With the fast life bogging us into mindless working hours and gutting any free spiritedness, we have found the best way of getting some quality time with the environs. Cycles. They get you places; work up those muscles under the pizza belly and slow you down enough to let you breathe.

Here we have 7 beauteous trails in the city that take you through the forests, hills and old world charm, as recommended by the Delhi Cycling Club {DCC}.

PS: We hope to see you on the roads at all times of the day, but if you’re making it a long jaunt, the traffic’s slow and weather’s great from 5 to 8 am.

Ambedkar Nagar – Delhi Gate

Trail: Via Lal Bahadur Shashtri Marg, Josip Broz Tito Marg, Lala Lajpat Rai Marg, Mathura Road, and BSZ Marg.

Distance: Around 15 kms

Time Taken: On leisure/moderate cycling speed it should take around 50-60 minutes to cover the distance.

Ring Road

Trail: Noida-Delhi border to Millenium Park via UP Link Road, Gurjar Samrat Mihir Bhoj Marg.

Distance: 7 kms {approx}

Time Taken: 25-40 minutes

Laxmi Nagar to New Delhi Railway Station

Trail: Via Vikas Marg, Deendayal Upadhyay Marg.

Distance: 7 kms

Time Taken: 25-40 minutes

ISBT to Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station

Trail: Via Kamla Nehru Ridge.

Distance: 5-6 kms

Time Taken: 20-30 minutes

Uttam Nagar Metro Station to Dhaula Kuan

Trail: Via Pankha Road, Cariappa Marg.

Distance: 11 kms

Time Taken:  40-60 minutes

India Gate to Rashtrapati Bhawan

Trail: Via Rajpath

Distance: 2.5 kms

Time Taken: 10-20 minutes

Vijay Chowk to Railway Museum

Trail: Via South Avenue, Teenmurty, Shanti Path

Distance: 5 kms

Time Taken: 25-30 minutes

Any kind of physical exercise requires sturdy equipment and even better safety precautions. Bicycle brands in the city range from local to global brands, with differing price and design options. TI/Hercules, Hero, Atlas, Avon and foreign/imported brands Trek, Firefox and Giant are available for the keen. It is a must that you follow road rules and etiquette, and make this as good an experience for others as for yourself. Musts include a helmet, knee guard, elbow guards, reflective colour stickers or bands on clothes and on the bicycle. And for heaven’s sake, no racing.

Founded in October 2006, Delhi Cycling Club {DCC} is a voluntary group of cycling enthusiasts and health and environmentally conscious citizens. DCC is dedicated to bicycle advocacy and making Delhi a cyclist-friendly city. You can get involved with their fascinating work here. Or email at delhicyclingclub@gmail.com, mail@delhicycling.org or contact +91-1124373588, 9990226644.

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