5 most beautiful, long-distance cycling routes in India. Have a happy ride

Best cycling routes: Cycling can be one of the best ways to explore a new city, especially for travellers who are looking for an offbeat journey. Here are 5 of the best cycling routes across India.

Updated: Sep 24, 2018 11:17:24

By HT Correspondent

Best cycling routes: Cycling is a scenic way to explore different parts of India and also offers health benefits, such as weight loss and boosting heart health. (Shutterstock)

Travelling can be a lot of fun, and while walking is a good way to know more about a city, cycling is a better way to travel further and also enjoy local sights and sounds. Cycling also has a lot of health benefits, it can help you with everything from weight loss to improving your heart health and endurance. Here are 5 different cycling routes across the country that you need to explore:

The East Coast Road passes through the historic monuments of Mahabalipuram. ( Shutterstock )

Chennai to Puducherry

The East Coast Road is considered to be one of the easiest cycling routes in India and links Chennai to Pondicherry. It offers seaside sights, clear undulating roads and pristine beaches along the way. You can take in the lush greenery at the Auroville Temple and view the historic monuments at Mahabalipuram.

The walls of the Dominican monastery at Daman. ( Shutterstock )

Mumbai to Daman

Daman is a small and quaint city located 170km north of Mumbai. You can check out the picturesque Jampore and Devka beach, the church of Bom Jesus, the Fort of Moti Daman, unwind by the Mirasol Lake and enjoy cheap liquor.

Mangalore to Goa

National Highway 17 connects the city to Goa. Along the way, you can visit beaches like Baga and Calangute, St Mary’s Island which boasts of a special rock formation, the temple town of Gokarna and Dudhsagar Falls.

Udaipur to Jodhpur

Travelling from the city of lakes Udaipur to the Blue City of Jodhpur is a scenic cycling route. Along the way, will pass Haldighati, a landmark site where Rana Pratap Singh of Mewar fought Raja Man Singh of Amber, the Rankpur and Dilwara temples known for their intricate marble carvings, and the ‘Om’ Bullet Baba Temple where the presiding deity is a 350cc Royal Enfield.

Manali to Leh

This one is for adventure lovers who have training in navigating high altitudes. Get an adrenaline rush from the thin mountain air, hairpin bends, unpredictable terrain and the challenging weather. You will travel through Rohtang and Tanglang La passes, view snow-capped mountains and ride through scenic little villages tucked away in the Ladakh Valley.

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First Published: Jul 25, 2018 17:18:27


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