There is nothing we don’t love about biking tours. Not only is it an absolutely sustainable and green way to travel; it brings about authenticity to the trip--a sure way to connect with the community and their culture, and really soak in every moment of the journey. An upcoming trend alongside walking tours, there are plenty of options all over the world to pick from. The best bit? India has a wide variety of offerings too.
Delhi - Delhi By Cycle
Limiting Delhi to one tour would perhaps be considered a crime, so we wouldn’t dare attempt it. The company offers three biking tours in the city, The Shah Jahan Tour for history lovers, Raj Tour for Delhi’s imperial nature and the Nizamuddin Tour, an ode to the Sufi culture that bubbles in the city. The tour includes a meal and some refreshments and is easy for anyone brave enough to embrace the Capital’s chaos.
Cost - INR 1,850 per person
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Bengaluru - Art of Bicycle Trips
Biking over a range of 30-40 kilometres, Passage to India Bike and Hike, is a tour for rural Bengaluru. Travellers can spot shoot locations for Sholay and Passage to India, experience Kannadiga-style cuisine, and cycle around hills, the countryside, mango orchards and rose farms. A truly picturesque experience, the ride ends with a wholesome meal at Kamat Lokaruchi, a Malgudi-style restaurant. Look out for a 400-year-old Banyan tree and Machinbele dam on this day-long excursion.
Jaipur - Le Tour De India
Going beyond the city limits and into the wild, the Jaipur Sariska Cycling Tour is a two-day, one-night adventure. A jungle safari bundled with a biking tour, this trip is not for beginners. Travellers will ride across the Aravalli range to Jamwa Valley and Nayla and come across jewels like Ramgarh Lake, Bhangarh fort and of course, the intriguing wildlife at the forest reserve. Spot hyenas, wild boars and perhaps, tigers too. The tour includes an overnight stay at the reserve and a safari.
Cost: INR 16,000 per person
Mumbai - Reality Tours and Travels
There are plenty of ways to experience Mumbai--but there is nothing quite like this. A midnight bike ride around in the city that never sleeps. Lit up and absolutely gorgeous, the tour takes travellers through Colaba, Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach and Haji Ali. Sure, you can see them during the day, but at night, with a thinning crowd, sites like Gateway of India, Crawford Market and Dhobi Ghat are easier to observe, learn about and experience.
Cost: INR 1,800 per person for a group of 4 people
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Kochi - Art of Bicycle Trips
The backwaters of Kochi. Yes, that is indeed correct. This offbeat trip is a true treat; a journey through small fishing villages, the various coconut tree plantations and the gorgeous coastline of the city. The trip ends at the scenic Fort Kochi and includes a canoe ride in the backwaters and some simple refreshments.
Cost: INR 4,200 per person