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About the Activity:

  • You are invited to take part in a cycling expedition in McLeod Ganj, the most beautiful location in Himachal Pradesh for many reasons.
  • Enjoy the Tibetan hospitality and taste the delicious butter tea and explore the culture of this lama land with a five day tour.
  • Apart from cycling, you will get the opportunity to trek to the hidden hamlets in the hills and walk past the thick forests of oak, rhododendron and cedar trees.
  • You will be pedaling from McLeod Ganj to Bir-Billing during the trip. As you progress through the tricky routes, watch the mesmerising sights on both sides of the road.
  • At Bir, you would get the chance to soar like a bird with the paragliding activity and watch the exotic serenity from a bird's eye view. 
  • The package includes food, accommodation and internal transportation during the tour.


  • The features of the packages are as follow:

  • Trip leaders: on every trip, the trip leader is carefully selected to add value to the trip. They are passionate about traveling and could be musicians, yoga teachers, film makers; trained to do more than just logistics and enhance the overall experience of the trip.

  • Personally vetted stays: the properties/home stays we choose are personally vetted by us making sure all the facilities are available with a keen focus on the aesthetics. These stays ensure to provide you with a local feel with a hint of luxury.

  • Itineraries with a difference: the itineraries ensure that you get the optimum travel experience with adequate time at each location. The routes from one location to another are also unique and usually coupled with an activity like rafting/cycling with breath taking views.

  • Safety: all safety measures are taken into account for the activities and the trip overall. 

  • Small group sizes: the groups will be small and intimate and hence the tour will accommodate a maximum group size of 10 with a trip leader to avoid overcrowded trips which hamper the experience.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 -

    Reach your stay directly by noon.

    Post lunch in a beautiful garden café, relax.

    Later, visit the monastery and school for young monks and church as you walk through the beautiful forests.

    Go café hopping and grab dinner in the laid-back ambience of the cafes with travelers from around the world.

    Stay overnight at luxury guest house at McLeod Ganj.

  • Day 2 -

    Head for a trek to Bahl village with stunning views of the Dhaulandhar range.

    Enjoy a picnic lunch by a hilly brook and trek back to Naddi Village.

    Drive to the Norbulingka Institute and get an insight into Tibetan art and culture.

    Trek time:

    Stay to Bahl: 3 Hours.

    Bahl to Naddi village: 1.5 Hours

  • Day 3 -

    Post early morning breakfast, start cycling to Bir that takes us through small villages, rice fields, tea estates and the beautiful town of Palampur.

    Go for a quick dip in the Binwa River and drive to Billing.

    Watch the sun set over the town of Bir as we camp overnight with on the top of the mountain with a bonfire to keep us warm, some music and endless conversations as we stare at a sky full of stars.

    Cycling time: 6 hours with breaks for rest and lunch included.

  • Day 4 -

    Experience bird’s eye view as you paraglide your way down to Bir.

    Check in to your stay and head for lunch to the Deer Park Institute, to learn more about their philosophy and initiatives.

    Enjoy a leisurely walk in this quaint village.

    In the evening visit the beautiful Chokling Monastery.

    Overnight stay in an Eco-resort at Bir.

  • Day 5 -

    Option of a yoga session or even a massage early morning.

    Post breakfast; visit one of the very few nunneries of the region on your way to McLeod Ganj.

    Reach Dharamshala by noon to make your way back home.

Stay

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  • Accommodation in McLeod Ganj for 2 nights, in Billing for 1 night and in Bir for 1 night on sharing basis

Meal

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  • All meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 5

Activity

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  • Local sightseeing on foot in McLeod Ganj with café hopping on Day 1
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  • Trek to Bahl village followed by picnic lunch by a hilly brook and visit to Norbulingka Institute on Day 2
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  • Cycling from McLeod Ganj to Bir with professional guides and following pick-up truck

Other Inclusions

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  • One goodie bag per person
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  • Detailed document with things to do through the trip, what to carry, restaurant recommendations etc 
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  • Back end support from our head office through the trip checking your bookings coordinating vendors and to tackle any emergencies

Transport

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  • All internal travel by Innova or Tata Winger based on availability

Things To Carry

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  • Cycling shorts- Padded is preferable/ gym wear
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  • Your own gloves (For hygiene issues, we refrain from providing gloves during the trip)
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  • Helmets and cycles will be provided 
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  • Carry only a haversack and strictly no heavy suitcases- It tends to occupy space and gets clunky to chug around
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  • A separate bag to take your valuables while on the trek, monastery trails etc
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  • Your personal toiletries
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  • Comfortable shoes for cycling, easy pull-ons for regular use
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  • Scarves, shawls, jackets, windcheaters, mitts, ear plugs/ monkey caps

Tour Type

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  • This activity can be availed as a private or group tour

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 30 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made 15-30 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-15 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of booking value will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. How’s the weather there?

      The weather in McLeod Ganj and Bir is the best March to June end. Expect the temperature in the day to touch a high of 26 °C, with a low of 11 °C.

    2. Do we have to get to McLeod Ganj ourselves?

      Yes. McLeod Ganj is well connected by flight and road. Some options which you can look into are: You can take a direct flight to Dharamshala, and take a cab from there to McLeod Ganj. You can take a flight/train/bus to Chandigarh and board an overnight bus to McLeod Ganj. o You can take a flight/train/bus to Delhi and board an overnight bus to McLeod Ganj. o You can take a flight/train/bus to Delhi and board a train to Pathankot. From Pathankot, you can take a cab/bus to McLeod Ganj.

    3. Where will we be staying?

      We believe in supporting the locals and sharing experiences with them. We will be staying in different home stays or places which have the vibe of home stays and camps throughout the journey. All accommodations would be on a double sharing basis.

    4. Will all of our meals be part of the package?

      Yes. All meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 5 will be included in the package. Food, beverage and dining are an important part of any place you visit. So got out there to visit their local food and culture.

    5. What is the difficulty level of cycling?

      The cycling route is through the main McLeod-Bir road, it has beautiful views and cuts through forests of different types. The route is approx. 60 kms. The estimated cycling time will be about 4.5 hours. About 40% of the route is leveled without inclined, 25% is uphill and the remaining 35% is downhill. We will be using professional mountain bikes manufactured by brands like Firefox. A safety Jeep will accompany us on this cycle rid. So in case you want to opt out, so in case you want to opt out, you can always hop into the safety vehicle. Also, you will never ride without a helmet.

    6. What about the return journey?

      Our journey ends in McLeod Ganj by 11 am on day 5. You can plan your return journey from McLeod Ganj to your destination or you can even extent your stay by a day or two if you want to

    7. How many people will be on the trip?

      We like to keep our trips small and intimate. So this trip will have a maximumof 12 people. For any further queries that you may have (or to stake claim to your spot on the trip!) please feel free to get in touch.

    8. How will the paragliding experience be like?

      Paragliding is fun and even though flying solo is the best, if you aren’t an experienced flier landings might hurt! Hence paragliding with us will be a tandem ride where a pro instructor shall accompany you while you soar above the clouds.

    9. Do I need to be physically fit to undertake this trip?

      Well not really, unless you huff and puff and pass out from exertion after a 15 minute walk.

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