Five best bike road trips in India that you must take in 2017
Biking is not so fun when you need to do it daily, to and fro office or client’s place. Not only it gets tiring but the endless wait at those cross sections is just boring. How fun would it be if you could do the ‘yodeling’ (with Hema Malini on your backseat, optional, but highly recommended) like Rajesh Khanna in zindagi ek safar hai suhana on the best Indian highways with picturesque views and an enticing destination! That would be my endeavour in this blog, minus, obviously, Hema Malini, which is your responsibility alone.
India is vast and despite everything, it still has places which are simply divine. Some of those are well-connected via roads and highways where you can drive your favourite bike. However, often you will cross tricky, if not outrightly dangerous sections, and I strongly suggest that you opt for a comprehensive two-wheeler insurance before you leave. The policy will cover you and your vehicle against any losses or damages that might happen during a trip. The best feature would be the RSA (road side assistance) which you will surely need when your bike breaks down during a trip. That advice being shared, let’s check the top places where you can run your bike to.
Bombay to Goa: Err, sorry, I mean Mumbai to Goa. A distance of 604 km is dotted with innumerable rivers, brooks, waterfalls and lush green carpet of greenery as long as your eyes can see. You will cross the famous Western Ghats, which are simply delight to the eyes.
You will cross Pune, Lonavala and Kolhapur on your way to Goa. If you want to avoid the peak season, don’t go there between 15 December to 15 January. The best time to visit Goa would be February to April or October to November.
Manali to Ladakh: Every blogger and every biker would suggest this trip and I am no exception. However, this is a mountain biking track and I reiterate, get your two-wheeler insurance done before taking this trip. You start from the historical Manali with all those sacred places to visit and you end up in the snowy embrace of Ladakh. In Manali, visit Naggar Castle, Vashisht spring, Roerich Art Gallery and multiple Hindu temples.
When you start, you will cross the Rohtang pass after the Manali valley ends, then you reach Gramphu and finally, you cross the dangerous Baralacha La. Cross the narrow roads of Sarchu and Kyang Chu Thang. You will come across the salt water Tsokar lake. Once you reach Leh, you will feel the lack of Oxygen at this altitude as this is the second highest biking pass in the world.
Darjeeling to Sikkim: Welcome to the Eastern India and welcome to Mt. Everest. While the north Indian trips are highly covered by bloggers, we will suggest that you take this trip. You can start from Darjeeling and go up to Bhutan, Nepal or Sikkim. Bhutan or Nepal might have some restrictions on entering on a motorcycle and thus, we will stick to Sikkim. The roads are narrow and Pine trees cover both sides of the road. The road is completely through the mountains.
If you cover Bhutan, Nepal and Sikkim, expect almost three weeks of biking. You will cross forests, tribal villages, lakes, rivers, hundreds of waterfalls and all the beauty which Himalaya has to offer.
Chennai to Munnar: Do you realise, we have covered west, north and east India already? Obviously, I will suggest the south India now and this trip is no forced inclusion in this list. The Chennai to Munnar trip is any biker’s dream.
If the steamy Chennai weather is crawling up your nerves, take your bike out and head to Munnar. The weather is certainly pleasant, almost always and the winding roads make for a memorable ride. Munnar is often the tea capital of India (by quantity only, by quality Darjeeling tea is the best in the world – author) and you can spend the whole day watching the lush green tea estates or learning the trade secrets of tea cultivation.
For the adventurous types, indulge in rock climbing and bungee jumping or even paragliding to refresh yourself. The 600 km trip is simply a lease of new life and you can always stop at Tiruchirapalli to watch the gigantic temples and fortresses of the Chola empire.
Guwahati to Shillong: This is the last entry and I suggest this because this route is known to me in so many details. Did I tell you of my Assam connexion? Maybe another day but this trip is as awesome, if not more, as any of the mentioned above. Frankly, the North-east India is the least visited part of India and thus, not many would suggest this trip. But this trip starts from the plains of Assam and takes you to the Himalayas where the sister states are simply the best India has to offer. The roads are well-built, ideal for biking and the scenery is simply amazing.
The cultural difference from the mainstream Indians will excite you and amaze you the hospitality of the locals. Honour the local cultures and traditions and you will have the best road trip of your life.
These are the five trips which I would suggest in this installment, but there are more, of course. I will come up with a next installment of this very soon. Till then, happy biking. Don’t forget your helmet, obey all the traffic rules, don’t drive irresponsibly and most importantly, buy a comprehensive bike insurance to secure your journey. We would love to know your experience. We would also love to know your suggestions for road trips in India which you think we should talk about.
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