Most thrilling road trips in India
“IT’S A ROAD TRIP! IT’S ABOUT ADVENTURE! … IT’S NOT LIKE WE HAVE SOMEWHERE TO GO.” – JOHN GREEN, AN ABUNDANCE OF KATHERINES
Road trips are one of the finest feelings that one can experience in their lifetime. Imagine crystal clear blue sky, your favorite song on the radio, a sense of adventure, and talking about life with your mates. Sounds dreamy and ideal right? Well, it is. A road trip can totally change your perspective on life. The best part about the road trip is that you not only just enjoy the destination but fully live the journey too. All the crazy stuff that happens in the journey, all the kinds of stuff, and marvels you witness in your journey get registered with you for a lifetime and remain with you to cherish forever.
India: a culturally diverse land has a lot in store for travelers. Each and every state has something unique and different to offer. Let's have a look at the most thrilling road trip destinations in India that will open a new world for you and make you wonder about its marvel with its never-ending beauty.
Kolkata to Sandakphu
Trust us, it is going to be the best road trip you will ever experience. Sandakphu is the highest peak in the state of West Bengal and the route from Kolkata to Sandakphu is not less than heaven. With snow-covered mountains on both sides of the road and gentle breeze passing through your hair, it will surely give you a lifetime of experience.
Sandakphu is prominent for its trek and other adventure activities. It is also referred to as the “Trekkers Wonderland” and after completing the trek you can also see Mount Everest and K2 peaks. It is also loaded with stunning monasteries and stupas. It is also a great place to explore the Buddhist culture. To know more about this charming place have a look at this blog.
2. Banglore to Coorg
This road trip will take around 6 hours and these 6 hours you will be surrounded by nature and lush green valleys, thrilling waterfalls, and misty trees. Coorg is also known as “the Scotland of India” is an ideal destination for a road trip from Banglore. It has a lot to offer from trekking to jeep drive to quad biking to rafting, this place has it all. It serves as a perfect gateway for the weekend. One of the most interesting activities that can be done at this place is Microlight Flying, this allows you to enjoy the pretty city of Coorg from a bird’s eye’s view. Apart from all these adventure activities, it is also full of delightful waterfalls, marvelous temples, and quirky cafes.
3. Manali to Leh
One of the best road trips you can ever experience in your life has to be a road trip from Manali to Leh. A journey full of serene, tranquil, and picturesque scene would make you fall in love with the journey as well as the destination. Leh is a graceful town in the northern part of India that will transport you away from all the hustle-bustle of life and will let your hair down with its peaceful atmosphere. Camping in the open sky with 1000 stars is one of the soulful experiences that can be experienced in this town. Other than camping, you can go for trekking, visit waterfalls, or monasteries to make your trip more memorable. Even if you do not want to do any of these activities, you can just sit back and soak in the natural beauty of the place.
4. Jaipur to Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer - “The Golden City of India” is well known for its nomadic culture, huge soft brown dunes, and the glorious Jaisalmer fort that serves as the heart of the Jaisalmer city. A trip to Jaisalmer city is surely going to bring out your adventuresome and wanderlust side. The city offers a lot of interesting and engaging activities such as camel safaris, jeep safaris, lake boating, parasailing, and many more engrossing activities that will make your heart beat faster with thrill and enthusiasm. Not to forget about the authentic Rajasthani food that is going to tickle your taste buds and will leave you for wanting more. Also, the famous local bazaars(stalls) where you can shop for authentic and handmade clothes, jewelry, accessories, bags, and footwear. Do have a look at this blog by Sophie on travel tips to visit Jaisalmer.
5. Chennai to Pondicherry
How lovely and magnificent can a road trip be? If you want an answer to this question then you must experience a road trip from Chennai to Pondocherry that will fill you with liking and fondness towards nature and scenic vision that the destination is filled with. Pondicherry or Puducherry is famous for its alluring and breathtaking beaches. It has one of the best and cleanest beaches in the country which offers a variety of water sport activities like surfing, scuba diving, jet-skiing, kite surfing and many more. The place is not just for adventure enthusiasts but for people who want to spend some peaceful and quiet time with nature. Auroville is a universal city located in Puducherry, it is a universal town which follows the principle of equality and is ideal for everyone who wants to seek peace and quietness.
6. Darjeeling to Pelling
Pelling is a winsome and beauteous town in Sikkim. It is worth visiting the town as it is rich in culture and heritage. It is a perfect town if you want to know about real and authentic Sikkimese culture and values. It is an approx 3 hours drive from Darjeeling and it is quite famous for its natural beauty and tranquil atmosphere. You can also find the renowned Pemayangtse Monastery in this town. It is the oldest Buddhist monasteries that can be traced back to the 17th century. The monastery houses authentic Buddhist art and sculpture. The monks pray in the traditional format this monastery and it is a bliss to see them pray and chant the soulful hymns. Other than this the town is full of wonderful waterfalls, enchanting lakes, hospitable villages, glorious monuments, and tempting food.
7. Ahmedabad to Kutch
Kutch is a flamboyant and dynamic district in the state of Gujrat. It is acclaimed for its mesmerizing landscapes, exciting cultural activities, and rich heritage. It is well known for its “Rann Festival” that takes place from November to February. The place is full of stupefying locations that are a must-visit and will take your breath away. The remarkable Great Rann Of Kutch is worth seeing and is the prime attraction in the city. It is a huge and limitless white salt sea, it is one of a kind in the world. It has also featured in many movies and great novels because of its scenic beauty. You may also find many stalls from where you can buy cultural souvenirs. Apart from the prominent Rann of Kutch, you can also visit the pretty Topansar Lake, informative Kutch museum, ancient Siyot caves, and more such spellbinding places.
Have a look at this amazing blog to know more about this soulful place.
8. Cochin to Munnar
Munnar: The Kashmir of South India is not less than a paradise for visitors. Situated at a distance of 130 km from Cochin, it is a wonderful 3 hours drive.
Munnar is a perfect destination for everyone who wants to feel the essence of nature and wants to devote themselves to nature. Munnar is truly nature's paradise full of tea plantations, lush green hills, and splashing waterfalls. One of the best experiences that you may experience here is staying in tree houses. It is one of the few cities in India that provide eco-accommodation and tea estate tours. The city is also full of national parks and wildlife sanctuary that would give you a chance to spot various rare species available in this region.
9. Guwahati to Ziro
Ziro can be called the 'Elysian Fields' and has captivating beauty which will force you to stay here forever.
The drive from Guwahati to Ziro is a 7-hour long drive.
It is a stunning and ravishing town in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. The town is rich in culture and heritage. You will find many historical temples with amazing architecture. One of the main attractions at Ziro is paddy fields. You can also volunteer to help the locals in the field and have a real-life experience of village life. To know more about this alluring town have a look at this blog by Upasana.
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