India displays diversity unparalleled to any other country in the world. It is blessed with the highest mountains, the mightiest rivers, vast flatlands, dense forests, sun soaked beaches, a great desert and hundreds of tropical islands. Combined with a culture and people more diverse than its geography, fuelled by 3500 years of uninterrupted history, the country makes for a romantic affair for any traveler that sets foot on it.
The romance is best experienced on the quaint country roads, where you witness the simplicities and eccentricities of Indian rural life. Cycling on these country roads makes for the perfect pace to soak in the sights and sounds of this mysterious land. The unique luxury of staying in charming fort-palace hotels, plantation retreats or rustic wildlife lodges located at cycling distances, makes for the perfect cycling holiday to experience the enigma that is India.
Pedal into Rajasthan to re-live the old world charm while you ride atop your two-wheeled steed from one erstwhile fort/palace turned heritage hotel to another or through the wildlife reserves of Central India pedaling down the Maikal Hills to explore see the tribes in Chhattisgarh. Enjoy the coconut and coffee plantations, serene backwaters and lush green hills in southern India.
Each destination in the country will provide you an amazing and unique experience, completely different from any other. Well thought out arrangements are made en route for your safety and comfort.
Rajasthan – Remote and Beautiful:
It’s a beautiful rural ride passing through small erstwhile princely states, whose elaborate palaces and forts have now been converted into heritage hotels. The hospitality of the region is fit for kings and rightfully so, given Rajasthan’s history of grandeur, valour and chivalry.
Glimpse of South India:
A bike ride through South India is an unforgettable cycling experience – passing through tropical forests, serene backwaters and lush green hills. Combined with staying in old-world plantation estates, the experience is just amazing.
Uttarakhand – Land of Gods, Mountains and Blossoms:
Uttarakhand, located in the Himalayas, is often referred to as the Land of Gods (Dev Bhumi) due to the many important pilgrimage centres found throughout the state. Magnificent views of the Himalayan peaks, amazing setting of the small villages dotted on the hillsides and charming local cultures – provide the perfect blend for a gorgeous bicycle trip.
Ladakh – Land of the High Passes:
It is a truly awe-inspiring ride as we pedal through the cold high altitude desert. A land of extremes with brown mountains and blue waters, burning sun and freezing winds, glaciers and sand dunes, it is hard to distinguish between reality and fantasy in this mystical land. Also known as ‘Little Tibet’, Ladakh has beautiful monasteries, full of priceless art and antiques, scattered across its arid landscape.
Forests and tribal’s of Central India:
Ride across the pristine forests and tribal villages of Central India heading deeper into Gondwana land ? the tribal countryside of Chhattisgarh inhabited by mainly Baiga hamlets. Absolutely no tourism exists here which undoubtedly makes it a magnificent ride. The final stretch takes you down the Chilpi ghat descending through the Maikal hills, entering the Bhoromdeo Wildlife Sanctuary where you can walk across to explore the 11th century temple complex.
By Marcela Kunova - 20th April 2017
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