Overall we had a wonderful experience on our bike tour in India. It allowed us to see and do things we wouldn’t have been able to on our own. There were a few small logistical glitches, but overall the tour was well-organized. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. The bikes were in good condition. It will be awhile before we go back to India but if/when we do we’d definitely consider doing another tour with Art of Bicycle Trips.
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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%
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.
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.
from our friends
Communication pre-ride was timely and helpful. During the ride, our guide couldn't have been better!
For anyone who would like an authentic unique backroads view of India, this is the way to do it. As two time travelers with Art of Bicycle Trips, we were exceptionally pleased each time with the thoughtful planning, quality of the trip leaders, and excellent and interesting accommodations and non-cycling activities. Having experienced both a multisport trip in Kerala and a Golden Triangle cycling trip -- these trips couldn't have been more different, but shared the same professionalism and quality. Especially loved our engaging, competent, kind trip leaders. Very memorable!
It was a great tour from Udaipur to Jodhpur in casual inns. 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).