We may have traveled the world by airplanes and covered the length and breadth of the country by trains, but somewhere in our hearts, we always feel nostalgic when it comes to road trips. Be it with our friends or families to enjoy the journey, or even solo to enjoy that feeling of solitude that everybody is craving in the hustle and bustle of their lives. And what better than Indian road trips to fulfill this wish? Our movies have always showcased how beautiful these road trips can be. Imagine humming along, “Yeh haseen waadiyaan yeh khula aasmaan,” as you sit by the window, looking out in the distance and watching the trees and the mountains passing by.
So, gear up and get ready to mark your maps because we are off for a ride!
1. Mumbai to Goa:
College memories are incomplete if you don’t remember your friends planning one of the most iconic Indian road trips. Traveling from Mumbai to Goa is one of the most sought-after and well-known road trips inspired by Bollywood movies. Immortalized by famous Bollywood movies like Bombay to Goa and Dil Chahta Hai, this journey takes you through the Western Ghats. Here you will get to enjoy several dams, medieval forts, hundreds of rivers, mountains, beaches, orchards, and the beauty of Konkan alongside the sightseeing included in our Goa tour packages.
- Route: NH66
- Alternate Route: NH4
- Sightseeing: Karnala Fort and Bird Sanctuary, Tamhini Waterfalls, Panhalakaji Caves, Kadyavarcha Ganpati Temple, Gowalkot Fort, Guhagar Beach, Khandala, Satara, Kolhapur, Belgaum Fort.
2. Manali to Ladakh:
If you love mountains and road trips, you must consider undertaking this Indian road trip on your way to enjoying your Leh Ladakh tour package. The road from Manali to Ladakh, nestled in the Himalayas, is snow-clad in some places and a beautiful forest in others. Though the highway passes through one of the highest mountain passes in the world, it won’t come in your way of enjoying the stunning natural beauty along the way. Simply mount your Bullets or get in a car and get cruising!
- Route: NH301
- Sightseeing: Rohtang Pass, Keylong, Jispa, Solang valley, Nehru Kund, Gulaba Viewpoint, Lahaul, Spiti, and several monasteries on the route.
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3. Chennai to Pondicherry:
Also known as the East Coast Road, a road trip from Chennai to Pondicherry is among the top road trips in India on the list of most travel enthusiasts. The road runs along the Bay of Bengal, and the beauty of the Eastern Ghats is quite mesmerizing. You will come across many ancient temples and villages along the way with various beautiful towns and cities.
- Route: East Coast Road
- Sightseeing: Mahabalipuram, Madras Crocodile Park, Dakshina Chithra Heritage Museum, Alampari Fort.
4. Vishakhapatnam to Araku Valley:
One of the best Indian road trips through the Southeast coast is just 114 km long and takes around 3 hours to travel through. Passing through hills and mountains covered with lush green scenery, the road trip from Vishakapatnam to Araku Valley is a soothing drive. It also has several beautiful spots along the route wherein you can stop and enjoy the views on the way.
- Route: NH516E
- Sightseeing: Padmapuram Gardens, Borra Caves, Katiki Waterfalls, Coffee Museum, Tribal Museum, Ananthagiri Hill Station.
5. Guwahati to Tawang:
Many of us may not have heard about Tawang, but this town in North-East India is a true utopia. And what better way to reach there than a road trip? You will travel through the dangerous-looking hairpin bends on the highway along the Himalayas and through the lush green valleys, occasionally coming across several monasteries and villages with smiling people everywhere. Make sure to have an Inner Line permit before entering the state of Arunachal Pradesh.
- Route: NH 13
- Sightseeing: Bhalukpong, Bomdi La, Dirang, Lumla, Tara Devi Temple, and many ancient monasteries.
6. Shillong to Cherrapunjee:
If you love clouds, rains, mountains, and greenery, you will love the abode of the clouds known as “Meghalaya.” One of the most exciting road trips in India, where the road from Shillong to Cherrapunjee has mist and clouds over it for most of the year. And when there are no clouds, you can enjoy the lush green hills, mountains, and valleys while on the move. Put this Indian road trip on your bucket list immediately, and start preparing to strike it out as soon as possible.
- Route: SH5
- Sightseeing: Mawkdok Dympep Valley, Mawsmai Cave, Double Decker Living Root Bridge, Khoh Ramhah, Ramakrishna Mission.
7. Kolkata to Puri:
One of the most crucial aspects of Indian road trips is that the journey is as delightful as the destination, pretty much like our life, isn’t it? A road trip from Kolkata to Puri is a thrilling journey between the two great cities in India. The Kolkata to Puri stretch is mostly littered with picturesque villages, crisscrossing rivers, and various shades of green. Beginning from the bustling metropolis of Kolkata and leading towards the relaxing and spiritual coastal town of Puri and passing through the heart of India is something to remember for years to come.
- Route: NH316
- Sightseeing: Lingaraj Temple, Mandarmani Beach, Nandankani Zoological Park, Chandipur, Dhauli Shanti Stupa, Digha Beach
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8. Goa to Karnataka:
With the inauguration of a new coastal highway from Goa to Karnataka in December 2022, a new addition to the list of Indian road trips is coming very soon. Famously named as Goa-Karnataka Coastal Highway, this almost 200 km highway is definitely going to be a part of one of the most sought-after road trips on the west coast of India, taking you through one of the most picturesque locations. Once on it, you will surely enjoy your journey while driving through this beautiful 4-lane highway with the Arabian Sea on one side and the mighty Western Ghats on the other.
- Route: NH66
- Sightseeing: Just engulf yourself in the mesmerizing views of the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, both at the same time.
Also Read: The Quintessential Guide to Monsoon in Goa
An Indian road trip with a stop for a masala chai or a meal by the roadside dhaba makes the journey even more interesting than the destination itself. Add to it the beautiful scenic locations on the way to your destination from our list of India tour packages, and going on a road trip in India is as easy as 123. So, don’t wait to pack your bags, fuel up your tanks, and leave for a road trip in the pehli fursat you get!
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