Mountain Biking in Himachal
Blessed with breathtaking panoramas making a romantic backdrop, Himachal Pradesh presents thrilling options for adventure activities. One of the most preferred adventure activity to carry out in Himachal is mountain biking. With snow-capped mountains, glinting streams and spellbinding valleys, Himachal Pradesh is no less than a paradise for biking freaks. One can relish the enthrallment of biking on the intact valleys and explore the deepest secrets of nature.
This 15 nights and 16 days itinerary is an ideal tour option for the adrenaline junkies in quest of getting drenched into nature's bounty. This motor-biking tour takes the travelers to the fascinating regions like Shimla, Sangla, Kalpa, Pooh, Tabo, Kaza, Manali, etc. Without a doubt, this tour is an apt option to quench the adrenaline rush in the lap of nature.
Day 01: Delhi Arrival
On arrival at Delhi airport, meet our representative who will take you to your pre-booked hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 02: Delhi - Chandigarh - Barog - Shimla (2100 mts) - 60 kms
In the morning, board the Shatabdi express train to Chandigarh. On reaching Chandigarh at 1100 hrs, drive to Barog. After lunch in Barog, commence cycling to reach Shimla. Enjoy an overnight stay at the hotel in Shimla.
Day 03: Shimla - Thanedar (2348 mts) - 85 kms
From Shimla, 80 kms on the old Hindustan-Tibet road nestled Kotgarh, which enjoys a special place in Himachal history. In 1916 Samuel Stokes a social worker from Philadelphia brought the first apple saplings to Kotgarh, the place he adopted as his home. One can still see the 'Starking Delicious' apple orchard that he planted there. Enjoy a night stay in tent.
Day 04: Thanedar - Sarahan (2165 mts) - 97 kms
Today, we will ride to Sarahan, which is famous for the Himalayan views it offers and the Bhimakali temple. An overnight stay at the hotel in Sarahan.
The Gods were generous when they gave Sarahan its settings. Located halfway up a high mountainside, Sarahan winds past flowering pine trees that give way to stately oaks. The fields and orchards that surround the small villages with their slate roofed houses, compose pictures of pastoral perfection. Above Sarahan, a many deodar trees rides the slopes and higher still, encircling the Bashal peak, are trees of smooth birch and variety of wild flowers and rare medicinal herbs.
Day 05: Sarahan - Sangla (2744 mts) - 92 kms
Today, we will leave from Sarahan to Sangla. Every year, for six months the Himalayan valleys of Kinnaur and Spiti emerge from a thick cloak of snow to reveal a different, secret world to man. Your discovery of the lesser - known Himalayas can begins in the Sangla Valley. Enjoy a relaxing night stay in tent at the Sangla Valley.
Day 06: Sangla
The day is free for relaxation and exploring the area. One can walk to Rakcham village (the signature walk of the valley) or ride to Chitkul, the last border village (20 kms one way). An overnight stay in tent in Sangla.
Day 07: Sangla - Kalpa (2670 mts) - 50 kms
We will proceed for Kalpa from Sangla in the morning today. Kalpa was known as Chini back in the days when it was the regional capital. So far, the place has changed a little in the last 500 years. It is said that as and when Lord Dalhousie wanted to take a break from his hectic schedule in Shimla, he would come here on his horseback.
Day 08: Kalpa - Pooh (3662 mts) - 76 kms
In the morning after breakfast, we will ride cycle to Pooh, which is a small village in Spiti valley with a small cantonment. An overnight stay in Pooh.
Day 09: Pooh - Tabo (3500 mts) - 95 kms
After breakfast in the morning, we will leave from Pooh to reach Tabo. We will enter the Spiti valley. The trek will leave you breathless and speechless. From lush green valley of Kinnaur, we will move to rock-hard cold desert mountains, torrential rivers and icy cold winds that account for the sparsely populated villages. At a height of 10,500 ft., this high altitude desert is home to the second most important Buddhist monastery in the entire Himalayan region - the Tabo Gompa. It is now 1008 years old and is rumoured to be the place where the Dalai Lama will finally settle in.
Day 10: Tabo - Kaza (3870 mts) - 47 kms
The day is fixed to proceed from Tabo to Kaza, the capital of Spiti Valley. Rudyard Kipling describes Spiti in "Kim" in these words: "At last they entered a world within a world - a valley of leagues where the high hills were fashioned of the mere rubble and refuse from off the knees of the mountains. Surely the Gods live here. Enjoy an overnight stay in Kaza.
Day 11: Kaza
In the morning after breakfast, we will visit the Ki monastery, Kibber and Gete village. Later return back to Kaza for an overnight stay.
Ki Monastery is a Gelugpa sect monastery. It's hilltop position points to a post-thirteenth century construction. The three storied structure consists largely of storage rooms at the bottom level while the middle floor houses the Dukhang - the assembly hall - and the uppermost floor has another temple and head Lama's quarters on the one side of an open terrace. The greatest wealth of Ki Gompa lies in its collection of 'Thangkas' salvaged with difficulty from the devastating raids of the Dogars and the Sikhs in the 19th century.
From here a scenic drive takes you into the pasture country of Kibber. From Kibber, the pastures are spread over hundreds of square kilometers. Kibber is small village and is the take off point for the popular trek to Tso Moriri in Ladakh. Further up six kilometers from Kibber, we drive up to a still smaller village of Gete. Consisting of just six houses, it boasts of being the highest village in Asia connected by road.
Day 12: Kaza - Losar (4076 mts) - 65 kms
In the morning, we will leave for Losar. Rest of the day is free to enjoy a long day in the cold desert of Spiti followed by an overnight stay in the camp in Losar.
Day 13: Losar - Gramphoo (3200 mts) - 74 kms
In the morning, we will leave to visit Gramphoo today. We will enter the Lahaul region of Himachal Pradesh after crossing the 4500M high Kunzum La. Chandra and Bhaga rivers confluence at Gramphoo to Chandrabhaga River. Take pleasure of an overnight stay in Gramphoo.
Day 14: Gramphoo - Manali (1926M) - 62 kms
Today, we will ride over the 3800M Rohtang pass and enter the Kullu district of Himachal. We will move from the barren landscape of Lahaul to lush green landscape of Manali. An overnight stay in the hotel in Manali.
Day 15: Manali - Delhi
In the morning after breakfast, we will take a sightseeing tour of Manali town and by the evening, we will drive to Delhi by AC Luxury Volvo Coach. An overnight Volvo journey.
Day 16 : Delhi
On arrival in Delhi in the morning, we will transfer you to the airport to catch the flight for onward destination.
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