Only those who have bicycled in different places around the world know that it’s one of the best ways to explore a destination. Keeping this in mind, we picked seven routes that are every cyclist’s dream, and a perfect for you to travel the next time you plan a trip. From cities to highways to mountains, we’ve got you covered.
Along Spiti’s Sparse Villages
Spiti is the place that time forgot. Featuring mountains as far as the eye can see and the white waters of the Spiti river in the valleys below, this route in this region in Himachal Pradesh is one place that cyclists can own without fearing any oncoming traffic. From its administrative headquarters in Kaza, take a cycle and pedal up to Ki monastery and further to Kibber, once the world’s highest settlement. If you’re very adventurous, cycle all the way back to Manali over Rohtang Pass and Kunzum Pass to throw shade on the likes of Milind Soman.
Along Vietnam’s National Highway
Every turn is likely to evoke a different sensation while biking through Vietnam’s National Highway 1. From the natural beauty of Halong Bay and the imperial city of Hue, with food fit for kings, to the demilitarised zone, before coming down to the beaches of South Vietnam and Saigon – a trip along this 1,125km highway is a journey you won’t forget in a hurry.
Along Italy’s Dolomite Mountains
Located close to the borders of Austria and Switzerland, the route around the Dolomite Mountains includes picture-perfect villages and some of the best food in Europe. In fact the regional government encourages biking to the craggy UNESCO World Heritage Site, and there is good mix of routes for both beginners and professional riders.
Along Morocco’s Desert Landscape
Meet nomad Berbers and dine with them, explore the souks for a sensory overload and then trudge through sand dunes and canyons as you ponder on the endless landscape unfolding in front of you. Sip on Morocco’s legendary mint tea and French-influenced pastries, as you prepare to give your legs the hardest workout of your life.
Around England’s Lake District
The Lake District is so beautiful, its vistas can (and have!) inspire poetry. That’s why author Beatrix Potter and poet William Wordsworth called this place home, while other prominent personalities have passed by and been immensely influenced by the region’s natural beauty. Cycle along England’s most scenic countryside and see its biggest water bodies and highest mountains; also make pit stops in Windermere, Ambleside, Grasmere and Penrith. Camping and cycling is encouraged in this region and you will often find other riders to make friends with during peak season.
Around Paris’ Iconic Sights
Paris is compact enough to pack all its attractions – such as Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre museum, the Opera and the Bastille – in a bicycle trip. Even the local government encourages cycling through its signature Velib programme, which is meant to curb traffic and pollution. Also, nothing can beat cycling on Paris’ famed cobbled streets. Unlike New York, London, and some other massive cities, biking in Paris is actually rewarding with various companies offer cycling tours as well.
Along Tasmania’s Gorgeous Coastline
You can indulge in your spirit for adventure over Tasmania’s untamed western coast, visiting some of its most well-known landmarks such as Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair and Montezuma Falls. Alternately, take leisurely rides along the eastern coast and Tasman Highway with side trips to Bay of Fires and the Freycinet Peninsula if you’re biking through this area. Take the help of a registered tour company to plan an itinerary in advance as cycling on the road can sometimes get overwhelming if you have to arrange everything by yourself.
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