With life in the contemporary times becoming more and more elusive and disillusioning, people tend to grab the slightest opportunities to escape from this mundane existence. For example, instead of conducted tours, people nowadays are keener on exploring a place on foot or, better, on bicycles. Cycling not only helps us knowing a place better but also keeps a check on our travel-weight gain policy—plus the streak of adventure associated with it is always a bonus! Let’s have a look at some of the brilliant cycling routes in India loved and favored by cyclists around the world.
5. Along the green Western Ghats:
Although most of us prefer the Himalayas to the Western Ghats, the latter offers brilliant picturesque scenery which is distinctly different from that offered by the Himalayas. Lush green meadows or tea plantations drenched by rain water beneath a foggy sky is somewhat a dreamscape to many. In fact, it is the first place in India where cycling tour was first organized: The Tour of Nilgiris. Usually held in the month of December, the tour is of eight days and covers places like Coorg, Mysore, Ooty, Munnar among other places. If you love cycling across lush green forest and a foggy dream-like atmosphere, then this tour is just apt for you!
4. Along the foothills of the Himalayas:
If you’re an amateur biker and want to try your hand at adventure cycling for the first time, we recommend the Mountain Bike Tour to you which would take you across Dhanolti, Mussourie and Dehradun in three days. It is a task formulated specifically for the amateurs and has only easy to moderate difficulty levels. While passing through the villages and pine forests, you’d get a great glimpse of the snow clad Himalayas. The best time to avail this offer is the period from March to June. But, one disclaimer, if you’re alone then you might just have to wait for some time since the tour demands at least two participants. And, you’ll get better discounts if you’re in a group of four participants or more.
3. A cycling trip from Manali to Leh:
Loved by the cyclists from around the world, this Indian cycling route provides a very difficult yet satisfying experience to everyone. The tour covers a massive stretch of 600 kilometers across difficult terrains, valleys, and mesmerizing landscape. The route will take you across a few great ranges of the Himalayas; namely, the Pir Panjal Range (3950 m), The Nakeela Range (5000 m) and the Zanskar Range (5150 m). However, we advise you to have a thorough medical check-up done before opting for this tour since it’ll take you to a very high altitude where you might face severe breathing problems. The best time to go there is the month of September.
2. The breathtaking Pangong Cycling Circuit, Ladakh:
One of the best and adventurous routes in the world, the Panagong Lake Circuit is a dream to every cyclist. The dark blue water of the lake beneath the sparsely clouded clear blue sky provides a spectacular view to the cyclists. The tract would make you cycle over 300kms along the muddy shores of the Panong Lake before hitting the flat and barren terrain of the Chang Chemo range. It will also take you, if you want, through the Chandler Pass which is acclaimed as the one of the most difficult passes in Ladakh (and also the highest). However, the best thing about the Cycling Circuit is that it provides great opportunities to the amateur cyclists as well who are willing to explore the nascent beauty of the Himalayas in the eco-friendly two-wheelers.
1. Across the Spiti Valley:
For one more time, the best has been saved for the last. The Indian cycling route across the Spiti valley provides a harmonic experience to the participants. Across the lakes, snow-clad mountains, monks uttering prayers, traditional waving flags and rotating prayer wheels, the trip promises you to replenish your mind, body and soul alike. However, the path is exquisitely rough and the unpredictable climatic changes make it even a difficult one for the cyclists. But, if you’re ready to combat these difficulties, then Spiti will be a visual and spiritual treat to you.