Cycling in Himachal Pradesh
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Cycling in Himachal Pradesh

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Shimla-Rampur-Sangla-Kalpa-Pooh-Tabo- Kaza - Losar - Manali

09 Nights / 10 Days

Day 1

Shimla

Shimla Himachal Cycling Tour

Arrive at Shimla Bus station or Bhuntar Airport. Our driver/staff will meet you there and drive you to the hotel. If you have spare time, you may go for 10-15kms of cycling to check the bike condition. You will have lunch and dinner at hotel.

Day 2

SHIMLA - RAMPUR (924M) - 135 KMS

After breakfast, we will load our bikes and luggage and proceed towards Rampur which is approx 140KMS. We will travel for approx 50-60kms in our car/bus to avoid the traffic rush. Then we will unload our bikes and start our cycling adventure of Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. We will take a pause after every 12-15KMS for water and refreshment. After finishing on stretch of 35-40KMS, we will take our picnic/pack lunch. After lunch, we will start cycling again. You will spend overnight at hotel.

Day 3

RAMPUR - SANGLA (2744M) - 92 KMS

After breakfast, we will proceed towards Sangla. We will stop for water and refreshment after 12-15kms of cycling and after 35-40Kms of cycling we will have our lunch. If you are getting tired or don't feel like cycling more, you can load your bike over car and enjoy the ride from the window of Car. For six months every year, the Himalayan valleys of Kinnaur and Spiti emerge from a thick cloak of snow to reveal a different, secret world to man. Your discovery of the lesser-known Himalayas certainly begins from the Sangla Valley, at a height of 2,700 M. Overnight will be at hotel.

Day 4

SANGLA - KALPA (2670M) - 50 KMS

After breakfast we will proceed towards Kalpa. Today you will be more comfortable in cycling as we will do it around 50KMS and from hotel to hotel. We will stop for water and refreshment after 12-15kms of cycling and after finishing a stretch of 30-35Kms, we will have our lunch. Kalpa was known as Chini back in the days when it was the regional capital. Kalpa has changed little in the last 500 years. The spectacular views of the Kinner Kailash range are some of the most scenic things you can enjoy in the Himalayas. You get a complete panorama from behind the Chorten (Tibetan Pagoda) at the top of the hill. Another interesting place to see is the Narayan Nagini Temple Complex, which has shrines of Hindu, Buddhist and local deities. Overnight will at hotel.

Day 5

KALPA - POOH (3662M) - 76 KMS

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After breakfast we will proceed towards Pooh. From today onwards cycling will be getting strenuous. We will complete a full day ride To Pooh. Pooh is a small village in Spiti valley with a small cantonment. Later in the day, we will have overnight stay at hotel in Pooh.

Day 6

DAY 6: POOH - TABO (3500M) - 95 KMS

After breakfast we will start cycling towards Tabo. We will follow our normal routine of stopping at every 12-15KMS for take breath and refreshment and after 35-40Kms of cycling we will have our lunch at some quit place. If someone gets tired or don't feel like cycling more, can load his/her bike over car and enjoy the ride from the window of Car. We will enter the Spiti valley today. The terrain will leave you breathless and mesmerized. From lush green valley of Kinnaur, we will move to rock-hard cold desert mountains, torrential rivers and icy cold winds that account for the sparsely populated villages. At a height of 10,500 ft, this high altitude desert is home to the second most important Buddhist monastery in the entire Himalayan region - the Tabo Gompa. Overnight will be at hotel.

Day 7

TABO - KAZA (3870M) - 47 KMS

After breakfast we will proceed towards Kaza. We will do cycling approx 50KMS from hotel to hotel. We will stop for water and refreshment after 12-15kms of cycling and after 30-35Kms of cycling we will have our lunch at some quit place. Kaza is the capital of Spiti Valley. Rudyard Kipling describes Spiti in "Kim" in these words: "At last they entered a world within a world - a valley of leagues where the high hills were fashioned of the mere rubble and refuse from o the knees of the mountains... Surely the Gods live here. Overnight will be in hotel.

Day 8

KAZA - LOSAR (4076M) - 65 KMS

We will start our day a bit early so we can visit monastery etc. After breakfast, we will visit the Ki monastery, Ki Monastery is a Gelugpa sect monastery. It’s hilltop position points to a post-thirteenth century construction. The three storied structure consists largely of storage rooms at the bottom level while the middle door houses the Dukhang - the assembly hall - and the uppermost door has another temple and head Lama's quarters on the one side of an open terrace. The greatest wealth of Ki Gompa lies in its collection of 'Thangkas' salvaged with difficulty from the devastating raids of the Dogars and the Sikhs in the 19th century. From here a scenic drive takes you into the pasture country of Kibber. From Kibber, the pastures are spread over hundreds of square kilometers. Further up six kilometers from Kibber, we drive up to a still smaller village of Gete. Consisting of just six houses, it boasts of being the highest village in Asia, connected by road. After sightseeing we will start our cycling and proceed towards Losar. Overnight will be at hotel.

Day 9

LOSAR - MANALI (1926M) - 135 KMS

Today is long day so before breakfast we will discuss that we want to start cycling from hotel or we will start cycling after 30-40kms of a drive. Today we will cross two high passes. Kunzum La(4500 M) and Rohtang pass(3800 M) and confluence of Chandra and Bhaga rivers. Then we will enter the Kullu district of Himachal. Overnight will be at hotel in Manali

Day 10

Manali- Tour End

You will have your breakfast at hotel and on time you will be transfer to the airport or Bus Station, On special request transfer arrangement to Delhi or other short excursion can be arrange.
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Bikes: Mountain Bikes

Bike Sizes: 13-21

Bike Hire: Includes on Tour Cost. You may bring your own bikes, but in this case let us know in advance. Other equipment provided: Pedals, helmet, water bottles.

Accommodation

Accommodation is offered at all locations. Most of the hotels are Culture Resort, Eco Resorts & family run hotels - all with a common line of quality in service. Our costs are based on 'twin-sharing' foundation. For those who wants single room, we offer single room, but at extra cost.

Terrain

The landscape includes flatlands, mountains, backwaters and village streets.

Climate

The variety of the regional features of this country has led to a corresponding variety in environment. The Great Varies have awesome environment throughout the year, while the flatlands are warm and moist. The common level of yearly rain fall is superb in Kerala, Sikkim and some of the Northern Eastern Declares of Native India, when compared to other Native India. July to Aug is the monsoon season, with heavy downpours. It is always recommended to check weather and temperature at websites.

Transportation/Support Vehicles

All transport is involved in the cost. We provide backup vehicle at all times during cycling trip. The vehicle can be used to boat your baggage & yourself as required.

Food

Food is a very essential part of these trips. We make sure that the meals we offer is method delicious, unless you ask for dull meals. You are also permitted the choice of veggie or non-vegetarian meals. We suggest that you consume only the canned standard water. Please make sure that the container is enclosed.

What to bring

Footwear

  • Bike shoes
  • Sun cream lotion
  • Relaxed shoes for walking
  • Shoes for other sightseeing
  • Socks

Clothing

  • In Indian, the conventional of outfit is more traditional. We counsel you to prevent very short shorts/skirts and limited tops/tanktops when viewing small non-urban places, temples, mosques or other sacred sites as this may limit your access.
  • A hotter set of outfits (Fleece, Coat, hat and gloves) are required for visits going through Munnar and other thin air places.
  • Water resistant jacket.
  • Riding a bike equipment like safety gloves and shorts.

Others

  • Torch
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Eyewear, cap
  • Sun lotion of spf at least 35
  • Individual Bike riding equipment like bar finishes, pedals, chairs and headgear
  • Helmets for riding a bike

Health

Water is higher risk; hence we suggest that you drink only nutrient water in bottles during your trip. A cage of standard nutrient water is always focused for in the start of the vehicle during trips as an urgent evaluate. Despite the high requirements, it is worth providing basic OTC medications for disappointed tummies, complications, pest attacks etc. Indian is a financially creating democratic republic and has worked very hard to control illnesses. Sufficient medical care is available in the major inhabitants' facilities, but is usually limited in the non-urban areas of the country. Many western worlds are utilizing the state-of-the-art healthcare services available in Indian. The cost of treatment is much less expensive here in comparison to the same features available in innovative nations.

The most important cause of sickness of tourists in Indian is food and water-borne illnesses. Malware, bacteria, or harmful bacteria can cause diarrhea. Attacks may cause simple diarrhea and throwing up, high temperature, or, in extraordinary instances, liver organ damage (hepatitis). Malaria is a avoidable disease that can create trouble if neglected. One can prevent disease by taking recommended anti-malarial drugs and defending against insect attacks. The areas you will be passing are Malaria-free. Make sure that your insurance provider includes illnesses and injuries overseas.

Precautions

  • Bring all the important medications and OTC medications. Do not ignore to have the brands as well as the general titles of the medications one needs to have.
  • Use a sun hat when revealed.
  • Consume a lot of liquids. Don't drink tap water. Use only bottled water which is always kept in the back of your automobile.
  • Bring your personal medical kit and pest resilient.
  • To avoid fungus and parasitic attacks, keep legs clean and dry, and do not go without shoes.
  • Do not eat food bought from road providers.
  • Do not drink drinks with ice.
  • Do not eat milk products unless it is known that they have been pasteurized.
  • Prevent managing creatures (especially apes, pets, and cats) to avoid attacks and serious illnesses.

Medical Information Update

Details given above are liable to change every now and then and one should contact the Native India tasks of the specific country or the government vacationer offices for more details.

Shopping

You will get possibilities en-route to do a bit of purchasing. However unless particularly requested for, our guide will not suggest any particular store. Neither we nor our driver/guides take any percentage on purchasing.

Spending Money

Every visitor will have different cash specifications and varying personal costs. Please assess your own spending routines while enabling for beverages, purchasing and falling. Also keep aside cash for extra costs like:

  • Foods which are not included
  • Emergencies
  • Optionally available activities /additional sightseeing
  • Shopping/Souvenirs

Foreign Exchange

As Indian currency value tend to go up and down, make reference to the following website for daily return rates: www.xe.com.

Airport Taxes

There is no airport terminal or leaving taxation from any airport terminal of India.

Exclusions

  • Insurance Policy - Please take your own Insurance
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Laundry
  • Telephone bills
  • Cycles
  • Support Vehicle, parking, toll, driver's allowances
  • Cycling guide
  • Breakfast at all destination
  • All Accommodation on Full board
  • First Aid Kid
  • Backup of Support Vehicle