From snow-capped glaciers to the lush green rugged terrains, India has a diverse geography making it a haven for mountain bikers. Though mountain biking is yet to become a mainstream sport in India, it is slowly growing popular as a scenic expedition in India.
Mountain biking is the sport of the free brave hearts. Paddling through the rough terrains needs endurance and stamina. But the enriching and exhilarating experience are worth the risk it takes. Biking destinations in India are a treasure for nature enthusiasts. Here are the top 7 biking destination one must check out:
This is the dream destination for bikers. Manali, a small town in Himachal Pradesh is not just a honeymoon spot but also the mountain biking capital of India. It covers the loopy passes of Bara laccha La, Naki La, Lachu lung La and the most famous Rohtang pass. It is one of the most challenging and dreaded expedition starting from Manali and ending in Leh district of Jammu. From the snow peaks of Himachal to the rivers and sand dunes of Leh this is a breathtaking route for bikers. The best time to cycle through the passes of Manali and Leh is from May to September.
This is a must do for nature lovers.It covers the best destinations of Uttarakhand. Cycling through the picturesque green mountains of Almora, Kathgodam, Baijnath & Ranikhet, one can feel heaven under his powerhouse mountain bike. This route is a home to the temple of baijnath as well as the oak forests sheltering a wild variety of leopards, deer and wild boars.
This route is of moderate difficulty. The best time for this 10-13 day’s long trip will be April to September.
The Guwahati-Tawang route is the less chartered route which. Northeast being an uncommercialized heaven of India is host to a large range of mountain biking destinations. One can witness rich Buddhist culture, Indian Army camps and authentic Assamese and Tibetan cuisines throughout their voyage. Unleash this route for a raw, authentic, relaxing and positive experience and wake up the adventurer in you. The best time for a biker’s getaway to Guwahati is October to March.
This is another offbeat destination in northeast India.The Old Silk Route of Sikkim shares its boundary with China. It is not only the oldest trade route of India but it also offers a magnificent view of Kanchenjunga. The twisting roads and astonishing landscapes make this route a hidden treasure for the mountain biking enthusiasts, giving them an adrenaline rush. Menmecho Lake, Elephant Lake and Thambi Point along the silk route are some of the places that can be explored. The best months for bikers to visit Sikkim are May and October.
It’s not just the north but India has a variety of breathtaking places down south and one such destination is Munnar. Located in Kerala, Munnar is an ideal site to trot uphill and ‘chill’ for both beginner and expert riders. Riding amidst the vast tea estates and spice gardens is surely a delight for the leisure and peace seeking cycles. Thekkady is known for Periyar National Park another tourist attraction of Kerala, which can be reached by bike from Munnar. Furthermore, the best time to visit is August to November and February to March.
India is a draped in mountains and valleys right from the north to the south calling for the bikers to pack their bags and paddle their way to happiness. However, with increasing commerciality of adventure sports like mountain biking, young riders are exploring new avenues and discovering the hidden paradises for them.