There aren’t many better ways to see a country than by bike. Eco-friendly, fast, and able to reach those places a little further of the tourist trails, a good, old-fashioned cycling holiday led by a local means you can get further off the beaten track than ever before, and enjoy that freeing sensation of sweeping along beautiful roads to fascinating new discoveries.

And India is no exception to the, better explored by bike, rule. Our cycling holidays in India show you the very best of the landscape, the rolling hillsides and acres of tea plantations in Kerala, to the offbeat rural experiences or hidden city gems in Jaipur you simply wouldn’t find alone.

Cycling Adventures in India

Cycling holidays allow you to reach places and see sights that ordinarily would be out of reach. When you jump on a bike, there is virtually nowhere out of reach. You can make it deep into the countryside to discover unique rural experiences, you can navigate the narrow tracks or alleyways that big tour buses can’t, and you can achieve the childish sense of joy that comes from discovering new sights at every bend as the wind rushes through your hair.

In India, a cycling holiday isn’t just about tea plantations and city markets (even if there are plenty about), it’s about getting right off the beaten track and discovering small villages in Kerala, about stumbling upon salt lakes and fascinating rural communities outside Jaipur.

There are few feelings as rewarding as getting back from a long day out in the Kerala countryside, enjoying the sweeping country roads and the beautiful hillsides, before sitting back in a vibrant local bar with an ice-cold beer as the sun goes down, or heading out to experience the Jaipur nightlife after a day exploring otherworldly landscapes and authentic communities outside the city.

A cycling holiday in India with Not In The Guidebooks takes you directly to these authentic experiences thanks to your local guide. All our guides and hosts are passionate about showing off the best, non-touristy parts of their home, they want to show you the best trails and the best roads to cycle on, and the unique, local things to do at the end of them.

Forget planning routes and worrying that you’re missing out on the best sights and things to do, you can simply relax as you freewheel through the stunning scenery.

Where to experience cycling holidays in India

Head to the stunning Keralan countryside, a languid, slow-paced state where lush hills of vibrant green tea plantations wash from the beautiful Arabian coast to the inland hill country, with rivers winding through the whole patchwork leaving cascading waterfalls and jungle lagoons in their wake. This stunning landscape combined with characterful villages and isolated communities makes Kerala an incredible place for a cycling holiday.

Alternatively, head out of Jaipur and escape the crowds on a bike tour that’ll take you to vast salt lakes and local villages. A truly offbeat experience that gets you off the tourist trail and experiencing a bit of true India.

Wherever you go for a cycling holiday in India, you can be sure that you’ll create memories of unique experiences that last a lifetime.

Who are our Indian cycling holiday guests?

People who haven’t ridden a bike since they were 12, those looking for offbeat trails and long days in the saddle, or those just looking to experience a place in a more unique way, everyone is welcome on our cycling holidays in India.

Your guides will be experts in judging the length and difficulty of each ride, and make sure that they take you to the very best places along safe routes, so that you can simply relax and drink in the scenery, and enjoy the sensation of sweeping through the Indian countryside.

All you need to bring is energy, a sense of curiosity and a thirst to discover something new. Sound like you?

Why choose Not In The Guidebooks?

We’re passionate about helping people find the most amazing experiences on their travels, through meeting local people, exploring new places, and discovering alternative activities that make holidays special. We do this by carefully selecting partners in countries around the world who are experts in their local area, sourcing interesting people who can guide you through immersive experiences.

We’ve got local partners all across India, from the jagged peaks of the Himalaya, all the way to the pristine beaches and lush landscapes of Kerala. Choosing a Not In The Guide Books holiday in India means you don’t have to choose between a beach holiday or an activity-filled break, you can get the best of both worlds with a unique trip.