India is home to scores of beautiful travel destinations & so are the paths that leads to them. If you are tired & exhausted from endless months of work – get ready for these amazing journeys & let the breeze ruffle your hair as you drive modishly to these places, because it’s time for a break. Here are 8 Road trips in India that you must take to unwind from your busy, hectic schedule!
Pollachi to Valparai Via SH 78
Valparai is a hill station situated in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. It is situated at 3500 ft above sea level. Valparai has thick forest cover, surrounded by Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Parambikulam Tiger reserve & the Vazhachal forest.
The best way to travel is by road – Enjoy the beauty of the dense forest cover & be absolutely mesmerised by this lush green route. The journey takes approximately two hours. The distance between the two places is just 76 kms but you will have enough time to fall in love with it.
Chennai to Puducherry via East Coast Road
The state highway 49 is also known as the “East Coast Road”, that runs parallel to the Bay of Bengal. It is perhaps, one of the most beautiful roads of the country to drive on. Chennai & Pudducherry are situated 152 km apart. It takes nearly 2 hours to cover the distance. The scenic beauty, the mesmerising sea, splendid weather – this route has everything!
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Gangtok – Nathang
Gangtok – the capital of Sikkim, is a beautiful city situated at around 5,200 ft above sea level. It is home to a large number of Tibetan population living in India. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra, near Siliguri, however, the city is connected to the rest of the country by NH 31A. The distance between Gangtok & Nathang via old silk route is approximately 60 km. It is an exciting & thrilling journey with and picturesque landscapes all around you that will take you back in time.
Bangalore to Coorg
Coorg, a small hill station in Karnataka is known for it’s coffee plantations. It is a quite & peaceful place to unwind & relax away from the fast city life and so is the road route connecting it to Bangalore. It is situated 250 km away from the city & takes about 5 hours to reach here. The road has good resorts & cafes to pit stop at. A drive through the densely covered forest will be a delight to experience & you won’t even realise how fast time will go by.
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Ahmedabad to Kutch
This is one of the most unique road trips one can take. Kutch, one of the largest salt deserts is truly an unexplored heaven that you must visit at least once in your life. The distance between the two places is 340 km approximately. Driving over the black roads through the white land will leave you quite thrilled & amazed.
The land of white sand will leave you mesmerised & so will the journey and the best way to experience this heaven is under a moonlit night where you can take a pause in your life to unlock answers to the questions that you have been seeking so far. Once here, don’t forget to explore Dholavira, the city of age old Harappan civilisation and unravel its many mysteries.
Guwahati To Tawang
This is once in a lifetime experience that you must take on if you are planning a trip to the Northeast. An unexplored heaven on earth, a road trip from Guwahati to Tawang, in Arunachal Pradesh will consume around 12 to 14 hours including your stops covering a distance of around 560 kilometers.
An amazingly ethereal yet challenging terrain, you can enjoy all the way with some must stops in Tezpur town (Assam) and Dirang valley once you reach Arunachal. FYI, Tawang is the birthplace of the 6th Dalai Lama.
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Bangalore To Bandipur
If you have been craving to drive through forests all this while, then this is the trip you would definitely love. Overall, a 4 hour long drive covering a distance of 224 km, it is a perfect weekend trip especially if you aren’t able to get long leaves from work. This forest route will take you through the town of Mandya and then Mysore city, where you can conveniently make stops to roam around and visit many attractions on the way.
The roads are in poor condition from Mysore to Bandipur entry point, but beyond that it is a smooth scenic drive. Enjoy your stay in one of the jungle lodges at night and head back to the city in the morning.
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Kolkata To Digha
Those heading for a weekend stay in the east can easily make it more refreshing by travelling a little further to Digha, a seaside resort town not so far away from the city. Approximately a 3 hour drive, the route is pleasant and charming and you will encounter plenty of eateries on the way, not to mention, the greenery that accompanies you along the way. So, click plenty of snaps, lie there in the beach with your bottle of beer and take a stroll with your buddies and let go of your stress.
If you have taken any road trips in your life, don’t forget to share with us below.