"Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you are drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories" - Ray Bradbury
Road trips are something that always get anyone, irrespective of their age group, a sense of thrill and adventure. It is something which most of us look forward to; and it is definitely the best medicine to take away all your worries and troubles, when you decide to simply hit the roads.
India is a country that is home to some of the most beautiful roads and places to travel to across the globe. It is a place rich with multiple cultures, languages and the most exotic locations.
To get to the most serene locations in India, one must travel to its depths and heights and would come across many mountains, forests, seas, backwaters...you name it and India is ready to offer the same, provided you are ready to accept the challenges you have to face in reaching your destinations.
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There are roads which would give you altitude sickness and then there are roads that are an absolute bliss to drive, across the thick forests and also on the sea shores.
If you are all set to pack your bags and just hit the road (without any particular destination but just to satisfy the wanderlust soul within you), we bring you some of the best road trips that you could take across the country, covering almost every state!
Sonamarg – Zojila Pass – Drass – Tiger Hill – Kargil
This particular route gets accessible to anyone only during summers. As you ride across the deadly curves of Zojila Pass, you would realise it is not for the faint hearts. In case you are a person who is not of the adventure types, this roadtrip along the route would bring about a change in your mindset.
Drass is considered to be one of the coldest inhabited places in the world. Even at such harsh weather conditions, you would find the Jawans doing their duties that would make you salute their spirit.
Chennai – Kalpakkam – Chidambaram – Ramanathapuram – Thootukodi (690 km)
The much-famed East Coast Road along the Bay of Bengal, also known as ECR, is considered to be one of the most scenic routes in India. The distance of 690 km from Chennai to Thootukudi or Tuticorin is a stretch which is an absolute delight to the bikers.
This route would offer you not only the view of the coastal line but also the gush of the wind on your face that is a thrill for most riders. At each place, the scene just begins to get better and better.
Manali – Kaza – Reckong Peo – Chitkul – Shimla
Do you want to experience a Himalayan roadtrip? Well, get ready to head to this stretch from Manali to Shimla and watch how the scenic beauty unfolds in front of you as you drive ahead. The journey begins at Manali with pitstops at Chandratal, Key, Kibber, Dhanakr and Reckong Pe.
Take a diversion and visit Chitkul, which happens to be the last village on the Indo-Tibetian Border. This journey would help quench your "adventure thirst" for sure.
Kolkata – Darjeeling – Gangtok – Zuluk – Alipurduar – Tawang
Begin this thrilling journey from Kolkata and get yourself prepared to explore the eastern borders of India. The journey takes you through Darjeeling, which is considered as the gateway to the North East.
The ride through the Zuluk loops and through the rolling greens of the tea gardens in Tawang would be one of your best road trips to the unexplored paradise.
Delhi – Ajmer – Pushkar – Jaipur
For the pros, this route is like a breeze. One can divide the route into three stretches Delhi to Behror, Behror to Jaipur Bypass and Jaipur Bypass to Pushkar. One of the most scenic roadtrips in the country is on the last leg of the journey through the GKV Expressway, which brings in travellers to Pushkar every year.
Bengaluru – Mysore – Alleppey – Munnar – Thekkady
Head to Guruvayur and pay a visit to the famed Krishna temple here and head straight towards to Alleppey or Alappuzha, the Venice of the East, which offers you the scenic backwaters and tiny hamlets to experience to the fullest.
And the finale must be a grand one at Thekkady after exploring the Periyar National Park.
PC: Jim Ankan Deka
Guwahati – Nameri – Ziro – Majuli – Sivasagar – Kaziranga – Shillong – Cherrapunjee
Curiosity kills, well if you are curious to know more about the beauty of the Northeast, take a dip into the land which is nature's own masterpiece. Enjoy yourself in the music of the Northeast throughout the journey and have an endeavour with the sun in the rolling greens of Ziro.
Find the floating island of Majuli on a river and lose yourself in the wonders that nature is waiting to offer to you at this part of the country.
Manali – Rohtang Pass – Baralacha La – Tanglang La – Khardung La – Nubra Valley – Chang La – Pangong Tso
This is the route that is considered as "their Mecca" by the bikers. The most beautiful part of the Himalayas in India has of late become the favourite for motorcyclists and roadtrip lovers. The Northern part of Leh, until recent times, was a forgotten secret but found its way to the eyes of the hungry travellers.
Now you can see bikers riding on their most-loved route alongside army trucks.
PC: Anthony Maw
Mumbai – Baroda – Diu – Somnath – Gir – Rann of Kutch
This is the perfect way to explore the westernmost state of India, Gujarat. Gujarat is a state that promises an enriching experience historically to all of its visitors. Stop over at Baroda and head to the Rann of Kutch, along with the scenic routes of Gir, which would not disappoint you. Then further you would witness the magical sight of the vast salt desert.
Aurangabad – Indore – Bhopal – Sagar – Khajuraho
Take this journey cutting across the Tropic of Cancer, straight through the heart of India - Madhya Pradesh, the second largest state in India which would enthral you with its cultural secrets. Aurangabad would be the last Maharashtrian town you would cross before you head towards Bhopal - Sagar - Khajuraho Road.
Khajuraho awaits you with a sight that is a dream discovery for any traveller.