For those, who find joy in traveling offbeat, road trips are the best ways to explore and discover life across different places. Whether in the east, west, north or south, India offers a plenitude of roads and destinations that make for enthralling road-trip. Are you a biker who finds music in the hurl of the engine and the love the scene of long winding roads on serene countryside’s that are alluring?
Table of Contents
- 10 Best road trips in India you must take during this time of the year
- Mumbai to Goa
- Manali to Leh
- Chennai to Pondicherry
- Shimla to Manali via Mandi
- Bangalore to Ooty
- Guwahati to Tawang
- Darjeeling to Pelling
- Mumbai to Mount-Abu
- Visakhapatnam to Araku Valley
- The Golden Triangle (Delhi–Agra–Jaipur)
10 Best road trips in India you must take during this time of the year
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Mumbai to Goa
Distance: 609 KM
Time: 10 Hrs
National Highways: NH66
An absolute mecca for car and bike enthusiasts, Mumbai to Goa road trip is nothing short of mesmerizing – all scenic beauty, with the Western Ghats from end to end – and a top choice among Mumbaikars. From the busy city streets of Mumbai, drive towards, sun, sand, and fun on a smooth road with green scenic views outside the window.
It takes 10 hours of great driving experience to go to Goa from Mumbai; on the infamous NH66 highway which is as silky as creamed butter spread on the earth that just lures your car towards worry-free travels. Also, there are several great eateries lining the stretch of the route so, you will never be hungry or bored.
Best time to go: September–March
Manali to Leh
Distance: 479 KM
Time: 2 Days
National Highways: Leh Manali Highway
This road trip is off-the-chart breathtaking and needs to be experienced for yourself. With some deadly twists and turns, the snow-capped mountains, distinct valleys, spectacular landscapes, and stunning monasteries will spice up your journey. And the Words fail to describe the beauty of the Manali to Leh highway drive and one must be there to witness its beauty in all its snowy glory. Make a stopover at Keylong and further at Sarchu to relax and acclimate to the high altitude.
Best time to go: June–September
Chennai to Pondicherry
Distance: 160 KM
National Highways: NH32
The beautiful sight of the sea on one side and the reflection of the sun on the water just add to the pleasure of the route, which goes through Mahabalipuram (make a pit stop at this UNESCO World Heritage Site to enjoy its beautiful beaches and fill up), Idaikkazhinadu (check out Alambara Fort), Marakkanam (known for large salt pans), Mudaliarkuppam (relax in the boathouse and indulge in water sports) and Kalpakkam (a centre for nuclear facility).
Even Chetan Bhagat the author speaks highly of the road as he has written about it in his book. Almost every mile presents a picture-perfect photo opportunity.
Best time to go: October–February
Shimla to Manali via Mandi
Distance: 250 KM
Time: 4 Hrs
Those with a passion for photography will instantly fall in love with this camera-ready road trip. The Shimla to Manali road trip is one of the most relaxing long drives you will ever take amidst the hills along the curving roads leading up to the beautiful hill station. The River Beas accompanies throughout the stretch of the road as you drive through verdant greenery of the smooth road that bisects the mountains. If you are tired from all the driving then just get off any time and soak your feet in the ice-cold water of the river to wake from your drowsy drive and splash around to bring the inner child out.
Best time to go: outside monsoon season (mid-September–Mid-July)
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Bangalore to Ooty
Distance: 278 KM
Time: 6 Hrs
National Highways: NH275
This road trip calls out to nature lovers: pass miles of nature on both sides and marvel at the picturesque route, embellished with lush green mountains and scenic landscapes. Any lover of the road must take this journey whether on a car or a motorbike to witness the sun-kissed beauty and the verdant greenery that changes with every mile you cross. The combination of dark asphalt surrounded by the leafy green is one of the best, and it is best experienced along this stretch.
Best time to go: October–June
Guwahati to Tawang
Distance: 520 KM
Time: 10 Hrs
Perhaps one of the must-take road trips to take in northeast India is Guwahati to Tawang. The roads are rough but well worth the trip for the mesmerizing scenery unfolding at every turn, both snow-clad mountains and lush greenery. Spread across a beautiful terrain of mountain roads, the 520 km journey makes it worth the time and effort.
Best time to go: March–October
Darjeeling to Pelling
Time: 3 Hrs
Lush tea gardens, majestic mountains and scenic landscapes on all sides are a sight to behold on this road trip. Stop at a tea garden and sip refreshing tea for an energy boost. The roads are perfectly maintained, offering a smooth ride throughout, and they’re studded with numerous food joints.
Best time to go: March–June, September–December
Mumbai to Mount-Abu
Distance: 758 KM
Time: 13 Hrs
National Highways: NH48
For those looking for some peace and quiet away from the never-ending hustle of the city life, and the deafening early morning alarms and bursts of short-lived caffeinated energy; this is the road trip to take. The best place for Mumbaikars to unwind and relax is Mount Abu, which is a short drive away. Go all out and experience the three different cultures along the way: Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Rajasthan. But the trip is as wonderful as the destinations.
Best time to go: July–October
Visakhapatnam to Araku Valley
Distance: 116 KM
Time : 3 hrs
What could be more picturesque than the meeting of the massive of seas of the Bay of Bengal with the majestic Eastern Ghats? This favorable meet of the ocean with the mountains creates for a wonderful experience of those wanting to take a weekend road trip. he union city of Visakhapatnam never fails to charm its guests with its unique beauty and then there is Araku Valley that is led up to by curving roads carved in between majestic green hills, under the grey sky with the smell of fresh flora in the air there to accompany you on your drive up.
Best time to go: October–March
The Golden Triangle (Delhi–Agra–Jaipur)
Time: 7 Hrs
This list would be incomplete without mention of the classic Golden Triangle, which binds the three historically and culturally rich and diverse cities of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur via the Yamuna Expressway and NH8. This road trip is both remarkable and picturesque, and dhabas and restaurants dot the best-maintained roads to quench hunger. Stretch it out to two or three days, and tick off the places in between: from the historic sites in Delhi (like Jama Masjid and Mughal Red Fort) to architectural and historical marvels of Agra (like Taj Mahal and Agra Fort) and to Jaipur, The Pink City (check out City Palace, marvel at the architecture of Hawa Mahal and historic Amer Fort and shop for traditional Rajasthan clothes and jewellery at popular local bazaars like Tripoli Bazaar and Chandpole Bazar.
Best time to go: August–March
India has plenty of quiet nooks and unexplored places with untouched beauty, which you can visit with family and friends to create memories that last a lifetime. All this, away from the maddening tourist crowd.