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    A bike road trip to leh-ladakh

    Road trips are perhaps the best way to satiate your craving for adventure and escape monotony. To simply pack up your bags, start up your engines and whiz away is the best kind of break you can get from stress and drama. Here’s a list of popular road trips in India that you strongly need to take in order to get a break from monotony.

    What you need for the crazy road trip:

    • A ride (a car or bike)
    • Some Friends
    • Music
    • A camera
    • Money (a lil’ bit)

    25 Best Road Trips In India

    We all crave for a road trip, quitting our daily routine. But we often just keep planning and never go. This is the list of 25 road trip that you can take from India and satisfy your wanderlust. 25 is a big number, so we hope that the abundance and variety of options will finally motivate you to leave your office desks and go wheeling.

    1. Delhi to Manali to Leh: Every Biker’s First Love

    Time: 25 hours

    Distance: 1,019 km

    National Highway: NH 1 & NH 21

    The winding roads of the Manali-Leh Highway in the magnificent hills of Ladakh

    A road trip in the Himalayas will always be accompanied by gorgeous landscapes wherever you look. The Delhi-Manali-Leh road trip is one of the best road trips in India and an absolutely enthralling journey to take. Though the roads may get a little treacherous and tricky on your way to Leh, the awesome scenic beauty makes up for it. It is a road trip every daring traveler must take.

    Where to eat: Have an early breakfast at Murthal. Eat at Sukhdev’s dhaba on the way for some butter loaded stuffed paranthas or you could stop by McDonald’s, Barista, Subway, or Haveli.

    Where to stay: Take a stopover at Bilaspur while travelling from Delhi to Manali. From Manali to Leh, you could spend a night at Circuit houses in Lahaul Valley.


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    2. Mumbai to Goa: Because Dil Chahta Hai

    Time: 10 hours 41 minutes (via the Pune-Kolhapur Route) & 11 hours 52 minutes (via the Chiplun-Ratnagiri Konkan route)

    Distance: 590 km (via the Pune-Kolhapur Route) & 577 km (via the Chiplun-Ratnagiri Konkan route)

    National Highway: NH 4 or NH 66

    a lone bike on the beach on a road trip from mumbai to goa

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    If you loved the reel road trip, you’ll love the real version even more! It is preferred you take the Pune-Kolhapur Route as it is safer, smoother road in case you’re travelling by car. For the more adventurous ones, traveling with friends on a bike seeking scenic beauty of the Western Ghats, & lesser toll booths along the way, take the Chiplun-Ratnagiri Route that gets rocky, tricky and narrow at many places. While on the Chiplun-Ratnagiri route, you can also check out the Karnal Bird Sanctuary. The best time to take this road trip is between December and January.

    Where to eat: Various restaurants at Satara & Kolhapur if you’re on NH 4, and Chiplun

    Where to stay: Hotels at Kolhapur and Chiplun

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    3. Jaipur to Ranthambore: Royal Land to Royal Beast

    Time: 3 hours 14 minutes

    Distance: 158 km

    Meet the majestic tiger of Ranthambore Park on a road trip from Jaipur to Ramthambore

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    One can enjoy beautiful views of the mustard fields and picturesque villages like Balsi & Lalsot on this road trip. It is one of the most popular road trips in india, as huge numbers of people flock to the Ranthambore National Park to spot a tiger or two. The roads are in a decent condition, though one might experience uneven roads for a mere stretch of 20-25 kms on the journey. One can take the route via Tonk to avoid the rough road. The best time to take this road trip is between October and June, as the Park is closed rest of the time.

    Where to eat: A number of shops and dhabas available on the way.

    4. Guwahati to Tawang: Monks, Mountains & Morning Prayer

    Time: 14 hours 27 minutes

    Distance: 566 km

    National Highway: NH 52 & NH 229

    The winding Guwahati-Tawang roads offering an adventurous road trip

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    The road trip offers breathtaking views of snow-clad mountains and lets you witness the marvels of the buddhist culture in the North-East. Driving up the winding paths on the hills require skill and experience. The best time to take this road trip is between March and October, as the rest of the time the roads may be blocked due to snow.

    Where to eat: Shops and stalls offering momos, maggi and tea along the way.

    Where to stay: Budget hotels at Tezpur

    5. Ahmedabad to Kutch: A Stretch of White Horizons

    Time: 7 hours 32 minutes

    Distance: 454 km

    National Highway: NH 8A

    A pack of Flamingos, a delight for bird watchers taking a road trip to Kutch

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    The stunning white landscapes, the barren desert for miles and beyond, and the colourful contrasts of the local population over it would definitely make your road trip worthwhile. The roads are in a fine condition, though one must try and leave for Kutch early in the morning to avoid traffic choked roads. One must surely visit the Wild Ass Sanctuary and the nearby Hodko village to buy local handicrafts. The best time to take this road trip is between October and March. Try to come at a time so that you can witness the full moon at Kutch.

    Where to eat: A number of shops and dhabas available on the way.


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    6. Delhi to Agra to Jaipur: The Golden Triangle

    Time: 6 hours 58 minutes

    Distance: 449 km

    National Highway: NH 93 & NH 8

    The newly built and smooth Yamuna Expressway is perfect for a road trip to Agra

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    The famous Golden Triangle road makes up for one of the best road trips in India. And not just the road, but the three culturally and historically rich cities offer a great many vistas for travellers, including the Taj Mahal at Agra and the numerous monuments at Jaipur. The Yamuna Expressway (NH 93) is a massive stretch of smooth, clean roads and one would find no hindrances as such. You may find the NH 8 to be a little rocky due to the recent construction work there.

    Where to eat: The Food Court on Yamuna Expressway and a number of restaurants like Midway on NH 8.

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    7. Old Silk Route: The Historical Lifeline of Trade & Tradition

    Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

    Distance: 68.2 km

    National Highway: NH 31A

    A breathtaking view of the Old Silk Route, ideal for road trips in India

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    The Silk Route is a old network of trade that fostered the exchange of Oriental and Western civilizations. It connects Lhasa in Tibet to India through the Jelep La Pass in Sikkim. A ride up the motorable roads of this route provides some stunning views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and beautiful landscapes of the hills and snow. You can start your journey from Gangtok in Sikkim and go up to the Nathang Valley. While on this route you can witness the splendid Menmecho Lake, Mandakini Waterfall, & view the entire winding route from Thambi View Point. The roads are in good condition, except from January to April, when the valley is covered in deep snow.

    Where to eat: Local eateries at Sorethang (the China Market).

    8. Jaipur to Jaisalmer: From Pink to the Golden City

    Time: 9 hours

    Distance: 555 km

    National Highway: NH 15

    A road trip in the gorgeous golden city of Jaisalmer

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    Witness the colours, culture & beauty of Rajasthan as you ride past the many villages lining the roads from Jaipur to Jaisalmer. Make a stopover at Jodhpur to indulge in the true Rajasthani heritage and flavours. One can also visit Kumbalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary on the way. The roads on this route are in a perfect condition, granting you a smooth ride.

    Where to eat: Authentic Rajasthani cuisines at Jodhpur.

    9. Dehradun to Nainital: Hills, Valleys, Streams & Lakes

    Time: 6 hours 33 minutes

    Distance: 278 km

    National Highway: NH 74

    The road leading from Dehradun to nainital

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    Ride through Nature’s wonders while enjoying the refreshing weather from one gorgeous hill spot to the other. The roads are in great condition and the turns and twists provide an amazing experience to adventure seekers.

    Where to eat: A number of shops and dhabas available on the way.

    10. Chennai to Pondicherry: Surf & Sands of the South

    Time: 3 hours 31 minutes

    Distance: 158 km

    A house in Pondicherry, beside the Chennai-Pondicherry road

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    It is among the best road trips in India as it’s one where the journey will fetch you more memories and a greater experience than the destination itself. On the way, one can enjoy magnificent views of the beaches of Southern India and stop by to have a coconut or two whenever they feel like. One will find that the East Coast Road is in a perfect condition for driving or riding down. You can make a stopover at Mahabalipuram to enjoy the beaches and treat your tummy.

    Where to eat: The beach at Mahabalipuram and roadside dhabas & shops.

    11. Bangalore to Coorg: From Concrete Jungles to Pristine Hills

    Time: 5 hours 26 minutes

    Distance: 242 km

    National Highway: NH 275

    A road trip from Bangalore to Coorg leading through the jungle

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    A road trip from Bangalore to Coorg is an absolute delight for Nature lovers. Being one of the best hill stations in the South and surrounded by the Western Ghats, Coorg provides stunning scenic vistas of the surrounding landscapes. The roads on this route are pretty decent, except for a few patches here and there.

    Where to eat: A great deal of restaurants and drive-ins on the way.

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    12. Bangalore to Munnar: Through Waterfalls & Windmills

    Time: 9 hours

    Distance: 477 km

    National Highway: NH 7

    A road trip from Bangalore to Munnar through the beautiful hills of Munnar

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    The route is a sea of windmills & gorgeous waterfalls on each side, with coconut trees lining each side of the roads. The surrounding landscapes are dotted with a number of forest patches, streams, tea gardens, & wooden bridges, making the entire journey magical. The roads are great and well maintained, providing for a smooth road trip throughout.

    Where to eat: Authentic South Indian cuisines at many restaurants along the way.

    13. Darjeeling to Pelling: Through the Kingdom of Tea Gardens

    Time: 2 hours

    Distance: 72.8 km

    The stunning hills of Pelling, as seen on a road trip from Darjeeling to Pelling

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    This road trip takes you through lush tea gardens, where you can stop and sip on some refreshing tea, and through winding roads up lofty mountains with picturesque landscapes on all sides, giving you the feeling as if you’re riding through Heaven. The best time to take this road trip is between March and June & then between September and December, as the roads may get blocked during the winter and rainy seasons. The roads are in a great condition and make up for a smooth ride.

    Where to eat: A number of food joints for refreshments on the way.

    14. Mumbai to Mount Abu: From Urban Glitter to Peace & Tranquility

    Time: 12 hours 33 minutes

    Distance: 758 km

    National Highway: NH 8

    Winding, picturesque road leading to the hills of Mount Abu

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    An ecstatic journey that gives you the experiences of 3 different states and cultures- Maharashtra, Gujarat & Rajasthan. The journey would take one through urban towns, villages and then up the hills, letting them witness the transition from heavily populated urban centres to scantily occupied hilly terrains. The roads, including the internal ones, are considerably well-kept.

    Where to eat: A range of dhabas enroute.

    Where to stay: Hotels at Ahmedabad or Vadodara

    15. Kolkata to Kumaon: The Metamorphosis of Colours & Cultures

    Time: 24 hours

    Distance: 1,409 km

    National Highway: NH 2

    A view of the splendid snow-capped mountains, as seen on a road trip from Kolkata to Kumaon

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    The best part of this road trip is the gradual yet incredible transition of the green plains and slopes to snow clad mountain peaks. It is one of those trips that redefine the meaning of phrases like “It is the journey that matters, not the destination”. One can get down and enjoy the town of Varanasi on the way. Though the highway is rather congested due to heavy traffic most of the times, the roads are in quite good a condition. The best time to take this road trip is between November to March.

    Where to eat: A number of great restaurants at Varanasi and a range of dhabas on the entire route.

    Where to stay: Hotels at Varanasi or Kanpur.

    16. Ahmedabad to Diu: Industrialisation to Beachification

    Time: 6 hours 53 minutes

    Distance:  357 km

    A car whizzing away on a road trip from Ahmedabad to Diu

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    An amazing journey from Gujarat’s largest city to its popular Union Territory. The trip will take you through Gujarat’s biggest metropolis, various religious centres and Jain temples, to the sea-side town that is a favourite among beach lover Indians. All thanks to our Hon’ble Prime Minister, the roads are in an awesome condition.

    Where to eat: Dhabas on the way along with bhojanalayas near Bhavnagar and Mahuva.

    17. Chennai to Yelagiri: Green Valleys, Rose Gardens & Fruit Orchards

    Time: 4 hours 36 minutes

    Distance: 230 km

    National Highway: NH 46

    The spectacular roads, perfect for a road trip from Chennai to Yelagiri

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    Nature lovers would simply fall in love with this fairy-tale like road trip that takes them through the fascinating greens, hills, and water attractions of the South. Courtesy the numerous forested hills and dangerous-looking trekking trails, the road trip is very popular amongst bikers. What adds to the adventure-factor of this road trip is the large number of hairpin bends on the hills that test one’s driving skills. The best time to take this road trip is from October to February. One should avoid the route during monsoons as there is a heavy chance of landslides and road blockage.

    Where to eat: A number of eateries on the highway.

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    18. Mumbai to Tarkarli: From Noisy Cities to Undisturbed Beaches

    Time: 9 hours 38 minutes

    Distance: 488 km

    National Highway: NH 66

    The roads leading from Mumbai to Tarkarli

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    This is the best kind of road trip for everyone looking for a quick escape from the urban noise and work stress. On this route, one can enjoy rejuvenating panoramas along the Konkan stretch. Besides, Tarkarli makes for a fabulous road trip destination with its clean, pristine beaches, water sports, mountains, waterfalls, & stunning views of the night sky. The road conditions on this route are excellent, adding to the awesomeness of the trip. The best time to take this road trip is between October & March.

    Where to eat: Plenty of restaurants on the way.

    Where to stay: Hotels at Ratnagiri

    19. Delhi to Jaipur: From Retro to Royalty

    Time: 4 hours 45 minutes

    Distance: 269 km

    National Highway: NH 8

    The road trip from Delhi to Jaipur, one of the best road trips in India

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    This provides for the perfect weekend getaway for people in and around Delhi. Delhiites looking for a relaxed weekend usually flock to the Pink City to experience a mix of culture, heritage and history. Also, the 6 lane highway that connects Delhi and Jaipur is perhaps the best road network in the country.

    Where to eat: Endless array of dhabas and restaurants on NH 8.

    20. Hyderabad to Kannur: Enroute the Passage to God’s Own Country

    Time: 14 hours 15 minutes

    Distance: 899 km

    National Highway: NH 7

    The roads leading from Hyderabad to Kannur through scenic green pastures

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    It’s a road trip that takes you through the land of historical influences and the Nizams to India’s most popular Nature’s Retreat in the south. There can’t be a better road trip that ends at the serene, private beaches of Kannur. The roads are in pretty much a good condition, except the bumpy ones at Virajpet.

    Where to eat: Various food joints on NH 7 offering the best local cuisines of the South.

    Where to stay: Hotels & holiday inns at Kurnool or Bangalore

    21. Kolkata to Digha: The Bong Connection

    Time: 4 hours 9 minutes

    Distance: 184 km

    National Highway: NH 6 & NH 116B

    A road trip from Kolkata to Digha via the prominent Howrah Bridge, Kolkata

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    It’s another marvelous road trip on the list of those that end on the sea shores. The ride takes you through green patches and click-worthy landscapes, and finally gives you a pleasant dose of the sun, the sea, and the sand! The roads are safe and comfortable, so you can enjoy a smooth ride down to Digha.

    Where to eat: Scores of dhabas along the way.

    22. Delhi to Mussoorie: From Metropolis to the Hills

    Time: 6 hours 40 minutes

    Distance: 281 km

    National Highway: NH 58

    The winding roads through the hills of Mussoorie, ideal for a road trip from Delhi to Mussoorie

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    A road trip from Delhi to the prettiest hill station in the country is a must for every Delhiite. The entire journey through the hills, streams, and green pastures is simply mesmerising, especially after Dehradun, placing it among the best road trips in India. The roads are not in a very good condition, but the awe-inspiring scenic beauty makes up for the bumpy ride.

    Where to eat: Plenty of dhabas on the way serving everything from maggi, momos, to chai.

    23. Kolkata to Puri: From the City of Joy to the Land of Spirituality

    Time: 8 hours 14 minutes

    Distance: 497 km

    The Jagannath Temple, a prominent tourist attraction to explore on a road trip from Kolkata to Puri

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    The empty, green spaces and beautiful villages lining the roads make this journey as delightful as the destination itself. The road trip is great for people wanting to relax and unwind on a weekend beach destination, and for pilgrims wanting to visit the Jagannath and Konark Sun temple. Leave well before dawn from Kolkata so that you’d get in time to witness the amazing sunset from the shores of Puri. The roads are great on AH 45 connecting Kolkata to Digha.

    Where to eat: Various food joints on the way where you can gorge on some tempting seafood.

    24. Delhi to Rishikesh: Every Adventure Seeker’s Heaven

    Time: 5 hours 16 minutes

    Distance: 232 km

    National Highway: NH 58

    A bike whizzing past forests on a trip from Delhi to Rishikesh

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    Rishikesh is a highly frequented destination for sacred tourism and adventure sports like river rafting and trekking. But the adventure begins way before you reach this stunning hill station. Rugged terrains, tricky passageways, & daring tracks make the roads a thrill for adrenaline junkies riding off to Rishikesh on their Avengers and Royal Enfields. The roads in a pretty bad shape starting from Muzaffarnagar, but isn’t that just the right kind of challenge for a thrill seeker!

    Where to eat: Dhabas offering snacks and tea along the way, along with the popular restaurant chain Cheetal.

    25. Mumbai to Pune: Gallivanting to the ‘Oxford of the East’

    Time: 2 hours 35 minutes

    Distance: 148 km

    National Highway: NH 58

    a road trip from mumbai to pune amidst the gorgeous pune landscape

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    The four ultra long tunnels on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and the magnificent views of the Western Ghats makes this road trip an unforgettable experience. People usually hop from Mumbai to Pune to escape Mumbai’s noise, pollution, chaos, & to enjoy the glitzy nightlife of the city. The best time to take this road trip for a once in a lifetime experience is between August & March. The 6-lane Mumbai-Pune Expressway is another of India’s most developed road networks apart from NH 8.

    Where to eat: Dhabas offering snacks and tea along the way, along with the popular restaurant chain Cheetal.

    Already restless? Don’t just keep sitting there now that you know of all the awesome road trips in India. Pack your bags and and ride away from your angry boss and dominating girlfriend. But don’t forget to tell us in your comments below where you’re riding off to first…

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