Ride past undulating sand dunes flanked by the Aravalli mountain range and the typical bucolic countryside
Admire historical stalwarts: weathered forts and breathtaking Jain temples
This tour customized to the needs of the traveller short on time and high on adrenaline. From Udaipur, the city of lakes nestled in the valleys of the Aravallis, we travel in a North westerly direction towards the blue city of Jodhpur, sitting on the edge of Thar desert. Along the way we get to meet nomadic herdsmen wandering from village to village with their flocks of sheep and camels, tribal women in brightly colored saris and intricate jewellery and spot wildlife like the blackbuck and the bluebull. Everyday we see the geography change before our eyes as we ride from the mountains towards the desert. This is one of the most popular cycling circuit in entire Rajasthan.
Arrival from Delhi or Mumbai: Take a domestic flight to Udaipur. During peak winter season (Dec-Jan) in Delhi, many of the domestic flights get delayed or cancelled from or to Delhi due to heavy fog here.
Arrival from Jaipur: By non-stop flight (1 hr) to Udaipur or an early morning train (7 hrs) to Udaipur. We can help you with train booking.
Meeting Time and Location:
Meet your Trip Leader at 7:30 am at our Udaipur shop. We recommend to do bike fit at least a day before departure. Please contact your trip consultant for a list of suggested hotels at Udaipur, if required.
Day 1: Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh
We ride in the mountains on this day. The Aravallis are one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world and its rugged, worn down hills are thickly wooded and littered with numerous mountain streams and brooks. The terrain is slightly challenging and offers excellent opportunites to experience at close quarters the lifestyles of the Bhil tribals – an indigenous tribal people of India and one of the oldest inhabitants of the subcontinent. Later in the evening, we climb the rugged Kumbalgarh Fort, surrounded by a 35km wall with 365 temples within.
Day 2: Ghanerao via Ranakpur
This is one of the best cycling route of the trip. The undulating ride adds a marginal challenge for biking, but you have something breathtaking up ahead – the Ranakpur Jain Temple. This architectural wonder in white marvel is known for exquisitely carved 1444 pillars.
We start cycling early this day across lush millet vegetation and carpets of yellow mustard fields. The ride remains largely flat. You can enjoy the vistas with ease and look forward to your stay at the Sardar Samand Palace.
An erstwhile hunting lodge, the palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1933. Set in tranquil surroundings of a lake, the low lying Aravalli hill ranges visible in the distance, and vast shrubby forests teeming with wildlife, the heritage resort is a great stop. Here you can relax in the comfort of a pool with peacocks strutting by the side or if you feel you still have the legs, take a walk around the property spread over hundreds of acres of land.
On the last day of the ride we make our way towards the fabled blue city of Jodhpur. We ride through a quiet and narrow backroad that offers ample opportunites for spotting wild animals like the black buck,blue bulls and if you’re lucky, the shy but extremely graceful Indian Gazelle too. As you ride past swaying masses of yellow mustard and wheat, you’ll meet run into hordes of camels and goats as well as friendly villagers always happy to pose for a photograph or two.After reaching Jodhpur, we transfer you to your hotel or airport for your onward journey.
The terrain on the route varies from flat desert to grasslands to rolling hills. Maximum altitude is 1100m near Kumbhalgarh. In general the route slopes gently uphill from the Thar desert to the Aravalli mountain ranges till the village of Narlai. From here the hills begin. Nearly 30% of the route is flat and the remaining is amidst rolling hills. Average distance cycled per day is approx. 50 kms.
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.
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.
Scott, Marin, Giant, Trek
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. All our bike tours in Rajasthan run on some of the best hybrid bikes in the cycling tour industry (and we maintain them meticulously). Upright position, good traction and optimal balance between performance and comfort are some of the characteristics.
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.
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from our friends
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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!”