Mountain biking is all about speed, control and thrill and is one of the latest ways of exploring and discovering new vistas of the Himalayan landscape. The rugged terrain and steep slopes, though risky at times, provide great mountain biking experience in Uttarakhand. The cycle trails in this region are best traversed between October and December. In India, this sport is still in its nascent stage, surviving on some financial support from the government. Blessed with rare and diverse flora and fauna, Uttarakhand is an ideal place to develop adventure sports and eco-tourism. After paragliding, mountain biking is the second most popular adventure sport in the state. The sport attracts many national and international tourists and adventure sports enthusiasts, which in turn boosts tourism activities in the state. It is a belief that in a few years, Uttarakhand is bound to become the future hub for mountain biking in Asia.
Mountain biking and cycling can be great ways to explore the towns and villages that fringe the foothills of the Himalayas. It also gives tourists the opportunity to understand the challenges that mountains have in store for them.
Routes Defined -
In Garhwal, mountain biking can be enjoyed on the Rudraprayag – Augustmuni – Ukhimath – Chopta – Gopeshwar route, the Srinagar – Pauri – Khirsu – Pawbo – Satpuli – Lansdown – Kotdar route, and the Haridwar – Dhaulkhand – Mohand – Dehradun route. More routes are yet to be identified, explored and developed. The mountain biking routes at Kumaon are not to be left out. Tourists can enjoy the Nainital – Bhawali – Ramgarh – Mukteshwar route, the Almora – Kosi – Kathpuria – Sheetlakhet route, the Nainital – Bhawali – Sattal – Bhimtal – Naukuchiyatal route, and the Nainital – Kilbury – Kunjkharak route.
Last Updated: February 1, 2014