A real rural retreat that unveils with spellbinding lakes and palaces of Jaipur and traverses through amazing intricate temples and bucolic villages of Rajsamand; the deserts and forts of Jodhpur; chaotic streets of Udaipur with the Aravalli range of mountains in the backdrop throughout the tour.
Along the way, stay in small rural inns where you can expect more local interaction, warm hospitality and personalized service.
Day 01: Arrive Taipei
Arrive at any time. Meet assist at airport & transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 02:Taipei – Fusing
We pick you up from your Taipei hotel in the morning and drive outside the busy city to start our ride to Fusing. We will just have a short ride, but it will start at sea level and end at about 450 m. It will be a gentle start through undulating hills to get the legs warmed up before we start the serious climbing. You’ll be riding through thick forest, and the thick moss and huge ferns that line the narrow road give the whole place a Jurassic aura.
Day 03: Fusing – Wuling Farm
The second day, and first big climbing day begins from the hotel. 35 undulating kilometers warm up to one of the first steep sections and the first peak of the day at 60 kilometers. You’ll make a sharp descent down to the base of the plateau before the long climb begins to the top of Shih Yin Pass, nearly 2,000 meters above sea level. Admire the dense forest, changing from cedar to bamboo along the way, and breathe in the fresh air- you’re going to need it!
Day 04: Wuling Farm – Lu Shan Hot Spring
We start the day by continuing up the north cross island highway to Li Shan, a town famous for its mountain fruit. After 25 km, the long climb begins as we make our way to the day’s peak, at over 3,000 meters in one of the most remote areas of the island. Following our climb, we have a long descent through the remote farms in the high mountains.
Day 05: Lu Shan – Taroko Gorge
One of the highlights of the trip, the climb starts immediately, and you’ll make an early start to ride the 32 kilometers and 2,175 meters up to Hehuanshan Pass, the highest road in East Asia at 3,275 m. A car transport and options to start at different points along the way on the way up are available. Once at the top, the rewards come one after the other: cold drinks and snacks, fabulous scenery for memorable photos, and an exhilarating ride down into Taroko National Park and the world-famous Taroko Gorge. This will be one ride you will never forget as we drop some 3,270 m, riding through endless tunnels and a multitude of eco zones. The last 20 km of Taroko Gorge is a mind-blowing ride through marbled walled passageways that twist and turn as the gorge rises some 500-1,100 m above!
Day 06: Taroko National Park Rest Day
We take a break from the bikes and spend the day hiking in Taroko Gorge. We will visit Siangde Temple that has a giant statue of Guanyin and a pagoda that provides views of the valley from the top and walk the Zhui Lu Ancient Trail, which takes you several hundred metres above the gorge for a breathtaking cliff-wak and spectacular views of the gorge below. There are many other hikes to choose from, and we’ll decide which ones are best to do based on the group’s interests.
Day 07: Taroko Gorge – An Tong Hot Spring
From Taroko Gorge, we ride out onto the east coast and into the superb East Rift Valley. We cycle on an undulating route that hugs the foothills and takes us through numerous aboriginal villages. After cycling through this fer-tile valley, we overnight at yet another wonderful hot spring resort!
Day 08: Yu Li – Jhihben Hot Springs
We ride from our hotel south and then up into the Badlands area and enjoy splendid views from our deserted mountain road. We eventually connect with the Luye backroads and enjoy a wonderful ride through the outskirts of the port town of Taitung and down to the lush Jhihben River Valley, where the hot springs are between 75-96 degrees Celsius.
Day 09: Jhihben Hot Springs – Kenting National Park
Today’s ride takes us over the top of Capricorn Pass and down to the white sand beaches of Kenting. Starting with a 50-km ride down the south-east coast, we make our first crossing of the island from east to west. This is the route taken by most riders travelling around the island. As we ride over the southern mountains, we descend down to the west coast and around the Kenting peninsula and overnight at Bai Sha Wan beach, famous for being a setting in the movie “Life of Pi.”
Day 10: Kenting – Wutai Aborigine Village
Starting early in the morning from our guest house, we explore the southern part of Taiwan, which has the most dramatic coast line. We’ll be hugging the coast and seeing the island’s best beaches. Then it’s a 2 hour transfer from the coast to the mountain area, to navigate around busy roads. After lunch, we start climbing into the mountains to the village of Wu Tai, famous for its stone house architecture. On the road up to the village, we cross the highest bridge in Taiwan, approximately 100 m above the river. We finish the day with a 17-kilomtre climb to our destination.
Day 11: Wutai Aborigine Village – Kaohsiung
On the last ride of the tour, we leave behind our mountain village and head towards the vibrant southern city of Kaohsiung. We’ll lose elevation, cruising downward out of the peaks that have defined our journey through Taiwan. Fertile farmland lines the mountainous slopes along our ride, and we’ll stop for lunch in on one of the many indigenous villages for some traditional aborigine food. Only a few small climbs remain, until we reach the Kaoping River on the very outer limits of Kaohsiung city. The day doesn’t end here however, we have one more surprise in store, the fantastic Fo Guang Shan Monastery. Multi-level pagodas and endless gilded Buddha statues line the pathways of this incredible Buddhist establishment. Following a wide-eyed wander through the monastery, we’ll transfer to our hotel in the city for the evening, with plenty of time to disassemble bikes, pack, and rest up for the next day of onward travel.
Day 12: Kaohsiung / Taipei
Transfer to Kaohsiung, On arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.
Day 13: Departure
Transfer to airport for flight back to home.
|Taipei||01||The Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei|
|Fusing||01||Da Kung Hotel|
|Wuling Farm||01||Wuling Farm|
|Lu Shan Hot Spring||01||Honey Moon Hotel|
|Taroko Gorge||02||Crossing the Rainbow Bridge|
|An-Tong Hot Spring||01||An-Tong Hot Spring Hotel|
|Jhihben Hot Springs||01||Hoya Resort and Spa|
|Aborigine Village||01||Shenshan Hotel|
|Taipei||01||The Howard Plaza Hotel Taipei|
– Meeting and assistance by our representative.
– Welcome with fresh flower garlands.
– 11 Nights accommodation
– Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners.
– Local English-speaking guide
– All transfers, sightseeing, excursions as per the program by private vehicle.
– Transport, Parking, Gasoline & Toll ways.
– All present government taxes.
– International / Domestic Airfare.
– Tips, gratuities, Portage, laundry, telephone calls, table drinks, camera/ video camera charges, or any other expenses of a personal nature.
– Visa fees, personal insurance.
– Any item not specified under cost includes.
– Accommodation in good hotels.
– Check-in / out time is 12 noon at most of the hotels.
– Extension to other places is also possible with a minimal extra cost.
– Additional nights are available at each place with minimal supplement.
– A visa is required and must be obtained prior to your departure from your Country.
– If quoted hotel is not available, we will provide one of a similar category and standard.
– Small deviations in the tour program are sometimes necessary, depending on weather, road conditions, flight schedules and room availability.
– In case the government changes presently applicable taxes, increase in airlines prices, fuel surcharge our rates will need to be adjusted accordingly.
– Sometimes, there is no relevance between the distance and time of travelling, as it depends upon the condition of the roads and congestion of the traffic.
– While every effort will be made to maintain the itinerary, in view of local strikes etc that are beyond our control all schedule and itineraries are subject to last moment changes.
– Clients must be fully insured, as the company cannot accept liability for loss or damage to client’s property, medical emergencies or any other loss suffered by them whilst on tour.
– In Case of issuing Domestic or International air tickets, SGV is not responsible for any refund if the flight is delayed or cancelled, as it is the responsibility of airline.