10 DAYS CYCLING IN RAJASTHAN

Day 1: Udaipur,  (21 km)

After breakfast, your first cycling tour begins leading around the lake and the countryside to the outskirts.  The tour is a delightful blend of scenery where you’ll get to experience the historic old city as well as the picturesque countryside, with minimum traffic to deal with. You will pass through pretty villages and cycle along the banks of splendid lakes in and around Udaipur. Most of the ride is fairly level but you will also experience some small but challenging hills. The stunning views are worth the effort.

Later, you will enjoy a two-hour boat-ride on Lake Pichola, visiting many of the ghats (banks) where ablutions and meditation take place, and enjoy excellent views of the Lake Palace and City Palace.  (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Chunda Palace
Transfer: 1hr, 32 kms
Activity: Cycling 21 kms.

Day 2: Udaipur to Ghanerao, (43 km) 
After all the sightseeing and leisure biking, you will be ready today for the action to begin.  Be sure to eat a good breakfast at the hotel because you’re going to need all that energy for cycling from Udaipur to Ghanerao.  (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Ghanerao Castle 
Transfer: 80 kms.
Activity: 43kms. cycling through tribal areas, jungles, and hills
Total ascent: 1246 metres
Total descent: 1433 metres

Day 3: Ghanerao to Bera,  (50 km)
Bera is today’s destination. It is a small beautiful hamlet in Rajasthan where nomadic Rabari herdsmen are as much a part of the earth’s tales as the mysterious felines that grace the hills and vanish at will into the folds. This is a land where pastoral fields meet and merge with wild grasslands and the swells of the Jawai Dam lap at the base of mighty granite forms.

Hidden in the belly of Rajasthan, Bera is also known as leopard country, boasting of a considerable number of leopards (but very few tourists.)  To photograph leopards in Bera is on the to do list of every wild lifer. It has a classic landscape with Aravalli hills dotted with scrub-land vegetation such as cactus and keekar, and caves which provide a perfect habitat for leopards. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Bera Safari Lodge
Activity: 50 Kms. cycling from Ghanerao + Cycling safari for 15 to 20 kms.
Total ascent: 225 metres
Total descent: 279 metres

Day 4:  Bera
Today is a day packed adventure.

In the morning you are offered an early morning ride to Jawai Dam, a large reservoir and home to various species of birds. The Jawai dam is situated in Pali District of Rajasthan, built by Maharaja Umaid Singh of Jodhpur, it is the biggest dam in the western Rajasthan. This is a winter paradise for migratory birds, and holds a great diversity of birdlife both resident and migratory, with over 150 documented species. Lesser seen species include cranes, pelicans, flamingos and a stunning diversity of waterfowls.  As well as birds, there are also crocodiles in its waters!  This ride will also be available post lunch for late risers. 

Your ride to the local villages includes Rajasthan’s colorful rural belt. Jawai is a land of antiquity, wellness, adventure and mystery. It is also the home of the fascinating Rabri herdsman who have shared this land with wildlife for many centuries and continue to link the wildlife and local culture. You will embark upon a wonderful rural village excursion to see how the culture is associated with the wildlife conservation in the neighborhood.

In the evening, there is opportunity to go for another safari to the scrub forest of Bera to spot the spotted predator, but this time by jeep. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Bera Safari Lodge
Activity: 28ms. Cycling to and from Jawai dam + Village cycling about 25 kms. + Jungle safari by jeep.
Total ascent: 74 metres
Total descent: 114 meters

Day 5:  Bera to Rohet,  (43 km)
An early morning safari is your last chance to spot the majestic big cat in its natural environment. You can embark on a jeep safari at dawn or choose to sleep and get up late.  The ones who opt for the safari will be back in time for breakfast. After breakfast and a transfer, the flat but ruggged cycling route leads  to Rohet.  Lunch will be a picnic at some scenic place on the way, maybe under a tree shade, where there are possibilities to spot some deer, black buck, and antelopes.  You will pass  through a few Bishnoi villages before you reach Rohet.

After you check-in & freshening up, your day will end with a lovely dinner and some live folk music. (B,L, D)

Accommodation: Rohetgarh
Transfer: 2 hrs, 90 kms.
Activity: 43kms. Cycling

Day 6:  Rohet to Jodhpur,  (46.4 km)
Your destination is Jodhpur which is one of the most distinctive among the many princely settlements of Rajasthan. Countless tales of courage speak of a 500 year old history and a culture which take pride in its strength and valor.

It is called the Gateway to Thar, as it is literally on the edge of the Thar Desert. It is also called the Sun City as the sun shines (very bright and hot!) almost every day of the year.

After lunch visit the Mehrangarh fort of Jodhpur.

The Mehrangarh fort stands witness to many battles. Learn about the intensely captivating history as you wander through the city. In an area prone to droughts, the shades of blue give a sense of relief. Look down from the fort at the soothing colors in sight, shimmering like a lake, an oasis, stuff that make the dreams of a desert people.

Jodhpur is also known as the Blue City, an apt name as most houses in the old city are shades of blue (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Ajit Bhawan
Activity: 46kms. cycling, Fort visit
Total ascent: 168 metres
Total descent: 143 metres

Day 7: Jodhpur to Khejarla, (80 kms)
Again a mixture of cycling and drive, start after breakfast and drive to some distance and then cycle to the Khejrala fort which is a 400-year-old Fort. The stunning red sandstone monument is a mesmerizing example of the architecture of the Rajputs. The rugged exterior contradicts an inner paradise with a striking blend of art and architecture leaving one with a magnificent aura! The spellbound grandeur of the Fort offers picturesque settings, latticework friezes, and intricate Jharokas that at once transports you back in time to experience the majesty of a long-gone era of valour and chivalry.   The historic structure amalgamates with the golden tint of the desert an ambience and the scenic setting suns in its most vibrant shades giving it a fairy tale appearance. Situated in a quiet and serene setting, Khejarla Fort carries a deep history and offers guests all the charisma and grandeur of an exclusive royal experience. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Fort Khejrala
Activity: 40kms. cycling
Transfer: 40kms., 1 hr
Total ascent: 320 metres
Total descent: 246 metres

Day 8: Khejarla to Jaipur,  (51 km)
This part of the tour involves more driving than cycling, because you have to cover a long distance. You will leave fort Khejrala after breakfast and depart for Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan state. Jaipur, the pink city, was founded in 1727 AD by Maharaja Jai Singh II who ruled from 1699-1744. Initially his capital was Amber, which lies at a distance of 11kms from Jaipur. After several battles with Marathas, Jai Singh was keen on the security aspect of the city. Due to this reason, he focused on his scientific and cultural interests to make a brilliant city. Being, a lover of mathematics and science, Jai Singh sought advice from Vidyadhar Bhattacharya, a Brahmin scholar of Bengal, to aid him design the city architecture. Vidyadhar referred the ancient Indian literature on astronomy, books of Ptolemy and Euclid, and discussed the plan with the King. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Narayan Niwas Palace
Activity: 51kms. cycling
Transfer: 222kms.., 3 Hr
Total ascent: 1489 metre
Total descent: 1349 metre

Day 9: Jaipur
First on the agenda is a morning excursion to the amazing Amber Fort by jeep, which imperiously looks down on the city from atop the Hill of Eagles. You don’t just come here for the views – to step inside the fort is to step back in time to the splendors of the Mughal Empire and the Raj. (If an elephant sounds uncomfortable, you can go up by Jeep.)

The fort’s forbidding exterior belies the beautiful fusion of art and architecture behind the ramparts. Highlights include the Kali Temple, famous for its huge silver lions, and the Hall of Public Audiences, where the maharaja received the petitions of his subjects. The hall features a double row of columns each capped by an elephant shape. Back in Jaipur, a sightseeing tour takes us to see the City Palace, the adjacent Palace of Winds, the Jantar Mantar observatory, a batik fabric print works and more. (B, L, D)

Accommodation: Narayan Niwas Palace.
Activity: Local Sightseeing

 

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