We browse through the records of the massive country and fetch some info about the best road trips in India that must be visited once in your lifetime.Booked yourself, and Drive your mantra weekends? Have you found a motorbike and the countryside to be your calling? Then this is your poison’s goblet!
- Manali to Leh Highway:
The beauty of road trip from Manali to Leh cannot be captured in words, this fun to cruise along that road in all its snowy glory on an open jeep.
Road Trip Condition: It spans a length of 479 km with a mean altitude in between 3 to 4 km above sea level. The road is open for about 5 months a year mostly during summers and mid-October. The journey takes about 2 days with one stopover for rest and acclimatisation.
- Mumbai to Pune Expressway:
A weekend getaway from Pune to Mumbai, a road trip to Lonavala is something that almost all local residents will swear by. Don’t forget to savour the ‘chikki’ in Lonavala. The picturesque surroundings and lush green foliage are great at calming those frazzled 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.
Road Trip Condition: The expressway is 93 km 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.
- Visakhapatnam to Araku Valley:
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 south India and will fetch a permanent place in your heart for an eternity.
Road Trip Condition: The road spans about 116 km. 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.
- Shimla to Manali via Mandi:
Truisms, 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.
Road Trip Condition: This 250 km 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.
- Chennai to Pondicherry along the East Coast Road:
This is one of the most beautiful roads for travelling on a cruiser motorbike. 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.
Road Trip Condition: This stretch of 160 km takes about 3 hours. This route passes through Mahabalipuram (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Kalpakkam (nuclear facility), Idaikkazhinadu (Alamparai Fort aka Alambara Fort), Mudaliarkuppam (with a cool boat house and water sports facility), Marakkanam (famous for large salt pans) etc.