For those who find joy in travelling, for the traveler by heart, the wanderer by soul: Plenitude of destinations are offered in India that gives you the added zealousness of travelling by road and not only enjoying the final destination but the route as well.
Here are a few of them:
1. Manali To Leh
An unforgettable journey, 474 kms of pure bliss! Rugged terrains, photographic mountains, scenic views and enchanting valleys to conquer on this route. The charm here is that you might come across ranges with high altitude on this road trip, almost touching the skies. Winding routes, chilly nights and not such good road surfaces might make the journey stretch for 2 days with stopovers like Keylong, Sarchu or Pang. One can hire a bike, share a jeep or take a mini Volvo to enjoy this route.
Best time: June to September
Approximate distance: 480 km
2. The Golden Triangle with Geejgarh (Delhi-Agra-Geejgarh-Jaipur)
Starting from the capital of the country, drive down to Agra via the tranquil Yamuna Expressway, which is undoubtedly at present, one of the country’s finest roads. Visit the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri.
Spend a night in Agra and off you go to the pink city, Jaipur. En route take a stop over at Geejgarh for lunch, a true rural Indian experience offered amidst the aravallis. A typical Rajasthani Lunch with a short village tour in tongas, and then proceed to Jaipur. This city offers you the opportunity to dive into culture and heritage spanning back centuries, sight-see the various forts and palaces, shop in the bazaars.
From Jaipur, one can travel to various other cities in the mighty desert: Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Ranthambore etc.
Approximate distance: 800 km
Best time: Winter
3. Chennai to Pondicherry
Peace and serenity prevails en route and French colonial towns to visit. Sprawling salt factories, fishery ponds and over head bridges along the way are worth stopping for. The sunrises are mind boggling and worth much more than depriving yourself of your early morning sleep. A short 3 hour ride is worth many memories.
Drive down via car or motorbike. This route is also popular for cycling because of the good roads. Upon completion, stroll around Auroville and the serene beaches.
Approximate distance: 180 km
4. Bangalore to Munnar
From the IT hub to the green lush surroundings this route is full of hilly terrains, passing through lush tea-gardens and scenic landscapes. Apart from the beauty, the challenging turns and twists in this road trip will keep ones reflexes alive.
On reaching the end destination one can relax and take in the beautiful surroundings. A detox from the rushing life, this journey will begin refreshing you from the very beginning because of the breathtaking route you take.
Approximate distance: 500 km
5. Gangtok to Lake Tsomgo and Nathu-La Pass
Introducing you to the magical beauty and marvels of the east, this little trip is a must for adventure lovers. With innumerous turns and twists this is a fun and exciting ride. Connecting India to Tibet, Nathula Pass is 4310m above sea level and a part of the ancient silk route. What is more exciting than travelling along routes established for centuries? Lake Tsomgo is a glacial lake; worth a visit from Sikkim with a risky route that will surely give an adrenaline rush!
Approximate distance: 55 km
6. Guwahati to Tawang
300miles, Up and Down various mountains, crossing Brahmaputra, passing by wildlife sanctuaries, stopping over at various hamlets and meeting new people. Sounds interesting doesn’t it? That is what this route of almost 13 hours offers you. A little tough in comparison to others this road trip is for the restless, taking you from Assam to the Land of Monasteries.
Approximate distance: 500 km
7. Mumbai to Goa
This one is on almost everyone’s to-do list after watching ‘Dil Chahta Hai’. It doesn’t need any introduction. With eating joints now on the route, this is a mini party which starts on the route itself and gets you in the mood and ready for the party capital of India, GOA! Along NH17, the route is as smooth as butter and the 10 hour long trip will feel like a click of the fingers because of the excitement of the sun, the sand and the beach that awaits!
Approximate distance: 600 km
8. Ahmedabad to Kutch
Isn’t it exciting to drive through nowhere? Between two cities the endless expanse of white salt desert feels just like this. With the beautiful culture offered by the people at either end. From the colourful hustle and bustle of the city, to the purity and tranquility of the desert, like the two sides of a card, the contrasts of this route make it one worth driving. A 7 hour journey with a few minor up and downs, driving demands full attention here.
Approximate distance: 400 km
They say ‘it’s about the journey and not the destination’
Lets try this out and have an alluring experience.