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HIMACHAL PRADESH

A Motorcycle Safari into Himachal Pradesh is probably the most exhilarating experience that can be had. A land also known as the abode of the Gods. The beauty and variety of the landscape that one experiences leaves one enchanted. In the lower regions we are surrounded by lush river valleys, fruit orchards and dense forests, and in the upper regions we experience the starkness and rugged almost lunar like terrain of the Great Himalayan Desert. One cannot help but be awe struck at encountering nature in all her rugged beauty.

Day Detail Distance
Day 01 Chandigarh

Meet at the hotel where you check into hotel. We then get together and meet the entire group, a short familarisation with the bikes and then in the evening visit the lake and other spots. Briefing for next days ride will be held prior to dinner.

 
Day 02 Chandigarh to Chail

After breakfast, depart for Chail by 0830 to avoid Panchkula traffic. At Kalka, enter the Siwalik range & start on the climb

towards Shimla . This is a much travelled route & you will encounter fairly heavy traffic. En route stop at Dharampur  for a tea break & to pick up packed lunch. At Kandaghat, deviate from  the main highway onto a small winding road to Chail. This drive is very scenic & a gentle introduction to the tougher roads ahead. Descend to Sadhupul, cross the stream & start the long climb to Chail via beautiful densely forested mountains. Arrive early afternoon, check in to our hotel. Stroll through the town & walk up to the highest cricket ground in the world.

140 kms

Day 03 Chail to Sarahan

Early start for Sarahan . Drive through forested hill slopes passing through  Kufri, Theog, & Narkanda. Start the descent to Rampur Bushair on the banks of the mighty Sutlej river, where you will have lunch at a restaurant overlooking the river. Proceed on to Sarahan via Jeori, it is a steep climb up to Sarahan. Check in & freshen up. Attend the evening aarti at the famous Bhimakali Temple. This temple is a 500 year old temple still in use. The original temple is eons old, but, sadly, now locked up as the structure is no longer safe.

205 kms

Day 04 Sarahan to Sangla ( Kinnaur District ) 

If interested, arise early to walk up to the pheasant breeding station to view the various species of Indian pheasants being bred for reviving the disappearing pheasant population. After breakfast, drive down back to Jeori & proceed along the old Hindustan Tibet road to Karcham & then on to Sangla. Overnight at a luxury camp site on the banks of the Baspa River. Bonfire & bonhomie at night

100 kms
Day 05 Sangla

After a leisurely breakfast, proceed to Chitkul, the last Indian village before Tibet at a height of 3500 meters. Beautiful ride when you gradually start leaving the tree line. Return to camp for lunch & after resting, walk to Batseri village across the Baspa.

60 kms
Day 06 Sangla to Kalpa

Short ride down to Karcham & then back up to Recong Peo & Kalpa. This is where we obtain our Inner Line Permits for the journey ahead. Kalpa is beautifully sitiuated opposite the kinner kailash range.The Kinner Kai;ash range looms over Kalpa & has numerous peaks over 6000 m. Time permitting, vist Chini village & Koti.

75 kms
Day 07 Kalpa to Tabo ( Spiti Valley )

Early start for Tabo as today is a long haul on rough mountain roads, often untarred. Today is when you leave the tree line way behind & enter the cold desert area of Spiti. The mountains are by & large treeless , rugged & craggy. The ride is mind blowing & something you wont forget in a long time. There is a strong , behind the scene,  army presence & your permit will be checked a few times. The journey will take you past Nako, which has a big fresh water lake fed by melting snows, Mulling, Chango & on to Tabo. Tabo has probably the most important live monastery in Himachal & is over a 1000 years old. It is said that the present Dalai Lama plans to retire here.

175 kms

Day 08 Tabo to Kaza ( 3600 m )

Early morning visit to monastery & then depart for Kaza, the district headquarters for Spiti. En route visit Dhankar monastery ( 3900 m ) built in the 8th century, which also has a ruined fort attached to it. Time permitting, cross the Spiti & visit Kungri monastery which does most of the block printing of prayer flags etc for Himachal.

60 kms

Day 09 Kaza

Visit Ki Monastery , another over a 1000 year old monastery, whose Kal Chakra was attended by the Dalai Lama some years back. Climb up to Kibber, the highest inhabited village in the world & road permitting ride on to Gete.

Return to Kaza. Time & road permitting, ride to Komic & beyond.

70 kms
Day 10 Kaza to Manali

Very early start for Manali as this will be a grueling ride to test the mettle of even the most hardened rider. Through high altitude cold desert, over Kunzum Pass at 4600 m, down to Chota Darra & then up again through  Rohtang pass at 4000 m. The final leg of your ride will be downhill to Manali, 52 kms from Rohtang. Check in to hotel.

210 kms

Day 11 Manali

We visit the Bhimakali temple and after that the group is free to visit the mall and spend their time on their own.

220 kms
Day 12 Manali to Chindi

After breakfast we ride towards Chindi through some beautiful terrain which is also home to the lammergier, the Himalayan bearded vulture with a wing span of approx 3 metres. We join up with the main highway connecting Manali to Delhi at Pandoh, 99 kms from Chindi. Upon reaching Chindi we check into our hotel. Our ride today takes us through remote areas of Himachal and off the beaten track.

 
Day 13 Chindi to Narkanda

We head out from Chindi on lesser traveled roads to our Overnight destination of Narkanda. We will ride through remote areas of Himachal.

170 kms
Day 14 Narkanda to Chandigarh

Drive through forested hill slopes passing through  Kufri, Theog, and Fagu. Enroute we will pass Chail. Ride from Chail down to Sadhupul, cross the stream & start the long climb to Kandaghat through beautiful densely forested mountains. From Kandaghat we join the Shimla Kalka highway riding down to Chandigarh.

180 kms
Day 15 Chandigarh to Delhi

Leave early morning for Delhi by road. Today’s ride is long and will be on National highway 1 also known as the Grand Trunk Road. We will reach Delhi by late afternoon. After reaching Delhi we will leave our bikes at Lajpat Nagar where our journey will end. Group will meet in the evening for dinner and drinks. This is our last evening together. Accomodation for this nights stay is not included and will have to be taken care of by the participants. If required by the group we can organize stay in Delhi at an additional cost.

240 kms