MERAKI CSC

(12 customer reviews)

3Days & 2Nights

159kms

Chandigarh

Cycling

Moderate

Tour Overview

Chandigarh is a city and a union territory in India that serves as the capital of the two neighbouring states of Haryana and Punjab. It was one of the early planned cities in post-independent India and is internationally known for its architecture and urban design. The master plan of the city was prepared by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier. In 2015, a survey by LG Electronics ranked it as the happiest city in India on the happiness index.

Solan is at an average elevation of 1,600 meters (5,200 ft). It is known as the “Mushroom city of India” because of the vast mushroom farming in the area. Solan is crowned as the “City of Red Gold”, in reference to the bulk production of tomatoes in the area. The Kalka-Shimla narrow gauge heritage railway line, built by the British passes through Solan and is a recognized World Heritage site.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Chandigarh

Hotel Stay: Hotel Sapphire (3-star)
Reporting Time: 4:00 PM

The Cycle tour starts from Chandigarh, which is the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana as well as a Union Territory of India. This day is reserved for riders to meet and greet with co-riders and the Dare2Gear team. Today evening around 5 pm the rider registration process shall begin in which waiver form and medical form shall be collected and rider kits shall be handed over to you. Post it detailed briefing about the cycling tour which will include ride profile, elevation details, safety protocols, and team introduction followed by dinner. Today is a rest day so that before the next day’s ride you have sound sleep and an easy day.

Day 2: Chandigarh to Solan | 72 Km

Hotel Stay: Barog Heights (3 Star)
Flag-off Time: 7:00 AM

Wake up early morning and get ready to begin the ride through the beautiful mountains of Himachal. Today’s ride will begin with the plains of Panchkula and we will hit the climb of mountains with a gradual climb and widen the beautiful multi-lane road. We will hit the Parwanoo timber trail point where people take the cable car to witness the spectacular view of hills in this short ride. From there, an onwards single lane will begin but at the same time, the scenic beauty of the mountains will keep increasing with each pedal.

During the ride, you will get Hydration, Nutrition and Technical support. On the way we will take a halt at Gaini Da Dhabha for lunch and refuelling, then shall resume the ride. Once you reach Solan rest in the Hotel enjoy the beautiful mountains from the terrace of the hotel, have a delicious dinner and get your cycles some Rest. Post dinner, have some sound sleep to wake up early for the next day’s ride.

Day 3: Solan to Chandigarh | 86 Km

Today we will cover about 86 km, the ride will start from Solan and we will change the route via Kumarhatti, Naina Tikker, and Bhojkoti to Morni Hills which is an off-road Trail through the forest. This is the ride patch you will love the most as so much peace around, no hustle and bustle of traffic, and pure fresh air. You are passing right in the middle of the jungle with your best buddies and your bike i.e. a blissful moment to cherish forever.

You can have lunch en-route at Hotel Hour Glass just after exiting from the trail & while going towards Panchkula. Post lunch there will be the ride of the last 25 km and back to Hotel Sapphire. Once you reach the hotel, enjoy your Welcome drink. Temporary rooms will be provided for freshening up and changing the clothes, which will be commonly shared by the riders. We will enjoy the facilitation ceremony followed by a delicious dinner. Post it we will leave for our sweet homes with lots of memories and a sense of achievement with us and unforgettable memories to cherish forever.

Add On(s)

Rider transportation (Noida/Delhi to Chandigarh & Back)

This service dare2gear offers to make the journey hassle-free for riders. A Common pickup point with a defined time will be shared 5 days before the trip in Noida/Delhi, you have to reach there on time. If 6 or fewer people are there then we will provide INNOVA / SUV if more than that then Tempo Traveller.

Cycle transportation (Noida to Chandigarh & Back)

As taking the cycle along if you are not travelling in your personal car sometimes becomes a big task due to space management. So to make it easy and hassle free we offer this service, you have to drop you cycles 7 days before the ride begins.

Cycle On Rent (Noida to Chandigarh & Back)

Sometimes people don’t want to get in the hassle of getting their own cycle from their respective location, or sometimes they don’t have the right type of bike as needed for ride so people opt for this option. The cycles you will get will be well serviced and maintained.

Single Stay

Some participants look for a single stay and don’t want to share the rooms as their personal comfort choice, to meet their requirements this service is being offered by default tour is designed keep stay on double sharing

FAQ's

Which type of cycles are allowed in this ride?

As this ride is designed to explore mountains so only 2 types are cycles are allowed, MTB cycles or MTB focused hybrid cycles with minimum tire width of 700*45C. No any other type of bike is allowed like road, gravel or rigid fork hybrid to ensure the safety of each rider.

Do you provide cycle on rent, if yes then which bike you provide?

yes, we do provide cycles on Rent. We have Polygon Cascade 4 available for rent. To know more details about bike specifications details please visit below shared link polygon-cascade-4

Will I get the cycle according to my height for this ride?

As we have multiple cycle to offer on rent for all sizes ranging from S to XL, so you will get the cycle of right frame size for your ride.

What is included in the cost of cycle rental?

We give only cycle to the rider, rest all other mandatory items and accessories you want on cycle you have to bring yourself..

I have taken a cycle on rent do I have to submit any security?

Yes, for this ride you have to handover the Aadhaar Card as well as deposit Rs 3000 as refundable security at the time of receiving the bike. This shall handed over back to you at the time of returning the cycle post ride if any damages happen repair cost shall be deducted from cycle.

I have taken a cycle on rent When will I get and where?

You will get the cycle on rent a day before start of ride. You will get your cycle at in the same hotel where you will be staying on day one of tour.

What Things do I need to Carry?

Things to Carry

– Helmet (Mandatory)
– Front Headlight (Mandatory)
– Tail Light (Mandatory)
– Reflective Vest/ Tape (Mandatory)
– Water Bottle/Sipper (Mandatory)
– Cycling gloves (Mandatory)

Necessary Items

– 1 Small Backpack
– 2 Jersey’s
– 2 Shorts
– 1 Sweatshirt
– 1 lower/ Track pant
– 2 T-shirts
– 1 Jeans
– 1 Sleeper
– 2 pairs of cycling shoes (in case one gets wet due to rain and water on the way)
– 2 pair of socks
– Sunglasses or eye wear for the day and riding in a dark time.
– 1 Raincoat / Windcheater
– Extra batteries or charger for Cycling lights
– Mini tool kit
– 2 Cycle Tubes
– Personal Toiletries
– Any medicine if you are taking

NOTE: Your bag should not be weighing more than 8 kg’s. Else INR 100 will be charged Per KG for carrying your luggage.

I am an Amateur cyclist can I register for it as I want to join this ride for an experience?

Yes, you can do that and our team will be there to make sure you get the best experience of riding. As our team is of qualified and experienced riders team so they will help you to understand how much to push the limits and when to take a back seat in support vehicle.

Do you have any Minimum Speed Criteria for this Ride?

There are no as such defined timelines to cross any checkpoints but at the same time rider should be riding at an average pace of 8-9 km/hr in mountains to finish the full ride on saddle. If you will not be able to manage this pace, no need to worry our support team will be there to pick you from Point A to Point B and you can again continue your ride from there.

Do you I have to submit any medical fitness certificate for this Ride?

Yes, for all our MERAKI Rides we need a self-declaration about your medical health state from every participant. To download the medical form please click on below shared link personal Medical Certificate D2G

I have already accepted the terms and conditions do I still need to fill the waiver form?

We understand at the time of registration you have accepted the terms and condition. But there is probability that due to short of time may any of the important information may got skipped to read so a hard copy of signed document is must. To download the Waiver form please click on below shared link D2G Waiver Form

Can I submit the digital signed copy of Forms asked for the ride?

Yes, we accept digital signed copies also for that you need to coordinate with tour leader who will be assigned to you post your registration done.

I am under 18 can I also join the ride?

Yes, you can also join the ride with the consent of your parents. You have to get a disclaimer form signed by your parents and submit it before the ride with us.

If I forgot to bring any of the mandatory things you have mentioned, will I be allowed to ride?

No, without any of the mandatory things as mentioned above you are not allowed to ride. So either bring them along or can purchase from us.

At what time we can check - in at Hotel?

Rooms shall be allocated after 12 pm by Hotel on the day of tour beginning. So any time post it you can check in and ask at reception about your room number.

Will medical support is also there for riders?

Yes FIRST-AID shall be provided immediately to the rider as and when needed. If in case any critical emergency rider needs to visit the hospital that shall be taken care of by us. But the expense of the hospital shall be taken care of by rider only.

Does tour cost cover our medical insurance also?

No, tour cost doesn’t include your medical insurance.

When and Where should I submit my cycle for Meraki ride as I have taken cycle transportation service?

You have to drop your cycles 7 days before the event at Dare2Gear Cycle World showroom. To know the Exact location can search on google dare2gear cycle world or contact us on WhatsApp 9910081286 for location.

Can I get the detailed route map of the ride?

Yes, this shall be provided to confirmed riders post registrations process gets completed.

What are the safety rules for this Tour?

1) It is compulsory to wear a helmet for the entire duration of the ride. Riders without a helmet will not be permitted to ride.

2) Every rider must use their own lights for riding in dark times, bicycles must be equipped with front and rear lights attached firmly to the vehicle. Lights must be fully functional. If lights will not be working you are not allowed to ride.

3) All riders must wear a reflective vest that clearly places reflective material prominently on the front and back of the rider. If you will not be wearing reflective vests you are not allowed to ride.

4) This ride is open to any amateur cyclist regardless of his or her cycling affiliations. Riders (under the age of 18) must get a consent form signed by his or her parent or legal guardian

 

5) Each rider must be covered by liability insurance, either by a group policy or by a personal policy.

6) Our Sikh brothers – We have RELAXED THE MANDATORY HELMET RULE for Sikh Riders. But the rider must either wear a full Turban and not just a Patka.

How can I reach Chandigarh?

Please read the detailed article for this How to Reach Chandigarh

I am coming by my Vehicle to Chandigarh where can I park my Vehicle?

You can park your Vehicle at Hotel parking itself from where the ride begins.

I need to know in detail about your anti-COVID-19 Policies/guidelines for the travel?

We follow everything that can possibly decrease your chances of contracting corona virus. Guidelines are as follows:

  1. Here are some essential items that you must carry while traveling

* Face Masks

* Hand Sanitizers

  1. As we will stay in hotels, It is advisory to carry your own toiletry kit. This way you can maintain proper hygiene by using your own products. Also, you can keep yourself safe by using your personal towels.

 

  1. To keep the locals safe, it is advisable that travelers should maintain distance with the locals.

 

 

Do I need to carry any Covid Test Report?

With  at present govt policies updates no,  if in future any change of policy happen we shall update you and then accordingly actions has to be taken by you.

What is your cancellation & refund policy?

Please check below shared link https://dare2gear.com/terms-condition/

Reviews

12 reviews for MERAKI CSC

  1. Akshat Chandra (verified owner)

    It was such a fantastic experience for me the support system from D2G was fantabulous. Looking forward to joining many more tours like this🙈

  2. Divya Pal Das (verified owner)

    This is the third time I did Chandigarh – Solan – Chandigarh with Dare2Gear. Each experience was different and came with its own set of challenges but one thing has never changed…. Team Dare2Gear. Their help, support encouragement, their constant presence around the riders…this has never changed, and the standard has never dropped. I am proud and happy to be a member of this group…. A proud Merakian!.
    Thank you Team D2G for making each experience memorable!

  3. Lala

    Wohooo!!
    I feel totally blessed and lucky to have been able to pull this one off. What an experience!!!

    I am forever grateful to dare to gear – a cycling community which helps us ride and go one step ahead of what we think we are capable of doing. Thank you is just not enough for Tarun bhaiya , without you GTO and CSC were just a dream which was next to impossible. You make difficult sounds so easy every time. Talking about ride plans to routes, from technical support to guidance, from marshals ensuring each one of us are safe and fine to our beautiful stays, from yummilicious food to our recovery on point. Not only do we ride together, but we also make friends who care just like our own family. I am truly grateful and indebted beyond words.

  4. Soumitra Dwivedi

    Chandigarh-Solan was on my bucket list since the year 2020 when D2G launched Meraki 3.1. I couldn’t do it that year but was able to do it 2 years later with one of the best lots.

    Special thanks to Divya ma’am for playing a major role in convincing my mother to join this ride.

    This was my second Meraki after Meraki4.2 (Bhimtal-Binsar-Bhimtal) which was in the year 2021. D2G is best in their service be it Technical support, Hydration Support, Nutrition support and Marshall support. Planning was on point with the amazing off-road ride. Technicians- Abhijeet bhaiya and Gurpreet bhaiya were taking care of my bike like their own bike. Tarun Bhaiya is always there to ensure that we are on the route and not deviate from it and keeps an eye on us like a big brother and this personal touch makes me and my parents choose D2G for all my cycling expeditions.

    Eagerly waiting for another masterpiece by D2G to again add bag full of memories with friends ❤️

  5. K Kaushik (verified owner)

    I have been associated with the dare2gear cycling club for the past 4 years and wished to do Meraki with my friends. Also always I had it in my mind to ride a cycle in mountains.
    So this Meraki came as a blessing. With old friends and new ones we make on the ride, it was an awesome experience.

    The support provided by the crew throughout the ride from start to finish was on point. The crew is so helpful and motivational that they won’t at any point discourage you from stopping the ride and hopping into their support vehicle. They always encourage and stay right behind you to complete the ride.

    Kudos to the team for organising and planning the route keeping in mind new riders that also finish this ride.

    Looking forward to exploring the world in cycle with team D2G

  6. Mohit Handa (verified owner)

    This is my 4 tour with D2G…. Really had a good experience as always

  7. mehtadevang7 (verified owner)

    It’s my first Meraki with D2G it would be a wonderful experience I enjoyed a lot. Thanks to the D2G team, technician team and photography team. They help me during the entire journey. It’s not a ride it’s more than a joy ride…..

  8. Sidharth Mohan

    Such a wonderful experience, which would have never been possible without the expertise of Dare2Gear. The route was absolutely unique and breathtaking. Three cheers to Tarun (D2G) for finding this route. Chandigarh to Solan is a must-do trip for any adventure cycling enthusiast. I loved every aspect of the tour and team Dare2Gear was always available for any support that was required. This was my first Meraki, but I am sure I will do many more after having done this trip.

  9. Divyam Suri (verified owner)

    Meraki Dosti hai…. Really happy I signed up for the amazing trip and came back with a bag full of memories and amazing pictures 😍
    Thank you so much for the excellent support team D2G.❤️

  10. Kishore Kumar Sharma (verified owner)

    Although another Meraki is over, the fun, thrill, and everlasting memories will always remind you and set the mood for the next one!
    Having said that, I must admit that Dare2Gear’s support, assistance, guidance, help and effort were exceptional. During the ride, they provided everything that one could possibly imagine, including travel, food, medical care, photography, and a lifetime friendship.
    When it comes to riding, I suggest enjoying the scenery, the fauna, the gushing river, the birds chirping, and the never-ending thrill of mountain biking.
    As a rider, I suggest keeping it simple and steer clear of any sort of race. Stay true to yourself, follow your body, and enjoy the ride. Remember we have to “RIDE BACK HOME” safely.

  11. Jyoti Rai (verified owner)

    This was my third Meraki with D2G and I must say it was really awesome, unbelievable and definitely a new experience to add to our memories. Throughout the journey, I have enjoyed bits and pieces whether it’s off-roading, uphill or downhill. D2G support is just fabulous. They helped in the entire journey with technical support, nutrition and photography. Looking for a more adventurous ride and trip.

    You can see it’s me 👉🙂 happy and smiling after the trip.

  12. Shobhit Jolly Sethi (verified owner)

    Chandigarh Solan… A place jiske saath 22 years ka relation hai.

    I have been visiting Barog Heights since 2000…
    22 years is a long long time…

    Hence, this is the very first thing that makes this Meraki special.

    2nd… It was also my first Meraki 2 years back when I became a part of Dare2Gear… I mean, Dare2Gear became a part of me💛

    All of this can never be possible without the support of the technical team, photographers and our Lead Tail Marshalls… @⁨Gurpreet Technician⁩ @⁨Abhijeet Technician⁩ @⁨Saurabh Photographer⁩ @⁨Ritesh Harjai Photographer @⁨Tarun🌻Pushap🌻Wadhwa⁩

    You all are the backbone of every expedition.

    With love
    Shobu🌻

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