An Ultimate Guide to Mumbai biking & Cycling
“Four Wheel Move the body, Two Wheels Move the Soul”, If you have one such roaring heart, Then you are on the Right Spot and reading something that is truly meant for you. An ultimate guide to Mumbai-Goa cycling and biking. Rev up your mind and soul for the life discovering Journey. Raving Wind on the face as the fierce muscles throttle, Breathe the magnificent journey of a true rider on the Goan roads. Realize the vagabond in you, pack your needs and not wants, In fact, A riders ultimate need and want would best be his wheeled love. The one on which he would perch on with a hunch back and an eagle eye, A true riders destination to reach. Start your journey as you bask your feet over the pedals, your writs clutching the handles and rash into the crashing wind of NH66 or NH48. Goa can be reached from Mumbai through these two National Highways. But, the classic taste of the rider would decide on which route to wheel on. If you are nature bound and possess a soul that would best thrive on encountering the wonderful creation of the Nature Goddess, then NH66 would be the one for you. On NH66, you will be riding Mumbai-Parival-Chiplun-Kankavli-Panaji. The jagged mountains, coastal trails, criss-cross roads, quaint villages, soothing countryside, wafting rice fields and chirping birds you have it all. The best part is that it conceals some impeccable views for the monsoon riders. The splashing waters from the pristine waterfalls all across the western ghats. Well, on the other hand, if you are the one who fascinates the gorgeous lights, fancy skyscrapers, Blacktop roads then, NH48 would be the one that invites you taking through Mumbai – Pune – Satara – Kolhapur – Belgaum – Panaji
THINGS TO BE MINDFUL OF WHILE ON A CYCLING TOUR
- Get your bike through a thorough service. Make sure the tires, breaks, chain and great shifters are perfect.
- Safety rules your journey. Poor safety can topple your beautiful ride to an adverse one. Wear helmets and make sure to carry all your biking gear.
- Wear an appropriate dress that would suit your ride.
- Pack your backpack with plenty of water and energizing snacks.
- Know your route and plan accordingly. It is recommended to take a small first aid kit along in case of an emergency.
- Get along with friends and keep going. Perseverance is the boost to get you riding.
OUR RIDING ROUTE
At Himalaya destination, we organize a 6N/7D Mumbai – Goa cycling tour, in the months of November to February covering a distance of 600 km. Along the ride, you get to shift several terrains from the salty beaches, rocky cliffs, jagged mountains, muddy roads and so on. This soul-awakening ride is graded as moderate to difficult and demands a good fitness of the rider.
Day 01: Gateway of India to Shrivardhan/ Diveagar (110 km – 8-9 Hrs)
Day 02: Srivardhan to Dabhol/Dapoli (115 km – 9 Hrs)
Day 03: Dapoli to Ganpatipule (100 Kms 9 Hrs)
Day 04: Ganpatipule to Kunkeshwar (110 Kms 9 Hrs)
Day 05: Kunkeshwar to Vengurla (91 Kms 10 Hrs)
Day 06: Vengurla to Calangute, Goa. (55 Kms 6 Hrs)
Day 07: Goa- Route completion and checkout.
Accommodation & Food
Across NH66, are quite decent towns like Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Sawantwadi that has pretty good hotels close to the highway. If you wish to reach out for a beach stay then there are plenty of Konkan resorts in Harihareshwar, Vijaydurg, Tarkarli. Check out The Conde Nest traveler has some great recommendations for amazing places to stay on the Konkan coast.
Regarding the food, the best ever recommendation to taste would be the Malvani cuisine, which is the standard cuisine of the South Konkan region of Maharashtra and Goa. Though, It is predominantly non-vegetarian it stills treats all the vegans out there with its best vegetarian thali. The uniqueness of Malvani cuisine is that it abundantly uses coconut in almost every dish in various forms. Such as grated, dry grated, fried, paste and milk. Some famous Konkan main courses are kombdi vade, Mori masala, kavda curry, sol kadhi, phansachi bhaji and many more. However, If you are not into trying out something new, the dhaba all around will ever feed you with anything that you desire.
On the whole, the Mumbai – Goa biking trip never fails to throw the rider’s heart. We at Himalaya destination are up with amazing trips for the new year! Check out our website www.himalayadestination.com for more exciting info. We are erupting in enthusiasm to bring life to all those rebelling riders out there.