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India a beautiful place for a bicycle tour

I have been fascinated with India for years. The country has a beautiful spiritual culture, diverse scenery and amazing cuisine. One of the ways to experience India is by going on a bicycle tour.

These tours allow the travelers to experience the country in a close up, personal manner. You can often see, hear and smell things while riding a bike which you may have missed while driving a car or travelling by train.

Beautiful Kerala decent

Beautiful Kerala decent

I will focus on two areas in this guide; Kerala and Rajasthan.

Before you start thinking about organizing your bike tour, I recommend you read these tips on travelling to India.

Regarding planning the tour, it is a good idea to plan where you’ll be riding and sleep well in advance. This is one of the common mistakes that people make when going on the bike tour.

Kerala

Located in the south west tip of India, Kerala is packed full of fertile green lands, birdlife and other wildlife.

Lots of tea, spices, bananas and coconuts are grown here with many of them having the option to visit their plantations.

Visiting a banana plantation in Kerala

Visiting a banana plantation in Kerala

Here are some of the many lovely places in Kerala that you can ride to.

Kochi (Cochin)

This is a lively city by the sea and has some lovely beaches, old churches, forts and the Mangalavanambird sanctuary.

Interestingly enough it also has the oldest European church in India, built there in 1503.
You can spend a lot of time looking through the spice markets but be warned; it will probably make you very hungry!

I know I keep talking about food but I literally grew up eating Indian curries of all types and descriptions. I would eat them every day but my wife won’t let me.

Kumily

It’s a fairly small town on the border of Kerala and Tamil Nada.

This area has many coffee plantations and rice fields to visit. It also is home to a tiger reserve and the Periyar National Park.

It also has many great markets which are very popular among locals and travelers.

There are also boat trips and various treks available for riders wanting to take a break from cycling.

Kumarakom

This is indeed a true tropical city, ideal for a couple days break from riding.

It’s also very popular for bird watchers, as thousands of birds migrate there once a year.

For food lovers (there I go again!), fish and other seafood should be your first choice as it is home to a wide variety of fresh sea life.

You should have an amazing time riding along Lake Vembanad, past wide forests and canals.

Rajasthan

The area of Rajasthan is very different to Kerala, not so much green but with many desert areas.

It is home to many majestic palaces and forts, as well as the magnificent Mount Abu.

Castle Bijaipur in Rajasthan

Castle Bijaipur in Rajasthan

Here are some of the delights you can ride to in Rajasthan.

Bijaipur

I personally prefer the quiet areas more than the busy cities like New Delhi, so Bijaipur fits that bill perfectly.

It is home to Castle Bijaipur which allows guests to stay in various rooms. The main building was made in the 16th century, so there is a lot of history here.

It isn’t a luxury hotel but the rooms are stylish and comfortable.

The hotel also has a pool, yoga lessons and cooking lessons. Plus for a day’s break from biking, you can hire jeeps to explore the rural locations.

Udaipur

The city of Udaipur is known as the Jewel of Mewar with majestic views in the background of the Aravalli Mountains.

It is packed full of temples and palaces, so you could easily spend more than a day exploring these.
One of the popular places to visit here are the royal palaces set among the Pichola Lake.

Ranakpur

This is another popular destination for tourists.

The Jain temples are very famous here and definitely worth a look, even if you only visit them once to see the beautiful carvings.

You can ride here from Udaipur but it’s almost 100 km so you will probably have to make the bike ride over two or three days.

The post you just read was contributed by Jack Harris who writes for www.pedaltours.co.nz a company that offers bicycle tours in a number of countries. Take a look at this for details of their India tours.

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27 Responses to “India a beautiful place for a bicycle tour”

  1. Cycling in India is very much famous. As an Indian I love to do cycling and it really is interesting to cycling.
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  2. Raviraj says:

    India has got good nature!.. I would love to go for a bicycle tour in winter season in cold area
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  3. farouk says:

    very interesting
    i was wondering about the language i can use apart from Indian, do people speak english in india?
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  4. Ahsan says:

    Certainly India is a place of green land. It seems nature makes India with his own hand. i love to visit you recommend the places :)
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  5. Michael Belk says:

    Cycling is a very good way to get personal with the landscape and I am sure you can see many buildings.

    I bet you will discover some areas you missed in the rush of traveling.

    Great relaxing post. Shalu
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  6. Bhushan says:

    I like Cycling so much bcause it makes muscles solid.When i was in school then I regularly used Bicycle to go school. even when I want to go market then i use cycle.
    I love cycling specially In raining season.
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  7. Hi Jack….Cycle Tour is too great job in India. Through Cycle you can touch those part of India which is not easily accessible through other heavy vehicles.
    I like it because it is environment friendly and good for health as well.
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  8. Ben says:

    I bet India is a beautiful place to explore via bicycle, what a beautiful way to remember your trip, too!
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  9. Aayna says:

    Cycling is one of the most enticing hobby present in the youth of the country. The people of the country shares such a great passion for bicycling, that each and every part of the country has adequate provisions to provide a good time to the bicyclers. Thanks for the share.

  10. Martin says:

    That look nice. I tried at Sapa. When come to india. i will try more

  11. Hello there, I am so excited I found your site, I really found you by error, while I was researching on google for something else, Anyhow I am here now and would just like to say kudos for a fantastic post and a all round thrilling blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to go through it all at the moment but I have saved it and also included your RSS feeds.
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  12. in Rajasthan says:

    I have stayed at Castle Bijaipur on the way to Bundi. We went horse riding there… they have some magnificent animals. We had dinner by moonlight in the courtyard. I will go back next year.

  13. Kenny Dunn says:

    Very interesting – I don’t think you usually put “bicycle tour” and India together, but I suppose it makes sense. Bikes aren’t quite as popular in Italy as vespas and scooters, but they’re still around.
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  14. Bella Swan says:

    Going in Nepal on motorcycles is a awesome adventure for me. Those was my best and best days in Nepal and i hope i will go again in Nepal on Bikes.

  15. Disha Sharma says:

    Bicycling has it’s own fun. I used to Bicycling in my childhood. I am from Delhi & I used to Bicycling. I didn’t get opportunity to Bicycling out of Delhi :(
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  16. Neelkantan says:

    well explored..
    visited most of the places and would like to visit the rest of it as soon as possible and cycling in my hometown is good enough for me as we are surrounded in forests area.
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  17. Akshlat says:

    that’s true..
    and still most of the beautiful places are missing..
    thanks for the share and i like the method of your content making.
    thanks for the share.

  18. Srimanta says:

    Nice tips Shalu! Very informative for those who love to traveling with bycle in India.
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  19. Veer says:

    Hi Shalu

    I search for Google what India is a beautiful place for a bicycle tour and i see your nice post this is very informative for me, You are right this is one of the common mistakes that people make when going on the bike tour.

    thanks for information pls sent me more information in my email.

  20. Used Motorcycles says:

    This is great information,I had a good time reading the entire length of the article. Thank you.

  21. manu says:

    nice information..your blog is real guide of india..please upload some pics of kedar nath after aug 2013
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  22. Cycle Tour is too great job in India.Cycling is one of the most enticing hobby present in the youth of the country. The people of the country shares such a great passion for bicycling, that each and every part of the country has adequate provisions to provide a good time to the bicyclers.
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  23. Anand says:

    I’d highly recommend spending some time at this Jaipur. Many great pictures can be taken as sunset, and the basic and very cheap bike cycling tours are an excellent way to get out on the place and enjoy the scenery.

  24. Vivek Jain says:

    I live in Jaipur and yeah! it’s a good think to travel with bicycle..but not in the crowdy city area..It’s not easy to travel here by bicycle.
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  25. tamil says:

    We bring forth tourists best available information about the India Travel Tips. Our personnel have compiled this information in books, magazines and travel …

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