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List of Best Cycling Routes In India

Here's a list of best cycling routes in India. List originally appeared on http://www.holidayiq.com/blog/pedal-your-way-through-indias-toughest-best-cycling-routes-390.html

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Manali to Leh

Manali to Leh

Duration: 12 to 14 days

Over 500 km covering the range of the Himalayas, from Himachal’s valleys to Ladakh’s sparse mountain passes. You’ll need month of preparation and training in high altitudes to take on this challenge. This is an expert-only route with stunning turquoise lakes, clear blue skies and unbelievable rock formations. Journey through the famous Rohtang and Tanglang La Passes, pass by snow-capped mountains and even ride through Rumtse, the scenic village tucked away in the Ladakh Valley.

Best Time to Visit: The road from Manali is open from the month of June to mid October.

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Kochi to Alleppy

Kochi to Alleppy

Duration: 1 Day

Cycle along Kerala’s backwaters. Start at Fort Kochi to Marari Beach to Alleppey. You will pass the backwaters, colourful towns and fishing villages, while being surrounded by tall coconut trees.

Best Time to Visit: September to March

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Gangtok to Darjeeling

Gangtok to Darjeeling

Duration: 2 days

This cycling tour gives you an opportunity to experience the simple life in the hills. Pass through landscapes infused with brilliant local food. With many uphill climbs, rocky terrain and thin air being the key challenges, this ride is a difficult one. The road from Gangtok to Darjeeling is dotted with monasteries and tea estates offering a fantastic view of the Himalayas.

Best Time to Visit: The best time is post-monsoon as visibility remains excellent.

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Nilgiris

Nilgiris

Duration: 7- 8 days

The journey starts in Bengaluru, from where you continue through gorgeous routes into Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala; the winding roads providing an uninterrupted view of the Nilgiris. The route is is best for experienced riders because of the steep inclines, rough terrain and high altitudes.

Best Time to Visit: Nilgiri Hills are never really out of season.

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Chennai to Pondicherry

Chennai to Pondicherry

Duration: 3- 4 days

Hit the East Coast Road from Chennai from where you can take a stop at Olive Island in Muttukadu or Covelong (Kovalam) Beach. Take a break at Mahabalipuram and explore the temples and the lighthouse. Pedal for another 100 km to your destination. While in Pondicherry, do not miss the French Quarter, Goubert Market and Aurobindo Ashram.

Best Time to Visit: All round the year. The best time to visit Pondicherry is between October and March.

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Mysore to Ooty via Bandipur

Mysore to Ooty via Bandipur

Duration: 1 day

Cycle through the 161 kilometre narrow lanes lined with teak and sandalwood trees, while being watched by deer, elephants and peacocks; even the elusive tiger. Finally, after crossing a series of bends on the steep climb to Ooty, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the forest below.

Best Time to Visit: All year round except monsoon months of July and August.

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Rajasthan Tour

Rajasthan Tour

Duration: 1- 5 Days

From sand dunes, wooded hills and lakes to men and women in turbans and skirts of vivid colours; from magnificent forts, palaces and havelis to bustling towns and villages, Rajasthan offers amazing diversity and is truly a feast to the eyes. Cycling is the most perfect way to experience this vibrant land. You can ride through Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur and Pushkar. If you’re keen on wildlife, cycle through the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. You can then proceed to the Kaila Devi National Park near Karauli and Ranthambore National Park to spot tigers.

Best Time to Visit: October to March

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Pune to Panshet Dam (via Sinhagad road)

Pune to Panshet Dam (via Sinhagad road)

Duration: 1 Day

Cyclists from Pune will love this route. The beautiful hills, lush countryside and gentle gradients make it a delight for amateur riders. The climb to Panshet takes a little effort, but the views of the dam and the mist-covered hills are worth the effort. Do not miss to check out Sinhagad Fort along the way and make sure you go boating at Panshet Dam. This is a great trip to do with your gang.

Best Time to Visit: Monsoon is the best time of the year for this ride, but December-February is also a great time to go.