Mountain Biking in Eastern Himalaya, especially Darjeeling - Sikkim sector is one of the most popular routes in India. An introductory rides which takes you to explore the ancient rural villages, monasteries with the superb view of the Himalayas. Biking through the rural villages at the valley rim on the back trails with some ups and downhill tracks, these days biking trips give you sufficient time to immerse in its peaceful surrounding environment and make friends with the locals.
Cycling / Terrain
The itinerary allows for average daily distances of approximately between 30 to 40 kilometers each day. Instead of giving a certain number of kilometers each day, we mention total distances between the destinations and leave the choice of cycling distances to our guests, the supporting vehicle will always be there at your service. En-route we will have bottled water and juices after every 15 to 20 kms available in the supporting vehicle, which will always follow the cyclists. . If at any point riding seems a little hard, the supporting vehicle takes you for as long or as little as you wish it to.
Average temperatures range from max of 20°C and minimum of 15°C. and pleasant, perfect for cycling. Please bring a sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses. The mornings and evenings are generally cool and mild, however, April and late October can be very cold. For detailed travel kit recommendations and any more information please refer to our FAQ section.
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|Cycling in Sikkim & Darjeeling Himalayas|
|(09 Nights / 10 Days)
Kolkata – Bagdogra – Martam – Temi Tea Garden – Ravangala – Yuksom - Pelling - Darjeeling - Kolkata
|Day 1: Arrive in Kolkata / Delhi||By: International Airport|
You will be acknowledged and warmly welcomed at the Kolkata 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. In the Morning you will proceed on a city tour “ The secrets of Kolkata” visiting the Victoria Memorial, Howrah Bridge, Mother Teressa House, Kali Temple and Botanical Gardens. The garden was founded in 1787 by the East India Company and was formerly known as the Royal Botanical Garden. It is famous for its huge collection of bamboos, orchids, palms and the plants of screw pine genus.
|Day 2: Calcutta – Bagdogra - Martam||(By: Domestic Flight) - Drive 135 Kms|
Buffet breakfast at hotel and proceed to domestic Airport to connect flight to Bagdogra. On arrival at Bagdogra airport our representative and guide will meet you in the airport arrival Exit gate and transfer your luggage in the vehicle and stat drive by surface 135 kms / 04 hrs towards Martam. On arrival Martam / Rumtek check into the resort. This evening we will get together to meet the India Cycle Trails team and take ride around to check the bicycle as well as run through a briefing about the route and safety.
|Day 3: Martam – Temi Tea Garden||(Cycling 50 Kms)|
Today after breakfast we get on bike and cycle and stop at Rumtek Monastery, located at the altitude of 1500 meters. Rumtek Monastery is the biggest monastery in Sikkim. It was built in the 18th century, it fell to disrepair and neglect until it was revived, reconstructed and revamped by the 16th Karmapa (Tibetan spiritual leader) after his escape from Tibet 1959. The monastery houses many sacred items like painting and relics. The golden stupa still contains the relics of the 16th Karmapa. After stopover at the monastery, we continues biking journeys towards 30 Kms / 10000 long downhill ride to Sirwani Bridge through beautiful country sites. Enroute we pass the beautiful small villages of lush forest and hillside covered with terraced paddy fields. From Sirwani Bridge, Then it's an uphill climb to Temi Tea Garden the tea estate covers 440 acres. Temi Tea produces the finest quality of tea that is famous for its taste and fragrant aroma. Our overnight stay is at the resort that has delightful views overlooking the tea garden.
|Day 4: Temi Tea Garden – Ravangala||(Cycling 27 Kms)|
Morning we do the tour of Temi Tea Garden and can see the many workers working as plucking the tea leaves in the Tea Garden. Inside the sheds you will finds different verities of Tea leaves are laid out for drying and processing. Some of the best verities are Temi Tea, Sikkim Solja, Mystique and Kanchenjunga Tea. After the visit of the tea garden our ride will be undulating, with an uphill to Damthang 2050 meteres through a picturesque landscape and we will stop for the photography, then we continue a gradual downhill and then uphill again to Ravangala 2040 meters. Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Kabru are just a few of the major peaks clearly visible from Ravangala. The small town is situated on the ride and is often windy in the afternoon and cold in autumn. Later we will visit Buddha Peace Park and see amazing sculptures and painting at one of the regions's most scared monasteries.
|Day 5: Ravangala - Tashiding - Yuksom||(Cycling 57 Kms)|
After breakfast we get on our bikes and cycle towards to Yuksom. The first 20 Kms is an easy-breezy downhill ride to the small town of Legship where you can relax for while before beginning the uphill to Tashiding, taking a break to visit the most famous monastery built in 1716. the monastery is known for its annual 'Bumchu' festival, where a barrel filled with holy water level indicates the kind of year that will follow. After visit Tashiding monastery we continue our ride to Yuksom 1780 meters. Yuksom is located in the lap of the Kanchenjunga mountain range and it serves as the gateway for the mountaineers trekking to Mt. Kanchenjunga. Yuksom as the model village and known for eco-tourism. Beside being a favourite haunt of mountaineers. Yuksom is also a town of great religious and historical importance. It was the first capita; of Sikkim and it is here the three holy men from Tibet to coronate the first king of Sikkim in 1641. From our hotel panoramic views of the Mt. Kabru North and My Kabru South.
|Day 6: Yuksom – Pelling||(Cycling 45 Kms)|
After breakfast we get on our bike and paddle to the Khecheopalri Lake, which is an important point in the circuit of Buddhist religious pilgrimage in Sikkim. Hindu and Buddhist, the lake is said to have wish-fulfilling powers. The lake is part of the revered valley of rice and even the Khecheopalri hill nearby is considered sacred. This palace is also called the land of hidden treasures, which was blessed by Guru Padamsambhava, 8th century Indian Buddhist master renowned for reviving and spreading buddhism in Tibet. An interesting feature of the lake is that one rarely spots a tree leaf floating on its water. As soon as leaf falls, birds from the trees pick it up to keep the blessed lakes water clean and clear. After visit the lake we continue the biking ride through forests and cardamon groves past Kanchenjunga waterfall and village. Enjoy the gradual undulating slopes and the view as you ride. We then pedal uphill and zigzag our way to pelling, a town for its magnificent view of Kanchenjunga and surrounding mountain ranges. From our hotel panoramic views of Sunset of the Mt. Kanchenjunga.
|Day 7: Pelling – Darjeeling||(Drive 70 Kms / Cycling 48 Kms)|
Today after breakfast we get on our bikes and paddle towards to visit Pemayangtse monastery located on top of hill at the elevation of 2085 meters. It is a three-storied structure with the first floor itself showcasing an impressive collection of Buddhist paintings, sculptures and antique idols. One of the art works depicts eight incarnations of Padamsambhava, all in fierce forms. The monastery also hosts the annual Chan dance festival in which the Lamas perform sacred dances in colourful costumes. After our visit to the monastery we continue our ride on downhill on good tarmac roads. The descent isn't steep, so look around and enjoy the breath-taking landscape and stop for the photos. When we have finished our freewheeling, lunch at Jorethang town. We pack up the bikes after lunch and drive approximately 3 hrs up a steep incline to the hill station of Darjeeling, Annexed by the British in 1849, Darjeeling became part of British India and was the summer capital of India during the days when the Raj was governed from Calcutta. On arrival Darjeeling check into the resort.
|Day 8: Darjeeling||(No Cycling)|
We make an early start to the day with vehicle by heading towards Tiger Hill, which at the altitude of 2600 meters Tiger Hill is from where you can have a panoramic view of Mount Everest and Mount Kanchenjunga together. The best time to visit Tiger Hill is around sunrise when the first rays light up the snow-capped peaks. After sunrise we visit Ghoom Monastery, which houses a 15 ft. high statue of the Maitreya the future Buddha. Built in 1875 the monastery follows the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. We then have our breakfast and continue the day's excursion in the railway station for a ride in the narrow gauge Toy Train of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway built 1879 and 1881 ans still powered by steam engine. We ride line's summit at Ghoom, which at the altitude of 2258 metres is India highest railway station and one of the most beautiful railway routes in the world. We will visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute premier training centre for mountaineers and a museum of the first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953 by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary was established in Darjeeling on 4th November 1954 to encourage mountaineering as an organised sport in India. Continue to visit the Tibetan Refugee Help Centre to see the young people training in the art of Tibetan handicrafts. You may also do the souvenir shopping at the market before heading back to the hotel. Evening free time to explore the local market.
|Day 9: Darjeeling - Bagdogra - Kolkata / Delhi||(Drive 90 Kms + Domestic Flight)|
After breakfast on time start drive for Bagdogra Airport. On arrival Bagdogra airport to board the flight for Kolkata. On arrival Kolkata Airport our representative will meet you on exit gate of arrival and transfer to hotel for wash and change. After dinner our representative will transfer to Kolkata airport to board the flight for onwards destination.
|Day 10: Kolkata - Fly Out||(By International Flight)|
Bicycles (Man & Ladies)
Compiled specifically for your needs
We provide you the following bicycles:
- Y-shape frame with low step-through
- Frame sizes of 44 cm, 48 cm, 52 cm and 56 cm
- 7-gear-derailleur with free-wheel
All bicycles are equipped with a precise Shimano gearshift, Shimano V-brakes with strong "bite", 28-inch hollow chamber rims, safety mudguards and a comfortable touring saddle.
Please Note: If you won´t be without your own saddle (without the post) or your own click pedals, please bring them with you and let your tour guide attach them to your bicycle..