|Type of tour:||Guided|
|Distance:||45 Miles/day average|
|Dates:||Daily for groups of 2 or more between September – May.|
|Start city:||New Delhi, India|
|End city:||New Delhi, India|
Uttarakhand, located in the Himalayas, is often referred to as the Land of Gods (Dev Bhumi) due to the many important pilgrimage centres found throughout the state. Magnificent views of the Himalayan peaks, amazing setting of the small villages dotted on the hillsides and charming local cultures – provide the perfect blend for a memorable bicycle trip.
Right from the coquettish charms of the sparkling Rhododendrons to the sombreness of stately Deodars, the beauty of Kumaon is best explored on the quaint rural roads atop a bicycle. We don't only show you the spectacular panorama of this land but also introduce you to it, so as to instil in you the age old conviction that great things are born when people and mountain meet.
The highlights of this tour are magnificent views of Himalayan peaks, cycling through quaint villages, valleys and forests and close interaction with friendly village folks.
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Day 1: Arrival in Delhi
Arrive in Delhi today. You will be received at the airport and taken to your hotel. Please note hotel check-in time is 12 noon.
Delhi with its Old and New parts — each with its specific charm and glory — makes a very interesting city for its sustenance to medieval and modern cultures at the same time and space. While Old Delhi, built by Mughal Emperor Shahjehan in the 17th century, still retains its medieval character to a great extent and almost indubitably reminds one of the crowded old towns of the Middle East; New Delhi is like any other modern city with tall buildings and massive shopping complexes.
Overnight in Delhi.
Day 2: Delhi – Kathgodam - Naukuchiyatal (6-9 miles/10-15 km)
Early morning transfer to the rail station for your train to Kathgodam.
On arrival in Kathgodam you will be received and driven to Naukuchiyatal in the foothills of the Himalayas. On arrival in Naukuchiatal, we will check in to the hotel. In the evening we try out the bicycles as we explore the surrounding area.
Overnight in Naukuchiatal
Day 3: Naukuchiyatal - Mukteshwar (25-31 miles/40-50 km)
After breakfast we will start riding up to Mukteshwar. It is a gradual uphill ride through pine trees that opens up to very picturesque landscapes.
Mukteshwar gets its name from a 350-year-old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, known as Mukteshwar Dham, situated atop the highest point in the town. This is a great place to observe eagles and other feathered scavengers as they swoop down at their prey. Indeed, views of the Himalayan Peaks from Mukteshwar are simply stunning.
On arrival check in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day in leisure.
Overnight in Mukteshwar
Day 4: Mukteshwar - Chalnichhina (25-31 miles/40-50 km)
Post breakfast, we ride to the village of Chalnichhina. The ride is predominantly downhill with a bit of uphill towards the end when nearing Chalnichhina. Located amidst Oak trees and terrace farmlands, Chalnichhina offers great views of the valley and the snow-capped mountains.
Overnight in Chalnichhina
Day 5: Chalnichhina (Walking 3-4 hours)
This morning we will go for a day hike with picnic lunch in the neighbouring area. We will be accompanied by an experienced walk guide who will share his knowledge about the region and help you connect with the local people. Share tea with locals, hike to the highest point for enchanting views…Himalayan peaks, lush green terraced fields and also diverse flora and fauna.
Overnight in Chalnichhina.
Day 6: Chalnichhina - Ganghet (19-25 miles/30-40 km)
This morning, we start cycling to the temples of Jageshwar. It is a beautiful ride through Oak and Deodar forests with picturesque views of the hills and the valley below. These temples are believed to have been constructed between the 8th century and the 18th century. The architecture belongs to the Nagara style of North India, characterized by a tall curved spire surmounted by an amalaka (capstone) and a kalasha crown.
After the temple visit, we will continue cycling to the village of Ganghet.
Overnight in Ganghet
Day 7: Ganghet – Thikalna (12-19 miles/20-30 km)
This morning we cycle uphill to Jwalabanj. From the top of the hill, we ride down a dirt track to the village of Thikalna where we will stay at a village house. From here one gets the most scenic view of the Himalayan peaks and the main massif of Nanda Devi.
Overnight in Thikalna
Day 8: Thikalna – Kathgodam - Delhi
After a leisurely breakfast we will drive back to Kathgodam railway station for train back to Delhi. En route we will stop for lunch at a local restaurant.
On arrival at Delhi railway station you will be received and taken to your hotel.
Overnight in Delhi
Day 9: Delhi – Onward Destination
Transfer to airport for your onward flight. Alternatively, you may ask us to arrange an extension tour or request for travel suggestions free of cost.
Daily for groups of 2 or more between September – May.
|This tour requires a minimum of 2 travelers to depart. Holiday supplement may apply to tours between Dec 22 - Jan 10.|
In Delhi we provide you a charming Bed and Breakfast Inn. At Naukuchiyatal and Mukteshwar, we provide you the best available hotels. Accommodation at rest of the destinations is in stunningly located traditional Kumaon village houses that have been refurbished without compromising the authenticity. Our itinerary has been devised in such a way that it takes you from one charming property to another.
These are sample hotels and may vary based on availability.
Day 1: The Estate, Delhi
The Estate is an elegant, rambling mansion with an old world charm, green environs and personal service in an intimate atmosphere. This bread and breakfast hotel, hidden from the hustle and bustle of the busy life in Delhi offers comfortable rooms with a range of facilities to the guests.
Day 2: : Lake Resort, Naukuchiyatal
The lake resort Naukuchiatal lies amidst miles of oak and pine forests. Aesthetically designed accommodation units, with each room offering stunning views of the lake combined with homely meals and warm service await you here.
Day 3: Te Aroha, Mukteshwar
Te Aroha is a colonial-style summer house converted into a boutique luxury hotel amidst scenic surroundings. The original structure of a summer house that once stood on the property has been successfully preserved to retain its original charm.
Days 4-5: Itmenaan Estate, ChalniChinna
The 10-acre Itmenaan Estate is a fairytale getaway in a peaceful rural setting in the Kumaon Himalayas. The estate offers panoramic views of the Himalayas including the majestic Nanda Devi.
Day 6: Ganghet Cottage, Ganghet
Sitting at a height of 1850m above sea level, Ganghet Cottage is situated in a picturesque hamlet of Ganghet from where it gets its name. Built on the fringe of the village, the cottage is surrounded by oak, pine and rhododendron trees with the views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks.
Day 7: Thikalna Cottage, Thikalna
Thikalna is a traditional Kumaoni village house that has been carefully renovated without compromising the architecture or the sensitivity of its surroundings. The house is stunning located with beautiful views of valley, snow-clad Himalayas and terraced fields.
The tour operator offers rental bikes, which come included in the tour price.
Trek 3700 – 21 gear, V brake, cross handle bar, adjustable seat post, comes in 16, 18, 21 inch frames, wide mountain bike tires, front shock absorbers, standard pedals but can be replaced with your clips, bottle cage provided, helmet provided. Extra bottle cages available and the repair kits are with the mechanic and guide on the trip.
Most sections of the road are asphalt surface. However, road conditions are unpredictable in this Himalayan region and could be under repair with broken asphalt. (Mountain bikes are provided).
This tour takes you though some of the most scenic cycling routes in India. The mighty Himalayas provide a constant backdrop as you cycle through small hamlets located amidst lush green valleys and orchards.
Tour start and end:
Nearest airport: New Delhi
The tour company provides all transfers from the start and end of the trip.
Barring peak rainy seasons of June, July, August you can undertake cycling in this region any time of the year. Each month of travel has its own charm:
Sept/Oct/Nov: Cool weather and the mountains views are good
Dec/Jan/Feb/Mar: Cold but the mountain views are at their best
Apr/May: Cool weather, mountains tend to get hazy but rhododendrons are in full bloom
Average temperatures range from maximum of 25°C (77°F) and minimum of 2°C (36°F).
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India on Bicycle offers a wide selection of cycling and walking holidays in India, Nepal and Bhutan for people of all ages and ability. Indeed, the word truly reflects the people behind this venture, who share an intense spirit of travel and passion for outdoors.
Managed by a team of travel professionals (with a collective experience of decades in organising outdoor travel related services),India on Bicycle has own offices in North and South India as well as a vast network of associate offices in over 30 cities of India.
We have our own cycling infrastructure with trips to all parts of the country and our cycling expedition leaders are immensely experienced. We take pride in our experienced and multi-talented support staff and mechanics who accompany the groups in support vehicles and are always nearby to offer a lift, refreshments or any other assistance.
We provide local assistance at almost all cities of India through our network of associate offices. Local guides and naturalists are used for local sightseeing and wildlife viewing so that you can experience and learn from local experts.
Our itineraries are well-researched - they take you to areas of outstanding cultural and natural beauty and offer a comfortable balance of active and leisure time.
Our priority is your comfort, safety, and enjoyment and there is no compromise on that. We charge reasonable prices for quality trips. The hotels we use in major cities are some of the best while in smaller places the hotels we use are THE best available. We know them all personally and have worked with them for numerous years.
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