There is an old adage that says nobody ever regretted going on cycling tours, that the freedom and tranquillity of experiencing a cycler’s journey is simply unique. How true. There is nothing more pleasing than packing a bag and setting off to explore the country side for a few days – enjoying the landscapes, meeting the locals and trying out new food. For once, I wouldn’t mind getting lost at all!
In India, a large number of cyclists regularly go on long tours, pedalling away and discovering new places and cultures our land is so known for. We at FITSO, believe that cycling tours not only keep you in good shape, but also provide that refreshing experience we all so long for. So here’s a list of places and routes most frequented by cyclists for your benefit, so that the next time you have a vacation, you know exactly what to do!
Western Ghats and Kerala
Mysore > Bandipur > Mudumalai > Ooty > Polachi > Munnar > Periyar > Vegamon > Allepey > Kochi
450 km approximate route distance. 10-12 days tour. Best time to go: All year. Detailed Map.
The Ghats of Karnataka and Kerala of the western coast are UNESCO world heritage sites. What these mountains lack in snow caps and height, they compensate for in wildlife and biodiversity. The backwaters in Kerala, along with the innumerable tea plantations and greenery, make for a very interesting tour.
Sariska National Park > Jaipur > Pushkar (Ajmer) > Jodhpur > Jojawar > Kumbhalgarh Fort > Ranakpur > Udaipur
590 km approximate distance. 14 – 16 days. Best time to go: October to February. Detailed Map.
Rajasthan plays host to a lot of cyclists every year with places decked in good taste and colour. The track starts off at the Sariska National Park and proceeds to the pink city of Jaipur. Navigate through the Aravalli hills and pass through Pushkar and Jodhpur to reach the 15th century fort town of Kumbhalgarh- a fort with 35 km wall and 365 temples within! The tour ends at Udaipur.
Manali – Leh
Shimla > Tandi > Mandi > Manali > Rohtang la > Jispa > Patseu > Baralacha la > Lachulung la > Tsokar > Taglang la > Khardung la > Leh.
410 km approximate distance. 15 – 18 days. Best time to go: May to September. Detailed Map.
The landscape of the Himalayan Mountains, with their breath-taking views at every turn and corner is a delightful treat for every traveller. With the roads coursing through high passes and valleys, cycling is definitely difficult but worth every second. Trip starts at Shimla and reaches Manali through the green hills of Mandi. The course meanders through passes like Rohtang la, Khardung la; ending at the picturesque Leh.
Other courses that are also frequented:
- Cycling through Golden Triangle – Delhi, Jaipur and Agra
- Eastern India Cycling Tours – Sikkim and Assam
- Goa Cycling Tour
- Coast to Coast South India Cycling tour
- Bengaluru to Goa via Hampi
There is no ideal roadmap for cycling. For all that matters, you could make your own itinerary and zoom off on your bicycle. So let us know if you have gone on some awesome trip that could be shared with our readers!
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