Uttarakhand Mountain Biking - One of the ways to watch the nature from its closest is bicycling in the hills.

Paddling through the Uttaranchal region to see the most striking sights of the Uttaranchal region and the uncomplicated life of the hilly towns and villages is an experience worth taking through. In Uttarakhand, mountain biking starts from Thaurdwara and on cycle you can move on the borders of Corbett Park. There is an unending road which passes through Kaladhungi, home of Jim Corbett once upon a time.

Cycle through the dense jungles of Terai and have amazing views of the pretty landscapes near the foothills of Himalayan Treks. Start cycling from Thakurdwara and reach Ramnagar which is situated on the peripheries of Corbett Park. Along the way there are roads leading to the insides of Sal and Teak forests. After that you can ride to Nainital.

Travel down hill to reach Bhowali and Khairna, before ascending to Ranikhet. Mountain biking gives you an opportunity to experience the kick you get from speeding combined with the joy of close proximity to the forest. Ranikhet is a steep gradient. You get excellent cycling opportunities in forested ridge where the roads wind down to Kosi. Kosi is the place where you can turn off to cycle at the banks of the river Kosi. This river passes through a wide gorge with cultivated meadows. On either side, it reaches Someshwar.

You can climb about 5 kms through densely wooded hillsides of pine and oak till you reach Kausani. It offers a dramatic close up view of Trishul and the snow ranges of Nanda Devi, Nanda Ghunti, Kamet and Chaukhamba. Explore the old temples on the banks of the Gomti River, from where all the routes demand steep climbs.

Major Attractions

Ramnagar: Stunningly set on the foothills of the Himalayas on the bank of river Kosi, Ramnagar is the entryway to western kumaon and chamoli. It is also known as entry point to Uttrakhand HillsĀ.

Nainital: The most visited place Nainital is very renowned amongst the overseas tourists.
It has gained its name from Naini Lake. Nainital is a trekkers heaven which has some attractions such as snow view, Bhimtal, Sat Tal etc.

Ranikhet: An attractive place with its pristine charm, Ranikhet offers exciting views of the Himalayan ranges. It is nestled with lush green pastures, snow capped mountains, gorgeous rivers with enough scenic landscapes.

Kosi River: Kosi River is placed on the boundary of Corbett National Park. This river is well known for its Mahaseer, where you can do angling. Kosi is flanked by crags and dense woods.

How to get there

By Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grant, situated at a distance of about 24 km from the main Rishikesh town. Air is not the preferred mode of transport for getting into the town.

By Road: Road network is well connected to all major towns of Uttaranchal and surrounding areas.

By Rail: Rishikesh is linked to all the major towns and cities of India. Some of the links are accessible only from Haridwar.

Best time to visit: Between May to October.

Prerequisites/Facts/Suggestion

  • Bikers must keep in mind about the restricted areas, where permits are required and entry is restricted.
  • Dress warm on altitude voyage while biking.
  • Grade: Moderate to Strenuous, you need to be physically fit.
  • Give your body some time to acclimatize with the climate, especially at the higher altitude.
  • Cherish the close proximity to the natural habitats and keep silence.
  • Carry necessary medications such as inhalers, bee-sting kits, insulin etc.

Things to Carry

  • Cycle, Cycle Helmets, Rucksack, Sleeping Bag
  • Carry Mat, Torch, Water Bottle, Emergency Ration, Medical Kit, Tents, etc.

Other Attractions in the Vicinity

Almora: The most beautiful attractions, Almora is full of pleasant landscapes. A wonderful spot for nature freaks, Almora has a lot to offer you. The main attractions are Nanda Devi temple, Public Museum, Chetai Temple, and Simtola.

Chopta: Chopta is a striking spot in the entire Garhwal region. It offers amazing vistas of the Himalayan ranges and the places around.
Kausani: Kausani is the most visited tourist attraction, with magnificent hill station. The site provides glorious views of the summits of Nanda Devi and Trishul.