India is one of the most aspired countries to be visited for many travelers around the world, who seek for exotic places and all things new. So new at times that a region of India seems more than enough to absorb, and one couldn’t fathom that there would be more to offer in this land. The land that promotes unity in diversity but often making many tourists ignore the depth of diversity that we pride ourselves upon.

No one is oblivious to the golden triangle holiday loop of India, the famous Delhi-Jaipur-Agra road trip. This journey makes people see vibrant cities with age-old history and experience the king-size lifestyle led by today’s and yesteryears royalties. Anyone who has been to these places would know that the rural lifestyle here is nothing less than royalty of its own with rich tradition and culture not found anywhere else.

The tradition of music, dance, art, and food that have a long journey of its own is showcased in the most beautiful way that would make people yearn to come back to India. But is it the desire to see more of the same or the hunger for something fresher that India has to offer? Unfortunately, on global tourism network, there isn’t much promotion or details about other Indian cities. We want to bridge this gap of information slowly by sharing just a couple of the different paths that you may consider for your next vacation to the mighty land of gods and goddesses.

Let’s call this the Diamond Loop

Keeping Delhi as the starting point of the journey, from here one can drive up north towards the Himalayan mountain ranges that will bless you with fresh air and greenery. The gigantic ranges of Himalayas have long been the numero uno place to visit for serious explorers from time unknown.

Travel the road from Delhi towards Uttarakhand, then to Himachal Pradesh and stop over at Punjab before finally heading back to Delhi with memories of the meadows, snow peaked mountains, vast greens, religious traditions, varied cultures, sports adventure and the alluring different lifestyles witnessed before bidding adieu until next time.

Let’s look East

Far from the maddening crowd is another world that flourishes in the gift of nature. The Himalayan ranges extend its arm all the way to the North East of India which is known as the Seven Sisters and there is also the brother state that is often neglected but only in name under the shadow of the more popular tagline of the sisters.

From being the most ignored region of India, one can arguably state that some of the cleanest villages in Asia are found here. With Manipur once named as The Land of Jewels by a former Prime Minister of India, to Shillong, capital of Meghalaya globally referred to as the Rock (Music) Capital of India to picturesque Arunachal Pradesh giving chills to other valleys, these are just a few drops of an ocean of different world in India. To say the least, it will be heaven for travelers and wanderers.

It won’t be right to not mention that the gastronomic experience in The Diamond Loop and North East India will be nothing short of a delightful surprise, with each state giving you a new taste. One better than the other and the discovery of new cuisines keeps continuing.

True to my words, India doesn’t stop being mesmerizing and surprising. Just as it impossible to travel the length and breadth of the country in one holiday trip, it will be a fool’s ambition to plan to write about all of India’s hidden gems in one article. The never-ending saga of travel tales will continue…

Keep looking out for this blog for more travel ideas and details on each of them.

Thousands of days ago when nobody dared to think the unthinkable about riding a cycle in the city of Delhi, an idea was ignited to ride the path less ridden. An unknown experience was around the corner, curiosity was killing that cat but with all this, came the most exhilarating sense of something new.

Little did anyone know but the people, whose city was chosen to be explored were in for a surprise, for they never thought the worldly travelers would want to visit them at all. That too on cycles! “Who cycles for leisure in this crowded city” was the burning question in everyone’s mind. Most tourists had by then probably journeyed the small and old cities of India only through books making each create their own imagination, usually far from reality. Or perhaps heard about them in narration by wanderers and seekers who rightly so weave the stories from their own perspective.

Delhi By Cycle, Bike Tour is Delhi

And for this reason, the bright idea of giving a cycling tour of lesser known places in Delhi was just. The aim was to give the first-hand experience of the mystical places of Delhi to people on cycles; to slow down when suddenly aroma of spices fills up the air or when the eyes catch an unexpected picturesque flock of birds that change the horizon or simply to get a foothold on the pedal and use their photography skills to capture the marvel architecture of another world.

Delhi By Cycle, Bike Tours in Delhi

Besides, with the rise of pollution and serpentine-like traffic jams, Delhi screamed for help for a more environmentally friendly solution on the road. Delhi by Cycle secretly aimed to be the inspiration for city dwellers to adopt cycling as a means of everyday conveyance and in the span of less than a decade, there has been a slow but steady rise in the use of the world’s best two-wheeler invention. Be it for an exercise routine or simply challenging themselves to take DelhibyCycle tours to see their very own city has been nothing less than a feeling of success for the team. With the Indian capital also promoting cycling by installing rental cycles at various junctions, it sure does spark more hope.

Delhi By Cycle. Cycle Tour in Delhi

The yearning for story-telling, creating memorable moments and healthy living marks the underlying vision of this first family of cycling lovers. As life demands of all to pedal ahead, DelhibyCycle has also started to pedal its wheels to neighboring cities like Agra and Jaipur to further spread the love and joy of its vision. Ironically, going back to the basics of traveling i.e. cycling is making everyone challenge themselves to wheel out of the comfort zone and ride to self-discovery over and over again. And when that happens, and our dear visitors express that they realized something new about life beyond enjoying the cycling adventure on the tour, our mission is flatteringly achieved.

Delhi By Cycle, India's First City Cycle Tour Team

It’s all in the perspective. Just change the way and you may find a new world in the same place you have been living.

…we chose bicycles.

“Can you tell me the best places to visit in Delhi before my flight tomorrow?”

“Where do you suggest I go after this tour? I don’t want to go back to the hotel?”

These are some of the most common questions at the end of our tour. Delhi is more than just a connecting city! It is adorned with history, stories of which you can feel in the monuments scattered around the Aravalli range where Delhi proudly flourishes. It spoils you with choices of local cuisines and street food that can’t be compared with the expansive meal under the high ceilings. To each their own, so if you are looking for fine dine restaurants, there is no dearth of global menus for it either. And there is plethora of activities to get your adrenaline rush once again. Where do we start with such a gamut of options? Here are some simple yet awesome ideas to complete your day…

What to see?

If you are a history buff, make your way towards the Humayun Tomb and Safdarjung Tomb to continue your quest for answers about the Mughal rulers’ reign and their architectural style about which we converse in our Old Delhi tours specifically. Or travel centuries back in time before the Mughal Empire rule and pay a grand visit to the tallest brick minaret in the worldQutab Minar to understand about the first dynasty of Delhi Sultanate i.e. Mamluk dynasty. The Delhi Sultanate was annexed by the Mughal Empire in 1526.

Delhi BY Cycle Bike Tours in Delhi

Where to shop?

If shopping means taking back some memories of India, then your search ends at Janpath. Think souvenirs, shoes, clothing, accessories etc. and you find it here that boast of local handicrafts and handlooms. There are tales of yesteryears behind the welcoming smiles, some of whom are decedents of Tibetan refugees who were given shops to run by the Indian government. It is one of the most significant radial road from the commercial and high-street shopping hub, Connaught Place, a masterpiece of British Colonial architectural design.

Connaught Place, Delhi By Cycle, Cycle Tours in Delhi

Where to unwind?

Look past the jungle of concrete and true to its word, there are jungles of nature as well where you can relax after an adventurous 4 hours of cycling in Delhi with us. Unravel at the Lodhi Garden with lush green lawns, bushes, and trees that beautifully frame the monuments within it from Lodhi Dynasty, the last dynasty of the five that ruled over the Delhi Sultanate. Or switch your rails to a different history by visiting the Rail Museum and discover about the chronicle of Indian trains and enjoy the ride.

What to experience?

There is more than a historical journey of time immemorial in the capital city. Dive into another realm of experience of cinemas in an open-air theater or groove your way to a musical event; be it live bands in resto-bars or concerts held across the city if you are lucky to be around at the time. If the adventure in you is seeking for some more thrill, glide your way to an air safari and appreciate Delhi from a completely new perspective.

How to get around and what to keep in mind?

The best and safest way to get around the city is by metro rail network besides booking a cab or a three-wheeler auto. Keep in mind that all autos have a meter and you would want them to use it. If not, I trust that you have some very strong negotiation skills!

There is always a next time, but why not see the most of Delhi in this trip of yours? Time to plan out your day post a wonderful cycling tour of Delhi with yours truly, Delhi by Cycle.

You don’t know Delhi until you have seen the core of its heart- the oddly famous Old Delhi or should I say Purani Dilli! Addressing the chaotic city as Purani Dilli fills up my heart with a sense of curiosity and adventure than to call it Old Delhi. I believe that’s the power of language that connects people to the said place and its stories more strongly.

Purani Dilli is a perfect example to witness what a city looks like when it thrives in its chaotic order.   Each time as my wheels leave behind the urban set up of New Delhi and head towards Purani Dilli, I am transported into an age-old city as if the Fairy Godmother suddenly granted me my wish to witness the most beautiful and 7th city that makes up our very own Delhi. It doesn’t take a creative eye to notice the incredible gem like remnants of yesteryear havelis peeking out between the not-so-organized urban buildings of today. Just like these beautiful structures from Mughal era standing strong and defiant but silently amidst the never-ending paradigm shift in the neighborhood, the humans of this part of the city also seem to be relaxed, almost seeming lazy, in their own disorderly surroundings.

Every soul and each pair of eyes that I see here has a story to tell; tales of forgotten beauty given birth by poems, art, dance, music and design. It’s the friendly people here who open their homes and hearts and unknowingly make all of us experience a time bygone. What the civic authority hasn’t been able to preserve well enough, the inhabitants held on to it dearly.

Walking past the narrow lanes I wait to see the light at the end of the tunnel, just then it sparks its own magic and engulfs me into its own history. As they say, even walls have ears and rightly so when I lean on it closer, I can hear the murmur of the moments these walls have stood by.

Each visit to this cocoon of a city that was known as Shahjahanabad during its glory days instills in me a sense of realisation and acceptance of the different lives people lead across the world. 

Every time I say goodbye to it I know I will miss the person I become in this mildly adventurous city that resides like a conjoined twin happily with the cosmopolitan city of New Delhi. As I start my car engine and my wheels take me back to the twin city, I await eagerly for my next adventure in the walled city of Shahjahanabad that once was.

Spice Market Top View

Isn’t life a cycle of learning and unlearning to appreciate the little things it has to offer? Then why not do that on actual wheels! Come and have a ride of your life that surely will make you leave a piece of your heart here at Old Delhi, my Purani Dilli.

And the memories are yours to keep…