“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
-Ernest Hemingway. Having said that, we bring before you, 15 best road trips in India, you must take once in a lifetime.
1/. Rohtang pass:
A gateway to the Lahaul Spiti in the Himachal Pradesh, the Rohtang pass is indeed one of the must take road trip. Not to scare you but the name Rohtang means ” group of corpses” accounting to the number of people who lost their lives trying to cross the pass. The view is indeed mesmerizing. The pass mostly remains opens by the end of April till October.
2/. Leh-Manali Highway:
Indeed a delight for the bikers, Leh-Manali Highway goes through some of the world’s highest mountain passes with a mean altitude of about 2-3 miles above the sea level. These roads have never disappointed its travellers accounting to the bewitching view and thrill with no civilization for miles. It is open mostly between May-June and again somewhere in mid-October.
3/. Munnar -Udumalpet Road:
Passing through three important protected areas, this Munnar -Udumalpet Road also known as Northern outlet road providing you the best opportunity to view wildlife in an unspoiled forest. 85kms long road with the most picturesque view, is indeed a nature lovers paradise.
4/. Siliguri to Darjeeling:
As you leave behind the bustling city and slowly make way for the hills, Siliguri-Darjeeling offers an enchanting view. The wind getting colder with every curve and the toy train railway lines accompanying you from the mid way, this highway makes your vacation worthwhile.
5/. Chalakudy to Valparai:
Showcasing the best of Western Ghats is yet another route from Kerela to Tamil Nadu. Passing through a thick deciduous forest, tea plantation, famous Athirapally waterfall, it is yet another most preferred road trip by families as well as young solo travellers.
6/. Yamuna Expressway:
One of the India’s longest 6 lane expressway, Yamuna expressway connects Agra with Delhi. This expressway was built with a motive to reduce the travel time between Delhi to Agra and is indeed one of the best roads to be travelled. 165 kms long stretch of smooth roads is indeed a reason enough to hit the road.
7/. Mumbai-Pune Expressway:
The 93 kms long expressway is yet another road trip mostly preferred by the local residents. The road offers one of the most picturesque view ever with monsoon adding up to its beauty. Two wheelers are allowed on the highway and four-wheelers on the expressway.
8/. Jaipur to Jaisalmer:
Get a glimplse of Rajasthan, as you drive through the golden sands from Jaipur to Jaisalmer. To add up to the beauty of the journey, a good number of restaurants with authentic Rajasthani cuisine are lined up in this highway.
9/. Srinagar to Leh:
With Indus river flowing alongside with the road, the Srinagar-Leh is yet another must take road trip. Most adventure lovers would love undertake both Srinagar-Leh and Leh-Manali highway, making sure not to miss out on the most bewitching view, mother nature has to offer.
10/. Pamban Bridge:
India’s first as well as the longest sea bridge in twentieth century, Pamban Bridge is a cantilever bridge that connects Pamban on Rameswaram Island to Tamil Nadu. Surrounded by the serine blue water from all sides, it is also one among the suggested road trips.
11/. Old Silk Route:
Old Silk route Sikkim is one among the trade routes which connecting Asia, Europe and Africa.This route connects Lhasa to India passing through Nathula Pass, which takes you back in time where history comes alive.
12/. Bangalore to Koli Hills:
Not only is it famous for the hairpin bends (mostly famous among the bikers) but also the Kollimalai Ghat road to Kolli hills is worth a drive. With very few houses and shops to accompany on the way, it offers a picturesque view all through the way.
13/. Guwahati to Tawang:
This road offers yet another breathtaking view of the mountains, slightly covered in snow and with the never ending curves. This 480 kms long road trip brings out the best of Arunachal Pradesh. Also enjoying the hot steaming North Eastern cuisine in the chilly cold weather is worth a try.
14/. Shimla to Spiti Valley:
Experiencing all kinds of topography, driving through the rock cut roads and watch the snow capped mountains appearing closer as you go; what more do you need to have a good road trip. A river accompanies you all through the way and you drive across small beautiful villages and some of the oldest monasteries. This route is more accessable to Spiti valley as the Rohtang pass mostly remains shut due to heavy snowfall.
15/. Ahmedabad to Kutch:
The pure silvery gleam of the Rann can be best enjoyed in thip trip from Ahmedabad to Kutch. As you go, you slowly escape from the bustling roads and make way for the desolate golden sands before reaching the white sands. This 400 kms long road trip is also one among the must do.