WEEKEND ESCAPE – Shimla to Chandigarh Weekend Ride
MONTH: Jan-Jun, Sep-Dec
LOCATION: Chandigarh, Kasauli & Shimla (Himachal Pradesh)
DURATION: 2 Days 1 Night
CYCLING DAYS: 2
DEPARTURE DATE: In November, December 2018 and January 2019
ACCOMODATION: Comfortable Hotel rooms in Kasauli on Twin & Single Sharing basis
MAX. GROUP SIZE: 16 People
This Season, in all its Himalayan glory, we invite mountain bikers from across the country, to gear up and pedal this historic route. The idea is to enjoy the outdoors as we ride through forest trails on the vestiges of the Kalka – Shimla highway and soak in the beauty of the Shivalik Hills. An outdoor trip is never complete without staring at the stars and wide open skies. We are keeping the route a little secret, a surprise for you to come and explore. Day two of our riding we have reached the lower foothills of shivaliks, almost the great Indian plains. Come to enjoy the cool breeze and ride a trail that is seeped in history, nature and camaraderie.
The construction of Hindustan Tibet road was started in 1850-51 commencing from Kalka and first lap was upto Shimla. The Road upto Shimla came to be used for wheeled traffic by 1860. A 560 feet long tunnel was constructed beyond Sanjauli.
The idea of this ride is to enjoy the outdoors as we ride through forest trails on the vestiges of the Kalka – Shimla highway and soak in the beauty of the Shivalik Hills. An outdoor trip is never complete without staring at the stars and wide open skies. After a day of riding we reach Gamberpul, one of the earliest bridges built by the british. After a quick snack we ride the only uphill to Kasauli and then reach to the comfort of our rooms. The riding is about 70 kms on this day. We are keeping the route a little secret, a surprise for you to come and explore. Day two of our riding we have reached the lower foothills of shivaliks, almost the great Indian plains, however just before we disembark to Chandigarh, a nice backcountry road will take us to the base of Morni hills from where we descend to Chandigarh.
The course is ideal for beginners and novices. The Experts will have the opportunity to further hone their endurance and mountain skills. The average riding speed on the track is about 15kmph and there is a nutrition/hydration break every 10kms. Do expect some headwind and sidewinds on the top of ridges. The weather would be pleasant during the day. Lunch is served hot at the halfway mark of the ride. For riders with tired muscles there is always the back up support vehicle at bay. Though we recommend you to bring in your own bikes on account of familiarity, one also has the option of hiring bikes from us. First aid and mechanical back up is also available during the ride.
DAY 01 (Fri)
We will all meet at Himachal Bhavan, Safdar Hashmi Marg, Delhi at 1900hrs and board the Volvo bus to Shimla.
DAY 02 (Sat)
We arrive at Shimla early morning at 6:00 AM and check into Camp Redwoods. After freshening up and a quick breakfast at 8:00AM we will depart for the ride start at 9:00 AM to start the ride at 9:30AM. The first stage of today’s course is 18 kms of rolling terrain on a tarmac surface. The second stage is part offroad and part tarmac, 27kms downhill with uphills interspersed. The last stage of the day is another 23 kms after which we finish the ride just before Kasauli and check into our hotel followed by a barbeque, bonfire and dinner
DAY 03 Sun
After an early morning breakfast at 7:00AM, the ride starts at 8:00Am following the backcountry roads leading us to Kumarhatti, a quaint junction on NH22. From here a fantastic tarmac surfaced road will lead us to Sukkhi Jodhi. The third stage of the day is a 27 kms downhill on gravel towards Mallah, reaching the the great Shivalik plains. Here we enter the Morni hills reserved forest and ride another 7 kms towards Amrapali on the main highway. We have the option of boarding the support vehicle here or riding further still Chandigarh, terminating the ride at Sukhna Lake. After a small celebration and snacks at the Lake we depart for Delhi.
Double Occupancy Basis: Rs.6800/- Per Person
Single Occupancy Basis: Rs.8400/- Per Person
Transport: Rs.2,500/- Per Person
Bike Rental (for 2 days) * if not bringing own cycle: Rs.2000/- Per Person
Temperatures and climate vary according to the altitude. Chandigarh being in the plains but in close proximity of the hills enjoys great weather. The night and day time temperatures vary between 13°C to 36°C. As you ride up towards Kasauli the temperatures go down to 9°C to 19°C. Temperatures in Shimla will be be similar to that of Kasauli.
Transport from Delhi to Shimla and from Chandigarh to Delhi in Volvo bus.
Cost without transport includes
Accommodation of your preference (Single Or Double Sharing Bases) at a hotel in Kasauli, Breakfast on day one at Camp Redwoods, Shimla, Hot lunch on day one and two, Dinner on day one at Kasauli, Evening snacks, Ride nutrition (Dry fruit pack, bananas, Gatorade, Chocolates) Ride Mechanic,
Does Not Include:
Transport from Delhi to Shimla and from Chandigarh to Delhi, Any personal expenses (Tips, Medicines etc), Insurance, Any expenses raised due to natural occurrences, Cost of spare parts.
Transport from Delhi to Shimla and from Chandigarh to Delhi . INR 1000/- Himachal Tourism Volvo
Your Bike – an entry level Mountain bike is ideal
Personal Medicine kit
Extra pair of T shirts
Basic cycling toolkit and spares. A L key should see you through.
Please ensure that your luggage is not huge. Suitcases are a strict no. A 70ltr bag should see you through
A bike box is necessary to pack your bike, for transportation.
LOADS OF ENTHUSIASM!! AND A PLEDGE TO LEAVE NO TRACE