We start our journey through the colorful state of Punjab and Himachal and we explore the mesmerizing places as Golden Temple, which is the holiest of the Sikh shrines, Himachal Pradesh, the ‘land of the gods’, This, as the Himalaya raises its mighty head to gossip with the clouds. Dharamshala Mcleoganj – known as Little Tibet and the current home of Holiness Dalai Lama the head of Tibetan Buddhism.
Paragpur, the only listed ‘heritage’ village in the country and the orchards and tea gardens of Palampur framed against the mighty Dauladhar mountain range. Nearby is the Andretta, a potter’s village that was the home of the famous studio potter and today the place has a reputation as an artists’ colony and Shimla, the stately summer capital of the Raj, with its resplendent Vice regal lodge, the Christ Church and other Raj buildings. Experienced the beautiful rural India and its colorful people with this cycling trip.
Cycling / Terrain
This itinerary allows for average daily distances of approximately 30-50 kms. This is designed to enjoy the cycling through the rural life and meet the people of Himachal. The vehicle will accompany and en-route make stop for bottled water and juices for the cyclist. A nice way of sharing different experiences encountered on the way. The support vehicle will always travel behind the last cyclist. If you wish to take a break from riding wait at the side of the road and supporting vehicle will pick you up.
January to mid-April and October to December is the best time to cycle in Rajasthan. Average temperatures range from max of 25°C and minimum of 7°C. The desert sun is not so intense and the days are cool and pleasant, perfect for cycling. Please bring a sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses. The mornings and evenings are generally cool and mild, however, January and late December can be very cold. Please bring a jumper/windcheater and a sweater/shawl. There is no humidity and little or no rain can be expected. For detailed travel kit recommendations, please refer to our FAQ section.
|Golden Temple - Little Tibet to Jalohri Pass|
|(16 Nights / 17 Days)|
Delhi – Amritsar - Pragpur - Kangra - Dhramshala – Joginder Nagar - Mandi - Shoja - Shimla
|Day 1: Arrive Delhi||(By International Flight)|
You will be acknowledged and warmly welcomed at the Delhi Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, our representatives will greet you and welcome you with a floral garland as you exit the Arrivals Terminal following which you will be transferred to your hotel.
|Day 2: Delhi – Amritsar||(By Shatabdhi Train)|
Morning on time our representative will pick up from hotel and transfer to New Delhi Railway Station to board the chair car train for 05 hrs. journey to Amritsar. Our representative at Railway will greet you and after check out will drop you at the Hotel. In the evening we will visit the “Golden Temple” the holiest Sikh gurdwara to witness evening “Kirtans” devotional prayers, a place of great beauty and sublime peacefulness. The temple is profusely lit-up and the lights are beautifully reflected in large water tank surrounding the Sanctum. We stay overnight in Amritsar.
|Day 3: Amritsar - Pragpur||(Approx Cycling 30 Kms)|
After breakfast we drive from Amritsar to Pragpur. Pragpur is the first such village certified as a Heritage village due to the charming hamlet of architecturally fascinating buildings that line its cobbled lanes. We stay overnight in Pragpur.
|Day 4: Pragpur – kangra (730m)||(Approx Cycling 45 Kms)|
On Day 4, in the morning we shall begin cycling as we stopover at the Keoladeo Ghana bird sanctuary. This is one of the finest bird sanctuaries in the world with over 360 species of birds. Post lunch we shall partly drive and partly cycle to Karauli, a heritage and sacred town in the heart of the rural Rajasthan. Historically the 600 year old Karauli’s city palace was built in the 14th century by the royal family in 1635 AD. The fort and the city palace remaind the official residence of the royal family of Karauli till 1938 AD. During that time the Bhanwar Vilas palace (a much more modern structure) was built by Maharaja Ganesh pal Deo Bhadur. We stay overnight in Karauli.
|Day 5: Kangra – Mcleod Ganj (2000m)||(Approx Cycling 40 Kms)|
After breakfast we paddle down towards McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala. It is the abode of Dalai Lama, the head of Tibetan Buddhism and this has turned this place the Buddhist capital of the world. Evening we will visit the monasteries, St. John church and Tibetan library and explore local market at McLeod Ganj. We stay overnight at hotel.
|Day 6: Mcleod Ganj – Andretta (1100m)||(Approx Cycling 55 Kms)|
After breakfast we paddle down 20 kms to Norbulingka Institute is a major center for art and culture of Buddhism and practical working for survival of Tibetan Buddhist’s cultural heritage. This visit covers the museum, monastery, workshops and curio shops. Thereafter we continue our ride towards Andretta, an artist colony famous for traditional various art galleries and pottery. It offers a fascinating culture heritage and magnificent surrounding. Latter we reach Andretta for overnight stay.
|Day 7: Andretta – Joginder Nagar (1200m)||(Approx Cycling 35 Kms)|
After breakfast we start our cycling journey towards Joginder Nagar En-route we visit the famous ancient Hindu tall shikhara, carved stone temple Baijnath dedicated to Lord Shiva Vaidyanath. Later we continue ride on cycling through the beautiful scenery of tea gardens, Wild forest and watch the villagers working on the fields. We stay overnight in hotel.
|Day 8: Joginder Nagar – Mandi (750m)||(Approx Cycling 50 Kms)|
After breakfast we ride on cycling through panoramic view of Himalaya towards the historic town of Mandi closer to Kullu valley with a different topography and vegetation.
Mandi is situated on the bank of River Beas also known as ‘Kashi of the Hills’ due to renowned 81 temples and their enormous range of fine carving. The town also has remains of old palaces and colonial architecture. We ride through the local market area of the Mandi and reach hotel for overnight stay. Later we explore the town and the temples.
|Day 9: Mandi – Larji (975m)||(Approx Cycling 45 Kms)|
After breakfast we cycle towards Larji following the River Beas lower parts of Kullu Valley. The valley is covered with Cedar and pine forest and land of Apple orchards, we climb some steeps parts of the route through terraced fields. Thereafter we reach Larji a small hamlet atmosphere and famous for Trout fishing. We stay overnight in Lodge.
|Day 10: Larji – Shoja (2692m)||(Approx Cycling 30 Kms)|
After breakfast we continue our cycling trip towards Shoja, which is famous for postcard style vistas, surrounded by thick Oak, Cedar and pine trees forest, its rambling meadows and the Great Himalayan National Park. Incredible as it may sound, there are still some places where nature has not lost its battle with man, the most delighted of which is Shoja. From here the roads follow the dense forest of Cedar and reach Shoja village for overnight stay in hotel.
|Day 11: Shoja – Jalori Pass (3223m) Onwards Down To Luhri (800M)||(Approx Cycling 60 Kms)|
Today we face changeling ride as the road ascends towards the Jalori Pass (3223m); the ride through forest of Oaks and Rhododendrons and it takes you the highest point of the tour and from here we can view a beautiful snowcapped peaks. We stop here for while at pass and enjoy the beauty of the views. Thereafter we cycle all the way downhill till Luhri. A small town on the banks of river Sutlej surrounded by some really unexplored and historic places.
|Day 12: Luhri - Narkanda (2700m)||(Approx Cycling 35 Kms)|
After breakfast we continue our cycling ride towards Narkanda, which offers a spectacular view of snow, clad mountain ranges surrounded by Shivalik Ranges. Nearby Theog famous for cherry, apples, Apricot orchards also a vintage point to view the panoramic Himalayan ranges. We stay overnight in Narkanda.
|Day 13: Narkanda – Shimla (2205m)||(Approx Cycling 60 Kms)|
After breakfast we start our cycling journey through beautiful country sites of Shimla. Enroute we pass the beautiful villages of Fagu, Today is the last day of our cycling journey. Enjoy the breath taking view and nature. Shimla, the summer capital of the British India and is called the Queen of Hill stations. Evening is free for leisure and explores the city. We stay overnight in hotel.
|Day 14: Full Day Excursion around Shimla|
Today we have a free day to explore the surrounding of Shimla the capital state of Himachal Pradesh. In afternoon take a leisurely stroll on the Mall that is Shimla's main promenade. Here, contemporary commercial enterprises rub shoulders with stately colonial edifices, churches and other landmarks of the town. At one end of The Mall is the city's colorful local market, called Lakkar Bazaar to get an insight into the bustling life and crowd there in Bazaar. We stay overnight in Shimla.
|Day 15: Shimla – Kalka (Toy Train) Kalka - Delhi (By Train)|
After breakfast on time transfer to Shimla Railway Station to board the Toy Train (narrow gauge) from Shimla through foothills to Kalka. This line was built in 1903. From Kalka we board our onward train to Delhi. We arrive Delhi in Late evening and our representative will assist you in New Delhi Railway and transfer to the hotel.
|Day 16: Delhi|
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing to Old Delhi - Former center of Mughal Emperor Power offer ancient monuments pulsating with energy and colour, the hustle and bustle of thronged bazaars a maze of narrow lanes which twists and turns, sounds and aromas of the Indian sub-continent. Enjoy the rickshaw ride of the amazing walled city has to offer through these narrow lanes and feel your senses come alive as you come across the many wonders. Visit the Jama Masjid, the greatest mosque in India and completed in 1658 by Shah Jahan who also built the Taj Mahal the great mosque of Old Delhi and the largest in India, with a courtyard capable of holding 25,000 devotees. Also drive around the India Gate and the stately buildings to witness the modern day grandeur of Delhi.
In the afternoon, continue your experience of Delhi, with a visit to Humayun's tomb, the first garden-tomb in the Indian subcontinent and the inspiration for several monuments including the Taj Mahal. Also visit the Qutub Minar, one of the finest Islamic structures ever raised in India.
|Day 17: Depart Delhi|
On time you will be transferred to International airport for flight back home.
7.2 FX Specification Frameset
Sizes : 15, 17.5 & 20"
Frame : FX Alpha Silver Aluminium, DuoTrap S compatible, rack and mudguard mounts
Fork : High-tensile steel w/lowrider mounts, CLIX dropouts
Shifters : Shimano Altus EF51, 8 speed
Front Derailluer : Shimano Altus
Rear Derailluer : Shimano Acera M 360
Crankset :Shimano M131, 48/38/28 w/chainguard
Cassette : Shimano HG31 11-32, 8 speed
Pedal : Nylon body w/alloy cage
Wheels : Formula FM21 alloy front hub, Formula FM32 alloy rear hub, Bontrager AT-750 double-walled alloy rim
Tires : Bontrager H2 Hard-Case Lite w/puncture resistant belt, 700x35c
Saddle : Bontrager SSR
Seatpost : Bontrager SSR, 27.2mm, 12mm offset
Handlebar : Bontrager Low Riser, 25.4mm, 15mm rise
Stem : Bontrager SSR, 25.4mm,10 degree
Headset :VP Slimstak, semi-cartridge bearings, sealed
Brakeset : Tektro alloy linear-pull brakes, Shimano Altus levers
Grips : Bontrager Satellite