There is probably no better way to experience the charming local lifestyle, stunning vistas and rugged cliffs that dot India’s varied landscape than from behind the wheel. Driving across the country allows you to experience the best that India has to offer, not the usual metropolitan cities, but the real –off-the-beaten-path destinations that have you exclaiming in excitement, “wow, i can’t believe this place actually exists!” Often accompanied by fearless cattle meandering along all over the place, and characterized with unique, rare and unexplored landscape; road trips in India is the definitive way of discovering the real India. From lonely and secluded Himalayan roads to serene and tranquil coastal roads, picking which routes you want to explore might be tough because there are so many good ones, which is why we are here to help you off in the right direction. So pack your bags and get ready to embark on one (or more) of these 5 amazing road trips in India.
1) Manali Leh highway
Route Manali – Rohtang Pass – Tandi – Keylong – Jispa – Zing Zing Bar – Baralacha La (Pass) – Bharatpur – Sarchu – Ghata loops – Nakee La – LachLung La – Pang – More Plains – Tanglang La – Upshi – Karu- Leh (Khardung La)
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A paradise for everyone in love with the wanderlust of open highways, mountains and beautiful rivers, this patch of road guarantees a thrilling adventure. A journey that takes you from the plains of India to the worlds highest motorable road,this is an excursion everyone should embark upon once during his or her lifetime. The highway passes through the Pir Panjal Range, The Great Himalayan range, The Zanskar Range and finally the Ladakh Range and crosses two river basins and several high passes. The landscape changes dramatically as you head from the green valleys of Kullu and Manali to the barren and brown shaded areas of Chandra and make your way through Lahaul Valley into the cold desert of Ladakh. The road is a tributary to the ancient silk route and now is used as an important highway by the Indian army. BBC, Lonely Planet and Fox Traveller have rated this as one of the World’s best road trip and definitely not without a reason.
The Fun On The Road Trip
Several tourists take the Manali-Leh highway on bikes and SUV’s to reach the world’s highest motorable road. Some take the usual route of regular tourists, while those who take the Roads Less Travelled, enjoy the beautiful road on a Jeep Safari and in a totally different manner. They go not as tourists but as travellers, enjoying every slice of their journey, be it camping at Pangong Lake or even getting stuck in road blocks! Rest assured, we guarantee you a ride of your lifetime!!!
The Road To Nirvana Starts Here
The road is beautifully lined with mountains on all the sides and the landscape looks nothing less than as if painted by God himself.
2) The Konkan Delight National Highway 17
Route Mumbai to Goa
Probably every Mumbaikar has been on this 582 km stretch of well build Highway. This road connects Panvel, near Mumbai to Kochi, passing through the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala and Karnataka. National Highway 17 is also known as the Mumbai-Goa Highway and is the 7th longest highway in India with 1,296 km. The road winds through forests, hills, rivulets, rivers and streams generally flowing westwards towards Arabian Sea. You also get a beautiful view of paddy fields and coconut trees that dot the beautiful landscape.
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3) The Wild West – Golden triangle
Route : Delhi- Jaipur- Agra – Delhi
Take the historic Golden triangle (Delhi- Agra- Jaipur). This highway is packed with historic places and marvels, signifiers of the ancient cultural heritage of India. You can also take the desert wilderness circuit from Jaipur- Jodhpur- Jaisalmer. For those inclined towards getting up, close and personal with rare and enadngered wildlife, go for the Jaipur- Ranthambore road, that gives you an opportunity to get a glimpse of majestic tigers and the beautiful greens of Rajasthan
4) The Potpourri Highway
Route: Chennai – Pondicherry East Coast Road
The 113 KM east coast road in Tamil Nadu built along the coast of Bay of Bengal connects Chennai with Pondicherry. The highway runs along the Bay of Bengal whose beautiful waters glisten in the sun light. Also, the road is dotted with facilities like luxury resorts, food joints, tourist spots and places of interest and adventure sport arenas. This road is also well known as the ‘Potpourri highway’.
5) The Road to Kanchenjunga
Route: Gangtok- Yuksom
A beautiful road in the lap of the eastern Himalayas starts at Gangtok passing the beautiful snow capped mountains of east. Take this road to Yuksom for views of the mighty Kanchenjunga or head east towards the Nathu La pas, where Indian and China are just a millimeter away.