The route starts from the town of Darjeeling itself with two alternate routes. One goes through the main Hill cart road and the other, through aloobari road of Darjeeling. Both the road is motorable, but the aloobari road is less busy. The hill cart road gives magnificent view of the western slopes of Darjeeling along with the view of mount Khangchendzonga, on the other side the aloobari gives the view of the eastern slopes. Both the road joins at Jorebunglow 9km from the town, then the trail goes through the Sinchel wildlife division which is the ride through the reserve forest. The forest road is beautiful with the possibilities of encountering birds ,pheasants and other animals on route. The main attraction of this route are Senchal Lake of Senchal wildlife Sanctuary and Chatakpur. Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary is the place of the imposing hills, towering conical trees the cloud bearing sky and murmuring water flow. Being Situated in the vicinity of the ‘Queen of the Himalayas, it is endowed with all the grandeurs of the hills of Darjeeling and something more as it is the garden of the ‘ God of Small Things’. Those who desire to look at the nature at her creative best must choose this route to Ride Mountain Bike through Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary to take a look at these unique ‘Small Things’. Chatakpur is a beautiful place maintained by the forest department. One can also stay there and enjoy overnight in the lodges of the forest department or can also just visit there go around and return the same day.
- Senchal Wildlife sanctuary
- Bird Watching
- Dense Green Forest
- Village Biking
- Darjeeling Town Biking
- Panoramic Mountain Views
- Monastery Visit
- Chatakpur Eco Village
- Mountain Bike/Helmet / Pump
- Go Pro Camera
- Lunch , Tea
- Entry fees
- Expenses of Personal : Telephone, Alcohol cold drinks Entry fee of place and Personal Insurance
- Medical facilities
- Extra expenses due to unforeseen circumstances such as landslide/strike/accidents/natural calamities, tips etc
- Transportation fares if you cannot complete the route.
- You are advised to bring a pair of shoes and a windproof jacket.
- You need to be in good health to join the activity hence a thorough medical checkup is advised prior to participating.
What should I wear?
- Closed shoes, preferably lace up shoes like sports shoes (required)
- Long pants (recommended)
- Light jacket or wind breaker (recommended)
- Sun cream, hat and sunglasses (recommended)
- Route : Darjeeling – Ghoom – Chatakpur
- Grade : Moderate
- Distance in Kilometers : 40 Kms
Where do we meet?
Well it depends, if your hotel is located in Darjeeling Town then we can pick you up from the hotel or you may come to our office located at H. D. Lama Road, Near Vodafone Office, Darjeeling.
08.00 am : Briefing on Route with ride Tips on Mountain biking , Later start cycling
09.00 am : Reach Ghoom Via Toonsong road
01.00 pm : Reach Chatakpur, Lunch
02.00 pm : Start cycling Back from Chatakpur
04.00 pm : Reach Ghoom Railway station, Tea Break
05.00 pm : Reach Darjeeling
HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE?
Our trips vary in difficulty. We have excursions for beginners — easy day tours that wind along flat roads — and more challenging adventures for intermediate and advanced riders. If you tell us your fitness level, we can recommend the right tour for you.
HOW LONG WILL I BE RIDING?
Intermediate riders typically ride for four or more hours a day, several days in a row. Depending on the trip and itinerary, you may be spending up to seven hours on your bike. We’ll make sure you know exactly what your trip entails before you depart.
WHAT IF OUR GROUP’S ABILITIES ARE DIFFERENT?
Usually there are slower and faster riders in each group. From our experience, the differences work themselves out: some riders relax and stop for more rests while others skip rides or rely on vehicle support. Our guides are trained to handle these situations with professionalism and respect.
HOW TECHNICAL ARE THE TRAILS?
This depends on the destination and type of your trip. If you have questions about your route, visit the trip page or contact us directly. It is our aim to lead fun and exciting trips, not to scare our clients!
DO I NEED TO STICK TO A SET ITINERARY?
No. Itineraries can be adjusted to suit your interests and skill level. We understand every rider is different, so we design our trips to cater to the specific needs of a group.
WHAT KIND OF BIKE DO I NEED?
We have a selection of bikes at our shop we provide to guests. If you have a downhill, all-mountain or cross-country bike you’d like to bring from home, check with us to make sure your bike matches the terrain.
CAN I BRING MY BIKE ON THE PLANE?
Yes, but check with your airlines before you book your trip! Many airlines charge additional fees for bikes.
CAN I RENT A MOUNTAIN BIKE?
We offer limited high performance bike rentals. Ask us what is available for your holiday
WHO ARE YOUR GUIDES?
We know how important good leaders are for the enjoyment and success of your trip. Guides are the link to new cultures, fantastic experiences and unforgettable riding. It is our aim that you learn more from our guides than any guidebook. With expertise, enthusiasm and cultural understanding, our guides will show you a safe, unique side of Darjeeling. On most of our trips, a main guide will lead the pack, and another will follow as the “tail gunner.”
CAN YOU PROVIDE ME WITH A REFERENCE?
We are happy to provide contact information of people who have participated in our tours.
DO I NEED TO TIP MY GUIDE?
Tipping is not necessary; however, if you feel your guide has served you well, a small amount can help communicate your appreciation.