Top Motorcycling Touring Routes in India
The distinct geographical features of India offer several picturesque touring trails, fit for bikers
Since the Indian automotive industry has expanded at a swifter pace in the last decade, touring has turned into the modern hobby or desire of the nation. With motorcycles ranging from cruiser to adventure category available in every edge of the country, long-distance travel has become a painless task.
India is a gigantic province in terms of total land area with varied geographical features such as the Himalayas in the north, the Sahara Desert in the west, the lush-green forest land on the east and the lengthy coastline in the south. Therefore, there’s a plethora of directions to visit for any biker.
What follows in this article is a list of our favourite motorcycle touring routes, which passionate bikers must explore once in their lifetime.
This route requires no introduction as it is recognized as the ‘Mecca’ for riders. Not just Indians but foreign citizens from different countries visit India to reach Leh on a motorcycle. The optimal route for a rider is to start from the national capital of Delhi and then push upward towards Leh through the mesmerizing hill station of Manali. The route is famous for being the most dangerous trail on earth as the drive runs through narrow gauges and falls. Further, the road points to Khardung La pass which is the second-highest motorable road on earth at an astounding 18,406 ft.
In the state of Sikkim, Gurudongmar lake is situated at 17100 ft. The elegance of this route remains in the uncountable hairpin bends, tight chicanes, snow-filled roads and off-road trail through a weather condition which keeps changing every second. It is also known that Gurudongmar Lake cannot be grasped in a single shot because of the erratic weather which forces the authorities to close the route. Hence, several riders have failed. However, those who have reached are identified as legend in the riding community.
East Coast- Chennai to Pondicherry (Puducherry)
Via NH32, the 201 km highway allows the riders to enjoy the shoreline of Bay of Bengal, moving through rice fields, sea beaches and fishing villages. The highway is a long straight stretch and hence; the expedition is smooth. This is one stretch where fast riders can hit the 100kmph mark or more without breaking a sweat. Although, we advise to take it slow and take the time to live the tranquillity of the land.
Last but not least, some other great routes we would prefer to mention are:
- Bengaluru to Ooty
- Mumbai to Goa
- Ahmedabad to Mount Abu
- Guwahati to Tawang