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As a keen cyclist, perhaps I’m biased towards the pleasures of holidaying on two wheels. The benefits are endless; you can travel at a pace of your choosing and stop wherever you like to catch breath, take photographs or to shake hands with the locals. It’s also very easy to get off the beaten track and see the charms of rural life in an unobtrusive fashion. Not forgetting the calories you burn in preparation for making the most of the local food that evening and of course the benefits to the environment.
Cycling is the ideal way to see a country.
Some of my fondest travel memories are from days in the saddle. Peddling out to Raniji ki Baori, an ancient step well in Northern India; lazily plodding around the lakeside in Pokhara, Nepal and high energy mountain biking in Chiang Mai, Thailand. With the wind in my hair and a smile on my face, surely travelling doesn’t get better than this!
GUIDED CYCLING TREKS THROUGH THE MAIKAL HILLS
New for 2012, TransIndus has introduced new guided cycling breaks in Kanha Tiger Reserve - guests staying at Shergarh may join a guided cycling trip into the forests and tribal belts of central India. Cycling through this landscape connects visitors with the environment in a way that is both sensitive and invigorating. It is an unforgettable experience and the only one of its kind in central India.
The pristine jungle’s indigenous inhabitants – the Gond and the Baiga tribes – are the highlight of any route here. Opt for the two-night Shergarh to Bhoromdeo itinerary skirting the forested boundary of the reserve and crossing the Banjar river to discover verdant paddy fields, bright yellow meadows, welcoming villages and an array of wildlife. En route pause for chai and chats, observe the rice harvest, visit a traditional market, listen and watch for wildlife and camp overnight in carefully selected locations.
Price: from £150pp as part of a package.