A cave where a mystical hermit is believed to have lived, functional galleries where you can stay, a towering old church in the middle of nowhere, that has not been painted for years. An electric bike tour in Goa will allow you to discover many such hidden gems and experience the place like never before.
Goa is going greener. India's first electric bike tour initiative was launched in Goa on Friday. B:Live, an initiative by Arcis Tours Pvt Ltd, in partnership with the Goa Tourism Development Corporation offers curated e-bike tours. ''Goa spearheads several ecotourism initiatives in the country. We encourage and support technologies and enterprises which bring about a positive environmental change. Our association with Arcis Tours Pvt Ltd is another step towards achieving our sustainability goals,'' said Manohar Azgaonkar, the minister for tourism, Goa.
The pedal-assist bikes which come with a throttle feature meet the needs of the conventional tourists and adventurous explorers. You can pedal the bike when you want or just enjoy a comfortable ride by twisting the throttle. The e-bike can travel 50 km on a single charge and can reach a top speed of 25 km/h. It is equipped with GPS trackers and electronic disc brakes.
Goa has a lot more to offer than the sun, sand, beaches and Portuguese mansions that take you back in time. The experiential tours curated by B: Live allows tourists to soak in the milieu of authentic Goan culture and history, said Samarth Kholkar, CEO & Co-Founder, Arcis Tours Pvt Ltd. For instance, a four-hour tour to Divar island, watching Mondovi and Zuary rivers meet, costs only Rs 2,800.
B:Live makes bookings hassle-free. One can book the tour sitting at the comfort of her/his home. Those who want to get real-time information on the ride can download and access the app.
B:Live supports the local communities as well. One of the highlights of the launch event was a silent art auction that featured works of local artists from Goa. Sandesh Naik's work depicting Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church at Panjim was a real show stopper.