India - Himalayan Hill-stations Ride
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Amritsar. Complimentary airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with dinner and a guided evening visit to the fabulous Golden Temple.
Day 2: We make a second, early morning visit to the Golden Temple, before driving to Pragpur in the Kangra Valley. After checking in at our hotel, the afternoon is free to look around this charming 'Heritage Village' and to check that our bikes are ready to go.
Day 3: Biking on quiet backroads, we head north into the Kangra Valley, with views of the Dhaula Dhar ahead of us. Time to explore the former regional capital of Kangra and to visit its fort. Total ride distance 45 km (28 miles).
Day 4: A quite short day of riding, but with more than 1000 metres of ascent, as we bike up through Dharamsala and on to the 'Tibetan' town of Mcleodganj, home of the Dalai Lama. Total ride distance 46 km (29 miles).
Day 5: We have time in the morning for sightseeing amongst temples and prayer flags, before riding down to Dharamsala. Continuing on quiet roads through unspoilt villages, we ride to the artists village of Andretta, where we stay in a lodge. Total ride distance 55 km (34 miles).
Day 6: Today's ride is through a pretty tea-growing area and we have the chance to stop off en-route at temples and villages. We overnight at Jogindernagar, at the eastern end of the narrow gauge Kangra Railway. Total ride distance 37 km (23 miles).
Day 7: Our route today follows the south side of the Dhaula Dhar mountain range as it turns towards the north Indian plains. We leave the Kangra Valley behind and cross to the town of Mandi on the Beas River, known as the Varanasi of the Hills. Total ride distance 53 km (33 miles).
Day 8: Heading east, we follow the Beas River towards the Kulu Valley, with steep mountain slopes on either side. We overnight at a rest house between the tributary Sainj and Tirthan streams at the tiny hamlet of Larji. 48 km (30 miles).
Day 9: Turning towards the south-east and into a wild part of the Himalayan foothills, we climb ever upwards through Banjar and Chaini, with great temples and rural life. Overnight at Shoja 2600m), with fine views across the valley. Total ride distance 32 km (20 miles).
Day 10: A tough day as we head over the Jalori Pass at 3135 metres. We leave the forest behind and have views of the snow-capped Pir Panjal. A long descent then takes us to Luhri on the Sutlej River. Total ride distance 59 km (37 miles).
Day 11: We make an early start for the long climb out of the Sutlej Valley, stopping regularly to regroup and refuel. After almost 2000 metres of ascent, we reach the ridge-top and our lodge at Narkanda (2700m). Total ride distance 37 km (23 miles).
Day 12: A great final day of riding, with not a lot of up and down, as we contour around through Himalayan foothills to the old hill-station of Shimla. Total ride distance 64 km (40 miles).
Day 13: After a morning at leisure in Shimla, we take the narrow gauge train from Shimla through the foothills to Kalka. Overnight at a hotel in Pinjore, a northern suburb of Chandigarh. The bikes are taken directly to Delhi in the support vehicle.
Day 14: We drive to the railway station in Chandigarh and take the early morning train to Delhi. We have time for shopping and sightseeing in the afternoon. Overnight in Delhi.
Day 15: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Transfers to Delhi Airport are provided.
This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at altitude.