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    Nothing compares to a simple pleasure of a bike ride. Remember as kids when you’d run out with your bike to explore the little world around with friends? Well, it’s time to relive those days! And what a better way to explore than cycling in India?

    There are enough cycling routes in India to take you on the amazing journey and bring out the adrenaline junkie in you. Go get your gears fixed, adrenaline pumped and bikes set ‘cause here I bring to you the best destinations for a crazy cycling holiday in India:

    Before we begin, here’s what you’d need:

    • Knee cap
    • Elbow guard
    • Helmet
    • Bicycle riding gloves
    • Knap sacks
    • Money for fuel – Zero :D
    • And of course – a bike! :)

    Level: Easy Cycling Routes in India

    1. East Coast Road – Chennai to Pondicherry

    Cycle on the East Coast Road from Chennai to Pondicherry

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    One of the easiest cycling routes in India, this stretch linking Chennai to Pondicherry is renowned for its seaside sights and views. Clear roads with sparkling beaches and undulating roads make this a dream ride to take.

    Difficulty Level: Easy
    Duration: 2 days

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    2. Kochi to Backwater

    Cyclists stop by to click themselves over their cycling expedition from Kochi to backwaters

    An early morning ride along the Kochi coast with glimpses of unevenly spread backwaters accompanying you all the way. Cycling through small fishermen villages and lush coconut trees, we reach one serene end of the backwaters.

    Difficulty level: Easy
    Duration: 5days

    Level: Moderate Cycling Routes in India

    3. Mumbai to Daman

    Cycle from Mumbai to Daman for an amazing trip

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    This quaint little place some 170 kms north of Mumbai does not often get the attention it deserves. Daman has everything you need in a holiday destination – beaches, forts, casinos and cheap liquor.

    Difficulty Level: Moderate
    Duration: 2-3 days

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    4. Somnath to Diu (Gujarat)

    Cycle along the beach from Somnath to Diu

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    Cycle by the cash crop farms enclosed by coconut trees. The sights are simply beautiful. To add to the experience is the sea that runs all along. The simplicity of the surrounding water is enough to take your breath away.

    Difficulty Level: Moderate
    Duration: 3 days

    5. Rameshwaram

    Cycling in Rameshwaram

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    Rameshwaram is one of the best cycling routes in India. The blue waters will leave you speechless. For a moment you’ll wonder India is so much much more beautiful than what you thought.

    Difficulty Level: Moderate
    Duration: 5 days


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    6. Mangalore to Goa Via NH-17

    Maravanthe beach on left and Suparnika river on right on the Mangalore-Goa cycling route

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    Fancy riding by the sea? This Mangalore to Goa cycling route in India is for you! Travel through the village of Maravanthe on NH-17 (now NH-66). The scenic beauty on this stretch is attributed to the Maravanthe beach on one side of the road and the Suparnika river on the other side.

    Difficulty Level: Moderate
    Duration: 6 days

    7. Coorg to Munnar

    Coorg-to-Munnar is one of the most scenic cycling routes in India

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    Cycle in the Nilgiris along the aromatized plantations. This rural region offers some of the country’s most stunning landscapes and goes hand in hand with twisting green roads, forests and hills.

    Difficulty Level: Moderate
    Duration: 7 days

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    8. Cycling in Goa

    Cycling in Goa to Netravali Village

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    The biking trail travels from the Arabian Sea coast to Netravali village in the magnificent Sahyadri Western Ghats, which are recognized as the top 10 biodiversity spots of the world. Explore the sandy beaches to dense forests on a bike!

    Difficulty level: Moderate
    Duration: 8-10 days

    9. The Highways In Rajasthan

    Cycling on highways in Rajasthan

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    I had taken the route from Ahmedabad – Udaipur – Ajmer – Jaipur. Of course the forts and lakes are breathtaking in every city in Rajasthan, but something you ought to do is ride past the desert highways – the sight that will capture your imagination.

    Difficulty Level: Moderate
    Duration: 10days

    10. NH17 Udupi Trail – Mumbai to Trivandrum

    Cycle along the Mumbai-Mangalore-Trivandrum route

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    This journey will fulfill all your sensory needs, whether it’s for pristine beaches or magical forests. Start at Mumbai and go till Mangalore or be a an adventurer and take the longer route till Trivandrum, either way it’s a guaranteed treat.

    Difficulty Level: Moderate
    Duration: 15days

    11. Leh to Khardung La

    One of the most difficult cycling routes in India-Leh-to-Khardung-La-Pass

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    Cycle on world’s highest motorable road from Leh to Khardung La beyond which lies the Siachen Glacier & Khardung La has world’s highest motorable road. This is one of the most difficult yet beautiful cycling routes in India.

    Difficulty Level: Expert
    Duration: 2 days

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    12. Shillong to Cherrapunji

    Cycling route from Shillong to Cherrapunji

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    This is one stretch that anyone who loves riding has to experience. While riding on most hilly terrains, you have mountains on one side and a valley on the other side. This route is different as you tend to ride on top of the mountains.

    Difficulty Level: Experts
    Duration: 2 days

    13. Gangtok to Nathulapass

    One of the most scenic cycling routes in India is from Gangtok to Nathulapass

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    Gangtok to Nathu La pass is breathtaking! It’s very close to the Indo-Chinese border in Sikkim and thus is used a lot by the army. With gorgeous roads and the beautiful Tsomgo lake, the pass enchants every riders.

    Difficulty Level: Experts
    Durations: 2 days

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    14. Old Silk Route – Kalimpong to Zuluk

    Cycle on the old silk route for a breathtaking adventure

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    There is a strong belief and story that at some point they gave up completing this road because of the very difficult terrain. It looks so different in each curve, and in winter it’s a different story altogether.

    Difficulty Level: Experts
    Duration: 6 days

    15. Western Arunachal Trail – Bhalukpong to Tawang

    Cycle on the Western Arunachal Trail from Bhalukpong to Tawang

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    Not for the faint hearted – as the roads here might be slightly dangerous, but that just adds to the excitement. Feel the adrenaline pump as you ride from Bhalukpong to Tawang, checking out forests and hills and probably dodging a few landslides. It surely is one of the most adventurous cycling routes you would ever ever ride on!

    Difficulty Level: Experts
    Duration: 7 days

    16. Manali to Spiti Valley

    Cycle to the highest village in the world

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    Reach the highest village in the world over a course of ten days. Imbibe a sense of culture very different from your own and don’t forget to talk to the locals, especially in the temples and monasteries, most of which are amazingly beautiful. This route will leave you with not just memories but friends too!

    Difficulty Level: Experts
    Duration: 10days

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    17. Zanskar Trail

    Cycling on the Zanskar trail

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    Riding at this high an altitude is more than just a test of skill, it’s a test of endurance. Get past the hard bit and you’ll notice the looming mountains stunning terrains around you and get lost in their charms.

    Difficulty Level: Experts
    Duration: 10days

    18. Manali to Leh via Rohtang Pass

    Cycle from Manali to Leh via Rohtang Pass

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    Walls of snow are just one of the many spectacular sights to behold on this journey. It might be tough and the air might be thin, but the experience will be life changing!

    Difficulty Level: Experts
    Duration: 15days

    You are only a bike ride away from good mood. C’mon bikers, the trails are calling!

    Fond of cycling but don’t know where to start? Just post your query in the comments below and I will personally answer your doubts! :)

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