The beloved small active travel company
Founded in 2010 during a 100km bumpy ride in India, Art of Bicycle Trips specialize in crafting unique cycling journeys to India and Asia-at-Large. Each day is crafted with utmost care so that you are well-rested; get a drift of local culture and cuisine and enjoy the splendid trails at your own pace.
With our core focus on cycling, we create and deliver exceptional cycling experiences across Asia. We work with some of the finest local specialists based in your tour region as co-creators from itinerary designing to on-ground operations so that you experience the destination from a local perspective. We’re all about small and local details.
Our journey started when three of us left one morning for a 100km ride to Cauvery Fishing Camp (off Bangalore), we came back surprised, out of our comfort zones, enthralled by the outdoors and moved by the simple living in the countryside. We had ridden out of the city for about 60km and were sitting under a statue of Mahatma Gandhi discussing the ride till then. We realized for some bicycle is a utility, for others it is a revelation of human potential and endurance, and for many more it is a new and unique experience – a perfect way to discover the heart of the country.
Our guiding principles and business ethics
- We believe cycling and hiking are a catalyst for a new paradigm based on the human traits of integrity, empathy, and transparency, and encourage people to follow along the same lines.
- We are committed to being honest, transparent, and accurate when we communicate with customers, whether in advertising, product information, or more detailed travel outline.
- We are committed to proactively dealing with issues and complaints if things go wrong and will make every effort to make it right.
- We believe in small-scale units, communal ownership, and regional workplaces utilising local labour and resources.
- We put sustainability at the core of business decisions and strive to achieve sustainable profitability. Sustainable profitability for a business means that an organisation provides a service or product that is both profitable and environmentally friendly.
- We care about our planet and ask questions about the cost in human terms, in health and environment, through our actions.
Having undergone the rigmarole of meeting rooms and pie charts, Pankaj savors nothing but hot cups of tea and some local gossip with villagers in faraway places. The last many years have been largely on his set of wheels, since he set out to explore his own bizarre country - the long bumpy rides, traversing miles of isolated roads and sharing stories with strangers has been absolutely worth it!
After six years, Dibin was happy to leave Dubai’s clinically clean environs and come right back to exploring the wonderfully unkempt and thickly green landscape of good old Kerala on his cycle. Amongst the diverse Kerala experiences, Dibin loves the traditional cuisines and organic farming methods the most! If he’s not scouring through the Kerala trails, you will find him hooked to movies with an intellectual tug; Into the Wild is his favourite! Oh not to forget he has cycled from Bangalore to Ladakh in one month.
Cyclists Love Us, You Will Too.
Mary Beth C from US5.0
we'll return again
We had a private tour for 4, premium hotels biking through Vietnam and Cambodia. Hotels were excellent (loved the two Raffles); we had some food restrictions and guides were meticulous in ensuring our dietary needs were satisfied; the meals were good, and countryside beautiful. A highlight was the "homestay" in Cambodia...the family was delightful. Be sure to send your height in advance of arrival so they have the right size bike for you....the bikes were in great condition and the drivers carried sufficient equipment to make any necessary repairs along the way. This was our second trip with Art of Bicycle, and we'll return again.
Paul Leventhal from US5.0
We were very excited to ride for two weeks in Vietnam for my 60th birthday. Art of Bicycle Trips seems to have planned a great trip. Then this global health crisis hit and our trip was in limbo. The representative from the company , Shruti was responsive and always working to satisfy my concerns. Initially I wanted them to hold the spot and use the funds for a future trip a few months down the road but as the crisis worsened it became clear that this wasn’t virus going to be so easy to shake. I asked for the balance to be returned. She agreed and without any delay started credit process of about $5400. With other companies, returning funds could have been more of a battle. You never know what or who you are dealing with when you book remotely across oceans. Not in this case.... and that is why I am detailing this transaction. They are more interested in preserving their reputation and doing the right thing. The sigh of a good organization is when things go sideways how do they handle themselves. These guys get an “A” 5 star grade When I rebook , I will use them and will bring along other couples for the trip. I have no doubt they will exceed my expectations. Maybe they will apply part of my non refundable deposit to the next trip ..... who knows. highly recommend.
Paul Norman from US5.0
an experience that I will never forget
The Southern Thailand bicycle trip was an experience that I will never forget. Woody, our guide and Mr. Sit our driver made sure that I journey was insightful and educational. This trip is for those who want to experience the real Thailand, not just from the travel brochures. I highly suggest this bicycle trip, It will definitely change your perspective.