Ladakh Biking

Top 5 biking destinations in India

Bikers get a share of their knowledge when they start the journey with their loved ones and that means I am their favorite bike. The period of riding a bike is the time to take out the Explorer among them and modify the roads of self-discovery. For such enthusiastic bike riders, India seems to be the perfect match as it can provide an experience that has virtually no match. Biking in India provides easy access to remote places and helps to better understand the diversity of the country.

West Arunachal Pradesh

With its most humble view, Explore Arunachal Pradesh is one of the best places to ride a bike in India.  Yes, you have a high chance of finding dirt roads and landslides while traveling but the beauty of nature compensates for everything here.  Waterfalls, rooftop paddy fields, alpine forests, mountain streams, small human settlements, now covered roads (winter) and the opportunity to witness the unique tribal culture make this high altitude path irresistible for adventurers. Bomdila, Dirang, Tawang, Gorshem Chorten, Zero, Parashuram Kund and Namdafa National Parks are part of this paradise called West Arunachal Pradesh.

  Ideal route: BhalupkongDirang  BomdilaTawang

Tamil Nadu

This special place will surely make your heart beat faster!  Kolli Hills is a picturesque hill station in the Eastern Ghats of Tamil Nadu.  The hills are famous for 70 continuous hairpin bends, which is enough to excite all of you.  This tropical hill is also famous for its Agaya Gangai waterfall, ancient Shiva temple and pineapple farm.  Riding a bike from Bangalore to Kolli hills on weekends seems to be an ideal plan.

Ideal route: Salem Rasipuram Kolli hills   

Best Riding Season: Throughout the year

Kerala
Kerala

Kerala

Kerala Biking

Kerala is a land of ancient beaches, beautiful lighthouses and captivating greenery. In the state, no one is spoiled for choice when fixing the route of the bike. Ideal trips to Kerala include biking from Cochin to the South Ghats where a variety of wildlife can be seen. Great views of the tea and rubber plantations and paddy fields along the way inspire the rider. On the other hand, a bike route to the Southwest Wharf, Kodaikanal welcomes bikers with open arms.  The route will go through the famous tea garden trek of Munnar district.  The journey then continues towards Ooty and the bikers have to climb the Nilgiri hills at an altitude of 2,000 meters. From Nilgiris, the trip will continue towards Calicut and end at Cochin.  One can expect a good view of the backwaters of Kerala and a chance to taste the mouth-watering food of the state.

Kerala Biking
Kerala Biking

Valparai – Bajchal forest

There are some exciting biking routes in South India and one of the best examples of this is the Bhajachal forest from Valparai.  An ideal bike ride on this route would be in the rainy season. This route connects Pollachi in Tamil Nadu with Chalakuri in Kerala, which is mainly covered by fine tropical rainforests and clouds and evergreen forests. The tail goes through stunning waterfalls and numerous dams and reservoirs.  And since the area is part of the Anamalai Tiger Reserve or Vajachal Forest Reserve, wildlife philosophy is a significant part of it. The well-maintained roads and the emerald beauty of the forest highlight what can certainly entice bike riders here.

Ideal route: PolachiValparaiBajchal – Athirpalli – Chalakudi  

Best Riding Season: Throughout the year

Valparai - Bajchal forest
Valparai – Bajchal forest

Mumbai – Goa

Mumbai Goa Biking

It is one of the most famous road trip routes in India and deserves all the fame it deserves.  Popularly known as NH17 (National Highway 17), this route offers travel along the west coast of India.  NH17 connects Mumbai with Kerala, so if your adventure is not satisfied with the journey between Mumbai and Goa, you can just get some more petrol on your bike and go to the state of Kerala.  The journey between Mumbai and Goa gives the feeling of climbing a foreign road with excellent landscapes to see and nurture.

Best Riding Season: October to February

Mumbai Goa Biking
Mumbai Goa Biking

Jaipur – Jaisalmer

Biking in Jaipur Jaisalmer

If you can endure some tough and challenging roads, this road will be easy for you. However, deserts can be tricky at times but what is life without a few risks and challenges, right? Enjoy the rich culture of Rajasthan and the hospitality of the people of the state while riding a bike.  The roads are paved, there are a few potholes and a part of any bike trip in India. However, what will catch your eye the most is the landscape where there is a mixture of brown and green.  While passing through rural Rajasthan, there is an opportunity to learn about living without modern conveniences, the taste of local food is also the best in these rural settlements.  Of course, Rajputana architecture will follow you everywhere.

Ideal route: Jaipur NagaurJodhpur RamdebraJaisalmer

Best Riding Season: October to February

Biking in Jaipur Jaisalmer
Biking in Jaipur Jaisalmer

Ahmedabad – Kutch

Turtle biking

Maverick riders would love to take this challenging yet beautiful route in Gujarat. From the sub-hub of the state to the inaccessible and surreal battle of Kutch, the route is nothing less than a proverbial diamond. You can drive to the Kutch region where both the White Salt Desert and the Salt Wetland are waiting to greet you. Indian wild donkey sanctuaries may be provided for route travel and Dholavira may also be included in the route. Since Kutch is a culturally rich region, cycling in the village is also a good idea.

Ideal route: Ahmedabad Surendranagar Kutch short-run Kutch great run

Best Riding Season: December to March

Turtle biking
Turtle biking

Darjeeling – Sikkim

Darjeeling Sikkim Biking

This is another popular route for biking in India. The beauty of the East, from Darjeeling to the surreal destination – Sikkim, is a delight to cycle. However, by no means will the biking trail be considered easy here, the route is witnessing many steep and winding roads which are enough to rush the adrenaline. An amalgamation of religion and beautiful mountain culture makes this path expected by both adventurous adventurers and nature lovers. Also, the view of Kanchenjunga baits this time big time.

Ideal route: Siliguri – Darjeeling – Kalimpong – Gangtok – Pelling – Yuxom

Best Riding Season: Throughout the year

Darjeeling Sikkim Biking
Darjeeling Sikkim Biking

Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir

Ladakh Biking

Ladakh maybe India’s dream bike destination.  This region of the state of Jammu and Kashmir is blessed with such captivating beauty, a challenge that any crazy adventurer wants to take on.  The trail is rough, the weather rough and unpredictable and the constant risk of landslides and other hazards above the cherry puts riders on their toes. Ladakh is a beautiful lake, high mountain paths, Buddhist monasteries and roads which are mostly not raw. So when planning a trip here, one is spoiled for choice but what you should know is that you can never make a bad choice because every path has advantages and thrills.

Ideal Route: Manali Rohtang LaTandi / KailongDarchaSarchu – 

Tanglang LaUpashi – Leh (Leh to Khardungla and Nubra, Pangong and  Tso may take separate routes to Moriri and Hemis) – Lamayuru Kargil DrusJoji La SrinagarPatnitop Chandigarh

Best Riding Season: Mid-June to Mid-October

Ladakh Biking
Ladakh Biking

Shillong – East Khasi Hills

If you plan to visit the Northeast for sightseeing and travel, this is a route that must be considered. Starting from Guwahati, the road will take you to the picturesque capital of Meghalaya Shillong and then one of the wettest places in the world and then finally to the picturesque terrain of the Eastern Khasi Hills.  One can go a little further on the trail and find a way to reach some of the most amazing places in India like the cleanest village (Maolinong), the living main bridge and a few more fresh waterfalls. Of course, paved roads are a big help in making this bike ride route ideal in India.

Ideal route: Guwahati ShillongCherrapunjiEast Khasi Hills

Best Riding Season: October to February

Shillong East Khasi Hills
Shillong East Khasi Hills

East Coast Highway in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Biking

The East Coast Highway in Tamil Nadu is another exemplary bike ride route in India. Yes, indeed it is not considered a natural route but its diversity and color and taste of life are unlikely to be seen anywhere else. The journey may start from Pulicat Lake, where migratory flamingos enhance the environment with their cacophony. Proceeding to the beach temple at Mahabalipuram and then to the French settlement at Pondicherry;  The famous Nataraja temple at Chidambaram;  Unknown Danish colony in Tranquiber, the church in Velankani or Adam’s Bridge in Rameshwaram are open for exploration on the Eastern Coastal Road.

Ideal Route: Pulikat Lake Chennai Mahabalipuram Pondicherry CuddaloreChidambaram TranquiberNagapattinam Rameshwaram Tuticorin

Best riding season: December and January

Tamil Nadu Biking
Tamil Nadu Biking

Delhi – Ranthambore

Delhi Ranthambore Biking

An interesting bike trip between Delhi and Ranthambore awaits. Depending on the time and patience, one can include destinations for bike travel in this India. The journey will depart from Delhi and via Agra to Jaipur and then to Ranthambore. From cluster houses to uninhabited lands and from dilapidated roads to pristine and picturesque roads, the Delhi-Ranthambore bike ride can be called a reunion of the two worlds.  It is ideal to include destinations like Jaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, and Udaipur as examples of the daring adventures of cycling in Rajasthan.

Ideal route: Delhi – Agra – Dausa – Jaipur – Ranthambore

Best Riding Season: November to March

Delhi – Corbett – Nainital

Delhi will do biking

From the concrete jungle to the actual forest, this route provides an experience that will remain in the memory forever.  Starting from Delhi, as soon as you enter the Ramnagar area of Uttarakhand, cycling towards Corbett becomes a pleasure.  The orchards arranged on both sides of the road give a sidewalk that looks like a fairy tale.  The greenery and winding roads lead to the more beautiful Lake City Nainital. The greenery and beautiful rhododendrons accompany the rider with all the passengers, where the road and its sharp edges provide constant cooling of the spine.

Best Riding Season: October – April

Delhi will do biking
Delhi will do biking

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