The journey starts from the back roads of Himachal Pradesh and you’ll head towards Pragpur – India’s first heritage village. Since, you’ll be riding off-the-beaten track, you’ll experience short treks to the Oggernath Baba cave and the Fort ruins of Sola Singhi. The cave was a pleasant surprise. I remember looking up, and saying, “That’s odd, the Internet doesn’t mention anything about this…hence the exploration began.” This is the way to see India! It is not only about visiting places that most tourists go to. Instead, it is about finding the “not-yet-on-the-tourist-route” attractions.
During this India cycling tour, you’ll also see mainstream attractions, such as the only rock cut temples in North India, the Kangra Fort, and as you approach Dharamshala – the Tibetan monasteries, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s residence, in McLoed Gunj. This tour can be performed on a bicycle only or car-bicycle combination. The tour is intended to take you into a world of peace and you will come back with a sense of achievement.
Why achievement, you might ask. Well, it’s quite simple really, in this tour the altitude variance on any given day is about 500 meters. That’s a significant amount of uphill and downhill cycling. Cycling in India is typically a fraught with dangers, fortunately when you use the back roads, you’ll probably see a car every 10 minutes. That is mighty low traffic density and makes it ideal for cycling. It’s a true test of your character. Going uphill, your perseverance is tested, while gravity assisted down hill tracks can tease your discipline. If you aren’t careful, your bicycle will soon reach speeds of over 50 km/h.
Depending on your fitness levels, the distance covered in this India cycling tour varies from 30 km to 50 km per day. The point is not to stress yourself out, rather it is about enjoying and feeling every second and every moment. Fortunately, if you want to cover more, there is a support car available.
The cost includes traveling from Delhi to the lower Himalayan region. The price includes bike rental, trip lead time, support car and accommodation.
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