Touring-in-India

Why India?
India is a huge country, with great geographical and cultural diversity. Steeped in history, blessed with outstanding natural wonders, crammed with ‘currylinary’ delights, alive with colourful adventures and basking in sunshine, the world’s biggest democracy has something to offer almost everyone. India also represents very good value for money, as food, accommodation and fuel costs are very low compared to more developed countries.

 

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The most popular destinations

The Beautiful South
Most trips to the south of India include the Western Ghats mountains and the palm-fringed coast of the Arabian Sea. Rising more than 5000ft from the beach, via ultra-twisty roads, the mountains offer a cool retreat from the coast, with breathtaking scenery and many wildlife reserves in this biodiversity hotspot. Kerala in the far south is a very popular destination, thanks to its famous cuisine, colourful culture and comfortable accommodation. The coastal water worlds, high mountain tea estates and glorious jungles all add to the enjoyment of swinging a bike along relatively good roads. Further north along the Western Ghats are the states of Karnataka and Goa. In infrastructure terms, Karnataka is more basic and ‘full-on India’ than Kerala, but still has the mountains, wildlife reserves, fascinating historical sites and beautiful beaches. The best time to visit South India is from November to April, when the climate is relativelymild (it can still be pretty hot on the coast) and largely rain-free.

The Desert Kingdom
In the far west of India is Rajasthan, a large proportion of which lies in the Thar Desert, bordering Pakistan. Formerly a Princely State, the ‘Land of Kings’ contains many ancient forts and palaces, built by Rajput warriors of old. Riding through dune-scapes and villages that have changed little in centuries, past camel trains and buffalo herds, a Rajasthani ride is generally a relaxing and often a straight-line affair.

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