Ready to ride through a stream flowing on the road. Dry bags (waterproof Ortliebs) but wet shoes.

Which is the best cycle for touring the Indian himalayas?

People often ask me what is the best cycle for touring the Himalayas. It is a hard question to answer, mainly because different people define 'touring' differently. For instance, cycle touring may…

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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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Storming of the Indorie Qila

We finally raised the PedalYatri flag on the Indorie Qila (Indorie Fort). Of course it was a notional one on wikimapia, but it felt special because two of our previous attempts of finding and…

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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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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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