Southern Himalayan region of Uttarakhand is a place for the spiritual believers, adventurers and nature lovers. Uttarakhand is located at the north-eastern part of India bordering Nepal to the south east and the Himalayas from north to east of the state. As the major part is on the Himalayan ranges, there are lots of hilly downhill routes through the typical Indian villages and holy shrines which contribute to the beautiful Himalayan views, with most of the routes along the river with minimal traffic.
Himalayan Cycling Holiday
Show More Show Less Day 1: Arrival at Delhi You will be arriving at the country capital and throughout the day you will explore the multicultural city – Delhi. Apart from the highly populated, noisy traffic and active streets, there is much to see as Delhi has a history of multi-rulers, who left back a rich variety of art, culture and royal heritage. It has given an Islamic touch to the architecture and food of Delhi. Even In today’s world, you will find the traditional and the modern citizens of India trying to keep the Delhi spirit alive. One must try the sweets and also see the beautiful monuments. A walk through Chandini Chowk’s market is the perfect experience to know India. Day 2: Transfer to Nainital You will be transferred to Haldwani which is 270 kms drive and throughout the route you can site sugarcane and Mustard fields. Then we will check-in to the hotel at Nainital which is situated at a height of 1938 meters above sea level and it is known as the Lake District of India. The local market is also a place worth visiting. There is a ropeway which gives a spectacular panoramic view of Nainital. Day 3: Nainital Today we will cycle to Bhimtal which is famous for its Bhimtal Lake and the picture scenic locations around the town. Bhimtal is older than Nainital and was once part of the ancient silk route. This route has a long downhill and once you reach Bhimtal Lake you can cycle around the banks. Day 4: Almora While cycling to Almora, the route has a view of the rivers and the natural wonders that this area is famed for. By the road, you will find small shrines for the local settlers who pray and look after them and you will be cycling by the Kosi River. Almora is famous for the spectacular views, handicrafts and the delicious cuisines. It is situated at a horse shoe ridge of the mountain ranges. There is an 800 year old sun temple called Katarmal and Lala Bazaar a 200 years old local market which are worth visiting. Day 5: Chaukori You will be cycling down to Chaukori which is at a height of 2010 meters above sea level and towards the north, the Tibetan border is situated. While cycling towards Chaukori, a splendid view of Himalayas is visible. A few portions of the hills are covered with tea plantations. This region is sparsely populated and nature has lot to give the visitors. The mountain air, the birds and the crimson sun reaching out to the snow are all breath taking. Day 6: Munsiyari Start off with a 25 kms downhill to Munsiyari along the river. As we approach Munsiyari, the Panchachuli is visible clearly, which is a group of 5 peaks. Throughout the route, there are lot of beautiful shrines. With the nature’s pleasant silence and the birds chirping, you will feel the power of nature. The hotel provides rooms with the beautiful view of the Himalayan ranges. Day 7: Munsiyari This day we will do a local cycling & visit the local markets. Munsiyari is 2298 meters above sea level which is close to Nepal and Tibet. Munsiyari literary means ‘Place with Snow’ and it is also called the ‘Chota Kashmir’. The Nanda Devi Temple is the famous temple here. This region is not populated and there is a tribal settlement known as Shaukas or Bhotia. The carpets made by these tribes are a worth a look during the local sightseeing. Day 8: Bageshwar Initially it will be a long downhill with lots of small temples and until you reach Bageshwar . The Bagnath Temple of Lord Shiva is a very famous shrine which was built back in 1450 AB near Gomti River. Bageshwar is known for its religious and historic significance. Bageshwar is a small town it has not modernized and among the underdeveloped towns of the region. You will be staying at a budget hotel. Day 9: Gopeshwar This route will be through the holy temple along the river banks and with a spectacular Oak view. Interacting with the localities and understanding the lifestyles of these settlements is the knowledge worth obtaining and respecting. The Hindu Mythological stories told by the tribes are also an experience you can take back home. Gopeshwar is at a height of 1300 meters. Day 10: Guptkashi This day you’ll have a spectacular ride to Guptkashi. This route is also known as ‘the mini Switzerland by the localities. Guptkashi means ‘Hidden Holy Place’ which is 1319 Meters above sea level and a religiously important place. Manikarnik is a place where River Ganga and River Yamuna meet. In India, all rivers are considered holy and River Ganga and River Yamuna are the most holy rivers of also it’s a main tourist attraction. Day 11: New Tehri Today you will cycle your way along the Mandakini River followed by an uphill ride to Joshimath to reach Tehri. The name is derived from the word Trihari means cleansing the 3 sins in man; those are Mansa (thought), Vacha (Words) and Kamana (deed). The Old Tehri lies under water and now is among the world’s largest manmade lake and the tallest dam in India. This dam is known for its world’s largest hydroelectric Project. We will be staying in the New Tehri which is at 1550 – 1950 meters above sea level, overlooking the Tehri Lake and Tehri Dam. Day 12: Rishikesh This day we will be cycling by the small villages and will stop at a local tea shop for tea. As we approach the holy city of Rishikesh, the population seems to increase as it is a religious and a tourist spot. A lot of Hindu devotees can be met and there are many adventure activities available for the adventurer lovers. Day 13: Transfer to Delhi Today we’ll have a short cycling and will transfer back to Delhi.
• Accompanying Cycling Guide
• Multi Geared Cycling
• Accommodation and Meals
• Refreshment & Water
• Support vehicle with cycle carrier
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