BikeToursDirect Adds India Bicycle Tours To Worldwide Roster

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BikeToursDirect has added eight new bicycle tours in India to its expanding Asian tour offerings. These tours highlight the diverse landscape, cuisine, and culture of the subcontinent, making India much more accessible to guests by offering tours that feature friendly and knowledgeable local guides.

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Traveling alongside locals in Rajasthan

With our new partner tour companies, our clients will be able to experience the beauty and depths of India firsthand, with local guides.

BikeToursDirect is now offering its first bicycle tours in India, furthering a significant expansion of its cycling tours in Asia. There is no better way to see this country than from the seat of a bike saddle, offering cyclists a unique opportunity to feel the true spirit of India. The spicy smells of cardamom and curry; the shy yet friendly villagers collecting water from town wells; the dirt paths snaking through the Himalayas where children skip home from school—these are the experiences best enjoyed by bike.

From the beaches of Gokarna and the backwaters of Kerala to the misty northern mountains of the Himalayas and sun-kissed deserts of Rajasthan, these India bike tours offer a true glimpse into the real India. Most tour dates run December through March, making these trips to India the perfect destination for winter weary cyclists.

“These bike tours will introduce an India to our clients that bypasses the conjured images many people might associate with the country and highlight the natural beauty and wide diversity of the subcontinent,” says BikeToursDirect president Jim Johnson. “With our new partner tour companies, our clients will be able to experience the beauty and depths of India firsthand, with local guides.”

BikeToursDirect now has eight guided India bike tours, starting at less than $2,000, which feature the wide diversity of geography and people across the expansive subcontinent.

“India is as diverse as any land mass can be — it is a miniature world, a complete planet by itself,” says Nutan Thangan, with Khana-badosh India, one of BikeTourDirect’s partner operators in India. “Each of its diverse regions has its own charm that has to be experienced to be believed. To a visitor, India is an everlasting journey of discovery; it has something for everybody.”

BikeToursDirect now offers the following tours in India:

  •     Land of The Maharajas (11 nights): See the entire state of Rajasthan, replete with fantastic hilltop fortresses, exotic fairytale palaces and gripping legends of medieval chivalry and heroism. Tour date: Dec 21, 2013. Costs start at $2,671.
  •     Bangalore to Gokarna (10 nights): Cycle through tropical forests, lush coffee plantations, beautiful beaches, and ancient shrines. Tour dates: December through March. Cost starts at $1,975.
  •     Classic Kerala (8 nights): Ride through a National Geographic Traveler Magazine top “10 Paradises of the World”—along the backwaters of Kerala. Tour dates: December through March. Cost starts at $1,838.
  •     Serene Kerala (8 nights): Explore the backwaters of Kerala on this tour that takes cyclists on an overnight cruise on a typical Kerala houseboat; a walk through a spice plantation; and visits through rural villages along the Western Ghats mountain range. Tour date: Nov 23, 2013. Cost starts at $2,468.
  •     Kumaon Himalayas (9 nights): Cycle and see the magnificent peaks of the Himalayas, fascinating flora and fauna, and picturesque terraced fields tended by colorfully clothed women. Stay in a traditional village and experience one of the most scenic rides in India. Tour date: March 9, 2013. Cost starts at $2,124.
  •     Ladakh: The Little Tibet (9 nights): See this Tibetan outpost up close as you cycle through Ladakh, known as Little Tibet. Cyclists will have the opportunity to cycle one of the highest passes in the world, Khardung La. This is an enthralling route through high elevation monasteries, and only for experienced cyclists. Tour date: June 29, 2013. Cost starts at $2,504.
  •     Rajasthan (9 nights): Cycle through the most colorful and vibrant part of India—Rajasthan. A colorful safari through beautiful deserts and splendid medieval forts, this tour allows cyclists to see and experience desert life. Tour dates: December through March. Cost starts at $2,000.
  •     Remote and Beautiful Rajasthan (10 nights): Experience rustic and rural Rajasthan; ride through tiger preserves; and see rural desert villages. Tour date: October 19, 2013. Cost starts at $2,124.

These India bicycle tours include accommodation, domestic transport, English-speaking guide services, van support, transfers, admissions and other services. Accommodations on the tours range from charming fort-palace hotels and plantation retreats to refurbished village houses. Cycling distances vary per tour and incorporate sightseeing of major historical attractions.

BikeToursDirect will be adding more tours in India and across Asia through the end of 2012. Interested travelers can contact BikeToursDirect at info(at)biketoursdirect.com to be alerted when the new tours are online.

Now in its ninth season, BikeToursDirect represents more than 75 tour companies worldwide and offers 385 bicycle tours in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the Americas. BikeToursDirect doesn’t operate tours but instead represents overseas companies that can keep their tour prices down due to the lower cost of doing business closer to home and to spreading their expenses over a large client base. Clients book tours and make all payments through BikeToursDirect, usually at the same prices charged by the tour companies.

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