Adventure Ride to Dainkund Peak

Things to know, before you go on a bike ride to Dainkund Peak

Our fondness for backpacking has taken us on lots of road trips in past five years and maximum of them have been to some location in Himachal Pradesh. Himachal is like assorted bouquet of exotic flowers, you just can’t have enough and can’t get over it, the more you explore, the hungrier you become 🙂

This Road Trip was part of our 3-days tour to Himachal Pradesh, India covering Mcleodganj-Dalhousie-Dainkund Peak and back. Time was certainly of essence as we had 4 days including travel from Delhi to the destination. We boarded HPTDC Volvo from Delhi to Dharamshala, then took a cab till Mcleodganj (the distance is ~9kms) and continued our journey on bike from there. We experienced incredible moments of wonder, adrenaline rush, excitement and peace and experiences shall always be shared, so here we are! There are certain things one needs to evaluate before taking a road trip by Motor Bike, particularly on this route.

  • Fitness is Critical: ‘Healthy body and healthy mind are keys to blissful life’. This applies to road trips as well. Being fit has really helped us during traveling, we have been able to explore & test our limits on most of our trips – be it Srinagar, Rajasthan or Himachal etc. It gives you so much of confidence and mental strength.We follow a fitness regimen to the maximum extent possible & have tried to inculcate a routine in our lifestyle and that really helps to continue our grueling tours.

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  • Right Time of the Year: The climatic conditions are likely to impact your travel plans always. We planned this trip in April as the season from March – May bears pleasant climate & moderate changes in hill stations. Definitely a road trip has to be avoided in monsoons to hill stations as there is an impending danger of landslides & during extreme winters also it’s not conducive. It always helps to keep track of the meteorology of a particular place before your visit.

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The beautiful views that you’ll witness will fill your heart with wonder 🙂

  • Plan & Prepare: The route we covered on this trip by bike was ~125 Kms from Mcleodganj to Dalhousie. If you guys have been to hills you can imagine the road which moves in a circular motion as you go higher, the structure of the road does not allow you to cross a certain speed, you still have maintain a consistent speed considering the duration of your travel. Infact the road till Shahpur was pretty straight past that it started becoming jittery. Fortunately, the whole road is maintained well barring few patches which makes very difficult for a bike as it skids.
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The Road to Dainkund Peak, exploring the ice capped hills and drenched routes 🙂
  • There’s something about bike ride: You will find innumerable bike rental options at Dharamsala and Mcleodganj as well. These guys keep variety of bikes available at different costs ranging from INR 600 – INR 1000. Since we were a couple we selected sturdy and comfortable (front as well as back seat along with support) Avenger. It’s important that you select a bike having broader seating pattern as longer travel hours on bike can have impact on your back and overall health. The bike you choose would be totally depending on your discretion. Traveling by bike gets you so close to nature, it refreshing and thrilling at the same time.
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Chilling on the way!!! The scenic beauty of the route is truly captivating, giving one the much needed energy to continue exploring 🙂
  • Keep it Light: Make sure you have all the necessities – clothing, footwear, food and medicines. We had just one backpack and one small hand bag for food supplies. This made things manageable. As we had to carry our stuff on bike from one destination to other, lighter the better. And since this was a Himachal trip we had to carry woolens and jackets but packed it all in one single decent sized backpack.
  • Must haves in your food bag: When we travel to higher altitude areas our snacks bag always comes along. The items include bread & butter, chocolates, dry fruits, packed juices, sometimes even ready to make maggi. It’s important to have these as you need more calories on the mystic mountains to sustain moreover everywhere you will not find decent & reasonably priced hotels or food joints. Hunger can strike anywhere!!!
  • Important accessories: The temperature in the Himachal goes haywire unpredictably. And if you are out on the road in the open, you got to take all the precautions possible. Carrying an umbrella, raincoat and spare pair of shoes is a good idea. We had this trip in April’14, the skies were clear for most of our journey till Nainikhad, as we were approaching Dalhousie the blue skies started turning dark and the breeze became chilly. Just when we were 10 Kms away it began raining, next thing we know it’s literally snowing!!! Besides the usual items we carried huge polythene cover & rope to save our backpack from the rains.
  • Taking Breaks is a good idea: The route has bountiful scenic beauty and it’s an absolute treat for eyes and soul. So you might prefer to stop at few random places to stretch and click a few shots to rejuvenate yourself. It’s well said ‘the journey matters in the end not the destination’.

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  • Mingling with the locals: You will agree that every place oozes a different culture, food, beverages and people. It’s purely insightful to interact with the people & embrace their culture. We have observed that local people in such remote areas are remarkably warm and friendly.
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Saying Halo!!! to the local kids on the way to Dalhousie, Himachal Pradesh. All images are copyright of Untraveled Routes, please do not copy or reproduce without permission.
  • Have a Safe Trip: We as a couple, pondered over a lot of facts before setting out on a bike trip on this route. The route does not have lot of hotels, dhabas forget the washrooms (we had to use public schools for such facilities!!!). But we researched well, took calculated risks and breaks. Keep your GPRS handy & check the map regularly, if you have a partner traveling with you ask him / her to keep track of the route. You generally won’t find lot of people on the road to resolve your queries. One wrong turn can cost you a lot. These roads are isolated; all you will find is villages at decent distances for stopovers and government buses.

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The breathtaking multi views of Dhauladhar mountain range make the trip all the more memorable.

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15 thoughts on “Adventure Ride to Dainkund Peak

  1. rainydayreflections

    What a wonderful adventure! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Looks like a nicer route. Marking this for visiting later… Thanks

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  3. The snow- clad mountain tops and the lonesome trails among the Himalayan stretch is something to kill for. Seems like you two were up for an adventurous jaunt and these pictures say it all. The school kids and the river- swept gorges reveal the diverse cultural and natural heritage of India. This vacation destination of yours is really a pick.

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    • Hi Geeta,

      Absolutely, the thrill of exploring the mountains was truly enthralling.

      We checked out your blog, it’s ever so interesting and blissful. The destinations you have covered and stories that you have put up are unusual and intriguing.

      And great to know, you too are from Agra; Ashish also belongs to Agra.
      Look forward to stay connected 🙂

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  9. Nabila Shaikh

    https://polldaddy.com/js/rating/rating.jsI loved your blog, what an adventure😍 you are showing a different world altogether. I am from India as well. But I haven’t been to North India yet. I would love to go for such an amazing trip full of adventure. This is in my bucket list. Especially traveling to Leh Ladakh on bike. Would be fun right?, seeing India from your lens will surely make people jealous who instead of exploring their own country go for world travel, but miss this beauty at the same time🌸
    I would like to read more from you, all the best. Keep up the good work 🤗

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    • Thank you so much Nabila💛💛 So happy that you like the stories!! Which part of India do you stay in? Traveling by bike sure has lot of thrill😀. And yes, India is so beautiful people generally overlook that fact, we wish to change that via our stories and photos. Cheers, Charu

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      • Nabila Shaikh


        https://polldaddy.com/js/rating/rating.jsHey Charu, you are right traveling by bike would have lot of thrill in itself , I hope I and my hubby do that sometime when we explore North India (he had been there before though) 😊 well, I am from Goa, how about you? Even Goa is a beautiful place. If you ever come here, don’t forget to meet me🤗.
        I am sure you will capture this beautiful place in your lens in an amazing way possible.
        I liked the idea behind your blog. That’s how you can make a difference. Truly inspiring. Wish you all the best. Much love ❤️ Nabila

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      • Wow! Goa!! I have heard so much about Goa and yet not been able to visit so far 😯 Though I was I’m Mumbai for eight years before relocating to Delhi. If I ever come to Goa… Will surely meet😀😀

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      • Nabila Shaikh

        https://polldaddy.com/js/rating/rating.jsYeah it would be a pleasure to meet you. We are currently in Bangalore though. But Goa is our hometown 🤗

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