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Rajasthan – Taj Mahal to Agra

Rajasthan – Taj Mahal to Agra

£1290 per person

Grade 1 Cycle TourRajasthan is one of India’s most fascinating states, justifiably famous for its forts, palaces, desert villages, spice markets and the friendliness of its people. At times, the deserved popularity of Rajasthan’s key sights leaves little room for a  spirit of adventure. Traveling by cycle and taking of the big draw cards like Bharatpur, Ranthambhore, Jaipur is the perfect answer. Our back-road discovery tour takes us to remote villages through the barren desert and lush oasis where the traditional life of Rajasthan continues, as it has done for centuries untouched by the outside world.

We start our journey cycling up through the Aravali Hills, then the route passes through back-country flatlands to the holy town of Karauli.  Finally heading towards Jaipur, a  town overlooked by the splendid hilltop Amber Palace.

We take rest stops along the way at the principal attractions as well as at a few more remote places where there is a chance to experience rural Rajasthan first-hand.  We also visit Ranthambhore National Park and the magnificent Taj Mahal, surely one of the “must see” sights of the world.

 

Highlights

  • Easy cycling on the back roads of Rajasthan
  • Historical sights of Jaipur
  • Visit Ranthambhore National Park and Tiger reserve
  • Taj Mahal
  • Hawa Mahal and Amber Fort-Palace, Jaipur

Accommodation

We stay in standard hotels with twin rooms and en-suite bathrooms. The price of the cycle tour is based on a twin shared basis.

An optional single supplement is available for £295. Please contact the office for availability.

Meals

All breakfasts are included and some lunches and dinners as specified in the notes above. You can buy a meal for INR600, excluding alcohol. Your leader will run a kitty for water and snacks whilst cycling. Please allow about £40 for this.

In the Tour Plan, (B, L, D) refers to meals included in the trip cost i.e. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Flights

Flights costs are not included in the tour, however we are happy to give you advice or book your flights for you.

Tour Plan

The route of this tour is flexible and should be seen as a guide only. Local conditions, weather or fitness could lead to changes in our daily plans. All times and distances are approximate.

5 days of cycling
Approx 220 miles Age
  • Destination
  • Depart from
    Delhi, India
  • Return from
    Delhi, India
  • Road surfaces
    Mostly flat. Tarmac, off road (conditions can vary).
  • Bike Type
    Mountain bike
  • Included
    Rajasthan – Taj Mahal to Agra
    Accommodation
    Lunch
    Cycling guide
    Vehicle support
    Baggage transfer
    Bike hire
    Airport transfers
  • Not Included
    Evening meals (unless specified)
    GPX files
    Travel to start & from finish
    International flights
    Travel insurance
    Visas
1
Depart from UK
Departure
2
Arrive Delhi.
Delhi, the capital of India blends together a great cultural variety and an unceasing range of activity. In its monuments, the city reminds us of the various civilizations that flourished here for more than three thousand years. Indraprastha, according to legends, the city founded by the Pandavas in the times of the epic Mahabharata (circa 1500 B.C.), was located near the Old Fort that stands on a large mound overlooking the river. Today, the city is a charming blend of the traditional and modern, skyscrapers, beautiful gardens, and wide tree-lined avenues perpetuate the Mughal passion for landscaping and architectural excellence. We will be met at the airport and then drive through the city towards Agra. Drive  (205 km / 5 hours).
3
Taj Mahal early morning and Bharatpur
Taj Mahal , dream in white marble, was built by Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 for his beloved wife Mumtaz. Less than 2 kilometers from the Taj Mahal, is the impressive Agra Fort. The fort is built alongside the Yamuna river and stretches almost 2.5 km. It consists of a massive red sandstone wall and several buildings inside. The wall has 2 gates, the Delhi Gate and the Amar Singh Gate. In the morning we visit the Taj Mahal and then transfer to Bharatpur.
4
Bharatpur to Karauli.

After breakfast, we get a transfer to Bayana, our starting point.

On our bikes, we head out in the interiors of India. We will head to a small princely palace of Karauli which some ages ago was part of a larger Rajput empire. We will overnight in the hotel which used to be a castle and is run by the successors of the erstwhile Royal family. Ride 63 Kms

5
Karauli to Ranthambhore.
We start our peddling from Karauli via Sawai Madhopur passing through some other smaller villages and forested areas to reach our destination. The route stays away from the main road and follow back roads with mostly flat rides towards the end and allows us to enjoy the fascinating rural life of India. Ride 94 Kms
6
In Ranthambhore
Today we visit the Tiger reserve at Ranthambhore. Reputed to be one of the best places for big cat sighting. We are going to be rested from being on the saddle. We spend the days in the nature reserve, there will be opportunities for Jungle Safari and bird watching today.
7
Ranthambhore to Talabgaon.
We start our biking through the beautiful rocky sights and visible Aravalis in the background heading to another rural wonder of Talabgaon, a beautiful town next to the castle ride: 68 Kms
8
Talabgaon to Dausa.
After breakfast, we cycle our way into the rustic interiors of the Lalsot region, continuing onto the region of Dausa. we end our days at the regional headquarter of the area with the same name. We can also stop on the way whenever we feel there is a good chance to interact with the local communities. Ride 77 Kms
9
Ride/drive to Jaipur.
Our final day of cycling as we head to Ramgarh. It’s mostly flat terrain and will pass through Jamwa Ramgarh, Barkhera-Bairawas all small hamlets will provide great exposure to the rural life in this part of the world. We won’t have to bear the road traffic as we end the ride at Ramgarh and then a bus transfer will take us to Jaipur. Ride 46 Kms
10
In Jaipur.
Today we explore the ancient town of Jaipur and visit Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds. We also visit the Amber Fort-Palace, set in a picturesque location 7 miles from Jaipur, presenting a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture.
11
Departure day
Morning we get a transfer to Delhi  international airport by bus (5hrs appx.)

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