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JAIPUR CITY CYCLING TOUR – A BICYCLE RIDE THOUGH THE ANCIENT PINK CITY

Our ‘Pedal to Heritage’ early morning cycle tour has been a hugely popular activity on all our guests’ sightseeing itineraries. Put on your helmet, jump on a bike, and get to discover the pleasant surprises this historic city has in store for you. In a relaxed, slow paced manner our cycling adventure will reveal Jaipur’s wealth of treasures, its ancient architectural monuments and rich culture, and from the seat of your bike you will view everything from a new perspective.

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Guests enjoying the Jaipur City Cycle Tour, crossing one of the pink gates of Old Jaipur

DURATION: This is a relaxed, leisurely cycle tour which takes between two and three hours, depending on the progress of our guests.

THEME: The main aim of the tour is to acquaint our guests with how the early morning unfolds as the city slowly awakes and picks up speed as it goes through its paces until it is a pleasant hive of activity.

Cycling through the old part of Jaipur

Cycling through the old part of Jaipur


HIGHLIGHTS OF THE JAIPUR CYCLING TOUR

For Gastronomes and Food Lovers: You will get a taste of the pink city’s best traditional food and snacks at carefully selected eateries. We have chosen these venues with care; after pedaling past ancient monuments you will get all the nourishing fuel your muscles need for the next stint.

For the Inquisitive and Curious: Take to two wheels, maneuver your way through streets lined with traditional private mansions or Havelis, museums housed in ancient buildings, and join devotees in their morning prayers in a sacred palace temple.

For Seekers of Unique Experiences: Traversing the old fortified city of Jaipur on a bike is a far more personal and firsthand sightseeing experience. You will have time to take in all the wonders you passed, unlike simply a quick drive-by in a vehicle.

Our guests enjoying lassi (a yoghurt drink) during their cycle tour in a famous restaurant in Jaipur

Our guests enjoying lassi (a yogurt drink) during their cycle tour in a famous restaurant in Jaipur


DETAILED ITINERARY

7 a.m.
Meet at Statue Circle, alias Sawai Jai Singh Circle

Our tour guide will brief us on the exact route we will be following as well as other aspects of the trip. To avoid traffic, we start early and ride through the oldest part of town, past markets, while observing the city throwing off its slumber blanket. To witness the awakening of an ancient city is a special experience; slowly new smells begin to fill your nostrils, and every minute there is more movement and activity. Our first stop is at the amazing Palace of the Winds, or Hawa Mahal. In ancient times, ladies of the court would watch the festivals and other happenings in the streets below from behind the screens of the palace, without being seen.

Our tour includes breaks for refreshments, sampling some of the local street foods. Mango Lassi, a delicious shake made with churned yogurt, is a wonderful nourishing drink, especially if you enjoy it at an 80-year old store built during the time of independence, in view of the massive old walls that protected the city in the ancient times.

Tandem bicycles are available in case you are accompanied by children. Elderly guests can also use a tandem bike, and one of our cyclists will support you in making sure you enjoy this wonderful cycle tour

Tandem bicycles are available in case you are accompanied by children. Elderly guests can also use a tandem bike, and one of our cyclists will support you in making sure you enjoy this wonderful cycle tour


7:30 a.m.
Entering the Old Walled City

We make our entrance into famous Jaipur through the magnificent Ajmeri Gate, painted a distinctive pink color, and the reason for the city’s popular alias, the Pink City. Pedaling past age-old Havelis, we drink in the wealth of culture and history we see everywhere. Fellow local cyclists wave greetings and we strike up conversations with the friendly Jaipurites during our visits to some of the architectural.

Guests gather for an introduction in the early morning before they start their cycle trip through the city of Jaipur

Guests gather for an introduction in the early morning before they start their cycle trip through the city of Jaipur


8 a.m.
Aarti Ceremony at Govind Dev Temple

The Palace Temple, dedicated to Lord Krishna, plays an essential part in the religious and cultural lives of the people of Jaipur. We attend the Aarti, a Hindu ritual of worship when lighted wicks are offered to the deity. After making our own offer of flowers, we stroll through the beautiful gardens of the palace to a nearby flower and farmers’ market, where we hone our bargaining skills for some fresh fruit.

Cycling past closed shops in the old pink city of Jaipur during the wee hours of the morning

Cycling past closed shops in the old pink city of Jaipur during the wee hours of the morning


8:30 a.m.
Rooftop Tea Break

We jump on our bicycles, leave the City Palace gates behind and get off at the historical sweets and spices market. Although the shops are still closed, the wonderful aromas of hundreds of spices fill the air. On top of a nearby sweets shop sits a popular tea store, and this is where we are heading. We make ourselves comfortable on the rooftop terrace with tea and the very best pakoras, typical Indian fritters, to enjoy the views of this extraordinary city.

Cyclists getting instructions at one of the city gates of Jaipur

Cyclists getting instructions at one of the city gates of Jaipur


9 a.m.
Original Bombay Mix, then the Albert Hall Museum

Bombay Mix is renowned and loved the world over, but here in Jaipur, you will taste the authentic version. This all-day-round dried snack comes in many varieties and is best tried at Shankar Namkeenwala in the famous Namkeenwali Gali, the lane of spicy spices. Last on our list of destinations is the magnificent Albert Hall. This museum was constructed in 1870 and was named after King (Albert) Edward VII, Prince of Wales. The grand entrance of the museum makes the perfect finishing spot for the most enjoyable cycling tour of Jaipur. We bid each other goodbye with a parting gift to take home, along with all our happy memories of fabulous Jaipur.

Guest posing with her bicycle in front of a house in Jaipur

Guest posing with her bicycle in front of a house in Jaipur


INCLUSIONS

• A new Giant bicycle with gears.
• One bottle of mineral water.
• High-quality safety helmets.
• An experienced cyclist who acts as a leader, and another escort following us to ensure everyone’s safety.
• Tastings of the local cuisine prepared by our food connoisseurs, experts in the many delicacies that make up the rich food culture of Jaipur.
• A glass of lassi, the shake made with churned yogurt.
• Rooftop tea break.
• Various snacks including chili and potato fritters.

Guests posing in the flower market in Jaipur

Guests posing in the flower market in Jaipur


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

• Between 2 and 10 people are required per group.
• Bookings are subject to availability.
• We should be advised of any changes at least 3 days in advance.
• The maximum enthusiasts per group is eight.
• Transfers between your accommodation and the starting venue is not included in the price
• Arriving more than 30 minutes late will be considered a no show.
• Please dress appropriately out of respect for your host city.
• The tour is conducted in English. French, German, and Spanish guides are available at an extra fee.

During your morning Jaipur Cycle Tour you will witness lots of daily activities, like a whole sale flower market, and the milk distribution market, where villagers from different villages around Jaipur gather early every morning to sell their milk. Such activities can only be experienced during the early morning.

During your morning Jaipur Cycle Tour you will witness lots of daily activities, like a wholesale flower market, and the milk distribution market, where villagers from different villages around Jaipur gather early every morning to sell their milk. Such activities can only be experienced during the early morning


Our guest holding a tokri (wooden basket) of flowers on her head in the flower market

Our guest holding a tokri (wooden basket) of flowers on her head in the flower market


During your Cycle Tour in Jaipur you will enjoy some authentic local delicacies, which tourists often miss when they visit India

During your Cycle Tour in Jaipur, you will enjoy some authentic local delicacies, which tourists often miss when they visit India


Our happy guests posing after their Cycle Tour

Our happy guests posing after their Cycle Tour


You will also visit a Hindu Temple and witness the morning aarti (religious ceremony) during your morning Cycle Tour in Jaipur

You will also visit a Hindu Temple and witness the morning aarti (religious ceremony) during your morning Cycle Tour in Jaipur


Cows on the road in Jaipur

Cows on the road in Jaipur


Cyclists riding through the city of Jaipur

Cyclists riding through the city of Jaipur


Visiting one of the shops in old Jaipur during the Cycle Tour

Visiting one of the shops in old Jaipur during the Cycle Tour


Cycling in front of the Albert Hall Palace and Museum, Jaipur

Cycling in front of the Albert Hall Palace and Museum, Jaipur


Trying some of the local delicacies of Jaipur

Trying some of the local delicacies of Jaipur


A short stop for further instructions of the cycling route

A short stop for further instructions of the cycling route


Jaipur City Cycle Tour starts in the early morning when there is no traffic and the weather is pleasant

Jaipur City Cycle Tour starts in the early morning when there is no traffic and the weather is pleasant


While cycling you will come across camels, cars, cows, elephants and their riders

While cycling you will come across camels, cars, cows, elephants, and their riders


Old buildings in the city of Jaipur.

Old buildings in the city of Jaipur


Our guests taking selfies in front of the Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal)

Our guests taking selfies in front of the Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal)


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