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.

In the year 2009, it all started with an Idea that let’s use the best vehicle of the planet to explore the lanes of Old Delhi, capture thousands of expressions, activate all your senses, dive into the chapters of history, have a deep look in the buildings of lost era with their own amazing style of architecture.  Jack, Founder of Delhi By Cycle, then reporter of a Dutch Newspaper came up with this beautiful idea to explore Old Delhi on cycles and make others explore the same. And since then Delhi By Cycle has been through a glorious journey of showing Delhi to more than 30000+ people from across the world.

Why named Shahjahan Tour?

As the city of Old Delhi was constructed by Mogul emperor Shahjahan when he decided to shift his capital from Agra to Delhi. The richest empire in the world decided to move it’s capital therefore, they were in need of a completely new city and therefore, Shahjahan decided to construct one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Indeed, this city was one of the most beautiful city and now one of the most interesting cities in the world. Hence, we named this tour as Shahjahan Tour.

Beautiful Journey

Since 2009, DBC hosted a lot of cycle lovers from across the world! Inspired a lot more cycle tour teams in different Indian cities. Bike tours in India received a new meaning and we received several accolades from across the world. Team DBC hosted few celebrities, ministers of several nations, few national sports teams of other countries, CEOs of fortune 500, and thousands of beautiful souls. Sharing smiles and stories with them was a beautiful journey for Delhi By Cycle team.

Showing The Real India

Since the beginning, we never decided to hide anything and just present the artificial beauty to the world. We presented what is real, we present the good, bad and ugly with any censor! Shahjahan Tour made a lot of things open to the world, from the hidden secret spice market rooftops(not hidden anymore) to the hidden chai lanes of civil lines. The stories of Chandani Chowk and Sishganj Gurudwara traveled the whole world. Managing through this beautiful organized chaos created a lifetime experience for every single person and people mentioned this in their reviews all the time.

As we are going to celebrate 10 years of Delhi By Cycle and Shahjahan Tour next year. A lot will happen in the year 2019! We would like to invite everyone to experience some special tours of DBC which will only happen in that time period. Bike Tours in Delhi changed forever since Shahjahan Tour was started in 2009. We promise to come up with new ideas to show to real Delhi and India to make to listen to hidden stories and to make to ride the unknown lanes. As smiles can only be shared while traveling slow.