7 Best Road Trips in India

Photo of author

By admin

When we think of road tripping, our mind automatically jumps to fanciful images of driving through USA’s Route 66 or Scotland’s North Coast 500. Yet we tend to forget about the routes less traveled. India as one of the most diverse countries in the world contains stunning landscapes which contrast yet complement one another through their colors. And these breathtaking views come hand in hand with a culture insistent on welcoming every wanderer into their country with open arms. Follow this guide’s selection of the top seven best road trips in India and you’ll leave this magnificent country with special memories which will last a lifetime.

7 Best Road Trips in India

Manali to Leh

Yet don’t let this formidable pass dissuade you from experiencing one of the greatest road trips out there. Normally open from early June until mid-September, this road trip is a comfortable 478 kilometers long, allowing for travelers to stop and rest for a few nights but not become mentally exhausted like on week long slogs. And there are plenty of fantastic stopover points like Khoksar where locals cook up delicious cuisine for weary adventurers. Although this road trip certainly isn’t for the faint hearted, looking out over the lofty white peaks at what feels like the top of the world is an indescribable experience.

Bangalore to Munnar

The road may be curvy but there are not many dangerous blind spots on route. We recommend that such a trip should be made during the monsoon season, at the point where nature is truly brimming with life. Don’t get distracted as you stare out into the distance at the picturesque greenery only enhanced by the abundance of waterfalls. This route truly offers travelers the opportunity to experience nature at its peak.

See also  7 Tips For Driving in Germany

And when you arrive in Munnar, the slog of the road trip will be more than worth it. Munnar is the destination where the mountain streams of Nallathanni, Mudrapuza, and Kundala meet. This incredible display of natural beauty attracts tourists from around the world, especially in May when the weather is just right. They all come together at Top Station to witness nature at its finest, overlooking the Western Ghats. It’s a road trip that you must drive at least once.

When contemplating road trip culture, many of us picture an interminable slog. Traversing half a country in only a couple of days sometimes doesn’t seem worthwhile for the laid-back traveler who wants to relax on their holidays. Yet sometimes, the most worthwhile road trips are short in length but great in momentousness. The drive from Pamban Bridge to Rameswaram is just that – twenty minutes of pure pleasure. This 100-year old railway bridge, surrounded by calming green and blue waters, is certainly an engineering marvel. And it’s been through a lot – even surviving a large-scale cyclone in 1964 that obliterated the port town Dhanushkodi.

Although there aren’t many trains on this route, if you plan carefully then you could be lucky enough to catch the train crossing the bridge or even the bridge opening for ships to pass by. An average of ten to fifteen boats and ships pass beneath the bridge each month. Consequently, to witness this, you’d have to possess a large dosage of change on your side.

Ahmedabad to Kutch

Ahmedabad to Kutch is a beautiful journey to start of a weekend away. One top tip from travelers is to start early due to this brief stretch of India covering four hundred kilometers, therefore estimating a journey time of ten to eleven hours. Our favorite part of this journey just has to be driving through the translucent white beauty of the Rann of Kutch – meaning ‘desert’ in Hindi – which is reputedly the largest salt desert in the world.

One word of warning is to choose your time of travel wisely. Due to the Rann of Kutch being a sealine desert, constant flooding occurs during the monsoon season for a period of one month. Therefore, we recommend avoiding a road trip between June and September and instead, driving through these two spots in winter between November and February. What’s more, you’ll be able to attend the incredible Rann Utsav festival and bask in the diverse culture and beauty of the Kutch under the light of the full moon.

See also  How to Remove Heavy Brake Dust from Wheels

Kolkata to Digha

If you enjoy this relaxing stretch of road so much that you want to prolong your road trip, then we recommend venturing off the beaten track to check out some of the other hidden beaches which lie outside Digha. And if you’re a little peckish when on the road then the abundance of dhabas (roadside restaurants) and Bengali sweet shops will keep your hunger at bay.

And Digha itself is also a glorious seaside resort town to kick back and relax for a while. Road tripping may be fun but it’s also exhausting, so walking along the sandy beach and through the Amarabati Park is what every road tripper needs to switch into relaxation mode. And when the locals tell you that they also go weekend trips away to this paradise, then you should certainly listen.

Mumbai to Goa

The southwestern state of Goa is indeed beautiful –  yet the road trip from Mumbai to get there is one that compliments the saying that life isn’t all about the destination, but the journey taken to reach it. There are two popular routes for this road trip to choose from: via the NH 4 or the NH 66.

Route number one ensures that getting to paradise has never been simpler, as the road along the NH 4 is flat as a pancake and in optimal condition. Averaging a total distance of 590 kilometers, it will take a good ten and a half hours without stopping to reach Goa, so prepare yourself with plenty of snacks. Yet if you forget to pack some food then you can enjoy some on the roadside snacks on the way: with local recommendations being the dhabas at Kolhapur and Satara. This route is for those travelers who enjoy some nice and easy driving as a means to relax between the urban buzz.

The Golden Triangle (Delhi to Agra to Jaipur)

We’ve been saving the best for last. Road tripping the Golden Triangle is, without a doubt, one of the most iconic road trips in the world. The route is nicknamed the Golden Triangle due to not only the cities creating a triangular-shaped course on the map yet also thanks to the rich cultural heritage prevalent in each of these vibrant hubs.

Delhi as the Indian capital hosts is both dynamic and shocking – in the sense that poverty and excessive wealth exist alongside each other. Yet within this confusion and stratification, a vibrant culture exists within the bazaars and malls. Agra is, of course, infamous due to its Taj Mahal which is undoubtedly the most extravagant and breathtaking memorial to ever exist. And last but not least, Jaipur’s incredible monuments and red-washed buildings aren’t to be missed.

See also  DEWALT DG5543 Tool Bag

Driving between each city takes roughly between four to six hours but even so, isn’t for the faint hearted. The Yamuna Expressway and the NH8 between the three major Indian hubs can be extremely hazardous with lots of long traffic. Yet they are also awash with culture thanks to the numerous dhabas and restaurants dotted alongside them. The best time to undertake this ultimate road trip is from August until March. And when you finally get around to it, we can confirm that you won’t be disappointed.

Originally posted 2023-11-30 20:58:40.

Leave a Comment