Cycling Across the Beautiful Garhwal Himalayan Trails

Delhi – Rishikesh, Rishikesh – Tehri , Tehri – Dharasu , Dharasu – Uttarkashi , Uttarkashi -
Bhatwari , Bhatwari – Harsil ,Harsil – Gangotri, Gangnani – Uttarkashi , Brahmkhal , Barkot ,Nainbagh, Mussoorie

[ 16Days/15Nights ]

Cyclomania in India presents a mesmerizing tour for cycling in the Himalayaswhere we cover the most iconic spots of the scintillating Garhwal region in North India. Projecting sylvan views and unspoiled charm, the Garhwal region is blessed with the most stunning biking trails. On this two week long itinerary of biking in the Himalayas, we will explore the undisturbed beauty of Uttaranchal which is a peaceful state nestled amidst the snow clad peaks and dense forests. The exhilarating trekking sojourn features peace, divinity, spirituality, adventure and many more experiences that are always on the bucket list of biking enthusiasts.

The best bike trip in India enfolds the variety of landscapes throughout. From the most visited hill station of Mussoorie to the verdant hills at Tehri and from the adventurous city of Rishikesh to the untouched fairyland at Harsil, all beautiful things of the Garhwal region are covered in this tour. The trails would also take you to the Gangotri glacier, which is the source of the famous sacred river Ganges. Your excitement level on this tour is fed by several trips to tiny villages and holy towns glistening with cultural beauty. The trip is a perfect amalgamation of all great things desired by solitude seekers and adventure enthusiasts.

The memorable expedition begins amidst the maddening crowd at the capital city, New Delhi. Before heading to the celestial Garhwal Himalayan region, we will explore the intriguing vignette during a day long sightseeing tour of Delhi. Up next on the itinerary is the rustic charm of Rishikesh, which is also known as the Yoga capital of the world. Soon after we reach Rishikesh, the adrenaline pumping expedition begins. Although, we start at a comfortable pace but with each coming day your pedal power is put to test as we are gaining altitude. The Gangotri glacier is tucked at a height of 3200 meters so pedalling all the way up is surely going to be full of challenges and surprises. The biking adventure features staggering sceneries of Himalayan Cedar forests and flower valleys.

Throughout the blissful sojourn, you witness mesmerizing vantage points across the north-western Uttaranchal and the soothing essence of oak and pine trees as we head towards the south. The white foaming rivers are one of the most prominent attractions throughout the state. The sacred as well as glistening appeal is encountered by pedalling alongside Bhagirathi, Alaknanda, and Yamuna. To witness the sweeping mountain views from the greatest vantage point, we pedal all the way to Uttarkashi, which is an ancient land, rich with cultural heritage and is widely famous for a divine experience. Tucked on the banks of the Bhagirathi river, the place attracts thousands of devotees to the ancient Vishwanath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. After Uttarkashi, the picturesque bike trails turn to become somewhat challenging due to the steep climb all the way to the Gangotri. After cherishing the peace and tranquillity at Gangotri, we change the route and leave the Garhwal region behind. Via Gangnani to Uttarkashi, we will head back to the same road and then turn our handlebars towards southern areas of Uttaranchal to concludeone of the best bike trips in India with the rewarding views at the peaceful hill station Mussoorie.

Apart from the mesmerizing scenery and challenging uphill climb, the tour features a divine aura as it includes many attractions with spiritual importance. The tour is highly recommended to those who want to explore celestial towns immersed in Indian spirituality. Besides, unspoiled Himalayan beauty is what attracts most bikers to the Garhwal trails. Book a slot or checkout the itinerary below to learn how the glorious Garhwal region is going to be the most memorable expedition ever.

Day: 1 - Arrival At Delhi

Delhi is the national capital and a city with great historical significance. We choose Delhi as our starting point for the Garhwal bike tour because the city is a transport hub and well connected to every part of the country. The refreshing trip begins after your arrival at the Delhi International Airport. A well-experienced and cheerful representative will meet at the airport, from where you will be dropped at your pre-booked hotel. Day 1 is reserved for relaxation as from the next morning, your days will be full of fervour and excitement for the next two weeks. You are free for the evening to unwind and adjust to the new time zone. A relaxed evening followed by dinner and an overnight stay at the same hotel is included in the itinerary.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at pre booked hotel

Meals:All meals according to the time

Cycling: no cycling

Visit: as per program

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Day: 2 Delhi Sightseeing Tour

The next morning, after breakfast, you are all set to experience the best of Indian culture with a guided sightseeing tour. The entire city is dotted with landmarks and tourist attractions depicting the rich Indian heritage and culture. From splendid architectureto bustling bazaars, Delhi has everything to astonish a first-time visitor. The tour begins by exploring the rustic charm at Old Delhi. From the old style monuments to the rustic markets, everything in Old Delhi has historic importance. We will visit Jama Masjid, the Red Fort and Chandni Chowk Market to learn about their great connection with historic relevance. We will also explore the splendid architecture at Jantar Mantar, India Gate, the President’s House, Laxminarayan Temple, Akshardham Temple, ISKON Temple, and Lotus Temple.

There is quite a large list of places to be explored in Delhi. Covering all of these in a single day is quite tricky. We would cover the major attractions to carve some time out in the evening for pampering your taste buds. Food joints are very popular in Delhi to relish the local authentic taste. A trip to the eateries for lip smacking cuisines is followed by a visit to the colourful and vibrant local markets. Then, we will back for dinner and an overnight stay at the hotel.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at pre booked hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycling: no cycling

Visit: as per program

Cycling route map link:

 

Day: 3 Delhi – Rishikesh

We will have an early start to the day to catch the train to Haridwar. We will cover the journey to the holy town on a train to explore another aspect of travelling in India. Haridwar is a holy place for Hindus and hasa multitude of prominent places of worship, including the iconic Ghats where Ganga Arti is performed. Rishikesh, which is our next destination, is 25 kms away from the Haridwar railway station. We will drive to cover the distance and enter the Gateway to Garhwal.

Rishikesh is an ancient city nestled between river promenades, dense forests and Shivalik Mountains. We will reach Rishikesh around noon and explore the surreal appearances throughout the evening. Known for its majestic temples and Yoga ashrams, Rishikesh is a perfect place for off-beat experiences and de-stressing.

To explore the jaw-dropping spectacles of the raw wilderness or architectural feats around the town, you can have your bike. Take a quick bike tour in the evening to warm up and to make sure that you don’t need any adjustments to the bikes. After sunset, we will be back at the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at pre booked hotel

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Activity: Cycling: no cycling

Drive:

Visit: as per program

Cycling route map link:

Day: 4 Rishikesh – Tehri

It is the official start of your bike tour and indeed it has to be memorable enough, so we picked New Tehri as your first pit stop. Located on a hilltop, it is a modern town known for water expeditions. The newly constructed dam and the massive artificial lake are the prime attractions at this beguiling hill station. Situated at an elevation of more than 1700 meters, pedalling to Tehri is going to be fairly exciting. We will have a backup saddle and when you feel that the bike trails are getting too strenuous, you can stop pedalling and get into the cab to cover the rest of the journey. Tehri is more than 75kms away from Rishikesh and we will reach there in the evening. After exploring the prime spots at Tehri we will call it a day and head to our pre booked hotel.

Details:-

Accommodation:Overnight at pre booked hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycling: 75km

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: : https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38617652

Day: 5 Tehri – Dharasu

Day 5 calls for an early start to witness the glistening sights throughout our way to the next destination, Dharasu. We will be pedalling alongside Bhagirathi which looks divine during the morning hours when the sun’s rays manifold its unadulterated beauty. After pedalling a fairly smooth ride we will Dharasu which is famous as a diversion point for Yamunotri and Gangotri. The quaint little town falls on the route of the Char Dham highway project, which is aimed at connecting the top four pilgrimages in India. Along with the newly constructed road, there is another route to reach Dharasu. Considering your pedalling power, we will take the desirable route, either way you won’t miss the picturesque sceneries throughout the way. As we are going near the Himalayan majesty, we put in some more effort to make the trip memorable for you. That’s why, in Dharasu, we will have dinner and overnight stay in a tent.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at camp

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Cycling: 66km

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: :https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38617666

Day: 6 Dharasu – Uttarkashi

Uttarakhand is famous for its divine aura. The entire state is dotted with picturesque lakes, holy rives and revered temples. Our day starts with a 30 kms long journey to enter Uttarkashi which is renowned for the ancient Kashi Vishwanath temple. Our ride to the temple is surely rewarding as we will cross many small towns and villages before reaching Uttarkashi. The entire route is filled with Garhwal’s hidden gems. Amidst the scenic surrounding is situated Uttarkashi on the banks of the mighty Bhagirathi river that becomes Holy Ganges from here. A visit to the much talked about Vishwanath temple is a little challenging as Uttarkashi sits at a higher altitude. After putting your pedalling power to test, we will finally reach our destination in the evening. The visit to the temple is followed by dinner and an overnight stay in a pre booked hotel.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at pre booked hotel

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Cycling: 32km

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: :https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38617677

Day: 7 Uttarkashi - Bhatwari

From here onwards, snow-clad peaks will be in the backdrop continuously. While heading towards the north, the panoramic views become even breath taking. Our next destination is Bhatwari which is the home to the magnificent ShankhDhara waterfall. The sublime natural beauty of Uttaranchal is truly reflected in this waterfall. On our way to Bhatwari, we will get plenty of opportunities to catch a glimpse of the simplistic living at varied towns and villages like Maneri,Didsari, Malla and Pahi. The serene landscape at Bhatwari is one of the off-beat places that are perfect for peace seekers. To immerse in the splendid views, we will spend the night in a tent.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at camp

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Cycling: 32km

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: :https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38617685

Day: 8 Bhatwari – Harsil

On our way to Harsil, you will experience the calm and tranquillity of the Garhwal Himalayan region at its primal best. As known by many, the river Bhagirathi is the most turbulent Himalayan river, however in Harsil the foaming waters are absent and all you can see is a calming river flowing peacefully. However, getting the slice of paradise is going to be slightly challenging on day 8 as many hairpins are part of the route to Harsil.

For a beautiful view of the Himalayan range, we will be gaining height by crossing the most challenging Sukhhi Top, which is a perfect choice for adventure lovers. It is going to be the most strenuous 40 kms on this entire cycle tour in India. If you are enchanted by thrilling things then it will be a perfect day for otherwise, you will always have the option to stop pedalling and switch to the backup saddle. We will stroll around Harsil to get some rewarding views of calming water complementing the apple orchards in the vicinity. Dinner and overnight stay at a hotel.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at pre booked hotel

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Cycling: 43km

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: :https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38617692

Day: 9 Harsil – Gangotri

Day 9 allows you to enrapture in the serenity in the most exciting yet challenging way. As we are biking in the great Himalayan region, rolling on the trails is certainly not easy. To explore the blissful aura of Gangotri, we will cover a distance of 30 kms on the most adventurous trails. The picturesque landscape at Gangotri is created by snow clad Himalayan range, gushing Bhagirathi river and the Gangotri temple. The temple has utmost relevance in the Hindu religion as it is considered one of the four holy pilgrimages known as “Char Dham”. A short trek here can take you to the origin of the holy river Ganges, which is about 30 kms long and 4 kms wide. Gangotri town has its religious importance but in the past few years, thousands of non-Hindu tourists have also visited this place considering it is one of the most stunning off-beat places with stunning views of serene quaint Himalayas. After visiting famous attractions nearby Gangotri town, we will call it a day and have dinner at a hotel.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at pre booked hotel

Meals: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner

Cycling: 30km

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: :https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38617700

Day: 10 Gangotri – Gangnani

The vicinity of the Himalayan range to Gangotri town makes it an important part of the Garhwal itinerary. After spending some precious moments amidst the lush green hills, celestial Gangotri shrine and the splendid Himalayan views, we will make a U turn and head towards Uttarkashi. On our way back, we will stop at a different destination named Gangnani, which is an ideal retreat for peace lovers. Gangnani attracts thousands of devotees every year at a thermal water spring named Rishikund. Devotees believe that taking a dip in the hot water spring will cleanse their bodies and souls. Although the serene surroundings on this place are perfect for rejuvenation so whether or not you are spiritually inclined Gangnani is worth making a halt. To make the night stay even more memorable at this peace lover’s dream destination, we will arrange a camping site to spend the night in a tent.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at camp

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycling: 50km

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: :https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38617714

Day: 11 Gangnani – Uttarkashi

Nestled on the foothills of the grand Himalayas, the Garhwal region is full of surprises. Apart from the scenic beauty and the pleasant weather, it’s the simplistic living and serene spirituality that attracts peace seeking tourists. A quaint getaway on the surreal lands is best explored with close encounters of the rustic charm. To witness the cultural ethos, we will make plenty of stops to connect with the locals at different hamlets like Sungar, Kunjan, Pala Maradi, Dwari, Pahi, Janak and Maneri.

On our way back to Uttarkashi, most of the routes are downhills rides offering abundant opportunities to make a stop and capture the majestic beauty in the camera lenses. After covering the 50 kms of distance to Uttarkashi in a leisurely mode, we will reach our destination for the night. Before heading back to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay, we will take a spin around to catch glimpses of the old world charms at Uttarkashi.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at pre booked hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycling: 50km

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: :https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38617722

Day: 12 Uttarkashi – Brahmkhal

Yet another day of cycling in India that is full of adventures and serenity. After breakfast, we will bid adieu to the celestial old town of Uttarkashi and turn our handlebars towards Dharasu, but we are not going back to the same destination. Uttarakhand state is full of mesmerizing off-beat destinations and the next point in our expedition is the stunning Brahmkhal that offers exclusive vantage points as it is situated at a higher altitude. Indeed, we will be gaining 1000 meters of elevation in a single day to reach Brahmkhal which itself is perfect to raise your adrenaline levels. After pedalling for about 40 kms, we will immerse into the scenic vistas at this beguiling little village. To make the stay rejuvenating, we will have dinner and retire in a tent.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at camp

Meals:Breakfast & Dinner

Cycling: 40km

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: :https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38617738

Day: 13 Brahmkhal – Barkot

After breakfast, we will leave the tents early in the morning to head towards another adventurous destination. Barkot is a sleepy town nestled amidst snow clad peaks. Located at an elevation of 1220 meters, the peaceful hill station is a preferred choice for adventure seekers. Known for trekking excursions, Bandarkot offers undisturbed views of massive Himalayan peaks.Banderpooch peak is one of them. Apple orchards, calmly whispering Yamuna river and chirping birds add to the beauty of the serene destination Barkot. Perfect for mental bliss, Barkot is tucked on the banks of the Yamuna river.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at pre booked hotel

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycling: 50km

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: :https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38617742

Day: 14 Barkot – Nainbagh

Now, river Yamuna will become our partner in the expedition; as from Barkot onwards, we will follow the southerly course of this river. Our next destination is a beautiful hill station tucked quietly amidst the dense oak and rhododendron forests. Just 12 kms away from this hill town is the base camp for trekking excursions to the majestic Nag Tibba peaks which are perched at an elevation of more than 3000 meters. Far from the humdrum of chaotic city life, Nainbagh is a perfect destination to spend some time with yourself. To soak in the peace and tranquillity at this stunning destination, we will stroll around before having dinner. After which we will be back in our tents for an overnight stay.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at camp

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycling: 50km

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: :https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38617749

Day: 15 Nainbagh – Mussoorie

Mussoorie is the last leg of one of the best bike trips in India. Also known as “Queen of Hills”, Mussoorie is the most popular tourist destination of the Garhwal Himalayan region. Even on the last day of biking, your endurance is put to test because the altitude at Mussoorie is certainly higher than at Nainbagh. Covering the distance of 40 kms is going to be tough, but the glittering destination is surely a rewarding experience. The kaleidoscopic hills at Mussoorie lure visitors from across the globe. It is a colonial hill station widely famous for the undisturbed Himalayan vistas. From nature walk, shopping frenzy to adventure’s haven, Mussoorie has something for everyone. We will carve out enough time to get you into the true Mussoorie spirits by including Kempty Falls, cable car rides and boat rides.

Details:-

Accommodation: Overnight at pre booked hotel

Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cycling:

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: :https://ridewithgps.com/routes/38617759

Day: 16 Mussoorie – Delhi

The bike tour of the scenic beauty of the Garhwal region ends after two weeks of a blissful expedition. After breakfast, you will be dropped at the Dehradun airport or the railway station, from where you can head back to your onward journey to Delhi and way back home.

Details:-

Accommodation: no accommodation

Meals:Breakfast

Cycling:

Drive:

Visit:: as per program

Cycling route map link: :

Uphill climbing amidst the alluring snow-clad mountains and peaceful cultural encounters at the divine towns of Uttaranchal is surely going to be the most memorable bike tour in India. To learn more about the itinerary or to make any modificationsto it, feel free to drop your messages at the email address given below.

2 To 4 Guest: 2200 USD per person on double sharing basis

5 to 10 Guest: 2050 USD per person on double sharing basis

Single Supplement: 850 USD per person on single sharing basis

Inclusions

Bikes: Mountain Bikes

Bike Sizes: 13-21

Bike Hire: Includes on Tour Cost. You may bring your own bikes, but in this case let us know in advance. Other equipment provided: Pedals, helmet, water bottles.

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation is offered at all locations. Most of the hotels are Culture Resort, Eco Resorts & family run hotels - all with a common line of quality in service. Our costs are based on 'twin-sharing' foundation. For those who wants single room, we offer single room, but at extra cost.

TERRAIN

The landscape includes flatlands, mountains, backwaters and village streets.

CLIMATE

The variety of the regional features of this country has led to a corresponding variety in environment. The Great Varies have awesome environment throughout the year, while the flatlands are warm and moist. The common level of yearly rain fall is superb in Kerala, Sikkim and some of the Northern Eastern Declares of Native India, when compared to other Native India. July to Aug is the monsoon season, with heavy downpours. It is always recommended to check weather and temperature at websites.

TRANSPORTATION/SUPPORT VEHICLES

All transport is involved in the cost. We provide backup vehicle at all times during cycling trip. The vehicle can be used to boat your baggage & yourself as required.

FOOD

Food is a very essential part of these trips. We make sure that the meals we offer is method delicious, unless you ask for dull meals. You are also permitted the choice of veggie or non-vegetarian meals. We suggest that you consume only the canned standard water. Please make sure that the container is enclosed.

WHAT TO BRING
  • Footwear
  • Bike shoes
  • Sun cream lotion
  • Relaxed shoes for walking
  • Shoes for other sightseeing
  • Socks
  • Clothing

In Indian, the conventional of outfit is more traditional. We counsel you to prevent very short shorts/skirts and limited tops/tanktops when viewing small non-urban places, temples, mosques or other sacred sites as this may limit your access.

  • A hotter set of outfits (Fleece, Coat, hat and gloves) are required for visits going through Munnar and other thin air places.
  • Water resistant jacket.
  • Bike riding equipment like safety gloves and shorts.
Others
  • Torch
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Eyewear, cap
  • Sun lotion of spf at least 35
  • Individual Bike riding equipment like bar finishes, pedals, chairs and headgear
  • Helmets for riding a bike
HEALTH

Water is higher risk; hence we suggest that you drink only nutrient water in bottles during your trip. A cage of standard nutrient water is always focused for in the start of the vehicle during trips as an urgent evaluate. Despite the high requirements, it is worth providing basic OTC medications for disappointed tummies, complications, pest attacks etc. Indian is a financially creating democratic republic and has worked very hard to control illnesses. Sufficient medical care is available in the major inhabitants' facilities, but is usually limited in the non-urban areas of the country. Many western worlds are utilizing the state-of-the-art healthcare services available in Indian. The cost of treatment is much less expensive here in comparison to the same features available in innovative nations.

The most important cause of sickness of tourists in Indian is food and water-borne illnesses. Malware, bacteria, or harmful bacteria can cause diarrhea. Attacks may cause simple diarrhea and throwing up, high temperature, or, in extraordinary instances, liver organ damage (hepatitis). Malaria is a avoidable disease that can create trouble if neglected. One can prevent disease by taking recommended anti-malarial drugs and defending against insect attacks. The areas you will be passing are Malaria-free. Make sure that your insurance provider includes illnesses and injuries overseas.

PRECAUTIONS
  • Bring all the important medications and OTC medications. Do not ignore to have the brands as well as the general titles of the medications one needs to have.
  • Use a sun hat when revealed.
  • Consume a lot of liquids. Don't drink tap water. Use only bottled water which is always kept in the back of your automobile.
  • Bring your personal medical kit and pest resilient.
  • To avoid fungus and parasitic attacks, keep legs clean and dry, and do not go without shoes.
  • Do not eat food bought from road providers.
  • Do not drink drinks with ice.
  • Do not eat milk products unless it is known that they have been pasteurized.
  • Prevent managing creatures (especially apes, pets, and cats) to avoid attacks and serious illnesses.
MEDICAL INFORMATION UPDATE

Details given above are liable to change every now and then and one should contact the Native India tasks of the specific country or the government vacationer offices for more details.

SHOPPING

You will get possibilities en-route to do a bit of purchasing. However unless particularly requested for, our guide will not suggest any particular store. Neither we nor our driver/guides take any percentage on purchasing.

SPENDING MONEY

Every visitor will have different cash specifications and varying personal costs. Please assess your own spending routines while enabling for beverages, purchasing and falling. Also keep aside cash for extra costs like:

  • Foods which are not included
  • Emergencies
  • Optionally available activities /additional sightseeing
  • Shopping/Souvenirs
FOREIGN EXCHANGE

As Indian currency value tend to go up and down, make reference to the following website for daily return rates: www.xe.com.

AIRPORT TAXES

There is no airport terminal or leaving taxation from any airport terminal of India.

Inclusions
  • Cycles
  • Support Vehicle, parking, toll, and driver’s allowances
  • Cycling guide
  • Breakfast at all destinations
  • All Accommodation on Full board
  • First Aid Kid
  • Backup of Support Vehicle
EXCLUSIONS
  • Insurance Policy - Please take your own Insurance
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Laundry
  • Telephone bills
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