Challenge level: 3 out of 5
|20 November - 29 November 2019||On Sale|
Cycle from the bustling city of Mumbai to the stunning white sand beaches of Goa while raising funds for a children's charity of your choice.
The challenge entails five days of cycling through seaside towns, rice paddies, mango orchards and lush farms.
It will be life-changing, both for you as you achieve your own personal challenge, and for those supported by the charity you choose to fundraise for.
After an overnight flight from London Heathrow to Mumbai, we transfer to the gorgeous coastal town of Dapoli, where we check in to our hotel. Here, we have time to freshen up and relax before our bike fitting. Our first day ends with dinner and a briefing from our local guides.
We ease ourselves into the challenge with a short day of cycling through the colourful Indian countryside. We enjoy a varying terrain of dense, evergreen forests, tranquil farmland and mango orchards, until we reach Chiplun, a town on the Mumbai-Goa highway, not far from the Sawatsada Waterfalls. We stay overnight in a resort in Chiplun.
Today we enjoy some of the best coastal cycling of the entire challenge. From Guhagar onwards, the undulating route takes us mostly along the sea, where we’re rewarded with breath-taking views of lonely beaches, neat coves, fishing villages, island forts, temples and local markets. We catch a ferry crossing at Jaigad, renowned for its fort that overlooks the Arabian sea. We then continue along the coast until we reach today’s finishing point at the small temple town of Ganpatipule.
As we ride out of Ratnagiri, we cross the Gautami River at Puranagad, before we make our way to our camp near the sea. The route passes through paddy fields, coconut and beetle nut groves, all growing on the laterite soil that this region is so well known for.
Today will be the longest day of the challenge. Our route passes through the town of Kunkeshwar, home to several colourful and oddly-shaped temples. We continue through the small coastal towns of Mithbav and Munage. After lunch, we ride to the resort at Devbag for a well-deserved rest at one of the most beautiful beaches in Malvan.
This is the last day of our cycling challenge. We make our way along the undulating coast, passing the palm-lined beaches of Vengurla, to Terekhol River. The river is surrounded by lush vegetation and marks the border between Maharashtra and Goa. Upon reaching Goa, we ride to our hotel and relax, having completed an unforgettable challenge.
Today is a free day for you to relax at the hotel, at the beach or explore Goa and reflect on the wonderful challenge you’ve just accomplished. In the evening, we celebrate with a farewell dinner.
This morning, we catch a transfer to Goa airport for an internal flight to Mumbai. Upon reaching the bustling city, we have an optional tour of Mumbai and a chance to explore, before dinner and an overnight stay in Mumbai.
Today, we catch our flights from Mumbai airport back to the UK.
Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising a minimum sponsorship amount for your chosen charity.
Minimum sponsorship target
Pay the challenge costs yourself and choose to fundraise or donate as much as you can for your chosen charity.
Pay the balance
This challenge is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for people looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for. A number of the people who will take part on this challenge will have little or no fitness level when they sign up. This challenge is the perfect motivation to get fit, lose weight and have an experience of a lifetime.
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own. Once the event is fully booked we will send you a contact list of everyone registered for the challenge, as often there will be someone in your local area you can meet up to train or fundraise with.
Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the challenge is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special. The age range is likely to be from 18 to 75.
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.
Throughout this exciting challenge, we mostly stay in hotels, but we camp in a little seaside town on one night.
Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay you will need to come out of our group flights (and of course we would deduct the cost from your balance). If you contact us in the office we would be happy to recommend some ideas for pre or post trips and can arrange additional nights if need.
In addition to paying your registration fee you will need to budget for your airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, personal travel insurance, visa, gratuities, optional tours and personal expenses.
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.
The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your challenge and will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself. Once you have registered we will send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the event. The programme builds up gradually as the event gets closer.