There are several quotes on Google about how unknown roads lead to the most exciting destinations. Are they true? We at SpokeHerd don’t know but we know one thing i.e. off-roading on a bicycle is always exciting and fun.
And if you are someone in the Delhi-NCR region trying to experiment with off-road riders, this articulation is tailor-made for you. Based on our riding experience and conversations, we have stitched together the 5 of the best off-roading trails in and around Delhi-NCR. While unknown roads are fun, knowing a little about the unknown is a lot safer.
Hence, bookmark or save this article to help plan your next off-roading journey.
Now, the best off-roading trails worth your time and efforts are:
Quite famous as a bird watcher’s paradise, this dense forest in the southwest of Delhi is located next to the Qutub Institutional Area. It attracts many cyclists due to its gravel tracks. The best part of the trail is that you will be surrounded by nature throughout your 20km ride. The forest has various entry and exit points but the Qutub Institutional Area entry is the easiest one to navigate.
For beginners, Sanjay Van is the best place to learn off-roading and gain experience. The gravel trails provide a smooth track to ride on while still challenging you to be alert at all times. Sanjay Van may not be the best off-roading trail but for beginners, there is no better place to start.
This adventure arena is located on the Gurgaon-Faridabad highway and has an arrangement for beginners as well as experienced cyclists. The facility runs between 8 am to 10 pm and has a nominal charge for safety and gear requirements.
The terrain has been well-planned with constant obstacles challenging the cyclists at all times. They have a wide range of rough terrains including pump tracks, BMX trails, bike jump tracks. It is a top-notch facility to learn amidst the professionals. Also, you can rent MTBs here if you don’t own one.
This facility provides a safer enclosure to off-road making it ideal for beginners and intermediates to ride. Professional cyclists can also have an exciting time but might just crave more adventure.
Professional cyclists who crave adventure, here is your best bet. Located near the city of Gurgaon is Aravali hills that also extend to the state of Rajasthan. It has a combination of uphill and downhill slopes which makes it ideal for a thrill enthusiast. But yes, it can be a bit overwhelming for beginners.
Little far from the city makes it an amazing day out and an opportunity for recreation as well. It has a rocky terrain and is one of the most popular sports among the Delhites for cycling and hiking.
Early morning is generally the ideal time to ride in the region. It is bettered by the serenity of the place, coupled with the sweet chirping of birds. The rich birdlife, the greenery, the challenging trails — Aravali Trails are one of the best destinations to off-ride.
Mangar Bani Stretch
A forest area between Faridabad and Gurgaon, the Mangar Bani stretch is one of the most challenging locations for off-roading. Professional gear and safety equipment are a must here.
Amateur cyclists looking to ride here will be better off if they are part of a cycling community or a peer group. If not, this trail is only recommended for experienced cyclists. The hilly terrain coupled with strong winds sound exciting but likewise, they are extremely challenging for riders.
This rocky trail will test your stamina and endurance to the maximum. Also, there are various events organized yearly on this trail that avid cyclists would never want to miss.
Asola Bhardwaj Lake
Quite an unknown location and can be called a ‘hidden gem’ for cyclists, the Asola Bhardwaj lake is situated on the outskirts of Delhi. This location is filled with rocky roads, jumps, bends, and narrow tracks which might be dangerous if one doesn’t focus properly while riding.
The uphill sections of the locations are fun to ride as they are steep enough to challenge cyclists. Also, butterflies and birds are a constant throughout the length of your ride making it a pleasant one.
However, there are no water or food facilities here. So, you need to carry bigger luggage with snacks, dry fruits, and lots of water. Also, given the thorny branches and bushes, carrying a first aid kit is recommended.
Keeping it aside, the Asola Bhardwaj lake is one of the best off-roading trails we have observed and is an easy recommendation. Intermediate and above cyclists will enjoy the most in these conditions.
These are our top 5 recommendations for off-roading near the Delhi-NCR region. We hope this article is the starting point for your off-roading journey. Also, please exercise caution while riding in these places. Proper off-roading gear, nutrition, and rest need to be prioritized at all times.
Keeping in mind all these and staying prepared in advance will let you enjoy the off-roading experience to the maximum. SpokeHerd hopes you have a safe and fun-filled ride.