Rural Rajasthan Bike Tour

  • Ride past some of the most interior landscapes
  • Admire historical stalwarts: weathered forts and breathtaking temples
  • Meander through the chaotic markets of Jaipur and Jodhpur

The trip unveils with spellbinding lakes and palaces of Jaipur and traverses through amazing intricate temples and bucolic villages of Rajsamand; the deserts and forts of Jodhpur; chaotic streets of Udaipur with the Aravalli range of mountains in the backdrop throughout the tour.

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    13 days / 12 nights

  • Start

    Jaipur | 13:00hrs

  • Finish

    Udaipur

  • Hotels

    Casual Inns

  • Riding Style

    Easy Rider

  • Average Distance Cycled

    55km or 33mi

  • Total Distance Cycled

    ~ 580km or 360mi

  • Bicycle

    Included

  • Support Vehicle

    Included

  • Group Size

    Min 2, Max 12

ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlaceHotelsDuration~ Cycling Distance
1 – 2JaipurDera Rawatsar225km / 15mi
3RoopangarhRoopangarh Fort160km / 36mi
4PushkarPushkar Palace150km / 30mi
5ChandelaoChandelao Garh160km / 36mi*
6SalawasChhotaram Prajapat’s Homestay150km / 30mi
7BhenswaraRawla Bhenswara180km / 48mi*
8BeraCastle Bera160km / 42mi
9GhaneraoRoyal Ghanerao Castle150km / 30mi
10KumbhalgarhKumbhalgarh Safari Camp150km / 30mi
11 – 12UdaipurHotel Mahendra Prakash250km / 30mi*
30km / 18mi
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: Jaipur

Explore Jaipur on a short half day long ride on your bike, meandering through the narrow streets, past glorious monuments and palaces of Jaipur. The city is a treat for art lovers and the best way to get a glimpse of the capital of Rajasthan is on your bike. We get to see stunning landscape combining palaces & forts (Hawa Mahal, Amber Fort, Nahargarh Fort), step well.

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

Distance cycled: ~ 25km / 15mi

Day 3: Roopangarh Fort

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

The ride is mostly flat and gives a chance to witness the rural life around Jaipur from close quarters.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 36mi

Day 4: Pushkar

Today ride past lush millet vegetation and carpets of yellow mustard fields. This is a fairly easy terrain to ride in so you can enjoy the vistas with ease arrive at Pushkar. Set in tranquil surroundings of a lake, the low lying Aravalli hill ranges, vast shrubby forests teeming with wildlife, Pushkar is a great stop.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 30mi

Day 5: Chandelao

Ride through typical hinterland to get upclose and personal with rural life of Rajasthan. Small shrines and village huts of the hamlets are extremely picturesque.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 36mi*

Day 6: Salawas

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 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: ~ 50km / 30mi

Day 7: Bhenswara

Another day across lush millet vegetation and carpets of yellow mustard fields.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 80km / 48mi*

Day 8: Bera

We start cycling early this day across lush millet vegetation and carpets of yellow mustard fields. This is a fairly easy terrain to ride in so you can enjoy the vistas with ease and look forward to your stay at Bera.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 42mi

Day 9: Ghanerao

Another beautiful day on a bike through the dense forest and gradual inclines takes you close to the Aravalis and later 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 30mi

Day 10: Kumabhalgarh

This morning, we hop onto the bikes and make our way to Kumbhalgarh, a historic fort town from the 15th century, through the rugged Aravalis and undulating stretches. This is the most wholesome ride of the tour as you get a balanced day of different topographies.

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

Day 11: Udaipur

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

Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 30mi*

Day 12: Udaipur

Explore the ‘City of lakes’ on a short countryside 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.

Post-lunch, 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance cycled: ~ 30km / 18mi

Day 13: Departure

Depart as per your onward travel plans.

Meals: Breakfast

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REVIEWS

from our friends

“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 Couban

“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

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