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India Biking: The Caravan Routes & Desert Palaces Of Rajasthan

India

from $6,298* per person 10 Days November, December
Luxury accommodations Exertion level: 5
Operator: Backroads 26 people max
  • Jodhpur, india
  • Active & Adventure trips

That’s the thing about India. It’s big. Population. Land mass. It has its own ocean. That’s why we made this journey epic. Ten days of riding. You’ll ride deserts - when the weather is right. You’ll ride camels. You’ll stand tiny beside the walls of Mehrangarh wondering how it was humanly possible. You’ll pause at the bold azure of Jodhpur. Ride through the centuries and stop at Brahman temples in Pali and the 15th-century citadel overlooking Kumbhalgarh. You’ll taste the flavors of India. Sleep like a king. And ride the warm dry air into the evening thinking: "Another Big Day in India."

  • A journey through Rajasthani history, from the Maharaj kingdoms to British rule to modern day
  • Bike rural India, past friendly locals, hamlets, temples, peacocks, cows and goats
  • Ranakpur, a breathtaking 14th-century Jain temple with intricate carvings
  • Ride a camel across desert sand
  • Cultural connections on walks through lively markets and artist studios

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Itinerary


Days 1-2 A journey through Rajasthani history, from the Maharaj kingdoms to British rule and modern day  Tour Jodhpur’s staggering 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort, overlooking ancient blue-washed abodes Stroll through serpentine alleys to traditional markets selling spices, jewelry, slippers and fabrics Saddle up for a culturally rich bike ride, stopping to admire the region’s finest pottery and dhurrie rugs.

Day 3 A camel caravan across desert sand for a night beneath the stars in safari-style tents (with all the necessary amenities, of course)  Pedal through the countryside, stopping along the way to meet local schoolchildren. 

Days 4-5 Bike rural India, past friendly villagers, colorful temples, peacocks, cows and goats  Pali’s three exquisite Brahman temples leave you inspired for the heart-pumping ride through the Aravalli Hills to Narlai Explore Kumbhalgarh, an imposing 15th-century citadel perched above the arid landscape.

Days 6-7 Ranakpur, a breathtaking 14th-century Jain temple with intricate carvings  Venture into the rolling countryside by foot, bike - or even elephant! - or relish some R&R at our luxurious hotel.

Days 8-10 Spin past lake palaces and temples en route to Udaipur  Rugged terrain leads to the traditional village of Piplya (pop. 100), where we’re invited for lunch in the community house Stroll through the craft shops in Udaipur for handmade paper, silver, copper or leather goods.

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