Bike trips in India are exhilarating which transcends all limits of happiness and fun. India’s unfathomed beauty promises the most mesmerising biking experiences, where you have to never compromise on adventure. WaytoIndia brings to you some of the best bike trips in India that are a true delight for adventure lovers and travel bugs.
Bike Trips in India
- Manali – Ladakh
If you are a hardcore biker and haven’t yet traveled through the most amazing biking trail that leads to the heaven on the earth, then you haven’t experienced anything! The journey from Manali to Ladakh is undoubtedly one of the best motorcycling routes in India. Majestic mountain passes, breathtaking scenic beauty, rich Buddhist culture, one of the world’s highest motorable roads, and the mesmerizing feeling of being in heaven makes the ride once-in-a-lifetime experience. True bike lovers will be spoilt for choices – sand dunes of Nubra Valley, the highest Khardung La pass, the beautiful Zanskar Valley, high altitude lake like Pangong Tso, or the Buddhist monasteries – the experiences to enliven are aplenty.
Popular route: Manali – Rohtang La – Tandi/Keylong – Sarchu – Tanglang La – Upshi – Leh. From Leh, one can take routes to Khardung La and Nubra.
Time taken: 12 days (approx.)
Best time: April to August
Road condition: High altitude mountain passes, rugged terrain, and slopes
Travel Tips: Beware of acute mountain sickness because of extreme high altitude. Carry abundant tinned food, water and warm clothes.
- Mumbai – Goa
Riding a Royal Enfield en route the meandering Western Ghats, via NH 17, transcends the boundaries of all excitement and fun. The route from Mumbai to Goa is one of the top 10 bike trails in India, offering stunning views of the Western Ghats, Karnala Bird Sanctuary, and River Vashisti. On your adventurous bike riding tour, you can have the opportunity to discover the unspoiled beaches of Ganpatipule or the beautiful village of Malvan, which houses the renowned Sindhudurg Fort.
Popular route: Mumbai – Ratnagiri – Goa
Time taken: 1 day (depending on stops)
Best time: October to February
Road condition: Smooth roads
Travel Tips: Beware of heavy traffic jam caused by trucks in some popular city junctions
- Shimla – Spiti Valley
For somewhat unique experience and unparalleled natural beauty, head off to Spiti Valley in Himachal Pradesh on your bike, right from Shimla. Riding through the Hindustan – Tibet Highway that takes you to Spiti Valley is enough to make chills run down your spine. Unravel the highest villages of the world, while places like Tabo, Kaza, Pin Valley and Spiti promises true remoteness. Snow-capped shrines, stunning view of River Sutlej, and beautiful apple and apricot orchards at Kinnaur and Bapsa ensures the most enchanting experience.
Popular route: Shimla – Bapsa – Kinnaur – Recong Peo – Kalpa – Kaza – Tabo – Spiti
Time taken: 3 days (approx.)
Best time: April to October
Road condition: A mix of rugged terrain and smooth highway roads, with sharp turns
Travel Tips: Stay away from bike riding if you have vertigo or mountain sickness
- Jaipur – Ranthambore
Ride through the vibrant Thar Desert, traveling from Rajasthan’s Pink City to the land of exotic Wilderness, Ranthambore. One of the best bike routes in India, riding through the ravishing sand dunes proves the hell of a ride! Many bikers head off directly to Ranthambore, while others enjoy riding through the Jaipur – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer circuit as well. Have the most fascinating biking experience ever, which presents a mix of desert’s unfathomed beauty, allure of luxurious palaces, and wilderness of Ranthambore.
Popular route: Jaipur – Ranthambore – Jaipur – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer
Time taken: 1 to 2 days (approx.)
Best time: November to February
Road condition: Moderate road conditions
Travel Tips: Considering tremendous heat of the desert, wear light travel clothes and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
- Guwahati – East Khasi Hills
Perhaps not a popular bike trail, but a ride from Guwahati to East Khasi Hills undoubtedly promises one of the most memorable experiences ever. After all, why wouldn’t an adventure lover be interested in riding through the wettest place in this world! Highest waterfalls in India, pretty women, unique culture, creepy living root bridges, and cleanest village in the country are enough reasons to make the state of Meghalaya worth considering for special motorbike ride.
Popular route: Guwahati – Shillong – Cheerapunji – East Khasi Hills
Time taken: 5 days (approx.)
Best time: October to February
Road condition: Rugged terrain, mountain slopes, as well as smooth roads
Travel Tips: Beware of landslides, which is most common in Meghalaya. The roads are slippery, especially in Cheerapunji.
- Pollachi – Chalakudy
If you are in pursuit of exotic wilderness and breathtaking scenic beauty, the route connecting Pollachi in Tamil Nadu and Chalakudy in Kerala ensures an amazing motorcycling experience. One of the best motorcycling trails in South India, the route takes you through tropical rainforests, mesmerizing cloud forests, and evergreen forests in India. You can also witness beautiful waterfalls, reservoirs and dams, which are gushing with water throughout the year. Being a part of Vazhachal Forest Reserve and Anaimalai Tiger Reserve, confrontation with wildlife is not surprising.
Popular route: Pollachi – Valparai – Vazhachal – Athirapally – Chalakudy
Time taken: 3 to 5 days (depending on stops)
Best time: All year around
Road condition: Moderate to good road conditions
Travel Tips: Beware of wildlife confrontations
- Siliguri – Gangtok
When it comes to popular bike trails in India, North East is a sheer goldmine. Riding from Siliguri in West Bengal to Gangtok in Sikkim, via Darjeeling and Kalimpong, is one of the most favorite routes of travel bugs. While the winding and steep mountain routes will test your motorcycle riding skills, the picturesque beauty of Mount Kanchenjunga and a cultural mix of Buddhism and Hinduism will leave you completely in awe. A route perfect for all seasons, this is a must-try biking trail that will amaze even the most jaded riders.
Popular route: Siliguri – Darjeeling – Kalimpong – Gangtok
Time taken: 3 days (depending on stops)
Best time: All year around except monsoon
Road condition: A mix of steep and winding roads, sharp turns, and good road
Travel Tips: Beware of landslides and torrential rains during monsoon
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