Are you a person who loves the road? Or someone who loves to enjoy the breeze of the open lands not bothered about anything? Do you think your soul is of a wanderlust? A soul who looks for heaven in sand swept routes, snow covered roads and highways amidst forests.
It's that time of the week when everyone is waiting to say goodbye to the boring office desks. The only thought that comes to you when it is a weekend is, to hit the road and take the paths which haven't been taken.
A dream to rediscover you in the adventurous terrains with nothing to worry about; the lone soul in the entire terrain with only the wind to give you company, can it get any more appealing?
There are many roads and routes in India to satisfy your wanderlust soul. We bring you a few such roads and routes - some of them are through snow covered peaks, some through dense forests and some for the adventure junkie in you.
2. Manali To Leh
One of the most beautiful and scenic roads in the country which has been a setting for many Bollywood songs. The 474 km stretch has an excellent driving path, which takes you through high peaks, marvellous valleys, fabulous scenery and mind blowing terrains.
The journey normally taken as a two-day drive gives you a thrilling adventure taking you through ancient trade routes, and high altitudes. The road is open only from June to September, so mark your calendars and set off for this beautiful ride.
3. Leh To Khardung La
The road is considered as the Mecca of road trips. The gateway to the Nubra valley and continues towards Siachen glacier, one would pass through monasteries amidst the mountains, and the various types of geographical changes, you reach the highest motorable road in the world Khardung La.
4. Jaipur To Ranthambore
This trip will give you the jungle book experience. Fresh air, jungle safaris, star gazing at night all of it make it a photographer's paradise. From the green belts of the Aravalli range to the patchy bushes spread across, to the rough forests of Ranthambore, this road offers you the best of Rajasthan's geography.
5. Rohtang Pass
At 13,054 ft, it serves as the gateway to Lahaul and Spiti valleys. The pass gives beautiful sights of glaciers, peaks, Lahaul Valley and Chandra river.
Located on the watershed between the basins of Chenab and Beas rivers, The pass is naturally divided between the humid Kullu Valley and the arid, high altitude Lahaul and Spiti Valleys.
6. Shillong To Cherrapunji
This 53 km stretch, has a lot to offer from drizzles, waterfalls, caves, villages and a beautiful view. The state of Meghalaya welcomes you with a cool breeze and clouds covering your way. The very sight of this heavenly place will surely leave you mystified.
7. NH 17 Sahyadris – Kashedi Ghat
This stunning ghat section with deadly curves makes it one of most dangerous ghat sections in Maharashtra. The highway is on the banks of river Savitri, which adds on to the beauty of the Sahyadri range of mountains.
8. NH 212 Bangalore – Ooty Via Bandipur Forests
This highway passes through the dense forests of Bandipur and Mudumalai range. Passing through the Bandipur National Park, there are high chances of catching the glimpses of wild animals in their natural habitat.
One can enjoy the quite and serene atmosphere and get lost in the green carpet laid out.
9. Jelep La Pass
The word 'Jelep La' is of Tibetan origin and translates to the ‘lovely level pass'. It truly keeps up to its name, which comes across between Sikkim and Tibet.
With the Menmecho Lake flowing below the pass, one can enjoy the spectacular pass from a distance with its forests. During spring there are no words to describe the beauty of this place.
10. Guwahati – Tawang
The road runs through some of the most scenic places in the country, such as Kaziranga, Cherapunji and Imphal. One can enjoy the sights of Buddhist flags, the snow clad mountains, camps set up by the Indian Army and yaks.
This 480 km stretch takes about 9 hours to cover and one can witness a very vast spectrum of different colours of its surroundings.
11. Bangalore – Coonoor
Coonoor is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiris, surrounded by tea plantations and cold weather adds on to the experience of driving through 32 hairpin curves.
The route via Masinagudi is truly a beauty, with narrow stretches of roads negotiating amidst villages and the Mudumalai Tiger reserve simply adds on the memories of this journey.
12. Karwar – Mangalore
One of the best coastal drives in India. One can experience the shift in the culture, food, language as you drive through the highway which is popularly known as Konkan Coast.
With the Western Ghats on one side and the sea on the other, this sure is an attractive stretch to drive.
13. Bangalore To Goa
There are three routes which can be taken to reach Goa from Bangalore.
1. Bangalore - Shimoga - Honavar on NH 206, and the total distance would be 640 km.
2. Bangalore - Dharwad - Ponda on NH 4 and the total distance is 592 km.
3. Bangalore - Hubli on NH 4 and the total distance is 706 km.
Route 1 and 3 are the most travelled routes since both the routes offer a very serene and scenic environment to drive. Driving amidst the Western Ghats and across various waterfalls and wildlife sanctuaries, these routes for sure would cast a long lasting memory to be cherished.
14. Dehradun – Nainital
This stretch is for the ones who need an adrenaline rush. With the numerous turns and twists, the route provides an amazing experience to adventure seekers.
The road is also a bounty for the nature lovers to have their share of fresh breeze hitting against their faces and get ready to have a treat when you reach the magical destination Nainital.
15. Darjeeling To Gangtok
Curvy terrains, narrow passes, waterfalls and lush tea gardens will keep you accompanied throughout the journey. The winding roads up huge mountains, adds on to the beautiful landscapes gives you a feel that you are riding in heaven.
16. Srinagar- Zanskar
Have you heard of the "land far far away" in your childhood stories, well you found the answer to this. The beauty of the landscapes would surely change your definition of beauty.
It is one such trip which would take you from civilisation to isolation and back.
17. Bangalore To Hampi
You will be on the NH 4 from Bangalore to Chitradurga, from here a bypass leads you to Hampi via Hospet. The roads are dry, arid and not something to cheer about.
But the destination is worth the drive, the once golden era of richness, pride, culture and trade gives you a very surreal experience.