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Biking across India can be an enriching experience. You might think it’s impossible to have a rejuvenating bike ride in this crazy summer heat. Well, think again! There are some amazing biking trails in India that will make you forget about the heat while you cruise through scenic roads piercing through the wind. Even if you sweat it out, it will definitely be worth it.

1. Ladakh:

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Come April and it is celebration time for most riders in India. This is because the roads to Ladakh open up around this time causing riders to start planning their 15-day trips to this biker’s heaven. Huge numbers of biking enthusiasts flock to explore the Srinagar-Leh or Manali-Leh route known to be the most picturesque, challenging and exciting riding routes for bikers in India. You also pass through one of the highest motorable roads in the world – Khardung La.

2. Arunachal Pradesh (western region):

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Although Arunachal’s road network is quite meagre, the magical Himalayas of the north-east offer spectacular bike riding routes in this state. If you are an adventure seeker, this biking route will give you the thrills! A diverse landscape running through river beds, narrow bridges, scenic mountains make it a once in a lifetime experience.

3. Eastern Himalayas (DarjeelingSikkim-Bhutan):

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Snow-clad Mountains, deep valleys, wide rice paddies and ethnic rural stretches make the Eastern Himalayas worth a ride for every biker. While some of the roads on this route can be extremely challenging, it is also what bikers crave for! Sikkim is bordered by some huge mountains including Kanchenjunga while Darjeeling offers a ride through lush green tea plantations. You will also pass through ancient Buddhist monasteries of Bhutan. The route also allows for a relaxing break whenever required.

4. Valparai:

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Known more as a monsoon ride, the route from Pollachi in Tamil Nadu to Chalakudi in Kerala is a great ride all year round due to its amazing evergreen forests. Most of this area is either part of the Anaimalai tiger reserve or the Vazhachal forest reserve. If you are a wildlife enthusiast, you might be amused by some wildlife sightings as you ride.

5. Goa to Mumbai on NH-17 (now NH-66):

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Granted that it will be quite hot at this time of the year, but the best coastal route of the country and some very interesting landscapes make this route worth a try at any time of the year. You will pass through some pristine beaches of Maharashtra and if you are okay with some detours and a tan, you can stop by and relax in one of the homestays at any of the beaches like Diveagarh or Ganpatipule.