There is something so intoxicating about every moment of the ride that just captures every bit of your soul and becomes the reason for your existence. The Manali to Leh route has caught the attention of every biker in India for the obvious reasons. The Spiti valley of Shimla is another beautiful ride famous for the soul searching biker.
Planning a long distance trip can be the best decision you can make in your entire life. Before heading out for the most enriching experience of your life, make sure you write down a checklist for yourself. Include rain gear, maps, zip lock bags, charger and most importantly enough cash and spare bike parts to get you through the trip. While making the Rider’s Bucket List, remember to leave your stress and anxiety back home before you head out.
Take time off work and make a tiny bucket list of all the places you want to ride to. To get you started, here are a couple of the routes you could include in your list. If you’re looking for full fledged road trips, check out our article 8 Road Trips For Every Biker In India .
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Mana pass is a mountain pass on the border between India and Tibet. It is an approximately 5-7 day tour that begins from Delhi and progresses to Gauchar, Badrinath, and Ghastoli before finally reaching Mana Pass. Make sure to make a halt near Deotal Lake in Mana Pass. Located inside the Nanda Devi biosphere, the pass is breathtakingly beautiful and the highest motorable road at a height of 5545m above sea level. Mana village is the last Indian village before Tibet.
Located at a distance of only 50kms from the pass, Mana village is a destination for wanderers with a splendour of itself. The scenic view of Uttarakhand landscape and the Himalayan ranges make your ride up to the pass worth every second. The ride includes passing through mud slushes and icy glaciers, so be extra careful. You would also require a special permit to ride through the pass considering you’re almost crossing over into Tibet, so be prepared. Also, make sure to pack for the chilly weather. The whole trip can be covered in about 8-10 thousand, but the sheer beauty of the ride and the destination makes it worth every rupee you pay.
Rann of Kutch
The Rann of Kutch is located in the Western region in the State of Gujarat. The trip usually begins from the city of Ahmedabad and covers Zainabad, Garamadi, Dholavira, Bhuj, Kala Dungar and Mandvi beach. Once you leave the bustle of the city, Kutch is a stretch of deserted land with ample solitude to fall in love with. The Little Rann of Kutch extends up to 60kms and is one of the best bike tours to plan out for. Dholavira covers the ruins of the Harappan civilization – adding to the beauty of the ride along the stretch. Rann of Kutch is a stretch of the Thar Desert which only adds to the exhilarating experience. The entire trip can be covered within Rs.35, 000 including the night stay and the miscellaneous charges. You can also detour and explore the southern grasslands of Kutch. Rann of Kutch is the perfect trip for you if the sandy stretch and solitude really call out to you.
The Golden Quadrilateral
The Golden Quadrilateral is a highway connecting 4 major Indian cities – Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai. This might be the best solo trip for you to take. Through the entire ride, you will pass through 13 states and about 80 cities before you complete the entire trip. Your route would depend on where you start your journey. Pick the city closest to you to begin your journey. You will pass through Varanasi, Udaipur, Bhubaneswar, Haveri, Guntur, Howrah and Allahabad, in addition to the cities being connected and the small cities that the highway passes through. There is no exact season considering it is a trip across the entire country.
The Golden Quadrilateral is one of the best trips if you are planning to travel alone and is the longest trip taking around 15-20 days depending on the amount of time you take in exploring the cities. While planning, remember to carry your friendly attitude. This trip can be your free pass to explore the country and to come into contact with the most diverse and interesting people. Take a long break and just hit the road without a second thought!
The Coastal Trip
This trip covers the enchanting western coastline of India, progressing from the city of Bangalore and progressing to Goa. The route of the trip covers Madurai, Kanyakumari, Kovalam, Alleppey, Munnar, Ooty, Gokarna before finally reaching Goa. Each of these destinations has its own personal beauty which adds to the appeal of this trip. Make sure you stop and explore the road you take as you move from the hills and valleys towards the beach. This trip can be covered in about Rs. 20,000-25,000.
The Seven Sisters
This consists of the spectacular journey through the north eastern states of the Indian sub-continent. The rough terrains and slightly harsh weather conditions can all be easily forgotten in the scenic beauty of the north-east. The trip begins from the city of Kolkata and moving towards Siliguri, Guwahati, Shillong, Cherapunji, Mawsynram, Shella, Khasi Hills, Agartala, Tezpur, Bomdi La, Dirang, Sela Pass, Tawang, Itanagar, Ziro, Sivasagar, Jorhat and finally moving back towards Guwahati. The trip can be a covered in about Rs.25,000 and is again a great trip to take for a solo rider. The hills capture every aspect of your being and you bring it back home with you. The amazing attitude of the locals and the food adds to the hundreds of reasons for taking this trip.
However, if you plan to cover up only Tawang, that too is possible. In this case, the trip begins from Guwahati or Tezpur in Assam to the Tawang valley, which is located at a height of 2669m above the sea level in Arunachal Pradesh.
Your ride through the narrow roads will take your breath away with a view of the waterfalls, green hills, and vast forests. Before you reach your destination, the enchanting landscapes of the Nameri National Park capture your attention as you ride through it. Be prepared to ride through rocky lands and rough terrain as you try to leave the Bomdi La pass. As you progress, you pass through the Se La pass before finally reaching Tawang. Try to plan your trip during the summer if you aren’t looking to witness the severe chills of winter. While you are at Tawang, check out the Tawang Gompa which is the largest monastery in India. Plan out your ride to the P.T. Tso Lake in the morning and you will surely not regret it. Tawang trip is a must have on your bucket list if you are planning out long distance trip. The 7-day trip can usually be covered in Rs. 20,000-25,000. Tawang being a tourist hub is not exactly perfect if you are searching for solitude; however, the ride leading up to the most enticing destination makes everything worth it.
The bike trips can be a life altering journey for any individual. While you explore the amazing landscapes make sure you consider your safety before everything else. Always use the GPS and definitely carry a paper map because in certain heights you’re going to lose network. Never back out of asking for directions and take every safety measure you have to. If you find an additional idea, go and explore it without worrying. Don’t let work get in your way during your trip. Most importantly, rediscover who you are and fall in love with yourself.
Start planning today! Happy journey
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