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Cycle Rajasthan (13 days)
Discover the back and beyond of Rajasthan. In this trip, we cycle across the Central Rajasthan covering many small and big villages. This tour will take us to some of the interesting remote villages where we get a close personal interaction with the villagers and tribals. Sights of men with twirled moustaches wearing colourful turbans, taking their cattle and sheep for grazing; and women wearing beautiful attire, getting water from the local hand pump are pretty common in these villages. During this tour, we stay at battle forts like Ras Fort and Tordi Garh; Palaces like Phool Mahal Palace; and Farm houses like Rawla Bagh, where the owners personally help us explore their villages. In the latter part of the trip we visit Jaipur and Agra. In Agra, we also undertake a visit to the DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
Day 1 / Delhi
Today is an arrival day and no activities are planned. If you are arriving early, please check the notice board in the
foyer of the hotel for suggestions of things to see and do in Delhi. Please check the notice board for details of your
tour briefing tomorrow morning, and for any other messages from your tour leader.
Day 2 / Delhi – Overnight Train
This morning we will have a tour briefing in the hotel lobby with our tour leader. We then venture on an orientation
tour of Old Delhi walking through the narrow streets of Chandani Chowk, Jama Masjid and Connaught Place. Later
you could explore some of the monuments of Delhi on your own. In the evening we head for the New Delhi Railway
Station to catch the overnight sleeper train to Beawar. The train departs from Delhi at 2130.
Meals included: 1 breakfast
Day 3 / Beawar – Nimaj (approx 50km cycling)
We arrive at Beawar at 0820 and head to a local restaurant for breakfast. After breakfast, we assemble our bikes
and begin cycling towards Nimaj. Initially we cycle on the highway, and later we turn towards Babra village – we
cycle about 20 kms and then head to Giri, another 12km away. We stop here for lunch and a rest. We then cycle onwards to Mithia and to Nimaj. Our stay here is at Nimaj Bagh – the orchards of the nobles of Nimaj, who have converted their farm house into a comfortable Guest House. We then go for a walking tour of Nimaj town. We can also cycle around to some of the neighbouring hamlets and Chatrasagar Lake.
Day 4 / Nimaj – Ras (approx 50km cycling)
Today we cycle down the country roads initially to Hasarlai. We then continue along the route to Balada, where we
stop for lunch. We cycle onwards to Rabariawas, and through the countryside onto our destination of Ras. The
region is arid, and we cross many hamlets and small villages en route. Meals included: 1 breakfast
Day 5 / Ras – Pushkar (approx 55km cycling)
Today we cycle through a sandy stretch of the Thar Desert. We go past Sewaria, Kurki before reaching
Govindgarh. From Govindgarh to Pushkar we cross a very fertile stretch of the desert where Roses are cultivated.
We can stop and visit a rose farm. We arrive at Pushkar and check in our hotel. The later half of the day can be
spent exploring Pushkar town and the markets.
Day 6 / Pushkar – Kishangarh (approx 55km cycling)
Today we drive through a mixed countryside – on one side the terrain is sandy and arid, on the other hand you
have the Aravali ranges. We first cycle to Buda Pushkar, where they claim Pushkar was originally founded. It is a
small lake which has been recently renovated by the government. We than carry on cycling to Kishangarh through
the countryside. Kishangarh is a major principality in Central Rajasthan. Kishangarh school of Art was very famous
in the medieval period and even today paintings from this region go far and wide.
Meals included: 1 breakfast
Day 7 / Kishangarh – Tordi (approx 68km cycling)
Today we cycle through central Rajasthan; we cross through some patches of green farms where the crops are
being harvested. We first cross Rai which is about 20 kms from Kishangarh. We then cycle onwards to Lamba Hari Singh about 20 kms from Rai and stop for some rest and lunch. In the afternoon we cycle onwards about 28 kms via Malpura town to Tordigarh. Tordigarh has an interesting landscape with Dunes, Hillock and a small water body nearby. Our stay here is at the Tordigarh, the nobles of Tordi have converted a wing of their fort into a small guest house. We take a walk in the village with the owner, and also cycle to a ruined step well outside the village and the
Dunes. You can also visit the old reservoir and the hamlets around Tordi.
Meals included: 1 breakfast
Day 8 / Tordi – Jaipur (approx 40km cycling)
After Breakfast we cycle through the country roads towards Jaipur for a couple of hours. Later we drive to Jaipur,
the capital of Rajasthan. It is also known as the Pink City due to the hue that was applied to the city to welcome
the Prince of Wales during his visit. You have the afternoon to explore the markets of Jaipur.
Meals included: 1 breakfast
Day 9 / Jaipur
On our second day in Jaipur we travel 11 km out to the stunning medieval Amber Fort. This fort was built in 1592
by Maharaja Man Singh and is a superb example of Rajput architecture. Several hours are needed to explore this huge fortification. Our leader will also take us to the Old Bazaar and Haw Mahal, better known as The Palace of the Wind. This five-storey façade with its pink, honeycombed sandstone windows is one of Japer’s best-known landmarks. Meals included: 1 breakfast

Day 10 / Agra
This morning we take a bus to Agra, home to India’s most famous icon - the majestic Taj Mahal. Here we include a
visit to this amazing 17th century marble mausoleum, which Emperor Shah Jahan built as a monument to the
memory of his second wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died whilst giving birth. The emperor himself was subsequently
overthrown and imprisoned by his son and oversaw the construction of this magnificent monument whilst incarcerated in Agra Fort. Upon his death, Shah Jehan was also entombed in the Taj Mahal next to his beloved wife. Our tour leader will also give us the option of visiting Agra Fort. Meals included: 1 breakfast
Day 11 / Agra - Delhi
Today we take a trip to Dancing Bear Sanctuary near Agra. The Wild bears had been traditionally captured by local
tribes that depended on dancing bears for their livelihood. The cruel practice was banned in India and the wildlife
Society established a dancing bear rescue facility near Agra where the dancing bears are being rescued and
rehabilitated. We visit the sanctuary and understand the activities that the Wildlife Organisation is involved in. In
the evening we transfer to the train station to board an overnight sleeper train to Delhi. Meals included: 1 breakfast
Day 12 / Delhi
On arrival in Delhi, we will be transferred to our hotel where we have booked day use rooms for our final day. We
have free time for optional sightseeing for the rest of the day. Our final night in Delhi gives us a chance to go out
and enjoy dinner with our travelling companions (cost not included).
Day 12 / Tour ends
Our tour ends today. Your tour leader can assist you in booking a transfer back to the airport.
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