Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
~ Albert Einstein
1. Manali to Leh
Undisputedly the mother of all trips, cycling through the sinuous, swivelling roads make for an unforgettable experience. The roads paved through the Himalayan mountains will surely test your stamina, but more importantly your mental strength. The ubiquitous endeavours 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.
Recommended duration: 15 days
2. 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.
Recommended duration: 2 days
3. Kochi to Alleppey
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, colourful towns and pastoral backwaters festooned with coconut trees, escorts you all the way long.
Recommended duration: 5 days
4. 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.
Recommended duration: 6 days
5. Coorg to Munnar
This route is like your favourite 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.
Recommended duration: 7 days
While all the other were longer routes, these are short one-day city tours. While cycling along the narrow by-lanes if Agra is certainly discernable, but muster up some courage and ride to the ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri.
Recommended duration: 1 day
Seamlessly juxtaposing the past with the present, Hampi’s languid vibe is best explored by peddling across its heritage lanes. Take your own sweet time and soak in its history at your own pace, rejoicing every little moment.
Recommended duration: 2 day
8. Mumbai Midnight Tour
Explore Mumbai, the city that never sleeps on two-wheels, peddling across its beautiful sea route. Ride along the queen’s necklace as you take in the cool zephyr and continue to Marine Drive, Haji Ali, Worli Seaface, Siddhivinayak Temple and Bandstand.
Recommended duration: 3-4 hours
While Jaipur is popular with Indian and foreign tourists alike, it is wonderful to explore is on your bike. It is indeed a memorable experience to cycle through the royal Pink City and imbibe 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.
Recommended duration: 1-2 days
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.
Recommended duration: 2 days
Author: Winnie Karnik