India is a wonderland where one can experience totally different shades of nature, culture and even weather while travelling from place to place and if you choose to travel by road, you have a lot more amazing experiences along the way than you may have while taking a two-hour flight! So if you have a luxury of time, there are some wonderful road trips in India that will make you literally live the saying - ‘the journey is sometimes more beautiful than the destination.’ So here is a list of few such road trips destinations:
1. Manali to Leh
Taking a road trip from Manali in Himachal Pradesh to Leh is really a dream for almost all adventure lovers in India. The beauty of this highway with those magnificent mountains on the background of clear azure sky can’t be captured in words! The total length of this highway is about 490 km. One can ride this highway on bike or drive to Leh by a car living the passion of driving. Bus service by state transport is also a good option. The only season this highway opens is June-September. One needs to properly plan for this trip as more than 350 km out of 490 km long Manali-Leh Highway does not have any civilization or even fuel stations. So be careful, plan well and get ready for the most memorable road trip in your life!
2. Chennai to Munnar
Road from Chennai-Munnar in Kerala is full with greenery that will refresh your mind and that is what makes this road trip unique. The total distance is approximately 590 km and the road goes through hills with tea gardens. Driving on this beautiful road with your beloved ones having your favourite music on in a car is certainly a dream come true! If you visit here in Monsoon, the spectacular scene of hills covered with clouds, pleasant weather and lush green colour of the surrounding will rejuvenate you. So keep this road trip on your list if you are visiting south India!
3. Jaipur to Jaisalmer
The beauty of a desert experienced during a road trip in Rajasthan is an unforgettable experience. While travelling in Rajasthan, you will not only experience a journey through the ocean of sand but also witness one of the most colourful cultures in India. A road connecting pink city-golden city is around 558 km in length. Jodhpur comes along the same way and one can make a stopover there to enjoy the great Rajasthani heritage. Huge palaces that are master pieces of Rajasthani architecture can be seen in all these cities. An exotic mixture of adventurous and cultural activities is the key for uniqueness of this roadtrip!
4. Guwahati to Tawang
North east India is relatively less explored region that is gifted with marvellous beauty by Mother Nature. On a road trip from Guwahati in Assam to Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, breath-taking views of snow-clad mountains and deep valleys won’t make you feel the difficulty of driving up the winding paths! Along with the visual treat offered by nature here, one can closely experience Buddhist culture during the journey. The trip can be made more convenient by making a stop at Tezpur or Dirang. The best time to take this trip is between March and October. So when are you planning to pack your bag and go on exploring north east India?
5. Western ghats – Maharashtra
Western ghats has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is one of the most biologically diverse places in the world. It is a mountain range along the western coast line of India. During Monsoon, waterfalls sprout up at almost every step and Western Ghats become paradise! One can plan a road trip from Mumbai to Ganpati Pule in Maharashtra and have an experience of beautiful beaches, whispering coconut groves, lush green hills and valleys! The route traverses through deep forests some times and runs parallel to the sea shore at others! A wide range of scenic spots such as Harihareshwar, Diveagar, Dapoli can be covered in this offbeat road trip of around 332 km.
6. Kolkata to Puri
A trip from Kolkata to Puri in Odisha offers a beautiful green drive of about 498 km that ends at a pristine beach of Puri. The journey from the hustling city life of Kolkata to calm beaches of Puri is as pretty as the destination. The road is smooth and hence the drive becomes relaxing. If you leave Kolkata early in the morning, enjoying a lovely sunset at peaceful beach of Puri makes the drive of 12 hours more than worth!
7. Ahmedabad to Kutch
Travelling from Ahmedabad-Kutch is a fun experience of a lifetime. This road of 381 km takes around 8 hours to complete and then one is exposed to the vast expanse of white salt desert that shines brightly in daylight. The beauty of this white desert is truly felt at night when the moon rises up in the sky, spreading calm rays of light that are reflected by pure white land! You have to take this trip to experience those enthralling moments!
These are few choices you must consider while planning a road trip in India. After all, no other thrill during the travel can be compared to exploring the unknown by road, by yourself!
A travel writing expert at Trans India Travels, Rohit’s stories are quite an inspiration to travel enthusiasts. Every destination on his bucket list is a must-visit for both nature and adventure lovers.