10 Most beautiful cycling routes in India

April 3, 2017
"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving". ~ Albert Einstein

1. Manali to Leh

Manali to Leh

Undisputedly the mother of all trips, cycling through the sinuous, swiveling roads makes for an unforgettable experience. The roads paved through the Himalayan mountains will surely test your stamina, but more importantly your mental strength. The ubiquitous endeavors will be paid off with ethereal views of paradisaic lakes, clear blue skies, towering mountains, and a raft of Maggi stalls to fuel yourself up.

Level: Expert

Recommended duration: 15 days

2. Chennai to Pondicherry

Chennai to Pondicherry

Forming a peripheral route outlining the eastern coast, this is a breezy coastal journey that introduces you to a plethora of beautiful beaches that stretch along the way. An easy route, this cycling tour promises scenic views and an enjoyable ride. We definitely recommend this ride to starters.

Level: Easy

Recommended duration: 2 days

3. Kochi to Alleppey

Kochi

Set amongst the ravishing landscape curled into the Arabian Sea, riding through Kerala conjures images dreamy images akin to God’s abode. A piquant path that trails through fishing hamlets, colorful towns, and pastoral backwaters festooned with coconut trees, escorts you all the way long.

Level: Easy

Recommended duration: 5 days

4. Mangalore to Goa

Mangalore to Goa

Another journey along the coastline, traversing Mangalore in order to reach Goa is definitely a ride to remember. Sweeping through the quaint villages with fishermen doing their daily chores, a rendezvous with the local food, passing by waterfalls, temples, and national parks, this route will uncloak a dynamic side of South India. Furthermore, cycling in and around Goa is another experience that you should not give a pass, for the ever so vibrant towns of Kaup, Udupi, Bhatkal, Gokarna and Karwar are all en route.

Level: Moderate

Recommended duration: 6 days

5. Coorg to Munnar

Coorg to Munnar

This route is like your favorite brew - fresh, strong, and energetic. The wafting smell of coffee will act as an instant stimulant to drain all the exertion away. This road is not easy-peasy; it has its fair share of challenges - the serpentine roads, forests, and hills.

Level: Moderate

Recommended duration: 7 days

6. Agra

Agra

While all the other were longer routes, these are short one-day city tours. While cycling along the narrow by-lanes of Agra is certainly discernable, but muster up some courage and ride to the ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri.

Level: Easy

Recommended duration: 1 day

7. Hampi

Hampi

Seamlessly juxtaposing the past with the present, Hampi’s languid vibe is best explored by paddling across its heritage lanes. Take your own sweet time and soak in its history at your own pace, rejoicing every little moment.

Level: Easy

Recommended duration: 2 day

8. Mumbai Midnight Tour

Mumbai Midnight Tour

Explore Mumbai, the city that never sleeps on two-wheels, peddling across its beautiful sea route. Ride along with the queen’s necklace as you take in the cool zephyr and continue to Marine Drive, Haji Ali, Worli Seaface, Siddhivinayak Temple, and Bandstand.

Level: Easy

Recommended duration: 3-4 hours

9. Jaipur

Jaipur

While Jaipur is popular with Indian and foreign tourists alike, it is wonderful to explore it on your bike. It is indeed a memorable experience to cycle through the royal Pink City and imbibes in the sights of the erstwhile Maharaja era. You can also go for an inter-city biking trail in Rajasthan if you are fit enough to ride miles.

Level: Easy

Recommended duration: 1-2 days

10. Kodaikanal

Kodaikanal

Ethereal and beautiful, cycling through the verdant hills and taking in the fresh air of Kodaikanal will be a memorable experience. Although the trail can get tough, the beautiful views will make all your efforts worth it.

Level: Easy

Recommended duration: 2 days

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