Quite a few people, who visit India, prefer to explore the country on a motorcycle for an unmatched experience. Earlier, most people used to buy or rent a used motorcycle from Delhi’s Karol Bagh or other parts of the country and have it fixed up. As motorcycling caught the fancy of more and more visitors, many tour operators started offering special customised motorcycle expeditions. Now, whether you prefer a DIY trip or want to opt for a tour operator, the fact remains that you will return home with exciting vivid memories. Take a look at some of the best motorcycling trails in the country.
Ladakh and Kashmir
Often counted among the top 10 motorcycling routes in the world, the route from Manali to Ladakh and Kashmir is in the bucket list of every avid motorcyclist in India. On this route, you will ride along many unforgettable places such as Khardung La, one of the highest motorable roads in the world; the high altitude Pangong Tso Lake; and the Zanskar River in Zanskar Valley. Truly, this ride fully justifies the phrase, ‘it’s not about the destination, but the journey’.
Mumbai to Kerala
This is one of the rides that you may not want to end. Well, blame the sheer beauty of the scenery along the way. After all, you will pass by the pristine beaches of Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, and Maharashtra as well as exhilarating hill slopes and verdant jungles. Go at a leisurely pace to fully experience the therapeutic quality of this ride and make sure that you halt overnight to completely soak in the experience.
Great Indian Thar Desert
The quiet charm of a dignified and regal past will slowly grow upon you and finally overwhelm your senses as you ride through a land of spectacular sand dunes, quaint old villages, and erstwhile royal territories. Sounds interesting? Well, you will be glad to know that the route passes through some of the most exotic destinations in the country such as Jaisalmer, Barmer, and Bikaner.
Rann of Kutch
The almost complete lack of obstructions on the salt desert of Kutch, makes this an ideal ride to completely open the throttle and tear through the winds. Only, watch out for the occasional soft stretch. The Rann of Kutch also offers you a phenomenal night riding experience as the silvery light from millions of stars bathes the landscape in an unfathomably beautiful hue.
Exhilaration is perhaps the word which best describes one’s feelings on this ride. We bet that your heart will sing at the sight of the gleaming waters of the River Sutlej, dazzling snow-capped mountain peaks, and the apple and apricot orchards of Kinnaur and Baspa regions. Add to this, the charm of riding through some of the highest villages in the world and experiencing the serenity of the remote Pin, Spiti, and Tabo valleys.