Rajasthan cycling vacation

“A 16 day vacation with 11 days of guided cycling, not only in Rajasthan but also taking in the Taj Mahal and Delhi. Staying in hotels along the way. ”

Highlights

New Delhi | Old Delhi | Sleeper train journey | Jodhpur | Ranakpur | Udaipur | Pushkar | Jaipur | Game drive in Sariska National Park | Bharatpur bird sanctuary or and bird sanctuary | Fatehpur Sikri | Agra | Taj Mahal

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Rajasthan cycling vacation

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

Activity:
Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a cycling trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints (or tyre tracks!). However, this tour does actively encourage clients to make a positive impact by helping guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants, use markets to purchase traditional gifts and crafts and get a real impression of India.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with cycling trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Lack of recycling is already a massive problem in India so we suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle. We have asked all the hotels and restaurants which we visit regularly on our trips to install Reverse Osmosis plants for treated water, so clients can re-fill. We also keep 20 litre bottles in our support vehicle.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Local Craft & Culture:
We are keen to encourage guests to engage with the culture of Northern India and to purchase local crafts and services where possible. Your local guide will be able to recommend the best of the area’s colourful and vibrant markets and small businesses and through our commerce, tourist wealth is more evenly distributed. You might pick up some street food in Delhi or take the opportunity to explore the emporiums specialising in silks and brocades or buy block printed material and pottery in Jaipur. There are locally crafted gifts and souvenirs available by most of the landmarks we visit, and your guides will be able to advise you on which to buy and which to avoid. For example, some bangles and other decorative items in Jaipur claim to be made of ivory and, although this is mostly fake, we are against the popularisation of this kind of product and make a point of including a warning in the briefing.

Accommodation & Meals:
This trip sees you spend most nights in hotels with en suite facilities and one night in an overnight train. You will notice that our hotels employ locally and use local produce from markets in the area wherever possible. The hotels are waste and energy conscious and have their own policies like asking guests to turn off the power when leaving a room in order to save electricity. Where meals are not supplied, our group leaders always encourage people to try local restaurants and street food vendors. They can make recommendations which will help boost small businesses and celebrate local specialties. In Jaipur, Agra and Delhi, clients can even see how the food is made e.g. Masala Chai (Tea), Samosa (Mashed Potato Snacks), Jalebe (Indian Donuts), Lassi (Yoghurt Drink), etc.

Charity:
For years we have been involved in campaigning for tiger conservation in Bandhavgarh. In late summer 2014 we teamed up with The Corbett Foundation, an Indian charity dedicated to conservation-oriented research. They have proved instrumental in enabling us to get the funds to where they are needed. Through this we have now completed the building of a community hall at Tala Village, solar pumps in the park for wildlife and staff in the dry season, bio gas plants and smart stoves for villagers and provided the salary for 2 full time teachers at the government school. Our work in India continues to be of great significance and most recently we have been able to purchase a 4 wheel drive medical vehicle and pay for outreach medical support.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

2 Reviews of Rajasthan cycling vacation

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Reviewed on 12 Jan 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


It would be wrong to choose one things as there were so many excellent features of the trip, such as the wonderful palaces, people, food, organisation and leaders.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


The food was very good quality throughout and accommodation was better than we had expected with comfortable beds in all locations. Great time of year to be cycling from a weather perspective - around about 22 degrees once the initial chill had dissipated.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Our tour operator had employed local guides at each of the iconic sites and we used local transport on a number of occasions, so yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Very good indeed with excellent food, superbly organised and delightful cycling conditions.

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The endless wild receptions as we rolled through village streets; young and old alike excited beyond measure!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Don't plan on convenient, ever-present wifi at your hotels. Be mentally prepared for very slow riding.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Cycling is the only way to go for so many reasons.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Great! Leaders were conscientious and at the ready. If anything, we were over-coddled in that we were afraid, perhaps rightly, to go out on our own in some
places.

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