“Turn on, tune in, Drop out” It was 1967 – the Summer of Love – and Timothy Leary had this advice for his young followers at the Human Be-In taking place in San Francisco. War was raging in SE Asia, the Civil Rights Movement was spreading throughout the USA, the Cold War was at its height and all around the world young people were looking for a new approach to life. Many of them headed to India to explore new spiritual possibilities. Now, half a century later, we invite you to pedal the Hippie Trail from New Delhi to Goa.
Follow in the footsteps of the flower children and cycle into a physical and spiritual kaleidoscope. Experience the incredible sights, sounds and smells of the country from the seat of your bike. Bed down for the night in converted forts, palaces and heritage hotels and enjoy some of the finest regional Indian cuisines available. Cyclists will pedal past the Taj Mahal; pass through the colourful desert cities of Rajasthan; marvel at the wonders of Mandu, Ajanta & Ellora; spend a couple days exploring the bustling metropolis of Mumbai; and relax on the pristine, empty beaches of the undiscovered Konkan Coast.
The hippies of the 1960’s and ’70’s headed to India in the hopes of gaining a new spiritual understanding, of undergoing new experiences, of seeing their world in a new light. We feel confident in saying that if you join us in cycling the Hippie Trail in, you will do just that.
Wheeling out from the Taj Mahal, in Agra, the cyclists will head west towards Rajasthan. Stopping in a bird sanctuary, resting in the legendary ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur and the holy city of Pushkar, the ‘Blue City’ of Jodhpur, discover the Royal history of the region. You might even meet a prince or a maharaja along the way! Staying in restored palaces, and forts, local hotels and guesthouses, we will have a taste of the regal lives that have lived here. Riders will enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of India’s most alluring state. we will end in Udaipur – a city known for the uber luxury Lake Palace Hotel, on Lake Pichola, this ‘City of Lakes’ is not to be missed.
Cycling south from Udaipur we soon cross into Gujarat and one of India’s most prosperous states. With bridge, dam, and highway projects underway we stick to the village roads wherever possible to explore rural life. With its own language, dress, foods, and customs, Gujarat will feel like a new country, not just a new state. Further south we will enter Maharashtra and head for a rest day at the world-reknown Ellora Caves. We then head towards the coast and the throbbing metropolis of Mumbai. Known by many still as Bombay, it is India’s commercial and entertainment hub – with high finance and celebraties of Bollywood film industry mixed in with the 20 million other inhabitants. We will cycle to the coast and take a peaceful ferry ride into the city – avoiding the dangerous and hectic traffic altogether.
Leaving the fascinating city of Mumbai from the Gateway of India, we will hop on a ferry across the harbour to begin our trip south along the beach studded coast of Maharashtra. The Konkan Coast is a hidden treasure, and India’s best kept cycling secret. Quiet roads, pristine, empty beaches, palm trees, little to no traffic, and coastal life at its best. After a rest day in Belgaum we continue inland away from the coast and end this section at arguably India’s most stunning ancient temple ruins – Hampi.