Getting bored of your monotonous life? Need some refreshment? A Wanderlust and planning for a road trip to rejuvenate yourself during the weekends? Here is a list of 10 best road trips in India that you must take this year.
1. Manali to Leh Highway
Length of the road: 479 km
Altitude: Approximately 3-4km above the sea level
Best time to visit: During summers and mid-October
Words fall short to depict the mesmerising beauty of the road trip from Manali to Leh. Riding through the criss-cross snow-capped landscape of this surreal land will be captured in your hearts forever.
2.Gangtok to Lake Tsomgo(Changu Lake) and Nathu-La Pass
Length of the Road: 55 km long with the Lake Tsomgo falling at around 30 km from Gangtok.
Altitude: Approximately 12,000 ft above the sea level.
The mysterious land of North East is the home to some of the best road trip stations in India. This is one of those road trips that you should take once in a lifetime. The beauty of the bewitching hilly terrain lies in the mysticism of the hilly roads. The picturesque view of the sight is very relaxing and will immediately freshen you up. Just take a road trip to Tsomgo Lake and experience the ultimate euphoria.
Best Time to visit: During the winter months that is January to mid-April the lake remains frozen and offers a splendid view with the snow-capped mountains.
About the Lake: The lake is oval in shape and approximately 1 km long, has an average depth of about 50 ft. It was created by the snow melted water from the mountains around the lake and a river, Lungtze-chu has been created from the lake. The lake falls into Rangpo-chu.
The Changu Lake is a favorite spot for ornithologists as different species of migratory birds takes break near the lake while flying long way from Syberia to the Indian plains. Brahminy Ducks are one of the notable secies.
3. Guwahati to Tawang
Another challenging but beautiful road trip destination is the trip from Guwahati to Tawang. All you need is to fasten your seat belts, enjoy the thrill and embrace the uncertainty of these unknown roads in this chilly weather.
Distance: 520kms (takes around 10 hours by road plus in between stops)
4. Chennai to Munnar
Munnar is popularly known as the “Kashmir of South India”. Munnar is definately a great weekend getaway from Chennai. It is a very refreshing and relaxing road trip amidst the lush greenery, hills. Munnar is a must go destination for all the travel addicts. The magnificent sight of Munnar and the winding roads is truly a bliss.
Distance:600 kms (takes around 10 hours journey plus in between stops)
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5. Shillong to Cherapunjee
The road trip from Shillong to Cherapunjee has a lot of surprises to offer from drizzles, waterfalls, caves, villages to an alluring scenic view.
Distance: 53 kms (takes around 1-2 hours)
6. Chennai to Pondicherry(Along the East Coast Road)
This is one of the most beautiful roads to be travelled preferably by a motorbike. This is the most beautiful road around Chennai and India perhaps, which will fill you with awe and amusement.
This trip covers the following sites-
- Mahabalipuram- A UNESCO World Heritage site
- Kalpakkam- Famous for its Nuclear plants
- Idaikkazhinadu- Alambara Fort
- Mudaliarkuppam- It has boat houses and water sport facility
- Marakkanam-Famous for large salt pans.
Distance: 160 kms ( it takes around 3 hours)
7. Bangalore to Ooty
The road from Bangalore to Ooty is another mesmerizing road trip journey that I must go at least once in a lifetime. Ooty, the queen of hills is situated in the lap of the Nilgiri hills. Ooty is also known for its soothing climate. There are several gardens, valleys, and other attractions to travel around. Ooty is also famous for its homemade chocolates and wooden artifacts.
Distance: 278 kms approximately (takes around 6 hours)
8. Mumbai to Goa
Another popular getaway for the road trip is from Mumbai to Goa. It is a smooth road trip along the NH 66. Go, get ready on your motorbikes to travel through the mesmerizing Western Ghats to the Land of Beaches.
Distance: 610 kms approximately (takes around 12 hours)
9. Kolkata to Digha
The road from Kolkata to Digha is an enjoying drive, basic, pleasant and refreshing, lined with lush greenery all throughout. Digha is the all-time favourite spot for many East Indians. Walk along the beach, experiencing sunrise and sunset in the beach can take off the otherwise busy person and let you relax.
Distance:180 kms (takes around 3 hours)
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10. Delhi to Shimla
One of the thrilling road trips is from Delhi to Shimla. Feel the beauty of the trip in the majestic view of the Himalayas, the unknown roads, the Himalayan clouds and chilly winds, experience the calm away from the clamour of the city life.
As the saying goes,” A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” what are you waiting for? Go, pack your bags and simply take your single step to the journey of a thousand miles to explore the world around