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Gear yourself with high adventure with an expedition on cycles. You can pedal your way past high passes or simply make a day adventure. The tour can be coupled with camping and can be carried over several weeks over diverse terrain. The lower regions of the state Kangra, Una, Hamirpur and Bilaspur offer gentle routes. You can also stretch your stamina to reach out the Trans Himalayan tracts of Lahaul, Spiti and Kinnaur. For the higher regions the summer and autumn months are suggested.
Milder but equally interesting excursions may be done out like the fairly level and well wooded Mashobra Bekhalty road near Shimla makes a good trail. Downhill cycling is possible for experienced persons for example downhill on the Hatu that lies above Narkanda.
By jeep car or on motorcycle you can explore the enormous variety Himachal has to offer. By jeep the Trans Himalayan tracts can steadily unfold their natural and manmade wonders. Along one of the highest Highways in the world you can drive out of Manali cross the Rohtang Pass (3980m) and move through arid Lahaul to Leh and Ladakh. From Shimla through picturesque Kinnaur you drive through the haunting landscaped of Spiti and over the Kunzam pass (4551m) enter Lahaul. Himachal has an extensive network of roads and tracks there are about 26,000 kms of mettaled highways.
The choice of both route, season and vehicle are important. Cars may not be able to handle the rougher tracks but in no way does this curtail the range of possible experiences. SUV's remain the easiest vehicles to tackle roads that are smooth and rough.
Himachal is also venue for several short and some lenghtier rallies and motor sport competitions. Since 1999 the Raid de Himalaya has been a significant event on a national and international level. Himachal hosts a major segment of the Raid.
Spring (May/June)- You would get lots of snow but roads are at worst, lots and lots of tourists and obviously a costly trip with escalated price.
Monsoon (July/Aug) - Ladakh/Lahaul/Spiti is historically there is no rain but traffic is high.
Autumn (Sep/Oct) - Roads are at the best but almost no snow enroute. Weatherwise I like this season personally the most, the weather after monsoon recedes remain crystal clear with least haze/dust/mist and gives excellent visibility for watching peaks.
Winter (Nov-April) - At your own risk without any tourists, excellent bargain and budget trip is likely. Also for special interest tours like say Chaddar trek of Zanskar, this is the time to go.