WHY SHOULD I DO THIS TOUR?
For a very memorable riding experience through the charming forests of Pench, which once inspired Rudyard Kipling to write 'The Jungle Book'. if Mowgli was part of your childhood, you can't miss this. You will hardly come across any city influence or vehicular traffic.
WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT IS PROVIDED DURING THE TOUR? WHAT ELSE IS INCLUDED?
This is a fully supported bicycle tour. There will be 1 or 2 support stations (depending upon the length of the route) along the route with ample supply of water, drinks, beverages, snacks etc. Beside this there will be multiple backup and breakdown support vehicles plying the routes. Mobile medical assistance will also be available during the tour.
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WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO DO THIS TOUR?
Any regular cyclist, aged 18 or more, who can ride 100KMs easily on any given day is eligible to do this tour. However please note that right to invite a participant is reserved with the organisers and their decision will be final.
WHEN SHOULD I REACH NAGPUR?
We would recommend that you reach Nagpur on 23rd Jan morning, so that you can leave for Ramtek in afternoon and get settled at camp-site and also attend our pre-tour briefing on 23rd evening.
DOES THE TOUR FEE INCLUDE TRANSPORT TO AND FROM NAGPUR? WHAT ABOUT STAY ON DAY 0 IN RAMTEK?
No, transportation to Ramtek is not included in tour fees. However we will be transporting some riders to Ramtek in shared transport for an extra fee (Rs. 2000). Stay of Day 0 in Ramtek is however included in the tour fee, so you don't have to worry about that.
IS THERE A LUGGAGE LIMIT?
There is a one bag per rider limit. Each rider is entitled to one piece of baggage (the max limit is 30 litres/15 Kgs). However we advise you not to carry any fragile items or expensive gadgets/ equipments in your baggage. We do not provide any guarantee for the safety of any fragile/expensive items in the baggage. We will not be responsible for any loss/ theft or damages.
WHAT KIND OF BIKE IS MOST SUITABLE FOR THIS TOUR? DO I BRING MY OWN BIKE?
This tour involves fair bit of off-road riding so we would suggest you to bring a MTB for this tour and we expect most of the participants will be bringing MTBs. However if you have a Hybrid bike with 35mm+ tyres, they should be ok too. We won't suggest road bikes at all for this route though. And yes if you want us to arrange bikes on rent, we can do that too. Rent including transport of bike to start point and back is Rs. 3000. Please note that if any parts are damaged of the rent bike due to falls during ride or mishandling will be have to paid by the rider.
WHEN CAN I PLAN MY RETURN FROM NAGPUR?
Tour will finish at Ramtek on 26th Jan afternoon, Nagpur is just 50Kms from there, so you can probably catch a late-night train of flight back from Nagpur, but to be on safer side, we would recommend to take return flight on 27th Jan. morning.
HOW DO I TRAVEL WITH MY BICYCLE TILL RAMTEK?
The nearest airport and railway station is Nagpur (50Kms) . Modern bicycles are really easy to carry in cars using a bike rack, or even in the boot of the car. If you are travelling by train, then you can easily remove both the wheels and then carry the bike with you in some bag. If you are flying to Nagpur, then you can easily check-in your bike in bike-box. Local bike shops can help you with packing it in a cardboard box, if you don't have a proper bike bag for travelling. People travel all over the world with their bikes, so it's a good idea to talk to someone who has already done so.
Once you reach Nagpur, you can travel on your own to Ramtek, hire a taxi or can also opt for bike and rider transport being arranged by us for an extra fees of Rs 2000 for rider transport and Rs. 1000 for bike transport.
WILL I ENCOUNTER WILD ANIMALS DURING THE RIDE?
It is tendency of wild animals to avoid any human presence and that is why it is so difficult to spot them even when you enter the core area of jungles. As we will be bicycling in buffer areas only where otherwise too there is significant number of villages and other human settlements, chances of this are very low to none. The route has been chosen in consultation with forest officials and is safe for riding. Further, on desolate patches volunteers will ensure that participants ride in a group.
HOW IS THE MOBILE NETWORK CONNECTIVITY THROUGH OUT THE ROUTE?
There will be sections of routes where you won't have connectivity for few kilometres on the route. In our recce we found Jio network had the best coverage.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
1. Any Cancellation due to COVID Lockdown: 100% Refund or 125% Refund in tour fees for our future tours
2. In other cases:
Before 23rd Dec 21 - 90% Refund
Before 3rd Jan 22 - 50% Refund
Before 13th Jan 22 - 25% Refund
After 13th Jan 22 - Sorry No Refunds
I AM NOT AVAILABLE ON THESE DATES, ARE MORE EVENTS PLANNED IN FUTURE?
Yes. We have many tours in pipeline. Please follow us on our social media handles so that we can keep you posted or join our mail-list.