Princely Rajasthan Bike Tour

  • Ride past some of the most interior landscapes
  • Eternal beauty of Taj Mahal
  • Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary – regarded as one of the most amazing in the world
  • Admire historical stalwarts: weathered forts and breathtaking temples
  • Meander through the chaotic markets of Jaipur and Jodhpur

Discover the comparatively untreaded paths of the most popular travel circuit in India on this exotic bike tour combining Rajasthan, Agra & Delhi. This trip encompasses all the elements of India that makes it unique in persona, to any other country. The trip unveils with spellbinding lakes and palaces of Udaipur and traverses through amazing intricate temples and bucolic villages of Rajsamand; the deserts and forts of Jodhpur; chaotic streets of Jaipur; bird and tiger sanctuaries of Bharatpur and Sariska; Taj Mahal, and ends at Delhi with the Aravalli range of mountains in the backdrop throughout the tour.

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    13 days / 12 nights

  • Start

    Jaipur | 13:00hrs

  • Finish

    Delhi | 19:00hrs

  • Hotels

    Premiere Inns

  • Riding Style

    Easy Rider

  • Average Distance Cycled

    50km or 30mi

  • Total Distance Cycled

    ~ 350km or 210mi

  • Bicycle

    Included

  • Support Vehicle

    Included

  • Group Size

    Min 2, Max 12

ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

* casual inns
DayPlacePremiere InnsDuration~ Cycling DistanceNon-cycling Highlights
1JaipurTrident Jaipur1Amer Fort
2 – 3UdaipurBujera Fort240km / 24miCity Palace
4KumbhalgarhThe Aodhi*150km / 30mi* Kumbhalgarh Fort & Temples
5 – 6NarlaiRawla Narlai250km / 30mi*
35km / 21mi*
Ranakpur Jain Temple
7JodhpurRaas145km / 27mi*Mehrangarh Fort
8JaipurSamode Haveli1Train Journey, Arts & Crafts Walk
9BishangarhAlila Fort Bishangarh150km / 30miVillage Life
10AlwarHill Fort Kesroli150km / 30mi*Village Walk
11BharatpurThe Bagh*150km / 30mi*Chand Baori: 1000+ years old magnificent stepwell, Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary
12Delhi via Taj MahalThe Imperial Hotel1Keoladeo Bird Sanctuary, Taj Mahal
13Departure

Detailed Itinerary


Day 1: Jaipur

Our guide meets at your hotel around 13:00hrs.

We do bike fit before starting with a visit to Amer Fort. After bike fit, visit with the famous fortress of Kacchawaha kings at Amber. Large courtyards, intricate carvings on formidable structure and nuances of Rajput rule can be seen in the fort overlooking the Maota Lake. If you’re up for a walk, take a tunnel to Jaigarh Fort.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Udaipur
We take an early morning train (06:15 – 13:15) from Jaipur to Udaipur.

Arrive in Udaipur and get transferred to your luxury hotel in Udaipur. Udaipur can be a jumble of sights, sounds and smells but is an absolute must for travelers.

Today we explore the ‘City of lakes’ on a short half day long loop on a 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.

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 25km / 15mi

Day 3: Udaipur

This day we start early in the morning and ride past small villages, mountainous and greener landscape and see more than thousand years old saas bahu and eklinji temples along the way. The ride is undulating and gives a chance to witness the rural life around Udaipur from close quarters.

In the afternoon, we cover some Udaipur highlights – 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.

Enjoy walking the old market and eating street food at Paliwal Kachori, take an amazing cooking class with Sashi or a boat ride in the Pichola Lake.

In the evening, we recommend to enjoy enthralling cultural show organized at Bagore Ki Haveli.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance cycled: ~ 35km / 21mi

Day 4: Kumbhalgarh

This day we start early and take a shuttle to short distance and ride to the next town of Kumbhalgarh. 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. 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 5: Narlai

This morning, we hop onto the bikes and make our way to Narlai, through the dense forest and undulating stretches. This is the most wholesome ride of the tour as you get a balanced day of different topographies.

Narlai lies at the epicenter of an area rich with more than 400 historic temples. Arriving in Narlai, settle into the Rawla Narlai, an enchanting 17th century mansion. Formerly used as a hunting lodge, it is located in the heart of a typical rustic Rajasthan village amidst craggy rock-scape interjected with village houses. Rawla boasts of an esteemed guest list with the likes of Mick Jagger and Francesco Clemet having stayed here.

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

Day 6: Narlai

The hotel lies under the shadow of Elephant Hill, a massive granite monolith. In the early morning, climb the 700 steps to the top for a panorama over lakes, fields and forests.

If you sill have some miles left in your legs bike to the famous Ranakpur Jain Temple here. After you have rested and had lunch, use this time to see the magnificent temple. Made of marble, the temple is an intricate artwork of local craftsmen; do not miss two of the most exquisite carvings here – one made out of a single marble rock, which showcases 108 snakes and 1444 pillars, which will leave you awestruck.

The rest of day is at leisure. Take a walk into the village here or settle in with a good book for the day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 30km / 18mi* (optional)
Shuttle: 1hr

Day 7: 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. Enroute, you may spot animals like deer, black bucks, camels and blur bulls as you ride past swaying masses of yellow mustard and wheat. We arrive at Jodhpur and post-lunch visit the towering Mehrangarh Fort, a key highlight of Jodhpur, looms over the city from a small hill and can be seen from everywhere.

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

Day 8: Jaipur

We take an early morning train (06:05 – 10:50) from Jodhpur to Jaipur. In the afternoon, we take an Arts & Crafts Walk with our local expert Vineet, in pinkcity bazaar, to get upclose and personal with the life of Jaipur.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Train: 4.5hrs


Day 9: Bishangarh

This day we start early in the morning and ride past small villages, mountainous and greener landscape.

The ride is undulating and gives a chance to witness the rural life around Jaipur from close quarters. Having received numerous accolades from leading travel magazines, Alila Fort Bishangarh is the erstwhile residence of the local rulers of village of Shahpura. Now luxuriously restored, the hotel is a heaven for tasteful extravagance, which you experience for two nights.

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

Day 10: Alwar

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 reserve in the world to have successfully relocated tigers.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 30mi*
Shuttle: 1.5hrs

Day 11: 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 Bharatpur. 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, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 30mi*
Shuttle: 2hrs

Day 12: 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13: Delhi

Delhi hoards centuries of history, remnants of which, lie unassumingly in all parts of the city. Weathered monuments mingle with modern life seamlessly. Plan your own day today, if you have time.

We recommend to take a walk in the old city, an area called Chandni Chowk. Old crumbling houses precariously line the edge of narrow streets while old wires obstruct your view of the sky here – with so much going on in one place, yet the warmth and acceptance of the area is heart-warming. If you have an appetite for street food, we recommend a bite of the oily parathas, kachoris, lassi and some tea.

Meals: Breakfast

* With shuttle – short transfers

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insightful details

The Exotic India trip takes place in two stages, each with its own distinct flavor, terrain and geography.


Stage 1

Terrain

The terrain on the route varies from rolling hills to flat desert to grasslands. Maximum altitude is 1100m near Kumbhalgarh. In general the route is undulating around the Aravalli mountain ranges till the village of Narlai. From here the flat begins. Nearly 30% of the route is flat and the remaining is amidst rolling hills. Average distance cycled per day is approx. 50 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.


Stage 2

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 is with a gradient of 10-12%.


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.


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.

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