Lush and bountiful we relished most of the 113km down from 4400m to Chamba some 3000m below!
The next morning, we headed down a seemingly never-ending 113km to the more tropical climes of Chamba. Despite a rainy start we enjoyed having gravity on our side and whizzed through at least 5 vegetation zones: high altitude, flower meadows, alpine, deciduous forest and sub-tropical. Although downhill (mostly) it took a good 7hrs30 of surprisingly hard work. I have always found cycling at lower altitudes much tougher as besides the much hotter temperatures, the humidity is so high and feels a lot harder than cycling higher, in 02-thin air at cooler, drier temps.
The final 20 km into Chamba involved a rather sneaky 7km climb, just to ensure we would never get to comfortable at 996m. Here is the cricket oval at Chamba, one of the many relics of the British Raj.
Farewell to the Himalayas, a 14hr bus drive back to Dehli via Pathankot marked the end of another fabulous trip.