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    Maybe the 9 to 5 is deteriorating your peace of mind. Maybe you shouldn’t over think about your pensions at 25. Maybe you should find yourself on the roads, slip your hands a little out of the window and talk a little with the wind.

    As the saying goes “People don’t take trips, trips take people”, let the road take you everywhere from famous wonders to unexplored locales. Maybe, you should hit the roads in the overseas.

    Take a break from monotony, grab your passport and your driving licence to literally take the road less taken, as this list will tell you about the countries you can drive in with your Indian driving licence.

    1. New Zealand

    Live your road trip dreams on the roads of New Zealand

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    This island country is already stealing the hearts with its fantabulous beaches, iconic cityscape, lush national parks and Lord of the Rings locations. The roads of New Zealand are pretty much a road-tripper’s paradise, as it passes through many scenic wonders like sapphire seas, colorful gardens, mighty mountains and almost everything that’s picture-perfect.

    Drives on: Left
    Recommended route for driving: Thames to Coromandel Road
    Age limit: 21 years
    Validity of Indian driving licence: 1 year
    Indian driving licence language: English (or you can get it translated from any govt. Recognized translator or New Zealand Transport Agency)


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    2. United States of America

    Take the famed Route 66 and explore the gems of USA

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    The whole world knows USA flaunts some of the best driving roads of the world. From highways to byways, you might not want to pull over for even a brief second when you’re driving on USA’s roads.

    Drives on: Right side
    Recommended route for driving: Route 66 (From Chicago to Santa Monica)
    Validity of Indian driving licence: 1 year
    Indian driving licence language: English (If your licence is not in English you’ll need International Driving Permit. Another important doc is Form I-94, which shows your arrival date in US)

    3. Germany

    Drive through the scenic wonders of Germany when on Autobahn route

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    German cars and German roads both spark a burning desire to grab all of it. When in Germany, there are many beautiful sights to not be deprived of, but when you are driving in Germany the sights get even more overwhelming.

    Drives on: Right
    Recommended route for driving: The Autobahn highway (With NO speed limit in most areas!)
    Validity of Indian driving licence: 6 months
    Indian driving licence language: German (You can get your licence translated to German from German diplomatic mission. If not this, you can carry International Driving Permit)

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    4. France

    France road

    France is pretty much like a poetry, and you don’t simply skim through a poem at haste. To feel the poetry that’s France, you need to ease up, drive through its scenic route at your own pace and absorb its charm.

    Drives on: Right
    Recommended route for driving: Hilly roads of Corsica
    Validity of Indian driving licence: 1 year
    Indian driving licence language: French (along with original driving licence)

    5. Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales)

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    As your hair flutter with the wind, your ride swiftly passes through the roads of the Great Britain, don’t forget to turn the volume of our favorite jam up, up and loud. Because, this is it! Your dream road trip, up and alive.

    Drives on: Left
    Recommended route for driving: Black Mountain Road, Powys (Wales) and Stirling to Inverness (Scotland)
    Validity of Indian driving licence: 1 year


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    6. Switzerland

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    The Swiss Alps and emerald lakes of Switzerland have created a buzz around the world, and what could be the best way to make the most of your visit to Switzerland? Yes! Driving through the stupendous roads with those you love dearly, or maybe solo? You decide.

    Drives on: Right
    Recommended route for driving: St Gotthard Pass
    Validity of Indian driving licence: 1 year
    Indian driving licence language: English

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    7. Norway

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    The Land of the Midnight Sun, Norway’s roads carry the ability of filling every road-tripper’s heart with ecstasy. Wear your most comfy short, tee and flip flops and keep hitting the road of Norway.

    Drives on: Right
    Recommended route for driving: Atlantic Ocean Road
    Validity of Indian driving licence: 3 months
    Indian driving licence language: English

    8. U.A.E

    Hit the roads of U.A.E

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    From glistening skyscrapers to rugged beige deserts U.A.E has it all for the explorers. It’s time to make the best use of your GTA tracks and get your hands on the steering wheel.

    Drives on: Right
    Recommended route for driving: Dubai to Liwa
    Indian driving licence language: English (also carry along International Driving Permit)

    9. Australia

    The Great Ocean Road of Australia is popular around the world

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    This Oceania country is full of surprises and impeccable routes to fill your road trips with sheer bliss. You can drive through Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Australian Capital Territory. Driving with Indian licence in Northern Territory is possible too, but there are a few more regulations that need to be followed.

    Drives on: Right
    Recommended route for driving: Great Ocean Road
    Validity of Indian driving licence: 3 months
    Indian driving licence language: English (Also needed to carry International Driving Permit)

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    10. Mauritius

    Mauritius’ roads will overwhelm you

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    This island country is actually acclaimed for a million reasons, one of the most prominent being its white sandy seashores kissing the azure waves of the Indian Ocean.

    Drives on: Left
    Recommended route for driving: Plaine Champagne Road
    Validity of Indian driving licence: 4 weeks
    Indian driving licence language: English (Also carry International Driving Permit)

    11. South Africa

    The Garden Route is downright incredible, dotted with gardens, vineyards and embraced with blue ocean

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    The last one but not the least on this list of countries you can drive with your Indian licence, is South Africa. This country’s diverse range of flora and fauna, magnificent seashores and mighty cliffs will inspire you through and through.

    Drives on: Left
    Recommended route for driving: The Garden Route! *Don’t miss out on THIS!
    Indian driving licence language: English, with photograph and signature (Carry IDP for easy renting of cars)

     

     

    Good to Know:

    • Carry your original and valid Indian driving licence and passport
    • Do opt for International Driving Permit! It can be obtained from local RTO by presenting the required documents
    • Valid visa, of course, is a must too!
    • Research well before opting for any car rental company
    • Usually the cars in these countries have automatic gears. So, make sure you are renting the one you are best comfortable with
    • Also make sure that the car has a GPS. It’s good to lose yourself, but not in the jungles of totally new country
    • Mostly you will be able to hire the type vehicle you have permission to drive as per your Indian driving licence

    Excited already? Brush up your driving skills and prepare for the ultimate road trip you have been dreaming of since a while!

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