Cycling Holiday Through North India


Holiday Fact File

Trip Code: MIS
Region: Asia
Countries visited: India
Activities: Road Tours, People & Religion
Duration: 17 Days
Difficulty: Moderate
Profile: Average daily distance: 45 km (28 miles) No. of days cycling: 10 Vehicle Support: 100% Terrain and route: approx. 90% surfaced, 10% unsurfaced. Rides are mostly undulating with some steep and prolonged ascents but also some fantastic long downhill sections. Some sections of road may be damaged and rough.
Meals: All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners included.
Accomodation: 11 nights hotel, 3 nights forest rest house, 1 night private house. Accommodation in this region is often basic, but hotel rooms all have en suite facilities.
Group: Normally 4 to 16, plus leader and local guides.

Holiday price from: to including flights.

Explore the spectacular mountains, temples and hillstations of North India by bike

Waterfall along the Manali-Leh road

India is a country of enormous cultural diversity, particularly in the north where the vast Gangetic Plain meets the Himalaya, and there is no better way to appreciate this than by bike. The trip starts in Amritsar, home of the Sikh religion and the incredible Golden Temple, before proceeding to India's first heritage village of Pragpur where we start our cycling. We ride to Mcleod Ganj, home of the Dalai Lama, then continue towards Kulu, sometimes known as the 'end of the habitable world', passing numerous historic temples in the foothills of the Pir Panchal Himalaya. The route is designed to take in the spectacular scenery of the mighty Himalaya without having to actually cycle too many enormous climbs, but your efforts will always be rewarded with truly memorable views! The last few days take us to Shimla, the most popular hill station of the British Raj where there is time to relax and ride the famous 'Toy Train' before returning to Delhi.

Holiday Itinerary

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Day 1: Depart London.Show detailed information

Day 2: Arrive Amritsar.Show detailed information

Day 3: Visit Golden Temple; transfer to Pragpur.Show detailed information

Day 4: Cycle to Kangra through traditional villages and scenic valleys; optional visit to Kangra Fort.Show detailed information

Day 5: A long steady uphill climb to McLeod Ganj (2000m); late afternoon sightseeing.Show detailed information

Day 6: To Andretta (1100m) via Norblingka Institute on the undulating back roads below the Dhaula Dhar range.Show detailed information

Day 7: Continue towards Jogindernagar via Baijnath Temple.Show detailed information

Day 8: Cycle to the historic temple town of Mandi; time to explore the town and old temples.Show detailed information

Day 9: An easier day cycling along the Beas River to Larji in the lower part of the Kulu Valley.Show detailed information

Day 10: A challenging day cycling through traditional remote villages to Shoja (2600m).Show detailed information

Day 11: Climb to the Jalori Pass (3223m) for fantastic views across the Pir Pinjal and the great Himalaya; downhill to Luhri.Show detailed information

Day 12: Another climb to Narkanda (2700m) for stunning views of the peaks on the Tibetan border.Show detailed information

Day 13: Cycle to the famous hill station of Shimla.Show detailed information

Day 14: Free day to explore Shimla.Show detailed information

Day 15: Take Viceroy's 'Toy Train' to Kalka; short drive to Pinjore.Show detailed information

Day 16: Early morning train to Delhi; free afternoon to explore India's capital.Show detailed information

Day 17: Fly to London.Show detailed information

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