If you are a biker in India you got to thank your stars right away. Why, you ask? For all the road trips you can take, each with different landscapes and adventures of its own and of course for events like India Bike Week! In celebration of 5 years, India Bike Week has Iconic 5 rides which have already started. With the spirit of riding in the air, we have put together a list of these super scenic, sometimes topsy-turvy bike routes that any biker would take at the drop of a hat.
Route: Alibaug – Diveagar- Dapoli – Guhagar – Ratnagiri- Malwan – Goa
Distance: 1500 – 2000 Km
Wind roaring in your ears, waves lapping by the shore, and the scent of the sea – the wonders of riding by the coast never cease. Hands down the best coastal route in India, every biker swears by the Alibaug to Goa route. The drive can take anywhere between 3 days to a lifetime, depending on how long you want to soak in the sea! Food lovers, this one also offers exceptional Malvani and Konkani food (read fresh, succulent seafood!).
Route: Malshej Ghat – Purushwadi – Bhandardara – Igatpuri.
Distance: 160 – 170 Km
Craving for views of lush green valleys with rugged mountain roads? Whizzing through Malshej ghat gives you all that and more. The winding roads of this route offer the best views of the three mighty peaks – Harishchandragad, Kalsubai, and Ratangad. The road leading up to Bhandardara might be challenging but the mere sight of the dam and lake make every bit worth it.
Route: From Mumbai/ Pune
Distance: 90 – 100 Km
Another route of the western ghats in Maharashtra that cajoles every biker is Tamhini ghat. An adventurous ride at the crest of Sahyadris, Tamhini never fails to enthrall its riders. Know that you are up for the most scenic ride ever as this route is peppered with limitless views of waterfalls and deep valleys, especially in the monsoon.
Route: Udaipur – Chittorgarh – Ajmer – Pali – Jodhpur – Jaisalmer.
Distance: 750 – 800 Km
If you want to experience the diverse topography of Rajasthan without getting off your saddle, this is the route you should be riding. The roads are smooth but be ready to battle the heat and the dust. Aravali ranges, Luni river, and of course the vast desert of Jaisalmer make for a perfect backdrop during the entire journey. To add a mile of fun, swap bikes and go for a quad biking trip in the Thar Desert.
Route: Dehradun – Mussoorie – Chamba – Deoria Tal
Distance: 265 – 270 Km
Nestled in the Himalayan mountains are some of the most notorious bike routes. The Manali – Leh route might be the Mecca for most bikers, but the Dehradun – Deoria Tal road is a lesser known gem here. Riding against the cold mountain wind is tough but the snow capped peaks above and gushing rivers beneath make it all worthwhile.
Route: Kalimpong – Pedong – Reshi – Padamchen – Zuluk
Distance: 80 – 90 Km
With 59 hairpin bends spread over 80 odd Kilometers, this route will ensure that the adrenaline keeps rushing throughout the ride. The difficult curves here makes it the most toughest ride in India and also the most enjoyable. Extremely nerve-racking; this one is not for the faint-hearted and needs a permit to cruise through. A bird’s eye view of the loops of Old Silk Route is something you should look forward to.
Route: Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry (Via East coast road)
Distance: 300 Kms
A ride along the tranquil Bay of Bengal, the East Coast Road of Tamil Nadu is a renowned route amongst all bikers. No wonder it’s the first of the India Bike Week’s Iconic 5 rides. Be prepared to explore a plethora of attractions en-route including calm backwaters, beaches, temples, and even a World Heritage Site. The buttery smooth roads here make this route all the more irresistible.
Route: Bangalore – Ooty – Coonoor
Distance: 270 – 280 Km
This route holds some of the most gorgeous views but it is the steep, relentless 39 hairpin curves that beckons a biker to take on this road. If you are up for a challenge or want to test your skills this one is for you. It is impossible to cover this route during the night and hence it is shut by 8 PM. Try not to get too distracted by the amazing views of wildlife, tea plantations, and Nilgiri hills here.
9. Manipal to Agumbe
Route: Manipal – Hiriadka – Perdur – Agumbe
Distance: 60 Km
Manipal to Agumbe is another relaxing jungle route in the south with a bit of twists and turns (read 18 lethal hairpin turns). The route promises an irresistible combination of narrow jungle roads and the conquest of hairpin bends. Ride on for some beautiful views of tiny rustic villages, ample of waterfalls, and rapscallion langurs.
10. White desert
Route: From Ahmedabad or Rajkot
Distance: 270 – 300 Km
After triumphing over the western and Himalayan ghats try to keep on track in this vast barren expanse of Kutch. With extreme temperatures and nothing but marshy white desert in the sight, the Rann of Kutch has its own challenges. If you are at all doubtful on this road, the sights of Chir Batti (Dancing Light), and the wildlife like blue bulls, Chinkara, desert wolves will keep you going.
Spectacular sights, fun, and kickass adventures packed throughout its length; if these routes don’t tempt you to take your two wheeled best friend out on a ride then we don’t know what would!