In the west, motorbiking as ann extreme adventure sport has been popular for a long time now and is slowly making its way to India as well. Given the rough high altitude terrains, the Indian Himalayas have to offer, it is no surprise then that mountain biking has become a popular sport amongst many, in a short span of time. Off-road driving through tracks that barely exist, on bikes specially designed to withstand the dangerous rugged terrain- that is the kind of thrill mountain bikers seek. Mountain biking requires rigorous training and expertise as it involves riding uphill and downhill on difficult roads, and hence the biker must be familiar with precise navigation and manoeuvring. Professional guidance is advised at all times. Riding in these conditions and being able to handle the bike is an ultimate test of fitness, nerve and endurance.
Mountain biking apart from being a well-recognized adventure sport internationally is gaining popularity in the Indian adventure sports scene. The northern ranges of Himalaya and Shivalik are a hot-spot for mountain biking for Indian as well as international enthusiasts. Biking trails in Munnar, Chennai and Kerala are also emerging as go-to spots for the bikers in the southern part of India as well. Apart from exploring the enthralling natural off-road trails, India now has a few specially designed mountain biking arenas and parks as well for you try your hand at before venturing out in the wild. These parks facilitate biking in a low-risk environment for you to hone your skills until you become a pro.
If you own a mountain bike you can head out to one of the trails mentioned below. No need to worry if you don’t own one. There are numerous agencies and cycling clubs that would rent you one at the venue if you sign up for their biking expeditions as an individual or even as a group. You can choose between Downhill (DH), Cross-country (XC) and a few other kinds of tours available in different parts of the country. These tours usually last for anywhere between 5-15 days depending upon the difficulty and length of the trail.