Best Places for a Road Trip in India

Road trips are the best way possible to get out of your house and monotony of our busy lives and explore the adventure that awaits. Just pack your bags and set for the journey ahead. Even if you only have a Sunday off and don’t have much time for a proper vacation  you can still enjoy road trips and satiate your craving for travel. Here is a list of various popular road trip destinations in India.

1. Delhi to Jaipur : 269 KMs

Travelling to Jaipur feels like you have entered a mystical magical world of the royals as the architecture and the vibe of the whole city is like that. Jaipur is mix of culture, history and heritage. Jaipur is not only famous among the elitist and foreigners but also among all the Delhiites. If you are looking for a relaxed and royal getaway Jaipur is the place to be.

2. Delhi to Rishikesh : 232 KMs

Travelling to Rishikesh is every adventure seeker’s heaven. Rishikesh is known for its tourism as a pilgrim spot or for adventure sports like trekking, river rafting. Every college student must have once visited Rishikesh at least once in their college life. It is as popular among youth for its adventure sports.

3. Delhi to Mussoorie : 281 KMs

Mussorie is a beautiful hill station and is very popular among North Indian people. It is a long journey but its definitely worth experiencing. Throughout your entire journey you will get to experience pristine hills, serene streams, green pastures which is breath taking and mesmerizing. The roads may be bumpy somewhere but it is worth your while. Also don’t foget to enjoy the special Maggi, momos and chai on your way to Mussorie.

4. Delhi to Agra Via Mathura : 233 KMs

If you are living in Delhi and are up for a road trip you must absolutely visit Mathura, Agra and Taj Mahal. To travel in that region Yamuna Expressway is the best road at present. You can travel to your destination through Yamuna Expressway in less than 2 hours. On this road trip you get to enjoy a few historical monuments and different cuisines of the region. The best time to visit Agra is from November to March. Its better not to visit in the summer season as the weather is really harsh during summers making it really difficult for sightseeing.

5. Chandigarh to Kasol : 273 KMs

Kasol is known as the “Amsterdam of India”. Kasol is a tiny village on the banks of Parvati river and is very popular among hippies and trekking enthusiasts. The best time to visit Kasol is from April to October. Kasol is also famous among foreigners especially Europeans. You can take advantage of the beautiful Parvati Valley and try the Kheerganga Trek.

6. Amritsar to Dharamshala : 202 KMs

Amritsar to Dharamshala is not the most ideal route taken by travelers often. But it is worth your while as you get to enjoy the scenic views on the road. Also it is one of the shortest road trips that one can take in Northern India. The best time to visit Dharamshala is from March to July.

7. Mumbai to Pune : 94 KMs

For Mumbaikars, there couldn’t be a better road trip than Mumbai to Pune road trip. Throughout the road trip you will find the picturesque surroundings very soothing. On your way to Lonavala you can enjoy various activities such as camping and exploring the Karla Caves, Bhaja Caves, Korigad Fort and Rajmachi Wildlife Sanctuary.

8. Jaipur to Ranthambore : 158 KMs

Ranthambore is nature and wildlife lover’s paradise. It is one of the most popular road trips in the country. You can take NH52 to go from Jaipur to Ranthambore. This road trip takes about 3 hours and these 3 hours you won’t regret spending on the road as the stretch between Jaipur and Ranthambore is extremely beautiful. The roads were decent earlier but the current condition of the roads is quite bad. You may experience a few bad road stretches on your way so be prepared for that. But once you reach your destination it will all make sense and you wont regret going through all the trouble to reach there.

9. Chennai to Pondicherry : 158 KMs

Chennai to Pondicherry is the best road trip in Southern India. It’s a raod trip best enjoyed by travelling on a cruiser motorbike. This road trip offers you a smooth and simple but calming journey on the highway with boulevard of coconut trees and provide you with mesmerizing view of the beaches. The best time to visit Pondicherry is from October to March.

10. Bangalore to Coorg : 242 KMs

On this road trip you get to experience everything from jungles to hills which is a perfect road trip for any nature enthusiast. Coorg is one of the best hill station in Southern India. Coorg provides picturesque views of the scenic beauty around and the beautiful landscapes. The roads on this trips maybe a bit messy at few place but otherwise the journey is quite smooth and decent.

11. Vishakhapatnam to Arakku Valley : 116 KMs

One of the best trips mentioned here in the list is this one. You get to experience the mesmerizing Eastern Ghats and Vishakhapatnam itself is such a wonderful city. Arakku is a small village known for its famous Borra Caves, curvy lush green roads which makes it even more perfect for a road trip. The best time to visit Arakku Valley is from December to February. It is also a short road trip but also one that you won’t regret.

12. Bangalore to Bandipur Forest : 220 KMs

If you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and looking for a getaway, there is nothing  better than a road trip to a forest. On your way to Bandipur Forest you may even spot wildlife and you get to enjoy the serenity of the forest throughout your journey. It is definitely one of the best road trips to rejuvenate you and will be an absolute bliss for sure. The best time to visit Bandipur is from December to February.

13. Shillong to Cherrapunjee : 55 KMs

Shillong to Cherrapunjee takes about an hour or two which may be a short stretch but one of the most beautiful road trips that you will ever experience in your life. It is once in a lifetime experience to travel through the drizzly and misty clouds, waterfalls, caves, lush greenery views of the surrounding. The best time to visit Cherrapunjee is from October to February.

14. Bangalore to Ooty : 273 KMs

This is another road trip in the Southern India that will leave you overjoyed and full of life. On your way from Bangalore to Ooty you get to experience nature at its best. This journey is best for a travel fanatic and for soothing your inner self. From Bangalore to Ooty there are many eateries on the way. You can even find a CCD and a McDonald’s on your way.

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