Day 10 Punjab: Dal Makhani with Tandoori Vegetables and Paneer Tikka, Butter Garlic Naan and Mint Coriander Chutney

Puuh, today was the day I spent the longest time in the kitchen. After 3 hours I was happy to have made a very satisfying meal. The Punjabi kitchen apparently is the kitchen, which is not only dominating and most famous in Restaurants in India, but also in the western world. When I checked typical […]

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in 29 + days through the culinary delights of India

Finally, I am starting my „29 States-29 Dishes” series Every day from tomorrow I will prepare a typical vegetarian Dish from each of the 29 States of India. To make things right from the beginning: Apparently there are not 29 states anymore, but rather 28 states (Ladakh and Kashmir became to separate Union Territories in […]

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Introducing the most beautiful cycling trips in India

Sitting on a bike and exploring the world – in my opinion, cycling offers the best opportunities to get to know the country and it’s people. You travel more slowly, are not separated from the outside world by a glass window, and you also use small roads, away from the main roads and highways. In […]

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Sponsored by Steadfast Nutrition

About the Indian Sports and Wellness Company Steadfast Nutrition with an Interview of founder and Owner Aman Puri I am really proud to call myself a Steadfast Nutrition sponsored athlete. Not only, that I am benefiting a lot from the high-quality nutrition supplements, but it is also great to be a part of the Steadfast […]

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Ultra Racing on the Manali Leh Highway

Our bike tour “The Manali-Leh Highway – one of the highest pass roads in the world” is one of our most popular tours and is a true classic! Within nine days we manage the 577 km and five passes – three of them are over 5000 meters high. The tour is of course designed in […]

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Experience Indian Cities through guided bike sightseeing tours

What once started in Delhi with the agency “Delhibycycle” is now offered in various Indian cities: Guided bike tours, usually in the early morning hours for about 2 to 3 hours in length, often with included snacks or even a breakfast. Anyone who knows me and my travels, knows that I like to incorporate many […]

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Motorcycle tours throughout India

In India, the motorcycle has a completely different meaning than in  Germany. While in Germany the motorcycling is rather a hobby and the bike usually only carries a summer license plate and is used for special excursions and trips, the motorized two-wheeler in India is much more used as a commercial vehicle and mode of […]

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The Buddhist Circuit – By mountain bike through the Himalayan valleys Kullu, Lahaul, Spiti and Kinnaur

This June I was finally able to put into practice my long-cherished desire to explore the mountain regions of Spiti and Kinnaur by bicycle. My boyfriend David played a big role in this: passionate mountain biker and adventurer and also fire and flame for this tour. While I have often travelled from Manali to Spiti […]

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The 4th Ultimate Uttarakhand Himalayan MTB Challenge

India – a big country with many highlights Although I have been living in India for almost ten years now, I have still not been able to discover the whole of India. Very often I return to places that I particularly liked, or I travel with my tour groups, whereby my guests usually travel on […]

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MTB Arunachal Hornbill Flight – the slightly different mountain bike stage race

About Arunachal A mountain bike stage race is something special in itself. If it takes place in India, such an event will be quite special. But a seven-day mountain bike race through the far-flung northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh probably tops everything! […]

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Hero MTB Himalaya vs. Sigma Bike Transalp – a comparison

For the third time I took part in the stage race MTB Himalaya through the Indian Himalayas. This time even I got on 3rd position in the women category. On this blog I have already reported extensively about my race participations in 2015 and 2016. The race was quite similar again this year, regarding organization […]

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Mountain bike racing and running a business

– The context What do my participations in mountain bike races and the management of my tour company Chalo Travels!  in common? Well, much, it seems, if one reads the article “Mountain biking forces you to step outside your defined comfort zone”. Here the journalist Shail D reports about me, my mountain bike life in […]

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Mountain biking in India vs. Europe -A comparison

I started mountain biking in India: the Himalayas with their long ascents and descents, bad roads and wonderful mountain trails simply offer the perfect conditions for this sport. A road bike would be out of place here and so I sat down on a mountain bike for the first time eight years ago for a […]

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From the Himalayas to the Alps to the Harz mountains- through the mountains of the world by mountain bike

I had survived my Transalp adventure well. After a few nice (and hot) days with the family, it was time for me for a new “mountain bike experience” in Germany. The North German participants of the Transalp all raved about the highest German low mountain range, the Harz. Since the Harz is also only about […]

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Bike Transalp 2018- An experience report

Originally, I wanted to report every day from my experiences during the tour. Already during the stages while riding,  I formulated whole passages in order to be able to express my experiences later. But no way! This idea was harder to implement than expected. After six to eight hours of mountain biking in the legs, […]

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Why stretching is so important for cyclists

With a 24 minute yoga video “Stretching for cyclists” In the last six months I have not only trained diligently on the bike, but also acquired intensive theoretical knowledge regarding the training teaching etc. I learned that in addition to the actual training on the bike and some strength training, especially regular stretching and the […]

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Training for the Bike Transalp

Now it is only two weeks before the start of the Bike Transalp – a multi-day bike race across the Alps – and I am not only preparing for my annual stay in Germany, but also of course for the race. After all, it is supposed to be the oldest and toughest mountain bike stage […]

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Mountain bike workshop at an Indian girls school

I have been living in India for seven years and have been doing mountain biking as a regular hobby, challenging sport and out of deep passion. While a lot has developed in the Indian cycling Industry in the past and there is now a growing mountain bike community, it is unfortunately still the case that […]

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Preparation tips and hints for the Manali – Leh Mountain Biking Tour

Since we have some groups for popular nine-day mountain biking tour on the 470 km long Manali-Leh Highway this Summer, it seems appropriate to give some suggestions for preparation and hints for the tour. […]

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2 weekends – 2 two-day mountain bike races in the Indian Himalayas back to back

The mountain bike season in India has started for me with the Hero MTB Shimla and MTB Nainital race With two intensive mountain bike races in April I was able to test my self for the first time this season. […]

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Five days of yoga trekking and six-day mountain bike pilot tour from Dharamshala to Manali

Amelie and Marlies are not only two very ambitious sportswomen, but also very adventurous travellers. Together they have been travelling almost all over the world. While Marlies is active in outdoor sports such as trail running, mountaineering, mountain biking and climbing, Amelie is an active triathlete and trains almost every day. […]

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How I rediscovered my passion for mountain biking

I’m back: On the saddle of my sparkling UT Edge mountain bike almost every day and if not during a training trip or a race, then at least I’m mentally planning training rides, looking for races, developing suitable recipes… or, or, or. Since my life is about mountain biking in India, training in India, Indian […]

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A mountain bike Race Stage of a special kind

December Calendar Sheet No. 12 This photo was taken on the second day of a three-day mountain bike race last year in November. The race took place through the mountainous region around Dharamshala. Dharamshala is the place where the Dalai Lama and many other Tibetan refugees live. From here rise the high mountains of the […]

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MTB Arunachal

The First International Mountain Bike Race in the Northeast of India Arunachal Pradesh literally means “land of mountains in the dawn”. In fact, the day begins very early in the far eastern Indian Himalayan state. Already around five o’clock in the morning, the surrounding green-forested slopes are bathed in a gentle light – provided the […]

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Bicycle tour from Shimla to Leh in August 2017

Christoph from Switzerland, a guest of Chalo Travels, tells of his experiences of his three-week and 1200 km long bike journey through the Indian Himalayas from Shimla to Leh with a crowning ascent of the Stok Kangri at the end. It hit me like a hammer.. When the sliding doors of Delhi airport opened, I […]

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(No) Rules on Indian roads

5 rules that allow you to survive on Indian roads If you land in India at the airport in one of the big Indian metropolises Delhi, Mumbai and Co., the first adventure will be the taxi ride to the hotel. In the taxi itself, at least in the rear seats, there are no belts and […]

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Holger Schaarschmidt about the Hero MTB Himalaya race

Two years ago I was able to meet the mountain biker, adventurer and world traveller Holger Schaarschmidt during the Hero MTB Himalaya. Holger did not only have a very friendly appearance, but was even able to finish the race with a terrific 5th place. So that race enthusiasts get an idea of the nine-day race […]

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MTB Himalaya- A multi-day mountain bike stage race in the Indian Himalayas

We organize Race packages inclusive of a Mini India Trip at the end. I can’t avoid it. There is simply this indelible thirst in me for adventure, nature, mountains, experience and physical challenge. All these components and so much more are include in the hard nine-day Hero MTB Himalaya mountain bike race,which I had already […]

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My Homemade Energy Balls- “MTB Laddus”

Delicious, easy to male without baking and healthy! Due to my quite extreme activities in mountain biking and mountain sports, I often need a fast energy source. Especially during several-hour mountain bike races without a stopover, but also during a mountain expedition, it is important that I always have a small supply of high-caquitonic food […]

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Mountain biking through the Indian Himalayas

June Calendar Sheet  No. 6 By now I have been sitting in the saddle for four hours and slowly I feel some pressure in my bubble. But I try to keep up with the pressure a little longer. At the moment I am still in a very good rhythm, which I would not like to […]

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The Manali Leh Highway by bicycle – a classic

The Manali-Leh Highway: The Facts So many times we have organized the Manali-Leh Highway as a Bicycle tour and now it’s actually the first time I write something on my blog about this great bike tour! The Manali-Leh Highway: 475 km long, five high mountain passes, two of them over 5000 meters high, open only […]

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Holidays in the Spiti Valley

The Spiti Valley The Spiti Valley – “Spiti” means “The land in between”. It is the land between Tibet and India. And although Spiti belongs to the western part of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, the valley, delineated by mighty mountain ranges, is so different from the rest of India. […]

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Day trip by (push) bike from Manali to Jalori Pass (3240 m)

Since I’ve been living in the Indian Himalayas (now it’s been four years), mountain biking is my great passion. Even then in German,y I was riding a lot by bike, but used the two-wheeler to commute and followed sports like swimming and running. Well, here in the beautiful Kullu valley, which is located at 2000 […]

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Mountain Biking Tour and Race: Manali-Keylong- Manali

Three days of intensive mountain biking in the high mountain desert of Lahaul Keylong is the district capital of the beautiful high mountain valley of Lahaul. The name “capital” is somewhat exaggerated. Locals even call Keylong a village. I would call it a small town. The name Keylong derives from the Keylong towering snow-capped “killing […]

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Mountain biking and India? What’s happening on the Indian subcontinent

Shimla, once part of the Nepalese kingdom, later summer capital of the British and now university town and mountain bike stronghold! The queen of the so-called Indian Hillstations is the capital of the mountain state Himachal Pradesh and is located at 2100 meters above sea level on a ridge in the foothills of the Himalayas. […]

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On the bike through Kerala

a 14 days bike trip in southern India Kerala has a big advantage over other regions of India: it is relatively small and yet very versatile, so you don’t have too big distances to cover between the places and still see a lot! It’s even better: Especially between the destinations you have a lot to […]

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The Hell Race in Bir

Well, for me the so-called mountain bike “Hell Race” was more of a heavenly race: great track, beautiful nature, no fall, nice people and the first place in the women’s category! What more could I ask for? The one-day race took place in the Dhauladhar mountain range between the two tourist resorts of Manali and […]

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The world’s third toughest mountain bike race: MTB Himalaya in India

A report by the participant Sarah Appelt (more information about the Hero MTB Himalaya race) A Total of 9 days, 7 race days, 630 km, 15000 meters of altitude, 68 participants. These are the facts of the 11th Hero MTB Himalaya, which was held on from September 26th till Oktober 4th 2015. But these facts […]

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Over the highest passes in the world with the Royal Enfield

By motorcycle in two days from Leh to Manali I have already overcome the 470 km between Manali and Leh in many different ways: in eight days by bike, in 18 hours in a minibus, comfortably in the car and also on the motorcycle. For bikers from all over the world, the Manali Leh Highway […]

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Bicycle trip to Rothang Pass and back

A report about the 1st stage of the Manali-Leh Bicycle Tour and a Full day Long Cycling Trip in Manali On the occasion of the soon happening mountain bike tours on the Manali Leh Highway and personal preparation, I rode my bike 51 km up and back down the Rothang Pass yesterday! Cycling up from […]

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Cross Country Mountain Biking Race in Manali

The organized “Himalayan Trails and Dust Mountainbiking Challange” has been running every year for five years and I managed to participate at all, besides last year. The level of the race has improved significantly over the last five years. Of course cows still run infront of the bike and  I was the only female participant […]

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Delhi Sightseeing by Bike

Anyone who has ever been to India or perhaps seen one or the other documentary on television, knows  India is richly populated and especially in the cities there is a lot of crowds on the streets. Another special feature of the traffic in India is of course the driving style of the Indians themselves. Here […]

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Impressions of a bike tour in the afternoon in the Kullu Valley

A sunny day in the monsoon season. During the day it is hot, but now in the afternoon quite pleasant in the shade of the mountains. I enjoy the steady uphill in a light gear, consciously inhaling the air purified from the previous day by the rain. Breathe in and out. A small school bus […]

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Bicycle tour through Kerala

We are back from our bike tour through Kerala, which we tested for you to include it in our program. And it was unique! On small and well-developed village roads we meandered uphill and downhill through tea plantations, jungles, small villages and through the backwaters. Our tour ended on the beautiful sandy beach of Mararikulum. […]

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