Cycling is a fun activity that most people have enjoyed during their growing up years. Only a small number of people carry their love for bicycling into their adulthood, with most other preferring the faster and more convenient modes of transportation including bikes and cars. However, with the growing traffic congestion within the city, an increasing number of people are rediscovering the fun of riding a bicycle either to commute to work or simply as a recreational activity. The coastal city offers a perfect climate to enjoy cycling and while also providing the cyclists with an opportunity to understand its unique beauty from an entirely different perspective.
Most people who want to take fun in the act of riding a bicycle do so either in the early hours of the morning or during the silent hours of midnight. At any other time the city is too crowded and polluted to enable the cyclists to experience the real fun of the activity. Discussed below are some popular destinations around the city where they can enjoy a bicycle ride like a carefree child.
Vihi is one of the most beautiful and famous waterfalls in Mumbai situated in Vihigaon. The scenic countryside road comprising of various bends and curves provides a great avenue for the cyclists to enjoy their favorite activity. The ride commences from Kasara station during the early morning hours. The participants assemble at the station and start their ride to the enchanting Vihi Waterfall. The complete journey of 35 kms makes the participants feel refreshed while also providing them with an opportunity to take in the beautiful view of the lush green surroundings and the blue-green backwaters of River Vaitarna at Vihigaon. There are quite a few tour operators running group cycling tours from Kasara station and renting out the cycle along with other the necessary equipments to the participants at a reasonable price.
Alibaug is a popular getaway destination located on the outskirts of Mumbai City. The destination, which is easily accessible by ferry, also proves to be an ideal place to enjoy cycling. Participants can cover a distance of around 40 to 50 kms while cycling long the warm sandy beaches. Another great treat that awaits the cyclists upon visiting the destination is lip smacking Konkani food that they can enjoy at the various eateries in the area. The participants of the cycling tour are generally required to assemble at Bhaucha Dhakka, where they will be provided with the cycles and other equipment. From where they take a ferry ride to reach Alibaug and then commence the fun filled cycling tour from Awaas Beach and take them to other beaches in the region before starting the return trip in the afternoon.
South Mumbai is well known for its various famous hot spots including Worli Sea face, Bandra Bandstand, Shivaji park, Nariman point and Gateway of India, to name a few. Each of these renowned features holds a unique charm and appeal in the early morning hours, which is what the cyclists opting for a breakfast ride at South Mumbai get to enjoy. Apart from enabling the cyclists to relish the touch of the soft morning breeze on their faces, the cycling tour also makes it possible for them make new friends. As the cyclists ride along some of the most beautiful places that Mumbai is known for, they feel a completely different charm about these places, which they might otherwise view numerous times during a single day. But before they commence this wonderful tour, the cyclists enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at one of the several eateries in the area.
Lonavala is a majestically beautiful destination located on the outskirts of Mumbai and is a popular weekend getaway destination. People who love cycling often find a bicycle ride in Lonavala to be extremely refreshing and relaxing. The magnificent terrain and the picturesque surroundings tend to have a soothing effect on the cyclists. The cycling tour starts from Lonavala railway station, where the participants meet and commence their ride towards Karla Caves, after enjoying breakfast. After reaching the caves and spending some time exploring them the cyclists continue their tour to Walwan Dam and after having lunch there they go on to Bhushi Dam before starting the return journey. The entire trip brings the cyclists a lot closer to nature than they can ever feel while living in Mumbai.
The total cycling distance from Karjat and Kondana caves is no more than 25 kms. However, these 25 kms is shrouded in great natural beauty that often leaves the participants extremely amazed. In between the cyclists also get to enjoy 45 minutes trek and take in the picturesque view of the green carpet till Kondiwade village, which is located at the base of the Rajmachi fort. The trip commences from Karjat railway station early in the morning. The participants will enjoy breakfast and they start the ride towards Kondiwade village. Upon reaching the village, the cyclists with trek towards the fort where the beautiful Kondana caves are located. After spending enough time in exploring the caves, the cyclists will return to the village and enjoy a delicious lunch before riding back towards the station to end their fascinating tour.
Midnight Cycling In Mumbai
The city of Mumbai that is bubbling with life during the daytime presents an entirely different view at night, which is equally enjoyable. In fact most people prefer to admire the beauty of the various famous features of Mumbai at night time. For such people Mumbai midnight cycling heritage ride proves to be the best method of experiencing the unique beauty and hidden history of the various monuments and structures dotting the city. With the decongested roads making it possible to ride along the most famous heritage sites at a relaxed pace, the cyclists get to take in their beauty and grandeur in a far better manner than at any time during the day. The riders feel a sense of closeness and belonging with the structures looming magnificently under the brilliant night sky and proving that they truly are the pride of the city that never sleeps.
Cycling along the coastal areas of Mumbai at night holds its own unique char, which attracts countless cycling lovers to take part in the enthralling activity. The delicate feel of the salty sea breezes on the exposed parts of their body seems to ooze out all the stress and strain from the mind and body of the participants. The 25 km long cycle ride commencing from Colaba and ending at Band Stand offers the participants to take multiple breaks at other famous spots including Marine Drive, Shivaji Park and Worli Sea Face etc. The distant rumbling of the sea proves to be a constant companion of the riders who get to enjoy a unique look of the city without its usual rush of traffic or the noise and cries of the people going about their everyday business. It surely provides them with an entirely different perspective of the city from the one that they have.
Cycling at any of the above destination within and around the city of Mumbai can prove to be a truly memorable and enjoyable experience. Most importantly it helps in bringing out the child hidden inside every participant and making them feel truly happy and content with no worries and stresses to bother them!