• Things to do
  • Places to visit
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Honeymoon packages
  • Holiday packages
  • Real Traveler Stories

    ..
    SHARES
    international road trips you can take from India

    Driving across cities is a thing of the past. What your maverick soul now needs is a road trip across countries. Yes, you heard that right! After proper planning and acquiring all necessary permits from nations you wish to visit, you can set off on the most cherishable journey of your life. The experience of riding across different countries & continents, the vivid mix of cultures you experience, the sights you witness, the people you meet, the memories you make, and even the hassles you encounter, are sure to move your heart and transform you from within.

    So simply check out all these places you can visit, grab your travel documents, hop into your cars, and set off on the most intoxicating international road trips from India that’ll stay in your hearts forever!

    1. Nepal

    Nepal during sunrise is a sight to behold

    Image Source

    What do you call a country with limitless beauty and where you can enter at any time of the year without prior permissions? You got that right! When on a road trip from India to Nepal, the best way to enter the country is through the Sunauli border in UP, which is about 180 km from Gorakhpur. And once you’re through, the charming views of snowy Himalayas, tranquil stupas and rustic forests are all yours!

    Drive to Nepal on your exciting road trip from India to Nepal

    Distance from Delhi, India to Nepal by road: Approx 800 km
    Travel time (Delhi to Nepal): Approx 3 days
    Documents required: Indian driving license, photo ID proof

    Must Read: Nepal: A Paradise Then. A Paradise Now. Your Holiday Can Bring A Thousand Smiles


    Looking To Book A Holiday Package?

    Book memorable holidays on TravelTriangle with 650+ verified travel agents for 65+ domestic and international destinations.


    2. Bangladesh

    Visit the charming fields ad rural life of Bangladesh

    Image Source

    One can drive to Bangladesh through different entry point like Kolkata, Siliguri, Agartala, depending on where one’s coming from. After completing all formalities at the border, the country’s vibrant culture, pristine rivers, ancient ruins & friendly people will welcome you with open arms on one of the most spectacular international road trips from India.

    Drive to Bangladesh and have a fun road trip from India to Bangladesh

    Image Source

    Distance from Delhi to Bangladesh by road: Approx 1,400 km
    Travel time (Delhi to Bangladesh): Approx 5 days
    Documents required: Valid passport, Visa, special permits, carnet (a customs permit allowing a motor vehicle to be taken across a frontier for a limited period)

    3. Bhutan

    Paro Taksang Monastery in Bhutan

    It’s the nation proudly flaunting the tag of the ‘happiest country in Asia’ and is ridiculously easy to drive to from India. Do you need more reasons to visit this elusive paradise? It is preferred to enter Bhutan through the Jaigaon-Phuntsholing border in West Bengal, since the popular cities of Paro & Thimphu are closer from there. Once in, the charging atmosphere, overwhelming scenic beauty, and cheerful faces of locals won’t let you want to leave this surreal kingdom.

    Have an exciting road trip to Bhutan amidst hills

    Distance from New Delhi to Bhutan by road: Approx 1,400 km
    Travel time (Delhi to Bhutan): Approx 5 days
    Documents required: Indian driving license, Photo ID proof (other than driving license), pre registration of Indian vehicle at Phuntsholing border’s immigration post & the Department for Vehicle Registration.

    4. Myanmar

    Hot air balloons in Myanmar

    Though driving to Myanmar can be a task in itself, it’s worth every effort. One can travel all the way from New Delhi to Myanmar by road via the newly built and spectacular Delhi to Bangkok Highway. You’ll need to complete all these formalities for international tourists travelling through Border Checkpoints before starting your trip. But in return for all your backbreaking efforts, you’ll be rewarded with once-in-a-lifetime experiences amidst golden pagodas, legendary traditions, astounding landscapes, and an old-world architecture of this ancient kingdom.

    Ride to Myanmar on the India Myanmar Thailand Friendship Highway

    Image Source

    Distance from Delhi to Myanmar by road: Approx 2,400 km
    Travel time (Delhi to Myanmar): Approx 9 days
    Documents required: Valid passport, Visa, special permits, carnet (a customs permit allowing a motor vehicle to be taken across a frontier for a limited period)

    Suggested Read: 4197 Km . 3 Countries . 1 Epic Road Trip – New Delhi To Bangkok [INFOGRAPHIC]

    5. Thailand

    Shop till you drop at Thailand's floating market

    Who wants to go in for flights when one can have a beyond-awesome road trip from India to Thailand on the the newly built Delhi-Myanmar-Thailand Highway! And once you’re there, get ready to indulge in diverse experiences like exotic beaches, a happening nightlife, temples & churches, night markets, adventure opportunities, and remarkable cuisines. Thailand, no doubt, has something for everyone, be it a budget backpacker, a rich tycoon, or two nervous newlyweds.

    The smooth road to Thailand filled with colourful flowers and forests

    Distance from New Delhi to Thailand by road: Approx 3,000 km
    Travel time (Delhi to Thailand): Approx 13 days
    Documents required: Valid Passport, Visa, international driving license, special permits, carnet (a customs permit allowing a motor vehicle to be taken across a frontier for a limited period)


    Planning your holiday but confused about where to go? These travel stories help you find your best trip ever!

    Real travel stories. Real stays. Handy tips to help you make the right choice.


    6. Malaysia

    The caves inside the Gunung Mulu National Park In Thailand

    Image Source

    Though one might find problems with independent vehicular movement in Tibet, the diversity of fabulous experiences this country offers to its visitors will totally make up for it! With towering skyscrapers standing beside Hindu temples, Chinese sanctums, & mosques on one hand, and a surplus natural biodiversity on the other, the unique cultural ethos of this nation is breathtaking. Mountains, coral islands, tropical rainforests, rare species of flora and fauna . . . the list of natural experiences one can indulge in at Malaysia is endless.

    Drive to and commute in Malaysia via its super smooth roadways

    Distance from Delhi to Malaysia by road: Approx 4,400 km
    Travel time (Delhi to Malaysia): Approx 19 days
    Documents required: Valid Passport, Visa, Indian driving license

    7. Singapore

    The skyline of Singapore at durk

    Image Source

    One can merely use the Delhi-Myanmar-Thailand Highway to drive all the way up to this bustling island city-state that is a heaven for shopaholics. Though not yet a very popular option for international road trips from India, Singapore is one rocking destination with a glitzy nightlife and loads of natural and man-made attractions that India’s wandering souls would love to explore!

    The busy roads of Singapore at night

    Distance from Delhi to Singapore by road: Approx 5,000 km
    Travel time (Delhi to Singapore): Approx 22 days
    Documents required: Valid Passport, Visa, special permits, international driving license

    8. Sri Lanka

    Women plucking tea leaves in Sri Lanka

    You may be like “Whaaaaat???”. But it’s true folks. You can actually drive to Sri Lanka. One can simply drive down to Tuticorin Port in Tamil Nadu and get to the Colombo Port in Sri Lanka via the Scotia Prince ferry that offers a drive in & drive out facility for cars. Thanks to this ferry system, travelers can now easily explore the sandy beaches, lush mountains, tea plantations & diverse wildernesses of this tropical heaven on a road trip from Delhi to Sri Lanka.

    A jeep driving amidst the trees in Sri Lanka

    Distance from Delhi to Sri Lanka by road: Approx 2,400 km
    Travel time (Delhi to Sri Lanka): 10 days by road + 45 hours by ferry
    Documents required: Valid Passport, photo ID proof, copy of Visa On Arrival confirmation

    Tip: If not the ferry, you can wait for the first ever bridge between India and Sri Lanka to be built by our government soon.

    Suggested Read: 14 Wheels, 11 Souls, One Dream: The Epic Road Trip Down South!

    9. China

    An aerial view of a village in China

    This is one of the most challenging and risky international road trips from India. Though one is required to obtain permits two months before setting off, the whole trip hangs on various uncertainties as these applications are very likely to get rejected by the Chinese govt. But if happen to be one of those lucky few who make it, you have a myriad of experiences, some engaging architecture, & delicious Chinese food, simply waiting for you at the other side! The best route into China is via Nepal, which takes you to Lhasa, & then to Xining, before you finally enter China.

    Drive past traditional Chinese huts when in China

    Distance from Delhi, India to China by road: Approx 1,600 km
    Travel time (Delhi to China): Approx 8 days
    Documents required: Valid Passport, Visa, Special Overland Permits for Indian registered vehicles, Tibet Travel Permit, temporary driving license

    10. Russia

    The St. Basil's Cathedral in Russia at dusk

    Image Source

    To witness the grandeur of this massive country, one shall have to first drive to China (refer above), then to Kazakhstan, before finally entering Russia. They would need a Visas and border permits for all the countries falling on the way. The road may be a long one, but to explore Russia’s happening places, picture-perfect landscapes, and its magnificent castles, the trip will be worth it!

    A road in Russia winding through a beautiful forest covered in snow in winters

    Image Source

    Distance from Delhi to Russia by road: Approx 7,200 km
    Travel time (Delhi to Russia): Approx 32 days
    Documents required: Valid Passport, Visa for China, Kazakhstan & Russia, carnet, Special Overland Permits for Indian registered vehicles, Tibet Travel Permit, temporary driving license

    11. Finland

    A town and lake in Finland turned beautiful in winters

    Image Source

    Further up from Russia is Finland, a country that’ll never fail to bewitch you with its beauty no matter what season it is. You can visit either during winters when the landscapes is covered in crisp white snow, or during summers when the warm light of the sun illuminates the vast tracts of forests and striking blue lakes. If you don’t wanna visit merely for the spellbinding views, you can visit for Finland’s unending adventure opportunities and its diverse wildlife.

    A treetway in Finland with cars and a tram passing through

    Distance from Delhi to Finland by road: Approx 8,300 km
    Travel time (Delhi to Finland): Approx 36 days
    Documents required: Valid Passport, Visa for all nations to be crossed, international driving license, carnet, Special Overland Permits for Indian registered vehicles, Tibet Travel Permit

    Also Read: 20 Dream Roads Across The Globe Fetched Right Out Of A Traveller’s Fantasy

    12. Turkey

    Hot air balloons sailing above the ruins and caves of Cappadocia

    Image Source

    If driving to nearby countries is subtle for you, why not go all the way to Turkey and experience a different culture altogether! The ideal route map for a road trip from India to Turkey would be:
    New DelhiLhasa (Tibet)ChinaKyrgyzstanUzbekistanTurkmenistanIranTurkey. One can also go via Russia & Georgia but that might only add to the distance to be driven. Once there, you’ll be greeted with enchanting views of balloon filled skies, queer caves, splendid mosques, breathtaking natural wonders, glam beaches, & architectural marvels of the Roman Empire.

    The roads in Turkey weaving through the caves of Cappadocia

    Distance from Delhi to Turkey by road: Approx 7,500 km
    Travel time (Delhi to Turkey): Approx 32 days
    Documents required: Valid Passport, Visa for all nations mentioned, international driving license, carnet, Special Overland Permits for Indian registered vehicles, Tibet Travel Permit

    13. Italy

    The colourful houses on the port of Italy

    A road trip from India to it’s neighbouring countries is one thing, but driving all the way to Europe, you’d certainly need to have one hell of a daring soul! Refer above for the route map of Turkey, and add to it a little Greek architecture, the experience of riding a ferry on the mystical Adriatic Sea, and finally the rustic landscapes, soothing music, quaint village life, & mind blowing cuisine, of Italy!

    The snake like roads of Italy on the side of a cliff

    Distance from Delhi to Italy by road: Approx 9,000 km
    Travel time (Delhi to Italy): Approx 40 days
    Documents required: Valid Passport, Visa for all nations to be crossed, Indian driving license, carnet, Special Overland Permits for Indian registered vehicles, Tibet Travel Permit

    14. Switzerland

    The Alps and lake in Switzerland as visible through a forest

    Driving on the smoothest roads among the most beautiful landscapes of the country that is everyone’s dream destination, who’s up for that? If you decide to drive further from Italy, (and you must!) you’ll be warmly welcomed by the mesmerising Swiss Alps, the friendliest of people, cleanest of roads, postcard-perfect houses adorned with colourful flower pots, and the most delicious chocolates you’d ever have tasted on an incredible road trip from India to Switzerland!

    The smooth roads in Switzerland beside a pretty lake

    Distance from Delhi to Switzerland by road: Approx 10,000 km
    Travel time (Delhi to Switzerland): Approx 42 days
    Documents required: Valid Passport, Visa for all nations to be crossed, international driving license, carnet, Special Overland Permits for Indian registered vehicles, Tibet Travel Permit

    Must Read: 11 International Road Trips You Can Take With Your Indian Driving Licence

    15. France

    The enchanting streets and houses of France

    Image Source

    If you wish to add a tad bit of romance to your road trip from India to Europe, then you can simply ride on to France. And while you set out to admire its rich blend of art, music & poetry and its centuries old churches and palaces, or merely sit by a chic cafe enjoying delicious gourmet pastries and the finest of French wine, you’ll surely have made this one of your most memorable international road trips from India!

    The busy road under the monumental Eiffel Tower

    Image Source

    Distance from Delhi to France by road: Approx 10,500 km
    Travel time (Delhi to France): Approx 44 days
    Documents required: Valid Passport, Visa for all nations to be crossed, Indian driving license, carnet, Special Overland Permits for Indian registered vehicles, Tibet Travel Permit

    16. Spain

    A blissful town on the shores of Spain

    Now who’d want to come all the way to Europe and miss out on the marvelous experience of visiting Spain! We bet you’ll be enticed to drive further and witness Spain’s heart-warming architecture, watch a Flamenco performance, check out art galleries & museums, relax on the beaches of Barcelona, and gorge on a bowl of Paella or two! Who’d want to give up on that, right?

    A cafe on a beautiful, calm street in Spain

    Distance from Delhi to Spain by road: Approx 11,200 km
    Travel time (Delhi to Spain): Approx 46 days
    Documents required: Valid Passport, Visa for all nations to be crossed, Indian driving license, carnet, Special Overland Permits for Indian registered vehicles, Tibet Travel Permit

    17. United Kingdom

    The white cliffs of Kingsgate Beach in UK

    To make this international road trip from India even more rocking, you can go on to United Kingdom from France, either via a ferry from Port de Calais with drive in drive out facility, or through the Eurotunnel Le Shuttle that was specially made to transport vehicles across the two countries. Either way, you’ll end up at this glamorous cosmopolitan famous for its fast-paced, contemporary culture that will spoil you for life on your road trip from India to UK.

    The double decker bus near the London Clock Tower

    Distance from Delhi, India to UK by road: Approx 10,000 km
    Travel time (Delhi to UK): Approx 42 days
    Documents required: Valid Passport, Visa for all nations to be crossed, international driving license, carnet, Special Overland Permits for Indian registered vehicles, Tibet Travel Permit

    Suggested Read: Delhi to London By Road: These 3 Indian Super Moms Drove Across 17 Countries in Just 95 Days

    18. Czech Republic

    A quaint town by the lake in Czech Republic

    Not into modern cosmopolitans? We got you covered. Take a detour to Czech Republic and be transferred back in time as you set foot amidst its historical towns, buildings with an ancient architecture, and its medieval looking landscapes. You can either drive through the earlier mentioned route, or you can go through Russia, depending on which type of cultures you wish to experience on the way.

    Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic

    Distance from Delhi to Czech Republic by road: Approx 7,800 km
    Travel time (Delhi to Czech Republic): Approx 34 days
    Documents required: Valid Passport, Visa for all nations to be crossed, international driving license, carnet, Special Overland Permits for Indian registered vehicles, Tibet Travel Permit

    19. Uzbekistan

    Visit the monument of Bukhara in Uzbekistan on your road trip from India to Central Asia

    If you don’t want to go on a very long road trip, but still wish to treat your eyes to fascinating views of different cultures, go on to Uzbekistan. The unbelievably elegant architecture of the mosques, mausoleums, fortresses and palaces lying hidden in the ancient cities of this erstwhile gem of the Silk Road will make your jaw drop.

    The road in Uzbekistan through greens and deserts

    Distance from Delhi to Uzbekistan by road: Approx 4,000 km
    Travel time (Delhi to Uzbekistan): Approx 17 days
    Documents required: Valid Passport, Visa for all nations to be crossed, international driving license, carnet, Special Overland Permits for Indian registered vehicles, Tibet Travel Permit

    20. Turkmenistan

    A man sitting on the edge of the Door to Hell in Turkmenistan

    Image Source

    Another jewel in the crown of Central Asia is Turkmenistan, a relatively unexplored piece of the world that houses mysterious, yet extraordinary natural attractions like the seemingly endless Karakum Desert and the ‘Door to Hell’. Other than it’s natural wonders, you’re also likely to fall for the unmatched hospitality of the Turkmen people, which is a legend worldwide.

    The splendid roads in Turkmenistan with a view of the hills beyond

    Distance from Delhi to Turkmenistan by road: Approx 4,800 km
    Travel time (Delhi to Turkmenistan): Approx 20 days
    Documents required: Valid Passport, Visa for all nations to be crossed, international driving license, carnet, Special Overland Permits for Indian registered vehicles, Tibet Travel Permit

    Roads let you explore each town, city, countryside, & village you pass on the way to your destination, unlike other modes of transport. They let you discover & learn more about the world than you plan to do on your trip. So stop thinking, and go! Also, share this with all your buddies you’d want as your travel companions on this trip. And if you know of any more international road trips from India that one can take, pop them in the comments below.

    Further Read: 25 Spectacular Road Trips In India For That Passionate Traveler In You


    Looking To Book An International Holiday?

    Book memorable holidays on TravelTriangle with 650+ verified travel agents for 65+ domestic and international destinations.


    Comments

    comments

    Category: Road Trips

    Best Places To Visit In India By Month