The magic forest between New and Old Manali are a joy to ride for a few hours of an evening. The gradient is shallow but it flows all the way to New Manali and gives you so many creative options. Above Kullu There is Jana Falls. A killer dahba sits up there serving amazing local curries made from ingredients from the fields around. The red rice is something you can’t find anywhere else in the world as it is so prized so much it doesn’t make it out of the villages! After lunch get some runs in down to the valley floor. There are natural berms and potential hits on every trail you just need the desire and vision to see it and do it. Freedom, your bike lets you drop through altitude as gravity has a lasso firmly on your forearms. Your here now, to not ride and allow yourself to be intimidated... can you leave with a life long niggle in the back of your head... forever? That said walking away to ride another day is liberating too, ride for yourself in the Himalayas, no one is watching. If a rider screams in these mountains and the there is no one to listen does he make a sound? The answer is no. There is no end to the trails that line the valley at both high and low elevations. New roads up to villages like Kinyal are spewing new opportunities for lower elevation riding for when the upper roads are closed due to the monsoon rains. FR MTB MAG | 24
In a new twist there is the Gondola in Solang Nala. A steep sided valley with surprisingly flowy terrain. Definitely somewhere to play and have a great time. After a day/week of eye opening mountain biking getting back to the guest house and sitting on your balcony with a 5 star view, a bunch of beers and cake is just about everything you could wish for. A big dinner is going to cost about 200Rs (£2/$3). Large beers £1. The altitude adds extra value to your beers too. The super duper Indian Himalayas deal.
Issue # 19 - January 2014 SPECIAL COLLECTORS EDITION #2 Printed.