When you’re trying to put together a list of biking routes, you know it’s all about the journey and not the destination. So, discover these oft-cited biking routes that are perfect for the chilly season ahead of us.
Arunachal Pradesh- Tezpur to Tawang:
“The Land of the Dawn-lit Mountains” aka Arunachal Pradesh deserves a place on every motorcyclist’s itinerary. Those who love to test their riding skills will love this route that presents the rider with many sharp hairpin bends, wooden bridges, and narrow rocky roads. Since the place is not a commercialized tourist center, the roads are not in great condition. But that’s what makes this a gem of a place for any thrill-seeking rider. For any travel into Arunachal Pradesh, you need to obtain an Inner Line Permit. When you reach Tawang, don’t miss a visit to the monastery, which is one of the largest in the world.
Manali To Leh:
Any Indian rider’s checklist of bike trips should have Leh Ladakh by default. Reaching Leh through Manali is the most preferred route by bikers as it challenges you with tough roads which are worth the breathtaking views you get to see. From the lush mountains of Manali, you will be riding on the world’s highest civilian motorable pass, Khardung La. Finally, you stop at Leh, where you can experience the Ladakhi culture and see it’s many hotspots.
Kerala- Kuttikanam to Munnar:
Kerala is may not be an expected place for a motorcycle ride. But, the steep cliffs covered in lush green tea plantations offer an undulating route for a motorcycle ride. Start your ride at Kuttikanam and continue along into the Ladram Secret Valley, which leads you to Kumily, one of the highest tea estates in the world. You can halt for a night at Kumily and restart your ride in the morning to Munnar.
Sikkim- Siliguri to Gurudongmar:
North-east region of India is blessed with the most scenic routes fora road trip. So, we’re not ashamed to put yet another route that belongs to this region. With this route, you get to see a bit of North Bengal and Sikkim too. You will pass through hot springs and sparkling waterfalls and reach the North Sikkim plateau, where the Gurudongmar lake resides. The lake is one of the most pristine lakes in India and is located 5 km south of the Chinese border, at an altitude of 17,800 feet. Spend the night in village homestays for a truly local experience.
Motorcycle aficionados will love the rustic roads of Rajasthan. Experienced bikers will love the refreshing geographical change that this route offers with its sandy terrain. Jaisalmer, presenting its numerous temples and forts is approximately 300 kilometers away from Jodhpur. After catching glimpses of the architectural wealth, you can continue along the highway to reach Barmer. The long ride through the real and rural Rajasthan might almost suspend you in deep introspection of life! As you reach Barmer, you come across barren landscapes dotted with small villages and mud houses. Take a rest day at Barmer and enjoy Barmer’s folk dance and music.
So…Ready to explore the rich culture and terrain of India?