Cycling Up Hills in India – Kadve Khind, Pune’s Tropical Climb | Indian Inclines

Cycling Up Hills in India – Kadve Khind, Pune’s Tropical Climb | Indian Inclines


Despite its lush tropical surroundings and
gorgeous views, here’s a lovely climb you’ve probably never heard of … Kadve Khind. There are a few ways in which you can ride
up Kadve Khind .. you can turn off the bangalore highway, which would be a pretty good ride
because the roads are in good condition and you’d enjoy lovely mountain views right
from the turn off. Or, take the road to Panshet where you have
two options – if you want to just do Kadve Khind, take a turn off when you’re almost
at Panshet, riding up the Northern side. However, if you prefer suffering, like us,
you can ride across Pabe ghat and then back across Kadve Khind, two climbs on one epic
ride. Make sure you watch episode 3 which covers
the Pabe segment. We’re going to ride up from the southern
side, and again, as soon as we turn off the main road, the route is mostly uphill. As is the norm with riding in Pune, the route
is beautiful, with interesting features like this mini-dam, some stream crossings, a large
lake, and roads that run through wide open fields. It’s the one handed ghat ascent … Do it with one leg, man! Yeah, right! Now the climb is pretty short, at just under
two and a half kilometers. Unfortunately, I don’t have good elevation
data for this ride, so you’ll have to make do with the average gradient, which is 7.3%. This is not a very hard climb, but having
done Pabe earlier, I was struggling all the way up. Shobhan on the other hand missed the KOM by
just a couple of minutes. The climb from the Panshet side has a slightly
lower average gradient of 6%, but the primary body of the climb is more compressed, so it’s
twice as long, at 4.7 kilometers. In isolation, it would probably be harder
than going up this way – so this is something we’ll definitely do later. Now this place is so remote, that we found
a dead horse here, and when I drove by a week later, its carcass was still at the same place
– unmoved. For most of the descent, the road was in great
condition. I usually never stop on descents, but the
view was so breathtaking, that this time, I just had to. A bit farther down, after the primary descent,
we got what is probably the best view of the Panshet dam, far better than actually riding
up to it! The rest of the route, as we headed on to
Panshet road, had us riding by a stream with some settlements and old dilapidated buildings
on the other side, which, for some reason made it feel very surreal. If you haven’t seen the Pabe video yet,
go ahead and check it out now, and be sure to subscribe for more episodes of Indian Inclines. Thanks for riding along, and I’ll see you,
in the next episode.