Start and end in New Delhi! With the bicycle tour Rajasthan: Palaces and Forts, you have a 10 day tour package taking you through New Delhi, India and 5 other destinations in India. Rajasthan: Palaces and Forts includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
This tour is fully supported ? cycle as little or as much as you wish each day. On most days a reasonably fit cyclist will be able to cycle the entire distance. Namaste! (Welcome). New Delhi, the capital of India, is a blend of the old and new India. After lunch, we take a sightseeing tour of the city that includes the famous India Gate, the Houses of Parliament, Humayun?s Tomb and Qutub Minar (a 72.5m minaret tower with 379 stairs). New Delhi, the capital of India reflects the old and new of India, a blend of Mughal India, Hindu India, British India and modern independent India. After the tour of New Delhi, we return to the hotel to refresh before heading to the streets for Connaught Place for our welcome dinner.Start point Transfer you from the airport to your hotel, The Royal Plaza Hotel, 19 Oriental Avenue, Shangri La Hotel, 19, Ashok Rd, Connaught Place, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, New Delhi, Delhi, India 12:00
In and around KotaAfter an orientation tour of New Delhi, we board the afternoon train to Kota Departs: 13.20 Hrs, arrive at Kota at 19.40 Hr, where we stay in a former Maharajas palace.
In and around BijaipurDay 3 Kota to Bijaipur Total distance: 145 kms/ 91 mi Cycling distance: up to 88 km / 55 mi After breakfast you will be fitted to your Pedaltours bicycle or unpack your own prior to exploring the nearby countryside, heading for Bijaipur, a small village to the south west of Kota. Castle Bijaipur was built in early 16th century AD by Rao Vijay Singh, descendent of great Rajput warrior Shakti Singh. Bijaipur was a strategic location in the former kingdom of Mewar, as it defended the frontiers against the invading Mughal and Maratha armies. The castle has been renovated and converted into a heritage hotel and offers views of the Vindhyachal ranges, the valley, lake and village encircling it. The roads carry very little vehicle traffic, but you will come across goats and camels. Lunch will be in the grounds at Bhainsrorgarh Fort Hotel, overlooking the Chambal River, after a short-guided walk. Day 4 Optional day ride of 75 km/ 47 mi Or 38 km / 24 mi direct A day to either soak up the atmosphere of the castle or explore the surrounding countryside by bike and see the local way of life in this part of Rajasthan. Cycling in the Indian countryside is a whole new experience; - the villagers love it and are as interested in you as you are in them. Lunch will be at Panagarh Lake Resort, overlooked by Panagarh Fort. On the western banks of the lake, a luxury camp has been set up by the Bijaipur family. Relax in the castle grounds in the afternoon.
Day 5 Bijaipur to Udaipur Cycling distance: Bijaipur/Chittaurgarh 32 kms/ 20 mi In the morning we head north on minor roads, passing small villages on our way to Chittaurgarh, famous for India?s largest fort. We will have lunch in town at the Hotel Pratan Palace prior to taking a guided tour of the fort. We then drive to Udaipur. (2 ? hrs) Day 06 Udaipur Optional day Ride to Jhadol: 44 km / 28 mi Today we take a beautiful day ride from Udaipur to Jhadol Safari Resort. We drive to the edge of town to commence cycling; a superb day cycling on narrow paved roads through rolling country and little villages. We relax on the lawn with a well-earned drink prior to lunch. The resort is an oasis nestled in the foothills of the Aravalis at the edge of a magnificent lake. Take your ?togs? for a dip in the swimming pool. After lunch those with energy to spare could cycle back to town on a circular route, alternatively drive.
In and around KumbhalgarhUdaipur to Kumbhalgarh Total distance: 102 km / 64 mi Cycling distance: 59 km / 37 mi We drive out of town to commence cycling on a quiet road, climbing gentlythrough pleasant rural countryside with increasing views. After lunch we visit impressive Kumbhalgarh Fort. Built by Rana Kumbha in mid-15th century, Kumbhalgarh is the second most important bastion of Mewar, after Chittaurgarh, covering an area of 12 sq km. The fort lies 1,100 metres above sea level (the second highest point in Rajesthan) and enclosed within its fortified ramparts are palaces, temples, fields, water sources and farms fully self-contained to withstand a long siege. Kumbhalgarh provides an excellent view of the countryside where many fierce battles were fought. It is worth returning in the evening as it is floodlit.
In and around RanakpurKumbhalgarh to Ranakpur Cycling distance: 54 km / 34 mi Today we cycle to Ranakpur; a very scenic ride on a quiet road with a few short steep climbs and finishing with a major downhill. We will pass many Persian water wheels. Named after Rana Kumbha, Ranakpur is renowned for some marvelously carved Jain temples dating from 1439; it is amongst the five holiest places of the Jain community. After lunch there is the opportunity to visit the impressive Ranakpur temples if you wish. (no shorts or short skirts and no leather items allowed)
Ranakpur to Udaipur After breakfast we drive (2 hrs) to Udaipur for a (optional) city tour, visiting the City Palace, Saheliyon Ki Bari and the folklore museum where we can see a presentation of the string puppet show typical to this area. Then time for a little last-minute shopping.
Udaipur to Delhi After breakfast we take you to Udaipur Airport for your flight (not included) to Delhi or other destination and home. We will be pleased to make additional Travel arrangements within India, such as to the Taj Mahal or Ranthanbore Tiger Reserve. We wish you ?bon voyage? and hope to see you again. An airport transfer is included.End point After breakfast we take you to Udaipur Airport for your flight (not included) to Delhi or other destination and home., Maharana Pratap Airport Udaipur: Domestic Departure Lounge, Maharana Pratap Airport, Vallabhnagar, Rajasthan, India 09:00