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Our cycle challenge entails five days of cycling over a distance of approximately 400 km across rural Rajasthan in India.
It will be a challenging ride that is achievable with plenty of training beforehand and the friendship and camaraderie along the way will be amazing.
Join this amazing team of women for an incredible 400 km adventure in Rajasthan starting with a visit to the stunning Taj Mahal and finishing in the “Pink City” of Jaipur.
We depart London Heathrow on an overnight flight to Delhi. On arrival, we transfer from Delhi to Agra, where we pass through villages and start to embrace the Indian lifestyle. We stay overnight at the Taj Vilas in Agra, one of the prominent destinations of the World Tourism map.
This morning, we visit the magnificent Taj Mahal in Agra. It was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife in 1631-1653 with thousands of semi-precious stones inlaid. 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. We overnight at the Udai Vilas Palace, and here, we have our our bike fitting in preparation for the challenge ahead.
After breakfast, we transfer to our starting point at Bayana. We follow a scenic route through many small villages, where we can see and experience the way of life around this fascinating region. We also pass through agricultural fields and our cycle is free of traffic until we reach Masalpu. Continuing through the bustling town, we make it to the Bhanwar Vilas Palace in Karauli, where we overnight.
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 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 overnight at the Tiger Den Resort.
Our ride today will take us to the historic town of Talabgaon. This area inherited the rich culture of the Rajasthan region, reflecting the ancient Indian way of life. The region is rich in music and dance culture, with its own distinct style that plays a major part of the local traditions and celebrations. We stay overnight at the 200-year-old Talabgaon Castle.
Today, we head for Dausa, the ancient city of archaeological significance. The city, which was the first capital of this region is now a silent spectator of the bygone glory with an old fort in one side and small havelis dotted all over the terrain. Experience the stunning countryside of Rajasthan as we cycle through these vibrant villages. Tonight, we overnight at the Umaid Lake Palace.
Our final day of cycling takes us towards our finish line at Ramgarh, where were have a brief celebration over lunch. After lunch, we then have a bus transfer to the colourful city of Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan and popularly known as the “Pink City”. We overnight at the Diggi Palace.
We have a full day to explore the sights and sounds in the city of Jaipur. In the heart of the old city, is the City Palace, an incredibly well preserved and interesting palace to view with museums and artefacts. Jaipur is the place to shop until you drop, you cannot beat its variety. You can shop in the Johari Bazaar selling local handicrafts, precious and semi-precious gems, and textile prints. Tonight we have a special dinner to celebrate our achievements. We overnight at the Diggi Palace.
In the morning, we have an approximately five hour bus transfer to Delhi airport for return flight to the London Heathrow.
The more money raised by participants on the challenge the higher the percentage of funds that directly support those affected by women's cancers!
Minimum sponsorship target
This challenge is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for women who are looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for. A number of the women who will take part in this challenge will have little or no fitness level when they sign up. Women V Cancer is the perfect motivation to get fit, lose weight and have an experience of a lifetime. Once you are signed up 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 women sign up for Women V Cancer events on their own and you will soon make new friends. Once the event is fully booked we will send you a contact list for the women on your challenge. Often there will be someone in your local area who you can meet up with to train or fundraise with. We also hold an information day and a training weekend, which are both great opportunities to meet people before the challenge.
Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about Women V Cancer is that women of all ages will come together to do something very special to raise funds for three fantastic women’s cancer charities. The age range is likely to be from 18-80!
How you fund your challenge is entirely up to you. Some women will decide to pay their own tour costs so they can tell their donors that the donation they are making is going directly to support the work of the charities. Others will fundraise the full amount.
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 atmospheric heritage hotels throughout the challenge.
If you don't reach your fundraising target you a 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 you will need to come out of our group flights (and of course we would deduct the cost from your balance).
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 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.
You can buy your official Women V Cancer - Cycle India cycle shorts and jerseys from the Simitar Sports website here. Scimitar are a separate company to Dream Challenges, who design gorgeous sports clothing. This apparel is the real deal so you know they'll keep you comfy all the way cycling through India!