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This amazing nine night/ten day tour begins in Delhi, moves to Agra and the Taj Mahal and ends in Jaipur, the Pink City and the capital of Rajasthan. From £2295.

A cycle of 500kms provides the challenge, and while the supporters will see the amazing sights of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, the best experiences will probably be had when on two wheels, soaking up the atmosphere and beauty of this special part of rural India.  Visits to Indian charities with the same focus as yours can be easily arranged. Similarly,  the sightseeing visits can also have a theme of your choice - art, cultural, religious, gastronomy, or a combination - it's up to you.  The itinerary below has an art focus.  We stay in a mixture of contemporary and heritage hotels, ensuring there is always a comfortable place to lay your head after a long day in the saddle.

  Day One - Arrival

Depart LHR after meeting the Tribal Tracks leader at the airport. Arrive in Delhi and be welcomed by the local team, who will take you to your hotel.

Lunch, Dinner (depending upon arrival time)

 Day Two– Exploration of Delhi and New Delhi

 A full day exploring Delhi with the help of local guides.  

We visit the medieval Jama Mosque followed by a rickshaw ride and walking tour of traditional businesses of Old Delhi – exploring centuries old arts and crafts with businessmen belonging to the 6th or 7th generation of the men who first started them.

 Later in the day you will be taken to explore New Delhi, including Humayun’s Tomb (a magnificent building which served as a model for the Taj Mahal) and Dilli Haat – the Artisans Market which is a unique bazaar that displays the richness of Indian culture and brings rural life and folk art to an urban market.

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Day Three – Agra the Taj Mahal, Bharatpur. Safety briefing and Acclimatisation/Fitting Ride (10-15kms)

This morning we have an early start.  After breakfast, we will be driven to Agra (4 hours) to visit the Taj Mahal. Built in the early 16th century and the capital of mighty Mughals for a long time, Agra is famous for its beautiful monuments of the medieval times. The Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays) has been described as a 'tear on the face of eternity' and as an enduring monument of love. The unique beauty of Taj Mahal is blended with grandeur and its massive over-all design is matched with immaculately intricate execution. Built by Mughal Emperor Shan Jehan in the memory of his beloved queen Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal complex took 22 years to be completed and is today counted among the Seven Wonders of the World.

After visiting the Taj Mahal, you will be driven to Bharatpur (1 hour). This evening we will have a full route and saftety briefing and will be fitted for our bikes.  We will then have a short acclimatisation ride to iron out any fitting issues.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Day Four – Bharatpur & Deeg - Ride (85-90km)

A fabulous early morning cycle inside Keoladeo Ghana bird sanctuary. This 29 sq. km. of marshland is one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world with over 360 species of birds. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, it used to be a part of the private shooting reserve of the Maharaja of Bharatpur. The Park is particularly spectacular at sunrise and sunset, and this is undoubtedly the best time for game-viewing.

In the afternoon after lunch, we cycle to the small town of Deeg. Once the summer resort of the rulers of Bharatpur, it served as the second capital of the region. This area is strewn with massive fortifications, beautiful gardens, lovely palaces, and a colorful bazaar.

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Day 5 - Bharatpur – Karauli – Ride 85-90km.

In the morning we have a short transfer, but mostly cycle, to Karauli.  The old, holy city of Karauli was officially founded in 1348 AD, however, legend has it that it was established by Raja Bijal pal Jadon, the 88th descendent of Lord Krishna, as far back as 995 AD.

Here we will stay at the beautiful heritage hotel Bhanwar Vilas Palace that was built as a Royal residence in 1938 by Maharaja Ganesh Pal Deo Bhadur. The palace is designed in a colonial style, and the interiors are furnished in art-de-decor period furniture. The palace grounds provide a home to a variety of plants and animals.

In the evening, we explore the 500-year-old Karauli city palace full of amazing art work including frescos, fine stone carvings and paintings. Within the city palace is a famous lord Krishna temple (Madan Mohan ji) where one can see the evening Aarti(religious ceremony) before returning to the hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 – Karauli – Ride (60km)

After two hard days in the saddle, today we take the pace off a little as we enjoy a ride around Kaila Devi National Park. The park is a part of the Project Tiger and is a buffer zone to Ranthambore National park. The typical features of the sanctuary are numerous khosor deep gorges breaking the ground. We can also see the traditional villages and meet the villagers living in the protected habitat inside the sanctuary.  

In the evening, you will be free to relax at the hotel with your fellow fundraisers.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 Day 7 - Karauli – Talabgaon- Ride (90-100km)

Today we cycle to Talabgaon located in rural Rajasthan. This is a beautiful ride through the countryside and on the way, we will see small villages, narrow country roads and almost negligible traffic. This is rustic at its best! Talabgaon inherits the rich culture of the Rajasthan region reflecting the ancient Indian way of life. Discover the traditions and intricate craft that the region is famous for.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Talabgaon – Jaipur – Ride 90km

In the morning we cycle to Jaipur. The capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur is known as the 'pink city' because of the pink paint applied to the buildings in its old walled city. Jaipur is steeped in history and culture and the past comes alive here in magnificent forts and palaces, where once lived the maharajas.

After lunch, we visit a charity aligned with your cause, seeing first hand the work that is carried out in rural India.

We then enjoy a walk in old Jaipur. The bazaars between the Badi(Large) and Chhoti (Small) Chaupar(Square) in the old city of Jaipur feature some of the best sights that the city has to offer. You will be taken through the labyrinth of colourful alleys where artisans make puppets, bangles, and other local handicrafts. You will visit the jewellery market or Johari Bazaar, explore architecturally interesting havelis (painted mansions), and stop by bangle shops in Maniharonka Rasta and the flower sellers near Choti Chaupar.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 -  Jaipur – Ride 30km - Celebration Dinner

We take to our bikes for the final time for a cycle around Jaipur. The sights included today are Amber Fort, City Palace, Jantar Mantar (medieval observatory) and drive past Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds).

The Amber Fort is one of the more fascinating of Indian forts. It was the ancient capital of the Jaipur state. Its construction began in 16th century and was subsequently added on to by successive rulers. Inside the fort, the places worth visiting are the Palace of Mirrors, inlaid with millions of tiny glistening mirrors, the hall of Public Audience and the beautiful manicured gardens.

The City Palace complex is wonderfully laid out with large courtyards, balconies, arched entrances and gardens, which are a mix of Rajput and Mughal architecture. The museum displays the rich heritage of the Jaipur family in miniature paintings, textiles, garments, books & manuscripts, carpets, palanquins and weapons dating back to the 15th century.

Jantar Mantar has a curious collection of sculptures which enable the calculation of many astronomical and astrological events like eclipses. Each of these structures was built after relentless study of books, manuscripts and discussions with scholars from all over the world. Even today they are put to good work.

Built in 1799 Hawa Mahal or the Palace of Winds is one of the landmarks of Jaipur city, although it is little more than a façade. It is a five-storey building in pink, built to enable the women of the harem to see the activities of the outside world without being seen.

 In the evening, we enjoy a farewell and celebration dinner with a cultural show.

 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner

 Day 10 -Jaipur – Delhi Airport - LHR

 Today you will be driven to Delhi airport (5 hours) for your flight back to the UK, after an experience of a lifetime.

 

The Cost Includes: 

International return economy flights from LHR to Delhi; Accommodation on twin-share basis in the mentioned hotels or similar (single supplement or reduction for triple is available); 10 Breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 Dinners; All transfers as stated in the itinerary; Tribal Tracks UK leaders – 1 per 15 pax; Local, English Speaking Guides for cultural sightseeing in Delhi, Agra and Jaipur; Rickshaw ride and art- focussed walking tour in old Delhi; Heritage walk in Jaipur; Entrance fees to all cultural sight / parks as per itinerary; All cycling arrangements; Accompanying support vehicle with bike mechanic; Locally qualified Cycling Guides; Cycles (a mixture of Scott, Cannondale and Merida); Helmets; Spares for cycles and spare bikes; Bottled water, fruit, snacks and soft drinks during cycling and transfers; All currently applicable taxes.

The Cost Excludes:

Items of personal nature like tips for the guides, laundry, telephone calls, alcoholic drinks; Any other meals than those mentioned above; Any insurance coverage (personal insurance cover is mandatory and participants must check that it will cover this trip); VISA fee; Camera charges at monuments; Immunisation costs; Any locally paid departure taxes; Single supplement.

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