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With a country as diverse and riveting as India, it can feel almost impossible trying to narrow down which region to visit first.

Fortunately, India abounds with exciting opportunities for all kinds of cyclist – and regardless of how hardcore you are (or aren’t!), getting on your bike is one of the best ways to uncover India’s many incredible spots and hidden gems.

So, to give you a head start and a few ideas, we’ve carefully highlighted our favourite rides across India and given you an insight into which one is best for you!

Cycling Through Rajasthan

Best for Iconic Sights

Taj Mahal at sunset Taj Mahal at sunset

Rajasthan is a landscape of imposing hill forts, where every horizon is shaped by powerful rulers from bygone eras.

This is the ride for you if you want to be impressed as the trip encompasses desert fortresses, mind-boggling palaces and most famous of all, the shimmering onion dome of the Taj Mahal at sunset.

Find out more: Cycling Through Rajasthan

Cycle the Coast of Kerala

Best for First Time Visitors

Houseboat, Kerala Houseboat in Kerala

This is the ideal introduction to cycling in India. If you’ve never done a cycling holiday before, this one-week trip gives you a chance to see the highlights of Kerala from the saddle, without worrying about biting off more than you can chew.

It’s graded leisurely/moderate, so you have plenty of time to explore Kerala’s spice ports, colourful temples and beautiful beaches both on and off your bike. It’s the perfect taster!

Find out more: Cycling the Coast of Kerala

Cycle Kerala & Tropical India

Best for Tranquility

sunset in indiaSunset in southern India

When it comes to getting away from it all, India is rarely at the top of the list.

But we’ll make an exception for this one. Cycling takes you away from the busy cities and through small villages and countryside, giving you a feel for rural life in southern India.

Top it all off with a cruise along the backwaters on a traditional coir houseboat, watching the sun go down, beer in hand, and – well, we’re convinced.

Find out more: Cycle Kerala & Tropical India

Southern India Coast to Coast Ride

Best for Scenic Variety

Cyclists crossing bridge, near Cochin Cyclists crossing bridge, near Cochin

Whichever way you cut it, being able to say you’ve cycled across India is pretty cool.

It’s also one of the best ways to see the south in all its glory, steadily changing as you go on day to day.

See the scenery switch from coastal to inland, visiting incredible cities along the way – think Madurai’s inimitable temples, the C16th capital of Thanjavur, or the hill stations and tea plantations of the Cardamom Hills.

Find out more: Southern India Coast to Coast Ride

Manali to Leh

Best for Epic Mountain Vistas

Manali to Leh sceneryManali to Leh scenery

This may not be for the faint-hearted but it sure does reward your efforts without reservation.

To cycle the majestic Indian Himalaya is no small feat, so expect to end each day with a full heart and satisfying ache that tells you that you’ve earnt this view.

And what a view it is: six high mountain passes fluttering with rainbow-bright prayer flags, surrounded by snow-capped giants, and stark but stunning rock formations. An adventure you’ll never forget.

Find out more: Indian Himalaya

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