Golden Triangle Bike Tour – Jaipur to Delhi via Taj Mahal (or vice versa)

  • Ride past some of the most interior landscapes
  • Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary and Sariska National Park
  • Eternal beauty of Taj Mahal

Quintessential India, the Golden Triangle bike tour gives an altogether different spin to the most popular travel circuit in India. Travel along comparatively untreaded paths and little known backroads on this bike tour. This amazing circuit looks even more beautiful from a bicycle!

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    4 days / 3 nights
    please note Taj is closed on all Fridays

  • Start / End

    Jaipur / Delhi or Delhi / Jaipur

  • Price

    As per your size of group, accommodation, time of year you travel

  • Hotels

    Casual Inns

  • Riding Style

    Easy to Active Rider

  • Age

    Suitable for 13+

Group Departures

PRIVATE TRAVEL

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ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlaceHotelDuration~ Cycling DistanceNon-cycling Highlights
1 – 2SariskaVanaashraya245km / 27mi*
50km / 30mi*
Bhangarh Fort, Sariska Tiger Safari
3BharatpurLaxmi Vilas Palace145km / 27mi*Chand Baori: 1000+ years old magnificent stepwell
4Delhi via Taj MahalKeoladeo Bird Sanctuary, Taj Mahal, Train Journey

Detailed Itinerary

Arrival Note:
Arrival from Delhi or Jodhpur: Take an early morning train from Delhi (4 hr 30 min) or Jodhpur (4 hr 40 min). We can help you with train booking.

Arrival from Udaipur: By non-stop flight (1 hr) to Jaipur or an early morning train (7 hr 30 min) to Jaipur.

Meeting Time and Location:
Meet your Trip Leader at 7:00 am at the lobby of your hotel. We recommend to do bike fit at least a day before departure. Please contact your trip consultant for a list of suggested hotels at Jaipur, if required. It is good to pick a hotel within the radius of 8 km around Jaipur Jal Mahal.

Day 1: Jaipur to Sariska
We cycle towards the forest of Sariska, through the amazing Aravalli hills, lakes and past Bhangarh Fort, the most haunted place in India. Today is an amazing trail for biking. We will continue cycling to Sariska National Park, a favourite haunt of wildlife buffs & professional wildlife photographers from around the world. The topography of Sariska supports scrub-thorn arid forests, rocky landscapes, dry deciduous forests, rocks, grasses and hilly cliffs. The park is famous for its Bengal Tigers, one of the most magnificent animals of India, which has long fascinated people with its awesome power and beautifully striped coat. It is the first tiger reserves in the world to have successfully relocated tigers.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 45km / 27mi*
Shuttle: 1.5hrs

Day 2: Sariska
We take a gorgeous bike loop around Sariska in the morning and later in the afternoon, spend a day searching for tigers and other animals into the wildlife. Apart from the Bengal Tiger, the reserve includes many species of wild life, such as the leopard, jungle cat, caracal, striped hyena, golden jackal, chital, sambhar, nilgai, chinkara, four-horned antelope, wild boar, hare, hanuman langur, Rhesus monkeys.

Sariska is also ethereal for bird watchers with some of the rarest feathered species like Grey Partridge, White-throated kingfisher, Indian peafowl, Bush Quail, Sandgrouse, Treepie, Golden-backed Woodpecker, Crested serpent eagle and the Indian eagle-owl.

Please note Sariska Park is open only during Oct-Mar.

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

Day 3: Bharatpur
Begin the day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel, then set off on a bike ride through the picturesque countryside, chequered with mustard fields and millet farms to the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. On the way, we make a stop at Abhaneri for lunch and visit Chand Baori, one of the largest stepwell built over a thousand years ago in the Abhaneri village of Rajasthan.

Later in the evening, we explore the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary on a bike, famous for avifauna sanctuary that plays host to thousands of birds, where you have an opportunity to interact with the local guide and gain greater insight into the bird lives.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance cycled: ~ 45km / 27mi*
Shuttle: 2hrs

Day 4: Delhi via Taj Mahal

People who love birds have another chance this morning to explore the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. In the late morning, we take a transfer to the Agra for a visit of Taj Mahal. We have a good half-day to visit one of the most awesome and extravagant monuments ever built – the Taj Mahal. It was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife in 1631-1653, with thousands of semiprecious stones inlaid.

In the evening, we take a Gatimaan Express (5:50 pm train) to Delhi, a semi high speed train that runs between Delhi and Agra. We will reach Delhi station by 7:30 pm.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance cycled: ~ 15km / 9mi
Shuttle: 1.5hrs
Train: 1.5hrs

*with shuttle – short transfers

Casual Inns

Vanaashrya Camps: Sariska (2 nights)

Nestled in the natural beauty of the wilds and on the edge of the Reserve, experience the luxury of camping in the middle of jungle. Spread over an area of 12 acres with a lake, Vanaashrya offers absolute peaceful & pristine atmosphere to relax.

Bharatpur: Laxmi Vilas Palace (1 night)

For almost a hundred years, the Laxmi Vilas Palace has been a prime witness to, and a participant in almost every eventful happening that took in the princely state of Bharatpur – Royal weddings, affairs of the court and the Royal duck shoots. It has played host to such dignitaries as the Duke of Edinburgh, Shah of Iran, King of Nepal and Shah of Afghan.

REGION

insightful details

Terrain

The route cuts through the northern end of the Aravalli mountains. The Aravallis, not the highest of mountain ranges, are at their lowest here before disappearing altogether near Delhi. Bharatpur is at an altitude of 180m above the sea level. Jaipur is at an elevation of 430m.

The route is generally a gentle uphill. A stretch near Sariska with a gradient of 10%


See

Fauna – The Keoladeo National Park at Bharatpur is a World Heritage Site. The sanctuary is believed to be the world’s richest bird area, playing home to more than 350 species of birds including some rare species like the wood sandpiper, the greater spotted eagle, the Marshall’s iora etc.

Sariska tiger reserve is a major national park of India. Apart from the magnificent Royal Bengal Tiger other common wildlife include the leopard, wild boar, four horned antelope, jackal, rhesus monkey, spotted dear etc. Herds of camel, mongoose, nilgai etc can be commonly spotted along the route.


Experience

Food – Delhi is renowned for its variety of rich Mughlai and Punjabi cuisine. The Tandoor – a cylindrical oven made of clay and set into the earth, and fired with wood or charcoal – is a dominant influence in the region’s cuisine. While in Jaipur try the famous Daal Baati Churma. For dessert try Ghewar – a Jaipur specialty made with flour and sugar syrup.

Drink – Lassi, masala chai

Culture – Visit the famous Taj Mahal.One of the seven wonders of the world – an everlasting monument of love. Meander through old Delhi’s maze like bazaars. Experience its medieval Mughal splendor vying for space with a rapidly expanding modern megacity. In Jaipur explore the Pink City with its eclectic architecture and rugged forts.

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. Fresh fruits, cookies, salted chips & water is provided while cycling.

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 in cases where you want to opt for a room alone or we don’t find a room partner. In other cases, we will try to club you with another person, preferably of same sex.

MEET THE LOCAL SPECIALIST

Pankaj Mangal

Pankaj Mangal

From Art of Bicycle Trips

Having undergone the rigmarole of meeting rooms and pie charts, Pankaj savors nothing but hot cups of tea and some local gossip with villagers in faraway places. The last seven years have been largely on his set of wheels, since he set out to explore his own bizarre country - the long bumpy rides, traversing miles of isolated roads and sharing stories with strangers has been absolutely worth it! Pankaj is a native of Jaipur, Rajasthan.

REVIEWS

from our friends

Very enjoyable bike ride, with lots of extras

I wanted a bike ride that was only a couple of days and within easy access from Delhi where my wife had work commitments. After searching the web, the golden triangle option of Art of Bicycle Trips was the only one that suited, and the website itinerary sounded promising. My initial impression was that it was expensive, but I assumed this reflected a high quality operation…….I was correct. From start to finish the organisation was good, the bikes, the accommodation were all top rate, and the extras inluding the guided tours of Keoladeo wetland and Taj Mahal were spot on. The duration of riding was well judged, and not too demanding in the hot weather. On top of this, our tour leader was a warm and friendly guy who made us feel comfortable and relaxed.
Peter FogartyAustralia

My trip was fantastic. It was a great experience, very well planned and it was so good to just get there and have everything be taken care of. All I had to do was enjoy the bike riding and the non-riding trips. The scenery, the routes and the non-riding activities were all great. The trip was also excellent value for money and so worth it. The whole experience was made even better by the people we met, from our group leader to the local guides and our driver as well as the staff at the hotels. Everyone just made it so memorable and I felt very welcome! I am very glad I chose to explore India by bike with your company especially when this was my first trip to this wonderful country. I was also traveling in India by myself and I felt extremely safe with this tour and the company so I highly recommend it to lone female travelers who wish to go off the beaten path and experience a different side of India. I will surely recommend this trip to everyone and I will definitely go on another one. This first trip made me want to explore more areas of India and perhaps places of SE Asia that I have yet to visit. So thank you so much for a wonderful experience, one of the best ones I’ve had in my life!

SaraColumbia

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