India is a country bestowed with forests, wildlife, beaches, waterfalls, landscapes, and everything Mother Nature has to offer, in abundance. These pristine gifts of nature are spread across the country, with different places offering a unique and original experiences that words can probably never describe.
Plenty of adventurous activities can be performed right from the lofty mountains in the north to the tranquil beaches in the South. But this article is particularly for those bikers with a wanderlust, who are extremely passionate about exploring the nooks and corners of the myriad of places that India has to offer.
Here are the bike rides that you simply cannot miss, if you thoroughly enjoy biking. You can plan a solo trip or plan to go with a group of friends, either way, these are your go-to destinations.
Manali To Ladakh
From the breathtaking valleys of Manali to the majestic pinnacle of Leh, a trip to Ladakh from Manali is a Mecca for bikers! This trail is advised for professional riders who have enough experience in biking at other places. It will be the most rewarding trip, worth all the efforts it takes to complete the journey.
It is also advised to go with a biking group or locals/professionals who know their way around the place. Usually with group biking services, there is a car that consists of bike repair equipments, spare parts and basic first aid, accompanying the bikers. This might come in handy, especially since the route is harsh and difficult to manoeuvre.
Shimla To Spiti Valley
Himachal Pradesh is known for its scenic beauty, that is bound to leave anybody speechless. Imagine riding through valleys that are covered in pristine lush green, clean and cool breeze and the picturesque landscape that lies ahead! This will precisely be the experience of biking from Shimla to Spiti.
For an enchanting and fulfiling experience, make sure you pick the route that goes through the towns and villages of Kalpa, Baspa, Kaza and Kinnaur, to finally reach the Spiti Valley, filled with orchards and shrines.
PC: Shiraz Ritwik
Bangalore To Kolli Hills
For all the Bangaloreans out there, if you're thinking about a destination to bike to on a weekend, here is your answer. The (oddly) 6 hour ride to Kolli Hills, will mostly be through the seamless National Highway, which will later turn into smaller but still well-maintained roads.
It can be the ideal break from the city blues, since the route will be flanked with lush greenery. The destination is filled with more thickets of green and small waterfalls trickling through the hills. If you're looking for more adventures, you may even trek the Kolli Hills.
Siliguri To Yuksom
Witness the mountainous region of Northeast India that will forever be a mystic experience. And to ride through these mountains by circling its surface, while viewing the majestic Himalayas, is an experience that cannot be missed if you're a hardcore biker.
With Siliguri as the starting point, you can plan a biking route through Darjeeling so you will be able to see the beautiful vistas of Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Sikkim.
PC: Shayon Ghosh
Guwahati To Khasi Hills
Riding from Guwahati through Shillong and finally to Khasi Hills is a wonderful experience. This route might be damp from perennial rains, hence, slippery and dangerous, so it is advised to be careful while on this trip.
However the vistas of secluded waterfalls cuddled in the lush green mountains and hills will certainly make up for any difficulties. You might want to stop at these offbeat waterfalls and just sink in the arms of nature.
PC: Nick Irvine-Fortescue
Jaipur To Jaisalmer
For a pleasant change in the biking routine, ride through the deserts of Rajasthan. Travelling from Jaipur to Jaisalmer will be coupled with vistas of golden-brown sands with green hues. You will witness the hospitality of the locals, culture and tradition of Rajasthan.
Don't miss out on the delicious local cuisine in the villages, certainly the most authentic Rajasthani food you will ever have! And of course, forts that are spread across the state are definitely a must visit.
PC: Manoj Vasanth
Delhi To Ranthambore
A trip from Delhi to Ranthambore will be the best of both worlds - with regions filled with houses and small streets at certain regions and deserted, wide and seamless roads in the other.
Riding through Agra is advised since that way, you could even plan a visit to all the monuments, relics and points of interest in the places that come on the way. You can travel through places like Jaipur, Jodhpur and Bikaner in Rajasthan.
PC: Mark Bold
Mumbai To Goa
One of the most popular biking routes, the trip from Mumbai to Goa will be made on the National Highway 17. This highway connects Mumbai to Kerala. The journey across the western coastline, with vistas changing from the magnanimous Western Ghats to the beaches of Goa, is the most ideal adventurous biking trip!
In fact, if going to Goa is not satisfiying enough, you can continue down the highway and reach Kerala in a jiffy. This ride will be an enthralling one since the route is seamless and peaceful.