Delhi – Mandawa – Khimsar - Jodhpur - Pushakar - Jaipur - Bharapur - Agra - Delhi
Day 1: Arrive Delhi ( L) (By International Flight)
You will be acknowledged and warmly welcomed at the Delhi Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, our representatives will greet you and welcome you with a floral garland as you exit the Arrivals Terminal following which you will be transferred to your hotel. After breakfast half day city tour of Old & New Delhi. Drive to Old Delhi past Red Fort–Shah Jehan’s elegant citadel in red sandstone, visit Jama Masjid –India’s largest mosque and enjoy a cycle rickshaw ride (02 pax in one rickshaw) through the bustling bazaar of Chandni Chowk “silver street” with its quaint shops & ancient gateways. Lunch in a local restaurant in the city. After lunch visit the beautiful ‘Humayun Tomb’ of the Mughal era -predecessor of the world famous Taj Mahal. We stay overnight at hotel.
Day 2: Delhi - Mandawa ( B , L , D ) (Drive 270 Kms / Cycling Approx - 25 Kms)
After breakfast you will be drive to Mandawa. Lunch en-route at Midway Restaurant. After lunch we passed through Junjunu Shekhawati, an undulating semi desert dotted with endless khejri trees, the state tree of Rajasthan, and isolated houses enclosed in stockades of thorn. The tree is also called the golden tree and it plays a vital role in preserving the ecosystem of arid and semi-arid areas. Since all parts of the tree are useful it is also known as the ‘king of the desert’ or the ‘wonder tree’. Shekhawati once lay on an important caravan route connecting Delhi and Sind (now Pakistan) with the Gujarati coast, before the rise of Bombay and Calcutta diverted the trans-Thar trade south and eastwards. On arrival at start point from where we start cycling to hotel Mandawa. Mandawa is capital of the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. Inhabitants of Shekhawati are brave, sacrificing and hardworking people. Mandawa is world famous for its heritage Havelies and colourful fresco art. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 3: Mandawa ( B , L , D ) (Cycling - 50 Kms)
After breakfast start cyling round trip of village of the Shekhawati, Mukundgarh, Dhundlod and Nawalgarh with bicycle 50 Kms. Nawalgarh, famous for grand havelis with frescos, which is specialty of the Shekhawati region. It has some of the best-preserved havelis and finest frescoes. There are more than 200 havelis, mostly in private possession. Some of these date back to the 17th century. They range between one storey to five and a number of them have as many as 10 courtyards displaying brilliant architectural techniques. There are a few prominent havelis like Anandilal Poddar Haveli, Aath Haveli, Hodh Raj Patodia Haveli, Bhagwandas Lokenath Patodia Haveli etc. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4: Mandawa - Khimsar ( B, L , D ) (Drive 220 Kms / Cycling 30 Kms)
Drive to Khimsar by coach en-route visit Nagaur, the present district of Nagaur finds a place in the heart of the Rajasthan state. Nagaur, an ancient heavily fortified desert city dating back from the 4th century, Nagaur is famous for its fine bullocks. Two huge cattle fairs are held here in February and August, when there are four days of races and competitions for camels, cocks, horses and bullocks, with plenty of colourful Rajasthani dancing and singing. After lunch we drive 20 kms and start 30 kms cycling to Khimsar. On arrival Khimsar check into hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Khimsar fort.
Day 5: Khimsar ( B , L , D ) (Cycling Approx 65 KM)
Khimsar is a small village in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan. Evening visit - The fort architecture of Khimsar offers great heterogeneity. Originally, the fort walls, turrets, and stables were built solely for war, and were constructed around the beginning of the 16th Century. Subsequently, by mid 18th century, the royal family moved in when a new zenana or ladies' residence was constructed. Finely carved windows in stone were constructed in this section for providing purdah or veil for the ladies in waiting. Morning full day cycling near by villages of Bishnoi community and also visit local schools and spend some our times with school children of Bishnoi villages. Evening you have best view of Sunset from Khimsar fort. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 6: Khimsar – Jodhpur (Luni) ( B , L , D) (Drive 120 Kms / Cycling Approx 30 Kms)
Morning after breakfast checkout from hotel and start cycling 30 Kms towards to Ossian. We will stop and visit Ossian Hindu Temples and Jain temple, which was built between 8th and 12 centuries. Lunch at Ossian and after lunch start drive to Luni (Jodhpur). Dinner and overnight stay in Luni.
Day 7: Luni - Jodhpur - Luni ( B , L , D ) (Cycling 20 Kms)
Morning first half we cycling 20 Kms around Luni countryside villages and visit the local Bishnoi family to view the Opium manufacturing by locals. After Lunch you will drive 20 kms to Jodhpur by coach, the second largest city in Rajasthan lies at the entrance to the Thar Desert in a region called Marwar. A 10 km long wall surrounds the old city, founded in 1459. The massive Meherangarh Fort overlooks the city and the red sandstone palaces within the fort form one of the most impressive complexes in Rajasthan. Jodhpur is also called ‘blue city’ because of the indigo-washed houses in the old town. You will visit the Mehrangarh Fort, situated on a low sandstone hill. After visiting fort you will walk down to Local market at Clock Tower and experienced the sights and sounds of the market, even if you don’t intend to buy anything as it is a stupendous cornucopia of a mix of the human species, a spectacle where you can casually look around and see what generally transpires in a busy and noisy Indian market in a city on the run. Locals hawk virtually everything like bangles, imitation jewellery, fruit & veg, spices, pottery, baskets, clothes, etc. Dinner at Local Restaurant in Jodhpur. After dinner drive back to Luni for overnight stay.
Day 8: Luni – Pushkar ( B , L , D ) (Drive 200 Kms / Cycling Approx 40 Kms)
After breakfast start drive to Pushkar en-route we will stop and start cycling to Countryside on offbeat road and visit villages and interact with local peoples to know their daily life activities. Later we start drive and reach small and beautiful town Pushkar. Dinner and overnight stay at Pushkar.
Day 9: Pushakr - Jaipur ( B , L , D ) (Drive 130 Kms / No Cycling)
Morning visit Pushkar, a trivial town of Rajasthan is known for its annual camel fair in the month of November. Pushkar is a very important center for the Hindus. It is a Lakeside town with several temples and bathing Ghats and all over the year the disciples visit Pushkar the holy city. Later you’ll be driven to Jaipur. The “Pink City”, is the capital of Rajasthan state. Jaipur is worldwide famous for its Architecture, monuments, Palaces, Art and Craft, Culture and its unique cuisines. The sightseeing will start from the ancient capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort Maharaja Mansingh, Mughal Emperor Akbar’s most successful General, started the construction of Amber Fort in the 17th century. Before the City Palace was constructed in Jaipur, Amber was the seat of power. After lunch visit City Palace, Jantar Mantar (medieval observatory) and Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), etc. We can stay in Jaipur.
Day 10: Jaipur - Bharatpur ( B , L , D ) (Drive 150 Kms / Cycling Approx – 30 Kms)
On the 10th day morning a drive you’ll cycle towards the mesmerizing country sites of Abhaneri, Delari, Kolva, Kolwa until you come back on the main Agra Jaipur highway at Dausa. Lunch at Abhaneri. After lunch we drive to Bharatpur we stop over at the Keoladeo Ghana bird sanctuary formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary in Rajasthan. Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary sees a thousand of rare and highly endangered birds such as the Siberian Crane come here during the winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to have made the National Park their home. We stay overnight in Bharatpur.
Day 11: Bharatpur – Agra ( B , L , D ) (Drive 45 Kms / Cycling Approx 30 Kms)
On the 11th day morning you’ll start cycling to from Keoladeo National Park, Later you’ll continue cycling to Fatehpur Sikri the last day of the cycling. After lunch we visit Fatehpur Sikri. Emperor Akbar built the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri in 1569, in righteousness of the great Saint Sheikh Salim Chisti who sanctified Akbar and prophesized the birth of the three sons to the heirless Emperor. After visit Fatehpur Sikri you’ll be driven to Agra.
Day 12: Agra – Delhi ( B , L , D ) (Drive 210 Kms)
Post breakfast you’ll be visiting the Agra fort and Red Fort. The Mughal Emperor Akbar the Great ruled an empire that stretched across North India from 1556 to 1605. His reign was considered the pinnacle of Mughal rule in India. Upon your arrival in Delhi you’ll be proceed for the farewell dinner
Day 13: Delhi - Departure ( B )
Breakfast and all day free time and in time transfer to the international airport to be connected international flight. END THE TOUR .
Note: We will be pleased to make additional arrangements and suggest things to see and places to stay should you wish to extend your stay in India. This could be a non-cycling tour as well. Ask us for optional add-on tours by writing to us.
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Departure date : Based on your inquiry
Tour Cost : Contact us
Bikes: Mountain Bikes
Bike Sizes: 13-21
Bike Hire: Includes on Tour Cost. You may bring your own bikes, but in this case let us know in advance. Other equipment provided: Pedals, helmet, water bottles.
Accommodation is offered at all locations. Most of the hotels are Culture Resort, Eco Resorts & family run hotels - all with a common line of quality in service. Our costs are based on 'twin-sharing' foundation. For those who wants single room, we offer single room, but at extra cost.
Cycling / Terrain
This itinerary allows for average daily distance of approximately 30-50 kms. This is designed to enjoy the cycling through the rural life and meet the people of Rajasthan. The vehicle will accompany and en-route make stop for bottled water and fruits Juices for the cyclist. A nice way of sharing different experiences encountered on the way.
The bike support vehicle will always travel behind the last cyclist. If you wish to take a break from riding than wait at the side of the road and supporting vehicle will pick you up.
January to mid-April and October to December is the best time to cycle in Rajasthan. Average temperatures range from max of 25°C and minimum of 7°C. The desert sun is not so intense and the days are cool and pleasant, perfect for cycling. Please bring a sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses. The mornings and evenings are generally cool and mild, however, January and late December can be very cold. Please bring a jumper/windcheater and a sweater/shawl. There is no humidity and little or no rain can be expected.
Tour Cost Includes:
- Hotel Based on Twin Sharing - 12 nights
- Bikes for complete Tour (Cycling Part Only - Trek Bikes)
- All Meals as mentioned above in itinerary ( B = Breakfast, L = Lunch , D = Dinner )
- Expert Cycle Guide / mechanic throughout the tour
- Back up AC vehicle for complete tour
- Fresh Fruits/Snacks (Only Cycling Part)
- Unlimited water during cycling (Only Cycling Part)
- All road and transport taxes
- All Airport and Hotel Transfers
- Driver Allowance
- Toll and Parking charges
- 5% Government Taxes
Tour Cost Excludes:
- Any Domestic or International flight tickets
- Monument or Sightseeing entry fees not in tour
- Still/Video camera fees
- Tips and Gratitude
- Travel insurance