Cycling through Rajasthan

15 days
Activity level:
Activity Rating - Moderate
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Discover India's desert state by bike

Rajasthan has landscapes varying from green rolling hills to barren deserts. The whole state is dotted with dramatic fortresses and the countryside is a patchwork of villages and towns where we see the timelessness of rural India. From the captivating Mehrangarh Fort at Jodhpur, the lakeside palace of Udaipur, the holy town of Pushkar and onto the superb 'pink city' of Jaipur, each place has its own story to tell. A fitting way to finish the trip is at the magnificent Taj Mahal. Cycling is the perfect way to explore Rajasthan, offering a fascinating insight into the traditional way of life here. 


  • Discover imposing forts and palaces 
  • Cycle along Rajasthan's rural backroads
  • Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal at Agra

Key information

  • 13 nights hotels and 1 overnight train
  • 12 days cycling (including optional rides) with full vehicle support
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Pushkar and Diwali Festival departures available
  • Countries visited: India

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner included
  • All accommodation
  • Transfer for group flights
  • Local bike hire

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Single supplement
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
Trip Notes

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12 (including optional rides)

Days of Cycling

Moderate: 13-16km/8-10miles an hour


Low altitude; 100% tarmac

Day by day breakdown
Day 225.0km/15.0miles
Day 323.0km/14.0miles
Day 474.0km/45.0miles
Day 525.0km/16.0miles
Day 660.0km/37.0miles
Day 735.0km/22.0miles
Day 894.0km/58.0miles
Day 1085.0km/52.0miles
Day 1270.0km/43.0miles
Day 1340.0km/24.0miles

Responsible Travel

People, Places & Planet

We work hard to create trips which improve life for the people and places we visit, and look after the planet we explore. Find out more about our sustainable travel ethos and practice here, and find out about the work of the Exodus Travels Foundation here.

Some sustainable travel highlights of this trip include:


How this trip helps improve life for local communities.

  • The use of a local guide means our customers will be well informed about local traditions, and cultural and social sensitivities.
  • This trip brings income and opportunity to the destination community through the inclusion of locally-owned hotels and restaurants, the emphasis on eating locally produced food and support of other local enterprise.
  • The hotels we stay in are dedicated to hiring local staff, this helps to benefit the surrounding community by providing employment opportunities and income alternatives where they may be otherwise hard to come by.
  • Our local partners share a commitment to projects which benefit their communities.  
  • This tour encourages guests to visit local cafes and restaurants and use markets to purchase traditional crafts.


How this trip helps protect and conserve local landscapes and nature.

  • Read about our commitment to nature protection and restoration here including our rewilding commitment for every customer who travels.
  • By travelling in a small group, led by a local guide, we ‘tread lightly’ to minimise our impact on local resources and the environment.
  • On this trip we visit national heritage sites and the entrance fees included generates income which is used for the upkeep and development of these important monuments and nature parks.
  • Our trips adhere to ABTA’s industry-leading animal welfare guidelines to ensure the best possible practices with regard to working animals and wildlife viewing. Our animal welfare policy can be found here.
  • We work with our partners on the ground to proactively eliminate or reduce waste, for example eliminating all single-use plastic water bottles and instead providing refills for re-usable bottles.
  • Where possible on this trip paper bags are used as an alternative to single-use plastics.


How we seek to keep the carbon footprint of this trip low.

  • Read about our climate action here, including our carbon reduction and compensation commitments.
  • Accommodation and restaurants in the itinerary use locally-sourced food which has not been transported long distances.
  • In some restaurants there is the option to have plant-based meals.
  • This trip favours locally-owned and run accommodation.

Tips for sustainable travel on this trip

  • Leave no trace: We do all we can to ensure we leave no rubbish behind in the wild and beautiful places we visit; we ask that you do the same. If there are no recycling facilities in-country, we’d ask you to consider bringing recyclable materials home with you.
  • Plastic waste reduction: Please bring your own re-usable water bottle on this trip; filtered water will be provided where tap water is not drinkable.

Cultural respect

  • Best to ask before photographing people, ceremonies, or sacred sites.
  • It's polite to use only your right hand when eating something without cutlery and when handing money and small objects to someone else.
  • Before entering a holy place remove your shoes and give them to the shoe minder. When you collect your shoes again give the minder a few rupees. You’re permitted to wear socks in most places of worship.
  • Religious etiquette advises against touching the heads of locals even children, or directing the soles of your feet at a person, shrine,  or an image of a deity. You should not touch a carving of a deity.
  • When visiting religious sites dress and behave respectfully, don’t wear shorts and sleeveless tops – this applies to both men and women. Head cover for women and sometimes men is required in some places of worship. 
  • Generally it is best to dress modestly throughout your time in India as a sign of respect.
  • Making the effort to fit in is invariably appreciated so being aware of these aspects of cultural respect will assist you during your travels in India.



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  • Day 1

    Start Delhi.

    The group flight arrives in the morning. Those who have made their own flight arrangements will join us at the hotel. The rest of the day is used to assemble the bikes and explore locally before an evening briefing about our cycling adventure.
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Morning cycle tour of New Delhi; afternoon sightseeing tour of Old Delhi; overnight train to Jodhpur.

    We start cycling early in the morning in order to get used to the Indian weather and city traffic. After cycling for about 25km we return to the hotel. After breakfast and a shower we start our sightseeing of New and Old Delhi by bus. The bikes and main luggage will be transferred to Jodhpur by bus (you are advised to take your required toiletries and other essential items in your day bag for the overnight train journey). In the evening we transfer to the station and catch the overnight train to Jodhpur

    Overnight Sleeper Train 

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Arrive Jodhpur; free morning then afternoon city cycle tour including Mehrangarh Fort.

    We arrive into Jodhpur in the morning and transfer to our hotel where we have some time to relax or have a wander in the surrounding area. In the afternoon we get the bikes out and go sightseeing on two wheels. Jodhpur was founded by the Rajput chief Roa Jodha and was formerly the capital of the State of Marwar. The city is surrounded by an immense wall almost ten kilometres in circumference and is dominated by the massive fort that stands on a rocky hill commanding the surrounding desert. In the afternoon we visit the magnificent Meherangarh Fort from where we have a great view of the blue houses, painted to distinguish them as those of Brahmins. 
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Ride/drive to Udaipur via Jain Temple at Ranakpur; cycle towards lakeside town of Udaipur.

    Today is a long day so we will have an early start. We begin our day cycling from the hotel for about 40km. We then take a transfer by bus to Ranakpur where there is time to visit the stunning 15th Century Jain Temple. The main temple, beautifully carved from marble, is dedicated to Adinath. It has 29 halls supported by 1444 pillars, each delicately carved with a different design. We then take a short 15km transfer by vehicle to a roadside Hindu temple. From here we then get back on our bikes and ride through the Aravlli hills for about 34km and finally transfer by bus to the stunning lakeside town of Udaipur. 
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Cycle tour around Udaipur including City Palace.

    Known as 'The Pearl of Rajasthan', the 'City of Sunrise' and 'Venice of the East', Udaipur is a beautiful place regarded by both Indians and travellers as the most romantic city in India. Situated on the east side of Lake Pichola, the main palace commands an unsurpassed view across the shimmering lake to the dusty Aravalli Hills with the luxurious Lake Palace hotel adding to the scene. Lake Pichola has two islands, each with a palace to rival that on the mainland; Jag Mandir and Jag Nivas (the latter is now the luxurious Lake Palace Hotel) rise out of their own reflections in the waters of the lake. After breakfast we set off on the bikes and spend the morning exploring the countryside around Udaipur. We cycle on quiet roads past farmland and small villages as we head to Tiger Lake. Continuing on rural backroads, we have the chance to visit Animal Aid, a local NGO animal hospital for injured animals. We finish our ride close to the city, from where we visit the impressive City Palace. 
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Ride on backroads to the fort of Kumbhalgarh.

    This morning we take a short drive (1.5 hours) to Iswal where we start our cycle ride to Kumbhalgarh. The route stays away from the main road and follows a less direct but quieter series of back roads and allows us to see the fascinating rural life of India. It can be hot cycling in India but the vehicle support will be on hand if required for a four-wheeled break. We arrive in Kumbhalgarh for a late lunch and a rest. Then there is a chance to cycle to Kumbhalgarh Fort, a challenging 5km uphill ride (there is an option to take a jeep). Kumbhalgarh has one of the finest examples of defensive fortifications in Rajasthan including a lovely temple and palace with panoramic views.

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 7

    Ride/drive to Pushkar

    It's back to the desert scenery today as we make our way to the holy town of Pushkar. Our route follows rural backroads to the main highway from where we dismount our bikes and travel the rest of the way in our vehicle Surrounded by the desert the little town of Pushkar is a Hindu pilgrimage town which sits on a holy lake.  Legend has it that its lake was created from petals that fell from the divine hands of the creator god Brahma and it is here that you can see one of the worlds few Brahma temples. Dotted with 52 ghats and around 400 milky-blue temples this town is also famous for its annual Camel fair that transforms the town into a bustling market.  Before heading to our hotel we will spend some time exploring the sites and sounds of a town like no other in Rajasthan. 

    Comfortable Hotel

    PUSHKAR CAMEL FAIR DEPARTURES: The itinerary for these departures is slightly amended to spend two nights in Pushkar and one night in Sariska N.P, this is done in order to maximise time at the Camel Fair. Accommodation in Pushkar during the festival departure will be provided in en suite Swiss Cottage Tents (canvas tents designed to emulate Swiss cottages) with attached bathroom and all meals will be included.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    Ride/drive to Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan, via rural villages and Rupnagar.

    We leave Pushkar on our bikes travelling through desert backroads and small villages to the town of Rupnagar; a marble working centre. There is the option to extend the ride by another 34km to the Naraina railway crossing, from where we transfer by vehicle to Jaipur. Cycle approx. 60km (94km including optional ride).
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Optional early morning city heritage ride, Jaipur sightseeing.

    For those who are up early we have an optional heritage ride around the wonderful Pink city. A great way to discover the life of Jaipur is cyling through its fascinating narrow laneways. Passing havelis (private mansions) and sacred temples we will head for the majestic Albert Hall which was built to welcome the Prince of Wales on his visit during the 1870s. Along the way we wil stop at some of the popular food stalls where you can sample what the locals enjoy for breakfast. After the ride you will have time back at the hotel to freshen up before we head out for a wonderful day of sightseeing. We will visit the majestic Amber Fort and enjoy the fine museum within the City Palace, former residence of the Maharaja. A trip to Jaipur must include a photo stop at the iconic Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the winds. This city is the centre of many handicrafts such as woven rugs, carpets, printed cloth, semi-precious stones and leather ware. During our stay there will be time to visit the markets and possibly pick up a treasure to remind you of Jaipur.

    Optional cycle approx. 12 km / 7 miles.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Ride/drive to Sariska National Park via Pratap Garh.

    A combination of cycling and transfer as we leave the 'the pink city' behind us and return to rural India. We transfer to Jamwa Ramgarh and then cycle to Sariska via Pratap Garh and through the beautiful landscape of Aravali foot hills. 
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 11

    Game drive; optional afternoon ride.

    Before breakfast we head off in open jeeps for our early morning game drive. Sariska is a beautiful and interesting park to explore and it has an abundance of wildlife. Leopard sighting is a possibility, along with deer, wild boar, antelope, jackal, hyena and other wildlife. A large variety of bird species are also grace the landscape.  We return to the hotel for a late breakfast and in the afternoon there is the option to do a cycle ride to the near-by Siliseth Lake. This takes us on backroads through rural villages and farmland.  We can have tea at the Lake Palace Hotel with stunning views across the lake to the surrounding Aravali hills. For those who don’t want to cycle they can enjoy the garden and swimming pool back at the hotel. 

    Optional cycle approx. 9 miles/15Km

    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Ride/drive to Bharatpur N.P., renowned for its bird sanctuary, later visited by bike.

    After breakfast we begin the day's ride from our hotel to Muhwa where we then take a short transfer to our lunch spot. Another short transfer takes us to Bharatpur N.P. This park is renowned for its UNESCO World Heritage listed bird sanctuary - the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. This entire region was originally semi arid and only received rainfall during the monsoon season. The Maharaja of Bharatpur diverted water from a nearby irrigation canal and it was converted into a bird sanctuary in 1956. On arrival in Bharatpur we visit the bird sanctuary on our bikes, home to an array of egrets, ducks, coots, storks, kingfishers, owls, eagles and harriers. There are now over 360 species of birds to be found here. 
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Cycle to Agra, Fatehpur Sikri on route; Taj Mahal visit at sunset.

    In the morning we leave Bharatpur and cycle on backroads passing through Fatehpur Sikri, the emperor Akbar's deserted royal city. Later we transfer to Agra in time to see the sunset over the stunning Taj Mahal. This romantic monument was built by the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in 1631. The Taj is serenely beautiful and never fails to amaze a first time visitor; the white marble exterior changes colour according to the position of the sun during the day and is matched by the rich interior detail.
    Standard Hotel


    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Visit Agra Fort; transfer to Delhi

    In the morning we will visit the imposing Agra Fort of Akbar where the mighty sandstone walls enclose the beautiful white marble pearl mosque, palaces, halls, courtyards and fountains of his sons and successors, Jehangir and Shah Jahan. In the afternoon we transfer to Delhi by bus arriving early evening in time for dinner.  Your leader will arrange a group dinner for those who would like one last time together to share memories of the trip. 
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    End Delhi.

    For those who are on the flight inclusive package we depart for Delhi airport in the morning for the day flight back to London. The arrangements for those not flying with the group ends after check out.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info



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Currently e-visas for India are not available for many nationalities, including UK passport holders. Visa application is via the Indian Embassy, and it can take several weeks . We recommend you use the services of the visa agency CIBT. Please check their portal on our Travel Hub (scroll to the bottom of the page), with clear instructions on what is needed and prices:


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There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. Some of our India trips spend time at altitude. In regions over approx. 2000m, there is low to no risk of mosquito-borne diseases. For trips going to altitudes of over 3000m there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please see the TRIP NOTES for further information.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner included.

Breakfast on day 1 of the Land Only itinerary in not included as you should be given breakfast on the flight. If you do want another breakfast it costs approximately £5 (US$8) at the hotel in Delhi. You should allow at least £15 (approx. US$22) per day for lunch and dinner. You can eat out very cheaply in India, but if you go to the more expensive restaurants most of the time, you will spend more than the suggested amount. In most of the towns there is a good choice of restaurants and a choice between Indian and Western style food. If you are a vegetarian India is probably one of the best destinations to travel to with a wide range of dishes on offer. Tea and soft drinks are very cheap. A large bottle of beer is approximately £3 (US$5). Mineral water is widely available.


October to March is the ideal time to visit Northern India. Days are normally warm to hot and nights cool or mild. Humidity is very low and little or no rain can be expected. In March, April and October it can get very hot during the day. Evenings in Delhi and in the Thar Desert can be surprisingly cool, so bring a jumper as well as sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses. It gets very cold in the early mornings and evenings between December and February.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is classified Road
Activity Level: 3 (Moderate)
12 days cycling (including optional rides), average 70km/day (43 miles), with full vehicle support.
Terrain and route: Mostly quiet backroads with some roads with traffic. All roads are surfaced. Our route is a mixture of rolling hills and flat plains. There are two steeper optional climbs; to Mehranharh Fort on Day 3 and Kumbhalgarh Fort on Day 6. All the climbs are optional. The support vehicle is there for anyone who decides to stop riding. This part of India can be very hot. Although this trip is moderately demanding there is plenty of time to explore.

Diwali Festival
Some departures will be in India during the Diwali festival, these are marked on the website; this is a great festival to witness and some minor itinerary alterations may be made locally in order to make the most of this occasion.

Pushkar Festival
Each year we operate a departure of this trip that coincides with the Pushkar Camel Fair; please see Day 7 of the itinerary.

Please note that the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) are responsible for the conservation of many monuments in India (including the Taj Mahal) and very occasionally this may mean that work is taking place at sites visited on this trip. The ASI’s schedule is never published so it is not possible to forewarn our clients of when work will be taking place.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
Trip Notes

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Hotels & Sleeper Train

You will spend 13 nights in a mixture of comfortable and standard hotels, all with en suite facilities and most with swimming pools. 1 night will be spent in an overnight air-conditioned sleeper train. 

Hotels in India usually do not have heating as there are really only a couple of months in the year when the weather can get rather cold.  You can however request more blankets or the hotel may be able to provide a standing heater for your room.  Please talk to your tour leader if you need help in this matter.  Some of the hotels we use on this trip may have swimming pools however these are not heated. 

Overnight Train Journeys

The overnight train will be booked in 2-tier sleeper A/C (or 3-tier if 2-tier is not available). There are many excellent trains in India however the standard of seating and sleeping is not in line with European standards. All seats are pre-allocated at the time the tickets are issued, meaning that we are not able to guarantee the whole group are together on the train, your leader will manage this as best as possible and will always check on you during the journey. Indian trains are safe to travel on however we would recommend that you keep any valuables with you at all times. Snacks are often offered on board (at an additional cost) but you may wish to purchase your own food prior to the journey. Whilst some trains have western-style facilities, the majority of services are equipped with squat toilets. Please note trains sometimes get delayed for numerous reasons, which is obviously beyond our control, however we endeavour to minimise the impact of these delays on the overall itinerary. Most of the luggage will be transported to Jodhpur by bus, so we just take a small overight nag on the train.

PLEASE NOTE: Accommodation in Pushkar during the festival departure will be provided in en suite Swiss Cottage Tents  (canvas tents designed to emulate Swiss cottages) with attached bath and all meals will be included.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
Trip Notes

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Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for private group trips:
020 3885 9103
Trip Notes

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed February 2019
    Cathy Parmenter

    Great cycling and site seeing combination

    This trip is a great way of seeing a selection of famous sites as well as getting glimpses of the real India from cycling on back roads, waving at friendly locals, looping round cows, avoiding wandering pigs, nipping past sleeping dogs, pausing to allow flocks of sheep and goats to cross, overtaking bullock carts and even camels. The sometimes parched scenery may not be as lush as south India but there are plenty of sights to see along the way and regular snack stops to break up the longer cycling days. The longer rides tend to be pretty flat and there are some stiff but achievable hills too. But there's always a back up vehicle for anyone who has had enough and plenty of snacks and sweet chai to keep you going.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The Taj Mahal literally took my breath away, the Amer Fort in Jodhpur was amazing and the City Palace in Udaipur was spectacular, but there were many fascinating insights into local life too whether seeing a couple making rope along the roadside or watching bricks being made by hand.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sanjay and Manu were both excellent, highly experienced guides who worked hard to make sure that everything went smoothly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are travelling in January, it is probably going to be colder than you think. I was glad of the down jacket I had worn to the airport and even wore it for cycling a couple of times until me and the day warmed up. Personally, I felt most comfortable wearing my over the knee mountain biking shorts as village women always have their legs covered but no one had any issues when wearing shorter shorts. Two pairs of cycling under shorts were sufficient as there are enough two night stops for them to get washed, three would be better if you have them. You'll need something warm to wear on cold evenings too as we ate outside a couple of times. But I guess that won't apply to later departures.
  • Reviewed January 2019
    Gary Brown

    Good cycling but a shame about the pollution in the cities.

    We've visited India twice before, the first time 20 years ago and then again 10 years ago, and so as keen cyclists we were excited about the prospect of cycling around the back roads of Rajasthan. The cycling was fantastic, along quiet country roads through small rural villages where everyone waves and shouts hello. Brilliant! But beware - after the cycling you end up in large cities where the levels of pollution are now so bad that it is not only unpleasant to walk around but potentially very bad for your health. I and 3 others ended up with chest infections and 2 of us couldn't cycle again for the remainder of the trip. Our trip was over Xmas and New Year and the hotels, although perfectly clean and adequate, had no heating and it was very very cold at night - we had to ask for extra blankets just to be able to sleep. Our leader Manu and all the support crew were excellent but the bikes were a little tired. Would I recommend this trip - No! Although the cycling was great the pollution in the cities is horrendous!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The cycling and the excitement of the local children.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Exodus like to promote responsible tourism and yet their tipping policy makes a mockery of this. Why is it necessary for the clients to subsidise the wages of the leader and support crew? Surely Exodus (and the company they subcontract to in India) should be paying these local people a decent living wage? I would certainly prefer to pay a little extra in the cost of the holiday if it would do away with this unpleasant tipping procedure.
  • Reviewed November 2018
    Philip Atkinson

    Fantastic trip through Moghul India

    This was a great trip to be on, saw amazing sights; buildings, landscape, wildlife as well as having a chance to see and interact with local people. We cycled through some varied and interesting landscape as well as some that was dull. The roads were quite a mix, some better than the guides remembered from their last trip, others much worse. The heat was relentless on a few days due to lack of shade and start times being later due to coach transfers, this did cause problems and maybe needs more thought. I have to say that, after a few days cycling, most of us improved but the 34km extenI think the trip will be a five in future but it needs some tweaking of itinerary and trip notes to get there. sion on day eight seemed to be wasted as the countryside was probably the worst we came across, uninspiring. Overall a great trip though with a few adjustments to trip notes and tweaking of itinerary.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were a few, sorry! 1) The forts and palaces generally, especially at Jaipur and Udaipur 2) cycle up to Kumbhalgarh and visit to the fort 3) Morning guided heritage cycle around Jaipur, everyone thought that was fantastic 4) Ride through Sariskar NP buffer zone on day 10 5) Day 13 cycle through backroads to Fatehpur Sikri 6) And finally, the visit to the Taj Mahal, amazing

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had two tour leaders who shared duties, Sanjay who was the most senior and Tapesh. I thought they were a good mix and ensured we had the chance to meet locals, especially in impromptu situations. They looked after everyone on the rides and catered for the varying levels of fitness and determination. Socially they were good fun as were the cycle rides. They made the trip in my opinion.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don’t underestimate the heat and it’s impact on performance. Drinking plenty is difficult when the water in your bottle is 40C so try and mix with other drinks or take some squash or similar. Travel light, a bar bag is a useful thing to take rather than rucksack. Have camera handy for photos as you pass through small villages and chai shops.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There were a couple of fairly negative people in the group who were disruptive towards the end, I thought the group leaders dealt with them quite well considering. Not sure of the benefit of the extra 34km on day 8, just made us late into Jaipur because of traffic. Also, there was no mention of the length of some of the transfers, the ones to Jaipur and also to Pushkar were very long but nothing in trip notes to indicate that, should,be more honest/explicit. On a separate note, the support staff were all very good and worked very hard.
  • Reviewed March 2018
    Ray Powell

    Cycling with a bump

    A great first experience of India

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Handing out pens to local school

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Manu was very good and was always around to help us out when we needed it

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you have good travel insurance
  • Reviewed February 2018
    curtis wierenga

    loved cycling in rajasthan

    This trip was great! The cycling wasn't overly difficult. The trip offers a wide range of sites to please everyone. Our guides and crew were excellent, the bikes were great as was the support vehicle. We always had drinking water and snacks while we cycled. They took great care of us.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling through some of the small villages on our last day of cycling. There is no better way to be immersed in the Indian culture.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Manu was fantastic, very professional but also alot of fun at the same time. Great sense of humour! We have travelled many years in many countries with many guides and Manu ranks right at the top!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Enjoy! Don't be afraid of the food or drinking water or the sheer number of people. It is fantastic
  • Reviewed November 2017
    Jon richards

    cycling through Rajestan

    This was a good trip, seeing the classic UNESCO sites of Jaipur, Agra & Taj Mahal, wildlife reserves, train rides, moderate cycling as well as some really off the beat village life. The hotels were mainly of a good standard with pools & the staff were excellent.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the sites at Agra & Taj Mahal which were amazing. Some really fond memories of village life, visiting local schools, houses etc - Exodus really excel at this. The safari was ok, probably enjoyed the bird sactuary more

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Tapesh & the whole team were brilliant - well organised, considerate, communicative etc

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It's hot so take good screen, hat etc. Hardly any mossies, so didn't bother with Deet. Take alcohol hand wash to avoid the bugs.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There are lots of visits to palaces & forts which get better as the trip goes on to the well know UNESCO sites, some of these early ones are optional. There are some quite long bus transfers to the cities where these sites are - I believe changes are being made to the schedule to reduce the amount of these. The cycling scenery is fairly dry, and in my opinion much lusher with less urban centres to get to, on the Kerala or Sri Lanka trips. So if you want to see the UNESCO sites and have good (rather than excellent cycling), this would be a good trip. For a more relaxing trip, with lusher scenery & v few bus transfers, the Kerala trip might appeal more
  • Reviewed March 2017
    Janet Joy

    Cycling through Rajasthan

    India is an amazing place - totally different & totally mad but what an experience it was. This is a busy holiday packed with so many different places and many wonderful memories.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many different memories- the overnight train ride, the mental traffic, tut tut rides! the wonderful people and children welcoming us everywhere we went, the amazing Taj Mahal, chai tea ! - the total India experience.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Manu was was brilliant. Very knowledgeable, very organised, great sence of humour & a totally top chap.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a busy trip but make sure you go at your pace and enjoy the different experiences and savour India.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Manu & his fantastic support team were brilliant. They were all so happy and helpful - nothing was ever too much for them and they really helped to make the holiday so special.
  • Reviewed November 2016
    glen kite

    Cycling through Rajasthan

    A fantastic whirlwind assault on the senses - incredible sights, smells and wonderful children waving us on throughout the villages. Delhi was very smoggy and choked to death with traffic, but still amazing views from the coach window as we battled the congestion, but after the overnight train, the visuals start.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    We were invited, or press ganged into a wedding, which was a real feast for the eyes, to see how a diiferent culture celebrate here - horses, parades, fireworks and entire banquet filled the hotel grounds. Of course the Taj is an excellent feat in building, but Udaipur palace interior was filled with impressive craftsmans skills. Though ultimately, its the people, the smiles, the friendliness that catches your heart

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Manu and Rigsin were exceptional, the knowledge of India and its people, a question was never unanswered. Whilst we were there, we had the problem of the 'black money' - which caused a huge problem for everybody, and given the circumstances Manu helped out wherever he could, and even beyond his duties. Ali and Ramu always helped with water and the bike maintenance, and Mr Singh an amazing driver through those conditions

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Check the weather before you go - it was much hotter than the average temperature on Exodus website If you see something, buy it, as youll never have the chance to buy it again - we found Johdpur market (clock tower) wonderful, but held out for Jaipur, which was disappointing and a very long day on and off the bus. Its a great holiday, but be prepared for non stop adventure - rest when you get back home!!!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The Jaipur day out was laboured, too much to see in a short space of time, therefore withered with the guide, as you really had to listen hard to understand, plus added trips to the factories, were not for me Udaipur looked wonderful, but no chance to walk around as on a very tight schedule, we cycled, then straight out to eat later that evening Food at times went from fantastic at the lakeside in Udaipur, to very expensive roadside cafes, and uninteresting western style restaurants
  • Reviewed November 2016
    Deborah Dawson

    Our Indian adventure

    An enjoyable holiday, greatly enhanced by sharing it with a fantastic group of like-minded people. A fabulous way to capture the spirit of Rajasthan. With the added bonus of mixing the 'sights' with a glimpse of 'everyday life'. A little disappointing not to have sampled more 'local' food. The leader preferring hotels or 'tourist' type restaurants. Would have liked to have seen more of the sights around Delhi, rather than driving round in circles by bus. Compared to our previous trips, there was a lot of time spent on the bus. The cycling was great. A mixture of easy and more challenging routes. I do however question Exodus's assertion that everyone is able to ride at their own pace. There were no particularly slow people in our group, however there were times when the slowest were pressured to get on the bus, despite the group being happy to wait. Conversely others were required to slow down to keep the group together, this was often frustrating for both ends of the spectrum. This may have been due to there being only two guides cycling, only one of which was of reasonable fitness.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling through the villages were the most interesting and enjoyable times. The sleeper train was a surprisingly enjoyable experience also.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader spoke good English and enthusiastically shared his local knowledge with the group. He wasn't however so enthusiastic about the cycling element and lacked cycling fitness which sometimes compromised safety. The assistant leader is more of a cycling enthusiast with the fitness to match but unfortunately showed little interest in the monuments and sights.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take plenty of high energy snacks. Unlike on similar trips, these were not provided or easily bought. Our group were often hungry and energy reserves dipped on some of the more challenging cycling days. We soon learnt to take food from the breakfast buffet to refuel later on. We found we needed more money for food than the trip notes suggest. We were encouraged to tip more than the trip notes suggested also. There are opportunities to get laundry done.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Another great Exodus holiday which we thoroughly enjoyed, however it didn't quite match the standard of other Exodus holidays we have had.
  • Reviewed March 2016
    Louise Masson

    Cycling through Rajasthan

    A great 2 week trip visiting many cities, Palaces and Forts in Rajasthan. Great accommodation, variety of activities and fun guides. Cycling is varied and we were well looked after.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cannot say just one as many days were varied and fascinating places to visit. Agra, for Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort. Ranakpur was incredible, Jodhpur,Jaipur, Udaipur and Pushkar all different....

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bhupesh ( Boo) and Anand (AK ) were very amazing! Very knowledgeable, fun and went out of their way to ensure we had all that we needed!( Including pharmacy, iPhone shop for smashed phone, birthday fireworks treats!)

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There is some time for shopping built into the trip, however not specifically in your free time, which might be better as not everyone in the trip found this time well spent...

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Standard of accommodation was one of the best for this type of trip and very well received. Would like to see this more often!

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


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