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Cycling and Mountain Biking Adventure

Cycling Tour Adventure

Duration: 14nights / 15 days
Places Covered: Rishikesh - New tehri - Dharasu - Uttarkashi - Bhatawari - Harsil - Gangotri - Gangnani - Uttarkashi - Barhmakhal - Barkot - Nainbag - Mussoorie - Delhi

Cycling in the Himalayas in India is one of the most physically demanding and challenging adventure sports you have ever indulged in. It is not for the faint hearted, and absolutely not for those who have not been keeping in shape. For even the fittest have difficulty in lugging their bikes up the hill, should they be cycling, or have aching backs with the long drives on their motor bikes.

So get, set, go. Long winding roads that snake their way through a dazzling array of destinations, beckon you to cycle through them, promising superb experiences.

Day 01: Rishikesh - New Tehri (770 mts/76 Kms)
Morning after breakfast start the day one cycle trip up to New Tehri, the kitchen staff and luggage will go by supporting vehicle. Lunch will serve enroute, evening reach New Tehri check in and overnight stay at the hotel.

New Tehri: The newly established township is the districts headquarter of Tehri Garhwal. It is situated at an elevation between 1550 to 1950 mts. above sea level. A modern and well planned town, only 11 Kms. From Chamba & 24 Kms. From Old Tehri, it overlooks a massive artificial lake and a Dam. It will soon become an important centre of attraction on the completion of the dam.

Day 02: Tehri - Dharasu (1036 mts/42 Kms)
Morning after breakfast. Get ready for cycling up to Dharasu the road begins to rise, winding its way along the Bhagirathi and passing through a fertile valley studded with patches of trees and clusters of small houses. Here the Khuromla meets the Bhagirathi and the roads to Uttarkhashi and Gangotri trails its way along the banks of the Bhagirathi. Lunch will be enroute reach Dharasu. Dinner and overnight stay in the tent.

Day 03: Dharasu - Uttarkashi (1158 mts/28 Kms)
Morning after breakfast, cycle trek starts towards Uttarkashi, On the banks of the Bhagirathi, surrounded by the rivers Varuna and Assi, this sacred fast developing town is the capital of the newly constituted western most district of the Uttarakhand. On arrival at Uttarkashi check in at the hotel, evening visit Vishwnath Temple. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Day 04: Uttarkashi - Bhatwari (1218 mts/35 Kms)
Morning after breakfast, start the cycle trek to Bhatwari along with the river Bhagirathi, reach Bhatwari It is an important town, with a small market. Check in at Tent Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 05: Bhatwari - Harsil (2623 mts/40 Kms)
Morning after breakfast, cycle trek start from Bhatwari to Harsil, lunch enroot, after 40 km. cycle trek reach Harsil, check in at tent dinner and overnight stay at tent.

Harsil: This beautiful sylvan hamlet with its winding shady roads, swinging conifers, sun-kissed mountains and scintillating Bhagirathi to add to its allure, charmed a British settler who introduced apple trees here.

Day 06: Harsil - Gangotri (3200 mts/30 kms)
Morning after breakfast, cycle trek starts from Harsil to Gangotri along with Bhagirathi River. Reach Gangotri check in at the hotel Dinner and overnight stay.

Gangotri: beyond the gorge where the Jadh Ganga meets the Bhagirathi, heralding the approach of the Gangotri temple, the narrow, Bhagirathi revine, dramatic and beautifully wooded, opens out into the Goddess Ganga stands on the right bank simple, but dignified in the valley of the gods surrounded by the majesty of the mountains, the beauty of nature . A valley flanked by jagged snowy peaks. Here is the start point of Ganga River source pilgrimage which attracts every year thousands of devotees.

Day 07: Gangotri - Gangnani (2133 mts/50 Kms)
Morning after breakfast, cycle trek to Gangnali reach Gangnani check in at the tent. Dinner and overnight stay at tent.

Gangnani: a little paradise offering peace and solitude surrounded by beauty and overlooked by the snows, is an ideal place for meditation. There are hot water springs.

Day 08: Gangnani - Uttarkashi (1158 mts) (50 Kms)
Morning after breakfast, cycle trek starts from Gangnani to Uttarkashi, Lunch enroot evening reach Uttarkashi, check in and dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 09: Uttarkashi - Barhmakhal (1958 mts) (40 Kms)
Morning after breakfast cycle trek starts from Uttarkashi to Barhmakhal, Lunch will be enroot, reach Barhmakhal check in and overnight stat at tent.

Day 10: Barhmakhal - Barkot (2118 mts) (51 kms)
Morning after breakfast, cycle trek start towards Barkot, reach Barkot village, this village situated the bank of river Yamuna, she is coming from Yamunotri, Barkot Village view is good from Hotel Balcony. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 11: Barkot - Nainbagh (1115 mts) (50 Kms)
Morning after breakfast, Cycle trek starts towards Nainbagh, along with River Yamuna, the beautiful Village during the trek time is Naugaon, Barnigad, Sarigad, Damta, reach Nainbagh check in at tent overnight stay at tent.

Day 12: Nainbag - Mussoorie (2005 mts) (41 Kms)
Morning after breakfast, Cycle trek start towards Mussoorie, enroot see the Majestic view of Himalayas. Enroot Visit Kempty Fall, than start cycle trek and Reach Mussoorie check in at the hotel, in the night see the view of Dehradun imagine like a valley of stars of Sky. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.

Mussoorie: Rising as a horseshoe shaped foothill that overlooks on the one side, the great plains sweltering in their pestilential heat with the holy Ganges, oiling its way through slowly, sluggishly across them, on the other, the vibrant, magnetic, silhouette of the Himalaya, is Mussoorie where the mountains to gay and the nobility mingles with the elite, when they sojourn there for the summer, as they did in the past and as they shall continue to do so in the future.

Day 13: Mussoorie
Morning after breakfast, visit Mussoorie Excursion the Mall, Nag Tibba, Camel Back, Library, Picture Palace, Cable Car, evening check in at the hotel Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 14: Mussoorie - Dehradun - Delhi(38 Kms by Cycle, 238 Kms by Bus)
Morning after breakfast, cycle trek start towards Dehradun, enroot visit Mussoorie Lake, Lord Shiva's Temple, reach Dehradun city, Dehradun is the Capital Of Uttrakhand. In the afternoon drive to Delhi by car. Transfer to International airport time to catch the flight for onwards destination.

Mountain Biking in Himachal Pradesh

The Leh-Manali Highway is the second uppermost motor able road in the world. It winds its way through some of the most hard line terrains. The entire stretch of 485 km (301 miles) between Leh and Manali offers a challenge to mountain bikers who have the chance to cut across the royal Himalayan ranges through four mountain passes. This highway reaches a height of 5,328 m (17,480 ft) at Taglang La pass. The other three passes all along the highway are the Lachlung La, the Baralacha La and the Rohtang pass. You will have to push your stamina to the limits to accept the dare offered by this risky high-altitude trail. In spite of all the dangers concerned, the Leh-Manali highway rewards you with stunning and striking landscapes.

You can get pleasure from the splendor of the Ladakh plateau as you initiate your journey from Leh towards Manali. The first stop is at Upshi, which is situated at a distance of 49 km from Leh. The Taglang La pass is 109 km from Leh and is the next stop from Upshi. There are a number of camping spots along the highway between Upshi and Taglang La pass. The Leh-Manali highway unexpectedly evens out from this pass and enters the Morey plain. The descend continues until you arrive at Pang (184 km from Leh). The stretch of road just before Pang traverses a series of magnificent gorges. Pang is a tent settlement where you can take a break for the night before resuming your expedition. After departure from Pang, you will reach the Lachlung La pass, which is 209 km from Leh and is the second uppermost pass (5,060 m/16,601 ft) along the Leh-Manali highway. You will come across some terrifying bends along this road between Lachlung La pass and Sarchu (263 km from Leh).

Similar to Pang, Sarchu is as well a tent settlement and a good place to stop over and widen your limbs to relax. Sarchu is situated in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. From Sarchu you will ascend to the Baralacha La pass (4883 m; 16020 ft), situated at a distance of 299 km from Leh. You can also discontinue and calm down at Darcha (340 km from Leh), which is situated in between the Baralacha La pass, and the town of Keylong (372 km from Leh). Keylong is the foremost town on the Leh-Manali highway and is near Tandi (380 km from Leh). Tandi is a situated on a T-junction from where the highway turns southeast towards Manali. Between Tandi and Rohtang pass (the 4th and the last pass along the Leh-Manali highway), you will have to go by Gondla (390 km from Leh), Sissu (398 km from Leh), Khoksar (414 km from Leh) and Gramphu (419 km from Leh). Rohtang pass is situated at a height of 3978 m (13051 ft) with a distance of 434 km from Leh. After crossing the Rohtang pass, you can arrive at Manali (485 km from Leh), which is the concluding destination of this adventurous journey.

At a distance from the Leh-Manali highway, you can get pleasure from the breathtaking experience of mountain biking in the foothills of the Himalayan ranges in and around the towns of Haridwar, Rishikesh, Dehradun and Mussoorie (all in the state of Uttarakhand). You can also go for mountain biking in Kullu and Manali (in Himachal Pradesh). The foothills of the eastern Himalayas in Sikkim, Darjeeling and Kalimpong as well offer a number of short- and long-distance mountain biking trails.

BEST SEASON The best season for mountain biking in India is between the months of June to September, when mountain roads are open to traffic. In some parts of India, you can take pleasure in the experience of mountain biking between March and June. It is advised not to take part in mountain biking in the rainy season when the mountainous roads become slippery.
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