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INDIAN HIMALAYA--SACRED HEADWATERS OF THE GANGES -- Mandi, north of New Delhi in India to Haldwani, northeast of New Delhi in India, September, 2005

Total Miles: 1
Miles/Day: 20
Days Riding: 76
Group Size: 1
Bike: Touring
Flat Tires: 0

Load: Panniers
Load Weight: 34 Lbs.
Camping: 3%
Cooking: 0%
Cost/Day: $ 12
ACA Helped Me: No

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: Apr, 2020

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