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GizmoDuck
2008-07-16, 01:43 PM
Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to inform you all that we have another Unicycle Tour coming up in April 2009. I know lot's of you have been waiting in anticipation for this...so here it is...(*drumroll* badabadumbadum :p)......The India Unicycle Tour, or Induni '09 for short.

It's looking like it could be the best Adventure Unicyclist Unitour so far, in terms of both riding and cultural experiences. This one has scenery to rival the SINZ tour, and the cultural experience of Uninam and Laos Unitour. It's taken many months to finalise and pick a route we were happy with, hence the long delays!

If you are interested in this Unitour...let me know and I'll put you on the Induni mailing list for updates and registration.

Numbers are limited to 30. We were over the limit on the last tour, so get in early or you may miss out)

Cheers,

Ken Looi
Adventureunicyclist.com


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Induni 2009: The India Unicycle Tour

Dates: Sunday 5 April 2009 (Day 1) to Thursday 16 April (Day 12)

Description:
Our tour takes us to the north east of India to a fantastically diverse region that borders Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and China, each of them never more than 100 miles away. This diversity is reflected in both the landscape, which ranges from the steaming plains near Bangladesh, to the world's 3rd highest mountain, Kanchenjunga, but it is also evident in the people and religions we'll see. Bengali teapickers, Bhutanese religious sculptors, Nepali corn vendors and Tibetan prayer flags are all to be found at this confluence of cultures.

All this contrast makes for plenty of legwork, and starting in the plains, we'll work our way up through to the foothills until we're close enough to the snow-capped peaks of Sikkim that it'll feel like we can just reach out and touch them.

Cost:
US $1990 and early registration prize draw if registered before 1 Dec 2008
US $1990 if registered before 1 Jan 2009
US $2090 if registered after 1 Jan 2009 (you're buying beers for the whole group!)
US $2090, and you will have to wear a red nose and clown outfit if registered after 1 Feb 2009

No further registrations will be taken after 1 Mar 2009

What it covers:
support vehicles, local guide, tour leader, most meals, entry fees, accomodation

How to register: email Ken Looi (ken dot looi at gmail dot com), and I will send you the registration form and put you on the mailing list. You can either pay the full registration fee at once, or a deposit of US$500 to book your place on the tour. Deposits are refunded in full if you have to pull out (less wire transfer/transaction costs), up to 1 Mar 2009. After that it depends on what fixed costs we have already paid for, but will still be refunded less that amount.

How fit do I have to be?
The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy it. However, it is not a race, and is a fully supported tour. We have support vehicles backing following behind us should you get overexhausted/sick/equipment problems. On previous tours, we have had some of the top riders in the world, as well as people who have only just started riding. We've had people ranging in age from 12yrs to 61. Generally, we average between 15-20km/hr when riding, and this drops to 13-15km/hr when you include rest breaks. We aim to have rest breaks to regroup and refuel every 20-25km or so. Those of you on previous tours will be familiar with the format.

Website: This will be up and running in the next few weeks. It will have photos and a daily blog during the tour, as well as a short biography and photos of the riders.
Check out websites from previous Unitours:
The Uninam Unicycle tour: www.uninam.net
The New Zealand South Island Unitour: www.sinzuni.org
Other Unitours: www.unitours.org


Itinerary:

Day 1 | Siliguri
The tour starts in West Bengal's second city Siliguri. We'll meet in the evening for our first meal and an introduction to the tour.

Days 2-4 | Lowland Riding
After a short transfer we'll commence the beautiful ride to the forgotten city of Koch Behar. The ride takes us through jute fields and rice paddies still farmed by ox-drawn carts, all within sight of the Bangladeshi border. The following day we have a chance to check out the Maharaja's grand palace and a bustling temple before continuing our one-wheeled journey through the lowlands to the tea fields of Chalsa. Day 4 is free to relax by the pool, wander amongst the tea fields or take a jeep safari in the nearby Gorumara Wildlife Sanctuary; if we're lucky we'll spot bison, elephants and maybe even rhinos or leopards!

Days 5-7 | Riding to Kalimpong
Day 5 takes you on a long and challenging ride through the tea fields and up to the foothills of the Himalaya. We overnight at a simple hotel in a mountain village which enjoys stunning views. After the strenuous uphill the following day is a shorter ride to Kalimpong. The following day we have a rest day to enjoy the thronging market, take a hike or maybe visit one of the town's many orchid gardens.

Days 8-9 | Riding to Pelling
Our ride today takes us to the former Buddhist Kingdom of Sikkim. We overnight in Pemeyangtse, and then have a day's rest to appreciate the wonders of the region, whether that's taking a short walk to a nearby monastery, or just soaking up the splendor of some of the world's highest mountains.

Days 10-12 | Riding to Darjeeling
After our rest day we take a breathtaking ride through the mountains to the charming village of Kaluk, nestled deep in the mountains. Our last riding day is a gem, taking us down from the mountains, alongside the Rangbong River which divides Sikkim from West Bengal, and then through valleyside tea gardens before we transfer to vehicles for the unbelievably steep ascent to Darjeeling. Darjeeling is the world's premier tea producing town and is overrun with monuments to the Raj, but the greatest monuments belong to nature; the world's third highest peak, Kanchenjunga, is in plain sight of the town. The tour ends on day 12 - feel free to stay on in Darjeeling or perhaps join us for an optional trekking tour back in the big mountains of Sikkim.

Total Distance: Approx 400km

Riding Days: 7

Unicycling Conditions
Conditions will vary day by day with some days on well made flat roads and others on badly maintained mountain roads. There are some big uphills and downhills to ride but the support vehicles will always be on hand if you find anything too hard. On most days we will need to transfer part of the day by vehicle in order to link up towns with accommodation and also to avoid some of the crazy city traffic.

Sikkim Permit
You will be required to obtain a Sikkim Entry Permit which can be done when you apply for your India visa.

onebyone
2008-08-28, 12:59 PM
Hi Ken,
This tour sounds great:)

GizmoDuck
2008-09-17, 01:04 PM
Ok, just a quick update on Induni. We have several people signed up already, many old faces and a few new ones.

The website is also online, and will be updated over the next few weeks as we get rider profiles and some photos up.

www.induni.adventureunicyclist.com

If you are interested, we need to know bookings ASAP. Unlike previous tours, there will almost certainly be no more late entries after 1 Jan, because all the Indian Hotels need advance bookings.

Please let me know if you are interested and I'll put you on the mailing list. If you are definite about coming, please register as it helps us firm up numbers and accomodation bookings.

Cheers,

Ken Looi

p/s I have also put the Laos Unitour 2006 website back online. Find it on www.lut.adventureunicyclist.com. Enjoy!

dudewithasock
2008-10-07, 01:49 PM
Ugh every time I see one of these posts for the next Unicycle Tour I remember how much I hate being a poor college kid...will you be planning on doing these for years to come? Because some day I will get the resources to be able to afford this (and get a 36er as well lol).

GizmoDuck
2008-10-25, 04:42 AM
Another update on Induni.

I've just updated the Induni website with some of our riders and their unicycles. We have some awesome people coming on the tour...check out their rider profiles.

www.induni.adventureunicyclist.com


Here's a short blurb from about our route from Grasshopper Adventures:


12 days ex Siliguri, West Bengal

"Around India on a Unicycle. With Laos and Vietnam now conquered it is time to take on the Subcontinent - Induni 2009 is ready to roll!
Our tour takes us to the north east of India to a fantastically diverse region that borders Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and China, each of them never more than 100 miles away. This diversity is reflected in both the landscape, which ranges from the steaming plains near Bangladesh, to the world’s 3rd highest mountain, Kanchenjunga, but it is also evident in the people and religions we’ll see. Bengali tea pickers, Bhutanese religious sculptors, Nepali corn vendors and Tibetan prayer flags are all to be found at this confluence of cultures. All this contrast makes for plenty of legwork, and starting in the plains, we’ll work our way up through to the foothills until we’re close enough to the snow-capped peaks of Sikkim that it’ll feel like we can just reach out and touch them. Book now and start training!"


It's getting close to the end of the year. If you're interested in Induni, please let me know.

Cheers,

Ken

dudewithasock
2008-10-30, 02:26 AM
Ugh every time I see one of these posts for the next Unicycle Tour I remember how much I hate being a poor college kid...will you be planning on doing these for years to come? Because some day I will get the resources to be able to afford this (and get a 36er as well lol).

:)

GizmoDuck
2008-10-30, 03:28 AM
:)

Sorry, my bad.

I don't know about 2010 yet. There probably will not be a Unitour from me, as we are thinking of doing a Jungle Muni weekend somewhere in Thailand. After that, I'm slowly working my way through the list, but probably either Mongolia or Iceland.

scotthue
2008-11-01, 02:26 PM
What city would you fly into? I want to come, but money is an issue... Can you put me on the mailing list as well?

GizmoDuck
2008-11-02, 03:29 AM
What city would you fly into? I want to come, but money is an issue... Can you put me on the mailing list as well?

Scott....check your emails :) I'm not sure I have your correct addy

GizmoDuck
2008-12-09, 12:52 PM
Ok, we're fast approaching the end of the year. We are still taking registrations for Induni, so let me know if you are keen. I need to have confirmed numbers by January.

It's the best way to see India, ride in the Himalayas, and experience different cultures at the same time.

Also, a few of us are planning on travelling both before and after the tour. I'm quite keen to head to Kathmandu after the tour. If you want to join me, let me know.

www.induni.adventureunicyclist.com

Ken Looi

GizmoDuck
2009-01-13, 12:01 PM
I've just updated the Induni website with some of the riders coming on tour, along with their equipment:
http://www.induni.adventureunicyclist.com/riders.html

This will be the final roll-call to anyone interested in Induni. Lot's of awesome terrain, nice people to ride with, good food and a unique cultural experience.

Let me know!

Ken

p/s I will even do a live demonstration of the thumb thing