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Duration: 11 Days
Distance Cycled: 400Km
Accommodation: Heritage Hotels / Homestays / Camps
They say that the many colours of India come alive in Rajasthan, known for the romance, opulence and the splendor of the Maharajah’s, it is come to have known as the country’s “Land of Maharajas”. Holy lakes, forts and Palaces dot the region, not to forget the wildlife that range from leopards to endemic bird life. The richness in heritage and its vibrant hues of Rajasthan is not just in the spaces you see but also in the warmth of the people. Enjoy the simple pleasures of locally shopping through markets, relish the many flavors by dining in local homes to eateries well known with the residents of the city. Not to forget the slow paced travel on the bicycle that connects you to the magnificence of the region’s natural history, culture and way of life. For a traveller this is an ideal way to explore the grandeur of the last of the princely states in the country.
On this 11-day-trail, we’ve packed the right mix of experiences to bring you close to an essence of Rajasthan a land of sand dunes, wooded hills and magnificent lakes. The people known for their hospitality and “Joie de vivre” welcome you to their story rich Forts, Palaces and Havelis and guide you through bustling towns and villages. Rajasthan offers amazing diversity and is truly a feast to the eyes. Cycling is the most perfect way to experience this vibrant land.
The best seasons to bike about in Rajasthan are from November to February.
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The Rajasthan Cycling trail is a moderate intensity tour and ideal for a habitual cyclist. The vistas although pristine and culturally rich, the trail in Rajasthan is a mix of gentle climbs, steady descents, combined with plenty of flat roads that makes it a delight for a cycling enthusiast. Cyclists should be in relatively overall good physical shape with at least a moderate degree of cycling experience. Being physically fit will of course be a huge asset but as the tour is fully supported the van is always close at hand if needed. We will be cycling through off terrain paths in parts, prior medium to long (50Km to 80Km) distance cycling is recommended, if not one must make the effort to put in some practice rides before joining the trail.
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On this 11 day tour starting from Jaipur covering Pushkar, Jodhpur, and into the quaint villages of Chandelao, Bishnoi and all the way to Udaipur. We cover a little over 400 kilometers of cycling and driving. Majority of the cycling routes are flat terrain and on paved roads so the distances are not too strenuous. We have designed the route to take in the best of Rajasthan’s culture, countryside and wildlife, all the while enjoying a holiday that is rich in local experiences. The pace is easy with an exciting decent toward Udaipur. Distances peddled daily will range between 40 to 60 kilometers, the difficulty level will vary from being easy, manageable and some challenging sections along the journey. The trip is fully supported and your guide’s expert knowledge of the area and terrain means that you always know what is coming up in terms of distance and difficulty.
Arrive in Jaipur, Arrive into the Royal City of Jaipur, soak your eyes on the colors as you drive to your homestay in the Pink City. We spend the evening walking about the Johri “Jewellers” market and Bapu Market. Your first evening in this colorful town, the market walk is a great way to get a feeler of what to expect in the next few days. Overnight at homestay.
An early morning ride exploring the city of Jaipur, with a stop for “Aarti” an offering to the local deity “Krishna” who symbolizes more an emotion than anything else. We will cycle out to the City Palace and see the honeycombed sandstone windows of the Palace of the Winds, learn of the Zananas and relive history through the many stories the palaces hold in their walls. We next head just out of town to see the stunning medieval Amber Fort. Ending the day with a introduction to Rajasthani cuisine at the homestay.
We ride from Jaipur toward Pushkar , the holy town and famed for the camel fair. We’ll drive out the distance to get out of the city and start riding through the countryside stopping by the Boraj fort. Our ride continues by the views of millet and mustard fields, post lunch en route we will drive out to Pushkar. Evening at leisure to explore the bazaar, a great way to feast on some delicious Indian sweets and savories, we’ll visit the famed Brahma Temple and dinner by the Ghats. Overnight at Hotel
An early start toward Chandelao. Post an early breakfast we pass by the grand grounds that hosts the yearly camel fare. The views as you ride by are of the surreal valley’s, wallpaper like green patches of the Aravali mountain ranges all the way into Chandelao with a small population of 2000 people who have long played a part in the history of Rajasthan. The region is renowned for its fiercely independent people, its colorful clothing, its handicrafts and traditional way of life. Interactions with local farmers and an insight into village life as you ride to the quaint little town of which houses a Princely Palace will also be your halt overnight. Overnight at a Heritage villa.
Post an early morning Bicycle Safari we drive to Jodhpur, another ride by the countryside past patches of green and local interactions. Step into a local home for a traditional “Amal” (opium Tea) ceremony, spot some black bucks and drive to Jodhpur toward the Mehrangarh Fort. Walk around the market place and the clock tower in the evening and we head back to Chandelao for a Manganiar recital. Overnight at a Heritage Villa.
A 80 Kms ride toward Jojawar which is close to the Aravali mountain ranges, we embark on a ride that takes us closer to the views of the Aravalis, we drive toward Jojawar post lunch, a small town with art deco style palace, rest the evening watching the sun set over the hills. Overnight at a Heritage Villa.
Today we will ride toward Ranakpur, famed for its beautiful Jain temples one of India’s most important Jain temple complexes that has more than 1444 marble pillars carved in exquisite detail. The Aravali mountain range to your left makes for a memorable ride. Your guide will walk you through the temple complex introducing you to Jainism and its many nuances. Over night at a hotel.
We start the day with an uphill ride toward the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, we climb up the Aravali range with gentle gradients and ride up to the Kumbhalgarh Fort which is built 3,600 ft above sea level. The fort has a eerie back story that your guide will tell you more about as your take a tour around the fort. Overnight at a campsite.
We’ll head toward Udaipur the stunning lake city, the ride to Udaipur has rolling terrains, take the time to stop and rejoice the glimpses of the lakes and palaces as you enter into the city. Evening at leisure to explore the market, overnight stay at a homestay.
A day of rich cultural and heritage insights into the city of Udaipur, we begin the day driving to the City Palace which was built over 400 years, a leisurely walking tour by the ghats and head for a scrumptious meal in the city center. Satiate your shopping pangs, tomorrow we leave Rajasthan toward our home destination. Overnight at Homestay
Today we bid farewell and depart to our respective destinations. Airport transfer will be arranged according to your flights, If you would like to stay longer in Rajasthan or even explore India further, we can assist with accommodation and an itinerary accordingly.
The Rajasthan Cycling Trail is set against the backdrop of Aravalli mountain ranges and you ride through the quaint country side through Pushkar, Ras and Chandelao all the way to Udaipur, some of the spaces are off the “Tourist” route and take you through the rich history of the Rajputs, Bishnoi community and many other prominent historical and cultural aspects of the region.
This 11 day expedition begins in Jaipur and ends in Udaipur, this includes visiting some of the “Must see” palaces and forts along with experiences that connect you as a traveller with the local people and their way of life.
The bicycling leg in Rajasthan covers up to 400 KMs through villages with rolling and flat terrains.
Difficulty Level: Moderately challenging due the long distances.
Our Rajasthan Cycling Trail is a good blend of food, nature, culture, history and real world experiences of Rajasthan giving you a unique experience of “The Land of Maharajas” on a cycle and by foot. Weather you are a seasoned cyclist or a regular city commuter; this trail has a good combination of challenging climbs to rolling downhill through quaint country side roads, villages, forts, palaces and enough opportunities for you to trail leisurely and interact with the locals.
This tour is graded medium intensity in terms of distance and gradient climbing, since most of the rides will be done on tarmac roads with an exception of some off road trails. We suggest that our guests start mountain biking a month before this trip and you always have a member from the Unventured team to guide you on a weekly basis via phone call or email. This is to ensure you take away the unfamiliarity with mountain bikes that occur due to lack of practice, physical unpreparedness and you don’t hold up the other prepared participants. This tour will include a local guide, a tour leader, mechanic and a designated support vehicle with driver.
Your tour will be supported with a “support vehicle”, the cycles are 21 speed aluminum 6061 alloy frame mountain bikes. You will also have a well-trained mechanic accompanying you, and a full repair kit with essential spares. We will also be carrying a back-up cycle along the expedition just so that nobody misses out on the riding experience, should his or her bike have a serious breakdown.
Our food menu is based on fresh food to provide three nutritious, plentiful and tasty meals daily.
A full sized first aid kit will be carried during the trip. Our tour leaders have appropriate wilderness first-aid training and are experienced in dealing with a range of medical problems associated with adventure travel. We also recommend that you bring your own personal medication, sunscreen and multi-vitamin tablets (just in case).
We are cautious with the safety of our guests and as an adventure expedition the risk of injuries is higher than most other travel journeys. We follow a strict guideline in controlling and managing the pace of the group and discipline. We are well versed with the challenges faced by travelers on this stretch and also have in-depth information on possible places to reach out to for medical aid in the event of an emergency. You will be instructed each day on the trail, what to expect, do’s and don’ts so you do not put your lives at risk and affect the fellow travellers’ tour experience.
Although we indemnify ourselves and our staff from the legalities of any life threatening events through a “Declaration” document. We genuinely are worried about your safety and security, we want you to follow the safety guidelines and leave your other worries with us and take to the land of Maharajah’s
Our crew comprises of professional guides mostly locals dedicated to providing the best experience. Tour crew will provide you with essential support. It is very likely that the times you spend with them – walking, talking, playing games – will be among the most memorable memories of the expedition.
Accommodation will be a mix of Hotels, Heritage villas, Camps and Homestays with good hygienic bathrooms offered on a twin-sharing basis.
A team of 10-12 riders will be supported by a comfortable passenger vehicle, with a carrier that will transport both the riders and bikes along with a spare cycle, lunch packs and water. Through out the day this vehicle will trail with the riders.
|20th Dec – 31st Dec 2017||Available|
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