Motorcycle touring has recently gained a lot of attention. People who are enthusiastic about bikes are now freely coming out and riding across the country. Scenic areas that are often travelled by motorcyclists include the Leh-Ladakh region, Himachal Pradesh’s Manali, Shimla connecting to Delhi, the isolated roads surrounded by deserts of Rajasthan and the green south Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu are high on everyone’s lists.
The Himalayan Region usually consists of places settled at the foothills of the Himalayas. There are many passes and the roads lead to the breathtaking beauty of Ladakh. The roads are gravelly, rocky and not at all plain. They are hardly straight and the rider encounters many twists and turns on his/her way making the ride all the more exciting and challenging. Going riding in the Himalayan Region is a joy in itself but it also has many restrictions. Weather plays a huge part here. Since the route is surrounded by the mountain ranges and is at such a high altitude, it is very cold. Most of the time in the year it snows heavily and is completely unsafe to travel on the road. Experts suggest the best riding months are from August to October but some regions might face the rain.
The largest state of India, Rajasthan, has a completely different terrain. It has dry sprawling deserts which demand quite an outstanding amount of control from motorcyclists. Riding through the state, riders have the chance to explore the rich culture of many iconic cities like Udaipur, Jodhpur, Pushkar, Jaipur and Jaisalmer.
South Indian states like Kerala and Tamil Nadu are always high on a motorcyclists’ list. The vivid greenery, indigenous beaches and sprawling temples make the ride wholesome. Passing through villages, riders witness the diverse culture and majestic elephants. The absolutely breathtaking landscapes and architectural beauty of historical monuments are delightful. In addition to all this is the danger of the wet slippery road. There is a reason why the South has such vast, rolling forests. Monsoons. Monsoon is ever present in the South posing difficulty in maneuvering the motorcycle. An experienced rider would love such a beautiful and dangerous combination.