“Animals travel on all fours. Mankind on two. Motorcycling is not a means of transport but an ideology, a nomadic way of life.” – Amit Reddy
Ever since the invention of motorcycle, humans have taken it as a means for thrill and adventure rather than using it for daily use. Through the course of history, vintage bikes and bikers have explored the unseen lands and have left tire marks for future generations to follow. With the advent of social media and moto vlogging platforms, there has been a drastic surge in the number of motorcycle owners. Many are influenced by the ideology of venturing into new lands and are driven to describe the word Adventure on their own. The concept of bike rides originated from the West and slowly made its way to Nepal. Bike rides are an all-time high in Nepal which can be due to the diverse two-wheeler market and the spending capacity of people. It doesn’t matter whether people indulge in bike rides to make a name for themselves or to find tranquility, one thing we can all agree upon is that the feeling of riding a motorcycle is simply phenomenal.
In terms of landscape and natural scenery, everything else pales in comparison to Nepal. This small Himalayan nation is home to some of the finest sceneries and roaring rivers. Blend the element of a motorbike in it and what you’re left with is riding alongside rivers while admiring sceneries of faraway mountains and picturesque hills. In this blog, we shall aim to take an inside look into places where you can enjoy your motorcycle to the fullest and become one with nature.
1. Kathmandu to Pokhara
The road from Kathmandu to Pokhara is one of the most frequented one in Nepal. Although there are numerous riding destinations available, nothing captures the thrill and experience that this trip provides. The road takes you along the picturesque Prithivi Highway and goes through miniature settlements like Kurintar, Malekhu, and Damauli. The road is carved on hillsides and as you ride, you will witness the grandeur of the Trishuli river and the Marshyangdi river. The trip covers a distance of 200 km and on a motorbike, it can be completed in approximately 5-6 hours. It is recommended that you start early in the morning as the breeze is refreshing and invigorating. As this is a busy highway, you need to be very careful as there are minor setbacks too. This ride can be taken throughout the year. The roads are calling so why wait?
2. Kathmandu to Sindhuli
Have you heard the song “Sindhuligadi ghumera herda?” If yes, then this bike trip will take you to the song’s origins. Touted by many as the most beautiful and conditioned highway in Nepal, the BP highway will be your road to reach the endpoint Sindhuli. From Kathmandu, you need to cover a distance of 134 km which will seem a bit less. However the ride’s quality is simply unparalleled. Traverse through the hairpin curve roads that dwindle the hills and valley and with each rev, you’ll be blessed with gorgeous sceneries of the hills, lively streams, and the constant hum of your motorcycle. This ride is relatively easy as the roads are in perfect condition and can be done throughout the year.
3. Mustang biking tour
Mustang is a utopia for travelers. It may seem like a far-fetched claim but once you visit it, you’ll know that words don’t do justice to this natural enigma. This magical region enthralls travelers with its barren terrain, blissful lakes, and dazzling views of the delightful Annapurna mountain ranges. In terms of traveling, you might have seen the meme “Best friend sanga mustang jane thulo plan xa”. This biking trip will help you fulfill this wish. This trip spans over a total of 5 days and is completed in phases. This trip will be the ultimate test of your biking skills as you will have to ride through landslide-prone roads and waterfalls. The ride takes a quick break at Tatopani where you’ll relax the tired mind and soul in the hot springs. The penultimate point of this tour is the Muktinath temple which is a great religious hub for Hindus and Buddhists alike. This road is best explored from October to mid-December. After completing this tour, you’ll be left with a plethora of memories that you’ll cherish forever.
4. Kathmandu to Dolalghat
This biking trip takes you along the Araniko highway and shows you the green hills and a surreal backdrop of nearby settlements. This biking trip is best suited for novice riders as it teaches them the do’s and don’ts on a highway. This short journey starts from Kathmandu and covers a distance of 58 km. The road is paved most of the way so you won’t face any problems except the heavy vehicles. After arriving at Dolalghat, take a moment to relax by observing the rushing Bhote Koshi river and dine on the delightful fried fishes.
5. Kathmandu to Tatopani
This is an extended version of the Kathmandu-Dolalghat trip and it will take you to the border of Tibet, Tatopani. You will take the Araniko highway which will later join the Kathmandu-Kodari highway. The journey is a blend of numerous ups and downs and you will be greeted with small settlements along the way. The road clings to a hill and as you proceed, you’ll be blessed with picturesque Himalayan panorama. The distance covered in this trip is 115 km and you can witness hydropower projects and Chinese equipments here. The road is steep and difficult here so take caution. Finally, you’ll arrive at Tatopani where the strong winds might topple you. Bathe in the hot springs as the water there, are believed to possess healing properties. Nothing beats the experience of relaxing in a hot spring with a chilled beer!
There are numerous biking routes in Nepal which you can use to go on a bike ride but these are the must-visit ones. While you are traveling, make sure that you ride a TVS motorcycle as they have a reputation for being durable and efficient. Contact your nearest showroom for further information.