While Kev was flying the 16 hours to the Falkland Islands and experiencing blustery strong winds and 10 degree temperatures, I was visiting the Taj Mahal before getting the bikes ready for our 250 mile ride. The Taj Mahal was amazing, so serene and peaceful.
Will add details here of our ride as soon as I get round to it….. to be continued…..
We started off our adventure with an overnight flight from Heathrow to Delhi and then a 5 1/2 hour bus ride to Agra.
The following morning was a visit to the amazing Taj Mahal with a one and a half hour bus transfer to Bharatpur where we would get measured up for our bikes ready for the first days biking the following morning.
The morning started with another 1 1/2 hour bus transfer to our start point in nearby Bayana.
Our riding challenge consisted of 5 days riding which was split into the following sections:-
Day 1 Bharatpur to Karauli (43 miles)
Day 2 Karauli to Ranthambore (62 miles, the longest ride!)
Day 3 Ranthambore to Talabgaon (57 miles)
Day 4 Talabgaon to Dausa (55 miles)
Day 5 Dausa to Jaipur (30 miles)
The challenge definitely had variety with cycling through countryside, extremely busy towns, good roads, cycle tracks and extreme off road sections.
We saw the beautiful landscapes of the Indian countryside which contrasted sharply with the abject poverty and squalor of some of the busy towns.
Our accommodation ranged from 5 star hotels down to tents (for 2 nights) but we were so tired from the days cycling we even managed some sleep in the tents.
Below is a selection of the photos taken from our Smugmug picture site and gives a general feel of this amazing trip.
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