About The Listing
Type of Trip : Cycling
Level : Hard
Location : Himachal Pradesh
Duration : 5 Days 4 Nights
Trip Start : McLeod Ganj
Trip End : McLeod Ganj
The Tour of Kangra is a five days of cycling through some of the best of Himalayan landscapes. You will cycle along the 260 kms circuit, which winds its way through the meandering roads of the Kangra Valley. The beautiful valley of Kangra is a magical showcase of nature’s splendor. Lush green slopes with snow-capped peaks vie for attention. The downhill ride will be exciting and the grueling uphill ride would surely challenge your endurance.
Day 01: Reach McLeod Ganj.
Reach McLeod Ganj during the day. You will be given an orientation ride and/or a short trek depending on the time available, around Mcloedganj, Dharamkot and Naddi. During the day, you will get ample time to get familiarize yourself with the cycles and the team you'll ride with in the coming days. Overnight stay will be in hotel.
Day 02: McLeod Ganj – Shahpur – Jawali – Pong Dam (64Kms).
The day starts with a thrilling downhill ride till Gaggal, past tea gardens and a Chir forest. At Gaggal you exit the highway and take on to the backcountry trails as you go past small villages to reach Jawali on the banks of the Pong Reservoir to set up camp.
Day 03: Jawali – Ranital – Base Camp Andretta (69 Kms).
Ride along the banks of the Pong Reservoir, through offroad terrain to reach Nagrota Suriyan and further to Guler. Follow the winding tracks of the Kangra Railways to reach Ranital, affording great views of the Dhauladhars. A small uphill climb of 11 kms brings you to the ridgeline, from where you descend to reach Andretta to set up camp for the night.
Day 04: Andretta – Paprola – Baijnath – Billing (55Kms).
Past mustard fields and jeep roads, you ride towards Paprola, a small village on the Kangra railway route. You meet the highway at Baijnath and ride further towards Billing, famous for the landing ground for paragliding enthusiasts and also has a beautiful monastery.
Day 05: Billing – Palampur – Yol Cantt – McLeodGanj (45Km).
A short ride today on the ridgeline, just above Billing through a deodar forest. Let the breeze caress your cheeks as you ride towards Palampur through backcountry roads and descend 21 kms to reach the end of the ride. From Palampur transfer to Mcleodganj by vehicles. Transport to Delhi.
- Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
- All meals: dinner from day 1 till lunch on day 5.
- Support vehicle.
- Road transfers.
- Mechanic support.
- An equipped vehicle with oxygen cylinder and high altitude first aid kit.
- Permit fees.
- Any meals/services not mentioned above.
- Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, entry charges, etc.
- Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances.
- Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
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. Where is the event?
The Tour of Kangra takes place in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, flanked by the mighty Dhauladhars and one of India’s best winter destinations.
2. What is the distance of the ride?
The total distance of the ride is 280 kms, which will be covered within four days. Most of time you will be cycling on a flat terrain and at an average altitude of 1,200 meters.
3. What about insurance?
One should have their own insurance cover for the ride. However signing of the indemnity form is mandatory.
4. What happens to my luggage during the ride?
Your luggage goes in the luggage van everyday to the respective race hotel or the camp. It will be marked by luggage tags.
5. What about my Bike Box?
Your bike boxes remain at the start of the ride, i.e. the hotel at Dharamshala. We don’t need to carry them with us during the course of the ride. In case you have a breakdown and need to go back, the total time to get back to the hotel at Dharamshala is 2 hours.
6. I don’t want to carry my own bike. Do we have the option to rent out bikes from you?
Yes we do have the option of renting bikes, however there is a cap on it. We can rent out Merida Hardtail bikes @ INR 3000/- for the entire journey.
7. How do I transfer my own bike from Delhi?
The bus you board from Delhi can easily accommodate your bike in the boot.
8. Can I bring my family along?
Yes, we welcome your family and friends, even if they don’t want to ride. Kangra is a popular winter destination with many attractions and your family and friends can feast their eyes on magnificent vistas it offers. They would get a dedicated cab (one cab can accomodate – 4 people) and do the whole course of the ride as well, and YES – they would get to see more places off the ride map as well. The cost for adults accompanying the ride as supporters or tourers is INR 12,000/- and children between 8-12 years of age is (INR 6,000/-).
9. Do I get a ride completion certificate?
Yes you do! You get a completion and a participation certificate.
10. Will I get photographs and videos taken during the ride?
Yes you will get a DVD with videos and photographs. And, you can always visit the ride Facebook page and the website to keep a tab on what's being shared.
List of Essentials
Below is a list of essentials you would require at the camp:
Sufficient warm clothing for evenings, which can get quite cold!
1 waterproof jacket (also acts as a windproof layer).
1 pair waterproof trousers.
Thermals (upper & lower).
Shorts (for riding – your choice).
T-shirts – 3/4.
Raincoat / Poncho.
Small light weight towel.
Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!).
Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face.
Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it.
Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries).
Personal Medical Kit (there will be medical back-up for emergencies) with the following:
A general painkiller.
Antiseptic – iodine/beta dine drops.
Bandages, plasters, medical tape.
High factor SPF sun block (minimum 30).
Lip balm with SPF 15+.
A course of general antibiotics - see your doctor for advice.
Imodium or similar gut-immobilizer.
At least a dozen sachets of re-hydration mixture.
Safety-approved Bicycle Helmet (for those bringing their own cycles).
Knee / Elbow pads (for those bringing their own cycles).
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