About The Listing
Type of Trip : Cycling
Level : Medium
Location : Himachal Pradesh
Duration : 5 Days 4 Nights
Trip Start : Delhi
Trip End : Delhi
The countryside cycle ride takes you through the back roads and trails of hidden Himachal, deep forests and mountain streams, over the meadows and apple orchards. You’ll be pedaling deep into the forest and the meadows of The Shikari Devi forest sanctuary. You will cycle through the lush green trails with streams flowing by and birds singing to you.
Day 00: Overnight Bus from Delhi to Shimla.
You will board the overnight Volvo bus which starts from Himachal Bhawan at Mandi House in Delhi. Buses generally depart at 8:00pm in the evening.
Day 01: Camp – Sadho Pul – Anandpur – Mehli – Camp.
Arrive at Shimla bus station in the morning around 5:30 am. Received by the representative and transfer by cab to Camp Redwoods which is a 14 km drive. After refreshing yourself and a filling breakfast you head for your ride for today. Start from the camp and ride 8kms downhill to reach Ashwani Khud. From here it's an uphill stretch of 6kms to reach Junga 1700mts. From Junga an 18kms downhill to reach Sadhopul where you eat your lunch. After lunch you head out again in granny gears and climb the steep uphill for 3.5 kms towards Camp Hail Himalayas. The climb is further followed by a steep climb of 7 kms to reach Anandpur. From Anandpur it’s a tarmac road flat, downhill and uphill of 18 kms till Mehli and further downhill 6 kms to the camp. You end the day celebrating by a bonfire at the camp and enjoying a hearty dinner over conversation of the next day’s exciting ride.
Total Distance: 67kms.
Day 02: Shimla – Narkanda – Kingal – Luhri – Dalash – Ani – Jalori Pass – Shoja.
Let the excitement level soar! You’ll depart sharp at 8:00 am after an early breakfast and board vehicles for a 65 km scenic drive to Narkanda. You disembark at Narkanda and get ready with your bikes. It’s an exciting downhill ride of 29 kms on a tarmac road (NH 22) till Kingal. From Kingal you take the off-road downhill and reach Sainj on the banks of the Sutlej River. You further cycle 6kms downhill and reach Luhri. From Luhri the climb begins towards the high perched Dalash (16kms). From Dalash it’s a straight and uphill climb to reach Ani (21 kms). You’ll have your lunch at Ani. Further up is Jalori pass (29 kms) to which you have a steep ride. For those who want to attempt the climb should carry forward and for those whose leg muscles have given up are welcome to the comfort of the support vehicles as you start towards Jalori Pass perched at 3300 mts above sea level. You’ll stop at Jalori, admiring the views and taking some photographs. A very exciting downhill ride of 6 kms through a forest of oak and deodar and a carpet of blue IRIS brings to Shoja and you proceed towards the Forest Rest House where your camp is already set up. Enjoy the delicious snacks as you relax by the bonfire followed by some exclusive Himachal delicacies for dinner.
Total Distance: 92 kms till Ani (78 kms downhill 14 kms uphill).
Day 03: Shoja – Jibi – Bahu – Gadah Gushaini – Chach Galu – Chattri – Magru Gala – Janjehli.
Wake up to a beautiful morning and to the sounds of the Khaleej pheasants and the Himalayan Myna and enjoy a hearty spread of breakfast. At 9:00 am you’ll get ready with your bikes and take to the caution downhill of 8 kms till Jibi. From Jibi you turn left to enter Mandi district followed by a gradual uphill ride of 10kms till Bahu and then 8 kms of uphill and downhill ride to reach the breathtakingly beautiful village of Gadah Gushaini. You’ll enjoy a delicious hot lunch by the stream that passes through the meadow and after lunch ride again to slowly approach Chach Galu (3200 mts) by meandering uphill for about 9 kms. From Chach Galu top it’s a 26 kms off-road downhill to reach Chattri. You are still 17kms short of Janjehli, which you pedal to reach through an offroad trail going through the middle of the forest. Reach Janjehli and you check into the trekker's hut where your camp is already set. Enjoy by the bonfire as support staff dishes out some more dinner delights for you.
Day 04: Janjehli – Bagsad – Rajgarh – Sanarli – Shankar Dera – Karsog – Chindi.
Janjehli is a paradise! Legend goes that when the British were ruling India they had initially chosen Janjehli to be the summer capital of India, but as luck would have it, because of its distance from major cities, Shimla was chosen instead. Good for Janjehli, good for the environment, if you look at the urban commercialization slowly seeping into hill stations. Start at 9:00 am on the lovely winding road to reach Bagsad, followed by another winding road of 8 kms to reach a junction where the mile stone reads Shikari Devi. This is the start of the 10 kms uphill ride till Rajgarh, where you have the option of stalling for two hours to climb the 500 stairs to reach Shikari Devi Temple 3300 mts above the sea level or just continue rideing. This is the pristine Shikari Devi sanctuary and you are passing through a thick forest, through a trail interspersed with streams and meadows to reach Sanarli 10kms and further Shankar Dera 12kms. Another 21 kms of climbing and descending will bring us to Karsog. From Karsog it’s a 12 km climb to reach Chindi, where you check into Himachal Tourism’s Hotel Mamleshwar.
Day 05: Chindi – Tattapani – Basantpur – Naldehra – Mashobra – Dhalli – Shimla, and further to Delhi.
Wake up to a nice morning at your hotel and after breakfast head out at 9:00 am. It’s a downhill ride for about 54 kms to reach Tattapani where you complete the ride. Have a hearty lunch at Hotel Hot Springs and relax yourself in the hot Sulphur Spring pool. After lunch you’ll board the vehicles and start towards Naldehra where you drink some hot tea and snacks and thereafter continue till Shimla bus station, where you’ll board the overnight Volvo to Delhi.
- Transport from Delhi to Shimla, and Shimla to Delhi in a Volvo bus. The bikes will be kept in the boot.
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
- All meals.
- Evening snacks everyday with soup/tea/coffee upon arrival at camp.
- Ride nutrition such as: Gatorade, ORS, dry fruits, chocolates.
- Two or three feeding stations would also give out boiled eggs, potatoes and fruits.
- Support vehicle.
- First aid.
- Bike mechanic.
- Participation certificate.
- A t-shirt.
- Tips and gratuities.
- Expenses of personal nature.
- Cost arising out of unseen circumstances.
- Alcoholic beverages.
Terms & Conditions
- Cancellation 30 days prior to departure: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
- Cancellation 21-30 days prior to departure: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
- Cancellation 14-21 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
- Cancellation less than 14 days prior to departure: no refund.
Tips, Hints, Precautions
1. What type of cycle is recommended for this expedition?
Hybrid bikes with 'chunky' mountain tyres are most suitable.The roads are generally not suitable for bikes fitted with road tyres (slicks), even though some sections are in reasonably good condition. There will be sections higher up that will be in poor condition due to snow/slush from the winter months, possible landslip, and use of the road by heavy vehicles. Riders should also bring a range of spare parts which may include; chain links or chains, spare tyres and pump, at least 4 spare tubes and puncture repair kit, cables, pedals and a tool kit. Though there would be a mechanic accompanying you and carrying a repair kit and spares, but it is still necessary for everyone to bring some spares; this also ensures you have parts that will fit your bike. There will be a staff member to assist with running repairs when you are biking. As a general rule, less complex or high tech bikes are easier to fix and obtain parts for if necessary. If you plan to buy a new bike before the trip, make sure you are completely familiar with it before departure. Although water will be available from the back up vehicle.
2. Is there medical back up on the tour?
Yes, the trip is accompanied by qualified paramedics and HAPS.
3. What is the sleeping material provided in the tent?
You get a cotton wool mattress, a trekking mattress of foam, a sleeping bag. If you still feel cold despite these arrangements you'll given blankets and duckback hot water bottles.
4. Are any spare cycles carried on the bus, incase of a major cycle breakdown?
Yes we do, though these are Firefox targets. We have a mechanic accompanying us who does carry some spares.
5. Is there any physical preparation or a diet, that I needs to follow, to reduce the chances of altitude sickness?
The simplest things are the most difficult. In this scene lets keeping it to the basics. No smoking, no drinking. If you do smoke or drink then please reduce. Stick to your regular diet, increase carbs itake and greens. Drink at least 5-8 litres of water everyday and other liquids (citrus). Mix your cycling with aerobics and swimming. As such there is no golden thumb rule to avoid high altitude sickness, the mantra is to go high on fluids. You need not worry much about acclimatization the ride is slow paced.
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