There’s something about open roads that makes you forget about your jam packed classes in college or the corner cubicle at your office.
A true rider experiences an adrenalin rush when their cranks burn the asphalt. But sometimes you need more, you take it up by a notch and hit off trails.
Here’s our pick for the top cycling trails in the temple city which will seriously test your biking skills.
1. Chudanga Gada
Trail: It’s a challenging off-road route network connecting 2 tribal villages. The trail is fairly balanced between gravel, dirt, sand, rocky surfaces with smooth and sharp turns. The beautiful climbs and downhills makes it even more challenging. It also supports some small ramp-like structures, which add more rush to the ride. The trails are upon some small hills and rest on flats along with lakes and ponds in-between.
Not to forget the history, the fort (now ruins) here was constructed by Lalatendu Kesari of Kesari dynasty when it was known as Sarangagarh (due to the presence of large water bodies filled with lotuses). The fort was then captured by Ganga king Chodaganga Deva after defeating Karna Deva, the last ruler of the Somavamsi dynasty in 1110 AD. As you guessed it, the fort is named after it’s victor.
The place is sparsely populated and is perfect for riders who are looking to experience the old-world charm of the ruins along with a hardcore workout!
Must: carry proper hydration, food, spares and safety before riding!
Location: 14 km north of Bhubaneswar in the village Baranga of Cuttack tehsil and district & 9.00 km south-west of Cuttack near the Baranga Railway station of the East-coast railways.
The site can also be approached from Bhubaneswar through the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack road via Nandankanan and Baranga.
2. The forest trails around Deras Dam
Riding on the man-made track around the river is a very soothing experience. Long uphills, huge descends along with the cool breeze breathe life to it! The surface is basically filled with gravel and topped with bamboo leaves. The smoothly angled long downhills have some rough bumpers, which in due course of time have turned into good ramps! This the the trail you hit for a riverside view along with a good breeze – the trail with a ‘view’
Location: Situated about 20-25 km away from the city, Deras Dam is actually a small dam which is used mainly for irrigation purpose. It is located in Chandaka reserve.
3. Botanical gardens, Nandankanan
If you’re an adventure lover then it is a great spot for you, since the park offers a unique experience of indulging in nature by providing cottages on rent in the park itself! The trail is not that sweet technically, but the flora and fauna, blue lake, green hills and calmness of the surroundings is very enjoyable! The trails are semi concrete ones with a beautiful lake on one side while steep hills on the other side, making very frequent rises and steep routes which make it all the more challenging.
If you have an innate love for the outdoors…Gear up and ride to explore hidden trails around the city of Temples!
Like they say, Hit the road Jack!