The Mighty Dhauladhars towering high over rice paddy fields, small villages with cobbled paths sprung up around ancient temples, tea gardens, a reservoir almost like an inland sea, a trail that passes through forests of Chir pine, meandering roads and jeep tracks, curious onlookers, Buddhist enclaves and monks, prayer flags dotting the skyline – Welcome to the Tour of Kangra. A trail like no other!
This is our course for the 4 days of magical cycling through some of the best of Himalayan Landscapes. A 260 kms circuit which winds its way through the meandering roads of the Kangra valley. Well, a mountain bike is ideal and Hybrids won’t fall far back behind. The surface is 70% tarmac with the rest being off road and jeep tracks. The course of the ride is a mix of uphills and downhills with a few flat sections. The downhills are exciting and the grueling uphills would surely challenge your endurance. The average riding altitude is 1300mts (4940 ft).
|HIGHEST ALTITUDE||Billing 2400 Mts.|
Day 1: Departure
Arrive in Bir. Refresh in Hotel, have breakfast . Trek start from Bir to Billing. 3-4 hour.
Lunch at Billing and trek to Raj Gunda side and come back in Blling. Night camping in Billing (24oomt.) with bonefire with music.
Ride along the banks of the Pong Reservoir, through offroad terrain to reach Nagrota Suriyan and further to Guler. Follow the winding tracks of the Kangra Railways to reach Ranital, affording great views of the Dhauladhars. A small uphill climb of 11 kms brings us to the ridgeline, from where we descend to reach Andretta to set up camp for the night.
Past mustard fields and jeep roads, we ride towards Paprola, a small village on the Kangra railway route. We meet the highway at Baijnath and ride further towards Billing, famous for the landing ground for paragliding enthusiasts and also has a beautiful monastery.
A short ride today on the ridgeline, just above Billing through a deodar forest. Let the breeze caress your cheeks as we ride towards Palampur through backcountry roads and descend 21 kms to reach the end of the ride. From Palampur transfer to Mcleodganj by vehicles. TRIP ENDS HERE.
Getting to Dharamshala and Mcleodganj is a 490 kms journey from Delhi (approx 12 hrs).
By Train from Delhi
There are a number of trains from Delhi and many other cities in India to Pathankot/Chakki Bank. For a listing of trains and their timings log on to www.indianrail.gov.in and for online booking log on to www.irctc.co.in.
By Train, Bus, or Taxi from Pathankot
Once you reach Pathankot, there are again several options for getting to Dharamshala and Mcleodganj:
Taxi: Quickest and very scenic – 2 1/2 hours
Bus: Cheapest and usually crowded – 4 hours – If your bus stops in lower Dharamshala, you will need to take another bus or taxi up to Mcleod Ganj & Naddi. However, if you arrive in the middle of the night, there won’t be any local buses or taxis available.
By Bus from Delhi to Mcleodganj and Dharamshala
There are a number of buses departing Delhi for Dharamshala each day. Most stop in lower Dharamshala and you will need to catch another bus or taxi up to Mcleodganj and Naddi. Buses departing from the Tibetan area of Majnukatilla in the early evening, arrive in Mcleodganj early in the morning. Getting to Dharamshala by bus trip usually takes about 12 hours, including several stops during the night.
By Taxi: Getting to Dharamshala from Delhi
Getting to Dharamshala by taxi from Delhi can take from 8-14 hours. A large air conditioned taxi with capacity up to nine people can be arranged from Delhi. Call us for the Taxi booking.