You have the weekend off and you want to make the most of it? You feel like riding your bike while exploring a new destination, but you’re not sure where to go? Exploring India on your bike can be a lot of fun, but you don’t have to go too far to have a good time. If you happen to be in Delhi, there are many routes you can take to see the best of the country. No matter if you are short in time or if you can afford to leave for a couple of days, these 12 road trip ideas from Delhi are perfect for every kind of bikers.
Agra: the Taj Mahal
Here’s a road trip that never gets old: the route to Agra, to see the majestic Taj Mahal. It’s not too far from Delhi and you can do it easily in one day. It’s your chance to see this UNESCO World Heritage Site, also considered as one of New Seven Wonders of the World. If you have enough time of your hands, you can also make a stop to the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
Distance: Around 200 km
Duration: Between 2 to 4 hours
Road: Yamuna Expressway
Road conditions: The road is quite nice and that’s why you can do this road trip in a short period of time, but don’t be tempted to go too fast. Note that there are no dhabas at the side.
Mussoorie: the hills of Uttarkhand
If you want to see one the best hill stations, but you don’t want to go too far from Delhi: head to Mussoorie. It’s a popular road trip that leads you to waterfalls and green landscapes. Once you reach, don’t forget to go to George Everest, one of the most beautiful spot around Mussoorie and take a moment to admire the colourful and peaceful sunsets.
Distance: Around 300 km
Duration: At least 6 hours to reach Dehradun where you can make a stop, then another one hour and a half to reach Mussoorie
Road conditions: The road conditions aren’t the best and that’s why you should be careful, but the views will take your breath away and that’s part of the fun.
Jaipur: the pink city of Rajasthan
Jaipur is obviously a destination one should not miss in India, but did you know it’s also very easy to go with your bike, starting from Delhi? Ride for more or less 5 hours and reach this Royal City to learn more about the history of the country and the Rajasthani culture. Do you wish to stay around for a couple of days? You can also combine Jaipur with Pushkar, two great cities not too miss in this colourful state.
Distance: 270 km
Duration: Between 5 hours 30 minutes, up to 7 hours
Road: Delhi-Jaipur highway
Road conditions: Although it’s not too far, the conditions of the roads are very bad so don’t ride too fast.
Rishikesh: a trip to the holiest river
Many people decide to go to Rishikesh at least once in their lifetime. You can either appreciate the spirituality of the surroundings or simply enjoy some of the best adventure sports like rafting. Heading there by bike remains one of the best options for bikers, especially since there are no trains going directly there. The roads are great and the views are amazing, so why not?
Distance: 260 km
Duration: Around 6 to 7 hours
Road conditions: The conditions are great and the landscapes along the route are a delight for the eyes.
Dharamshala: the Himalayas and the Tibetan culture
Have you ever been to Dharamshala? If you have a couple of days, maybe you should consider this place as your next destination in bike. It’s the perfect place to go for a relaxing time, away from the busy city of Delhi, in the Himalayas. It’s not too far, but you have to plan it advance and consider doing one stop if you don’t want to ride 13 hours in one day.
Distance: Around 450 km
Duration: Between 11 to 13 hours
Road: Via Chandigarh, Kiratpur and Bilaspur
Road conditions: Very clear and well maintained.
Garh Mukteshwar: take a bath in the holy river
You don’t have to go too far to see the Ganges River from Delhi, especially if you are short in time. Only 110 km away from the city, this small town is known for being a holy place to take a bath in this well-known sacred river. Did you know it was also famous to see dolphins? If you are lucky enough, you might actually see one!
Distance: 110 km
Duration: 2 hours
Road: NH-24 from Ghaziabad, driving towards Hapur. Then, you will need tot take the road to Birjghat.
Road conditions: The roads are in good conditions and the traffic isn’t too heavy.
Mathura: the temples and the spirituality
Mathura is known for being the birthplace of Lord Krishna. It’s the best place to go from Delhi if you want to do a one-day road trip while discovering great temples. If you want to reconnect yourself with the spirituality of the country, hesitate no more and head to this town. Every biker in Delhi should do this trip at least once.
Distance: 180 km
Duration: 3 hours
Road: Taj Express Highway
Road conditions: Good conditions and very easy to reach.
Alwar: architectural treasures
Many seem to forget how beautiful and scenic is Alwar. This town is an architectural treasure not too far from Delhi. If you have a bike and you are looking for a short road trip, it’s a shame not to go! Also, it’s your chance to see one of the most famous tiger reserves of India: Sariska National park.
Distance: 157 km
Duration: 4 hours
Road: Delhi-Alwar Road
Road conditions: It’s certainly not the easiest and greatest route, but it’s totally worth it.
Nainital: a popular hill station
Here is another famous hill station of India that you can discover while riding your bike: Nainital. It’s not too far and the trip is just as great as the destination itself. For a weekend getaway in the Himalayas, it’s the place to choose. Try to avoid going during the monsoon for the best road conditions.
Distance: 301 km
Duration: at least 6 hours
Road conditions: the roads are great, but avoid going during July to September.
Only one hour and a half away from Delhi, Damdama Lake is a great option during summer time if you miss being near the water. It’s peaceful, it’s different and it’s a great way to beat the heat during the warm months. The best part? You can go with your bike and a group of friends!
Distance: 60 km
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Road: Via NH48
Chandigarh: discovering the foothills of the mountains and Punjabi
If you feel like going to Punjab for a short trip, Chandigarh is a great option. You will get to feel the culture of the state, to see the beautiful foothills of the Himalayas, and it’s also a good place to stop on your way to Dharamshala. From there, you can also decide to head to Shimla and Kasauli.
Distance: 250 km
Duration: around 4 hours
Road: The Grand Trunk road
Road conditions: The conditions of this road are quite good so it’s a pleasant ride.
Lansdowne: the beauty of Uttarkhand
Also located in Uttarkhand, Lansdowne is easily accessible from Delhi in bike. The trip on your way there is part of the fun, but once you’ll reach, it gets even better. The landscapes are impressive, the hills are beautiful and the fresh air is refreshing. You’ll forget the busy life of Delhi in a heartbeat and you will have the chance to relax.
Distance: 250 km
Duration: 6 hours
Road: Via Meerut, Bijnore, Najibabad and Kotdwar