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Cycling Tour McLeod Ganj - Palampur ( Kangra Valley )



Arrive during the day in McLeodganj. We will have an orientation ride and/or a short trek depending on the time available, around Mcloedganj, Dharamkot and Naddi. During the day, we will also get familiar with the cycles and also get to know the team for the days ahead. Overnight in a hotel.


The day starts with a thrilling downhill ride till Gaggal, past tea gardens and a Chir forest. At Gaggal we exit the highway and take on to the backcountry trails as we go past small villages to reach Jawali on the banks of the Pong Reservoir to set up camp.


Ride along the banks of the Pong Reservoir, through offroad terrain to reach Nagrota Suriyan and further to Guler. Follow the winding tracks of the Kangra Railways to reach Ranital, affording great views of the Dhauladhars. A small uphill climb of 11 kms brings us to the ridgeline, from where we descend to reach Andretta to set up camp for the night.


Past mustard fields and jeep roads, we ride towards Paprola, a small village on the Kangra railway route. We meet the highway at Baijnath and ride further towards Billing, famous for the landing ground for paragliding enthusiasts and also has a beautiful monastery.


A short ride today on the ridgeline, just above Billing through a deodar forest. Let the breeze caress your cheeks as we ride towards Palampur through backcountry roads and descend 21 kms to reach the end of the ride. From Palampur transfer to Mcleodganj by vehicles. TRIP ENDS HERE.



    • McLeodganj: In good mid category hotels in standard rooms
    • At all other locations, we would be setting up camps using alpine tents. All tents would be provided with sleeping bags, camping mattresses, etc. There would be dry pit toilets put up at all campsites. Also we will have a mess & kitchen tent to make your camping experience enjoyable.
  • ROAD TRANSFERS: We will provide road transfers wherever required after McLeodganj.
  • GOOD QUALITY MOUNTAIN BIKES (if opted for): We would provide 21-gear Merida or similar mountain cycles to each rider for the duration of the trip. These cycles are maintained in good condition and are used specifically for these trips. For those taking the cycles from us, we will also provide the relevant safety gear like a helmet, knee pads and elbow pads. But you are free to get your own cycle for the trip
  • SUPPORT VEHICLES (for riders & equipment): There would be a support vehicle for all riders. This support vehicle travels along with the rider through the course and can be used for luggage, spares, as well as for riding to the camp after the ride finish. In times when you don’t want to ride on the cycle this support vehicle is always at bay. In addition to this there will be a big truck to carry the bikes and camping equipment
  • MEALS: The food served during the trip is a mixture of Indian, Chinese and Western, freshly cooked by the kitchen team travelling with the group. The emphasis is on providing a high-nutrition/energy mostly vegetarian diet, which we have found to be easily digestible at high altitude. We will provide meals starting from dinner on Day 1 till lunch on Day 5.
  • FIRST AID BACKUP: A basic medical kit is always available at hand to all the riders with at least a couple of our team guys being able to administer basic first aid. A couple of oxygen cylinders would be carried for any emergencies
  • CYCLE MECHANIC: There will be a cycle mechanic travelling along with the group. He will be able to handle basic problems and will carry basic spares with them (tubes, gear wires, puncture kits, etc.). These spares are available to be purchased by riders who are bringing their own cycles
  • PERMITS: All required local Permits for the ride would be arranged for


  • Any meals/services not mentioned above
  • Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, entry charges, etc.
  • Bottled water, Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc. – our support vehicle will carry all this so one can purchase against payment
  • Cost of transferring your personal bikes till Manali & back. This can be arranged by us at an additional cost
  • Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances
  • Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Insurance


  • All payments for the trips, transfers, gears, porterage, etc. should be made in full before the trip starts.
  • Cancellation Policy
  • In the event that you need to cancel your booking due to any avoidable or unavoidable circumstances:
    • We must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive the request in writing.
    • Payment for this trip will not be adjusted towards any future trip(s)
  • Cancellation charges will be as follows
    • >45 Days: Full refund (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 30-45 Days: 75% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • 15-30 Days: 50% of trip cost will be refunded (after deducting any expenses that have been incurred for hotel bookings, transport, etc.)
    • <15 Days: No refund
  • Please Note
    • Written cancellation will be accepted on working days (only). Any cancellation sent on a Sunday or any National Holiday(s), will be considered on the next official working day.
    • In the event of any cancellation(s) after trip commencement, there will be no refunds and any costs incurred due to this cancellation will be borne by you.

* Irrespective of when a trip is booked, the above condition will hold true


Transport Options (Delhi – Dharamsala)

Getting to Dharamshala and Mcleodganj is a 490 kms journey from Delhi (approx 12 hrs).
By Train from Delhi
There are a number of trains from Delhi and many other cities in India to Pathankot/Chakki Bank. For a listing of trains and their timings log on to and for online booking log on to

By Train, Bus, or Taxi from Pathankot
Once you reach Pathankot, there are again several options for getting to Dharamshala and Mcleodganj:
Taxi: Quickest and very scenic - 2 1/2 hours
Bus: Cheapest and usually crowded - 4 hours - If your bus stops in lower Dharamshala, you will need to take another bus or taxi up to Mcleod Ganj & Naddi. However, if you arrive in the middle of the night, there won't be any local buses or taxis available.

By Bus from Delhi to Mcleodganj and Dharamshala
There are a number of buses departing Delhi for Dharamshala each day. Most stop in lower Dharamshala and you will need to catch another bus or taxi up to Mcleodganj and Naddi. Buses departing from the Tibetan area of Majnukatilla in the early evening, arrive in Mcleodganj early in the morning. Getting to Dharamshala by bus trip usually takes about 12 hours, including several stops during the night.

By Taxi: Getting to Dharamshala from Delhi
Getting to Dharamshala by taxi from Delhi can take from 8-14 hours. A large air conditioned taxi with capacity up to nine people can be arranged for approximately 8,500/- INR.

Expected Weather

The winter lasts from mid-October to March, during which the temperature ranges from 0 to 20 °C. The winds cause winter rains. Summers last from April until June, and are hot (temp 25 to 38 °C) and dry. They are generally followed by a wet monsoon which ends in autumn.The climate in the region is cool and soothing, especially near the Chamundaji sub-region, due to the presence of many pine tree forests.

List of Essentials

Below is a list of essentials you would require at the camp:

  1. Sufficient warm clothing for evenings, which can get quite cold
    1. 1 waterproof jacket (also acts as a windproof layer)
    2. 1 pair waterproof trousers
    3. Thermals (upper & lower)
    4. fleece/Woolen top
    5. lowers/trousers
  2. Shorts (for riding – your choice)
  3. T-shirts – 3/4
  4. Sneakers
  5. Floaters
  6. Raincoat / Poncho
  7. Small light weight towel
  8. Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
  9. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
  10. Sun glasses
  11. Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
  12. Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)
  13. Torch/headlamp
  14. Personal Medical Kit (there will be medical back-up for emergencies) with the following:
  15. A general painkiller
  16. Anti-inflammatory pills
  17. Antiseptic – iodine/beta dine drops
  18. Bandages, plasters, medical tape
  19. High factor SPF sun block (minimum 30)
  20. Lip balm with SPF 15+
  21. A course of general antibiotics - see your doctor for advice
  22. Imodium or similar gut-immobilizer
  23. At least a dozen sachets of re-hydration mixture
  24. Safety-approved Bicycle Helmet (for those bringing their own cycles)
  25. Knee / Elbow pads (for those bringing their own cycles)


Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. takes utmost care to ensure safety of its clients. However in the case of any unforeseen mishaps, Great Indian Outdoors (P) Ltd. will not be liable for any injuries caused or for loss of life. All disputes rising due to the above are subject to the jurisdiction of the courts in New Delhi/Delhi only. All participants would be required to sign an Indemnity Form before the start of the program, without which they would not be allowed to take part in the trip/program/activities.

05Days | Jan to Dec| Mod| Max Alt: 2100mts (McLeodganj)

Sketch Itinerary

Day 1: Reach Mcleodganj
Day 2: Mcleodganj Shahpur JawaliPong Dam (64kms)
Day 3: Jawali Ranital Base Camp Andretta (69 Kms)
Day 4: Andretta Paprola Baijnath Billing (55kms)
Day 5: Billing PalampurYol Cantt--Mcleodganj (45kms)


The Mighty Dhauladhars towering high over rice paddy fields, small villages with cobbled paths sprung up around ancient temples, tea gardens, a reservoir almost like an inland sea, a trail that passes through forests of Chir pine, meandering roads and jeep tracks, curious onlookers, Buddhist enclaves and monks, prayer flags dotting the skyline Welcome to the Tour of Kangra. A trail like no other!

The Mighty Dhauladhars towering high over rice paddy fields, small villages with cobbled paths sprung up around ancient temples, tea gardens, a reservoir almost like an inland sea, a trail that passes through forests of Chir pine, meandering roads and jeep tracks, curious onlookers, Buddhist enclaves and monks, prayer flags dotting the skyline Welcome to the Tour of Kangra. A trail like no other!

The beautiful valley of Kangra is a gentle, often magical showcase for natures splendor. Verdant green slopes vie for attention with snow-capped peaks; evident conifers are thrown into relief by terraced slopes of corn or tea. Trees, heavy with fruit stand in a hundred orchards. In restless brooks, gamboling trout catch the sunlight. And everything is painted with a vivid floral palette. To the north the imposing dhauladhar range flanks the valley and Dharamshala clings to its side.

This is our course for the 4 days of magical cycling through some of the best of Himalayan Landscapes. A 260 kms circuit which winds its way through the meandering roads of the Kangra valley. Well, a mountain bike is ideal and Hybrids wont fall far back behind. The surface is 70% tarmac with the rest being off road and jeep tracks. The course of the ride is a mix of uphills and downhills with a few flat sections. The downhills are exciting and the grueling uphills would surely challenge your endurance. The average riding altitude is 1300mts (4940 ft).

Duration 5 Days
Region Himachal Pradesh - Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

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