Best Places for a Motorcycle Road Trip in India
Over the last few years, motorcycle tours in India have become increasingly popular with overseas visitors. This isn’t entirely surprising, as the country’s vast and varied terrain is quite beautiful when seen from astride a motorcycle, the wind whipping through your hair. If you are interested visiting India for a motorcycle road trip, we recommend that you choose one of the following destinations:
Delhi to Chandrigarh to Manali to Leh
Northern India, particularly around the Ladakh region, is without a doubt the most popular destination for motorcycle tours. The route will allow you to experience some dramatic changes in scenery – Delhi is quite a hectic city, Chandrigarh is much more planned in its layout, Manali is surrounded by lush mountains, and Leh has quite a barren landscape. Many trips will take you across the world’s second highest motorable pass, the Tanglang La, which sits at over 5,300 meters above sea level.
North East India
This part of the country is filled with meandering roads (many of which aren’t in great condition) and is abundant in natural beauty. There are plenty of tours that run through this part of India, making it one of the most popular destinations in India for a bike road trip – allowing you to experience the Kazaranga National Park, the tea estates of Assam, the Tawang Monastery, and the tribal Nagaland. This is the perfect choice for those travelers also looking for a cultural experience.
The desert state of Rajasthan is another popular destination for motorcycle tours in India. The region is full of old forts and palaces that are spectacular to behold, and you might find yourself sharing the road with camel and buffalo carts. You will be given the opportunity to travel through colourful villages and regal cities. Some of the trips through this region will stop off at the Taj Mahal in Agra.
Kerala Beaches and Spices
If you are the kind of person who loves sand and surf, tropical Kerala could be the perfect destination. The pace of life here is slow, allowing you to make the most of the beaches and backwaters, as well as giving you ample time to explore tea estates and scenic hill stations. Many of these routes are relatively unexplored, which is always exciting, and you can even drive your motorcycle along the beach!
South Indian Coast
The same kinds of people might enjoy a tour that takes them along the picturesque East Coast Road, which runs from Chennai to Pondicherry in Tamil Nadu. It hugs the coastline and provides you with some of the most stunning scenery in the country. Many routes also allow you to meander a little further inland, if you desire. This will truly give you first hand experience into the way of life for Indian people.
Whilst there are plenty more routes to explore, we have outlined five of the most memorable tours in India for a bike road trip, ensuring you find one to your liking and have the best experience possible. So, grab some friends and renew your passports – it’s time to jump on the back of a Royal Enfield and travel through India in a way that very few tourists have enjoyed.
About The Author: I am Manoj K- an army professional and one of four co-founders of Viktorianz, a tour guide and travel company. I believe that adventure runs in my veins and have spent a considerable amount of time travelling the width of breadth of India. I have had experience with bungee jumping, sky diving, scuba diving, trekking and many more adventure activities.
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