Bucolic Rajasthan

  • Ride past undulating sand dunes flanked by the Aravalli mountain range and the typical rural countryside
  • Admire historical stalwarts: weathered forts and breathtaking Jain temples
  • Savour Mughal influenced curries and smoky tandoori food
  • Get lost in the meandering markets, buzzing with wonderful chaotic energy
  • Feel the pulse of Rajasthan by interaction with villagers who still hold onto traditional customs of animal worship and barter system

Rajasthan offers the ‘quintessential’ India experience with its vivacious energy of colours, dances, history and warm hospitality. Let the Thar Desert amaze you with its diverse topography shifting from pale brown sand dunes to the green Aravalis, dotted with quaint villages, architectural marvels in forts & palaces and food that will keep your palette tingling for a long time. India’s pride on the travel map of the world, the unique landscape and architectural marvels of Rajasthan provide the most exotic backdrop to your cycling vacation!

This Rajasthan bike tour carefully blends the challenge of cycling with the cultural and rural experience that you encounter here. You ride past villages in an unparalleled expanse of sandy setting and understand the lives of potters, weavers and others who are holding onto the country’s culture with tenacity. The world of kings, forts and battles come alive in every destination that you make a stop in. As you lose yourself in the captivating folklores and fascinating tales of this magnificent state, be sure to keep your eye on the road. We ensure that you get a bite of royalty by staying in some of the restored havelis and heritage hotels of the state.

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    9 days / 8 nights

  • Start / End

    Udaipur, Rajathan / Delhi

  • Price

    From $1,795 pp dbl. occ.

    + $425 for sgl. occ.

  • Hotels

    Casual Inns

  • Riding Style

    Active Rider

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Group Departures

PRIVATE TRAVEL

Make it a private tour or further customize if you already have a group or the dates shown above do not coincide with your travel plans.

ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlaceHotelDuration~ Cycling Distancenon-cycling highlights
1 – 2UdaipurJagat Niwas240km / 24miCity Palace, Market Walk, Boat Ride, Cultural Show
3 – 4KumbhalgarhAodhi250km / 30mi*
40km / 24mi
Kumbhalgarh Fort & Temples
5 – 6GhaneraoGhanerao Royal Castle250km / 30mi*Ranakpur Jain Temple, Train Safari (meter gauge)
7Sardar SamandSardar Samand Lake150km / 30mi*Village Walk
8JodhpurPal Haveli145km / 27mi*
Mehrangarh Fort
9Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Arrival Note:
Take a connecting flight to Udaipur either from Delhi or Mumbai International Airport. Most of the international flights to Delhi and Mumbai arrive around midnight hours. Allow at least 3 hrs of layover time between your international and connecting flight to Udaipur. We recommend to take either Jet Airways or Air India flight from Delhi for Udaipur as they fly from same terminal (T3) as international arrival terminal (T3). All other low-cost domestic airlines fly from T1 terminal at Delhi (keep minimum 4 hrs layover if flying from here).  Please note, during peak winter season (late Dec – early Jan) in Delhi, many of the domestic flights get delayed and some cancelled from or to Delhi due to heavy fog here. Mumbai is a good option around that time.

Day 1: Udaipur
Arrive in Udaipur and get transferred to your boutique hotel in Udaipur. Udaipur can be a jumble of sights, sounds and smells but is an absolute must for travellers. On the first day of the trip, we cover some Udaipur highlights – a boat ride in the Fatehsagar Lake, and a guided walk of the City Palace. The City Palace is enclosed in a large complex on the banks of Lake Pichola and has many more palaces inside.

We convene tonight at the dinner, next to the beautiful lake, to celebrate the start of a fabulous cycling journey.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Udaipur Loop
Today explore the ‘City of lakes’ on a short half day long loop on the bike, swerving to untreaded nooks and corners through the beautiful rural countryside and absorbing this historic capital of Mewar at your own pace. A colourful landscape unfolds here with brightly clothed village women. Here you can see a typical hamlet of Rajasthan with people busy with farming. We get to discover kingfisher, langoors, cows, goats, peacocks along the way and a chance to take a refreshing ride around Lake Pichola, Fateh Sagar and Badi Lake.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance cycled: ~ 40km / 24mi

Day 3: Kumbhalgarh
This day we start early and take a shuttle to short distance and ride to the next town of Kumbhalgarh. This ride takes you close to the Aravalis and later to the famous kumbhalgarh Fort.

Kumbalgarh is yet another historic fort town from the 15th century. In the evening, we climb the rugged Kumbalgarh Fort, surrounded by a 35km wall with 365 temples within.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 30mi*
Shuttle: 1hr

Day 4: Kumbhalgarh Loop
This is the most scenic ride of the trip as you climb the Aravalis, maneuver through the rolling hills and cycle past a Dhonk (Anogeissus Pendula) strewn topography. The plant adds a spattering of colour to the pale brown stretches along the way.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 40km / 24mi

Day 5: Ghanerao
Our next destination for the ride is Ghanerao. You bike past the rugged Aravalis and undulating stretches. This is the most wholesome ride of the tour as you get a balanced day of different topographies.

En-route we visit Ranakpur Jain Temple. Jainism is an ancient religion from India that teaches that the way to liberation and bliss is to live a life of harmlessness and renunciation. This architectural wonder in white marvel is known for exquisitely carved 1444 pillars.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 30mi*
Shuttle: 1hr

Day 6: Ghanerao
We take a break from bike and on a little tour of a nearby village on foot, to get upclose and personal with rural life of Rajasthan. Hanging acacias, small shrines and village huts of the hamlets close to Ghanerao are extremely picturesque. Back at the hotel, you can relax, browse through books and know more about the history from the host itself.

A half day trip can also be taken on the meter gauge train that still runs through beautiful countryside. (optional)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Sardar Samand Lake
We start cycling early this day across lush millet vegetation and carpets of yellow mustard fields; in fact keep alert to see some amount of wildlife like deer, black bucks and camels. This is a fairly easy terrain to ride in so you can enjoy the vistas with ease and look forward to your stay at the hunting lodge, Sardar Samand Palace.

An erstwhile hunting lodge, the palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1933. Set in tranquil surroundings of a lake, the low lying Aravalli hill ranges, vast shrubby forests teeming with wildlife, the heritage resort is a great stop. Here you can relax in the contrasting comfort of a pool and a plush heritage property as compared to the cycle.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 30mi*
Shuttle: 1hr

Day 8: Jodhpur
On this day we cycle to Jodhpur along a beautiful route that, despite the barren landscape is known to support a surprising diversity of fauna. After lunch we visit massive Mehrangarh Fort.

Meals: Breakfast
Distance cycled: ~ 45km / 27mi*
Shuttle: 1hr

Day 9: Shuttle to Jodhpur Airport
Our trip concludes late-morning at the hotel. Your leaders will make arrangements for transportation to the Airport.

Meals: Breakfast

*With shuttle – short transfers.

Casual Inns

Jagat Niwas: Udaipur (2 nights)

Having blended a variety of Rajput themes, Jagat Niwas is perfect to end your trip with modern comforts and Rajasthani hospitality fit for Kings. Next to the Lake Pichola, the hotel is centrally located to other sightseeing places as well.

aodhi-kumbhalgarh

The Aodhi: Kumbhalgarh (2 nights)

The verdant surroundings of The Aodhi feel nothing less than sheer magic after biking through the sandy terrain of Rajasthan! With the rugged cliffs of the Kumbalgarh Fort just a stone’s throw away, it’s easy to transcend into a world of Kings and battles.

rawla-narlai

Ghanerao Royal Castle: Ghanerao (2 nights)

A magnificent showcase of Marble and Red sandstone Rajput Architecture built in 1606 that serves as the home of the royal family who still reside. The castle has 17 beautiful rooms, having their own quaint sit outs and verandhas.

Sardar Samand Palace: Samand Lake (1 night)

A retreat for the royal family of Jodhpur, the erstwhile hunting lodge was given a luxurious art deco avataar by Maharaja Umaid Singh. The lakeside hotel is a perfect synthesis of modern amenities and historical infusion into your holiday.

Pal Haveli: Jodhpur (1 night)

Palatial heritage rooms having view of mighty Mehrangarh Fort and impeccable Rajasthani service is what you should expect at Haveli Inn Pal. The heritage hotel is styled like an old Haveli and makes you feel like royalty already.

REGION

insightful details

Terrain

The terrain on the route varies from flat desert to grasslands to rolling hills. Maximum altitude is 1100m near Kumbhalgarh. In general the route slopes gently uphill from the Thar desert to the Aravalli mountain ranges till the village of Narlai. From here the hills begin. Nearly 30% of the route is flat and the remaining is amidst rolling hills. Average distance cycled per day is approx. 40 kms.


See

Explore nature and wildlife of Rajasthan. Commonly spotted animals include Antelopes like Bluebull, Blackbuck and Chinkara. Jackal, Fox and Wildboar can sometimes be spotted too. Herds of Camel can be commonly seen grazing by the sides of the roads. Common birds include Peacock, Kingfishers, Hornbill.

Flora – Flora varies greatly with the geography. In the desert region around Jodhpur Dhok, Acacia, cactii, Khejad trees, and shrub jungles are common. Closer to the Aravalli ranges fields of Mustard, Wheat, Maize, Barley etc. dot the landscape.


Experience

Rajasthani food is influenced by the harsh desert climate. Forced to improvise with whatever little the desert could offer, the cuisine has over the millennia evolved distinct flavors and tastes found nowhere else India. You can get to savor local delicacies like Rajasthani Lal Maas, Ker Sangri(desert beans), Besan Gatta, Dal Bati Churma etc.

Culture – This is culturally one of the most vibrant regions of Rajasthan. Experience the lifestyle of the Bishnois – one of the world’s oldest environmentalist communities who protect trees and wildlife. Come across wandering gypsies called Rebaris.

In Udaipur meet Bhil Tribals still residing in little stone huts perched on hilltops. Pose for photographs with tribal women dressed in intricate jewellery and tattoes.

Watch the millennia old Persian Water Wheel being used to irrigate wheat fields near Kumbhalgarh.

In Jodhpur listen to folk musicians called Manganiyars play traditional Rajasthani instruments like the Ravanhatta – said to be the oldest extant bowed instrument in the world and the predecessor of the Cello and the Violin.


Recommended Reading List

  • Where Silence Sings : Sounds and Rhythms of Rajasthan” by Tripti Pandey is an illustrated volume that provides easily accessible insights into the history, culture and traditions of Rajasthan.
  • Pauline Van Lynden’s Rajasthan is considered a classic collection of photographs and notes on Rajasthan.

INCLUSIONS & MORE

we go the extra mile

Beautiful Hotels

On this Casual Inn tour, experience the best of small boutique hotels at each destination. They are chosen carefully so that you are well rested, get a drift of the local character or an enthralling view from your verandah! Under circumstances of non-availability of hotel, we will put in equivalent or a better hotel. Any extras at hotel are at your expense.

Quality Bikes

When you have a road and the thrill of a journey ahead of you, it’s imperative to have a good bike to enjoy it. Most of our tours in India run on some of the best hybrid bikes in the cycling tour industry. Upright position, good traction and optimal balance between performance and comfort are some of the characteristics.

Outstanding Food & Refreshments

Local food plays an integral part in experiencing the culture of region and we make sure that you get plenty of this. The inclusion of daily meals is highlighted in detailed itinerary. Drinking water and soft drinks such as juice, tea/coffee is included while riding. Refreshments such as fresh fruits, dry fruits, biscuits, cakes, salted chips is provided.

Charming Guides

Our most visible and perhaps most important role is played by a Trip Leader, the folks who make a trip exciting, comfortable, knowledgeable and who are able to steer you towards the real experience! In most of the trips, we have two guides riding with you. One is leading the group of riders and other is closing at the back.

Comfortable Support Van

A Van follows the group of riders throughout the trip and carries all belongings. If at any point riding seems a little hard, the van takes you for as long or as little as you wish it to. It also provides you refreshments along the way and sometimes a chilled beer.

Guaranteed to Depart Tours

We run most of our tours with minimum 2 people traveling and sometimes even with 1 person, without any extra fee. Rest assured, your trip is always guaranteed to depart. If for some reasons you don’t wish to join a tour then you can always transfer to another trip or we’ll give you a credit which you can settle against any future trip.

Entrance Fees & Transportation

Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, temples & other exclusive events and transportation from rendezvous to final drop-off is always included in your tour price. Our tour designers give as much focus on non-cycling activity as on cycling.

Deep Local Knowledge & Presence

Presence of operations in Rajasthan, local associations and ad-hoc field network allows us to leverage local know-how and deliver on what is promised to you without any culture and communications barrier.

Singles Friendly

It is applicable only in cases where you want to opt for a room alone. In other cases, we will try to club you with another person, preferably of same sex. In the cases, where we don’t find a room partner, we’ll bear the extra room charges.

REVIEWS

from our friends

“I am writing way after the fact, and I having been thinking about our trip, and our guides Kamal and Qutub, and our driver Nayaem, so often, and wanted to write to thank all of you for our wonderful trip to India. But what I wanted to tell you is how much we LOVED every second of our time in India.  We felt so safe, and well taken care of, and we really liked the flexibility of the trip and how our guides and driver accommodated our preferences and were also responsive to traffic and logistics, so the whole trip was very individualized.  Highlights were going to the historic movie theater (I think in Jaipur, but I’m not sure) to see the Salman Khan film with Nayeam, having an elephant take a tip right out of Norm’s hand and give it to his master, going to the mosque with Kamal and Nayeam in Delhi, all the conversations with Qutub about life in India, the backroads we road with him through the small villages, and the couple from Punjab we hung out with at the “King’s Hunting Lodge.”

The whole trip felt so hands-on, we enjoyed getting the local guided tours and walking through the back allies, trying local food, the enthusiasm of your guides for showing us around and helping us talk to people we ran into along the way, the hotels were all incredible.  We are ruined for eating Indian food back at home— everything there was so delicious!!!
We want to come back again and are trying to plan for when/where.  Our trip to India is the best travel experience either Norm or I have ever had— India has been a dream of mine forever, and the trip was better than I could ever have hoped for, and Norm didn’t want to go at all, and it still became his favorite trip!!!”
Karen CampbellUSA

“Colorful Rajasthan Bike Tour & Golden Triangle Walking Tour – Thinking about our great time in India with you and the bike trip as I roll thru my 1000 pics! My anticipation was one of crowds, congestion, busy highways, no personal space and OMG it never happened! From our arrival in New Dehli to our departure in Mumbai we were so engrossed in enjoying the experience, we had no time to notice any of this. Rajasthan has got to be one of the most colorful and intriguing parts of your country. The biking was perfect for us, challenging, but at the same time so varied that I never felt overwhelmed with a distance to accomplish. Visits to the tiny villages opened my eyes to a simpler life style with such contentment. Lodging was certainly an important component for me, after a day on the bike seat, and I was never disappointed. My favorite being the Sadar Lake hunting lodge, and the serene surroundings, a step back in time, but with the class of a NYC hotel. The route was always interesting with some sort of historical treasure along the path, be it a huge 300 year old fort, a busy bazaar, or an over the top palace. My favortie day of all, was thru the mountains, a loop thru various villages, watching the people harvest and plant their crops. An impromptu swim into the most crystal clear pond, Mohkem leading the ranks with an exquisite cannonball, that left us with our sides hurting from laughter. And yes would I come back? How about to Kerala next fall, with 8 of my friends. You are the best and AHHHHH India! BJ”

BJ WilliamsUSA

“That wasn’t just a great vacation, those were some of the best days of my life. I had no idea it would be so beautiful, so fun and exciting. Those young men Adi and Arjun are really extraordinary. We are very grateful to you. I can hardly express it.”

John DanielsUSA

“We had a fantastic time on our holiday. Arjun and Dilip made a great team, and Arjun was first rate – he really did make this the ‘trip of a lifetime’ for us.”

ChristineUK