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11 Best Road Trips in India That You Must Take

Road trips are perhaps the best way to escape the mechanical life and find some solace. If you are a person who would love to travel on bikes, we have mentioned some amazing road trips in India you must take. Even if you don’t travel on biles, we have some breathtaking destinations accessible through trains, buses, and flights as well. 

Manali to Leh

Manali to Leh road trip is one of the popular destinations that comes to mind when we think of road trips. The trip’s scenic beauty and lifetime experience make it probably the best road trip in India.

Manali to Leh Road Trip
Manali to Leh Road Trip

The route between Manali to Leh is flanked by snow-capped mountains, distant valleys, and the cool mountain breeze. The approximate distance from Manali to Leh is 478 km. One can have the best experience by riding through the rugged terrain between the mountains. Travel at your own pace carefully by admiring the beauty of this region while you hit the roads on this amazing road trip.

Bike rentals are available in Manali and the bikes available are Royal Enfields, Bullet Classics,  Thunderbirds, Yamaha, Bajaj Pulsar, and much more. It takes 2 days to cover the journey from Manali to Leh by taking adequate stops for rest. June to September is the best time to travel down this route.

2. Mumbai to Goa

Pune, India – June 03 2018: The Mumbai Pune Expressway near Pune India.

Mumbai to Goa has secured second place in the list of 20 road trips in India that you should take at least once in your lifetime. You can take the NH66 ( NH17) route and it will take you 11-12 hours to reach. The beaches of Goa will be crowded with people in December and January, and this is indeed the best season to visit Goa. If you are planning to visit Goa for the new year, then make sure you book your hotel in advance.

Mumbai to Lonavla

Mumba- Lonavala trip is something that almost every person in Mumbai opts for. The road trip is stunning with the scenic surroundings and lush green foliage. 

Mumbai to Lonavla Road Trip
Mumbai to Lonavla Road Trip

You should travel on the Mumbai-Pune expressway which is 93 km long to have a smooth road trip. If you are opting for two-wheelers, you can take on the old Mumbai-Pune Highway. On the roadway, you can find good eating options like Sunny Da Dhaba and The Kinara Village Dhaba where you can take small breaks. The breathtaking views of the Sahyadris are just a bonus on the trip. 

The entire trip just takes 2 hours for traveling. The best time to visit Lonavala is between October and May. It is advised not to visit Lonavala in the monsoon season between June and September, due to heavy rainfall.

Ahmedabad to Kutch

Ahmedabad to Kutch Road Trip
Ahmedabad to Kutch Road Trip

The Land of the White Salt Desert is a haven for exquisite art and craft, flanked by splashes of color, exquisite carvings, intricate art, flaming flamingos, flying cranes, and different migratory birds. The distance between Ahmedabad and Kutch is 340 km and it takes 5 hours to travel. This road trip is best to take between November and February and you can also enjoy the Rann Mahotsav.

Shimla to Manali

Shimla to Manali Road Trip
Shimla to Manali Road Trip

After spending your vacation days in Shimla, you can also plan to visit Manali via Kulu which is an 8-hour long drive. You’ll witness some great scenic beauties throughout the route. The serpentine road makes for beautiful scenery prompting you to stop at different locations for photo sessions. This trip shouldn’t be taken in the monsoon months in Manali which are Mid – July to Mid Sept.

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Gangtok to Nathu-La Pass

Gangtok to Nathu-La Pass
Gangtok to Nathu-La Pass

Gangtok to Nathu-La Pass is one of the best scenic road trips in India that can be taken in Sikkim. The mountainous roads might make it a challenging ride. So, be careful during the journey. Take a road trip in winter to Lake Tsomgo (also known as Changu Lake) from Gangtok to have lifelong memories. This road trip takes 2 hours. 

Also Read: 15 Travel Mistakes You Must Avoid At All Costs to Have a Safe trip

Jaipur to Jaisalmer

Jaipur to Jaisalmer Road Trip
Jaipur to Jaisalmer Road Trip

a road trip worth experiencing from Jaipur to visit Jaisalmer by road. This 570-km stretch road trip is not ideal during the summer months. The NH 15 can make your 559-km long road trip smooth. There are several dhabas serving traditional Rajasthani cuisine along the trip. 

Bangalore to Ooty

Bangalore to Ooty Road Trip
Bangalore to Ooty Road Trip

The road trip from Bangalore to Ooty offers a perfect combination of lush green and picturesque landscapes, adorning the beautiful dense forests. The road stretches for 266 kilometers along with SH 17 offering you a smooth ride. You can also visit Mysore and enjoy the historic palace and grandeur of the ancient city in a mean way.

Vizag to Araku Valley

Vizag to Araku Valley Road Trip
Vizag to Araku Valley Road Trip

Araku Valley is a must-visit place that has hidden 58 tunnels and 84 bridges along the way. Plan for a road trip post-monsoon season, as the valley turns into a luscious green canyon flanked by the chilling breeze. 

Araku Valley is located at a distance of 120 km from Vizag, and you can cover it within 4 hours. Nestled in the Eastern Ghats, the hill station is home to many waterfalls and gushing streams. The best time to visit here is between November and February.

Chennai to Pondicherry

Chennai to Pondicherry Road Trip
Chennai to Pondicherry Road Trip

The Chennai to Pondicherry along the East Coast Road is one of the best road trips in South India. The distance between Chennai and Pondicherry is 389 km and the best time to travel is between October to February. 

You can pay a visit to the Sardas Dutch fort’s ruins, which is 4 km from the Vengapakkam on the East Coast road. 

Kochi to Munnar

If you’re visiting God’s own country, Kerala then add this amazing road to your itinerary. Kochi to Munnar distance is about 126 kilometers and it takes approximately 3 hours to travel.

Kochi to Munnar Road Trip
Kochi to Munnar Road Trip

Some must-visit places in Munnar are the Forest Rose Garden, and Echo Point which introduce you to the uniqueness of Munnar to experience the echo of whatever you scream aloud. Between June to September is a great time to visit the hill station if you’re looking for a quiet vacation. 

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