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Sat 02 Dec - Mon 11 Dec 2023

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Your challenge day by day

Day 1, Sat 02 Dec 2023

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, Sun 03 Dec 2023

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. Tonight will be your first team dinner together at the hotel, providing you with a great chance to ask any questions about your challenge. (D)

Accommodation: Delhi hotel

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Day 3, Mon 04 Dec 2023

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. With plenty of time we will also explore the ancient back streets surrounding the Taj Mahal. Tonight you will have dinner, and a full trip briefing, in the hotel and get a good night’s sleep before the start of your cycle. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Agra hotel

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Day 4, Tue 05 Dec 2023

Taj Mahal to Keoladeo Ghana National Park (approximately 45kms cycling)

Now the challenge begins, a cyclists dream! We will transfer (approx. 1 hour) to the beautiful, deserted kingdom of Fatephur Sikri. Our bikes are set up on the outskirts, you will prepare your bikes and meet your support team. The terrain you will ride on consists of small side roads, some of which are dirt tracks but many are tarmaced roads. This wont be a luxury though as Indian roads can be rough and full of potholes.

Fatephur Sikri, a magnificent fortified ghost city, was the capital of the Mughal Empire between 1571-1585, during the reign of Emperor Akbar. Pilgrims flock in their thousands to the palace complex which houses the tomb of Sheikh Salim Chrishti. We will pass Fatephur Sikri and continue on small narrow roads through villages and past bright yellow fields of mustard onto Keoladeo National Park. Overnight will be spent in a resort on the outskirts of Keoladeo National Park. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Local hotel

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Day 5, Wed 06 Dec 2023

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. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Converted Maharaja’s Palace

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Day 6, Thu 07 Dec 2023

Karauli to Ranthambore National Park (approximately 100kms)

Today, you'll cycle to the rugged Ranthambore National Park. We take an amazing back road route and really get to see the splendours of Rajasthan. We meet friendly people and stop for lunch at a local house. 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. The resort will provide you with a great spot for bird-watching as you enjoy your evening meal. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Resort on the outskirts of Ranthambore National Park

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Day 7, Fri 08 Dec 2023

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. The cycle continues into the National Park passing diverse nature, birds and animals. Ranthambore Fort was built in the 10th century, a guided walk on this ancient fort wall with amazing views is a welcome break before cycling through the outskirts of the park to return to your resort where the evening brings local entertainment of music and dancing with local folk songs. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Resort on the outskirts of Ranthambore National Park

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Day 8, Sat 09 Dec 2023

Ranthambore National Park to Bhanderej (approximately 90kms)

An early rise today to complete the km’s as your legs are now feeling the last 4-days of cycling. You will pass through a variety of terrain before staying in an ancient fort and palace of the Maharaja's. You will take in Hindu settlements, temples and shepherd encampments en-route. While crossing the area, reflect on the many pilgrims, traders and armies who have followed these trails for generations, and whose journeys reflect the rich cultural history of the region. This is a beautiful route which very few people have followed, it takes us into the beautiful rural areas of Rajasthan with some majestic views. After a long day of cycling you will finish in Bhanderej at the palace where we stay, there will be a hearty Rajasthani Banquet waiting for you. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Converted Palace

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Day 9, Sun 10 Dec 2023

Bhanderej to Finish Line (approximately 56kms) Then transfer to Delhi

It’s your final day in the saddle as you pedal to the finish line on the outskirts of Jaipur. The barren hills, and ancient forts, that surround Jaipur enclose a buzzing metropolis, a place of wild contrasts and extremes. Traditionally dressed Rajput men sporting bright turbans and swashbuckling moustaches discuss village politics outside restaurants and roadside stalls. We finish our cycle at a Maharaja’s estate on the outskirts of Jaipur. It is a beautiful and fitting end to our challenge and wonderful cycle through Rajasthan, the land of the Kings. We will have a celebration lunch and feast here and congratulate ourselves on completing the challenge. We will then transfer back to Delhi. If you book onto the Golden Triangle Extension this will give you time to explore Rajasthan’s Pink City and complete the famous Golden Triangle. (B,L,D)

Accommodation: Delhi hotel

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Day 10, Mon 11 Dec 2023

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. (B)

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Important information

B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner

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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