The endless roads often beckon the rider in you to set forth on a journey of exploration and self-discovery! As exciting as it sounds, bikers go out of their way to unleash the inner adventurer in them.
The experience of exploring new corners of the world on your bike cannot be replaced in any way. Indulging in a few motorcycle tours is probably the most adventurous ways to explore destinations.
Whether it is the highest snow covered peaks of the Himalayas, hilly forests of North East India or the most deserted place of Rajasthan; motorbike tours in India are gaining rapid popularity.
Here are some of the most adventurous motorbike tours in India:
1. Explore and Amaze – Delhi to Leh
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Considered to be one of the most adventurous motorcycle tours, this trip is also one of the most difficult and tempting motorcycle holidays in India. The bike trip starts from the capital city of India, Delhi. From Delhi, the route heads towards Chandigarh and eventually makes its way through the beautiful valley of Manali. The trip ends in Leh which is one of the highest places on earth. The entire motorbike trip needs 13-14 days for completion.
Starting from the urban jungle in Delhi to the rocky and uncertain terrains of Leh, this is one of the few motorbike tours in India that does justice to mountain biking adventures in India. The trip starts with the NH1, proceeding towards Chandigarh which will take nearly 6-7 hours. Till Chandigarh, the trip might not appear to be a mountain bike trip, but once the journey proceeds towards Manali, the real trip starts. This part of the trip might take 4-5 days.
The journey from Manali to Leh is one of the toughest bike journeys in India. The roads are quite unpredictable and even the most experienced biker can face a lot of problems while biking in these regions. From Manali it might take another 7-8 days. However, the duration might increase due to changes in weather conditions. While cruising till the destination, the bikers will have to pass through the highest motorable pass in the world; Khardung La, which is the toughest part of this trip. Some of the sacred Buddhist monasteries can also be visited on the way to Leh.
2. The Misty Landscape of Northeast India
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When rumbling engines reach the hilly regions of Northeast India, the misty landscape welcomes every traveller with open arms. A bike trip in this region can offer one of the most adventurous mountain bike trips in India. Slanting hills and the narrow passes between them, snow covered mountains and the dense green forests can allure any biker for an adventurous motorcycle tour in India.
The North Eastern India comprises of seven different states that are popularly known as the ‘Seven Sisters’ of India. Most of the trip will comprise rough, hilly and rocky passes. While in Assam, this bike trip will offer the chance to witness the great Brahmaputra river valleys, endless rows of tea plantations, the largest river island in the world; ‘Majuli’ and one-horned rhinos. After crossing the hilly regions of Assam, the trip heads towards Meghalaya.
Meghalaya, also known as the ‘Abode of Clouds’ is filled with hills and mountains. This part of the motorcycle trip has to pass through some of the most beautiful waterfalls, the living root bridge and the cleanest villages in Asia. The journey will then proceed towards Nagaland and end in Arunachal Pradesh.
Nagaland offers a beautiful ride through dense forests, hilly regions and some of the toughest terrains. The swinging bridges, snow covered paths, Indo-China border and some of the ancient temples offer a breathtaking sight. The trip to North East India can be completed within 17 or 21 days.
3. Royal Ride from Delhi to Ranthambore
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or those who have been bit by the royal bug, this bike trip is worth it. The journey starts from Delhi and proceeds towards Agra, Uttar Pradesh. This trip offers a chance to every traveller to spend some time admiring the one of the world’s most famous monuments, the Taj Mahal.
After Agra, this route, considered one of the most popular amongst motorcycle tours in India, will head towards the pink city of India — Jaipur. The rest of this trip will make its way through Jaipur, Bikaner, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Ranthambore and finally back to Delhi. If time is a constraint, the entire trip can be completed within 14 days else a 22 day trip is also available.
4. Spicing up the Cruise, Kerala
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A motorbike holiday in Kerala, God’s own country, is an experience in itself. The trip to Kerala normally starts from Cochin which is filled with beautiful beaches, lighthouses and mesmerizing greenery. From the beautiful beaches of Cochin, the bike trip proceeds towards the Southern Ghats where a wide variety of wildlife can be seen. Tea and rubber plantations and paddy fields also offer a picturesque view of the surroundings.
Situated in the Southern Western Ghats, Kodaikanal welcomes bikers with open arms. It will take them to the famous tea plantations treks of Munnar district. The journey then continues towards Ooty and bikers have to ride to a height of 2,000 m into the Nilgiri Hills. From the Nilgiris, the trip will proceed towards Calicut and finally end in Cochin.
Moreover, the backwaters will surely liven up your entire trip. This is one of the few motorbike tours in India that offers some interesting landscapes along with mouthwatering cuisines.
5. Entering the Grand South Indian Coast
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The coastal regions in the south India offer one of the best motorcycle tours in India. The coastal lines of Chennai and Pondicherry offer amazing views with respect to motorbike tours in India. The route generally consists of Chennai-Kerala-Chennai,
Mumbai-Chennai; this can also include cruising in the coastal lines of the beautiful state of Goa, the city of ancient attractions, Hampi, the Trivandrum-Rameswaram-Ooty-Cochin-Trivandrum route, etc are some of the commonly found touring packages for coastal regions.
6. Admiring the Dreamy Coastlines of Goa
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Biking in Goa and South India provides a perfect blend of adventure and solitude. This trip promises the adventure of mountain bike tours as well as coastal biking. The trip starts from the lovely and vibrant beaches of Goa. After enjoying the beaches in Goa, the real adventure will start with the narrow roads that run across the stunning hills of Coorg.
Biking through the hilly regions of the Southern part of India, covering beautiful coffee plantations in Coorg followed by spotting a variety of wildlife in the dense forests of the south can be enjoyed in this route. After passing through Coorg, the adventure becomes more pronounced in the Deccan Plateau and on the eighth day, the trip will take a royal turn as soon as it heads to Mysore.
After four days in Mysore, bikes will march towards the colourful beaches of Goa. In Goa, the vastness of the sea mixes with the Portuguese culture and life becomes as colourful as a party. The trip ends after covering more than 2,000 km and will roughly require 14 days to complete
7. Riding Towards The Majestic Himalayas
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Riding through the Himalayas is not child’s play. This mountain bike trip (1,700 km) starts from Leh and follows the route to Kargil. Rocky mountains covered with snow and the dropping mercury levels make this journey exhilarating. The road to extreme adventurous Zanskar passes through the Penzi La pass which is situated at 4,400 m. As the conditions of the roads vary from place to place, this route is not for amateurs.
From the Zanskar valley, the motorcycle expedition heads towards the Buddhist kingdom of Ladakh. In fact, the way to beautiful Spiti valley is much more interesting. While biking in this region, the natural beauty of the Himalayas, the icy cold water of the Sutlej River and the rocky-narrow passes will make the journey worthwhile. Depending on the weather conditions, this mountain bike trip can lasts around 11-14 days.
8. Desert Dreams: Entering Rajasthan
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What can be more adventurous than conquering the deserts of Rajasthan on a Royal Enfield Bullet? This bike trip offers a chance to witness mirages in the vast and dry deserts of Rajasthan. The extravagant art and culture of the ancient times makes this trip a one of a kind.
The other locations that will be crossed during this trip are Jaisalmer, Jodhpur and Ranthambore. While crossing deserts on bikes, parts of this trip will allow bikers to relive moments of ‘Arabian Nights’.
9. Lost in the Beauty of Mountains in and Away from India, Sikkim
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How about a trip around the great Mt. Everest? Any mountain biker will fall in love with this bike trip. The curvy-narrow roads from Darjeeling, covered with tall pine trees on both sides offer the chance for a mountain bike tour to the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu as well as Bhutan. The entire journey is filled with narrow and sharp turns between the mountains.
The entire trip from Darjeeling to Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal will take 17 days to complete. Bike adventure tours to Sri Lanka are also quite mesmerising. Biking around 19,000 km in the presence of vast natural beauty, exotic varieties of wildlife and flora will be a memorable experience. The peaceful, serene and scenic beauty of Sri Lanka are ideal holiday destinations for indulging in motorbike tours.
In the South-East Asian region, Thailand is considered to be one of the most ideal motorbike holiday destinations. While in Thailand, the adventure of mountain biking becomes four fold with bungee jumping and visiting colourful vistas being added to the itinerary.
10. From Valleys of Manali to the Highest Pass in the World, Leh
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very year, bikers from all over the globe make their way to Manali to be a part of an extremely adventurous mountain bike tour. The entire motorbike trip will be completed within nine days where each day will have a dedicated 5-6 hours of biking. This is one of the most popular motorcycle tours in India. This trip starts in the colourful valleys of Manali and heads towards one of the highest peaks of the world, Leh. The journey takes four days.
However, the uncertainty of the roads and the weather might stretch the duration of this trip. After passing Rohtang Pass at a height of 3,980 m, crew members get to rest in Keylong. Sarchu, located at a distance of 107 km from Keylong, will be the next stop for bikers. Tsokar and Leh can be covered over the next 2-3 days and henceforth, the trip will follow the rocky passes to Khardung La which is the highest motorable pass in the world. This trip offers the chance to pass through two of the world’s highest mountain passes and the highest salt lake water in the world.
11. Entering the Land of Rajputs, Rajasthan
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This is one of the motorbike tours in India that offers passionate bikers a chance to beat the heat of Rajasthan’s Thar Desert and experience the life of some of the great Maharajas of India amidst the colourful tradition and culture of Rajasthan. Unlike other bike trips, this trip comprises only of a few hilly regions.
The journey to the land of Rajputs starts from Mandawa which can be easily reached from the capital city of India. On crossing the desert areas, life in Jaisalmer can be experienced from a very close angle. While one can also experience camel rides and desert safari at Jaisalmer.
After Jaisalmer, Jodhpur will welcome bikers in its Maharaja style, reflecting the art and culture of the Maharajas. Jodhpur is also home to the famous Mehrangarh Fort. The next part of the trip will be followed by rocky mountains till Ranakpur is reached. The journey from Ranakpur to Udaipur is around 400 km. Udaipur offers a chance to see the amazing ‘Floating Palace’ along many other palaces. The trip will come to an end in Bharatpur, .
12. A Fantasy Trip from Manali to Ladakh
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A ride from Manali to Ladakh is often considered as one of the ideal mountain bike trips in the world.
On one hand, this trip offers the chance to visit some of the most historic and sacred places in Manali; while on the other hand, this trip also offers a chance to ride in the cold snowy mountains of Ladakh. At the starting point of this trip, Naggar Castle, Roerich Art Gallery, hot springs in Vashisht and plenty of sacred Hindu temples can be seen here. The Rohtang pass comes after crossing valleys of Manali and then it follows a ride to Gramphu. Once Gramphu is crossed, the trip marches towards the zigzag hilly passes around Baralacha La.
After these zigzag passes, comes the Sarchu plateau and its curvy and narrow passes. The Kyang Chu-Thang which is also known as the ‘plateau of wild donkey’ follows the next part of the bike trip. Also, the Tsokar Lake lies in this region and is a primary source of salt for all inhabitants of Ladakh. Once Leh is reached, the bikers will visit the second highest motorable pass in the world. At this altitude, bikers need to be cautious about their health as the greater heights might give rise to altitude sickness.
13. The Highest Village in World, Spiti Valley
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The Manali-Spiti Valley bike trip takes around 10 days. The exotic and beautiful valleys of Manali is the starting point for this biking trip. On the first day, the local valleys of Manali will be explored extensively. Many historic monuments and temples can be visited here. The hot springs of Vashisht can also be visited during this trip.
The third day of the trip will end with the arrival of Saharan. This is a tribal region and offers a historic chance to visit some of the most popular temples of the olden centuries. After this, the trip moves towards Sangla, Chitkul and Reckong Peo; depending on the climate, this might take another 3-4 days. The remaining three days will take mountain bikers towards Nako, Kaza and finally back to Manali. On the seventh day, the bikers can visit Key Monastery in Spiti Valley; the oldest and the biggest monastic complex in the world.
14. Spinning the Classic Heritage Wheels in Rajasthan
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Unlike the motorbike tours of Rajasthan, the classic heritage tour starts from Alwar which is located at around 156 km away from Delhi. From Alwar, weather conditions will become dry and after biking a distance of around 220 km, Sawai Madhopur will offer the chance to visit Ranthambore National Park. Jeep safaris are available in the park. Forts and palaces can be seen in huge numbers in this trip. Some of these forts are ancient and represent quite a few generations of the Rajput kings. The next destination from Sawai Madhopur is Chittorgarh.
Udaipur lies at a distance of 115 km from Chittorgarh and the beauty of this city in the lap of the Aravali Ranges of Rajasthan is splendid. Also known as the ‘Venice of the East’, Udaipur is home to some of the most magnificent lakes of India. Biking in a city, which is considered as the most romantic in India, it is only natural that bikers will fall in love with the scenery. The journey then continues towards Ranakpur, Jaisalmer, Pokaran, Nagore and finally the trip comes to an end at Kotputli on the seventeenth day.
15. Colours of the South, Karnataka
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Motorcycle tours in India won’t be complete without discovering the hidden flavours of the Indian culture. A motorcycle tour to South India in a classical style is the best way to explore this side of India. This biking holiday requires 10-15 days and it starts from the historic ruins of Hampi which was once the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Alongside biking, adventurous rafting activities can also be enjoyed in this portion of the bike trip.
Furthermore, on ascending towards the Western Ghats, a variety of wildlife can be seen closely and in a better way. Jog Falls, Badami and Malwan Fort await the next portion of this trip and it finally comes to an end with the approach of Goa.
16. Historical Motorbike Holiday, from Delhi to Mandawa
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This bike trip starts with a ride from Delhi to the Taj Mahal. The trip then advances towards Jaipur. Fatehpur Sikri falls in between Agra and Jaipur. While in Jaipur, the bikers can opt for a historical visit to the Amber fort, Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar and can also have fun, enjoying elephant rides.
From Jaipur, it might take 3-4 hours to reach Ranthambore, which is famous for the Ranthambore National Park; soon Devli and Pushkar follow. The narrow roads of cultural city Pushkar provide a chance to experience rural life and. While in Bikaner, the bikers can go for camel rides and can also satisfy their taste buds with delicious Bikaneri sweets and other delicacies. Bikaner also offers riders a chance to visit the famous ‘Rat Temple’.
After Bikaner, the trip starts coming to an end with the arrival of Mandawa; from Mandawa the trip finally ends by getting back to Delhi.