10 Most Enthralling Road Trips in India

Travellers who love to travel out of the ordinary, for them nothing is more thrilling and relaxing than to travel with windows down and group of buddies. The best ways to discover and explore the beauty, immensity and diversity of India are the road trips through the villages, towns and cities of India. From north to south, east to west, India proffers a number of road trips that you must take once in your life span. 
Here in this article we bring to you 10 most adventurous road trips in India. If you are a travel freak than one among these will definitely be your next destination to explore.

1.   1. Chennai to Pondicherry Road Trip

The route which is very popular among travellers to cover the Chennai to Pondicherry trip is the ECR (East Coast Road). This road runs along the coastline of Bay of Bengal and in the whole time of travel the sea will be alongside and proffers breathtaking views. In this windy road trip, you will travel via Mahabalipuram (which is a UNESCO WorldHeritage Site), Kalapakkam (which is a nuclear facility center), Idaikkazhinadu (popular for Alamparai Fort), Marakkanam (having salt pans of big size) and Mudaliarkuppam (having boat house & facilities of water sports). Keep a good quality camera with you to capture some beautiful photos of these locations.

Travel time: It takes 3 to 4 hours to cover the trip.

Travel Distance & Road: Via ECR the distance is 155 kms
                                             Via NH32 the distance is 167 kms

Best Time: Though you can take this trip all through the year, yet the perfect time will be from October to February. During this time, the weather & temperature both remains pleasant.

10 Most Enthralling Road Trips in India, road trip
Chennai to Pondicherry

2.   2. Bangalore to Ooty Road Trip

This is among the best road trips for the nature lovers. The entire trip from Bangalore to Ooty offers you blossoming greenery and picturesque landscapes of the Nilgiri Ranges that change with every mile you cross. In this route you will come across the verdant forests of Bandipur and the ancient spots of Mysore. The splendid waterfalls, lucid lakes, acres of tea plantation and mystical weather make this trip worth experiencing. You will get many food joints like Café coffee day on your way.

Travel Time: It takes 6 to 7 hours to get to Ooty from Bangalore.

Travel Distance & Route: The distance covered is 280 kms via Mysore Road.

Best Time: October to June is the best time to experience this amazing road trip.

10 Most Enthralling Road Trips in India, road trip
Bangalore to Ooty

3.  3. Gangtok to Nathula Pass via Tsomgo Lake Road Trip

This is the road trip in the north-eastern part of India and is among the most enthralling trips which you should take without a second thought. In this trip you can witness the pure and unexplored beauty of the northeast. The adventure of this high altitude road trip is matchless. On the way from Gangtok to Nathula Pass you can stop at Tsomgo Lake also recognized as Changu Lake. Here you can click some memories of the trip and also have some tea (made of Yak milk) and snacks.

Travel Time: It takes 2 to 3 hours to reach Nathula Pass.

Travel Distance & Route: The total distance covered is 60 kms via Jawaharlal Nehru road.

Best Time: The best times are from February to April and from September to November.

10 Most Enthralling Road Trips in India, road trips
Gangtok to Nathula Pass

  4. Shillong to Cherrapunji Road Trip

This route has become a recently popular road trip which is off-the-chart picturesque. This journey via the breezy curvy roads, verdant forests and serene Khasi Hills will leave you speechless. On your way from Shillong to Cherrapunji you can see the majestic waterfalls, unharmed caves of Meghalaya and the drizzles of the wettest place in India, Cherrapunji.  Small food joints are available to keep your belly calm.

Travel Time: It is a small trip of 1 to 2 hours.

Travel Distance & Route: The total distance covered is 56 kms via SH 5.

Best Time: The pleasant time to experience this short yet worthy trip is from October to May.

10 Most Enthralling Road Trips in India, road trips
Shillong to Cherrapunji

5.  5. Guwahati to Tawang Road Trip

This thrilling hilly terrain road trip from the capital city of Assam, Guwahati to Tawang, a town in Arunachal Pradeshcannot be expressed in words. This is a lengthy and high altitude trip of nearly 2700 meters above sea level. Though the roads are rough yet the view of the snow covered Himalayas make this trip worth experiencing. Make a stopover at Tezpur (which is small town in Assam) to witness the culture and history of Assam or you can halt in the Dirang village and visit the 500 years archaic Ngingmapa and Kalchakra Gompas to see the Budhism Cultures. Do try the mouth-watering momos at the food stalls on the way.

Travel Time: This trip takes 14 to 15 hours to reach Tawang.

Travel Distance & Route: It covers 500 kms via Chauriduar-Tawang road
                                               And covers 450 kms via NH 13

Best Time: The ideal time to take this trip is from March to October.

10 Most Enthralling Road Trips in India, road trip
Guwahati to Tawang

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6.  6. Delhi to Shimla Road Trip

The road from Delhi to Shimla, nestled amid the snow clad Himalayan ranges is among those adventure trips which every travel freak should take once in their lifetime. You can go for this small weekend trip to the Queen of Hills from the hustle and bustle of the Delhi city and enjoy to the fullest. The journey through the curved roads, clear blue skies and the spectacularly majestic mountains make this trip unforgettable.

Travel Time: In a small time of 7 to 8 hours you can reach Shimla from Delhi.

Travel Distance & Route: Via NH 44 and NH 5 the distance is 350 kms.

Best Time: From October to April is the best time to take this wonderful trip.

10 Most Enthralling Road Trips in India, road trip
Delhi to Shimla

7.  7. Manali to Leh Road Trip

The travellers who are passionate about photography will definitely love this apparently eternal road trip. The sublime locations of this road are captured in a large number of Bollywood movies. Though driving in the turns and twists of the Manali-Leh highway is little difficult and need experienced hands yet you will love this thrill and adventure. You need to acclimate yourself before reaching Leh, which is at an elevation of 3500 meters above sea level, so, halt for sometime at Keylong or at Sarchu to relax in this nature’s paradise.

Travel Time: This lengthy road trip takes 14 to 15 hours to reach Leh.

Travel Distance & Route: the distance is nearly 480 kms through Leh-Manali Highway.

Best Time: The best period to take this audacious trip is from June to September. Remaining time the roads remain closed by snow.

10 Most Enthralling Road Trips in India, road trips
Manali to Leh

  8. Delhi to Jaipur Road Trip

This road is the busiest and well maintained roads in India. While driving amid the Aravalli Ranges and the colorful Rajasthani cultures, you can witness the beauty of diversity in India. This trip from the Indian Capital to the pink city of Rajasthan will undoubtedly make you spellbound. Both small and big food joints are available throughout the journey to enjoy some lip-smacking Rajasthani cuisines and to capture the views.

Travel Time: 5 to 6 hours travel time is needed to reach Jaipur.

Travel Distance & Route: you have to cover about 280 kms through NH 48.

Best Time: This road trip can be experienced all through the year but it better to skip the summer time from May to September as the temperature remains very hot and dry in this time.

10 Most Enthralling Road Trips in India, road trips
Delhi to Jaipur

9.  9. Ahmedabad to Kutch Road Trip

A trip from Ahmedabad to the desert of white salt, Kutch will give you enough opportunities to enjoy the rich culture and art of the people of Gujarat. For travel lovers and Bike riders this road trip is a very unique experience unlike other trips in India. The roads are very well-maintained and busy as well. To avoid the traffic and enjoy a hassle-free journey you need to start early for this trip. Make stopovers at WildAss Sanctuary (shelter to approx 3000 asses), Chari Dhand (a paradise for the bird watchers) and Hodko village to shop some exclusive handicrafts made by the local Gujaratis.

Travel Time: It takes approximately 7 to 8 hours.

Travel Distance & Route: The distance to get to Kutch is 400 kms approx via NH 947.

Best Time: The best time to travel via this road is from October to March.

10 Most Enthralling Road Trips in India, road trip
Ahmedabad to Kutch

10. 10. Mumbai to Goa Road Trip

One of the favourite and legendary road trips among the travellers is the Mumbai to Goa Road trip. This is the best weekend gateway trip for the Mumbaikars. This is a trip from the busy roads of the metro city towards sand, sun and scenery. The drive via paddy fields and coconut trees & the splendid view of the sea changing its colour with the movement of sun is really awe-inspiring. This route comprises ample delectable options to satisfy your tummy. Keep your camera ready to capture every beautiful moment which will come along.

Travel Time: 10 to 12 hours time is needed to get to Goa from Mumbai.

Travel Distance & Route: This route covers about 580 kms distance via NH 4.

Best Time: The pleasant time for this road trip is from September to March.

10 Most Enthralling Road Trips in India, road trips
Mumbai to Goa

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