Himalayan culture, cuisine, via twisty super-scenic roads. Top value.
Tight and twisty all-tarmac riding requires concentration and nerve, but no super skills. Some endurance needed on a couple of full riding days.
Tarmac 99%; Dirt 1%
Overall: approx' 800km
Shortest day: approx'100km
Longest day: approx'150km
3 days travelling
9 days riding
3 off-bike days
Can be potholed and bumpy in places, but otherwise a nice two-up tour.
Accommodation & Meals
The accommodation is a mixed bag, due to what's available, but is always decent and in great venues. The food, if you like real Indian grub, is one of the tour's highlights.
Included meals: all breakfasts. Otherwise food is extremely inexpensive.
Colonial-era Shimla; stays in historical buildings; Hindu temples of Chamba; Buddhist culture at Rewalsar & McLoud Ganj; views of high, snow-capped mountains; relaxing in Manali; forests and hills; fine India food, with a Himalayan twist.