Raj kulo ride which means royal canal ride in direct English translation is neither an uphill ride nor a downhill ride but a technical ride. The ride is located in one of the constituent districts of Kathmandu valley namely Lalitpur. The canal was built around 15th century and was built for the purpose to minimize the existing water scarcity of the period. Rajkulo was long lost until recently after being discovered by cycling enthusiasts.
The Raj kulo ride starts exactly from Chapagaun and ends at Tika Bhairav and covers a small distance of 12 kilometers. This mere distance of 12 kilometers take around 2-3 hours to complete and the reason behind is the single track. The track traverses through seasonal crops of rice, wheat and maize and beautiful patches of rustic settlement. The track is raised from in between water canals at the both end - one for the agricultural purpose in the local area, and second canal follows the ancient route to the city.
Riding on a track like this needs serious concentration. Not being able to focus on track would not result of being hurt but being wet. This makes Rajkulo a perfect escape for cycling around Kathmandu valley. We have several occasion where our riders take a dive in the canal because of lost concentration. Nevertheless, not even a single rider who returned home less happy and less entertained. The other aspect of this cycling trip is the communities that we ride through which is still occupied by Newari people who still continue their ancient way of life. All in all this is a fantastic day ride!