Hitchhiking in India can be an incredible experience, although travelling in India is pretty much cheap across the entire country. Hitchhiking would perhaps be one of the best ways to move around the diverse, enormous and beautiful country. There are number of destinations which are best discovered by hitchhiking.
However, hitchhiking also comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. While it is highly unlikely to get a lift from a private vehicle, it is the truck drivers who would welcome you on-board of their trucks. The truck drivers tend to make you comfortable and would also make you have a meal with them.
India is a country filled with villages, the villages are pretty welcoming and the innocent villagers would offer you a yummy meal and also a place to spend the night in their homes. If you happen to be in the mountainous terrains, the army posts tend be the saviours. One can get to know a lot of people, starting from the dhaba owners to the villagers.
At last, never misuse the hospitality which is offered. Well, we bring to you some hitchhiking road trips that you could take across India. Let's begin!
Guwahati To Tawang
To the mountains, this is one of the lesser known but a beautiful trips to be made. The northeastern part of the country is to a large extent untouched and vibrant.
Since Guwahati to Tawang is not a direct route, you will have to go for several breaks in between to experience this trip.
There are a large number of trucks which take this route and the people here are humble and would offer you an assistance if required or asked for.
However, make sure that you have all the required permits to cross the state of Arunachal Pradesh. It is highly recommended to carry your ID proofs, as you may be stopped at a point of time; however, there's nothing to panic if stopped, as it is a part of the protocol in this part of the country.
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Manali To Leh
There are many who have hitchhiked from Manali to Leh and as usual, the trucks would be your carriers. Public transport, though available, is very minimal, unless one has their own modes of transportation.
The good thing is that the truck drivers are always ready to pick up a traveller along their route. Throughout the stretch, one would come across several monasteries and Gompas, where you can spend the night.
Keylong is one of the predominant stop-overs in the route. Until Sarchu you are in Himachal Pradesh after which you would be in Jammu and Kashmir while on this route.
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Manali To Spiti
Yet again, it is the same road which takes you to Leh, but one requires to take a diversion at Gramphu on the Manali-Leh Highway.
It is one of the shortest routes to reach Spiti Valley, and it is also tends to be below altitude. You will have to prepare yourself for AMS and the ride can be dizzy if pushed.
The road witnesses lesser landslides than the other routes leading to Spiti, especially the route via Kinnaur Valley. This road is well taken by both public and private vehicles, which makes it all the more easier to find a ride.
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Srinagar to Leh
Another incredible way to reach Leh is the Srinagar-Leh highway. It is a journey which takes you across the beautiful Himalayan landscape.
With several towns in between, you will have a thrilling journey, this route does not offer regular public transport and grabbing a lift is one of the best ways to reach Leh.
As one enters the Kashmir Valley, the energy levels would rise and one will not be able to make many stops. If you are a non-vegetarian, the Dhabas here serve the most tasty meals and at cheap rates too.
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Itanagar To Ziro
A distance of about 110 km, this would be the easiest hitchhiking trips out of the lot. However, to secure a ride, one needs to start really early when all the trucks prepare themselves to leave Itanagar towards Ziro.
Make sure you have the Inner Line Permit ready, as you would be reaching the state borders and checking is quite frequent across the route.
One of the best things about the trip is the road and high-mountain curves. Hold tight, as the truck drivers would take you through 90-degree turns here.
Ahmedabad To Rann of Kutch
As opposed to the giant mountains and the green valleys, here you would be passing through one of the most-challenging terrains.
It is a desert landscape throughout and small rural patches, which you would encounter after a certain distance.
Getting a ride from Ahmedabad would be easy, once you are nearing Bhuj, where it tends to get into a hot and sweaty affair.
There are a number of stops enroute, especially the Gujarati dhabas, which serve some the most nutritious meals at a minimum price. You might have to change a number of rides before you reach the great Rann of Kutch.
Leh To Nubra Valley
The road from Leh To Nubra Valley is best enjoyed if you are in your own vehicle. However, for hitchhikers, the options are limited. The best thing however is that you would be required to go in for several stops and breaks, but each of them are totally worth it.
One would be passing through some of the most amazing landscapes on the planet. The journey would take you through the much-famed Khardung La Pass, which is said to be the highest motorable road in the world.
One would be able to witness the Shyok river meeting the Nubra river, which is a magical sight to witness and experience.
Every scene in this trip would be a picture-prefect moment, which one would cherish for a lifetime. What makes this trip more special is that you get to see the parched landscape of Leh slowly changing into a valley of greenery and flowers.
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