"It is not about destination, but journey." is the ethos of a road trip. Road trips, with the perfect combination of self search, adventure and leisure, are the most exciting vacation ideas.
They are interesting - with little pitstops for chai/coffee, breaks to enjoy the scenery around, be awestruck by the country landscapes, for having conversation with locals and exploring regional food.
Contrary to popular belief, a road trip doesn't mean taking your car out on a whim and hitting the road at a stroke. There's a lot of planning involved. A scenic road trip needs planning ahead, especially in this age of skyscrapers and megalopolises when it seems that delightful natural scenery is harder to come by.
The best way to experience the beauty India has to offer is by hitting the road and going on that much desired road trip. So, take the time to look up the list we have designed here to ensure having a proper trip filled with scenic wonders that are worthy of sharing with others.
Srinagar To Zanskar
Zanskar, in Kargil District of Jammu & Kashmir, is a strikingly beautiful valley. Srinagar to Zanskar is approximately 239 km by road and you have to take the Kargil route via Zozi La Pass. Zanskar is inaccesible by road during winter because of massive snow and snow storms, so make sure to plan your travel during the summer months. Passing through the steep bends, with snow-capped mountains for your view - this is sure to be a trip of a lifetime.
Guwahati To Sohra
Guwahati to Sohra (better known as Cherrapunji) is close to 150 km. You will reach Sohra via Shillong. The 4-lane expressway to Shillong, beginning from Khanapara, is a pleasure for drivers and back-seaters alike. Enter Shillong, you have the mystical clouds to keep you company till Sohra. Meghalaya is called ‘Abode of Clouds' and rightly so. Spectacular views of green meadows, pastures, mountains, forests and waterfalls escort you from Guwahati to Sohra.
Mumbai To Rann Of Kutch
The Great Rann of Kutch is a seasonal salt marsh in the Thar desert in the Kutch district of Gujarat. This trip has to be done in two parts - Mumbai to Ahmedabad, which is almost 530 km, and then Ahmedabad to Rann of Kutch, which is 100 km. You will pass via Viramgam, surrounded by many windmills, which supply electricity to the entire state. Spend some time to indulge in the local delicacy - Kutchi Dabeli at Bhasau on the way and buy some famous Kutch embroidery clothes. Dasada or Khavda is the best place to stay for the night.
Delhi To Mandawa
Mandawa is located in the Jhunjhunun district of the state of Rajasthan. From Delhi, the roads are not bad and so it takes approximately 5 hours to drive down. Start from Delhi very early to avoid traffic. Although not very scenic in mainstream terms, there are many frescoed Havelis with intricate woodwork in and around Jhunjhunun that make the road trip very enjoyable and interesting.
Chennai To Yelagiri
Yelagiri is a small hill station located in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. The driving distance from Chennai to Yelagiri is 250 km, passing Sriperambudur, Vaniyambadi (known for leather industries) and Ambur (famous for the yummy Biryani). There are 14 hairpin bends, each one named after the ancient Tamil poets. As Yelagiri appears in your vision from the road, you will see the hills stand tall in the midst of orchards, rose gardens and valleys. Trekking at the beautiful Swami Malai is recommended.
Kodaikanal To Munnar
Munnar and Kodaikanal are both very famous hill stations in South India. There are two routes to reach Munnar from Kodai, which are Kodaikanal-Palani-Udumalaipet-Marayur-Munnar or Kodaikanal-Theni-Poopara-Munnar. Both of these routes are extremely pleasing to the eyes. Munnar is about 160 km from Kodai. There are a lot of mountains on the way and the clouds descending down the mountains do make for a very scenic view. Consequently, the visibility is poor at some places and caution is advised.
Bangalore To Varkala
Varkala, in the Tiruvananthapuram district of Kerala, has cliffs that adjoin the Arabian Sea. Bangalore to Varkala is approximately 700 km and it is best that you break your journey in between. The best scenic route would be Bangalore-Coimbatore-Palakkad-Cochin-Varkala. This route is packed with mountains and coconut trees that tower over your car. You can stop for a "kattanchaaya" on the highway and enjoy it with some amazing scenic views.
Bangalore To Hampi
This UNESCO Heritage site, Hampi, is about 350 km from Bangalore. Leave early in the morning to catch the splendid sunrise on road and you should reach Hampi by late afternoon. The roads are well maintained, therefore making the journey less tiresome. Bangalore-Chitradurga-Hospet-Hampi is a very charming route and can be enjoyed with family or friends.
Shillong To Sohar
Shillong to Sohra, approximately 60 km, is the most romantic route you can ever drive through! The fog descends heavily on the mountains, and though it can be a bit of an inconvenience when you are on a road trip, it makes your heart sing songs. The charming little waterfalls on the way make you wonder if you are on a trip to paradise! Sohra receives the highest rainfall in the world and it is always wet.
Manali To Leh
Manali to Leh is 125 km and you could take the Manali-Leh Highway to enjoy this road trip. It is adventure packed, with a great view in the backdrop. The opening of Rohtang Pass and Baralacha La decides the travel time on the highway. June is an ideal time to take this road trip because the weather is most conducive around May-June. You can book for accommodation at Jispa, have a hot refreshing drink and relax on the banks of the river Bhaga. They don't call Leh the heaven on Earth for nothing. Dotted with blue green shades of enchanting nature, mountain-framed Manali-Leh drive can be very mesmerizing indeed.
Jaipur To Jaisalmer
The road distance between Jaipur and Jaisalmer is 560 km. The trip to Jaisalmer from Jaipur will provide you a first-hand experience of the cultural and spiritual insights of people living in the Thar desert. This route is packed with many Dhabas that serve authentic Rajasthani food. You can also visit the holy town of Pushkar on the way. If you are driving around evening, you will catch one of the most remarkable sunsets over the desert of Rajasthan.