CYCLE TOUR TO PUSHKAR
Join us for a small group cycle safari that includes Delhi, Agra and the Taj Mahal and Jaipur, as well as a cycle trip through rural Rajasthan and luxury camping at Pushkar Camel Fair.
Our Indian cycling adventures explore lovely countryside and painted towns, quirky temples and wild places, regional food and local culture. Cycling is easy to moderate on rural routes with little traffic.
Accommodation mixes interesting heritage hotels, camping in style and a bit of luxury along the way. Riding with a backup vehicle and full support, we cover around 500km over 10 days on Trek 3700 or similar bikes, on a journey which follows routes used for centuries by travellers bound for India's most spectacular mela.
2016: Saturday 29 October to Saturday 12 November 2016 ***SOLD OUT***
2017: Wedneday 18 October to Wednesday 1 November 2017 Available
On this tour you will travel as part of a small group. Prices are based on two people sharing; if you are travelling on your own and would like help finding someone to share with, please enquire.
The same itinerary may also be followed as a private tour. Please contact us for details of the cycle ride to Pushkar and other Rajasthan cycle safari itineraries available throughout the year.
Highlights include a stay in our magical painted mansion in Shekhawati and three nights at our luxury camp at Pushkar Camel Fair, where you can explore ancient pilgrimage routes and rose farms, and discover stories which connect the ancient Hindu myths and the Mughal world with the Pushkar of today.
|Cycling in rural Rajasthan and Pushkar Fair
from $2994pp based on two sharing. What's included>
TOUR EXTENSIONS Extend to include other destinations in India on request.
|DAY 1 DELHI On arrival we meet you at Delhi Airport and take you to check in and relax at the welcoming Tree of Life hotel. Later there will be a chance to meet other group members.|
|DAY 2 SIGHTSEEING AROUND DELHI From the modern Delhi of wifi and coffee shops, a 10-minute metro ride takes you back 300 years in time for a cycle rickshaw tour of Old Delhi. We’ll visit Chandni Chowk, the spice market and ancient bazaars and try some of the best food in Delhi. Later, visit Humuyun’s Tomb, the Red Fort, the Qutb Minar and the colonial buildings of Lutyens’ New Delhi, an introduction to a city that always has more layers to reveal.|
|DAY 3 SHEKHAWATI We drive to Mukundgarh, in Rajasthan’s less-visited Shekhawati region, to stay at Mukund Haveli, our carefully-restored, 1850s painted mansion. This is the old Rajasthan of camel carts and ancient wells, rural roads and small town bazaars, ideal country for cycling.|
|DAY 4 SHEKHAWATI Our first full day bike tour takes us to nearby Mandawa and Ramgarh, old forts and havelis with frescoed walls and painted rooms.(Cycling: 40km, rural roads.)|
|DAY 5 TAL CHAPPAR SANCTUARY Cycle on country roads to the silver and gold-encrusted Balaji temple at Salasar, home to a famous red-faced deity, then cross arid landscapes, the gateway to the Thar desert, to stay at a renovated Forest Rest House in the Tal Chappar Wildlife Sanctuary. A birder’s paradise, the sanctuary is a savanna-like grassland known for blackbuck, raptors, migratory birds, jungle cat and desert fox. (Cycling: 105km, mostly good roads.)|
|DAY 6 ARAVALLI FARMSTAY Our ride today takes us to Sujangarh and its extraordinary Venkateshwar temple, a replica of the great Chola temples of the south. Continue through desert landscapes and small villages to Losal, then drive up through fertile, irrigated fields into the foothills of the Aravallis to stay for two nights at the Indian Moments farm. (Cycling: 95km, good and single lane rural roads.)|
|DAY 7 ARAVALLI FARMSTAY Today we explore the surrounding area, meet local people, trek in the nearby hills and try traditional Rajput ‘shikar’ outdoor cuisine. (Cycling in local area.)|
|DAY 8 ROOPANGARH We cycle on quiet country roads through interesting villages to the dramatic landscapes and salt pans of Sambar Lake, and spend the night at an ancient hilltop fort. (Cycling: 90 km, single lane rural roads.)|
|DAY 9 PUSHKAR Today’s ride takes us on back roads which wind through interesting small villages to reach Pushkar and its iconic camel fair, where we stay three nights in luxury tents at Camp Bliss. (Cycling: 60km, single lane rural roads.)|
|DAY 10 PUSHKAR A full day to explore the fair, a vast gathering where thousands of camels and horses are traded. (Cycling: optional around Pushkar.)|
|DAY 11 PUSHKAR Walk around the sacred lake, climb up to hilltop temples, cycle to discover wayside shrines and holy places, or explore rose farms by camel cart. (Cycling: optional around Pushkar.)|
|DAY 12 JAIPUR In the morning we drive to Jaipur to stay at the friendly All Seasons homestay. Later tour Hawa Mahal, the City Palace and Jantar Mantar and explore the Pink City of Jaipur. (Cycling: around Jaipur.)|
|DAY 13 JAIPUR Walk in the lanes and bazaars of old Jaipur to see artisan shops, temples and traditional houses, and ride up to visit the magnificient Amber Fort as a cycle finale. (Cycling: around Jaipur.)|
|DAY 14 AGRA Drive to Agra, visiting the atmospheric, abandoned Mughal capital of Fatehpur Sikri on the way, for a guided tour of Agra Fort and the incomparable Taj Mahal. Stay overnight at Four Points by Sheraton hotel.|
|DAY 15 DELHI In the morning we visit the opposite bank of the river Yamuna for magical views of the Taj Mahal, before the drive back to Delhi and departure for your onward destination.|
|WHAT'S INCLUDED Prices from $2994 per person are based on two people sharing (single room occupancy at additional cost). If you are travelling on your own and would like help finding someone to share with, please contact us.|
Tour cost includes: Stay at proposed hotels in a double/twin occupancy room • Breakfast at all hotels; breakfast and dinner during stays at Mukundgarh and our Aravalli farm; breakfast, lunch and dinner during your stay Camp Bliss, Pushkar • Transportation in AC Toyota Innova or similar vehicle on non-cycling sectors • Guided sightseeing in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur • Fuel and transport taxes • Assistance at all arrival and departure points.
|*Prices are subject to change and are only guaranteed once the booking is confirmed and the deposit payment is received. Prices do not include international air fares or suggested or optional activities.|
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