India holds a special position in world tourism map and is a favourite with many travellers due to its diversity and vibrancy in culture, heritage, history, art, cuisines and landscapes. Though large groups and drive-in travels have predominantly been a favourite mode with most travellers while exploring India; backpacking, solo travels and cycling tours too have gained prominence in the recent times.
With myriad landscapes, meandering roads and immersive experiences; cycling is a great way to explore India and its rich cultural offerings and landscapes. Here are some of the must explore trails in India which cyclists would enjoy.
Nestled at the base of Eastern Himalayas, Sikkim is one of the most picturesque travel destinations in North East India.
The trail starts from Gangtok and winds its way through valleys, snow clad mountains, quaint villages, undulating hills, forest trails, plantations and countryside, ending at Darjeeling. Gradients vary between 8-12%, and the trail has a good combination of challenging climbs and rolling roads reaching an altitude of 3500 meters.
The views are breathtaking with rhododendron wrapped mountain valleys, ancient Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, the stunning Kangchenjunga- world’s third highest mountain, Himalayan wildlife and tea plantations making this a perfect mountain getaway.
Ride distance- 400 Kms (approx.)
No. of days- 14 Days
In northern Karnataka lies the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hampi, the capital of Vijayanagar empire, which was once the largest, wealthiest, and most powerful kingdom in all of South India.
The terrain across Hampi and Badami is a rolling one with flat grounds, moderate climbs, and the cyclists can easily cover 40-60 Kms everyday on this ride. The trail would cover carved temples, palaces and medieval structures of Hampi, cave temples of Badami and nearby heritage sites of Pattadakkal and Aihole.
This historical trail starts from Hampi and goes through picturesque countryside, boulder-strewn landscapes and fields of paddy, cotton and corn to end at Badami.
Ride distance- 200 Kms (approx.)
No. of Days- 5 Days
‘God’s own country’ as Kerala is popularly referred as lies along the southwestern coast of India and is epitomized for its palm lined beaches, sprawling tea and spice plantations, picturesque backwaters, exotic wildlife, lip smacking cuisine and myriad art forms.
The trail varies from easy to moderate with a good combination of challenging climbs, rolling hills, flat grounds and whimsical countryside roads to ride leisurely. Cyclists can cover distances of 40-60 Kms everyday on this ride that covers Fort Kochi, Alappuzha, Thattekad, Thekkady and Marari beach.
This ride across Central Kerala traverses through spice-lined loops, forest trails, countryside roads, colonial towns and placid backwaters.
Ride Distance- 300 Kms
No. of Days- 8 Days
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