Incredible India

Goats and bikers in IndiaIf I could describe India in one word, it would be incredible. I was recently gifted the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience our India Multi-Adventure Tour. Journeying through the northern state of Rajasthan in Backroads fashion is more than just an active vacation--it's an experience. India truly is a place to live and to learn.

The trip offers the perfect balance in both activity and terrain. Beginning in the "Blue City" of Jodhpur, you make your way on bike and foot through the Manvar Desert, the friendly township of Narlai and the colorful countryside surrounding Devi Garh Palace, ending in romantic Udaipur.

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Backroads Bikers in India

Backroads lives up to its namesake here with off-the-beaten-path biking routes, which is comforting since India is largely void of what we call "rules of the road." Whether you're cycling past fields of bright yellow mustard flowers or climbing Monkey Hill (feeling oddly outnumbered by the primates guarding your path), each and every ride is an adventure in itself. Though hard to even say there was a favorite, I most enjoyed our rural sunset ride to the dhurrie carpet cooperative, where we were served homemade masala chai with Roopraj, a master craftsman and an unforgettable character. His hand-woven, naturally dyed carpets are as unique as he is--a beautiful display of passion and patience. Passion is more than prevalent in India, it is overpowering. Cruising past women balancing bundles of straw taller than they are on their heads is an inspiring display of true strength and persistence. Of course, I was always eager and excited to cross bike paths with my favorite of Indian citizens, the holy cow.

Elephant Statue in IndiaWalking your way through India allows for a deeper perspective and understanding of your surroundings. Our sunrise hike to the top of Elephant Hill (above the town of Narlai) was a highlight of the trip for me. Meditating next to a centuries-old stone elephant overlooking the tops of temples through the morning fog was more than spiritual--it was one of the most amazing moments of my life. Equally as life changing were our village walks and our interactions with the local people, who were always welcoming and warmhearted.

Adorned in every color imaginable, the women in their traditional dress made photographing all too easy. Though utterly impossible to capture its true essence, India is indeed a photographer's paradise! EVERYTHING is extravagant...which is most appreciated while wandering through the countless lavish and meticulously designed temples, palaces, and forts sprinkled throughout Rajasthan.

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." - Mahatma Gandhi

As expected, a day of activity is always met with flavorful food and a luxurious place to call home. You are literally showered with rose petals upon your arrival! Daily meals and local cuisine are beyond what words can describe. The food is intensely rich, yet flawlessly simple.

None of this would be possible without our local guides and staff at Worldwide Adventures. Their impeccable service and immense hospitability is incomparable. No words can express my gratitude for our amazing Backroads family in India. It is an honor and privilege to work with such an incredible team!

A commonly found sign simply defines the great pride and respect the Indians have for their history and culture: "Sustain your heritage and feel glorious." Thank you, India. I feel more than glorious.

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Sustain your heritage and feel glorious, sign in India

2 Responses

  1. kamal

    Why doesn’t Backroads hire trip leaders in India?

    • Hi Kamal, good question. We do work closely with many amazing local guides in India, who we value very much. Because we hire our leaders as full-time employees, we are legally obligated to only hire leaders from nations where we are incorporated as a company – the USA, Canada, and France (which includes other European nations that are part of the European Economic Community, or EEC). If you are legally authorized to work in any of these places, we’d love to have you apply. We hope this information answers your question!

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