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India on cycle offers a wide ranging Cycling vacations for people of all abilities and ages. The vibrant and beautiful country India primarily assaults your senses and perception with the sounds, sights, colours and fragrances that are unique to each and every region. While cycling through India, you will never ever experience a dull moment or a boring sight, even if you are on a cycling trip to a flat long stretch of the mighty Thar Desert. There will be peacocks, sheep, cows and camels to accompany you everywhere. Indian cycling routes usually involve following the jungle trails, village paths and the back roads which make it an extremely off the beat and authentic trail.
India is such a diverse country that you can experience a new cycling tour each time. From the lofty mountain landscapes of the majestic Himalayas, through the Moghul forts of the ancient Rajasthan to the sultry south and Kerala 'God's own country', there are countless cycling opportunities for people with every interest as well as ability. There is a need to cover a rich and diverse culture on the two wheels by bicycle adventurers. Riding a cycle offers the opportunity to make memorable memories with the locals in India and experience the rich cultural Indian heritage at the same time.
Below is a list of places which should not be missed by while you are on a cycling tour in India-
Himachal offers unlimited opportunities for long cycling tours or expeditions to the adventure lovers. A mesmerizing expedition through the varying scenery of the state of Himachal Pradesh renders the traveller speechless. Moving from the lush green view of the Kinnaur region to the bleak moonscape of the cold deserts of Spiti and Lahaul to verdant meadows and valleys of charming hill station Manali is breathtakingly beautiful. A biker witnesses a perfect blend of Buddhism and Hinduism throughout the cycling route. For leisure and relaxed cyclists, the beautiful and lush Kullu valley, provides an excellent opportunity. The path of the valley leads through the dense pine forests, luxuriant green fields, sleepy villages and vibrant orchards.
A cycling tour from Manali to Leh is meant for the adventure enthusiasts who are ardent and passionate cyclists. Manali to Leh should be definitely picked by those adventure seekers who are searching for a lifelong amazing cycling experience. The lowest cycling path on this route is 3978 m and the highest cycling pass is of 5602 m. Certainly, the fruits of cycling on Manali – Leh bike route are priceless. Frozen glaciers, Incredible lofty mountain peaks, Lush green valleys and meadows, remote settlements, serene monasteries, verdant alpine lakes, pure crystal rivers and wind- blown luxuriant valleys are not even complete to describe the real and natural beauty of the bike route from Manali to Leh. Undoubtedly, some of the most beautiful landscapes can be experienced in the Indian Himalayas during a cycling expedition to Manali- Leh.
Having the most picturesque Himalayas of the country, Kumaon region is an ideal cycling destination with its extensive fields straddling along the lush green majestic mountains. In the Almora district, there is a cycling track along the flat plain valleys of the Kumaon Himalayas. Here, the open valleys are sprinkled with the beautiful little rivers, small towns and villages. Further, the cycling journey can be experienced to its best by visiting some important religious centres and wildlife sanctuaries. Common wildlife that can be seen while cycling is namely, leopards, wild boar and the barking deer. The places to be visited on the way to the tour are Kathgodam, Chargolia, kaladungi, kotabag, bhatrajkhan, ranikhet, binta, someshwar, kausani, bageshwar, imora and Delhi etc.
A captivating land of famous palaces and forts, Rajasthan is sure to charm you with its splendours. Very close to Delhi, in the huge spread of India's excellent golden sun kissed desert state of Rajasthan, dances, legends and folk songs by vibrantly dressed people in brightly coloured vivid rural towns, keep the past kingdom eras, forts and palaces alive for the people to watch during their distinctive bike cycling tours in India. The colours and vibrancy of Rajasthan are always seen while having an amazing cycle expedition from the once powerful princely state of the pink- hued Jaipur, along with the sandy land dotted by the dazzling splashes of the skirts and turbans of villagers, to Jodhpur (the blue city) and end at the "City of lakes", Udaipur.
A cycling tour in Garhwal will take you to the Indian Himalayas situated in the Uttarakhand state. The trip will be a perfect blend of adventure and a visit to the most eminent Himalayan pilgrimage spots in Garhwal. Wildlife lovers can also cycle through the Jim Corbett National park. The breath taking view of the majestic and snow- clad Himalayan peaks is worth a visit.
Another destination that is worth exploring by the cyclists is Sikkim, which permits the visitors to take pleasure in the cultural heritage and colourful lifestyle of the people living here. Mountain biking is one of the best adventure products of Sikkim. The dramatic and rugged terrain of Sikkim Himalayan peaks offers thrilling biking trails to the various adventure seekers. The beautiful country side, lifestyle and flora and fauna in Sikkim are best experienced from the bike's seat as you wander through verdant green dales and hills. Sikkim welcomes the bikers with its breathtakingly beautiful lush green scenery punctuated with vivid orchids and rhododendrons, Tibetan Buddhist culture, ancient monasteries and enriched superior tea.
The cycling holiday from Ladakh starts from riding past the smiling and bright locals in precariously perched homes as well as the ancient monasteries located on the mountain ledges. While cycling, these mountains offer a landscape full of humped camels, farms, crystal glacial rivers flowing through the valleys with fruitful orchards, and prayer flags. The breathtaking view of the extensive plains offers a huge respite to a cyclist. A cycling tour to Ladakh makes you feel in heaven. It is truly a paradise on earth.
Here, you get an opportunity to cycle on the rural and rustic roads of the small villages nestled up against the magnificent forts and stretched unevenly through the village side, sharing the route with water buffaloes, goats and camels. The marvellous architectural sights of the forts rising out of the landscapes are a daily part of the tour through rural Rajasthan. When the renowned Brahma temple at Pushkar and intricately carved Ranakpur Jain temples are visited, the role of religion becomes very evident in this region to the cyclists. Through centuries, this area has allured many cyclists and bikers. They are able to see the traditional and ancient Rajasthani life and they are also drawn close to the rich Rajasthani culture.
Thus, you are sure to receive a very warm welcome from the people wherever you go for cycling in India. So, make your memorable bike trip now!
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