Fri 08 Nov - Sun 17 Nov 2019

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Day 1, Fri 08 Nov 2019

International departure from London

After months of training and fundraising, the day has finally come for your trip to Delhi. The flight gives you a perfect 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 09 Nov 2019

Arrive Delhi, India’s capital

A local Charity Challenge representative will meet you and escort you to your hotel. Depending on the flights, there may be 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 your first team dinner together at the hotel, providing you with a great chance to ask any questions about your challenge.

Accommodation: Delhi hotel

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Day 3, Sun 10 Nov 2019

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, you will prepare your bike and meet with the support team for the forthcoming ride. Tonight, you will have dinner in the hotel and get a good night’s sleep before the start of your cycle. 

Accommodation: Agra hotel

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Day 4, Mon 11 Nov 2019

Taj Mahal to Fatephur Sikri (approximately 85kms)

Your first day in the saddle will be spent on dirt and tarmac roads. As the Taj disappears in the distance, you 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, continuing through villages and past bright yellow fields of mustard onto Keoladeo National Park. 

Accommodation: Local hotel

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Day 5, Tue 12 Nov 2019

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.

Accommodation: Local hotel.

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Day 6, Wed 13 Nov 2019

Karauli to Ranthambore National Park (approximately 112kms)

Today, you'll 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, you might be lucky enough to spot samba, cheetah, wild boar, leopard and sloth bears. Tonight you will be sleeping within a beautifully landscaped garden in the luxury tents and guesthouse. This will provide you with a great spot for birdwatching as you enjoy your evening meal.

Accommodation: Luxury tents and guesthouse

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Day 7, Thu 14 Nov 2019

Ranthambore National Park Cycle (approximately 45kms)

Today, it’s an early start for your sunrise safari into Ranthambore National Park. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, especially signs of tigers. After your safari, you will cycle to the small village of Rawat where you can spend time with the locals. From there, you'll continue your cycle to Dastkar Kendra, a women’s skills project designed to preserve traditional crafts and give women skills and jobs in this area. Tonight, you will be staying in luxury tents and guesthouses again.

Accommodation: Luxury tents and guesthouse

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Day 8, Fri 15 Nov 2019

Ranthambore National Park to Bhanderej (approximately 80kms)

It’s another early start for your second exciting sunrise safari. Besides looking out for wildlife, this morning you will be exploring the many Hindu settlements, temples and shepherd encampments en route. Today’s route will also take you over terrain which was used by the pilgrims, traders and armies who impacted on the local culture. After a long day of cycling you will finish in Bhanderej where a hearty evening meal will be waiting for you.

Accommodation: Local hotel

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Day 9, Sat 16 Nov 2019

Bhanderej to Jaipur (approximately 56kms) Then transfer to Delhi

It’s your final day in the saddle as you pedal into Jaipur, Rajasthan’s Pink City. Carts laden with local produce thread their way through the streets which are packed with rickshaws, bicycles, motorcycles, and pedestrians. A celebration lunch awaits you at the finish line before you transfer back to Delhi.

Accommodation: Delhi hotel

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Day 10, Sun 17 Nov 2019

Delhi to London

This morning it’s time to wave a fond farewell to India as you head to the airport for your return flight to London. You arrive back home on the same day, armed with photos and memories to share with family and friends.

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Important information

The itinerary is there as a guide and may change due to flight changes, weather patterns, wildlife movements, and the strength of the group. We will do our 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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