10 Best Road Trip Destinations in India

They say the world is a book and those who do not travel, read only a page. Few things in life are as fulfilling and exhilarating as a road trip. Whether on a solo expedition to discover an exciting new place, or a leisurely trip with buddies, hitting the road and exploring the world has its own thrill. So, for all the travel enthusiasts out there, presenting the 10 best places for a road trip in India.

1. The Golden Triangle Route

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One of the most popular tourist destinations attracting tons of tourists from India and abroad, the Golden Triangle covers the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. For anyone looking to experience the rich history and culture of India, this road trip is your best bet. Starting in Delhi, then moving south of the Taj Mahal at Agra, then west to the arid desert landscape of Rajasthan. It is a well-traveled route showing a glimpse of our country’s diverse landscapes. The circuit is about 720 km / 447 miles by road. and offers the chance to visit some iconic monuments as the Red Fort, Agra Fort, Hawa Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri.

2. Manali to Leh

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One of the most spectacular terrains you will ever see, the Manali-Leh highway spans across some stunning scenery. Open for only around four months in summer between May and August when the snow is cleared, it starts from Manali valley, passing through Lahaul and Spiti valleys and ends in Zanskar valley in Ladakh. Surrounded on both sides by snowcapped mountain ranges, the road crosses many icy cold streams and glaciers. It is also one of the most dangerous roads to drive, as it is located at an altitude of 5,328 meters / 17,480 feet with sharp turns and narrow roads.

3. Udaipur to Jaipur

This road trip offers a stark contrast of scenery. The route takes you from the lush green lake city of Udaipur to the dry, arid and desert-like Jaipur. Cruise along this highway and you can experience the beauty of the desert in all its natural glory. Flanked by sandy dunes on both sides of the road, you can catch glimpses of camels and village men and women all decked up in colorful traditional attire.

4. The Silk Route, Sikkim

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The Silk Route in Sikkim belongs to the network of ancient trade routes that connected Asia, Europe and Africa. Extending more than 6,500 kilometers / 4040 miles, the Silk Route was used to transport Chinese Silk to Europe through Central Asia. Explore the history of Asia while taking a ride along the long, winding roads of this ancient route which provides some gorgeous views of Mt. Kanchenjunga.

5. Manali to Spiti Valley

The Spiti Valley, a cold desert mountain valley nestled in the Himalayas, is perfect for those looking for some solitude. Unwind in the spectacular views of this enigmatic and mystic place. A must visit place for all nature lovers and biking enthusiasts, the route is surrounded by high rocky and barren mountain ranges devoid of any greenery. With lots of Buddhist monasteries located along the way such as the Key Monastery and the Tabo Monastery, you can get a feel of the Tibetan and Buddhist cultures.

6. Mumbai to Goa

After the movie ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ was released, going on a Mumbai to Goa trip with friends became a sort of ritual for the youth. A trip to the best beach and party destination of the country, Goa, is the ultimate travel fantasy for many people. The route offers the best views of the Western Ghats, and is even more enchanting during the monsoons when it is blessed with lush greenery.

7. Guwahati to Tawang

In the Northeastern region of India, the Guwahati-Tawang road is considered one of the most challenging terrains to drive, but the rewards are worth it. Bask in the breathtaking beauty of Arunachal Pradesh and you will realize why the Northeast is called the forgotten paradise. Visiting the Tawang Monastery, one of the largest in Asia is a must if travelling along this route.

8. Bangalore to Munnar

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One of the most beautiful spots in God’s own country Kerala, Munnar is famous for its abundant greenery and picturesque views and delicious chocolates. The 500 km /310 mile drive from Bangalore to Munnar is dotted with windmills, waterfalls, lush forests and large manicured tea estates. And don’t forget to sample the local South Indian cuisine from the roadside restaurants.

9. Mumbai to Rann of Kutch

To experience the ethereal beauty of the sprawling white desert of the Great Rann of Kutch is also possible in the night. The beauty of the Kutch landscape with its vast barren and dry desert makes this trip a must on your bucket list. It is reputed to be one of the largest salt deserts in the world. Consider a road trip at night along smooth, wide roads while enjoying enchanting views of the star-filled sky.

10. Chennai to Pondicherry

This short trip of around four hours presents the best views that the East Coast of India has to offer. Starting from the Bay of Bengal to quaint fishing villages and lush green paddy fields, this route is perfect when you are looking for a short weekend getaway.

Visit the historic Sadras Dutch Fort and the Alamparai Fort along the way, and when you finally reach Pondicherry, take time to explore its unique Indo-French culture. With its many vintage buildings, churches, statues and French style avenues, Pondicherry still preserves much of the colonial heritage.

So, know that you know the best places to visit, you can embark on a free-spirited carefree road trip with your friends. Experience magic happening on Indian roads.

Author Bio

Struck with wanderlust, Rohit’s dream is to explore every nook and corner of India; discovering places, people, cultures and sharing his stories with the world. Reach him at www.transindiatravels.com.

2 thoughts on “10 Best Road Trip Destinations in India”

  1. No list of road trips would ever be complete without a mention of a road trip that goes along a forest path. The route to Bangalore via the Bandipur Forest is the most beautiful road trip you can have in India, when it comes to drives through the forest. You may also take up this road when travelling to Ooty from Mysore, passing through Bandipur National Park. You can have road trips in a car with an open sun roof, playing Antakshari or other fun road trip games while enjoying the enchanting views outside. This is perhaps the most charming highway in the whole country and it would be a mistake to miss out on this road trip.

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