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06 01, 2016

Bike Trips from Delhi

By Team WayWheels | Founder | January 6th, 2016 | Self | 0 Comments

Don’t we just love riding a motorbike? The wind in your face, the smell of motor oil and most importantly the rush of speed makes riding a bike so special. Be it Tom Cruise speeding down on a highway in Top Gun or Jai-Veeru singing along on a bike in Sholay; bikes have a certain connect to journey. Here are 5 short road trips from Delhi that you should make on your motorbike.

1) Delhi to Agra - This is perhaps the most popular road trip since the Yamuna expressway was constructed. It is probably the best road in the country at present and an absolute must-do for all road trip enthusiasts in Delhi. If you have enough driving stamina, you can visit the Taj Mahal and Bharatpur bird sanctuary and come back to Delhi by late night. You can cover the 180 km stretch of road in less than 2 hours – the road is just amazing. Unfortunately, the expressway has no dhabas at the side, but if you want the trip to be fun and fast this is it. There are a few eateries on the side of expressway right after each toll. These eateries are good enough to quench your hunger and thirst.

2) Delhi to Mussoorie – Thinking about going to a hill-station? Mussoorie is one of the nearest and prettiest hill stations around Delhi and one of the most popular road trips from Delhi. From waterfalls and ropeways to a bustling local market and steaming momos, it has all the makings of a classic Indian hill station. And the drive from Delhi to Mussoorie, especially the last stretch after Dehradun, is breath-taking. The road from Delhi to Dehradun is not in the best condition, but the scenery on the road more than makes up for that. Driving to Dehradun takes around 6 hours, and another 1.5 hours from there to the hill top on Mussoorie. Cheetal Grand is the famous eating joint on this route. Located near Khatauli, Cheetal Grand provides a good mix of desi and western food. Between Dehradun and Mussoorie, there are a lot of small Maggi joints as well serving hot bowls of Maggi wit tea and snacks.

3) Delhi to Jaipur - The famous pink city is just about a perfect drive from the capital, at around 7 hours by bike. Jaipur is always a good choice for a tourist destination. The Delhi – Jaipur highway, although a part of the Golden Quadrilateral project, is in a very bad condition but it has been undergoing development. One of the best roads in India till a few years ago, unfinished, abandoned flyover constructions have left traffic merging at several points, so it takes up to 6-7 hours to reach Jaipur from Delhi. However, it is a great trip to make. Bajwa Ka Dhabha and Highway King are among the good dhabas on the road which could be tried. Fun scenery and a great destination make this a worthwhile road trip.

4) Delhi to Garh Mukteshwar - Another really popular destination for bikers at just about 110 km from Delhi is the closest point where you can take a bath in the holy Ganges – Garh Mukteshwar. This stretch is also famous for dolphin sighting, but you need a bit of luck on your side to spot them. They are more easily visible when the water level is low, and there is bright sunshine, so early summers (April-May) are especially a great time to make this trip. Fort Unchagaon is a heritage hotel in Garhmukteshwar, which makes it great place to stay overnight. Take the NH-24 from Ghaziabad and keep driving straight towards Hapur. Take the Hapur bypass to avoid the city traffic. The road is in a good condition, and the traffic thins past Hapur. Take the road to Birjghat, which is around 10kms from the Garh Mukteshwar city. The ride shouldn’t take more than 2-3 hours. The small town of Babugarh on the way has plenty of dhabas, with a chain called Shiv Tourist dhabas to quench your appetite along the way. So make this road trip to make some wonderful memories.

5) Delhi to Chandigarh - The most planned city in India, Chandigarh is not only a good place to visit on a weekend, but also serves as a base from where you can drive to the hill stations like Shimla and Kasauli around 2-3 hours of a pleasant drive from Chandigarh. Connecting Delhi to the rest of Punjab, the Grand Trunk road is very important for the economy, and is in a reasonably good condition. It is a nice drive form Delhi to Chandigarh and not too crowded. Along the way is Murthal which by itself has become a wonderful destination providing several great food hotspots. Sukhdev dhaba at Murthal is one of the most famous along with Haveli and Gulshan Dhabha which are also very famous dhabhas at Murthal. The food, especially the paranthas here are amazingly delicious, which is why many people drive to Murthal every day (and night). The food alone could make your road trip worth the effort. This trip to Chandigarh might just be the one to remember.

So what are you waiting for? Get going, speed up and enjoy your ride.

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