We will ride to Fatephur Sikri the ancient and deserted town of the Moghul kings. A fascinating and beautiful structure.

     Keoladeo National Park, is our next destination. Declared a National Park in 1983,this 29 sq km park is one of the world's greatest heronries. Its shallow, fresh water marsh attracts thousands of migratory birds. Over 10,000 nests and 400 varieties of birds including: egrets, darters, cormorants, grey herons, spoonbills, cranes, ibis, kingfishers and painted storks. Mammals like the sambhar, blackbuck, chital, nilgai, fishing cat, otter  and mongoose also roam freely here. Every winter, one of the world's rarest and nearly-extinct birds, The Siberian Crane migrates to the marshlands of the Keoladeo Ghana Sanctuary in Bharatpur - flying an incredible 3,900 
miles  in its two month journey. One of the most breathtaking sights, however, is that of the peacock dancing. The National Bird of India, this graceful bird can be found all over the state. Keoladeo is among the world heritage sites.

     Rajasthan is a haven for a wide spectrum of wildlife. The topography of Rajasthan ranges from the barren desert, scrub-thorn arid forests, rocks and ravines to wetlands and lush, green forests. And each of these areas houses a large variety of animal and bird life. Some of them rare while some endangered. Rajasthan is the home of the tigers, black bucks, chinkara, the rare desert fox, the endangered caracal, the great Indian bustard, gavial, monitor lizard, wild boars, and porcupine.

     We will see a lot of wildlife whilst riding through Rajasthan but a visit to Ranthambore National Park cannot be missed. We will embark on 2 safaris in search of the tiger, one of the most magnificent animals of India, which has long fascinated people with its awesome power and beautifully striped coat. Other animals include sambhar, cheetal, deer, crocodile, monkey, langur, wild boar, leopard, sloth bear, jackal, hyena, panther, leopard, desert fox, among others. The Ranthamore National Park certainly is one of the most picturesque game reserves in the world - the entire forest being dominated by the silent, ruined battlements of the Ranthambore Fort, which is inside the sanctuary. Another interesting feature of the park is a huge banyan tree - supposedly one of the world's largest - near the graceful Jogi Mahal water palace. Covered under Project Tiger (one of Asia's most important conservation efforts), Ranthambhor is the favourite haunt of wildlife buffs and professional wildlife photographers from around the world.

     We provide pure mountain biking and genuine exploration without the hardship; wherever you are you will only have to carry what you would normally take on a day-ride. Our discreet support team and vehicles carry all your luggage and offer you the option of taking a rest if you are feeling tired and in need of a break.Throughout most of this trip we will be staying in hotel and guest-house accomadation, including our stays at Maharaja's palaces. Our camps are comfortable and boast views, at home in nature. Our excellent local/western mix team will look after you well and their knowledge of the local region is second to none, like their mouthwatering cuisine.

     All our food on expeditions is hygienically prepared by our Indian/Italian chef. We aim to share and evolve simple, practical ways to ensure a minimum impact on both the environment and the local culture and traditions

     As we cycle closer to Jaipur we have the opportunity of the last glances of traditional life in Rajasthan and start to welcome the thought of a cold beer. We will be staying in a Maharaja's Palace, a fitting reward for a challenge well done. After a rest we will explore this fascinating "pink" city. The friendly Rajasthani's in their local colourful dress will give us a warm welcome.

     We will enjoy an elephant ride to the Amber Fort. The original seat of Moghul Power and an amazing palace and fort, which was moved to Jaipur in 1727 by Maharaja Jai Singh II, one of the most influential Maharaja's in India's history. The most striking sight is the stunning artistry of the five-storey facade of the Hawa Mahal, or Palace of the Winds. The palace was built in 1799 to enable ladies of the royal household to watch street life and processions, and is part of the City Palace complex, which forms the heart of the old city. The enormous 5' high solid-silver urns that another maharaja had got made to carry the sacred Ganges water with him on his trip to England, are listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest silver objects in the world. Jai Singh II was a great astronomer and built the Jantar Mantar Observatory, with the centuries old world's largest sun dial, you can set your watch by it! We shop in the Johri Bazaar with local handicrafts, jewellery and local sweets (which Jaipur is famous for). We'll stop for refreshments at the Polo Bar of the opulent Rambagh Palace. The royal sport of Polo is synonymous with Jaipur, we'll catch a game if our timing is right.

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