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Cycling on India's new bicycle highway.

Cycling on India’s new bicycle highway.

A brand new bicycle road has opened in India this november. It runs from Agra, where Taj Mahal is, to Etawah. Etawah is a little over 100 kilometers from Agra, but the bicycle road takes a scenic road to Etawah. So the entire trail is more than 200 kilometers long.

I took the road last week and this is really a great road to cycle. It is away from the trafficked road most of the time and takes you through small villages that has never seen tourists before the trail was build. The road surface is paved almost all the way and it is very well sign posted. They were still finishing a couple of stretches when I cycled 80 kilometers of it last week, but this was minor parts and they were busy working on them.

Cycling from Agra to Etawah.

Cycling from Agra to Etawah.

For cyclists who do not want to venture out in the chaotic traffic you have on many Indian roads, but still would like to experience India by bike, this is just perfect.

Cycling past the locals on the bike trail.

Cycling past the locals on the bike trail.

The project really has potential from a tourist perspective. Many tourists like to combine being active with cultural activities. I saw that some Indian cyclists were complaining a bit that local villagers were sometimes using the trail to dry cow dung and to put some of their work stuff on. But this was not a big deal when I cycled there. At the moment, this is only at a scale where foreigners like me think it just ads a bit of local flavour to it, but it’s of course important that the trail will not turn in to something that is used for driving and parking cars on.

The bicycle path is well sign posted.

The bicycle path is well sign posted.

To avoid this, It’s important that the cycling trail from Agra to Etawah becomes an instant success, so that it’s not forgotten by the locals. And it needs to be properly maintained by the local officials who should make sure that it is being cleaned regularly for sand, rocks and so on.

Locals drying cow dung on the bicycle trail.

Locals drying cow dung on the bicycle trail.

The trail from Agra to Etawah is really scenic, especially if you are a visitor looking for a village experience, so get on your bike if you are in Agra to see the Taj Mahal anyway and try India’s new bicycle trail.

You might also bump in to a few goats on the trail between Agra and Etawah.

You might also bump in to a few goats on the trail between Agra and Etawah.

 

India's new bicycle trail.

India’s new bicycle trail.

Cycling through a village, on the way to Etawah.

Cycling through a village, on the way to Etawah.

Claus.

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6 Comments

  1. Hello 🙂 Sir, I wanted to inquire about the cycle path and if the path is advisable for a group of 20-30 cyclist.
    It will be great if we can talk to you directly. Thank you so much.
    Ankita Gupta
    Communication Manager
    Manas Foundation

    • Hello Ankita.
      The path is suitable for larger groups as it is mostly fairly wide. I would happily take a group there for a bicycle ride. I am actually in Denmark at the moment, so talking to me directly would be via Skype, but i am happy to help if I can.

  2. Hi Claus, Can you take a road bike? or do you recommend taking on an MTB ?

    • Hi’ Abhijit.
      A roadbike should be fine on that road, as it is paved almost all the way. Thee was a tiny part which was not paved when I went, but there was work going on to pave it, so I think you will be fine with a roadbike there now.

  3. Hej Claus.
    Hvordan var asfalten. Tror du at den er egnet til rulleskøjter? Hvor mange og hvor lange strækninger er uden asfalt?
    Har kørt en del på rulleskøjter i Delhi men dette lyder som en spændende tur/udfordring. Arbejder jævnligt i Delhi.

    • Hej Christian. Det er bedre end Delhi. Men det er ikke glat hele vejen. Som du kan se, så skal man til tider lidt af vejen, når de tørrer kolort og lignende. Og der kan også være noget ral på vejen til tider. Men er du vandt til at køre på rulleskøjter i Delhi, så tror jeg nu nok det skal kunne lade sig gøre for dig at køre der.

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