Cycle through India’s Golden Triangle
This challenging 15-day tour through Rajasthan takes you through lush, rolling greens hills, to barren desert, as you discover an India of contrasts and surprises.
Cycling through rural villages, we will have a fascinating insight to the traditional way of life in this region. As we pass holy towns and hilltops forts, we will step further and further back into India’s past, before finishing our journey at the magnificent Taj Mahal.
This adventure is suitable for those with a good level of fitness. Participants should be comfortable cycling for up to 6 hours per day, for several consecutive days. The trip is fully supported throughout, with comfortable overnight accommodation which allows plenty of time to rest & recover.
In good hands
We are fully compliant to the British Standard for overseas expeditions and adventures (BS8848), and demonstrate a rigorous approach to the safe planning and management of our adventures. Our team in India has many years experience of cycling in Rajasthan and beyond, and will ensure the safety, wellbeing and enjoyment of all our clients.
The adventure of a lifetime
Immerse yourself in the sensory explosion of Indian culture, riding alongside local farmers, merchants and the odd errant cow sunning itself on the pathway. This challenging cycle will push you as you cycle through India’s famous Golden Triangle, taking in gems such as Udaipur (regarded as the most romantic city in India), the stunningly beautiful town of Pushkar and some of India’s treasured national parks.
The 530km cycle will finish at one of the most recognisable monuments on the planet, and one of the Seven Wonders of the World- the Taj Mahal. You will arrive at sunset, watching as the white marble walls turn a warm pink in the light of dusk. The next day, you will arrive early, exploring the grounds and drinking in the atmosphere.
Upon arrival in Delhi, transfer directly to your central hotel. Free time this afternoon to explore before a welcome dinner. There will be a chance to change money and pick up some last-minute essentials.
After a leisurely start and some lunch, we will then transfer to the railway station to catch our sleeper train to Jodhpur. This is a classic Indian experience, and one which will not be forgotten!
We will arrive into Jodhpur in the early morning, and transfer to our hotel. Here you will get the chance to freshen up and eat some breakfast. In the early afternoon we will meet our cycle guides and pick up the bike which will carry us all the way to the Taj Mahal!
The afternoon will head out on a short tour of the city to limber up our legs and take in some of the sights. Riding your bike around the city will be a shock to the senses, as street vendors, children and passers-by all compete for your attention. Jodhpur was founded by the Rajput chief Roa Jodha, and was formerly the capital of the State of Marwar. Surrounded by an immense wall almost 10km in circumference, Jodhpur is dominated by the massive fort which sits on the rocky hill which overlooks the city and the desert. We will cycle up to visit the magnificent Meherangarh Fort, and take in the spectacular views of the city below.
After breakfast, we will cycle 35km or so, before we reach Ranakpur. Here we will visit the stunning 15th Century Jain temple. Carved from marble, the temple is dedicated to Adinath before continuing our cycle towards Udaipur. It has 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, each delicately carved with a different design. We then get back on our bikes and ride through the Aravlli Hills for around 40km, before continuing to the stunning lakeside town of Udaipur.
Known as ‘The Pearl of Rajasthan’, ‘The City of Sunrise’ and ‘The Venice of the East’, Udaipur is a beautiful place regarded by both Indians & 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.
We will spend today getting used to the dry heat of Rajasthan, and exploring the city by bike.
We will leave Udaipur in the early morning, and cycle north to Kumbhalgarh. Our route will take us away from the main road, following a series of quieter (and bumpier!) back-roads. You will need to stay alert, as it’s not uncommon to come across an errant cow, sunning itself across the pathway!
Today will be a fascinating insight into life in rural India, and the heat will begin to play a big part. Our support vehicles will be on hand for anyone who needs to take a break from the sun.
We will arrive into Kumbhalgarh in the late afternoon, taking in some sights during sunset.
We ride back out into the desert after breakfast, as we make our way to the holy town of Pushkar. Our route follows similar rural back-roads to yesterday, as we return to the main highway. We transfer to Ajmer and get back on the bikes, taking a pass over the snake Hills to reach Pushkar.
Sitting on the edge of a lake and surrounded by desert, this little town is a holy site, and great place to relax and soak up some Indian atmosphere. If you still have some energy left, you can make the 45 minute climb to reach the hilltop temple for sunset, before returning to the town to watch local bats swooping over the lake.
After breakfast, we set out for our longest day of cycling. We take desert backroads, passing through small villages, to reach the town of Rupnagar. We then continue onwards to reach the Naraina Railway Crossing, before transferring to Jaipur.
The Pink City of Jaipur is one of the most attractive and colourful places in India. We will spend a day recuperating and touring the city. This will be essential recovery time!
We will have the chance to visit the City Palace, the former residence of the Maharaja. This is now a fine museum, containing rare manuscripts, paintings, royal garments and weapons. Close by is one of India’s most intriguing sights- the observatory of Jai Singh. This is an assembly of astronomical instruments made of marble & brass, set in a pleasant garden. Jaipur is also home to many workshops for local handicrafts such as durrie4s (woven rugs), carpets, printed cloth, semi-precious stones and leather-ware.
After breakfast we will leave the Pink City behind and return to rural India. From Jamwa Ramargh we cycle to Pratap Garh, through the beautiful landscape of the Aravali foothills, and then onwards to Sariska.
Today we will have the chance to explore Sariska National Park, home to a rich variety of wildlife. The park is home to deer, wild boar, antelope, jackals, hyena, and a small number of leopards. There have also been some reports that tigers are returning to the area.
In the evening we can take an additional game drive, or visit the nearby village (optional).
After breakfast we will begin the ride from the hotel to Muhwa, before continuing to our lunch spot. We will then continue to Bharatpur National Park.
This park is renowned for its 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 ride our bikes to visit the bird sanctuary- home to an array of egrets, ducks, coots, storks, kingfishers, owls, eagles and harriers… over 360 species of birds in total!
We leave Bharatpur and cycle to Fatehpur Sikri, the emperor Akbar’s deserted royal city. This impressive and well-preserved citadel became the emperor’s capital in 1571. The mosque (designed to hold ten thousand worshippers), the palaces and halls of audience are all made from decorative red sandstone.
In the evening, we will arrive at Agra, and finally set eyes upon the magnificent Taj Mahal for sunrise. This serenely beautiful, white marble building was built by the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631. We will watch the white marble exterior change colour in the setting sun, as we reflect on the past 2 weeks, before heading to our hotel for the night.
We will get up very early, and make our way to the imposing Agra Fort of Akbar, where the mighty sandstone walls enclose the beautiful white marble pearl mosque, palaces, halls, courtyards and fountains. We will also visit the Taj Mahal by day. Here we can spend some hours viewing the magnificent gardens and the splendid, white marble mausoleum of the Taj Mahal itself.
In the afternoon, we will transfer back to Delhi, and return to our hotel for a celebratory dinner.
You can either chose to head straight home after the trek, or further explore India on one of our trip extensions.
Head to Goa and chill out of the beaches, or head for Dharamshala to find enlightenment with the Dalai Lama- it’s up to you!
Deposit: £345 (balance payable 12 weeks before departure)
- £2,950 – including return flights from London
- £2,050- book your own flights
- International return flights to Delhi (excluding self-funded option)
- Train to Jodhpur
- Transfer from Agra to Delhi
- Experienced English-speaking biking guides
- Experienced cycle mechanic for technical support throughout the trip
- Private transport by air-conditioned vehicle.
- Truck to transfer bicyclesBicycle rental (exc. helmets & water bottles)
- Meals as mentioned in itinerary
- Healthy snacks, fresh local fruits & soft drinks for biking days
- Bottled water for sightseeing & cycling days
- All sightseeing entrance fees where required in itinerary
- Accommodation on twin shared room basis, with daily breakfast
- First Aid kit