Essence of Rajasthan
Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Nimaj – Udaipur
This tour is provide you the experience of the most important places of Rajasthan with a cycle ride. This itinerary combined with the heritage, culture and everyday life of Indian villages. While of this tour guest will enjoy the cycling from day 3 till day 10 while covering Kumbhalgarh, Ranakpur, Jojawar, Sardar Samand, Jodhpur and Chandelao. A great thing about cycling in a city or town is guest can travel with their own pace, without worrying about having to keep up your speed to match up with a schedule. It can be very interesting landscape, with the picturesque Aravali Hills in the east, and broken rocky hills interspersed with farms and scrub forests all around. Before the tour come to an end, enjoy visiting the Pink city of Jaipur and the most beautiful monument of love "Taj Mahal".
Arrive at Delhi International Airport. Please clear immigration and visa formalities, collect your baggage and proceed to the arrival lounge through the green channel. MAGADH TRAVELS executive will wait at the arrival hall with a placard in your name to greet you. Thereafter you will be assisted with a transfer and check in at the hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Delhi.
The Oberoi, New Delhi: An incomparable hotel for business or pleasure, The Oberoi, New Delhi, enjoys views of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Humayun's Tomb on one side and a calming view of the forested golf course on the other. It is a storied landmark and a celebrated example of Oberoi's reputation for taking care of its guests. The contemporary interpretation of Sir Edwin Lutyens' New Delhi in the interiors combines with a state of the art clean air technology offering the healthiest air in the city. Thoughtfully detailed throughout its public spaces, with superlative rooms, restaurants and guest facilities, this is a city hotel perfectly conceived for work or play.
Morning after breakfast board your flight to Udaipur. Often referred to as the 'Venice of the East', the city of lakes Udaipur is located around azure water lakes and is hemmed in by lush green hills of Aravallis. The famous Lake Palace, located in the middle of Lake Pichola is one of the most beautiful sights of Udaipur. It is also home to Jaisamand Lake, claimed to be the second largest man-made sweet water lake in Asia. Assisted arrival at Udaipur airport and transfer to hotel for check in. Check your bikes, gear and etc. Stay overnight at hotel in Udaipur.
Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur: Jag Niwas is today the majestic and magnificent Taj Lake Palace of Udaipur. This heritage hotel has 65 luxurious rooms and 18 grand suites. Its location on an island in the midst of a lake affords every room breathtaking views of the neighboring City Palace, Aravalli Hills, Machla Magra Hills and Jag Mandir. Signature speciality restaurants at this palace serves a choice of cuisines. Neel Kamal for authentic Rajasthani and other dishes from India; and the seasonally open-air Bhairo for contemporary European delicacies. In the evening, indulge in signature martinis, cocktails and a grand collection of premium international spirits at the bar, Amrit Sagar. Continue being pampered as a royal at Jiva Spa, with a spa boat experience like no other. Concierge would be happy to assist you in making arrangements, and plan a special tour of the city of lakes in one of our vintage cars.
Morning after breakfast, we load our bikes on bus/car and drive for approx 10kms. We unload our bikes and go cycling at the outskirts of Udaipur. Later visit of City Palace & its complex. The City Palace boasts of the wonderful blend of Medieval, European and Chinese Architecture and has various towers, domes and arches, which add to the flavour of heritage site. Later visit Jagdish Temple, dating back to 1651 AD, it is an exquisite example of Indo Aryan architecture. In the afternoon enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola, is an artificial fresh water lake, created in the year 1362 AD, named after the nearby Picholi village. Two islands, Jag Niwas and Jag Mandir are located within Pichola Lake and have been developed with several palaces to provide views of the lake. Evening visit the Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandir, an Indian folk arts museum which has interesting exhibits that include folk's dresses, ornaments, puppets, masks, dolls, folk's musical instruments, folk deities. Stay overnight at hotel in Udaipur. (Total cycling of approx. 30-40 kms)
Morning after breakfast, drive for approx. 60kms to reach the countryside to avoid Highway and traffic and then you can start Cycling from Sayra till Kumbhalgarh. En-route enjoy the The Kumbhalgarh Fort that has made its mark in history as the second largest wall after the Great Wall of China – it is none but the Kumbhalgarh fort in Rajasthan. The mighty fort is 3600 ft tall and 38km long that surrounds the area of Udaipur. It was considered to have been built by Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. The fort is further declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is under the group Hill Forts of Rajasthan. It is located strategically on the western Aravalli hills. On arrival check-in at hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Kumbhalgarh.
Note: Last 5-7 kms is very uphill cycling so we prefer to load our bikes on car and drive to hotel but someone is really a cycling buff then we don't stop. (Total cycling of approx. 25-30 kms uphill)
Fateh Safari Suite, Kumbhalgarh is located in the most picturesque area of Rajasthan, amidst the natural surroundings, on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, at 1100 meters above sea level, the same height as Kumbhalgarh Fort. It is an ideal base for exploring stunning views of the plains of Marwar and the Kumbhalgarh Fort. The property features a wide range of facilities to make your stay a pleasant experience. Discover all Kumbhalgarh has to offer by making Fateh Safari Suite your base.
Morning after early breakfast, visit the Kumbhalgarh Fort. Later we start cycling to Ranakpur. On arrival check-in at hotel. Later in the afternoon visit the most famous Ranakpur Jain Temples with intricately carved marble Pillars and Domes. Ranakpur is amongst the five holiest places of the Jain community and exceptional in beauty. Tucked away in a remote valley in the Aravalli ranges, it boasts of one of the largest and most important Jain Temples in the country. Stay overnight at hotel in Ranakpur. (Total cycling of approx. 30-35 kms downhill)
Mountbatten Lodge, Ranakpur is an opulent 4 suite hideaway nestled in a ruggedly scenic valley and bordered by the Kumbalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. The Lodge provides a luxurious base from which to experience the true essence of Rajasthan – horse riding or horse trekking through jungle trails, leopard and jeep safaris, sundowners in the mountains, and interacting with local villagers. Mountbatten Lodge offers an experience of serenity and is a rural haven away from the noise and bustle of Rajasthan's major cities.
Morning after breakfast, we start cycling from Ranakpur to Jojawar. This is a very interesting landscape, with the picturesque Aravali Hills in the east, and broken rocky hills interspersed with farms and scrub forests all around. The camel, cattle & sheep herders – The Rebaris are an ethnic group only to be found around south Rajasthan and you will cycle to their hamlets, where you feel like a part of the bygone era. On arrival check-in at hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Jojawar. (Total cycling of approx. 40 - 50 kms)
Kesar Bagh, Jojawar is a throwback to the laid back and indulgent life style of the bygone era. The present Rao Sahib of Jojawar – Maharaj Singh ji eager to restore the old traditions of the land and his family, recreated the new Kesar Bagh right where the old buildings once stood, but incorporated a few changes seeing to the modern times. The reversal of time feels so complete with vintage cars taking you for spontaneous drives, mustached butlers waiting by you in their starched bush coats, their turban tails flapping away in the evening breeze, the entire estate with its fruit trees and forest set amidst rural Rajasthan – and so far, far away from any major roads or development, that one cannot help but relax and rejuvenate in its charm. The warm sun, conversation and relaxed sundowners punctuated with impromptu excursions, is the call of the day here.
Morning after breakfast, we will start our cycling to Sardar Samand. We start cycling early this day across lush millet vegetation and carpets of yellow mustard fields; in fact keep alert to see some amount of wildlife like deer, black bucks and camels. This is a fairly easy terrain to ride in so you can enjoy the vistas with ease and look forward to your stay at the hunting lodge, Sardar Samand Palace. An erstwhile hunting lodge, the palace was built by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1933. Set in tranquil surroundings of a lake, the low lying Aravalli hill ranges, vast shrubby forests teeming with wildlife, the heritage resort is a great stop. Here you can relax in the contrasting comfort of a pool and a plush heritage property as compared to the cycle. On arrival check-in at hotel. Stay overnight at hotel Sardar Samand. (Total cycling of approx. 40-45 kms)
Sardar Samand Lake Palace, built on the banks of a beautiful lake by Maharaja Umaid Singh in 1933, The Sardar Samand Lake Palace is a magnificent Art Deco hunting lodge. It remains the Royal Family's favorite retreat and houses a vast collection of African trophies and original water-colors by Snaffles. The palace has its own Oriental Garden, boat-house, swimming pool, tennis and squash courts and its large grounds along the lake make for delightful walks. The lake itself is a bird-watcher's paradise... There are eighteen air-conditioned, all elegantly and sumptuously furnished in the Art Deco style.
d largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. This city is also referred to as the "Blue City" due to the vivid blue-painted houses around the Mehrangarh Fort. The old city circles the fort is bounded by a wall with several gates. There are seven gates, which include Jayapol (meaning 'victory'), built by Maharaja Man Singh to commemorate his victories over Jaipur and Bikaner armies. Fattehpol (also meaning 'victory') gate was built by Maharaja Ajit Singh to mark the defeat of the Mughals. The palm imprints upon these still attract much attention even today. On arrival check-in at hotel. Later visit Mehrangarh Fort; one of the largest forts in India, the beauty and grandeur of numerous palaces inside narrates a saga of hard sandstones yielding to the chisels of skilled Jodhpuri sculptures and to enter, seven gates have to be crossed. A collection of musical instruments, palanquins, furniture and cannons on the forts ramparts are well preserved. After that visit the royal cenotaph Jaswant Thada – This white marbled architecture is a memorial site of a Rajput clan. This cenotaph was built in the 19th century by Maharaja Sardar Singh in the memory of his father, Maharaja Jaswant Singh II, the 33rd Rathore ruler of Jodhpur. Evening explore the Old city & Clock tower market. Surrounded by a 10km long wall, has 8 gates serving as entrances, the winding streets offer colourful street markets with blue houses alternated with white houses. Stay Overnight at hotel in Jodhpur.
Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur: Home of the erstwhile Jodhpur royal family and currently the world's sixth-largest private residence. The last of the great palaces of India, the property houses a family museum, as well as the resplendent Umaid Bhawan Palace. Discover an array of European and Mediterranean delicacies at Pillars, set in a lovely colonnaded veranda. Unwind at the Trophy Bar with its unique hunting-themed décor and vast selection of alcoholic beverages and cigars. Pamper yourself with rejuvenating signature treatments and therapies at the Jiva Grande Spa, or soothe your mind and body with yoga and meditation. Soak in the original architecture of a fascinating bygone era and discover the rich history of a palace that has enjoyed actual royal company.
Morning after breakfast, we will start our cycling and head out along country roads across to Chandelao. Paved roads and relatively flat terrain mark the route. While cycling, visit the tribal hamlets of Bishnois and Prajapats. Bishnois are a strong agrarian community who lives on 29 eco-friendly commandments given by their founder. There have been stories where this community has made various sacrifices in saving the flora and fauna of the region. Prajapats are weavers who make small rugs out of cotton and also live on animal husbandry. On arrival check-in at hotel. Stay overnight at hotel in Chandelao. (Total cycling of approx. 40 – 50 kms)
Chandelao Garh is the ancestral home of the landowners of the area, and has been tastefully converted to a modern hotel. But do not expect telephones and televisions - the Garh will provide you with an authentic experience of traditional Rajasthani hospitality in a tranquil village setting. Rooms are tastefully decorated with period furniture, while providing 21st century comfort. The kitchen presents the flavours of traditional Rajasthani cuisine in impeccable style using local produce and spices. The well-kept hotel grounds are filled with flowers and the sounds of peacocks and parrots. Enjoy an evening on the terrace with friends old and new and marvel at the starry desert sky at night.
Morning after breakfast, drive by car to Jaipur. There is no cycling scheduled for today. Jaipur, the first planned city of India, is a treasure-trove of culture, art and history, famous for its colour, life style and Rajasthani cuisine. It is a city exuding royal heritage and extravagant richness. The historic city also has many temples and shrines. On arrival check-in at hotel. Evening enjoy visiting local bazaar at walled city. Explore world famous jewelry bazaar which offers a variety that ranges from chunky tribal Jewellery to enameled gold to modern diamond jewelry. Stay overnight at hotel in Jaipur.
Rambagh Palace, Jaipur: Originally built in 1835, Rambagh Palace has stepped gracefully through many royal transitions. Today, this jewel in the Taj's crown offers 78 stunningly restored grand luxury rooms and suites which were the chambers of the former Maharaja. Enjoy a royal Indian feast at Suvarna Mahal. For multi-cuisine, head to Rajput Room, all-day-dining restaurant, or Verandah Café. Find Mediterranean delights at the lounge bar, Steam, or unwind in the sophisticated charm of the Polo Bar, with the trophies and memorabilia of the Jaipur polo team on display. Take your royal retreat a notch further by indulging in signature treatments at the Jiva Grande Spa.
Morning after breakfast excursion to Amber Fort, Enjoy Jeep ride while going up to the main entrance of Amber Fort. The ancient capital of Jaipur state and the majestic palace complex to witness a unique system of air-conditioning of 17th century. The fort presents a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. It is built using red sandstone and white marble. While driving back to city photo stop at Jal Mahal. Afternoon city tour of Jaipur pink city covering City Palace Museum; boasts to have some of the priceless handwritten Hindu scriptures of the ancient past, miniature delicate paintings, preserved painted ceilings and the elephant saddles (haudas), and is registered in the Guinness Book of Records to contain the biggest silver objects in the world. Drive pass Hawa Mahal or the 'Palace Of The Winds' – a remarkable gem of Rajput style of architecture. This beautiful Mahal decorated with fine lattice windows and screened balconies was to facilitate the royal women, in getting a glimpse of the daily events, royal processions and festivals taking place on the streets. Conclude your day with visit to Jantar Mantar; one of the famed observatories built by Sawai Jai Singh is a complex of astronomical instruments, chiseled out of stone which provides fairly accurate information to this day. Stay overnight at hotel in Jaipur.
Morning after breakfast, drive by car to Agra. There is no cycling scheduled for today. Agra, home to India's most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal. A poem of white marble, the Taj is described as the most extravagant monument ever built for love. On arrival check into the hotel. Evening visit of the Agra Fort, built in the year 1573 by Emperor Akbar, which is a mixture of the Islamic and Hindu styles of architecture. The fort remained as the main residence of the emperors belonging to the Mughal dynasty until the year 1638. The fort houses numerous impressive structures like the Jahangir Mahal, Khas Mahal, Diwan-i-Khass, Diwan-i-Am, Machchhi Bhawan and Moti Masjid. Stay overnight at hotel in Agra.
The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra: Located just 600 metres from the Taj Mahal, the world's most exquisite testimony to undying love, it is easy to rekindle romance at The Oberoi Amarvilas. Inspired by Mughal palace designs; with fountains, terraced lawns, reflection pools and pavilions, The Oberoi Amarvilas offers unrestricted views of Taj Mahal from all rooms and suites, complemented by our warm, personalised hospitality. Tastefully appointed accommodation, exquisite restaurants serving authentic Mughal and international cuisines, private dining beside the silhouette of the Taj Mahal and couples spa treatments with Taj Mahal views. At The Oberoi Amarvilas, your experience of Agra will be unforgettable.
Morning after breakfast visit of Taj Mahal (closed on Fridays), a UNESCO Heritage Site, undisputedly one of the world's most beautiful buildings. The epitome of love, stands on the banks of the river Yamuna built in the 17th century by the Mughal Emperor Shahjahan. The white marble building changes its hue with the variations in the daylight. Made entirely of white marble and decorated with exquisite pietra dura (stone inlay) work, different types of precious and semi-precious stones were used in the intricate inlay work done on the interiors. This magnificent monument is built around a Charbagh or 'four garden' plan, split by watercourses— reflects the influence of Persian architectural style… an exquisite image that you'll remember forever. Later drive by car to Delhi. There is no cycling scheduled for today. On arrival check-in at hotel. Rest of the day at your leisure. Stay overnight at hotel in Delhi.
Morning after breakfast transfer to Delhi international airport to board your schedule flight to onward destination.
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