So when the summer season is here, and the monsoon is about to reach, it would be a crime to waste the time cooped up at home. All you bikers out there— listen up! India is home to some of the magnificent trails and ranges for your next adventure trip. Once you exit the annoying city traffic, you’ll be thrilled to visit amazing seaside scenery, beautiful mountain ranges and a lot of greenery. You might be thinking that it is difficult to have a pleasant bike ride in this crazy summer heat. Well, then think my friend again! There are some of the fabulous biking trails in India, which will make you forget about the scorching heat while you cruise through amazing roads. Even if you sweat it out, it will worth it!
Also, you can plan your road trips during the rainy season, which is only a few days away. While enjoying the rain from indoors, we tweet about everything from #rainlove to #greatmonsoonmood. However, this time, don’t spend your Monsoon in creating only hashtags and let’s go on a road trip. During monsoon, droplets of water envelop the roads and kiss the seabeds, making the journey more beautiful.
There are some of the fabulous bike routes in India, which will make these seasons more beautiful.
Of course, describing here only ten motorcycle destinations will be an injustice to all the other great destinations. However, you can at least draw inspiration from them to start your journey.
Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir
Blessed with vivacious beauty, Ladakh is a challenging place which all crazy bike riders would love to explore. The rugged trail, rough weather conditions and above all, the constant risk of landslides and other hazards keep riders on their toes. The best part of the place is that there are so many beautiful lakes, monasteries and mountain passes. However, the sad part is that you will find it tough to decide which place to visit and which not. However, nevertheless, you can never make a wrong choice as each place is beautiful.
Distance from Manali to Ladakh: 554 km
Estimated Time: 10 hours approximately (via Leh-Manali Highway)
Travel route: Manali->Keylong->Leh
Places to visit: Pangog Lake, Nubra Valley, Khardungla Pass, Lamayuru
Spiti, Himachal Pradesh
The Spiti route in Himachal Pradesh, not far from Ladakh, doesn’t get as much traffic as its neighbour, but the place is not behind in terms of scenic beauty. So if you could not plan a trip to Ladakh, you can conveniently settle in Spiti Valley as it also offers the same adrenaline rush. In fact; it is on this journey that you can see some high altitude villages of Asia. While Kaza, Kibber, and Pin Valley National Park are some attractive remote places, Baspa, and Kinnaur regions are the haven for nature lovers.
Distance from Manali to Spiti: 196.4 km
Estimated Time: 3 hours 50 minutes (via Leh Manali highway and NH 505)
Travel route: Manali – Kullu valley – Pin Valley – Kinnaur Valley – lahoul Valley – Spiti Valley – Manali
Places to visit: Bhimakali Temple, Nako , CB-13, 14 peaks and glaciers
Manali to Leh Highway
Did you remember the dance of Kareena Kapoor Khan to the song “Ye Ishq Hai Jannat Dikhaye” in Jab We Met film? It is hard to express the beauty of a road trip from Manali to Leh in words. Wouldn’t it be a pleasure to cruise along that road which does complete justice to bikers in India?
Distance from Manali to Leh Highway: 478 km
Estimated Time: 8 hours 42 minutes
Travel route: Manali –> Rohtang–> Gramphu –> Kokhsar–> Keylong–> Jispa–> Darcha–> Zingzingbar–> Baralacha La–> Bharatpur –> Sarchu –> Gata Loops –> Nakee La–> Lachulung La –> Pang –> Tanglang La–> Gya–> Upshi–> Karu –>Leh
Places to visit: Beas Kund, Rohtang Pass, Keylong, Jispa, Darcha, Zingzing Bar, Baralacha La, Sarchu, Gata Loops, Lachulung La, Pang, Tanglang La, Upshi,
Mumbai to Lonavala
A road trip from Mumbai to Lonavala is something which every resident will swear by. The stunning beauty and lush green foliage do wonders to calm the jittery nerves of bikers. While travelling, don’t forget to savor ‘chikki’ in Lonavala. If you are in Mumbai and looking for a memorable journey, this is the best trip to look further.
Distance from Mumbai: 82.7 kms
Estimated Time: 1 hour 46 minutes (via Mumbai Highway)
Travel route: Mumbai Highway-> NH4-> Khandala-> Lonavala
Places to visit: Korigad Fort, Tiger’s Leap, Lohgad, Karla and Bhaja caves, Lonavala wax
museum, and Duke’s nose
Visakhapatnam to Araku Valley
The marriage of the Bay of Bengal and the Eastern Ghats in Visakhapatnam is a sight to behold. During a road trip to Araku, you will completely mystify by the beauty of the place. The curly roads and the serenity of the hills will etch a permanent place in your heart.
Distance from Vishakhapatnam: 114 kms
Estimated Time: 2 hours 46 minutes
Travel route: GNT route, NH 5 Bypass, Visakhapatnam Rd, Araku Rd, Paderu
Places to visit: Araku Tribal Museum, Borra Caves
Western Arunachal Pradesh
With its humbling landscape, Arunachal Pradesh is a fantastic place for bikers. Though the chances are high that you will find unpaved landscapes and roads all through the journey, the picturesque beauty of the place compensates for everything. Mountain streams, waterfalls, and forests, make this place irresistible for an adventurous rider like you.
Distance from Guwahati to Arunachal Pradesh: 630 kms
Estimated Time: 12 hours 23 minutes
Travel Route: NH 36-> NH 52->NH 229->Medog
Places to visit: Tawang, Roing, Itanagar, Bomdila
Mumbai to Goa
Now this can be one of the main reasons behind the popularity of road trips in India. If you want to chase the clouds and leave behind the city’s traffic, this is a journey for you. Drive towards the sun and the beach on a beautiful road that will gear you up for the maximum fun. Double check your brakes since you’ll be travelling through beaches and greenery.
Distance from Mumbai to Goa: 590 kms
Estimated Time: 10 hours 30 minutes (via NH4)
Travel Route: Mumbai to Pune by the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, Pune->Satara-> Kolhapur-> Belgaum (NH4)-> Goa
Places to visit during the journey: Satara-> Kolhapur->Sankeshwar-> Rankala Lake->Panhala Fort-> Jyotiba Temple->Karnala Bird sanctuary
Rann of Kutch
A bike ride across a desert might not thrill you, but if I tell you that you do not need to apply brakes here, I am sure you will listen to me. The vast desert of Kutch offers a wide expanse of land without any obstructions. Besides, the free riding zone, you will love to ride while following stars.
Distance from Surendranagar to Rann of Kutch: 80 Kilometers
Estimated Time from Surendranagar to Rann of Kutch: 1 hour 9 minutes
Travel Route: Surendrangar –> Dhrangadhra –> Little Rann of Kutch –> Great Rann of Kutch
Places to visit during the journey: Walk on the beach in Mandvi, Dholavira, Kala Dungar, Koteshwar, Nirona, Nakhtarana
How about the idea of satisfying the fantasies of both the tourist and biker in you? Going all the way from Delhi towards the Taj Mahal, you can have a stopover at the Fatehpur Sikri and also soak into a cultural mood at Pushkar. Once you reach Mandawa, enjoy a few of the sights in the city before you head back.
Distance from New Delhi to Mandawa: 254.1 km
Estimated Time from New Delhi to Mandawa: 5 hours 22 minutes
Travel Route: Delhi->Mathura->Agra->Pushkar
Places to visit during the journey: Amber Fort, Bikaner, Jain Temple, Leela Palace Hotel
One motorcycle, one destination and 70 hairpin bends! Yes, there are 70 hairpin bends which you need to negotiate through to reach Kolli Hills, which is also known as “Mountains of Death.” For an adventurous biker, this information is sufficient to convince him to visit this little unknown hill station, which is situated 1300 meters above the sea level in the central Tamil Nadu. This place is famous for its Agaya Gangai waterfall and pineapple farms.
Distance from Vijayanagar to Kolli Hills: 971.3 km via NH7
Estimated Time from Vijaynagar to Kolli Hills: 14 hours to 29 minutes (via NH 7)
Travel Route: Vijaynagar -> Hosuru -> Krishnagiri -> Salem -> Rasipuram -> Karavalli -> Semmudu -> Kolli Hills Forest
Places to visit during the journey: Agaya Gangai Waterfall, Arappaleeswar Temple, Botanical Garden, Boat House, View Points
At last, the journey is more important than the destination itself.
Who says, you need to have a stylish motorcycle or a bike to enjoy a road trip? Services like Wicked Ride allow you to rent premium bikes. It means, you can rent a super trendy motorcycle or maybe Harley Davidson and go on a tour.
Bike tours transform the way you see your journey. Rather than rushing through, such trips give you abundant time to stop and enjoy small details, like the way the road bends or the fragrance of flowers. The road beckons, so pack your bag and let’s go on a long bike trip!