Go on A Cycling Tour in India?

Toffee Insurance
5 min readJan 29, 2021

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Imagine cycling across snow-clad mountains, towering alpine trees and meandering rivers in the lap of the Himalayas. Or pedal across the beautiful coastline of India. Or even better across the stunning valleys of the North-East or among the picturesque coffee plantations of the South. Sounds dreamy right? Hold on, there’s more.

Cycling is one of the easiest ways to keep oneself fit. Especially at a time when taking care of your health is a priority, both physical and mental, cycling is a perfect travel trend to engage in. It is known to improve heart health and works wonders for both the body and your mind.

Also, before you think of it as a kind of a sport, hold on, it is more than just that. Cycling around the various landscapes of India, you get to take the path less-known, literally and figuratively. A luxury that road trips provide, but better when on a cycle. You can stop to meet the locals, indulge in banter, learn about their culture, and even taste their local food. Something which most ‘touristy’ trips do not allow you to.

And lastly, at a time when travelling through other modes of transport seem risky, cycling becomes one of the easiest and safest ways for every traveller willing to go the extra mile.

Now that we have convinced you as to why you must try a cycling tour once-in-your-lifetime, here is a list of cycling trails you must undertake. But before that, do not forget to get a Cycle Insurance. Drop-in your details to book a call for the same!

  1. Chennai To Puducherry

This route is one of the easiest and most scenic cycling routes in South India. Linking Chennai to Puducherry, the 150 km route passes through Mahabalipuram and is sure to enchant you with its breathtaking seaside views. Clear roads, Gulmohar trees, beautiful beaches and the lush green of the East Coast Region will calm your mind and make it a ride to remember. Make sure you stop at the numerous beaches that you will come across. Stop. Breathe. Feel Grateful. Ride Along.

Once in Puducherry, you can take your time to explore the quaint French town, which is dotted with pastel-coloured European-style villas, cathedrals, and cafes. You can also peddle your way to Auroville and stay a day to two to take in that spiritual positive energy that space emanates.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Duration: 1–2 days

2. Somnath To Diu

Slightly challenging than the above East Coast trail, this 200 km route from Somnath to Diu is extremely picturesque. You will peddle through coconut farms, clear blue skies and also spot migratory birds. With the sea running along the route, the road is slightly rough and rugged but the view will make up for it. You can also take a detour and visit the Gir National Park, which is home to some majestic Asiatic lions. Also, when in Diu, don’t forget to visit the Diu Fort, and indulge in some beach-basking.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Duration: 3 days

3. Rameshwaram

Rameshwaram is undoubtedly one of the best cycling routes in India. Open stretches, blue waters, and undulating roads will leave you spellbound. If you loved the views from the film Chennai Express, you will love this route even more. Also, en route, you must Visit This Hidden Spot Near Rameshwaram, Kathadi Beach: The Water Sports Hub of India.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Duration: 5 days

4. Ahmedabad To Jaipur

Going further North, cycling from Ahmedabad to Jaipur will seem like getting lost in rich history and culture. You will pass through desert highways that will leave you spellbound. You will also have the opportunity to pass through the magnificent Thar Desert, whose unending landscape will leave you gasping. Once in Rajasthan, you can admire the many forts and lakes, all of which will seem like one royal journey.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Duration: 10–12 days

5. Gangtok To Nathu La

One of the most beautiful trails in India, cycling from Gangtok to Nathu La is nothing short of magical. At a distance of 60 km from the capital of Sikkim, Nathu La pass is situated at an elevation which makes this ride the most challenging. Since the road is at an altitude of over 14,000 ft, the thin air and cold weather will test your endurance and motivation. But trust us, the unforgettable view will stun you and motivate you to get further.

Also, you will require a permit before you set on this journey since is close to the Indo-Chinese border and is often used by the army.

Difficulty Level: Difficult

Duration: 1 day

So, make that call to your childhood friend and ask him/her to tag along. So, when things get better, you can ride away and relive those memories again! And trust us, there is no better way to feel better and move on! Happy Biking!

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