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Cycle the back roads of Rajasthan, India on this immersive active adventure. Pedal through fascinating towns such as the blue city of Jodhpur or lake city of Udaipur, to the ancient desert hamlets and oasis of Marwari forts. You’ll ride through rural farmlands, desert scrubland, and mountain passes, and along the way, we’ll stay in historic palaces, fortresses, and Havelis as you experience Indian history on this tour.
Friendly Indian guide
4 to 14
Traditional Palaces, upscale hotels
Explore Rajasthan, one of India's most captivating states, famed for its Rajput forts and palaces, desert villages, spice markets and the warmth of its people. However, the deserved popularity of Rajasthan's highlights sometimes leaves scant room for a sense of adventure. Touring by bicycle is the perfect antidote to this! As well as some of the big draw cards like Jodhpur, Ranakpur and Udaipur, our back-road cycle route takes us through barren desert and lush oasis to remote villages where traditional Rajasthani life continues untouched by the outside world, as it has for centuries.
The exact back-country tour route we take between Jodhpur and Udaipur is a closely guarded secret, but distances covered are between 40km and 60km a day, and the route progresses from the flatlands south of Jodhpur, climbing up into the Aravali Hills towards the end of the journey. Along the way, we take rest stops at the principal attractions as well as at a few places where you'll have the chance to experience rural Rajasthan firsthand. We’ll stay in some heritage hotels in restored palaces for an interesting and luxurious accommodation Rather than the well-known sites, you may well find that the highlight of your bike tour is a chance encounter with a pink-turbaned man in the middle of nowhere, or maybe a shared Rajasthani family meal. That is the beauty of this trip and all of the cultural experiences it entails!
210 Km riding. India's state of Rajasthan offers a variety of cycle terrain. This bike tour follows predominantly small, flat, country roads and lanes with little traffic and some occasional stretches on busier roads. To mix it up a little there are some days of hill riding in the tour but all the cycling is broadly achievable at a moderate level of fitness.
Appreciate views of the blue city of Jodhpur from the 15th century Mehrangarh fortress up above.
Take a jeep ride out to see traditional villages of Bishnoi tribe members and their centuries-old way of life.
Cycle into the Aravalli Hills to discover the imposing Kumbhalgarh Fort with some outstanding views.
Take a walking tour of the historic Old Town of Udaipur as you learn about its past and present.
Welcome to the hustle and bustle of modern India? The group convenes at 10am for our flight to Jodhpur. Once we land, the adventure begins! After checking into the hotel, we will head out on foot to explore the blue city. We'll tour the imposing walls of the 15th century Mehrangarh fortress with views of the indigo houses below before enjoying dinner in the old town.
Today is full of desert palaces as we ride out of the old city of Jodhpur to have lunch in Jhalamand Garh. By the end of the day, we will be riding dusty lanes through the desert to Rohet. These roads are as old as time and were used by Marwari then Rajput traders to navigate the treacherous lands between the different warlord kingdoms. The ride ends at historic Rohet Garh. This Rajput stately home, set next to a desert oasis, is beautiful and comes complete with swimming pool and massage therapy to take the edge off the saddle sore! We will take a Jeep trip out to visit local villages among the sand dunes where communities of the Bishnoi tribes have very unique ways of living and produce interesting crafts.
This morning we’ll set off on our bikes, stopping at a shrine on the main road that is dedicated to travelers to say thanks for our safe travels before we veer off onto narrow farm lanes through the picturesque desert. We’ll pass through friendly Rajasthani villages and keep our eyes peeled for a camel sighting. Once we’ve reached Khairwa, we’ll make a stop at a traditional Heritage Haveli there for a tasty lunch. Following lunch there is an optional 45 km ride on to Jojawar or a transfer by van, once here you can enjoy our heritage hotel’s pool before a traditional dinner is served.
If you’re keen for the challenge, saddle-up on your bike and start the climb to Deogarh. For those who would rather rest their legs, the morning is free before a transfer to Deogarh. We’ll enjoy lunch at the luxurious Deogarh Mahal before boarding a train for a scenic ride from Khambli Ghat to Mavli. During this narrow gauge train ride of approximately an hour and a half, you’ll glimpse another side of Rajasthan: a verdant oasis with the backdrop of the Aravalli hills sparkling in the sunlight. We'll have short 14km transfer back to Jojawar and in the evening you are free to sample the different tastes of the town before another night in our heritage hotel.
Today we continue our bike journey, and as we ride the landscape starts to change dramatically. Sandy scrubland shifts shape to boulder-strewn plateaus dotted with villages as we ride towards the Aravalli range. We overnight in the lush, wooded valley of Ranakpur. The village of Ranakpur is a popular holiday destination for local families with its beautiful forests, cool climate, and jaw-dropping Jain temple. In the afternoon we'll have some time to explore the intricate Jain Temple complex, as well as time for relaxation to enjoy the hotel’s amenities.
Although only a relatively short ride, the route from Ranakpur up to Kumbhalgarh is the most challenging we will encounter so far. As we start to climb up into the Aravalli Hills on completely different terrain, we pass small hillside hamlets and villages and see traditional ox-drawn wells. Keep pedaling through the undulating hill-scape to our destination, and you’ll be rewarded with awesome views.
Deep in the heart of the Aravalli hills is the incredible hilltop fortress of Kumbhalgarh. With the world’s second largest man-made wall creating the impenetrable defenses of the Marwar kingdom, this fortress is an awe-inspiring sight, and we’ll get the chance to discover it for ourselves this afternoon. To round out a busy day we have a 2-hour transfer to the city of Udaipur, our destination for the night.
The riding is done and so today we explore the historical sights on foot. In the morning, we visit Sajjan Garh Fort, known as the monsoon palace and then see out the middle of the day with lunch and some downtime at the hotel. In the afternoon, we'll head into the city of Udaipur to explore the historic Old Town, along the way you'll learn about the history of this fascinating and beautiful city, before finishing off with a boat ride on lake Pichola.
This evening we'll gather together along the lakeside for dinner. Take in your magical surroundings and celebrate our last night together as we reminisce about our adventures through Rajasthan.
Our tour concludes today in Udaipur and you can stay on in the city, or continue your journey. There are flight or train options if heading back to Delhi, and we are happy to help assist you with any onward travel plans from here.
No matter where we are some things don’t change. Great bikes are essential to a great cycle tour. All the bikes we use are quality imported bikes in all sizes. with appropriate tires, lockout front suspension and hydraulic disc brakes. Set up for touring these bikes are perfectly suited to the distances and terrain we cover. Sizes available to suit all heights.
Grasshopper bike tours have always focused on quality riding and experiences. Accommodation and cuisine play a large part in this. Our focus on accommodation and cuisine is to deepen the richness of your experiences. Staying, wherever possible, in beautiful, unique places, that reward you after a day's cycling. Food is equally important, we understand the importance of a quality meal after a ride. But it can also be part of the experience, we will open horizons in your culinary adventure, with delicious and exciting local fare. From mouth-watering snacks presented mid-ride to the adventurous tasting local delicacies you will never go hungry on a Grasshopper bike tour!
This tour has been handcrafted by Grasshopper's Expedition Engineers. This team brings with them a wealth of knowledge on all things Asian, and all are experienced in the delivery of outstanding expeditions. In addition to a Grasshopper representative joining you, you will be supported by a well informed, English speaking local guide who can provide unique insights on the local customs, cultures and landscapes while keeping your comfort and safety top priorities at all times.
All hotel nights are in comfortable 3-5 star hotels, many of which are beautifully restored heritage properties with swimming pools. After a full day of adventures, you'll love settling down for some R&R in these select locations.
Pioneering bicycle tours have the same Grasshopper support systems as our regular cycle tours. Groups of 4-8 guests will be accompanied by our expert local guide and our expedition leader. For groups of 8 or more, we will be joined by a cycle mechanic. Our support crew is always on hand to help tired riders whenever needed.
Full vehicle support follows riders at every step of the tour. The vehicles carry your luggage and bikes when not in use and there is always a comfortable seat when needed.
Energy bars and electrolyte drinks, as well as delicious local snacks, are provided to keep your energy up for the riding.
Take it Home
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento from your bike tour.
4 to 14
This pioneering cycle tour is guaranteed for a minimum of 4 travelers. And we limit the group size to only 14 travelers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
There is no surcharge for single travelers - we will match you with another same-sex single traveler. If you want a single room there is an optional upgrade that you can book.
On this tour we provide Wahoo ELEMNT bike computers for additional navigational support. These are the latest in user-friendly navigation tech from Wahoo Fitness. With Wahoo devices you will be able to track your progress and monitor your route. Beyond their basic setup, the geek-cyclists will find Wahoo ELEMNTs to be excellent data mining devices allowing to measure almost any aspect of the ride.
The Pal family welcomes you to their home and heritage hotel in the Old City of Jodhpur. Each of the unique 21 ensuite bedrooms has been lived in by generations of the Pal family. These feature elegant decoration and traditional furniture along with all the necessary modern comforts.
This Heritage Hotel on the banks of the lake in peaceful rural surroundings offers views of well-manicured lawns and gardens filled with a variety of birds, including peacocks. Enjoy a refreshing dip in a gorgeous swimming pool and enjoy an elegant stay in a classic piece of Rajasthani heritage.
Located in the scenic wilderness of Ranakpur is this idyllic getaway. Comfortable rooms, modern amenities, and friendly service await you, as well as an inviting pool surrounded by lush greenery.
Riding Rajasthan was an amazing trip. The trip provided a great insight into Rajasthan - the food, the people, the history. Every day was a surprise. The highlights were often the unexpected people and things we happened to come across. The riding was really interesting and the food and accommodation was amazing.
-Karen & Simon
We’re 60, live in regional Australia, and have liked occasional rides along local country roads in light traffic. So going to India and ‘Riding the Real Rajasthan’ was something very, very new, and turned out to be an absolute, wonderful eye-opener. The “Land of Kings” exceeded expectations! We’ve travelled countries where the landscapes, ‘things-to-do’, hotels, even eating spots all merge into a single hazy memory. India was different!
-Paul & Marea
Here is a link to general travel information about India. Take a moment to read our blog about Travel in India.
Here is a link to general travel information about India.
Multi-day Cycling Tours Frequently Asked Questions
In this unique bike tour of India, we’ve done our best to pack plenty of cultural experiences into your cycling holiday to ensure an in-depth exploration and plenty of amazing memories. We’ve chosen heritage hotels and unique accommodations that offer the utmost comfort while honoring Indian culture and style, as well as choosing some of our favorite food stops along the way for some delicious meals typical of the region. We’ve figured out all the details so you can relax and enjoy the ride.
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