India cycling holidays guide

The wonderful thing about cycling in India is that you are travelling with the local people. At their speed, through their terrain, stopping to drink chai and talk bikes with them. The routes you can take vary greatly, and we do recommend travelling in a small group tour for most of them. This makes it easier to negotiate getting bikes on and off house boats in Kerala’s backwaters, for example. Or take an overnight train to Jodhpur to begin a Northern India odyssey.
Every single sense is bashed every single day. Smell, sight, taste, heat, just everything. That’s why it is amazing to travel in India by bike.
Also you will be cycling with such a wide array of fellow travellers. A father and son celebrating the first born flying the nest by cycling from Manali to Leh. A group of friends turning 50 together while cycling from the Bay of Bengal to the Arabian Sea. Or a 30-something couple training for a triathlon but holidaying at the same time, with the hills of Kerala’s Western Ghats ticking all the boxes. Cycling and India – it’s a magic combo. Read more in our India cycling holidays travel guide.

Is an India cycling holiday for you?

Go on an Indian cycling holiday if...

… you want to experience ‘real’ India. Less Taj and temples, more mountains and remote monasteries. … you enjoy the company of an expert, local guide. Not all cycling holidays are guided, but good ones take you, and your holiday, to another level. … you want to experience the Himalayas, but don’t think of yourself as a trekker. … you are open to the unpredictable. From a flat tyre to an eagle swooping past, or a bus full of kids laughing at you hysterically.

Don’t go on a cycling holiday in India if…

… you don’t have some level of fitness. Talk this through with your tour operator as these guys know their gradients. … you like a lie in every day. Early starts are important to avoid the hottest part of the day in places like Rajasthan. But you’ll get to see the sun come up over mountains, or hear the Buddhists chanting at dawn. … you love freedom, but being sociable isn’t a strong point. Many India cycling trips include homestays, camping and plenty of hanging out as a group. … the word ‘chafing’ upsets you.

Our top India cycling Holiday

Kerala and tropical India cycling holidays

Kerala and tropical India cycling holidays

Beautiful landscapes, fascinating towns and long white beaches

From £2999 to £3849 15 days inc UK flights
Small group travel:
2022: 5 Mar, 9 Apr, 13 Aug, 8 Oct, 22 Oct, 19 Nov, 19 Dec
2023: 14 Jan, 21 Jan, 11 Feb, 4 Mar, 1 Apr, 12 Aug, 7 Oct, 21 Oct, 18 Nov, 19 Dec
Travel Team
If you'd like to chat about India cycling or need help finding a holiday to suit you we're very happy to help.
Written by Catherine Mack
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