Cycling through Rajasthan

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Trip code: 
MIJ
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Cycling Holidays
Min age:
16
Group size:
6–16

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.

Highlights

  • 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
  • 11 days cycling with vehicle support
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Pushkar and Diwali Festival departures available

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

11

Pace:

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

Terrain:

Low altitude; 100% tarmac

Day by day breakdown
Day 325.0km/15.0miles
Day 420.0km/12.0miles
Day 574.0km/45.0miles
Day 620.0km/12.0miles
Day 760.0km/37.0miles
Day 857.0km/35.0miles
Day 994.0km/58.0miles
Day 1185.0km/52.0miles
Day 1370.0km/43.0miles
Day 1440.0km/24.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart London.

    Flights usually depart London in the evening.

  • Day 2

    Arrive Delhi; transfer to hotel.

    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 3

    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. Cycle approx. 25km. Overnight Sleeper Train (Breakfast, Dinner)

    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    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. Cycle approx. 20km.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

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

    We start our day cycling from the hotel for about 40km, mostly on the backroads with less traffic and a fascinating insight into rural life, 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. Cycle approx. 74km.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    Cycle tour of Udaipur and its surroundings including City Palace and Jagdish Temple.

    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. We spend the day cycle sightseeing, visiting the City Palace and Jagdish Temple, which holds a huge black stone image of Jagannath, an aspect of Lord Vishnu. If time allows it may be possible to visit the gardens of Gulab Bag or take a boat trip on the lake. Cycle approx. 20km.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Ride on backroads to the fort of Kumbhalgarh.

    It's time to leave this beautiful city and turn north as we cycle 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. Kumbhalgarh has one of the finest examples of defensive fortifications in Rajasthan with a lovely temple and palace with panoramic views. Cycle approx. 60km.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 8

    Ride/drive to Pushkar on quiet roads; optional sunset walk to hilltop temple.

    It's back to the desert scenery today as we make our way to the holy town of Pushkar. Our route today follows rural backroads to the main highway from where we transfer in the vehicle. Surrounded by the desert the little town is a holy site on the fringes of a lake. This is a great place to relax and soak up the atmosphere. If you still have the energy a 45 minute climb on foot to the hilltop temple for sunset is recommended before returning to the town to watch the giant bats drink from the lake in flight. Cycle approx. 65 km. Standard Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch)

    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.

  • Day 9

    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).
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Sightseeing tour of Jaipur.

    A day of sightseeing by bus. 'The Pink City' of Jaipur is one of the most attractive and colourful cities in India. Rajah Jai Singh decided to abandon his nearby fortress and palace at Amber in 1727 and laid out a planned city of broad avenues, built of sandstone, painted pink at a later stage. In the centre of Jaipur is the City Palace, formerly the residence of the Maharaja, and now a fine museum containing rare manuscripts, paintings, royal garments and weapons. Close to the palace is one of the most intriguing sights of India, the observatory of Jai Singh. This is an assembly of astronomical instruments made of marble and brass and set in a pleasant garden. We will also see Jaipur's impressive landmark, the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds. A few miles from the main city is the splendid Amber Palace, rising above a lake. We walk up the hill and through the massive gateway to the courtyard. Jaipur is a centre of many handicrafts, such as durries (woven rugs), carpets, printed cloth, semi-precious stones and leather ware. It will be difficult to leave a workshop without buying anything!
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    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. Cycle approx. 85Km.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 12

    Morning game drive; optional village visit by bike or camel cart.

    At Sariska we stay in a hotel with private facilities. We use open jeeps to take our morning game drive into the park. The park itself is very beautiful, interesting to explore and there is an abundance of wildlife. Leopard sighting is a possibility, besides Deer, wild boar, Antelope, Jackal, hyena, Jungle cat and other wildlife. A large variety of bird species are also found here. In the evening there is the option to take another game drive or visit the nearby village by bike.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    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. Cycle approx. 70km.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Late morning cycle to Fatehpur Sikri; transfer to Agra; visit the Taj Mahal at sunset.

    In the morning we Leave Bharatpur and cycle through the backroads to Fatehpur Sikri, the emperor Akbar's deserted royal city. This impressive and well-preserved citadel became his capital in 1571. The mosque (designed to hold ten thousand worshippers), the palaces, residences and halls of audience are all made from decorative red sandstone. But this magnificence only lasted 14 years, as in 1584 Akbar left Fatehpur Sikri to secure his outlying territories, leaving this city much as we see it today - in perfect condition. Later we transfer to Agra where we will visit the beautiful white marble Taj Mahal for sunset, 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. Cycle approx. 40km
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Visit Agra Fort; transfer to Delhi; evening free.

    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 that evening in time for dinner.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 16

    Fly to London.

    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

Essential Info

Visas

Vaccinations

India

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, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

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.

Weather

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).
11 days cycling, average 70km/day (43 miles), 100% vehicle support.
Terrain and route: Mostly quiet backroads with occasional roads with traffic. All roads are surfaced. Our route is a mixture of rolling hills and flat plains. There are two steeper climbs; the climb to Mehranharh Fort on Day 3 and the climb to Kumbhalgarh Fort on Day 6. There is always the option of the support vehicle. 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.

Accommodation

Hotels & Sleeper Train

You will spend 13 nights in a mixture of comfortable and standard hotels, all with en suite facilities and some with swimming pools. 1 night will be spent in an overnight air-conditioned sleeper train. The overnight train will be booked in 2-tier sleeper A/C (or 3-tier if 2-tier is not available).

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.

Single supplements available on request from £350 (excludes sleeper train).

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed March 2017
    Janet Joy
    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
    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
    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
    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!
  • Reviewed February 2016
    Deirdre Pope
    Enjoyed it a lot - amazing forts and palaces and mostly good cycling (we had one day on really bad roads I could have done without). Only criticism was lack of free time on our own. As we were a small group (6) it was hard not to join in all the time. On the Kerala trip we had whole days free in Cochin and Varkala but there was nothing similar on this trip. I did get tired of the food - chili with everything.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    ??? Knowing I could still be out at the front at 69! I loved Udaipur and the hotel there. Feeling the vastness of the cities - especially Jaipur from above at sunset.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very competent and caring.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take your own saddle - women especially.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Some, in fact all, the local guides were not especially interesting - their English was generally laboured. They often managed to say a lot of words without clearly conveying much. I do appreciate that we should be using local guides. More detailed and accurate notes on where we were going would have been helpful. The names of our hotels? in case we got lost. Advice on background reading? I picked up a second hand Rough Guide to India but not really appropriate.
  • Reviewed December 2015
    Peter Jones
    A fantastic experience that lets you get up close to the real India with all its sights, smells and sounds. A great way to have an active holiday whilst a packed itinerary allows you to see many of the iconic sights of India.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Riding through the villages where all the children would come out to line the streets and wave. Wherever we stopped a crowd would gather round to inspect both us and the bikes. I guess strangers, and especially European strangers are a very rare sight in some of these places. Whilst it does take a bit of getting used to, everyone was always really friendly.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Everything worked like clockwork, which given my previous experience of India was probably a minor miracle and a testament to the efficiency of our group leaders. Nice guys, always accommodating, flexible and willing to help.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It can be smoggy in Delhi (they appear to have a real problem with this these days) and it can be dusty in places on the road so do ensure you have something to cover your mouth. A buff kept round my neck worked well for me. Cycling in the cities is not for the fainthearted. Whilst there is a notional drive on the left rule, Indian traffic, people and animals come at you from all directions, and it can be very busy, although generally slow moving. Some element of confidence on a bike will help greatly.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you don't like curry you may have a problem. Most of our group got a touch of Delhi belly at some point, but nothing serious, so do take plenty of pills with you.
  • Reviewed October 2015
    Robbie Walker-Brown
    A great mixture of cycling and sight seeing. A great deal was packed in so not one for those wanting a relaxing holiday. Once again Exodus combine well planned routes, great support and ethical tourism (which is wht=y so many of us come back!).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There was more than one! The Taj Mahal, the fort at Kumbhalgarh, Pushkar (if you stay off the special Lassi's!!) but above all the assault on the senses that is the cmlexity of India.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader, Anand Kapil worked his socks off to make sure we got the very best from this trip. He was really well supported by Sunil and the 'boys' (cycle mechanic and the drivers). Top marks to Anand and the team!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you like some cycling and sightseeing, then include this tri on your list. It is moderate for cycling (but you can burn the calories) but action packed given the itneery. You will come away with a real feel for what makes Rajasthan tick!
  • Reviewed October 2015
    Laurent Gengler
    Nice way to discover Indi by bike.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling through rural India and the Taj Mahal

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. Good knowledge, social and funny.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be aware of the traffic in cities.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just go for it. Prefer the cooler month of november and december.
  • Reviewed March 2015
    Elizabeth Brindley
    Excellent trip with the benefit of a great leader. A full on trip with lots of variations. Only draw back was the lack of "down time". Also needed more shopping time.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the Taj Mahal

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent, knowledgeable, calm, clear, fun.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you plan to extend your holiday arrange to stay at the Central hotel in Delhi. ( The Siddarth) rather than the Ashok. It takes an hour to get to the centre of Delhi from the Ashok.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Would seem more sensible to start holiday from central hotel and finish at the hotel nearer the airport. Need at least one free day ( Udaipur would be perfect ) More shopping opportunities.
  • Reviewed March 2015
    lindsey gill
    Just returned from a wonderful cycling trip from Delhi, around Rajasthan, finishing in Agra with the Taj Mahal. Wonderfully organised with plenty of cycling through rural India and some exciting cycling in cities. Bhopesh and Anand were great tour leaders and the support team were also first class. The premium departure meant we stayed in some very beautiful hotels and the leaders arranged evening meals in some lovely restaurants.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the Taj Mahal was a major highlight of the trip, but cycling through the more rural areas, seeing the real India was probably just as unforgettable.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Bhopesh and Anand could not have been more helpful, they were good company, adaptable, knowledgable and fun to cycle with. All arrangements were efficiently organised, time management was excellent, and preparing the group for the days challenge was always well done. Safety was always a priority but this didn't detract from the fun.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    None of our group got any serious tummy problems, we ate Indian all the time. The leaders advised us well on good places to eat, we had street food and regular chai stops but because we were very careful regarding hand gel use and only drinking bottled water we had no problems.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would recommend this tour, some of the cycling was quite challenging if you are not a regular cyclist but there was always the bus and support vehicles behind you if you felt you need it.

Dates & Prices

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. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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