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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 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 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.
Arrival in Amritsar and transferred to hotel.
Amritsar means Pool of Nectar and gets the name from the holy tank - Amrit Sarovar which surrounds the Golden Temple. Although the Golden Temple is the most important place of worship for the Sikhs. This place is also visited by millions of people of every religion, from all over the world. It is said that the District of Amritsar was the abode of Saints and Sages during the Vedic ages. The city was built around 1577 by Guru Ram Das and the place was called Ram Das Pura. The population came under the influence of Guru Nanak in the beginning of the 16th century. The city has numerous Gurudwaras, temples, mosques, churches, forts, galleries, gardens, libraries, memorials and museums. It holds many fairs, festivals and folk dances.
Overnight at hotel in the city of saints, Amritsar.
Breakfast at Hotel. Check out and proceed for city tour of Amritsar visiting the Golden Temple and other top attractions of Amritsar. Amritsar earlier known as Ramdaspur is the spiritual and cultural centre for the Sikh religion. The Golden Temple referred as Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib was created in the 16th century by the fifth Sikh Guru. You would find 4 doors leading you towards the threshold of the temple. These doors signifies the ‘all religion and culture’ acceptance by the Sikh brothers. The Guru Granth Sahib -t he Holy Book of the Sikhs is placed reverently in the heart of the golden temple. Jallianwala Bagh is the place where General Dyer killed hundreds of innocent Indians.
After the sightseeing 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.
Arrive Pragpur and check-in at Hotel.
Overnight at Hotel in Paragpur.
Breakfast at Hotel. Check out and start the cycling towards Kangra. Passing 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 a visual treat to every eye.
Arrive Kangra and transferred to your hotel. Later, visiting Kangra Fort located on the hilltop near the confluence point of Banganga and Majhi Rivers. It is the oldest fort in Himachal Pradesh which was built by the royal Rajput family of Kangra State during the Katoch dynasty.
Overnight at Hotel in Kangra
Breakfast at Hotel and Check out. Its 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 which would be covered by cycling.
Arrive McLeodganj by afternoon; check-in at hotel.
Later sightseeing in different places of Mcleodganj 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 at hotel in Mcleodganj.
Breakfast at Hotel. Checkout and ready for another day dedicated to cycling amidst nature’s lap. Start off towards Andretta (1100m) – a hamlet nestled in the Kangra Valley. From here, the roads descent down towards Dharamshala and on the way visit Norbulingka Institute, which is devoted to preserve the traditional Tibetan culture in its literary and artistic forms. After visiting the institute, continue your ride towards Andretta. Enjoy cycling throughout the route as the ride is smooth without many ascends and descends.
Arrive 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.
Arrive Baijnath and transfer to Hotel.
Overnight at Hotel in Baijnath
Breakfast at Hotel. Check out and proceed to 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.
Continue the cycling ride 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. Visit 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 a hotel or guest house in Barot
Breakfast at Hotel. Check out and proceed to the historic town of Mandi (750 m) the next in the 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.
Explore the town and most of its temples before retiring to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel in Mandi
Breakfast at Hotel and check out. 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 is famous for its floating islands of reeds. The Rewalsar Lake lying in the hollow of the mountain is considered sacred to all 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.
Arrive Rewalsar and transfer to Hotel..
Later visit local monasteries and take a walk around the lake to enjoy the tranquility.
Overnight at hotel in Rewalsar.
Breakfast at Hotel and check out. Start cycling from Rewalsar to Hamirpur to enjoy some of the most beautiful sights in lower Himalayan countryside. Upon reaching Hamirpur, cycling in Himalayas comes to an end. Hamirpur used to be a part of old Jalandhar-Trigarta empire. 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.
Overnight at hotel in Hamirpur.
Breakfast at Hotel, Check out and get driven to Chandigarh.
Arrive Chandigarh and transfer to the airport in time to connect for your flight for onward destination. Hope you enjoyed your bicycle tour in the Himalayas with Services International Pvt Ltd. We wish to see you again soon.