there, ride to Jaipur, the Pink City. Visit magnificent Amer Fort, City Palace and Palace of Winds. And then, take a drive back to Delhi.

Itinerary

  • Day 01– Arrive in Delhi. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 02– Guided sightseeing in Delhi. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 03- Drive to Bharatpur with Stop at Agra (5 Hours). Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 04– Cycling Begins; Visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and Ride to Deeg (60-70 KM Ride). Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 05– Ride to Karauli (110 KM). Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 06– Ride in and around Karauli (40-50 KM). Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 07– Ride to Ranthambore National Park (110 KM). Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 08– Jeep Safari in Ranthambore National Park and Afternoon Cycling (30-40 KM). Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 09– Another Game Drive in Ranthambore National Park and Ride to Jaipur (160 KM). Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 10– Guided Sightseeing in Jaipur. Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 11– Drive to Delhi (5 Hours). Overnight at a Hotel.
  • Day 12– Flight Departure.
Day 1 – Arrival in Delhi

Our airport representative will receive you at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to the hotel in a tourist vehicle.

If you arrive before 4 pm, there will be pre-trip meeting in the hotel. You will be briefed about your trip. Ask questions if you have any. And if you arrive after 4 pm, the meeting will be held the next day.
Overnight at a hotel. (No meals included)

Day 2 – Guided Sightseeing in Delhi

Have breakfast. And then your sightseeing tour will begin. Your guide will take you to explore both Old and New Delhi.

Start with a rickshaw ride in the bustling alleys of Chandni Chowk, one of the oldest markets of Old Delhi. It’s also a great place for shopping. After an enjoyable experience in Chandni Chowk, visit Jama Masjid. One of the largest mosques in India, it can hold 25,000 people. It was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.

When you are done exploring Old Delhi, it’s time for New Delhi. The sites you will tour are: India Gate, a war memorial built for the 82,000 Indian soldiers who died in World War I; Rastrapati Bhavan (Presidential Residence), the official home of the President of India; Lotus Temple, a flower-shaped Bahá’í temple made of pure white marble; and Qutub Minar (Minaret), the second tallest minar in India towering 240 feet.
Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast included)

Day 3 – Drive to Bharatpur with Stop at Agra (5 Hours)

Early morning drive to Agra (approx 4 hours). Once you reach there, visit the Taj Mahal, the most extravagant monument ever built for love. This poignant Mughal mausoleum has become the de facto tourist emblem of India. Described by the Indian classical poet Tagore as “a teardrop on the face of eternity”, the Taj Mahal is undoubtedly the zenith of Moghul architecture.

Then continue the drive to Bharatpur which takes about 1 hour from Agra.
Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast included.)

Day 4 – Cycling Begins; Visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and Ride to Deeg (60-70 KM Ride)

Early in the morning, cycling starts; visit Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary on cycle. Now known as Keoladeo National Park, it is one of the best bird areas in the world. In this former duck-hunting reserve of the Maharajas (Great Kings), about 364 species of birds have been recorded. Every year, the World Heritage Site attracts scores of birdwatchers. Move back to the hotel and have breakfast. Then, cycle to Deeg and return. A cycling guide and support staff will accompany you. Deeg is an ancient town popular for its gardens, palaces, fountains and forts.
Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast included.)

Day 5 – Ride to Karauli (110 KM)

After breakfast, begin the day’s ride to Karauli. Ride slowly and enjoyably on the trails. After covering the distance of 110 km, arrive at Karauli. According to legends, the town was established in about 995 AD by Raja Bijai Pal, who is believed to be the 88th descendent of Lord Krishna, one of the major Hindu gods.
Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast and dinner included.)

Day 6 – Ride in and around Karauli (40-50 KM)

Take a loop ride around Kaila Devi National Park. The park is a buffer zone to Ranthambore National Park and is a part of Project Tiger which is a tiger conservation program launched in 1973. The park is known for “khos” meaning deep gorges breaking the ground. Picnic lunch will be organized in the afternoon. Return to Karuali and explore the 600-year-old City Palace in the evening.
Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.)

Day 7 – Ride to Ranthambore National Park (110 KM)

Cover the distance of 110 km and reach Ranthambore National Park. Previously a hunting reserve for the Maharajas, the park is the best place to watch tigers in Rajasthan.
Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast included.)

Day 8 – Jeep Safari in Ranthambore National Park and Afternoon Cycling (30-40 KM)

Drive to Jodhpur (approx 5 hrs). Set out on a jeep safari to the national park early in the morning to catch sights of the tigers. You will be able to watch other wildlife including birds. The park has more than 300 species of birds. The safari lasts for 3 to 4 hours. In the afternoon, spend your time exploring around the reserve forest.
Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast included.)

Day 9 – Another Game Drive in Ranthambore National Park and Ride to Jaipur (160 KM)

Today too, early in the morning, take another jeep safari to the national park. Return to the hotel and start cycling to the Pink City Jaipur. After covering 160 km of distance, arrive at the city. This is the last day of cycling.
Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast included.)

Day 10 – Guided Sightseeing in Jaipur

Visit Amer Fort built in the 17th Century. The palace is a distinguished specimen of Rajput architecture. Take a jeep ride at Amer Fort. Set in a picturesque location, Amer is fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Built in the 16th century by Raja Man Singh, it sprawls on the hillside. Explore the Pink City Palace which now houses a museum containing rare manuscripts, paintings and armories. Visit the Palace of Winds, a landmark of Jaipur made of pink sandstone and of unique design.

Evening is free for your own activities.
Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast included.)

Day 11 – Drive to Delhi (5 Hours)

After breakfast, take a drive to Delhi from Jaipur. Rest of the day is free at leisure.
Overnight at a hotel. (Breakfast included.)

Day 12 - Flight Departure

The trip ends today. Our airport representative will drop you off at the Delhi airport for your flight departure to home.
(Breakfast included.)

  • We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
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  • You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
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Price Includes

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle

  • Twin-sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel during the entire trip

  • Breakfasts for 11 days

  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in Karauli

  • All road transportation needed for sightseeing and transferring you between cities

  • English-speaking licensed city guides

  • Service of a naturalist in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary

  • 2 jeep safaris and a naturalist in Ranthambore National Park

  • Jeep ride in Amer Fort

  • Entrance fees to monuments and parks mentioned in the itinerary

  • Cycling service: cycles, cycling guide, support staff

  • All applicable taxes

Price Does not Include

  • International airfare

  • Travel insurance (mandatory for the trip)

  • Lunch and dinner during the trip

  • Expenses of personal nature like telephone calls, shopping, etc

  • Alcoholic and cold drinks

  • Personal clothing and equipment (See the equipment tab for detail information)

  • Tips for driver, escort, guides and other staff (Tipping is expected)

  • Indian visa fee

  • Camera and video charges

  • Other expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section

All you need to bring for this cycling trip are simply some comfortable clothes. There is no need of special equipment on the tour. However for your ease, the following gives you the general idea about the personal items you need to manage for the trip. The personal items referred here are optional and depends upon your choice. The most important factor to be considered while choosing the equipment and your backpack is the time of the year you are travelling.

In a tour, the vehicle transfers all the heavy items and equipment. But the personal belongings of the clients, which are required at any moment such as money, water bottle, camera, suncream, toilet paper,etc should be carried by yourself. It is therefore advisable that you pack the personal belongings into your daypack.

Riding Kit

  • Helmet
  • Bike gloves x 3 pairs
  • Biking glasses
  • Padded cycling shorts (to last at least 5 rides)
  • Long-sleeved base layers
  • Short-sleeved and long-sleeved cycling tops
  • Cycling socks (at least 5 pairs)
  • Hat and non-cycling gloves
  • Head torch

If you’re bringing your own bike:

  • Brake pads specific to your bike x 2 sets
  • Rear mech hanger specific to your bike x 2
  • Bottle of dry lube
  • Four inner tubes, or spare bottle of fluid for tubeless tires (two for each tire)
  • Quick link to suit your chain
  • Four 29” wheels (Bring extra spare tubes)

Please note: If you’re bringing your own bike, you must make sure that you have it professionally serviced before the trip, and ask your bike shop to use dry lube on your chain.

List of Recommended Equipment for the Cycling Trip:

  • Duffel or rucksack bag or suitcase
  • Daypack
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears (Only if you are travelling in the cold season i.e. January, February and December)
  • Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind.
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for cold season i.e. January, February and December. (Optional)
  • 1 of pair warm gloves (This is required if you are travelling in cold season i.e January, February and December)
  • T-shirts (2)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket  (Preferable if you are travelling in rainy season from June to September)
  • 1 pair of cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis), 1 pair shorts
  • 2 pairs of lightweight long underwear/thermals (If you are traveling in winter i.e. January, February and December)
  • 2 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene
  • 1 pair of light camping shoes or sneakers
  • 1 pair of sandals (Optional)

Medicines and First-Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first-aid kit bag during the cycling trip. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first-aid kit as well.)

  • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  • Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  • 1 small-sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc (Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.)

Miscellaneous, but Important!

  • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
  • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at the office in Delhi.)
  • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
  • Lip balm (At least SPF 20, 2 sticks)
  • Sunscreen
  • Toiletry kit (Be sure to include hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer.)

This list is only a guide. Use your experience and the listed gears to find the best stuff for you. Some of the above equipment can be easily found in stores in Delhi.

Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.

For this cycling trip, you need to be in good health and reasonably fit. You need good skill level and some previous cycling experience. You will ride in asphalt roads and flat rural lanes with little or no traffic. There are some ascents and descents. Cycling trails run through busy roads at a few points. During this part, you can stop cycling and hop into the support vehicle.

Yes, there will be our airport representative waiting for you with Ace the Himalaya signboard.

We will provide you accommodation in three-star hotels during the duration of the trip. The hotels offer clean and safe rooms with attached bathroom, Internet (Wi-Fi) service, laundry facility, etc.

Breakfast is included in the tour package. It will be provided to you in the hotel where you stay. And for lunch and dinner, you can either in the same hotel or go outside to eat in the restaurants which serve a variety of cuisines from local to American to Chinese.

We use comfortable tourist vehicles for airport pick up and drop off and to transport you to sites and cities. We will use air-conditioned cars, minibuses, buses depending upon the size of the group.

Mid-September to mid-April is the best time to cycle in Rajasthan. And May, June, July and August are not recommended for cycling as these months are extremely hot.

Monsoon or rainy season lasts from June to September. The season is dominated by the humid southwest summer monsoon, which slowly sweeps across the country beginning in late May or early June. Monsoon rains begin to recede from North India at the beginning of October.

As such, the seasons of the year are observed in India as follows: Winter – December to February; Spring – March to May; Summer – May to September; Autumn – October to November.

Bikes are hired at the time of booking, and are included in the price. The frame size of the bike has to be matched with your height, and since there is a limited number of each size, we strongly suggest you provide us with this information well ahead. In case of any damage incurred to the bike or the equipments, the client will be liable to pay for the repair and/or replacement, depending on the nature of the damage.

We provide a helmet, a pump, a spare tube and a repair kit with the hired bike.

You definitely can! It is highly recommended that you have your bike thoroughly serviced before coming on the trip. Spare parts are available in Delhi, but may not always be compatible with your bike. Most airlines are quite used to people travelling with bikes. If a bike is properly boxed and within the luggage allowance, it is a relatively hassle-free experience. Make sure the bikes are properly packed. We take every care to ensure your bike is well treated, but it is normal for a bike to sustain minor scratches, resulting during the daily ride as well as loading and unloading from support vehicles.

Your bike is part of your baggage allowance on the plane, details of which are shown on your flight ticket, and maximum weights are usually between 20 and 25 kgs. A boxed bike weighs around 16 kg, so you need to pack carefully. Put heavy items in your hand baggage, wear your heavy/bulky jacket when you check in. Ace the Himalaya will not be liable for any excess baggage charges brought by the airline as a result of your exceeding the baggage allowance, whether you have a hire bike or take your own bike. In practice excess luggage charges are rare for those who pack sensibly, even if you are a little over the specified limit.

A few airlines impose specific standard bike carriage charges. All such charges are beyond our control, and to be paid by the client. Where we know of a bike carriage charge in advance, this will be added to the relevant trip notes. In the unlikely event of any of your luggage and or bike being misplaced or damaged while in the care of the airline, a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) must be filed with the appropriate airline on arrival. This is essential if you subsequently wish to make a claim against the airline or on your travel insurance. This must be done at the airport where your baggage arrived, or should have arrived.

The support vehicle will carry the required repair tools and spares. We do recommend you carry some basic tools and spares (like a puncture kit and Allen keys). Our guides are also qualified mechanics and have ample experience maintaining bikes on the trips.

Safety and comfort are what you’re looking for here. Here’s a quick list of what you’ll need for the trip:

· Cycling helmet (included with the bike rent)
· Touring shoes
· Cycling gloves
· Cycling shorts (1 to 3 pair)
· Socks (2 or 3 pair)
· Short-sleeved shirts (2)
· Light, long-sleeved shirt for layering and sun protection
· Windcheater, rain gear, jacket and pants
· Waterproof shoe covers

It is recommended that you carry a backpack with your valuables like camera and passport. Panniers are not suitable for the trips.

Yes. All the bikes are compatible with customized bike parts. The support team accompanying the group will be able help with any bike alterations or damage to the bike along the entire trip. Please inform us in advance if you plan to bring your own saddle and pedals.

No. The guide will carefully pace the ride to include rest and refreshment along the way. Where available, the support vehicle will accompany you and you can always hitch a ride if you need a break.

These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring travel adapters!

You can use your international mobile phone for communication. Wi-Fi is available in most of the hotels and restaurants.

Yes. In all tourist/commercial areas you stay at and visit, you can easily use credit cards. Also debit and ATM cards. They all are widely accepted.

It depends on your spending habits. We estimate USD 12 to 20 a day will be enough to buy lunch, dinner, chocolates and a few drinks.

Yes. Tip is a sign of gratitude to guides, escorts and drivers who serve you during the trip. We recommend you to spend USD 10-12 a day for tipping them. You can tip them at the end of the trip.

Bottled water is safe to drink. It is readily available everywhere. But for tap water, bring purifying tablets or gadgets.

Yes, they are licensed by the concerned authorities of India.

The minimum number for one tour group is 1 and the maximum number is 20.

Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you:

· Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour (Keep a separate photocopy)
· Travel insurance (Keep a separate photocopy)

· Cash and Traveller’s Cheques (Keep numbers and proof of purchase separately)
· Flight tickets
· Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts

A holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.

The only vaccine required by international regulations is that for yellow fever. The proof of vaccination will only be required if you have visited a country in the yellow-fever zone within the six days prior to entering India. If you are traveling to India from Africa or South America, you should check to see if you require proof of vaccination.

We also recommend:

· A dental check-up prior to travelling
· That you know your blood group in case of emergency

If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.

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    The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

    NOTE: During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control, can result in changes in itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered. If alterations are necessary, the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delay.


    Please note that in this type of rides you usually pedal along the whole trail without lift access or shuttle and don’t need any extraordinary equipment to complete the ride. This means bikes are light, not too much travel in the suspension, and usually hard-tails (only front suspension). The terrain can be fairly rough, but not extreme. These trips require more endurance as well as some skills, depending on the region we offer, so can be enjoyed by riders of all levels. Vehicle support is provided where possible to make your journey safe and stress-free.

    What makes this trip different ?

    Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of local NGO Sambhav Nepal. We support them in a number of ways.

    Donation
    Ace the Himalaya donates up to 10% of its annual revenue to Sambhav Nepal’s projects which cover regular maintenance of school buildings, constructing toilets, rebuilding earthquake-affected houses and schools, and so on.

    Sponsorship
    One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya and its sister organizations, Ace Holidays and Ace Xpeditions.

    Partnership (Volunteering Program)
    The Volunteering Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in the villages of northern Gorkha district, western Nepal.

    After the Earthquake of April 25, 2015, the Volunteering Program’s focus has been mobilizing the volunteers in various school and house rebuilding projects in the hard-hit Gorkha district.

    For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal’s website www.sambhavnepal.org