Explore the spectacular mountains, temples and hillstations of North India by bike
India is a country of enormous cultural diversity, particularly in the north where the vast Gangetic Plain meets the Himalaya, and there is no better way to appreciate this than by bike.
The trip starts in Amritsar, home of the Sikh religion and the incredible Golden Temple, before proceeding to India's first heritage village of Pragpur where we start our cycling.
We ride to Mcleod Ganj, home of the Dalai Lama, then continue towards Kulu, sometimes known as the 'end of the habitable world', passing numerous historic temples in the foothills of the Pir Panchal Himalaya.
The route is designed to take in the spectacular scenery of the mighty Himalaya without having to actually cycle too many enormous climbs, but your efforts will always be rewarded with truly memorable views!
The last few days take us to Shimla, the most popular hill station of the British Raj where there is time to relax and ride the famous 'Toy Train' before returning to Delhi.
Please note: This trip has had a name change for 2013 season, the trip was formerly called: Cycling Through North India
What makes this trip responsible?
We have an excellent long-term relationship with the local operator who employ and train all leaders. We provide refresher training with a focus on Responsible Tourism, so our local leaders can educate our clients locally on helping to preserve the way of life in their area. Many local restaurants and shops are also used to purchase items throughout this trip which benefits the local community. Our trips have minimal environmental impact, particularly as you will be providing much of the power yourself! When cycling off road our leaders brief groups on how to ride responsibly and all routes follow developed trails to reduce erosion. Many trips venture into remote locations rarely visited by tourists, helping to support and develop traditional communities.
Staff member writes about his first visit to India...
Phil Normington, Exodus’ Brochure Production Managert, writes about his A passage to India (April 2013).
Cycling group on the Jalori Pass