An MTB on a fully-loaded tour

Cycling across the Sach Pass, Himachal Pradesh

Perhaps more appropriate to say 'trying to' cycle across the Sach Pass. And failing. We did our best, under the circumstances, and failed. No shame in that! 15 odd kilometers short of the Sach pass…

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Manali to Leh cycling – What does it take?

It's that time of the year again. When people start thinking about ‘the’ great Indian cycle ride – the Manali to Leh cycling trip. A couple of people have written to me in the recent days asking me…

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Why do I cycle?

First published in Times of India on October 29, 2010. Nice to be featured in the 'Just4Her' section of 'What's Hot' ;-).If you can afford to ride a motorcycle or a car, then why ride a cycle. Its…

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Packing suggestion for multi-day self-supported cycling trip

After I came back from my recent self-supported Manali to Leh cycling trip many people wanted to know what I carried on the trip. So here is a list based on what we carried. There were two of us, and…

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Manali to Leh – Self-supported cycling trip

After years of thinking about it and weeks of planning we finally did it. Close to 600 kms of cycling from Manali to Leh (because Tanglang La was closed and we had to take a detour at Debring and go…

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Musings on self-supported cycle travel

I like the idea of self-supported cycle travel. It gives you a feeling of freedom, almost liberation from the constraints of 'tourism'. Or at least that is what I thought. To put it to test, the…

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