The great Himalayan national park in the Kullu district is a UNESCO site. The park in itself is a treasure trove for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike, with numerous trails leading to peaks and hidden valleys; and on its vestiges are places which in the recent past have shot up on the offbeat tourism charts; Shangarh – the sprawling meadow in the Sainj valley, The Tirthan valley named after the river flowing from the Tirath glacier in the park, the meadows of Sarchi and Lambri, Bashleo pass and Baga Saraun and further on the south west the inner Seraj with Jibhi, Shoja and Jalori pass. Routes also lead to Gadah Gushaini and Jhanjehli. There is a Gushaini (on the vestiges of Great Himalayan National Park) in Tirthan valley, and then there’s a Gadah Gushaini, definitely a thicker version of the Gushaini we might know. Rolling Meadows, gentle flowing mountain streams, shepherds, pot, trails, and it takes more than just a road to get there! Intention, Destiny, Willingness. A winding road of about 33kms from Jibhi (in Seraj Valley, reached from Aut 35kms on Manali Highway) gets you to this marvel in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. There is but one guest house and a HP PWD rest house here for accommodation. Before Gadah Gushaini is Bahu another gem in the area. Awesome walks lead one to Chach Galu (Galu means pass in Mandi dialect) and from there to Jalori pass or Magru Gala (near Janjehli). Now a road connects Gadah Gushaini to Chattri and Janjehli. Be here for a weekend and you will understand what escape means.
We will all meet at Himachal Bhavan, Safdar Hashmi Marg, Delhi at 1700hrs and board the Volvo bus to Manali.
Disembark at Aut in the morning from the Volvo and board our cabs towards Tirthan valley. much of the day is spent at leisure, early morning after breakfast driving to Jalori pass and hiking to Sereolsar lake/or Raghupur fort and then and it is only towards late afternoon that we go on a spin on our mountain bikes riding downhill back to Tirthan valley. Evening at hotel.
After breakfast we board our cabs and drive to Jibhi, from where we start our ride, an ascent followed by a gradual descent to Gadah Gushaini (20kms). The first pass Chach Galu is another 7kms ascent from where we descend towards the interiors of Mandi district and climb yet another pass, Magru Gala, before Jhanjehli. The total riding from Chach Galu is 38kms to Magru Gala and another 12kms descend to Jhanjehli. Overnight Hotel/Bed and Breakfast
A beautiful ride awaits us today as we ascend through the trails of the Shikari Devi sanctuary towards Raigad (10kms) and further to the base of Shikari Devi (6kms). 500 stairs lead up to the sprawling meadows and the roofless temple of Shikari Devi (3400mts). After a good session of photography we descend to the base and then continue our ride through a forested jeep track and a trail towards Sanarli (22kms). Chindi is another 6kms from here, our abode for the night.
After a hearty breakfast we start our ride today from the hotel and descend towards the Karsog valley and further through the highway towards Tattapani on the banks of the river Sutlej. Board the support vehicles here and drive towards Shimla to catch the Volvo back home in time.
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01 When will Tour of Kangra 2014 take place?
The ride takes place from December 30th 2015 to January 3rd, 2016. December 30th day is reserved for orientations and getting a glimpse into Little Tibet and other attractions around McLeodganj. The ride starts on the morning of the December 31st, 2015.
02 Where is the event?
The Tour of Kangra takes place in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, flanked by the mighty Dhauladhars and one of India’s best winter destinations.
03 Where is the start and finish point?
The race starts from McLeodganj, near Dharamshala on the morning of December 30th and finishes on the January 3rd, 2016 in Palampur.
04 What is the entry fee?
The entry fee for the ride is INR 18,000/- (Indian Rupees Eighteen Thousand).
05 Are there any entry fee waivers?
Club entries (consisting of 6 riders or more) get a 15% waiver on the fees (The entry fees is 15,300/- Indian Rupees Ten Thousand and Two Hundred). Riders who have done our previous events (Tour of Kangra, Out There Epic, and Ride High etc) also get a 15% waiver on the entry fees.
06 What is the distance of the ride?
The total distance of the ride is 280 kms in four days, most of which is flat riding at an average altitude of 1200 meters.
07 Is there any cap on the number of riders?
The tour of Kangra will accommodate the first 60 riders to register.
08 How does one register for the race?
09 When is my registration confirmed?
A registration is confirmed only when we receive the booking entry fee and full documents. The booking fees is 6,000/- with the rest payable in Dharamshala upon arrival
10 How do I send my registration entry fee?
Ac number 89432100000134
Ac Name Being Out There
Ac Type Current
Ac Bank Himachal Pradesh Gramin Bank (A subsidiary of Punjab National Bank)
IFS code PUNB0HPGB04 (its a zero after the B's)
Your entry fees includes
12 What about insurance?
One should have their own insurance cover for the ride. However signing of the indemnity form is mandatory.
Your luggage goes in the luggage van everyday to the respective race hotel or the camp. It is marked by luggage tags.
Your bike boxes remain at the start of the ride, i.e the Hotel at Dharamshala. We don’t need to carry them with us during the course of the ride. In case you have a breakdown and need to go back, the total time to get back to the hotel at Dharamshala is within 2 hours.
Yes we do have the option of renting bikes, however there is a cap on it. We can rent out Merida Hardtail bikes @ 3000/- for the whole ride
The bus you board from Delhi can easily accommodate your bike at the boot.
Yes we welcome your family and friends for the ride, even if they don’t want to ride. Kangra is a great winter destination with many attractions and your family and friends can feast their eyes on the magnificent vistas it has to offer. They would get a dedicated cab (one cab – 4 ppl) and do the whole course of the ride as well, and YES – they would get to see more of places off the ride map as well. The cost for ADULTS accompanying the ride as supporters or tourers is INR 12000/- (twelve thousand Indian rupees) and CHILDREN BETWEEN 8-12 (6000/-).
Yes you do. You get a completion certificate and a participation certificate.
Yes you will get a ride DVD with the videos and Pics. And you can always visit the ride facebook page and the website to keep a tab on these.
The race is being organized by ‘Being Out There’. To know more about the organizers read below –
In line with our philosophy of giving our clients an up, close & personal experience we endeavour to make our clients ride the best possible routes in a specific region and give them the true local flavour. Unlike a lot of other companies who prescribe to the totally ‘rough it out’ way of running their trips we don’t mind admitting that we like our clients to be cycling with some bit of comfort. We as a company believe that tasty/nutritious food, great campsite and a comfortable bed at the end of the day is very essential to an outdoors trip
A Typical Day: We like to start early, so our clients are normally up by about 6:30 a.m. You will be woken up with bed tea and get a bowl of hot water to wash up. After a sumptuous breakfast you will set out on the day’s ride by about 8:00 a.m. normal day you will ride for about 6-7 hours to reach the campsite. En route you will have packed lunch. You will be at the campsite around 3:00 p.m. This gives you enough time to relax, take pictures, arrange your luggage and enjoy cups of tea/coffee. You will get an evening snack which is followed by dinner at about 7:30 p.m. Clients normally spend some time together in the mess tent or outside chatting up before retiring for the day at around 9:00 p.m. We have the support vehicles with us so on any stretch if one is not feeling up to it one can hitch a ride in the vehicle.
Accommodation: At Leh & Manali you will stay in very good quality mid budget hotels. You will have the option to upgrade if required. For camping we use the best quality 3/4 season expedition tents (Mountain Hardwear, Black Diamond Bibler tent or similar). We carry a mess tent which becomes a place for everyone to sit together and enjoy a meal or have a conversation. Also provided are camping stools, tables & lamps. Guests are also provided warm sleeping bags. Equal emphasis is given on campsites. We try to pitch camp at unique locations for the Guests to have a good time. Where we’re not camping we book our Guests in the best possible hotel/guesthouse. We will be providing toilet tents with wooden western seats. For a group of 12 riders there will be 3 toilet tents.
Meals: Our kitchen team travels with the clients and dishes out hot and tasty meals. We normally provide an early breakfast after which clients are given their packed lunch. Once at the campsite clients are given evening snacks, unlimited tea/coffee, soup followed by a sumptuous dinner. Our cuisine is a mix of Indian, Chinese, Continental & local. All meals are generally vegetarian and non vegetarian. A typical day’s meal would look like
Please note that Riders must bring their own mountain (all terrain) cycles. The roads generally are not suitable for bikes fitted with road tyres (slicks), even though some sections are in reasonably good condition. There will be sections higher up that will be in poor condition due to snow/slush from the winter months, possible landslip, and use of the road by heavy vehicles at times. Hybrid bikes with 'chunky' mountain tyres are most suitable. Riders should also bring a range of spare parts which may include; chain links or chains, spare tyres and pump, at least 4 spare tubes and puncture repair kit, cables, pedals and a good tool kit.
Though there would be a mechanic accompanying us carrying a good repair kit and spares but it is still necessary for everyone to bring some spares; this also ensures you have parts that will fit your bike. There will be a staff member to assist with running repairs when we are biking and at our overnight stops should problems be more complicated. As a general rule, less complex or high tech bikes are easier to fix and obtain parts for if necessary. If you plan to buy a new bike before the trip, make sure you are completely familiar with it prior to departing. You should fit at least 2 one litre water bottles to your bike. Water will be available from the back up vehicle.
For riders unfamiliar with our Himalayan organization you will be very well catered for. Our cycling expedition takes us into remote regions where there are no villages and no hotels. Therefore during the cycling expedition we will be camping. We will select camps away from the road where you will sleep in comfortable two person tents and be looked after by our crew who will come with us. They will prepare all meals including your early morning cup of tea. All you have to do is pack your gear into your kitbag. During the day you will be accompanied by a support vehicle which is at your disposal should you not wish to cycle. Your other entire luggage will go into the Luggage van accompanying us.
Ensuring you are on a Ride that's right for you, and ensuring you are ready for the physical and technical demands of a Ride, is of utmost importance to us. It helps ensure that you will be riding with people of similar skill level and won't be holding up the group or be held up by others - and can ride at the pace you want to ride at.
This is a challenge for the whole mountain bike adventure industry, but here's how we're addressing this issue:
Please pay attention to the skill and fitness ratings for the Ride(s) you're interested in, and be honest in your self-assessment. For more information on skill and fitness ratings, please click here.
We offer add-ons (from mountain bike rentals to single room upgrades) to help complement your Ride. See the add-ons tab to see pricing for each available add-on.
To book your Ride add-ons, you can either:
a) select them when you make your initial booking
b) add them to your account via your Rider Dashboard at any time prior to start date (restrictions apply on the timing of certain items)