Challenge level: 3 out of 5
|19 November - 28 November 2020||On Sale|
Feeling spicy? Get ready for a red-hot challenge cycling from the mesmerising Taj Mahal to the pretty pink city of Jaipur.
Join us for a stunning 360km cycle and become immersed in the fascinating region of Rajasthan. Passing through charming local villages, beautiful countryside and the wonderful Ranthambore National Park, we’ll have the awesome opportunity to spot protected species, visit iconic temples and get an insight into the ancient culture of India.
You’ll make fantastic new friendships and amazing memories, as you conquer this incredible challenge, pedalling yourself to the limit for a charity of your choice.
Worried about fundraising? Don’t be…
Cycle India 2020 is an Open Challenge, which means you choose how you fund your adventure.
You can self-fund and pay the challenge costs yourself without the pressure of a minimum sponsorship target; or you can choose sponsorship and commit to raising a minimum amount for a charity of your choice.
It's your chance to do something amazing for the cause closest to your heart; whether you choose to support your local hospice, a small sanctuary or a national charity. It's completely up to you.
Places for this spicy cycle are likely to go very fast, so please register now to avoid missing out.
Our adventure begins at the airport in London, where we meet and depart for an overnight flight to Delhi. Our wonderful ground handlers greet us on arrival and we transfer to Agra. On the drive, we get our first glimpse of the amazing Indian lifestyle as we pass through villages and end up at our comfortable hotel for our welcome dinner and a good night’s rest.
We wake up to an exciting day beginning with a visit to the world-famous Taj Mahal in Agra. This magnificent temple dates back almost four hundred years, originally constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife in 1631-1653. As with most iconic sites like this, photographs cannot do it justice. In the afternoon, we travel to Bharatpur, famous for the Keoladeo Ghana National Park; a world heritage site, which is one of the finest water-bird sanctuaries in the world, home to over 250 species of deer and several wonderful mammals, including the Indian porcupine, the jungle cat and even hyenas! Settling down in our hotel in Bharatpur, we have our bike fitting and our challenge guides give us a briefing on the adventure ahead.
After breakfast, we transfer to our starting point at Bayana. Here, we mount our bikes and follow a scenic route that immerses us in the fantastic local culture. We cycle on quiet roads through many small villages and agricultural fields, where we may well spot locals in colourful clothes, tending to their crops. The traffic picks up once we reach Masalpur and we continue through the bustling town to the beautiful Karauli City, where we find our hotel.
We continue cycling to Ranthambore National Park, one of the prime examples of Project Tiger’s conservation efforts in Rajasthan; a favourite haunt of wildlife buffs and professional wildlife photographers. The park is famous for its tigers, one of the most magnificent – and sadly endangered - animals of India. There are also many other species to see, including samba, cheetah, wild boar, leopard, sloth bear, jackal and hyena among others. The park itself covers 1334 sq km and its scenery is beautiful. We stay overnight at the Tiger Den Resort. If you’re a wildlife lover yourself, why not choose an animal charity to support on your challenge? You could even raise funds for tigers or elephants. It’s a fantastic way to help save the fast dying-out species we may see today.
Our ride today will take us to the historic town of Talabgaon. This area is steeped in the ancient culture of Rajasthan, rich in music and dance, with its own distinct style that plays a major part of the local traditions and celebrations. Tonight, we have the awesome opportunity to stay at the 200-year-old Talabgaon Castle.
We have a stunning cycle route today, which leads us through more of Rajasthan’s charming countryside and vibrant towns, until we eventually reach our hotel in Dausa. Not unlike the other cities we see on this challenge, Dausa boasts archaeological significance and spectacular buildings. The city, which was the first capital of this region, is now a silent spectator of the bygone glory, with an old fort and small havelis (town houses) dotted all over the terrain.
We start with a short transfer away from the traffic and then commence our final day of cycling! This takes us to our finish line in the lush district of Ramgarh, where were we enjoy a mini celebration over lunch. Filled with a brilliant sense of achievement, we transfer to the colourful capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, which is popularly known as the “Pink City” due to its rose-tinted architecture. We overnight in Jaipur.
We have a full day to explore the sights and sounds in the city of Jaipur. In the heart of the old city, lies the City Palace, an incredibly well-preserved and interesting palace to explore, with museums and artefacts. Jaipur is the place to shop until you drop, you cannot beat its variety. You can browse the Johari Bazaar for everything from local handicrafts to precious and semi-precious gems to unique textile prints. Tonight, we have a special dinner to celebrate our achievements and have our final night’s rest in India.
Today sees us transferring to Delhi airport and catching our flight back home to the UK.
Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising the minimum sponsorship target for a charity, hospice or sanctuary of your choice.
Minimum sponsorship target
Pay the challenge costs yourself and then fundraise as much as you can for a charity of your choice with no minimum target or make a personal donation.
Pay the balance
This challenge is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for people who are looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for. A number of the people who will take part in this challenge will have a low level of fitness when they sign up. Cycle India 2020 is the perfect motivation to get fit, visit an incredible part of the world and have the experience of a lifetime. Once you've registered for the challenge, we give you a realistic training programme, which gradually builds up as the event gets closer.
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Dream Challenges are renowned for the incomparable camaraderie and life long friendships made as our groups take on these incredible feats together.
Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for Cycle India 2020. Please feel free to use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow cyclists on your training and fundraising. You may also want to reach out to the fellow participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.
Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about our challenges is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special to raise funds for the charity closest to their heart. The age range is likely to be from 18-80!
A cycling helmet is essential. Cycling shorts are also recommended and everyone will need their own water bottles or a Camelbak-type hydration system. Apart from that no specialist equipment is required. We will supply you with a list of everything you will need to take before you go. Cyclists will have the use of 18 or 21-gear bikes and it is suggested that you bring the saddle or gel cover you are used to riding on.
We will stay in a mix of atmospheric heritage hotels and comfortable Western-style hotels throughout the challenge.
If you choose the Sponsorship option for your challenge and don't reach your fundraising target, you can either top up the additional funds yourself or simply forfeit your place on the challenge and lose your registration fee.
Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay, simply notify us as soon as possible and we will take you out of our group flights (and of course we would deduct the cost from your balance).
In addition to paying your registration fee (and challenge costs if you choose to self fund), you will need to budget for your airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, personal travel insurance, visa, gratuities, optional tours and personal expenses including travel to and from the departure airport in London.
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Dream Challenges has a recommended policy, which we will send you details of. You can however take out your own insurance providing it covers you for a charity cycle ride in India. You will be required to obtain a tourist visa for entry into India, we will send you all the relevant information about how to do this before the challenge.