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India Multi-Adventure Tour

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Walk/Hike

Rajasthan's Caravan Routes & Desert Palaces

From $6,798 - $7,748 pp dbl. occ. | 9 days / 8 nights

(+$1,580 to $1,780 for sgl. occ.)

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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Highlights

  • Cycle and hike through the peaceful Indian countryside past small villages, ancient temples and stately palaces
  • Explore the Thar Desert as nomads have for centuries—on camelback—and spend a night in safari-style tents beneath the stars
  • Hike with our Indian friends as you're warmly welcomed into a vibrant and culturally rich land
  • Enjoy exquisite accommodations, from former Raja estates to a hotel recently named the world's best
India

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Itinerary

Days 1-2 Travel through local history, from 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, and spend a night in safari-style tents (with all the amenities, of course) | Pedal past rolling dunes and green farmland.

Days 4-5 Bike and walk past colorful temples | 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 a walk up Elephant Mountain | Explore Kumbhalgarh, an imposing 15th-century citadel.

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

Days 8-9 Spin past palaces and temples en route to the lakes of Udaipur | Relish some R&R at one of the world's most luxurious and romantic hotels.

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. View cancellation policy.

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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; some dates are only available for 16 or more guests while other dates are available for 8 or more guests. 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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  • 10 or more guests: from $6,798 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $7,198 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $6,798 - $7,748 pp dbl. occ.
9 days / 8 nights

(+$1,580 to $1,780 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Hotels*

Umaid Bhawan Palace
Taj Hari Mahal

Jodhpur (2 nights)

Manvar Desert Camp
Manvar Desert Camp

Manvar (1 night)

Rawla Narlai
Rawla Narlai

Narlai (2 nights)

Devi Garh Palace
Devi Garh

Delwara (2 nights)

Oberoi Udaivilas
Oberoi Udaivilas

Udaipur (1 night)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-3

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in India

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Premiere Hotels*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Umaid Bhawan Palace

Taj Hari Mahal

Jodhpur (2 nights)

A grand 21st-century palace spread over six acres of lush landscaped gardens. (pool, spa)

Manvar Desert Camp

Manvar Desert Camp

Manvar (1 night)
* Casual Hotel

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

Rawla Narlai

Rawla Narlai

Narlai (2 nights)
* Casual Hotel

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)

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.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
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 activity level 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.

Meals

All breakfasts, 8 dinners, 7 lunches

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip or view our full bike fleet in further detail.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Mountain Bike (Included)

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

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.

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 multi-adventure 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 trip featuring Premiere Hotels, 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 multi-adventure 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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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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