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Cycling India's Hill Stations - Exodus Travels
Cycling India's Hill Stations - Exodus Travels
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6 reviews
Starts
Amritsar
+15 Destinations
Northern India
Ends
New Delhi
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Highlights

  • Enter the Golden Temple
  • Cycle through the Kangra Valley
  • Gaze at majestic mountain peaks
  • Meet the locals at Point Oddi
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Bicycle
Travel style
Bicycle, Adventure
Start in Amritsar and end in New Delhi! With the bicycle tour Cycling India's Hill Stations, you have a 16 day tour package taking you from Amritsar to New Delhi and through Amritsar, India and 16 other destinations in India. Cycling India's Hill Stations includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Cycling India's Hill Stations reviewer 1
    Written on December 4, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    This is probably the best of the 7 exodus cycling trips I've done. It's hard, a full C but full of variety and interesting things to see. I really liked the fact that we could (if we wanted) cycle the whole route from start to finish, made the trip much more satisfying. Someone calculated that our cumulative total ascent over the 10 days came to just over 9000 metres, that's equal to cycling up Everest!! Some cycling trips I've done have felt more like a bus trip with a bit of cycling thrown in. You really don't get that feeling on this trip.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Cycling up the hill to Dharamsala and cycling over the Jalori pass.We had a real sense of being off the tourist trail, indeed we didn't see another westerner after leaving Dharamsal until we got to Simla and even there I was surprised how few europeans we saw. What did you think of your group leader?pramud was great as was his assistant, Vijay.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?November is a very good month to go as the day time temperature was ideal, never too hot. However it got very chilly on some nights and the hotels don't have heating so take a down jacket, thermals and hat and gloves. You'll need long trousers for cycling over the jalori pass.Some of the hotels are definitely basic but there's nowhere else to stay, this trip is definitely off the beaten track.Is there anything else you would like to add?I enjoy cycling in India more than in any other country I've visited. There's always something going on and people to talk to, especially now more and more young people speak such good english! Now that so many people have mobile phones with cameras we found we were being photographed just as much as we were taking photos.

  • Cycling India's Hill Stations reviewer 2
    Written on December 4, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    This is probably the best of the 7 exodus cycling trips I've done. It's hard, a full C but full of variety and interesting things to see. I really liked the fact that we could (if we wanted) cycle the whole route from start to finish, made the trip much more satisfying. Someone calculated that our cumulative total ascent over the 10 days came to just over 9000 metres, that's equal to cycling up Everest!! Some cycling trips I've done have felt more like a bus trip with a bit of cycling thrown in. You really don't get that feeling on this trip.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Cycling up the hill to Dharamsala and cycling over the Jalori pass.We had a real sense of being off the tourist trail, indeed we didn't see another westerner after leaving Dharamsal until we got to Simla and even there I was surprised how few europeans we saw. What did you think of your group leader?pramud was great as was his assistant, Vijay.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?November is a very good month to go as the day time temperature was ideal, never too hot. However it got very chilly on some nights and the hotels don't have heating so take a down jacket, thermals and hat and gloves. You'll need long trousers for cycling over the jalori pass.Some of the hotels are definitely basic but there's nowhere else to stay, this trip is definitely off the beaten track.Is there anything else you would like to add?I enjoy cycling in India more than in any other country I've visited. There's always something going on and people to talk to, especially now more and more young people speak such good english! Now that so many people have mobile phones with cameras we found we were being photographed just as much as we were taking photos.

  • Cycling India's Hill Stations reviewer 3
    Written on September 14, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    This is challenging holiday. Some of the cycling is fantastic and the scenery is great .It is very much off the beaten track and some of the accomodation is very basic. There is very little rest time for the first few days. There are a couple of hills which are long and steep but are worth it as the downhills are great.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Golden temple is amazing.The days ride to Simla was great.What did you think of your group leader?He was pretty good. Good to have someone who enjoyed talking about India  . He admitted the trip was new and therefore he didn't always remember exactly what the route was like in detail. Initially he seemed reluctant to take any of our suggestions on board e.g having shorter stops on the first few days so we could get to our accomodation a bit earlier to enable us to have more free time. However, he did later become a bit more flexible on this.Do you have any advice for potential travellers? don't know why type has become huge!read the trip notes before trip. Some people hadn't and didn't realise it was hilly with basic accomodationIs there anything else you would like to add?Trip could be improved if train trip from Simla was shorter. Could be achieved possible by cycling from Simla- it's all down hill and then catch train. Then travel straight to Delhi and avoid night in hotel in non descript place. Would also give more time in Delhi. I needed a bit of retail therapy by then!! Also perhaps have more time in Maclead Ganj as no time to explore there. I think on this holiday it would be better to have all the food costs included in the holiday (as Exodus used to do many years ago!) as we always ate as a group and sorting out the bills seemed to take ages some times.At the end of the day most people ate roughly the same amount.

  • Cycling India's Hill Stations reviewer 4
    Written on September 14, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    This is challenging holiday. Some of the cycling is fantastic and the scenery is great .It is very much off the beaten track and some of the accomodation is very basic. There is very little rest time for the first few days. There are a couple of hills which are long and steep but are worth it as the downhills are great.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Golden temple is amazing.The days ride to Simla was great.What did you think of your group leader?He was pretty good. Good to have someone who enjoyed talking about India  . He admitted the trip was new and therefore he didn't always remember exactly what the route was like in detail. Initially he seemed reluctant to take any of our suggestions on board e.g having shorter stops on the first few days so we could get to our accomodation a bit earlier to enable us to have more free time. However, he did later become a bit more flexible on this.Do you have any advice for potential travellers? don't know why type has become huge!read the trip notes before trip. Some people hadn't and didn't realise it was hilly with basic accomodationIs there anything else you would like to add?Trip could be improved if train trip from Simla was shorter. Could be achieved possible by cycling from Simla- it's all down hill and then catch train. Then travel straight to Delhi and avoid night in hotel in non descript place. Would also give more time in Delhi. I needed a bit of retail therapy by then!! Also perhaps have more time in Maclead Ganj as no time to explore there. I think on this holiday it would be better to have all the food costs included in the holiday (as Exodus used to do many years ago!) as we always ate as a group and sorting out the bills seemed to take ages some times.At the end of the day most people ate roughly the same amount.

  • Cycling India's Hill Stations reviewer 5
    Written on December 15, 2011
    3.0 - Average

    Cycling was fantastic and back up team very enthusiastic and helpful. Challenging cycling by title, challenging by nature.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?2000m climb and 35km climbWhat did you think of your group leader?very goodDo you have any advice for potential travellers?helps if you are a vegetarian since most midday and overnight meal stops were geared for vegiesIs there anything else you would like to add?Safety of electricity sockets in rooms and standards of wiring in bathrooms was nothing short of scandalous in some hotels.Basic hotels not comfortable - some were a disgrace and I had to do risk assessments prior to sleering in some of them!

  • Cycling India's Hill Stations reviewer 6
    Written on December 15, 2011
    3.0 - Average

    Cycling was fantastic and back up team very enthusiastic and helpful. Challenging cycling by title, challenging by nature.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?2000m climb and 35km climbWhat did you think of your group leader?very goodDo you have any advice for potential travellers?helps if you are a vegetarian since most midday and overnight meal stops were geared for vegiesIs there anything else you would like to add?Safety of electricity sockets in rooms and standards of wiring in bathrooms was nothing short of scandalous in some hotels.Basic hotels not comfortable - some were a disgrace and I had to do risk assessments prior to sleering in some of them!

Itinerary

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Start Amritsar.
  2. Day 2: Visit Golden Temple; transfer to Pragpur.
  3. Day 3: Cycle to Kangra through traditional villages and scenic valleys; optional visit to Kangra Fort.
  4. Day 4: A long steady uphill climb to McLeod Ganj (2000m); late afternoon sightseeing.
  5. Day 5: To Andretta (1100m) via Norblingka Institute on the undulating back roads below the Dhaula Dhar range.
  6. Day 6: Continue towards Jogindernagar via Baijnath Temple.
  7. Day 7: Cycle to the historic temple town of Mandi; time to explore the town and old temples.
  8. Day 8: An easier day cycling along the Beas River to Larji in the lower part of the Kulu Valley.
  9. Day 9: A challenging day cycling through traditional remote villages to Shoja (2600m).
  10. Day 10: Climb to the Jalori Pass (3223m) for fantastic views across the Pir Pinjal and the great Himalaya; downhill to Luhri.
  11. Day 11: Another climb to Narkanda (2700m) for stunning views of the peaks on the Tibetan border.
  12. Day 12: Cycle to the famous hill station of Shimla.
  13. Day 13: Free day to explore Shimla.
  14. Day 14: Take Viceroy's narrow gauge 'Toy Train' to Kalka; connect with onward train to Delhi.
  15. Day 15: Free day to explore India's capital.
  16. Day 16: End Delhi.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 666 km.
  • Amritsar (India)
  • 128 km
  • Pragpur (India)
  • 31 km
  • Kangra (India)
  • 14 km
  • Dharamsala (India)
  • 3 km
  • McLeod Ganj (India)
  • 32 km
  • Andreta (India)
  • 8 km
  • Baijnath (India)
  • 15 km
  • Joginder Nagar (India)
  • 34 km
  • Mandi (India)
  • 33 km
  • Bali Chowki (India)
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