You can cycle in India throughout the year. Mid-September to mid-April is ideal for riding in South India, Rajasthan and Lower Himalayas (Kumaon and Sikkim). Mid-May to September is the time when one can cycle in Ladakh. For more information, please visit respective region's pages.
You may chose to bring your own cycle. We provide Trek 3700 mountain bikes to all our guests. We have an inventory of different frame sizes and chose one that fits your stature best.
Yes, you can bring your own clip-pedals and/or saddles.
You would be required to bring your personal gear like shoes, gloves, jackets, etc. Helmets are provided by us.
Our cycling tours take into account the riders' varied riding abilities. We thus provide enough flexibility for both long and short distance riders. The person who wishes to ride shorter distances may cover the remaining distance in the accompanying support vehicle.
We have devised our itineraries in such a way that we ride from one charming property to the other, be it a heritage hotel in Rajasthan or a plantation retreat in South India. While our Deluxe hotels are some of the best, if not the best, at all our destinations, our Standard hotels are the finest reasonable priced hotels (heritage palaces, home stays intimate city hideaways, tent enclaves, resorts) that have been chosen by us for their levels of quality and value for money. To be considered for inclusion in our tours, a hotel must adhere to strict quality standards and hospitality. We do not pass cheap hotels as Standard category hotels.
All included meals are clearly mentioned in the itinerary. Typically, we include breakfast on all days, lunches on cycling days and few dinners in between. This is to give you flexibility should you wish to try out local restaurants.
Bottled water, juice, soft beverages, fruits and snacks are available free of cost to you from our support vehicle during the ride.
We have a backup vehicle that follows the riders, fully equipped with spares.
Yes, indeed. Personal insurance is a must. In India insurance companies do not provide insurance for adventure activities and hence must be obtained from the home country. Please take comprehensive insurance cover which must include all eventualities.
We carry our own first aid kit.
Though our walking trails are tactfully devised, in the instance of you spraining your ankle or any other injury, our guide accompanying you will be able to administer basic first-aid. In case of a more serious injury, the guide will make the necessary arrangements to take you to the nearest medical centre.
(Please note that the first-aid kit available with our guide will have Indian drugs and perhaps you may choose to bring along your own medical kit with your choice of drugs).
Please make sure that your shoes/boots are comfortable and have been broken into before your walking trip to avoid any blisters. The path will be rough at some stretches and hence we advise sturdy shoes/boots with excellent soles. A high ankle shoe/boot will give your ankle protection against any sprain. You will find the villagers walking the same trails in slippers! Remember they are used to it. Though you could use a canvas as well…we will not recommend it as the sole is very thin.
Other essentials articles are strong sunscreen, sunglasses, lip-balm, insect repellent and a hat to ward off the high daytime UV. You may also bring along your personal flora and flora book.
The articles we provide during walks are high-quality adjustable walking sticks and mineral water. Besides, first-aid kit, hand sanitizer, tissues, energy bars, fruits and snacks are available with our guide and support staff for your use.
Children above the age of 5 can undertake our walks, though, ideally our walks are suitable for children over 8. Ponies are available should you wish to hire one for your child. Special dishes can be cooked for children with advance notice.
Your main luggage is transported by our porters or our support vehicle. You may carry your necessary articles in a light backpack. This backpack should be big enough to carry water bottle, camera, etc.
All meals included are clearly mentioned in the itinerary. Typically, we include all meals during walking days – on longer walks, we provide picnic lunch enroute.
You are accompanied by a knowledgeable and experienced local guide who speaks good English and is familiar with all the villages and their customs.
- First aid kit
- Personal medication/prescriptions
- Prescription glasses
- Contact lenses and solution
- High protection sunscreen (25+)
- Lip balm/lip salve
- Hat/wide brim hat
- Insect repellent
- Antihistamine/insect bite cream
- Antibacterial gel/wipes
- Travel sickness tablets
- Travel vaccination certificates
- After-sun moisturiser
- Anti-malaria pills (if recommended by doctor)
- Aspirin and/or paracetamol
- Rehydration powder (salts & glucose)
- Anti-diarrhoea pills (consult your doctor for more detailed advice)