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8 July 2019 | 4 min read

From Agra To Narkanda, These Are The Best Road Trips To Take In North India

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“It is about the journey as much as it is about the destination.” – Anonymous

And this quote holds greater significance when you talk about road trips. Because nothing beats the thrill of driving to a destination on your two-wheeler with your friends or family. The wind in your hair, frequent stops on the way to refuel your bike and rejuvenate yourself and endless banter with people who have joined you for these trips! It doesn’t get better than this.

Whether you are a frequent traveler who has already charted the 1800 km to Leh-Ladakh or a novice who is finally taking the plunge to hit the road, this blog will give you the slight nudge you need. There are plenty of routes from Delhi that are perfect for every kind of biker. Take your pick, plan your trip, gather your tribe, fill your bike tanks, and go. Here are some of our favorite picks in the north of our country.

Taj Mahal & Fatehpur Sikri

The land of the Taj Mahal needs no introduction. One of the seven wonders of the world is visited by thousands of tourists every day. And if you live in Delhi, you have the luxury of taking a bike trip from the Capital to Agra and come back in a day.

The 165-km-long Yamuna Expressway starting from Greater Noida goes all the way to Agra. Spend your day exploring the Agra Fort, its mosques, and the Taj. Do not forget to relish on the delectable jalebis and pethas in Agra.

Distance – 200 km; drive time of 3 hours
Best Time to Visit – November to March as the weather is perfect for bike trips.

Neemrana and Bhangarh Fort

A bike trip through Rajasthan not only offers you a chance to visit forts and palaces but also soak in the culture of this colorful state. And the first stop on your bike trip to Rajasthan should be the famous Neemrana Fort. Located in the ancient village of Neemrana in Alwar district, the fort (now a hotel) is around 121 km from Delhi.

The entire route of NH-8 is beautiful, especially in the monsoon season. Green vegetation lines the road, and with just the right company, you are bound to enjoy this scenic bike trip.

If you are looking for more adventure and something spooky, go further till Bhangarh Fort. Located just 100 km from Alwar district, this fort is renowned as the ‘most haunted fort in India.’

Distance – 280 km, Drive-time of 5 hours
Best Time to Visit – July to March

Haridwar And Rishikesh

The ancient city of Haridwar is renowned for its temples. And if you go further 20 km, you will arrive in Rishikesh, another holy town on the banks of river Ganga. Explore the temples of both cities, sit by Har ki Pauri in Haridwar or attend the Ganga Aarti in Rishikesh. When it comes to exploring your spiritual side, there are plenty of things to do.

And if you live in Delhi, take a road trip on your bike. The entire route is smooth, and you will find plenty of doubts on the way to stop and replenish yourself.
Tip – While we always recommend keeping your card handy, it is a good idea to carry some cash as finding an ATM on the way may sometimes rove to be difficult.

Distance – 250 km, Drive-time of around 5 hours
Best Time to Visit – July to March

Shimla and Narkanda

Leave behind the toy train ride and instead head to the summer hill retreat on a bike with your friends. A journey through pine and deodar forests, through the farmlands of Punjab sure makes for a scenic route.

And when you have explored its Mall Road, churches and colonial-style buildings, drive 30 km north to Narkanda. A lesser-known gem of Himachal Pradesh, this hill station offers stunning views of snow-clad mountains, apple orchards, and pine forests. Go on nature walks, trek to Hatu Peak temple, or simply soak in the gorgeous sights around you.

Distance – 400 km, Drivetime around 8 hours
Best Time to Visit – March – July; October – January

Dharamshala And McLeodganj

Recently popularized because of its hippie cafes, chill vibe, beautiful waterfalls, and the monasteries, McLeodganj is perfect for a bike trip from Delhi. Trek to Triund top, visit the Dalai Lama temple and explore its cafes on foot. This little town has something for every kind of traveler.

Start your trip from Delhi and travel to Dharamshala via NH 503 and NH 44. Explore the forts and museums in Dharamshala and then proceed for McLeodganj.

Distance – 482 km; Drivetime of 10 hours
Best Time to Visit – October to February; March to June

The road is where you make the most of your memories. And when you have your tribe for the company and your favorite bike to chart the distance, you will definitely have the time of your life. Choose your destination and embark on a journey that will give you some of the best moments of your life. Plan your trip today.

Image courtesy – Pexels 

by Priya Chaudhary
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