Challenge level: 3 out of 5
|3 November - 12 November 2023||On Sale|
Get ready for a red-hot challenge cycling from the mesmerising Taj Mahal to the pretty pink city of Jaipur for Women V Cancer.
Our stunning 360km cycle immerses us in the fascinating region of Rajasthan. Prepare to cycle through a world of vibrant clothes and flowers, exotic fruit farms, lush tea plantations and beautiful temples.
We'll stay in friendly local villages, follow roads through beautiful countryside and discover the wildlife-packed Ranthambore National Park, one of the last remaining places on Earth where Royal Bengal tigers can roam safely in their natural habitat. As one of the world's most critically endangered species, it's unlikely we'll spot a tiger, but we’ll have awesome opportunities to see other protected species, visit iconic temples and get an insight into the ancient culture of India.
You’ll get fit, make a group of new, lifelong friends and most importantly, make a huge impact for our Women V Cancer charities; Breast Cancer Now, Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust and Ovarian Cancer Action so that they can continue their life-saving research and support throughout the pandemic and into the future.
New for 2023 overseas adventures: self fund your Women V Cancer adventure!
We want as many of you as possible to experience our top-rated Cycle India challenge with the Women V Cancer community as it is just too good to miss.
Therefore, we've opened a self funding option! In a coconut shell, you pay for your own challenge costs and then just fundraise as much as you can for the Women V Cancer charities with no target to reach.
We still encourage you to do your best at collecting donations, as they will go a very, very long way to help people facing breast, cervical and ovarian cancers, but as the charities won't pay your challenge costs on your behalf, there is no pressure to reach a minimum amount.
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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 at 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 the registration fee (£349) and challenge costs (£1,695) + airport taxes/fuel surcharge (approx. £350).
Pay the balance
Pay your registration fee (£349) and airport taxes/fuel surcharge (approx. £350), and fundraise £3,000 or more for Women V Cancer.
Minimum sponsorship target
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.
Women V Cancer Cycle India 2023 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 Women V Cancer challenges are renowned for the incomparable camaraderie and lifelong 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 Women V Cancer Cycle India 2023.
Please feel free to use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow Women V Cancer warriors 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. Everyone over the age of 18 is welcome to join the fun.
Your registration fee of £349 per person is used to administer the challenge, secure your seats with the airline and pay deposits with suppliers.
Your challenge costs cover:
In addition to paying your registration fee (£349) and either paying your challenge costs or raising the minimum sponsorship target, you'll need to budget for your:
The money you raise funds the vital work of our three Women V Cancer charities who are raising awareness, providing support and funding research into breast, ovarian and cervical cancers.
If you’d like to know more about how each charity is making a difference for women affected by cancer, visit their websites below.
Breast Cancer Now
Registered charity no 1160558 (England and Wales) and SC045584 (Scotland) and 1200 (Isle of Man).
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust
Registered charity no. 1133542 (England and Wales) and SC041236 (Scotland)
Ovarian Cancer Action
Registered charity no. 1109743 (England and Wales) and SC043478 (Scotland)
Of the £3,000 minimum sponsorship target you raise, 50% (£1,500) covers your challenge costs.
The remaining 50% (or more if you've exceeded the target) goes directly to the work of the three charities, divided equally between Breast Cancer Now, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust.
If you choose the self funding option for your challenge, you pay your challenge costs yourself, so 100% of the funds you raise or donate will go directly to the charities and be divided equally between Breast Cancer Now, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust.
Although you don't need to commit to the minimum sponsorship target if you're self funding, we strongly encourage you to fundraise as much as you can for our amazing Women V Cancer charities. We cannot express enough the difference your support makes for the Women V Cancer charities and all the people that benefit from their work.
Why not challenge yourself and try to reach £3,000? Then you'll prove to yourself that you can smash your Women V Cancer fundraising targets in the future.
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 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 in India, please let us know at least fourteen weeks before the challenge start date and we can arrange this for you.
The best way to get in touch is by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call us on 01590 646410 during office hours (9am - 5pm Monday - Friday).
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Dream Challenges has a policy, which covers you for this type of activity and also covers you for cancellation due to medically-diagnosed COVID-19. We will send you details of this when you register for the cycle.
You can, however, take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity cycle in India.
Please ask the insurer about the nature of the cover. It is your responsibility to ensure you have adequate cover for your challenge.
All participants will need a tourist visa for India, currently approx. £20 ($23) but subject to change at the discretionary of the Indian embassy. You will need to arrange this yourself.
Please don't apply for your visa until we advise you to do so. We will send you all the relevant information about how to do this before the challenge.
Please make sure to apply for your visa on the correct website: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html
This is the only website the High Commission of India uses and other sites are likely to be scams and/or charge unnecessary fees.
As we're not medically trained, we're afraid we can't offer you advice on this. We recommend you contact your GP or your local travel clinic, who will have the latest travel health advice.
We also recommend you visit the NHS Fit for Travel website here, to keep up to date with current travel health news and advice on staying healthy abroad.
NHS Fit for Travel website: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home