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India Multisport Adventure Tour

 
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The Caravan Routes & Desert Palaces of Rajasthan

  • Cycle through peaceful countryside past small villages, ancient temples and stately palaces
  • Rush hour traffic? Depends on how keen those cows are to move off the road
  • Explore the Thar Desert as travelers and nomads have for centuries—on camelback!
  • Accompany our Indian friends and be welcomed into a vibrant and culturally rich land
  • Enjoy exquisite accommodations, from former Raja estates to a hotel recently named the world's best

This will be one epic journey. The colors, sounds, smells, history, culture... A bit overwhelming? Perhaps. But who wants to travel across an ocean to be underwhelmed? Amid the raw energy, peace can be found. In Brahmin temples and quiet desert. And in our luxury hotels—some of the world's finest. Join us. It's time to experience India. 

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Travel through Rajasthani history, from the Maharaja kingdoms to British rule and India's dynamic present Explore Jodhpur's staggering 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort Gaze out over the "Blue City," where indigo-washed houses provide a stunning contrast with the warm desert surroundings Enjoy a culturally rich bike ride to Bisnoi, stopping to admire the region's finest pottery and dhurrie rugs A local family welcomes us into their home for a traditional Indian feast.

Day 3 Relive a classic Indian form of travel, a camel caravan across desert sand, for a night beneath the stars in safari-style tents (with all the necessary amenities, of course) Pedal through the countryside, rolling dunes and green farmland.

Days 4-5 Bike and walk in rural India, past friendly villagers, colorful temples, peacocks, cows and goats Hike to the village of Manvar and visit the homes of local farmers  Feed sacred cows on your journey to the ancient trade town of Pali, followed by an afternoon walk up Elephant Mountain  Explore Kumbhalgarh, an imposing 15th-century citadel perched above the arid landscape.

Days 6-7 From Ranakpur, a breathtaking 14th-century Jain temple with 1,444 intricately carved pillars, cycle through rolling terrain to the opulent Devi Garh, our home for the next two nights Venture into the countryside by foot, bike—or even camel!

Days 8-9 Spin past palaces and temples en route to the lakes of Udaipur  Peruse craft shops for handmade paper, silver, copper or leather goods  Relish some R&R at one of the world's most luxurious and romantic hotels.

There is no other place quite like India. And there's no experience quite like biking and hiking through this majestic country, traveling along the same roads as friendly locals—and plenty of meandering cows! We chose India's arid northwest corner for this epic trip where you can feel dwarfed beside towering fort walls, taste unbelievable flavors, camel-ride through the peaceful desert and sleep like a king in world-renowned hotels. It's a true feast for the senses!
Christian Chumbley - Regional Manager - Asia

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations

Rajasthan's history of prosperous kingdoms has produced a wealth of luxurious palaces-turned-five-star-hotels scattered throughout the desert and Aravalli Hills. On this trip we stay in several wonderful properties, chosen either for their grandeur or location, many of which rank among the world's finest accommodations. On one night we stay at Manvar Desert Camp, a remote rustic retreat that provides a taste of old Rajasthan. And while the historic Rawla Narlai brims with character and romantic charm, the accommodations are a bit more casual than our other hotels.

Biking & Hiking in an Emerging World

Your journey through India will be unlike any other travel experience. The people and places you visit will likely stay with you for a very long time. But as wonderfully fulfilling as travel is in India, it's not always easy.

Within congested cities and near busy social centers, even something as simple as crossing the road can be daunting—you may be sharing it at any one time with cars, pedestrians, rickshaws, bikes, scooters and even cows!

To better traverse the less than ideal and ever-changing cycling conditions, we use mountain bikes with touring tires on this trip.

India is a developing country and different attitudes can sometimes be jarring. Yet the beauty of the people, the culture and the landscape shines through, making for an amazingly exotic adventure that's unforgettable and completely worthwhile.
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(+$1,580 to $1,780 for sgl. occ.)

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Jodhpur, India/Udaipur, India

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Ajit Bhawan

Jodhpur (2 nights)

Set amid lush gardens, this elegant heritage hotel harkens back to a bygone era with ornate carvings and vintage decor. (pool, spa)

Manvar Desert Camp

Manvar Desert Camp

* Casual Inn
Manvar (1 night)

Enjoy stunning sunrises and dazzling night skies in this remote desert tented camp with simple but comfortable amenities.

Rawla Narlai

Rawla Narlai

* Casual Inn
Narlai (2 nights)

This 17th-century fortress midway between the cities of Jodhpur and Udaipur once served as a luxurious hunting lodge. (pool, spa)

Devi Garh Palace

Devi Garh

Delwara (2 nights)

Guarding the road to the Udaipur Valley, this palace-turned-luxury-hotel welcomes us with fabulous amenities and comfort. (pool, spa)

Oberoi Udaivilas

Oberoi Udaivilas

Udaipur (1 night)

This exquisite hotel located on Lake Pichola has perfected the art of hospitality. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (pool, spa)

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The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind—you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due.

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This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

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Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Other Mehrangarh Fort and Market Walking Tour (2 Hours)
2 Biking 22* 300 32 300
3 Biking 15* 500 38 600
Other Sunset Camel Ride & Desert Walk (1 Hour)
4 Walking/Hiking 2 700 5 900
Walking/Hiking 3 200
5 Biking 26* 1900 29 2600
Walking/Hiking 2 500
6 Biking 22 900 34 1400
Walking/Hiking 2 500
Other Sunrise Yoga (1 Hour)
7 Walking/Hiking 7 600
Other Delwara Village Walking Tour (1 Hour)
Other Optional Activities at Devi Garh
8 Biking 21* 800
Other Udaipur Old Quarter Walking Tour (1 Hour)
9 Other Conclusion of the Trip
 

Note: On this trip, we'll be using titanium mountain bikes that are just right for the non-technical dirt road riding as well as the paved riding. (approximately 20% dirt and 80% paved).

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our route ratings and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Why Travel with Backroads in India

We Trade Chaos for Quiet

While we visit many iconic destinations in India, we also take you deeper into the countryside, escaping the fascinating but chaotic urban pace to embrace the rhythms of rural life. We've foregone a few places that are overrun with tourists and touts (such as Jaipur and Jaisalmer) in favor of quieter, richer experiences you can enjoy at a comfortable pace. And as you bike and hike our unique routes, it's our team supporting you; we never hand off to a local operator.

The Best Leaders in India

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in India, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Get the Most Out of Each Day

Coordinating multiple activities throughout a single day can be tricky, but with Backroads you'll never know it. When you explore India with us, you switch activities seamlessly without missing a beat. We invented the multisport concept, and we're constantly adding new dimensions and fine-tuning the experience to make it even more enjoyable.

Only the Best Hotels

On this Premiere Inn trip, you can count on the best lodgings India has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.

Our Superb Bikes Included

A great bike is obviously critical for a great multisport trip; you don't want to gamble on one that's been sourced locally to trim costs. This trip features our acclaimed Backroads Custom Titanium bikes, expertly tuned and fitted, and included in your trip price. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in India, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politics – and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

Your Hotels Are Locked In

It may seem obvious to say the great hotels we tell you about are the ones you'll actually stay in. But the fact is many companies haven't even booked the places they promise and are later forced to settle for inferior alternatives. We book our hotels and exact rooms long in advance—often over two years—so you stay where you expect to stay.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

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Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities. You can pick from the selection of dates below for your group of 8 or more. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

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Pricing for Private Trips

2017

  • 10 or more guests: from $6,998 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $7,698 pp dbl occ

2018

  • 10 or more guests: from $6,798 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $7,198 pp dbl occ

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