Day 1: Arrival
Arrive in Delhi today. Airport transfers will be provided to all participants. Please note hotel check-in time is 12 noon.
Delhi with its Old and New parts — each with its specific charm and glory — makes a very interesting city for its commitment to medieval and modern cultures at the same time and space. While Old Delhi, built by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan in the 17th century, still retains its medieval character to a great extent and almost indubitably reminds one of the crowded old towns of the Middle East; New Delhi is like any other modern city with tall buildings and massive shopping complexes.
Overnight in Delhi.
Day 2: Delhi - Pushkar
Early this morning we will board a train to Ajmer followed by a drive to Pushkar (45 minutes).
Pushkar is better known for its annual cattle fair in the month of November. However, Pushkar is a very important pilgrimage centre for the Hindus. It is a lake-side town with many temples and bathing ghats and throughout the year the devotees at Pushkar Lake can be seen ritual bathing. In fact, some scholar are of the opinion that ritual cleansing in Pushkar Lake is a prehistoric time practice continuing with varied explanations till today. Besides ritual bathing Pushkar is also the only place where there is temple for Brahma — the creator god of the Hindu Trinity.
In the evening, we will try out our bicycles.
Overnight in Pushkar
Day 3: Pushkar (18-25 miles/30-40 km)
Today we start cycling and we explore this beautiful ancient town. We will visit the holy Pushkar lake and its bathing ghats. We will also visit the Brahma temple.
Overnight in Karauli.
Day 4: Pushkar - Bijay Niwas Palace (31 miles/50 km)
Post breakfast, we drive/ride to Bijay Niwas Palace, a charming boutique hotel hidden amidst vast private farmlands and orchard. It is a family run heritage hotel offering personalized service and attention to detail that makes the warm welcome and the stay unforgettable.
Being miles away from the nearest town, hushed with floral scents and punctuated with sounds of nature it is a place to switch off and relax in the expansive gardens, take a lazy dip in the pool or a walk in the soulful serene farms.
Overnight in Bijay Niwas Palace
Day 5: Bijay Niwas Palace - Deogarh (31-37 miles/50-60 km)
After a leisurely breakfast, we will cycle through spectacular wooded hills to Deogarh. Founded in 1670, Deogarh boasts of a rich history of valor of its erstwhile rulers. The massive fort has now been converted into one of the most sought after heritage hotels in Rajasthan.
Day 6: Deogarh (18-25 miles/30-40 km)
After breakfast, we cycle to explore the surroundings of Deogarh, which makes for some of the best cycling in Rajasthan. We cycle around the hilly terrain of Deogarh, stopping over for picnic lunch by a lake teeming with birds.
Overnight in Deogarh
Day 7: Deogarh - Jojawar (25-31 miles/40-50 km)
After breakfast, we ride to Jojawar. Set amidst the Aravalli hills, this little garrison fort was once a major principality of the Royal house of Marwar. Jojawar is a perfect place for those looking for the old world charm of the princely fiefdoms of yesteryear.
The country around Jojawar boasts of very interesting landscapes, with the picturesque Aravalli Hills in the east, and broken rocky hills interspersed with farms and scrub forests all around.
The camel herding Rabaris are an ethnic group only to be found around Jojawar and you will cycle to their homesteads, through pretty little hamlets where time seems to have stopped.
Overnight in Jojawar
Day 8: Jojawar (37 miles/60 km)
Day excursion to Ranakpur - one of the biggest and the most important Jain temples in India. We will cycle to Ranakpur and drive back to the hotel.
Built in the 15th century, Ranakpur temples are very well preserved and one of the most holy places for Jain pilgrimage. These temples lie in a remote and peaceful valley of the Aravali range. The main temple, dating back to 1439, is called the Chaumukha Temple or the “Four-faced temple” and is dedicated to Adinath — the first of Jain teachers. Beautiful sculpture and grand structures mark the glory of this place. It has 29 halls supported by 1,444 carved pillars, none of which are alike. The play of light and shade on the minutely curved figures leaves a tantalizing effect. The temple was erected on the top of a hill on a raised platform and covered an area of about 4,460 metres. Within the complex are two other Jain temples dedicated to Neminath and Parasnath.
Overnight in Jojawar
Day 9: Jojawar - Jodhpur (31-37 miles/50-60 km)
Part cycle / drive to the historic city of Jodhpur. As you get close to the town and traffic increases, you will dismount from your bikes and drive rest of the way to your destination in Jodhpur. In the afternoon you will be taken to explore the imposing Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada.
Overnight in Jodhpur
Day 10: Jodhpur - Onward journey
Today our representative will take you to Jodhpur airport for your flight to Delhi or Mumbai to connect with your international flight.