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For us this was our second tour with The Art of Bicycle Trips and we were not disappointed. The Rajasthan experience is very different from the one we so enjoyed last year in Kerala which brought us back again to India for a repeat cycle.The lush green tea and cardomon plantations on the hills around Munna make way for a much harsher landscape but the history, the colourful people, the life in the villages and the amazing palaces and forts along the Rajasthan route make up for this. In short we had a wonderful week and learnt a great deal about the history, politics and culture of India from our extremely well informed guide Poonacha who was really engaging. The standard of the beautiful Heritage hotels that we stayed in was way beyond our expectations.The food was excellent and the people who attended to us friendly and really helpful throughout . We had a marvellous time and heartily recommend the company for making India accessible to those of us who love to travel by bicycle in a way that allows us to feel safe, pampered and informed.

Jeremy M.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

A very well run trip from start to finish with superb, friendly, competent staff in every department. The accomodation was beyond any expectations and would have been impossible to find if booking privately and there were no hidden extras throughout the trip. We have experienced many enjoyable cycling holidays in Europe but feel that our Art of Bycycling trip has been the best! We will most certainly be booking with them again.

Jane J.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR
This was a wonderful tour de force of Rajasthan. Besides all of the famous sites of the Golden triangle it managed to include some fantastic cycling through remote villages, picturesque hills, and deserts stretching into the mists. In addition to this we found time for visiting romantic remote hill forts, palaces, temples and even a game park. We saw everything from age old Oxen drawn irrigation wells to the wealth beyond imagination of the maharajah’ s palaces. Ladies dressed in jewel coloured saris mending the roads and labouring in the fields while their men folk cruise around on motor bikes drinking chai with their friends. Colourful vibrant Rajasthan is indeed larger than life!

All of the hotels were memorable and a few were unique. I never imagined I would be able to stay in the maharajah of Jodpur’s Hunting Lodge.! A completely pristine Art Deco palace where one almost expected overhear the cream of 1930s Indian and British society celebrating their hunting triumphs of the day over a gin and tonic by the lake. Everywhere we stopped we were greeted by curious enthusiastic vilagers and children who found us every bit as interesting as we found them. On one occasion a local insisted that he bought us all a chai and my husband was permitted to ride a beautiful Royal Enfield motor bike. Lots of requests for selfies everywhere. The two trip leaders were wonderful. Quietly knowledgeable Kamal and effervescent and chatty Hussein. Nothing was too much trouble for either of them and both did everything in their power to make this a memorable trip. A special thanks to ‘Mr B’ who based on the evidence we saw is probably the best driver in India! And last but not least thank you Pankaj for answering my many queries so patiently and putting together this amazing trip

Julia E.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

Wonderful holiday, can’t wait to do the next one.

Jennifer F.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

It was a great tour. The cycling was varied and interesting, particularly the hill days. We stayed and ate in really cool places that we never would have found on our own. There were extremely worthwhile and fun cultural activities everyday after or during our ride. The guide and drivers were all very professional, caring, and helpful. Our guide made sure we experienced a lot in a short time. Overall I’d recommend this trip to anyone. We plan on taking another Art of Bicycle trip the next time we’re in India (or someplace else where the trips are offered).

Seth A.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

Went beyond our expectations, especially since we had little knowledge of the new tour we signed up for

Kara L.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

How do I put our trip into words! This was one of the most remarkable and enjoyable travel experiences we have ever had. Right from my initial enquiry, responses were prompt, questions were answered and your willingness to adapt and fit in around our specific requirements was fantastic. Cycling is such a great way to experience a country, not just see it. We had so many memorable interactions with the locals, especially the children! Being surrounded by cycling children on their way to school, scooters slowly travelling beside us so they could ask us questions, slowly manoeuvring through herds of cattle, sheep and goats carefully tended by shepherds, women in brightly coloured saris smiling and waving to us from the fields and school children yelling and waving with excitement as we cycled past schools. So many amazing and vivid memories. Their kindness, curiosity and generosity is something we will remember forever. We also enjoyed the many historical sites we visited. The local guides were knowledgeable, making our tours very interesting. Kumbhalgarh Fort was a favourite, such an amazing place, and of course Bhangharh Fort. Thank you for allowing us to detour into this very intriguing place, such a unique place to visit and to hear all the very intriguing tales. The walking tour in Jaipur with Vineet was outstanding and gave us an insight into the life and skills of the traditional arts and crafts within the city walls and also a taste of some delicious local street food. Something completely different was the slum tour in Delhi, a very educational and thought provoking experience, nothing like we had anticipated and an experience that I find myself still reflecting back on. We thank you for getting to know us well enough over the two weeks that you would suggest this as an option for us to do in Delhi, it really was a highlight. Visiting the villages was also an amazing privilege, being invited into homes and being given such a warm welcome by the families. How can we ever enjoy a Chai again after drinking one made from milk we saw being freshly milked! It was such an honour to be able to spend time with these wonderful people. Our accommodation was always of a high standard and provided a lovely insight into India’s history and of course a lovely comfy bed after a day on the bike. The food was exceptional, our local Indian restaurant will never be the same! Our driver Munshi was always calm, patient, helpful and it was nice to know he was just a short distance behind us if we ever needed him for more water, a quick snack or puncture repairs. He was our hero. Finally, Pankaj, our tour leader. Thank you for organising such a memorable trip, taking care of every little detail, helping us understand local customs and answering our many questions. It was a privilege to spend time with you and to meet your lovely wife. Thank you for taking the time to get to know us and understand the type of things we enjoy doing and are interested in and tweaking our trip to meet these interests. We enjoyed our many conversations and laughs along the way. One day we will be back.

Susan & Matt
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

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!

Sara
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

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 F.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

As cyclists, this bike tour was one of the highlights of our India trip. Started in Udaipur with GOOD bikes (and we did bike tours everywhere, these were the best quality by far) I got a brand new Giant hybrid and my girlfriend had a Scott. We rode 50ish km the first day finishing with a really fun ascent to the first luxurious hotel (which was like a private resort). The second day we cycled some hills to get to a beautiful town called Narlai. The town has a huge rock called Elephant rock which is a must see and must climb (I did Sunrise and sunset). Here we stayed at a royal guest house. Was beautiful and also had great food. From here we cycled to a royal palace where we were the only guests for the night. Which was quite amazing. Food was okay, but palace and location was beautiful. The final dag rode another 50km and were dropped off in Jodhpur.

I was initially shocked at the cost as my girlfriend organised it. Cost about $1800usd for four days, but included three nights accommodation and meals in very nice places, as well as quality equipment a support vehicle and a great guide Qutub (I think his name was). The only other thing I paid for was beer… Was a really good experience and would highly recommend!

Damian
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

We enjoyed our Udaipur to Jodhpur cycling trip immensely. Everything was well organised and hotels and activities planned were very fascinating. A great experience overall.

Ansha M.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

Kamal was a wealth of information – incredibly intelligent and a very strong rider. Pancheet (Sp?) was a very energetic and wonderful person who was always willing to give his insight and inspired us all along the way. We truly loved both of them and the trip was truly fantastic, Thank You.

Erin
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

The trip was an extraordinary way to experience rural Rajasthan, get up close to farming and rural life as well as get some good exercise in amongst the holiday.

Isobel P.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

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 C.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

Jewel in the Crown: 14 day cycling trip in Rajasthan – We took the 14 day trip offered by Art of Bicycle Trips, starting in Delhi and finishing in Udaipur. I cannot begin to describe what a breathtaking and awe-inspiring adventure this has been. Even before our arrival in India, all communication with the Art of Bicycle Trips staff was prompt and helpful and timely. We have done a number of cycling trips in Europe but truly none can come close to this one. The bikes (Scott) were excellent: 24 gears, hardy and well maintained. The routes each day were amazing: beautiful and varied vistas, charming villages and small towns and, of course, we saw so many animals: monkeys, cows, Buffalo, foxes, bats, deer and antelopes and even a mongoose ! The hotels that were chosen were lovely heritage properties: in the cities, it was often a central haveli with historic charm. In the countryside, the places were even more spectacular. For example, we stayed on the hunting lodge of the King of Jodhpur! There were also city tours, a camel ride and visits to a bird sanctuary and safari! However, the jewel in the crown of this experience was really our trip leader, Kamalpreet Singh. He was quiet and understated but a fountain of knowledge about all things Indian. He could talk about the Aravalli hills and the religions of India, as well as about local people and customs. He was very reliable and professional. I cannot speak highly enough about how well organized this 2- week adventure was! Excellent value for money but more importantly a life affirming experience about good travelling! Great work to the Art of Bicycle Trips team! You have an amazing experience here!

Stephen C.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

Trip Leaders were very well informed and was able to relate historical sites and religious beliefs to what is happening in India today. And we loved having Dibbin on the trip also. He was fun and easy to be with. It was an excellent trip and the highlight of our time in India. the driver was excellent and very supportive.

Van S.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

It was truly amazing. We got the appropriate amount of information beforehand. The equipment was in good shape. The hotels were great. The distances were appropriate. The scenery was amazing. The staff were great. Food was delicious (lunch stops weren’t amazing but they were clean and affordable at least). I loved every minute of it! Thank you!

Jennifer
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

I thoroughly enjoyed my 8 days on the ABT bike, thank you especially to Qutub and Abdul the driver.

Stephen R.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

Kamal was terrific guide…very accommodating….gracious and willing to adapt to our preferences…we would be very happy to ride with him again!!! the adventure lived up fully to that …that was represented and more… no negatives…of course wish I had my younger legs…but felt we did quite well….and would happily do it again.

Jacobs
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

We wanted to cycle as a couple rather than a group and we had to fit the trip into fewer days than set out on the website. No problem – Pankaj organised it for us. He gave us options on hotels, clear pricing, lots of information about where might suit us. Navigation was easy. We had a driver Inder who would magically appear like the shopkeeper out of the TV show Mr Ben at any junctions where we needed to turn, but most of the time it would just be the two of us cycling along. Cycling through rural villages and farmlands we were constantly waving and saying hello. We had such a great time we booked to go back to India in 2016 2 weeks after we returned home and will seek out Art of Bicycle in Kerala next time.

Maria & Pete
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

Thank you for helping us explore Rajasthan by bike. It was a great window into a world we would otherwise have been unlikely to see/experience.

Amy
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

Thank you so much for organising our 5 day ‘self guided’ trip from Udaipur to Jodphur. It was such a relaxing way to enjoy the sights of rural India receiving countless waves and greetings along the way We were impressed by the quality of the bikes and the mostly excellent road surfaces making the cycling a pleasure. Our driver followed a short distance behind us and was always there when we needed him (punctures, snacks, directions). We arrived at the hotels most days by 2:30 p.m giving us time to enjoy any near by sites (forts, temples) and/or just relax by the pool enjoying the surroundings. Our only regret was that the trip was too short, so we will be back soon!

Diana & Simon
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

We are home and every day remembering things we enjoyed about our bicycle trip. Thanks again for everything you did to make it great for us. As your sign on the office in Udaipur says, it “changes perspective,” and it will stick with us for a lifetime. Rajasthan was so much more (beautiful, lively, crazy, stunning, peaceful, rural, mesmerizing, etc) than we imagined. Definitely “art of the bicycle trip.”

Jolene & Sam
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

Listen, 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 (trip leaders) Adi and Arjun are really extraordinary. We are very grateful to you. I can hardly express it.

John
RAJASTHAN BIKE 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 W.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

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.

Christine
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

It was by far the best vacation that we have ever been on in India. Every aspect of the trip had been taken care of carefully from the accommodations, to the quality of guides to the bike routes. Soon we will come back for more tours.

Paula M.
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR

We much enjoyed our trip. The itinerary was well chosen and a good balance between bicycling & Tourism. The hotels were well chosen & we appreciated your efforts to find ones that had real Indian flavour to them. Adi helped us appreciate the local cooking and we had a number of memorable meals. Altogether a great experience and we will not hesitate to recommend your trips to friends or to come again ourselves.

Michael & Béatrice
RAJASTHAN BIKE TOUR