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Mountain Biking

Mountain biking in the India is quite an experience. Gear up and ride your cycles across the highest mountains exploring the beautiful valleys, snow capped mountains and mesmerizing lakes. Take a bike ride across the Himalayas and explore the beautiful green valleys and deodars. Take up mountain biking if you are the tough Harley Davidson role model types and explore the most amazing mountain biking trails in India which have potential of touching the adventure freak in anybody.

You will also get the chance to experience the local culture of various regions while you are cycling through the regions in India. Mountain biking tours also give you a chance to experience the quick changing hues of the landscapes and higher altitudes. Take a break in small foothill villages and mountains with amazing picturesque grandeur which will make your adventure worth remembering throughout your life.


Destinations in India for Mountain Biking

Best places to go mountain-biking and cycling in the Himalayan region of India are in the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. These states are replete with great scenic beauty and are treasure-troves of exciting routes, some of them discovered and others waiting to be explored.

  • Himachal Pradesh:

    Mountain biking in Himachal Pradesh will be a most memorable adventure trip. Check out the scenic attractions and mesmerizing nature views.

    From Chandigarh drive to Barog and start your mountain biking tour from here.

    Bike route:

    Start in Barog - Shimla (60kms) Shimla-Kotgarh (80 kms), Kotgarh- Thanedar (5 kms), Thanedar-Sarahan (97 kms), Sarahan- Sangla Valley (92 kms), Sangla Valley-Kalpa (50 kms), Kalpa- Pooh in Spiti Valley (76 kms), Pooh-Tabo (95 kms), Tabo - Kaza (47 kms), Kaza- Losar (65 kms), Losar - Gramphoo (74 kms), Gramphoo - Manali (62 kms).

  • Ladakh:

    Amongst higher regions in India Ladakh is known as a great destination for mountain biking. Ride the following route to experience breathtaking views of lakes, mountains etc.

    Bike route: Leh– Upshi (47 kms), Upshi- Hyamnya (35 kms), Hyamnya – Chumathang (60 kms), Chumathang– Sumdo (23 kms), Sumdo – Karzok (43 kms), Karzok– Tsokar, Tsokar- Debring, Debring – Upshi (56 kms), Upshi – Leh (60 kms).

  • Sikkim:

    A biker will love to explore Sikkim that is full of colourful scenic beauty coupled with a spectacular topography. A far as adventure is concerned, mountain biking is the no. 1 adventure activity in Sikkim!

    Bike route: Gangtok- Phedang (31 kms), Phedang - Singhik (33 kms), Singhik - Chungthang (26 kms), Chungthang - Lachung (21 kms), Lachung - Yumthang (24 kms), Yumthang - Chungthang (45 kms), Chungthang - Lachen (27 kms), Lachen - Thangu (32 kms), Thangu - Chopta Valley to Lachen (74 kms), Lachen - Chungthang (27 kms), Chungthang - Rangrang (38 kms), Rangrang - Kabi (32 kms), Kabi - Gangtok (20 kms), Gangtok – Bagdogra.

  • Kumaon:

    The Kumaon region with enormous terraced fields across the lush green mountains has beautiful biking trails. Check out little rivers, small villages and some famous temples on your way.

    From Delhi reach Nainital and then reach Sat Tal. From here you can begin your mountain biking tour.

    Bike route: Sat Tal- Bageshwar, Bageshwar - Baijnath (23 kms), Baijnath - Kausani (17 kms), Kausani - Someshwar (12 Kms), Someshwar-Binta (15 kms), Binta - Ranikhet (23 kms), Ranikhet – Bhatrajkhan, Bhatrajkhan – Garija (63 kms), Garjia- Corbett, Corbett - Kotabag (23 kms), Kotabag - Kaladungi (15 kms), Kaladungi - Chorgalia (30 kms).

  • Garhwal:

    The mountain biking route in Garhwal is all about sun-kissed mountains, winding shady roads, apple trees, gushing rivers, magnificent surroundings and cool fresh breeze. Rishikesh on the bank of river Ganga and surrounded by Himalayan ranges, is the perfect place to start your biking foray into the Garwahl mountains. So begin your mountain biking tour taking the following route:

    Bike route: Rishikesh – New Tehri (76 kms), Tehri - Dharasu (42 kms), Dharasu - Uttarkashi (28 kms), Uttarkashi - Bhatwari (35 kms), Bhatwari - Harsil (40 kms), Harsil - Gangotri (30 kms), Gangotri - Gangnani (50 kms), Gangnani - Uttarkashi (50 kms), Uttarkashi - Barhmakhal (40 kms), Barhmakhal - Barkot (51 kms), Barkot - Nainbagh (50 kms), Nainbag - Mussoorie (41 kms), Mussoorie – Dehradun.


Best time to visit

Best places to go mountain-biking and cycling in the Himalayan region of India are in the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. These states are replete with great scenic beauty and are treasure-troves of exciting routes, some of them discovered and others waiting to be explored.


Tips

  • Mountain biking requires fitness as the Indian trails are both rugged and rough, so make sure you are completely fit
  • The balancing act is very important in mountain biking. A good balance is very necessary to climb steep hills and one has to have enough training and practice before taking up this adventure
  • One has to stay alert and be careful while riding the bike. Keep your eyes open and concentrate on how to negotiate the rough patches of the trail without hindrances. Especially on the Garhwal bike trails there are a number of twists and turns that can catch a biker unaware, so look out
  • Speed control something that one has to keep in mind while mountain biking
  • Pack light and keep in mind that the backpack you carry must have cushions and must be comfortable enough to carry
  • Things you must carry are first aid box, water, glucose for instant energy, snacks/food that includes muesli bars/ sandwich/ dry fruits, bike pump, a spare tube and tire levers

Mountain biking tour operators

You can easily find numerous mountain biking operators in India. Some of the known names are Overland Escape, Kailash Expeditions, Exotic Asia Travels, Incredible Himalayan Travel Company, Active Adventure India, Ladakh Voyages and The Great Global Expedition.









 

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