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Anupriya Bedi Jul 07 2014

Which are the best cycle tours in India?

Debangana Sen Jul 07 2014
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India is full of sights, sounds and smells unique to each region that both assault and delight our senses. Cycle tours in India offer an intimate experience of the most beautiful places in the country.

Udaipur Cycle Tours

There is no dearth of cycling options worth exploring in the city of Udaipur. Comprising of both easy and challenging trails, this city of lakes can be any cyclist’s delight. Cycle past the tranquil waters of Lake Pichola, take in the various architectural marvels like the Jagdish Temple and City Palace, visit Shilpgram--the crafts village, or peddle away on rural roads, exploring the numerous villages on the outskirts of Udaipur. For those seeking a challenging ride, the Sajjangarh Palace ( Monsoon Palace) standing on the highest peak of the Aravallis presents enough thrill to a seasoned mountain biker.

Photo of cyclists taking a break in Udaipur (by udaipurtimes.com)

Delhi Cycle Tours

The city of Delhi
has a number of scenic roads perfect for cycling especially during the early mornings. You can can check out the Ridge Road , the Embassy area, Civil Lines, Lodhi Road and North Campus, all of which are perfect for short cycling tours. Another option is to visit the banks of Yamuna behind the Red Fort early in the morning and take a boat ride along its shores. This is especially recommended for birdwatchers.

For a real Old Delhi experience, visit the famous Spice Market and try the kebabs at Karims. Absorb the many interesting colours, smells and sights along the way and let yourself loose in the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk. Delhi by Cycle is a highly recommended tour club organized by professional guides who take you around the city on a bicycle along 5 different customised routes.

Coorg Cycle Tours

If you love forests and cycling, this one’s for you! The dreamy landscape of the Coorg hill station seems even more ethereal as you ride through the misty forest trails, spice plantations and craggy mountain roads where a photo opportunitypresents itself at every twist and curve. Talakaveri, Raja’s Seat, Madikeri Fort, Abbey Falls, Brahmagiri, Thadiyandamol and Dubare Elephant Camp are worth checking out.

Also there are some customized tour packages which offer cycling tour also as a part of it. Take a minute to look these Coorg Packages if you are looking for bundle of complete fun.

A view of Coorg (by Rameshng)

Munnar Cycle Tours

Yet another another great spot for cycle tours in India lies in God’s own country. Say hi to Munnar on a bicycle. The best cycle trail is at Madupetty, which takes you through an endless road lined by tea plantations and green landscape. Though famous for its tea plantations, the hill station of Munnar also has forests, farms, temples and picturesque little villages.

Photo of tea plantations in Munnar (by Ben3john)

Learn the local customs, visit to a farm, mock race with the village kids, pay your respects at the Palani temples or experience the wilderness at the Anamalai national parks and tiger reserves. After all, what better way to explore this laidback hill station than on the slowest means of transport? Sure you could take a walk, but your feet won’t carry you as far and conveniently as your bike will.

Pondicherry Cycle Tours

The union territory of Pondicherry with its beautiful colonial architecture, French-styled avenues and beach promenade is a pleasure to explore on a bicycle. You can explore the Goubert Market and heritage buildings in the area, visit the Gingee Fort, or get lost in the lanes of Kuruchikuppam. The promenade is especially beautiful during the evening, lined with bustling, colourful shops which start lighting up around this time.

Photo of the beach promenade (by NDSRAM)

Sikkim Cycle Tours

Blessed with jaw-dropping natural beauty and alluring monasteries, the state of Sikkim makes for one of the best cycling spots in India. And no matter when you land in Sikkim, stunning vistas of the snow-capped Himalayas is guaranteed. We think that’s more than enough reason to grab your bikes and explore this part of the elusive north-east. But, here’s more of what you can do on your cycling trip to Sikkim.

Photo of the Rumtek Monastery (by Vikramjit Kakati)

Visit one of the local farms and learn the art of organic farming, collect sample tea from the local plantations, volunteer your services at one of the monasteries, explore the Tibetan works of art at the Namgyal Institute or revel in the beauty of nature at Sikkim’s many hot springs, lakes and forests. Tsomgo Lake, Rumtek Monastery, Phurchachu hot springs, Do-Drul Chorten Stupa, Rabdentse Ruins and Gurudongmar Lake are some of the attractions not to be missed.

Diu Cycle Tours

A tiny little coastal town in India, the Union Territory of Diu would be your best bet if you’re looking for a quiet, non-touristy destination. Though easily covered within a day, the charm of Diu holds back visitors to spend a little while longer in this idyllic town. No matter which direction you take, there is always something new to explore. The Fort Road runs parallel to the Arabian Sea, passes a number of interesting curio shops and restaurants and leads right to the Diu Fort.

Photo of the Diu Fort (by Sumit Sharma)

Another option is to cycle all the way to the Jalandhar/ Chakratirth Beach that meanders through the sleepy residential lanes interspersed with many colonial structures, which have been converted to hospitals and museums. An offshoot from the beach road leads to the Nadia Caves, which keeps getting more interesting the deeper you venture inside.

Any avid cyclist would agree that subjected to personal interest, time of the year and time of the day, every destination has the potential of being a great cycling spot. These were some of our picks for the best spots for cycle tours in India. So, get packing and get ready for a new adventure and a new perspective on India as you tour the obscure, off the tourist tracks of the country on your bicycles.

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