India has a number of adventure sport destinations that attracts many intrepid travelers to this land of fascinating beauty. Adventure tours in India takes the traveler to some of the rugged but beautiful terrains across India. No doubt India has many exotic adventure locales that stretch from the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal in the north of India to the north-eastern states of Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.
The Himalayan region in India has a number of adventure sport spots that has made the Himalayas a favorite among adventure travelers. But adventure sport is not everyone's cup of tea. One needs to be in perfect shape both physically and mentally to take the adventure tours in India. Adventure tours in India are for the one who loves adrenaline rush and has a steel resolve.
Cycling is two of the adventure activities that many people enjoy on adventure tours in India. The Himalayan region in India with its varied geographical landscape provides some great trails for cycling. As you trudge up the Himalayan roads to reach some of the highest towns and villages, you see a different India unfold -which is rustic, pollution free, serene and charming. In fact there is no better way to discover a tiny hamlet or a non-descript town in the foothills of the Himalayas than on a mountain bike or cycle.
Cycling in the Himalayas are not only about negotiating hair pin bends and enjoying the beautiful scenery of the region, but also about facing challenges that the terrain and climate in this region pose to travelers. It is here where you need to follow some basic guidelines before you finally hit the dirt track. First and foremost, it is imperative to take permission from the concerned authority/authorities for cycle or tours in the Himalayas. The reason being, most of the tracks you may follow on your cycle or biking tours adjoin the border of neighbouring countries. If the terrain is rough one needs to take more sophisticated cycles or motorbikes to meet the hard conditions of the track.
For all biking tours in the Himalayan region, one needs to take clearance six months prior to the tour from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation. A Liaison Officer is deputed for the expedition, who is of immense help in case of emergency. He is the one who coordinates with various government agencies for the smooth completion of the adventure tour. Travelers need to pay royalty for mountain biking, which is charged according to the popularity and height of the destination.
Terai areas in the Himalayas like Nanital in Uttaranchal and some stretches in Himachal Pradesh are ideal for cycling. These stretches offer magnificent views of the surrounding areas.
One needs to be fully equipped with essential items to take cycling and tours in the Himalayas. Some of the equipment necessary on a cycle or motorbike tour include helmets, tent, sleeping bag, drinking water, snacks and first aid box. It is necessary to run a quick check about these items before you hit the road.