Cycling in Jaipur has grown bounds and leaps during the last five years. A couple of years ago, there were only a few cycling groups. Now there are many; some are open to new cyclists, the rest are closed groups typically comprising of friends. Due to the coronavirus, people have taken to cycling in large numbers since many have given up going to the gym or fitness studios in Jaipur. Most stores selling cycles have reported 2020-21 as the most exceptional year for cycle sales. Often, the popular cycle models are either unavailable or in a short supply. It is not uncommon to witness many cycling groups riding during the weekends. If you are keen to know about the best and most popular cycling routes in Jaipur, read on. This list doesn’t include long routes i.e. more than 50 km.
Most popular cycling routes in Jaipur
The distances mentioned in this post have been taken from the heart of the city – Albert Hall Museum which makes it easier to calculate.
1.Naharagarh Fort via Kanak Ghati
Nahargarh Fort road via Jal Mahal and Kanak Ghati is one of the most popular cycling routes in Jaipur. The reason for its popularity is because it offers a ride through a beautiful route with challenging sections. The hill offers panoramic views of the city especially the Jal Mahal in Mansagar.
It requires only a few minutes to reach in the midst of nature. For a seasoned cyclist, ascend is not too challenging but for beginners, I will suggest route number 2.
Cycling routes to Nahargarh Fort – To reach Nahargarh Fort via cycle, one can use one of the two cycling routes. The first one is via Kanak Ghati, while the other is an old steep cobbled path from Purani Basti. The latter is best suited for the seasoned cyclists.
Distance from Albert Hall to Nahargarh Fort – 16 km approx.
2. Sagar Lake in Amer
The route to Amer Fort or Sagar Lake behind Amer Fort includes a considerable section of route number 1 till Kanak Ghati. The route is not challenging for a regular cyclist. The sections with inclines are Kanak Ghati and Kheri Gate to Sagar lake. So it is not very challenging for most beginners.
The highlight of this cycling route is the tranquility one finds at Sagar Lake. The lake is surrounded by hills on all sides. Since the lake is situated in a valley, it makes for a charming scene.
Distance from Albert Hall to Sagar Lake – 11 km approx.
3. JLN Road
JLN Road continues to be the most popular cycling route for most seasoned and beginner cyclists. It is not difficult to understand, why? It is a straight 10 km well-paved road and ideal for road bikes and hybrid cycles. One can choose sections depending on time and effort. Often, people short on time unable to do long-distance rides choose JLN Road. They ride a couple of rounds to clock the desired distance.
Patrika Gate is one of the preferred endpoints of this route rather than Jaipur Airport.
Distance from Albert Hall to Jaipur Airport – 10 km
Distance from Albert Hall to Patrika Gate or Jawahar Circle – 8 km
4. Mahal Road – Bombay Hospital / Jagatpura
This is another popular route among cyclists who prefer well-paved distance riding. A round trip usually is around 30-40 km depending on the start point. The reason why cyclists prefer this route is that a significant part of the route has a six-lane road – the Mahal Road. The traffic on this route is minimal. Jagatpura remains an upcoming area and therefore a vast area is still open land. This is ideal for those seeking fresh air, and who want to escape from the concrete jungle.
Distance from Albert Hall to Bombay Hospital Mahal Road, Jagatpura – 16 km
5. Nevta Dam
Nevta Dam near Saint Xaviers College is the favorite cycling route among people clocking 50 km. This route is approx. 25 km one way. There are two different routes one can choose, both are equidistant. This route is ideally suited for MTB as the concluding section is not completely paved. However, even cyclists with road bikes also attempt it. While Ajmer Road continues to remain the preferred choice of many cyclists, it is also plagued by heavy traffic. I prefer the alternative route using Tonk Road and Muhana Mandi.
Distance from Albert Hall to Nevta Dam – 25 km
Short Cycling Routes
The short route cycling is immensely popular in Jaipur. Usually, people cycle in and around their residential locations. Even then, over here are a few short cycling routes in Jaipur:
- C-Scheme boasts of broad well-paved roads making it popular among cyclists. Some of the preferred routes in C-Scheme are Vidhan Sabha Road/Janpath, Ashok Udhyan/Deer park, Central Park, Bhawani Singh Road, Statue Circle and Prithvi Raj Road.
2. Rajasthan University– The road in and around Rajasthan University is popular among the residents in the vicinity.
3.Sirsi Road and Queens Road in Vaishali Nagar are equally popular among cyclists residing in the west Jaipur.
Cycling clubs in Jaipur
There are many cycling clubs in Jaipur. One can easily find and join them with Facebook. However, one can also connect with the cycling community in Jaipur through Strava app. Among all cycling apps, Strava and Map My ride are widely used. However, most cyclists in Jaipur use Strava. Follow Jaipur cycling clubs and cyclists on Strava to connect with cycling community in Jaipur. I recommend building connect if you wish to do long rides as it makes cycling fun and easy.
Cycle Rental in Jaipur
During the last 2-3 years, cycle rental services based on hourly, weekly, and monthly systems are available in Jaipur. Most of these services operate near popular parks like Central Park, Jawahar Circle Park, and Ram Niwas Garden. Over here are few companies offering cycles for hire in Jaipur.
- Road Queen is one of the first ones to offer cycle rentals in Jaipur. They offer both geared and non-geared cycles. A few of the brands offered by them for cycle rentals include Firefox, Trek, and Huge. The cycles can be hired from Gate number 2 of Central Park.
- Pink Pedals is another popular cycle rental company in Jaipur. Cycles can be hired from Jawahar Circle near Patrika Gate. Some of the cycle brands offered by Pink Pedals are Hercules, Raleigh, etc.
- 2Pahiye is a new cycle rental service provider. The cycle can be rented near Central park gate number 3. Most of their cycle fleets are Decathlon brands – Rockrider and Riverside range.
- Smart City cycle booths are located at multiple locations in the city, a few are near parks. The most popular one is in Ramniwas Garden near New Gate. The cycles for hire comprise simple non-geared basic cycles. This might not appeal to regular cyclists since they are not maintained very well but then the rentals are pretty low as well – Rs 10/hour.
How much does the cycle rental cost in Jaipur?
The rates vary from Rs 50-100/hour for non-geared to 80-200/hour for geared cycles from operator to operator. The smart city cycle rental is the cheapest of all – Rs 10/hour for the non-geared cycle.
Among the above operators, I have hired cycles from Road Queen and found their services to be reliable and good.