Begin your Journey with these Road Trips
Indian road trips like everything else famous about India is a excellent bond of land terrain from rough and rocky Himalayan mountain roads to ultra smooth highway. Every part of India adds its own flavor to roads. Are you road trip freak? Then India is A must do on your list. You will be amazed by what India has to offer
MANALI – LEH HIGHWAY
Distance – 479 KMS.
The highway crosses many small streams of ice-cold water from snow-capped mountains and glacial melts without a bridge and it requires driving skill to negotiate fast-flowing streams.
ROUTE- Manali – Rohtang – Khoksar – Sissu – Tandi – Keylong – Jispa – Baralacha la – Sarchu – Pang – Tanglang La – Upshi – Leh
DELHI - JAIPUR - JODHPUR - JAISALMER
Distance – 765 kms
The roads are in excellent condition and a pleasure to drive on! Follow RJ SH 19 which is the best option as far as routes are concerned. the highlight of this road is that not only they are well maintained but also takes you straight to your destination, does not wind in the way.
ROUTE- Delhi – Jaipur – Ajmer – Jodhpur – Pokaran – Jaisalmer.
MUMBAI – GOA
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Distance – 608 kms
This can probably be called the Favorites in Indian Road Trips. Drive towards the sun, the sea and the sand on a gorgeous road that will inspire and gear you up for the upcoming fun.
Route- Mumbai – Pune – Satara – Kolhapur – Belgaum – Panaji
AHMEDABAD – RUNN OF KUTCH
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Distance: 402 kms.
The road from Ahmedabad to Runn of Kutch is in excellent condition and scenic. As it passes through the desert, you can also see many desert animals on the way along with the rural life.
Route: Ahmedabad – Sarkhej – HAnsalpur – Dhrangadhara – Bhachau – Bhuj – Kutch
GUWAHATI – TAWANG
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Distance: 501 kms
The town is about a 16 hour drive from Guwahati. Tezpur is 4 hr. drive from Guwahati. From Tezpur you go to Bhalukpong (border of Assam and Arunachal) where Indian and Non Indian tourists have to show in permit (easily obtainable at either Guwahati or Tezpur) and proceed to a beautiful and rough drive up the mountains. It can take 12-14 hrs if you go at a stretch to Tawang. It is advisable to break your journey at either Bomdila or better still – charming little valley town of Dirang. Sela pass is notoriously difficult and heavy snowfall (during season) could force you to stay on either side.
Route: Guwahati – Tezpur – Bhalukpong – Bomdila – Dirang – Tawang.
DEHRADUN – NAINITAL
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Distance: 270 kms
Nainital is located in Kumaon foothills in Uttarakhand. The town lies in the midst of mountains, three of the most significant ones being Mount Naina, Mount Deopatha and Mount Ayarpatha. The name of the town literally translates to ‘lake of the eye’; ‘naina’ meaning ‘eye’ and ‘tal’ meaning ‘lake’. Haridwar can be congested but if you have plotted the map well, it’s a good drive and very good roads.
Route: Dehradun- RIshikesh – Haridwar – Nazibabad – Ramnagar – Nainital
BANGALORE – MUNNAR
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Distance: 523 kms.
Quality of road overall is GOOD, save for patches at few places. One cannot complete the list of road trips without traveling through the one with Tea Gardens alongside.
Route: Bangalore – Hosur – Krishnagiri – Salem – Tirrupur – Munnar
KOLKATA – PURI
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Distance: 496 kms.
The drive between Kolkata and Puri is full of surprises. The green drive and the pretty roads will leave you awed, while the idyllic beauty of both the journey and the destination will calm your soul.
Route: Kolkata – Kharagpur – Dharmasala – Cuttack – Puri
SHIMLA – MANALI VIA MANDI
Road to Manali
Distance: 250 kms
Road journey while travelling from one place to another during Himachal visit is also exciting and enjoyable as it provides breath-taking views of mountains
Route: Shimla – Ner Chowk – Mandi – Bhuntar – Kullu – Manali
DARJEELING – THIMPHU
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Distance: 351 kms
Indians, who do not have a passport, require a tour permit from the Indian Embassy in Phuentsholing. This permit is issued after the Immigration officer checks the authenticity of the Indian’s identity card (voter’s id, driving license, PAN card, etc). This permit has to be produced before the Bhutanese Visa office in Phuentsholing and a travel Visa is issued for 7 to 30 days, depending on the purpose of travel of the applicant.
Route: Darjeeling – Gangtok – Kalimpong – Nagarkata – Chhukha – Thimpu.