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Fri 09 Feb - Sun 18 Feb 2018

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Day 1, Fri 09 Feb 2018

International departure from London

After months of training and fundraising the day has finally come to meet the rest of the team at the airport for our trip to Delhi. The flight is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow cyclists or just sit back and relax before the challenge ahead.

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Day 2, Sat 10 Feb 2018

Arrive Delhi, India’s capital

A local Charity Challenge representative will meet us and escort us to our hotel. We then have the opportunity to explore the labyrinth of streets and markets, overloaded with exotic produce and unusual gifts.  Cultural highlights include the Raj Ghat, memorial place of Gandhi, or a walk around India’s largest mosque. Tonight will be spent at the hotel after our first team dinner together.

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Day 3, Sun 11 Feb 2018

Visit the Taj Mahal

All aboard the early Shatabdi express train to Agra, home to the most magical mausoleum– the Taj Mahal. Constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in 1631-1653 in memory of his beloved wife, the magnificent monument is a modern wonder of the world. From here, we will prepare our bikes and meet with the support team for the forthcoming ride. Overnight and dinner in Agra.

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Day 4, Mon 12 Feb 2018

Taj Mahal to Fatephur Sikri (approximately 85kms)

Our first day in the saddle will be spent on dirt and tarmac roads. As the Taj disappears in the distance, we power on towards Fatephur Sikri, a fortified ghost city and former capital of the Mughal Empire between1575-1585. Pilgrims flock in their thousands to the palace complex which houses the tomb of Sheikh Salim Chrishti. You will pass Fatephur Sikri and continue through villages and past bright yellow fields of mustard onto Keoladeo National Park Overnight in local hotel.

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Day 5, Tue 13 Feb 2018

Keoladeo Ghana National Park to Karauli (approximately 113kms)

This diverse state was home to the Rajputs, warrior clans and tribes who controlled this part of India for thousands of years. Their rule left the region with a legacy of forts, palaces and mansions. Pedaling past camel and donkey carts and locals in traditional dress gives the impression of a living museum. Ancient forms of agriculture and trade still exist. Overnight at the Maharaja’s Palace.

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Day 6, Wed 14 Feb 2018

Karauli to Ranthambore National Park (approximately 112kms)

Today we cycle to the rugged Ranthambore National Park, between the Aravali and Vindhya hills. Famous for being a prime example of Project Tiger’s conservation, the park is popular with wildlife photographers from around the world. Besides the majestic tigers, we might be lucky enough to spot samba, cheetah, wild boar, leopard, sloth bears and more. Tonight will be spent in a luxury tented camp and guesthouse.

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Day 7, Thu 15 Feb 2018

Ranthambore National Park Cycle (approximately 45kms)

Early start for your sunrise safari into Ranthambore National Park. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, especially signs of tigers. You cycle to Rawat, a small local village and interact with the locals before continuing your cycle to Dastkar Kendra a women’s skills project, to preserve traditional crafts and give women skills and jobs to help them in this area. Overnight in a luxury tent camp and guesthouses.

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Day 8, Fri 16 Feb 2018

Ranthambore National Park to Bhanderej (approximately 80kms)

It’s an early start for our exciting sunrise safari into Ranthambore Park. Besides looking out for wildlife, we will be exploring the many Hindu settlements, temples and shepherd encampments en route. Today’s ride takes us over varied terrain, which was formerly used by pilgrims, traders and armies who impacted on the local culture. Spend the night in Maharaja’s Palace.

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Day 9, Sat 17 Feb 2018

Bhanderej to Jaipur (approximately 56kms)

It’s our final day in the saddle as we pedal into Jaipur, Rajasthan’s Pink City. Produce-laden camel carts thread their way through the streets which are packed with rickshaws, bicycles, tempos, motorcycles and pedestrians. In the evening we celebrate completing our cycle challenge with a Rajasthani Party, complete with traditional banquet, folk music and dancing at the Maharaja’s Old Palace.

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Day 10, Sun 18 Feb 2018

Jaipur to London

Morning transfer to Jaipur airport for our return flight to London. We arrive back home on the same day.

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Important information

The itinerary is there as a guide and may change due to weather patterns, wildlife movements, and the strength of the group. Indian travel can also throw up limitations of its own! We will do our very best to keep to the set itinerary; however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, your expedition leader will have the final say.

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