10 Days |
The trip “Cycling in Himalaya” isn’t for all. It is exclusively for those who are adventurous at heart and have the physical stamina to explore the rough terrains on bicycles. Isn’t exploring the Indian Himalayas on a cycle an amazing experience? In other words, exploring the Himalayan nature from its closest possible while riding a bicycle can easily be termed as one of the wildest dreams of an adrenaline junkie.
If you are an adventure freak, or a cycling enthusiast, this tour is certainly made for you. Cycling in Himalayas is not just fun, but it also lets you explore some of the most hidden parts of the nature as well as lets you discover much about your own self. It also gives you the freedom to touch, feel or observe several things and magic of nature that is not possible if traveling in a car, and neither possible to cover in ground walking.
Let the ever-changing and fabulously flourishing backdrop of the Himalayan range embrace you with some of the intricate woven natural cycling trails. Right from the altitude drops and peaks, to the confusing hairpin bends, to the smooth poetic roads – this trip is a fun package especially for the ever young at heart. Put this trip in your checklist for vacations if you feel you are born to be wild and destined to be closest to the nature in an amazing way.
After all, there’s a certain amount of freedom involved in cycling…and who would want to miss it when exploring places like Himalayas.
Golden Temple – a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Spectacular sight of Dhauladhar mountain range in Kangra
13th century temple of Lord Shiva – Baijnath Temple
Temples at the historic town of Mandi
Rewalsar Lake in the mountain hollow
Welcome to India. Amritsar greets you with warm heart. You will meet our representative to assist you with the formalities and to take you to the hotel for check-in. You will get the afternoon to relax, after which you will be taken to visit the Golden Temple in the evening to exclusively watch the evening prayers.
Stay overnight at hotel in Amritsar.
Have your breakfast at hotel and head off for visiting the glorious Golden Temple. The Golden Temple, also known as the Harmandir Sahib, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is visited by over 100,000 people for worship. It is one of the most famous pilgrimages for the Sikhs. The temple remains open all year round throughout the day and night. The sacred scripture of the Sikhs, the Guru Granth Sahib is treasured here.
After visiting the temple and enlightening with spirituality, you will be driven to Pragpur situated in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. The village was notified as a Heritage Village in 1997 by the State Government. The famous Kangra School of Painting is one of the major attractions of the village.
Reach Pragpur and check-in to your hotel for overnight stay.
You will be served the breakfast in the hotel after which you start your cycling towards Kangra. You will pass through several traditional villages on the way, along with the picturesque pine forests, cultivated fields and other natural scenic beauties. The terrain does include short climbs ascending towards higher altitude. The view gets more spectacular as you ascend towards Dhauladhar mountain range in Kangra. The breathtaking views of the mountains are visual treat to every eye.
Upon reaching Kangra, get transferred to your hotel. Later, you will be visiting Kangra Fort located on the hilltop near the confluence point of Banganga and Majhi Rivers. It is oldest fort in Himachal Pradesh which was built by the royal Rajput family of Kangra State during the Katoch dynasty.
Come back to your hotel for overnight stay.
Time to gear up for an exciting expedition by cycling towards McLeodganj (2000 m) in the suburbs of Dharamshala! Also known as Little Lhasa, the place is the home to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The cycling tour is a short one, but the altitudes are steep for climbing and keep on getting steeper as the altitude elevates closer to McLeodganj. The view from the top is breathtaking and is bestowed with some of the most picturesque views of the valley. The route has some hairpin bends before reaching McLeodganj that you would be covering by cycling.
You will reach McLeodganj by afternoon; check-in to your hotel.Later same day, you would continue sightseeing different places like the Dalai Lama’s Temple, St. John’s Church and the Tibetan Library. You may also go for shopping or exploring local markets.
Overnight stay at hotel.
Another day dedicated to cycling amidst nature’s lap. You start off towards Andretta (1100m) – a hamlet nestled in the Kangra Valley. From here, the roads descent down towards Dharamshala and on the way you visit Norbulingka Institute, which is devoted to preserve the traditional Tibetan culture in its literary and artistic forms. After visiting the institute, you will continue your ride towards Andretta. Enjoy cycling throughout the route as the ride is smooth without many ascends and descends.
Upon reaching Andretta, get mesmerized with its beauty and tradition enclosed in its art galleries and pottery. Visit the place and explore the paintings, potteries and other galleries before continuing towards Baijnath.
Reach Baijnath, check-in to your hotel for overnight stay.
Have your breakfast before visiting the famous ancient Baijnath Temple. The temple dates back to the 13th century and is devoted to Lord Shiva. The porch of the temple has two long inscriptions depicting the mythological shrine of Lord Shiva that supposedly existed at the present temple location. The structure of the temple beautifully reflects the Nagara style of temple architecture in the early medieval era.
Your cycling ride continues through the scenic tea gardens, gazing buffaloes, wild forest and local residents working on the fields before reaching Jogindernagar and Barot. The route exclusively covers some of the most spectacular terraced fields and thick cedar forests all the way through Jhatingri at the hilltop. You will be visiting the remains of the summer palace of the former rulers of Mandi before heading off to Barot via the little village of Tikkan.
Stay overnight at hotel or guest house.
The historic town of Mandi (750 m) is next on your list for expedition. Start from Kangra Valley and ride towards Kullu Valley to get closer to the mountain range which not only looks different but does stand out with a different topography and vegetation. Situated on the banks of the Beas River, Mandi is known as “Kashi of the Hills” mainly for its huge number of temples. The ride accelerates through the busy streets and markets of Mandi to reach the hotel.
You would be taken to explore the town and most of its temples before retiring to the hotel for overnight stay.
This day, get ready to ride towards Rewalsar (also called as Tso Pema) which is a small pilgrimage in Mandi district. The place holds its religious importance for the three shrines – a Buddhist Monastery, a Sikh Gurudwara and a Hindu Temple. The major tourist attraction is the Rewalsar Lake famous for its floating islands of reed. The Rewalsar Lake lying in the hollow of the mountain is considered sacred to all the three religions. The renowned Buddhist teacher Padma Sambhava preached Buddhism and made substantial contribution towards the spread of the religion from this place and carried the same till Tibet.
Check-in to your hotel once you reach Rewalsar. You would be taken to the local monasteries for a visit in the late afternoon. Take a walk around the lake to enjoy the tranquility.
Stay overnight at hotel.
Start your cycling from Rewalsar to Hamirpur to enjoy some of the most beautiful sights in lower Himalayan countryside. Upon reaching Hamirpur, your cycling in Himalayas comes to an end. Hamirpur used to be a part of old Jalandhar-Trigartaempire. Since the era of this kingdom till today, the region has always been recognized for great warriors and fighters and later for the strong army base. Hamirpur is termed as Dev Bhumi (Land of the Gods) and Veer Bhumi (Land of the Braves) for the resoluteness of hill people.
Stay overnight at hotel.
Check out from the hotel at Hamirpur and get driven to Chandigarh. Get dropped at Chandigarh station or airport for onwards journey.