Total Miles: 1
Rider: Bill Weir; 53 years old, travel writer, Non-Member UNITED STATES Email
Summary: This spectacular ride visited temples of the 4 sacred Char Dham sites, where Hindu priests were friendly and welcoming. I had very good weather. Except for the usual landslides, roads were paved; traffic was light.; Self-Planned
Health Issues: Sore knee after falling off stairs, but fortunately didn't affect cycling.
Motivation: I had ridden 3 times before in the Indian Himalaya and liked it. The sacredness of the tributaries of the Ganges inspired me to visit this area.
Most Challenging Aspect:Lots of hills, but they are well graded and I enjoy the Himalaya scenery. Food is fairly basic in the villages, but adequate.
Favorite Experience: Riding among the world's highest mountains, which was every day on this trip! Also liked visiting Hindu temples. Hot springs along the way were fun.
Least Favorite: Falling off stairs in the dark during a power outage. (India has little in the way of handrails or guardrails.)
Tips: Go! Few cyclists know about the spectacular riding in the Indian Himalaya. Bring a reliable bicycle because repair shops are very rare in the mountains.
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Date Entered: Jan, 2011
Photo by Dennis Coello