Slugging it out through our daily jobs can be a stressful experience. The monotonous schedule of our everyday lives only makes us crave getting away from it all--away from the hustle of the metropolis and into the arms of Mother Nature. India has many such tempting locations which offer a much-required relief from the timetables. From the snow-capped hills of Himachal to verdant turf of Tamil Nadu, explore the nooks and crannies of the country on your bike. Gear up your engines, take yourself on a spiritual experience like no other and feel one with your surroundings.
Zanskar Valley to Leh
Nestled away in a remote corner of Ladakh, the Zanskar Valley is one of the most gorgeous destinations in the country. Connected to Kargil via road, the valley is at a blisteringly cold altitude thus providing an ultimate challenge for bikers. A true test of endurance, Zanskar is the cherry on top of the alluring Himalayas. A treat for the eyes with its gleaming cobalt-coloured water streams navigating through the valley, be prepared to get lost in the everlasting beauty of the place. With snow-capped mountains seemingly only a hand's distance away, this secluded land is a tantalising getaway from the crowded streets of the city.
Manali to Rohtang Pass
Another trail where your endurance will be put to the test, the Manali to Rohtang pass is at an elevation of over 13,000 ft. Located on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas, this location brings together the Kullu Valley and Spiti Valley of Himachal Pradesh. The Rohtang La further connects Manali to Leh. Observe the unending sight of the snow-blanketed Himalayan Mountain range taking you to Sonapani Glacier and the twin peak of Gaypan. Let the captivating panoramic view of the valley leave you awestruck, while you hug the puffy clouds and ski down the slope at the location on your visit.
Rajasthan Desert Trail - Udaipur to Jaipur
Away from the frosty winter winds and on to the sweltering heat of Rajasthan, the next trail requires not so much endurance as sheer willpower to go on. While the beauty of the Himalayan Mountain ranges would have left you wanting more, test yourself on your ride through the Thar Desert. The route which passes through Barmer and Ajmer is sure to bring about a surreal experience on your journey. From the sand dunes to star-studded night skies, an authentic Rajasthani experience awaits you. Put on some folk songs from the state to add flavour to your travels. And if you get lucky, you may even spot a chinkara or the Indian blackbuck while on your ventures of the Thar Desert.
Guwahati to East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya
Onto the land of the seven sisters in Northeast India we go. The next trail starts from Assam's largest city, Guwahati and goes on till Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya crossing the East Khasi Hills on the way. Called the Scotland of India due to its verdant meadows and elegant streams, the journey is one for the soul. Spot gigantic waterfalls, extremely long root bridges dating back to decades and beautiful ravine along the way.
Kalimpong to Siliguri
A trail not as popular as others, the Kalimpong to Siliguri journey is a beautiful, life-changing one. While the road is flavoured with some dangerous twists and turns, the beauty of the landscape is indescribable. Remember to savor the sights around you and make stopovers. Spend a little time at the Teesta Valley Tea Garden, one of the oldest tea gardens in India, and watch as the Teesta River flows alongside the road putting on show a mesmerising spectacle. About 30 KMs from Siliguri lies Kalijhora, the point from where the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary trek usually starts.
Coorg to Munnar
One of the longer journeys on the list taking upto 12 hours straight, this trail is described by many as the best in the country. Serving scenic views of tea plantations, the journey should take you through the lush green forests of Karnataka. The adventure through the rural region of the state is an ideal getaway from the buzz of city life. Feel the fresh air run off your cheeks and let the emerald colored hills take your breathe away.
Valparai Forest Trail, Tamil Nadu to Kerala
Bringing together two of India's most southern states, the Valparai forest trail is one that any environment enthusiast will take you an immense liking towards. While the route in itself is gorgeous encapsulating alluring tea plantations, a fabric of dense green, and Aliyar Dam, the ultimate destination is unmissable. Do not, we repeat, miss out on this road trip.