Best Road Trips in India That You Must Take

1. Mumbai to Pune Expressway

Mumbai to Pune Expressway

Distance: 94 Kms
An easy weekend getaway from Pune/Mumbai, a road trip to Lonavala is something that almost all local residents will swear by. Dont forget to savor ‘chikki’ in Lonavala. The picturesque surroundings and lush green foliage are great at calming those jittery nerves. So if you are in the region and planning to take a road trip look no further. Put the medal on the pedal, and get cracking!
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Road Trip Guide: The expressway is 94 Kms long and considered one of the best road trips in India. Two-wheelers are allowed on old Mumbai-Pune Highway (which is in really good shape) while cabs and buses ply on the Mumbai-Pune expressway. Sunny Da Dhaba and The Kinara Village Dhaba are good eating options on the Pune-Lonavala stretch.

2. Manali to Leh Highway

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Distance: 479 Kms
The beauty of the road trip in India from Manali to Leh cannot be captured in words. Remember Kareena Kapoor dancing to ‘Yeh Ishq Hai’ from Jab We Met? Wouldn’t it be fun to cruise along that road in all its snowy glory on an open jeep or a Bullet? Ah! So Pretty!
Duration: 2 days
Road Trip Guide: It spans a lengtoaf 479 km with a mean altitude in between 3 to 4 km above sea level. The road is open for about 5 months a y

3. Visakhapatnam to Araku Valley

Distance: 116 Kms
The graceful marriage of the Bay of Bengal and the Eastern Ghats in Visakhapatnam are a sight to behold. Any first time visitor to the city is taken away by the pristine beauty of this union in the city. When the same traveller takes a trip to Araku, he’s completely mystified by the beauty of the road. The curly roads, the gentle elevation and the sweet serenity of the hills make it an amazing road trip in India and will etch a permanent place in your heart for an eternity.
Duration: 3 hours
Road Trip Guide: The road spans about 116 kms. There are interesting places like Borra caves and Tatipudi Reservoir on the way. The best time to visit the region is between October and March.

4. Shimla to Manali via Mand

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Distance: 250 Kms
Clichés, when it comes to choosing a travel destination, should never be steered clear of! The Shimla-Manali road trip, with the River Beas trudging alongside, is a beautiful road trip to relax and unwind in India. Take a break from and play in the ice-cold water of the river. Nothing says Himachal vacation like playing in the water during the ride between Shimla and Manali!
Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Road Trip Guide: This 250 Kms stretch requires a little longer than usual due to hilly terrain. All the more reason to be one of the best road trips in India.

ear mostly during summers and mid-October. The journey takes about 2 days with one stopover for rest and acclimatisation

5. Chennai to Pondicherry

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Distance: 151 Kms
This is one of the most beautiful roads for travelling on a cruiser motorbike. Chetan Bhagat wrote about it, and rightfully so. The Sea on one side of the road is a sight to behold as the day grows. The changing reflections of the Sun on the water as the day advances makes it most beautiful road around Chennai and probably India will leave you feeling thoroughly satisfied. Be prepared for a lot of Photography sessions while on the road!
Duration: 3 hours
Road Trip Guide: This stretch of road is known as the East Coast road. This route passes through Mahabalipuram (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Kalpakkam (nuclear facility), Idaikkazhinadu (Alamparai Fort aka Alambara Fort), Mudaliarkuppam (with a cool boathouse and water sports facility), Marakkanam (famous for large salt pans) etc.

6. Guwahati to Tawang

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Distance: 520 Kms
Two absolute essentials from Northeast and a trip just like its two ends- challenging, yet spread across an extremely beautiful terrain. A few stops in between, and you should be able to pull it off more conveniently.
Duration: 2 days
Road Trip Guide: The distance requires a stopover or two.crazypyar

7. Puri to Konark via NH 203

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Distance: 36 Kms
While scenic roads in Orissa would very well put most of the Eastern states of India to shame, the Puri-Konark highway is one of those beautiful roads to do Photography that when undertaken, will force you to drain the battery on your camera. The canopy formed by the trees on either side of the road, the soft misty breeze and the obvious idyllic beauty will leave you mesmerised, now and forever!
Duration: Under 1 hour.
Road Trip Guide: This short stretch can be covered in about an hour and makes for a memorable road trip.

8. Gangtok to Lake Tsomgo and Nathu La Pass

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Distance: 56 Kms
The North-East, largely unexplored is home to some of the best destinations for road trips in India. This is one of those road trips of North-East that you should undertake at once without thinking much. The hilly terrain might make it a challenging ride, but the beauty of the road lies in the uncertainty of the terrain. The awesome sight along the roads on mountain ranges will totally make up for everything else! Take a road trip in winters to Lake Tsomgo (also known as Changu Lake) from Gangtok and know happiness like never before!
Duration: 2 hours
Road Trip Guide: With Lake Tsomgo falling on the route at around 39 Kms from Gangtok, you are bound to have an unmatched road trip experience.

Bangalore to Bandipur Forest

Distance: 220 Kms
One cannot put forward a list of awesome road trips in India without accounting for one that is taken along a forest. The Bandipur Forest route to Bangalore is one of the most beautiful trips through forests in India, that you’ll ever take. One can take the same road to Ooty from Mysore passing though Bandipur National Park. Have a road trip with friends in a car with a sunroof, singing all the way. You might spot deer nonchalantly crossing the road. There’s no better manner of paying your respects to this charming highway!
Duration: 4 hours to 5 hours
Road Trip Guide: Running along the scenic Mysore Road, there are various places for stopovers and eating along the route including McDonalds and Cafe Coffee Day.

10. Shimla to Manali via Kinnaur and Spiti

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Distance: 645 Kms
A more recommended route to Shimla than the Mandi one, this is the road trip in India you should take instead if you are looking forward to the road trip being the highlight of your trip. Cover Kalpa, Sangla valley and even higher bits of the valley like Nako, Chango, Ropa if you wish.
Duration: 4 to 5 days (stopovers included)
Road trip Guide: The stretch is longish and you can cover it in 3-4 days time (unlike shown in Google Maps). You can stopover at Rampur as the first stop. Shimla to Rampur is around 130 km and the roads are decent till this point. Rampur to Nako is around 180km and it almost takes an entire day to cover this part. The road is very bad but equally scenic. Nako to Kaza is another 110 km and it is really beautiful as it is completely in Spiti region, but the roads are still bad. The stretch from Nako to Kaza could take more than half a day and you can stopover at Kaza. The last part of the trip is from Kaza to Manali via Kunzum La and Rohtang La and this stretch is better than the previous two parts, but still quite bad. This will also take an entire day easily.

11. Chennai to Munnar

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Distance: 585 Kms
If you’ve got a weekend and Chennai’s weather just doesn’t cut it, Munnar is your escape. Even better, is that it can come with a though longish but refreshing road trip that might just be what you need to kick start your stay at Munnar.
Duration: 10 to 12 hours (not including stopovers)
Road Trip Guide: There are three different routes which you can take from Chennai to Munnar. All three routes comprise of amazing attractions to make your road trip more memorable.

12. Delhi to Agra via Mathura on Yamuna Expresswy

Distance: 233 Kms
The Yamuna expressway is probably the best road in the country at present and an absolute must-do for all road trip enthusiasts in Delhi. If you have enough driving stamina, you can visit the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort and come back to Delhi by the end of the night.
Duration: 4 hours
Road Trip Guide: You can cover this stretch on the Yamuna Expressway in less than 2 hours as the road is just amazing. However, getting to Yamuna Expressway from Delhi itself is around 70km, so add another hour or two to the total journey. Take care of the air pressure in your tires. Too much heat while driving at a fast speed have caused tires of some vehicles to burst, so remember to maintain a lower than normal air pressure.

13. Jaipur to Jaisalmer

Jaipur to Jaisalmer

Distance: 558 Kms
Known as the ‘golden city’ due to its bounteous golden dunes and castles clad in golden honey sandstone, Jaisalmer is adorned with lakes, ornate Jain temples and havelis. Climb on to the camel saddle and make your way through this desert or camp under the night sky in this golden land for an unforgettable experience.
Duration: 9 to 10 hours
Road Trip Guide: The roads are in top-notch condition and a pleasure to drive on! Go along the RJ SH 19 which is the best option as far as routes are concerned. Make a refueling stop at Jodhpur, both for your car and your tummy. Authentic Rajasthani cuisine can be found anywhere along this route in India.

14. Shillong to Cherrapunjee

Shillong to Cherrapunjee

Distance: 59 Kms
For a 53 km stretch, this one has a lot to offer from drizzles, waterfalls, caves, villages and a beautiful view from your window. You will find stops for food along the way.
Duration: 2 hours
Road Trip Guide: The trip will take you about 1-2 hours without any traffic or stops. This is a popular stretch, often covered by car only.

15. Mumbai to Goa

Mumbai to Goa

Distance: 556 Kms
This can probably be called the Father of Indian road trips. Drive towards the sun, the sea and the sand on a gorgeous road that will inspire and gear you up for the upcoming fun.
Duration: 12 hours (without stopovers)
Road Trip Guide: The road from Mumbai to Goa along the NH 17 is as smooth as creamed butter and utilizes about 10 hours of travel time. Leave Mumbai early in the morning and reach Goa before the parties begin! There are several food joints along the drive to keep your heart and stomach full.

16. Delhi to Jaipur

Delhi to Jaipur

Distance: 281 Kms
Watch the Aravallis bounce off as you drive along one of the most well-maintained highways for a road trip in India into one of the most colourful cultures of our land.
Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Road Trip Guide: The roads were in excellent condition until the last few years, but it has deteriorated in the recent past and the course is marked by many restaurants along the way. Take a pit stop at any one of them, refuel and move!

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