16 Days | Biking 10 Days
Suitable for families with young children
Jalori Pass (3223M)
Highest point/ Max altitude
Combination of moderate and strenuous 6-8 hours of activity per day with very steep uphill and downhill sections, often at high altitudes. Some physical preparation recommended.
This cycling tour explores the Himalayas, its stunning landscapes and quite back roads. The roads are a mix of gentle undulations with some more challenging climbs and descents. Himachal Pradesh in the Western Himalaya is perhaps one of India's best kept secrets. This tiny state rises up from the fertile plains of the sub-continent to cross five mountain ranges before meeting the border with Tibet. Himachal has a fascinating history and the landscape today reflects the tremendous geographical, climatic and cultural diversity of the region. We cycle through its remote villages and dense forests and see and experience the dramatic change in the landscape, from dense to open forests.
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We begin our trip in the Sikh’s holy city of Amritsar, home to the fabled Golden Temple. You can’t fail to be moved by the resplendent temple, the spiritual heart of the Sikh faith. Built in the 16th century, the gilded Harmandir rises from the middle of a reflecting lake and is surrounded by white marble. We’ll visit in the early morning to catch the sun’s rays on the golden domes and hear the kirtans - devotional songs. After Amritsar we travel by road to the only village in India with its world heritage status, called Pragpur. From Pragpur we start our cycling through the Kangra valley to foothills of Kullu valley.
We cycle to Mcleod Ganj and Dharamshala, home to the Dalai Lama. We cycle along the back roads under the magnificent Dhaula Dhar Range of the Himalaya to Andretta, then onwards to Mandi, an important market town on the old Hindustan Tibet highway. We follow part of this old route to climb the Jalori Pass (3223m), following the beautiful Tirthan Valley on the edge of the Great Himalayan National Park.
Our trip ends in Shimla, once a booming, colourful hill station and the summer capital of the British Raj and now a slightly chaotic mix of modern Indian tourism and decaying colonial charm. We have a whole day to explore this unusual town and the next day we leave early on the narrow gauge rail to Kalka and on to Delhi.
Please note: You can use this itinerary as a guide to fully customise this tour as per your budget and requirements. Flexible options include travel dates and duration, places, activities and experiences, hotel category (star/rating) and any specific requirements that you may have.
DAY 01 - Amritsar
Arrive Amritsar and transfer to hotel
Arrive at International Airport, Amritsar our KVT’s representative will meet and greet you and would assist you there, later board the vehicle and transfer to hotel for check-in. Afternoon relax at the hotel and late evening we visit Golden Temple for evening prayer ceremony.
DAY 02 - Pragpur
Visit Golden Temple and later drive to Pragpur
This morning we have breakfast and visit glorious Golden Temple, also known as Harmandir Sahib and God’s Temple. It is an important place of worship and pilgrimage for members of the Sikh faith. It remains open to visitors and pilgrims alike 24 hours a day, all year round. The temple houses the sacred scripture of the Sikhs, the Guru Granth Sahib. Later we drive to Pragpur which is a Heritage Village and comes in Kangra Valley; it houses the famous Kangra School of painting. Reach there and check-in to the hotel. (Distance: 185 kms appx)
DAY 03 - Kangra
Cycle to Kangra passing through traditional villages (730 M; 45Kms Cycling)
In the morning we finish breakfast and start cycling towards Kangra (730m) on the way we pass through several traditional villages, pine forest, cultivated fields. The terrain will be sometimes with short climbs and ascending; it will be a good start to cycling in India. The view becomes scenic as one can see the breathtaking views of Dhauladhar mountain range from Kangra. Reach there and transfer to the hotel later we visit Kangra Fort located on a hilltop at the confluence of Banganga and Majhi rivers. The fort was built by the founder of the Katoch dynasty; it is the largest and the oldest fort in the valley. (Cycle 45km)
DAY 04 - Mc Leod Ganj
Cycle to McLeodganj (2000M; 46Kms Cycling)
Today we begin cycling towards McLeodganj, Dharamsala (2000m) is also known as Little Lhasa and home to his holiness Dalai Lama. The cycling will be a short but steep day climbing and gradually the altitude also gains as we get closer to McLeodganj. There are many points to stop on the way from where we can enjoy the picturesque view of the valley. We will be taking some hairpin bends for some stretch before reaching McLeodganj. In the afternoon we reach McLeodganj and check-in to the hotel; afterwards we proceed for the sightseeing tour visiting The Dalai Lama’s Temple, St. John’s Church and The Tibetan Library or can go shopping. (Cycle 46km)
DAY 05 - Andretta
Cycle to Andretta en-route visit Norbulingka Institute (1100M; 57Kms Cycling)
We cycle towards Andretta (1100M) a small village in the Kangra Valley; the road descent down from here towards Dharamsala. En-route we visit Norbulingka Institute which is devoted to the preservation of the Tibetan culture in its literary and artistic forms. After the visit we continue our ride towards Andretta and the cycling is amazing today with no major ascends and descends; later we reach Andretta it is home to various art galleries and Pottery. (Cycle 57km)
DAY 06 - Joginder Nagar
Cycle to Jogindernagar en-route visit Baijnath Temple (1200M; 35Kms Cycling)
Morning after breakfast, we cycle towards Jogindernagar (1200m) en-route we visit the famous ancient Baijnath Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva this temple was built in 13th century and in the porch of the temple, the two long inscriptions depict that there was a shrine of Lord Shiva existed at the present temple location and the structure of the temple is a good example of early medieval temple architecture known as Nagara style. Afterwards we carry on cycling through the beautiful scenery of tea gardens, grazing buffaloes, wild forest and villager’s working on the fields. Later we reach Jogindernagar and check-in to the hotel. (Cycle 35km)
DAY 07 - Mandi
Cycle to Mandi (750M; 55Kms Cycling)
Today we cycle towards the historic town of Mandi (750m) is major city; we leave Kangra valley and will be riding towards Kullu valley and getting closer to the mountains with a different topography and vegetation. Mandi is situated on the banks of the Beas River and also known as the “Kashi of the hills” for its famous old and new temples. The ride goes descending down towards a busier part of the Mandi town; we ride through the bustling market area of the Mandi and reach at the hotel; later we explore the town and its famous temples. (Cycle 55km)
DAY 08 - Larji
Cycle alongside the Beas River to Larji (975M; 45Kms Cycling)
Today we cycle towards Larji following the Beas River in the lower parts of Kullu Valley. The mountains rise steeply and we climb some steep parts of the route with terraced fields and the famous Kullu orchards beside us. The valley is covered with Pine and Deodar Forest and sprawling Apple Orchards. Later we reach Larji which is a famous spot for trout fishing and we cycle further more to our lodge where we stay for the night. (Cycle 45km)
DAY 09 - Shoja
Cycle to Shoja (2600M; 27Kms Cycling)
In the morning we have breakfast and set ourselves for the ride to another beautiful place Shoja (2692m). A picturesque village from where one can have the beautiful view of the valley, snow-capped peaks and meadows and forest, rivers and streams. The ride goes through Great Himalayan National Park – home to bear, leopard, wild cats and surrounded by forest of pine, oak, horse chestnut. On the way we pass Banjar with its attractive wood-fronted shops lining the narrow street. From here the road goes up through dense forest of deodar and leads us towards our next stopover Shoja village. (Cycle 27km)
DAY 10 - Luhri
Shoja cycle to Jalori Pass (3223m), onwards down to Luhri (800M; 65Kms Cycling)
Today the ride becomes challenging as the road ascends towards Jalori Pass (3223m); we ride through forest of fir, oaks and rhododendrons as it takes us to the high point from where we can have a beautiful view of the snowcapped peaks. Slowly the climate also changes as we climb the steep stretch to reach the pass, we stop for some time at the pass and enjoy the beautiful vista. Then we cycle all the way downhill to Luhri (800m) our next stopover, Luhri is a small town located on the banks of river Satluj. Later we reach our hotel and relax. (Cycle 65km)
DAY 11 - Narkanda
Cycle to Narkanda (2700M; 33Kms Cycling)
Morning we start cycling towards Narkanda (2700m) located on the Hindustan Tibet Road (National Highway - 22) and surrounded by the Shivalik Ranges; Narkanda is also a popular skiing destination. The route is ascending from here but loaded with breathtaking views so we have plenty of excuses to stop for photos on the way. Reach Narkanda and check-in to the hotel. (Cycle 33km)
DAY 12 - Shimla
Cycle to Shimla (2400M; 62Kms Cycling)
This day the cycling would be smooth as we pass through some villages and pine forest; the ride offers breathtaking views of the valley and snowcapped peaks. We descend down to reach towards Shimla (2400m) the last few kilometers through Shimla to our hotel can be quite chaotic but always with fun. Later we reach hotel from where our cycling ends and we say goodbye to the bikes. (Cycle 62km)
DAY 13 - Shimla
Day free to explore Shimla
Today we have a day free to explore the surroundings of Shimla as it is the capital of Indian state Himachal Pradesh. Shimla is well known for its Victorian architecture which is reflected in the areas of the Mall and The Ridge. It is a popular hill station among tourist and one can go to highest point to get the beautiful view of the town.
DAY 14 - Delhi
Take Toy Train from Shimla; onwards train to Delhi from Kalka
This morning after breakfast we board the Toy Train (narrow gauge) from Shimla through the foothills to Kalka. The line was completed in 1903 and runs 97km from Shimla to Kalka; from Kalka we board our onward train to Delhi. Late evening we reach Delhi and will be transferred to the hotel.
DAY 15 - Delhi
Morning we proceed for the half-day sightseeing tour of Delhi; visit Jama Masjid is the largest and best-known mosque in India. Then we visit Rajghat - the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi; India Gate also called All India War Memorial located at centre Delhi. Then we drive pass through and watch the fine colonial buildings built by the British Raj in the early years of the 20th century and set in spacious tree-lined boulevards; it now houses various Indian governmental departments.
DAY 16 - Delhi
Departure transfer to airport to board the flight for back home
Today, you will be transferred to the international airport to board the flight for back home.
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