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Food

  • Breakfast is included throughout the trip, except for day 1 of the Land Only itinerary as you should be given breakfast on the flight. A further 4 lunches and 1 dinner are included in the price. You should allow at least GBP15 (approx. USD22) per day for lunch and dinner. You can eat out very cheaply in India, but if you go to the more expensive restaurants most of the time, you will spend more than the suggested amount. In most of the towns there is a good choice of restaurants and a choice between Indian and Western style food. If you are a vegetarian India is probably one of the best destinations to travel to with a wide range of dishes on offer. Tea and soft drinks are very cheap. A large bottle of beer is approx. GBP3 (USD5). Mineral water is widely available.

Activities

  • Accom: hotel/lodge
  • Adult group
  • Culture & Discovery
  • Cycling
  • Cycling: road
  • Festival departures
  • Guided Group
  • Small Adult Group
  • Food

    • All breakfasts and 4 lunches included. Breakfast on day 1 of the Land Only itinerary in not included as you should be given breakfast on the flight. If you do want another breakfast it costs approximately £5 (US$8) at the hotel in Jodhpur. You should allow at least £15 (approx. US$22) per day for lunch and dinner. You can eat out very cheaply in India, but if you go to the more expensive restaurants most of the time, you will spend more than the suggested amount. In most of the towns there is a good choice of restaurants and a choice between Indian and Western style food. If you are a vegetarian India is probably one of the best destinations to travel to with a wide range of dishes on offer. Tea and soft drinks are very cheap. A large bottle of beer is approximately £3 (US$5). Mineral water is widely available.

    Activities

    • Road Cycling
    • Festival Holidays
  • 1

    Start Jodhpur.

    The group flight arrives in the afternoon. Those who have made their own flight arrangements will join us at the hotel. The rest of the day is used to assemble the bikes and explore locally before an evening briefing about our cycling adventure. *Standard Hotel*

  • 2

    Explore Jodhpur by bike.

    We start cycling early in the morning in order to get used to the Indian weather. We have a short ride in the bus to the outskirts of Jodhpur, from where we cycle on quiet roads on to Kailana Lake. From sunset point, we leave the lake and cycle through an area of scrub bush where there is chance of seeing Blue Bull and Wild Boar. We then cycle through huge sandstone mines. The stone is used for building the traditional Jodhpur houses. We stop to see a cow shelter, a place where unwanted street cows are well looked after by well-meaning individuals or the government. After a stop for a local snack, we climb up to Mehrangarh Fort. The views on the way up are well worth the effort of the climb. We leave the bikes in the car park and have a guided tour of the Fort. Jodhpur was founded by the Rajput chief Roa Jodha and was formerly the capital of the State of Marwar. The city is surrounded by an immense wall almost 10km in circumference and is dominated by the massive fort that stands on a rocky hill commanding the surrounding desert. After the tour of the fort, we walk down into the old city with great views of the blue houses painted to distinguish them as those of Brahmins. We have time to explore the old city before returning to our hotel. *Standard Hotel  *

  • 3

    Ride/drive to Ranakpur.

    We start our day with a transfer of 92 km (approx. 2.5 hours) to Jatpura circle. En route we can visit the interesting Omm Banna Bullet Temple, the only temple on earth dedicated to a motor bike! From Jatpura circle we cycle mostly on backroads with less traffic and a fascinating insight into rural life. We pass through several villages and finally arrive at Ranakpur, where we visit the stunning 15th Century Jain Temple. The main temple, beautifully carved from marble, is dedicated to Adinath. It has 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, each delicately carved with a different design. We then cycle 2km to our hotel.  *Standard Hotel*

  • 4

    Cycle to the lakeside town of Udaipur; evening city tour.

    We leave early and have a challenging uphill 15km ride through a magnificent gorge. The road climbs, steeply in places, up through forested hills to a small temple. From here we have a beautiful descent of 10 km to our bus. We drive the rest of the way to Udaipur. Known as 'The Pearl of Rajasthan', the 'City of Sunrise' and 'Venice of the East', Udaipur is a beautiful place regarded by both Indians and travellers as the most romantic city in India. Situated on the east side of Lake Pichola, the main palace commands an unsurpassed view across the shimmering lake to the dusty Aravalli Hills with the luxurious Lake Palace hotel adding to the scene. Lake Pichola has two islands, each with a palace to rival that on the mainland; Jag Mandir and Jag Nivas (the latter is now the luxurious Lake Palace Hotel) rise out of their own reflections in the waters of the lake. This afternoon we visit the wonderful City Palace, still the home of Maharana. *Standard Hotel*

  • 5

    Cycle tour around Udaipur.

    After breakfast we set off on the bikes and spend the morning exploring the countryside around Udaipur. We leave the city and busy roads behind. First we come to Dudh Talai, and a little further on we come to Lake Pichola, the main lake in Udaipur. We cycle along the lake shore for a while to a 500 year old Lord Shiva temple. We continue on quiet backroads past farmland and small villages and head to Tiger Lake. According to locals many years ago there were Tigers in the surrounding hills. Further on we have a chance to visit Animal Aid, a local NGO run hospital for injured animals. We then ride to Lake Fateh Sager where we have lunch overlooking the lake. We end the ride back at the hotel and rest of the day is free for individual exploration, or you can simply relax by the hotel pool.  *Standard Hotel*

  • 6

    Ride on backroads to the fort of Kumbhalgarh.

    It's time to leave this beautiful city and turn north as we cycle to Kumbhalgarh. The route stays away from the main road and follows a less direct but quieter series of back roads and allows us to see the fascinating rural life of India. It can be hot cycling in India but the vehicle support will be on hand if required for a four-wheeled break. We arrive in Kumbhalgarh for a late lunch and in the late afternoon there is a chance to cycle to Kumbhalgarh Fort, a challenging 5km uphill ride (there is an option to take a jeep). Kumbhalgarh has one of the finest examples of defensive fortifications in Rajasthan with a lovely temple and palace with panoramic views.  *Standard Hotel*

  • 7

    Ride/drive to Pushkar on quiet roads.

    It's back to the desert scenery today as we make our way to the holy town of Pushkar. Our route today follows rural backroads to the main highway from where we transfer in the vehicle. Surrounded by the desert the little town is a holy site on the fringes of a lake. Before going to the hotel we visit this bustling town, which boasts one of the only Brahma temples in India. The bustling bazaar is also interesting.  *Comfortable Hotel* PUSHKAR CAMEL FAIR DEPARTURES: The itinerary for these departures is slightly amended to spend two nights in Pushkar and one night in Sariska N.P, this is done in order to maximise time at the Camel Fair. Accommodation in Pushkar during the festival departure will be provided in en suite Swiss Cottage Tents (canvas tents designed to emulate Swiss cottages) with attached bathroom and all meals will be included.

  • 8

    Ride/drive to Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, via rural villages and Rupnagar.

    We leave Pushkar on our bikes travelling through desert backroads and small villages to the town of Rupnagar; a marble working centre. There is the option to extend the ride by another 34km to the Naraina railway crossing, from where we transfer by vehicle to Jaipur.  *Comfortable Hotel*

  • 9

    Optional ride to Nahargarh Fort; Jaipur sightseeing.

    For those who want there is in early morning ride to Nahargarh fort. The road climbs high above the city of Jaipur. It is 13 km from the hotel to the top, where we are rewarded for our efforts with magnificent views over the whole city of Jaipur. The fort was built in 1734 by Sawai Jai Singh II as a retreat from the heat of the city. After a cup of tea we have a great descent to Amber fort. The rest of the day we will spend sightseeing. First we walk up to splendid fort, which we enter through a massive gateway into the main courtyard. From Amber we drive to Jaipur. 'The Pink City' of Jaipur is one of the most attractive and colourful cities in India. Rajah Jai Singh decided to abandon his nearby fortress and palace at Amber in 1727 and laid out a planned city of broad avenues, built of sandstone, painted pink at a later stage. In the centre of Jaipur is the City Palace, formerly the residence of the Maharaja, and now a fine museum containing rare manuscripts, paintings, royal garments and weapons. We will also see Jaipur's impressive landmark, the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds. Jaipur is a centre of many handicrafts, such as durries (woven rugs), carpets, printed cloth, semi-precious stones and leather ware. It will be difficult to leave a workshop without buying anything! Optional cycle approx. 13km / 8 miles. *Comfortable Hotel*

  • 10

    Ride/drive to Sariska National Park via Pratap Garh.

    A combination of cycling and transfer as we leave the 'the pink city' behind us and return to rural India. We transfer to Jamwa Ramgarh and then cycle to Sariska via Pratap Garh and through the beautiful landscape of Aravali foot hills.  *Standard Hotel*

  • 11

    Game drive; optional afternoon ride.

    Before breakfast we have an early morning game drive. We use open jeeps to take our morning game drive into the park. The park itself is very beautiful, interesting to explore and there is an abundance of wildlife. Leopard sighting is a possibility, besides Deer, wild boar, Antelope, Jackal, hyena, Jungle cat and other wildlife. A large variety of bird species are also found here. We return to hotel for a late breakfast and in the afternoon there is the option to do a cycle ride to the near-by Siliseth Lake. The ride is approx. 36km and takes us on backroads through rural villages and farmland. We can have tea at the Lake Palace Hotel with stunning views across the lake to the surrounding Aravali hills. For those who don’t want to cycle they can enjoy the garden and swimming pool at the hotel.  Optional cycle approx. 36km / 22 miles. *Standard Hotel*

  • 12

    Ride/drive to Bharatpur N.P., renowned for its bird sanctuary, later visited by bike.

    After breakfast we begin the day's ride from our hotel to Muhwa where we then take a short transfer to our lunch spot. Another short transfer takes us to Bharatpur N.P. This park is renowned for its UNESCO World Heritage listed bird sanctuary - the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. This entire region was originally semi arid and only received rainfall during the monsoon season. The Maharaja of Bharatpur diverted water from a nearby irrigation canal and it was converted into a bird sanctuary in 1956. On arrival in Bharatpur we visit the bird sanctuary on our bikes, home to an array of egrets, ducks, coots, storks, kingfishers, owls, eagles and harriers. There are now over 360 species of birds to be found here.  *Comfortable Hotel*

  • 13

    Late morning cycle to Fatehpur Sikri; transfer to Agra; visit the Taj Mahal at sunset.

    In the morning we Leave Bharatpur and cycle through the backroads to Fatehpur Sikri, the emperor Akbar's deserted royal city. This impressive and well-preserved citadel became his capital in 1571. The mosque (designed to hold ten thousand worshippers), the palaces, residences and halls of audience are all made from decorative red sandstone. But this magnificence only lasted 14 years, as in 1584 Akbar left Fatehpur Sikri to secure his outlying territories, leaving this city much as we see it today - in perfect condition. Later we transfer to Agra where we will visit the beautiful white marble Taj Mahal for sunset, built by the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631. The Taj is serenely beautiful and never fails to amaze a first time visitor; the white marble exterior changes colour according to the position of the sun during the day and is matched by the rich interior detail.  *Standard Hotel*

  • 14

    Train to Delhi; optional Delhi sightseeing.

    We take the early morning train back to Delhi. We will be at the hotel before midday and the rest of the day is free to explore this fascinating city. Recommended sites are Humayun’s tomb, India Gate, Jama Masjid and Raj Ghat. You are free to explore on your own or if you'd like a guided tour your leader will organise this for you. We will have our last night group dinner in one of the local restaurants close to the hotel. *Comfortable Hotel*

  • 15

    End Delhi.

    For those who are on the flight inclusive package we depart for Delhi airport in the morning for the day flight back to London. The arrangements for those not flying with the group ends after check out. **

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