10 Best Road Trips in India

Who said you need to spend thousands on travelling? Road trips are the best bet, if you are looking for a quick travel getaway with just the right amount of edginess. I’ve got you 10 road trip ideas in India that are more fun than any mainstream trip.

Top 10 Road trips in India:

1) Bangalore to Bandipur Forest

The road from Bangalore to the Bandipur Forest is one of the most beautiful routes that you will see, a road trip on. When you are around the forest area, you might see a few wild animals walking about, make sure you don’t scare them off. After you cross the Bandipur Forest, you can also drive ahead and go to Ooty or Mysore, making it a full-fledged trip.

If you plan to visit the forest area or pass through it, make sure you don’t go there when it gets too dark as it might be a little unsafe. There are quite a few food joints on the way where you can stop over, for refreshments, including McDonald’s and Cafe Coffee Day. It is one of most beautiful road trips from Bangalore

Road trip time:

It will take you about 5 hours to reach the Bandipur Forest from Bangalore.

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COURTESY: https://www.tripoto.com/trip/a-weekend-drive-from-bangalore-to-bandipur-5a9135b9e9c3a

2) Delhi to Shimla

One of the most sought after travel destinations in India, Shimla is a hot favourite among Honeymooners and those looking for some time off from the fast-paced urban lives. The capital of Himachal Pradesh, Shimla is only about eight hours away from Delhi and so, makes for the perfect weekend getaway.

Full of lush green forests, beautiful temples and shopping spots, Shimla is the best place to go to for some downtime. When you visit Shimla, go to Mall Road for some fun shopping time followed by a visit to the Indian Institute of Advanced studies.

Road trip time: It will take you about 7-8 hours to reach Shimla from Delhi via road.

If not Shimla, here are some weekend getaways from Delhi.

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COURTESY: https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/simla-shimla-renaming-shyamala-himachal-pradesh-shimla-name-change-bjp-1372288-2018-10-21

3) Guwahati to Tawang

Tawang is a little Tibet-like town in the beautiful state of Arunachal Pradesh. You can take a road trip down to Tawang from Guwahati with friends or family. You will encounter some of the most beautiful sights while you are on the Sela Pass. The Sela Pass is like a window that connects the cities of Arunachal Pradesh to Tawang.

Full of snow, the Sela Pass is also neighboured by the Sela Lake which remains frozen for the most part of the year. You will also be able to see the snow-capped Himalayan ranges when you are on the Sela Pass.

Road trip time:

It will take about 12-14 hours for you to reach Tawang from Guwahati but this travel time is definitely worth it!

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COURTESY: https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travelogues/183578-holiday-tawang-all-you-need-know.html

4) Mumbai to Goa

Goa is one of the places in India that finds its way into everyone’s travel bucket lists. If you are in Mumbai and plan to go to Goa, we suggest you do a fun road trip to this party state. This road trip is sure to give you super Dil Chahata Hai feels if you travel with friends and is going to be one hell of a trip that you will cherish for life.

The journey is a little long, so fill your petrol tanks and load the car with lots of food. If you want to stop over somewhere instead of directly heading to Goa, I suggest you stop over at Pune for a day and then continue from there.

Road trip time:

It will take about 10-12 for you to reach Goa from Mumbai.

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COURTESY: https://blogs.revv.co.in/2017/11/17/mumbai-to-goa-a-must-do-road-trip-for-travel-lovers/

5) Mumbai to Pune

Mumbai to Pune is about a 4-hour drive and makes for one of the best road trip options when you want a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. You can also go through Lonavala and stop there for a bit before you continue to go ahead to Pune. When you are in Lonavala, don’t forget to gorge on some yummy chocolate fudge from Cooper’s and on the chikki from Maganlal.

On the road between Lonavala and Pune, you can also stop by at Sunny Da Dhaba or Kinaara Restaurant for a hearty meal before you start driving ahead. Lonavala and Pune are places near Mumbai that you can visit even for a day and come back.

Road trip time:It will take you about 4-5 hours to drive from Mumbai to Pune. Time taken also depends on how many stops you take on the way. 

Here are some more weekend getaways from Mumbai

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COURTESY: https://www.wheelstreet.com/blog/5-monsoon-road-trips-in-india-that-will-leave-you-awestruck/

6) Visakhapatnam to Araku Valley

The Araku Valley is a place near Visakhapatnam that can easily be road tripped as the distance between both the places is hardly 116 kilometres. Visakhapatnam itself is a tourist spot but if you plan to visit the Araku Valley, you are going to be in for a visual treat.

The meandering roads of the Araku Valley that are slightly elevated and surrounded by hills, are super fun to drive on, giving you a chance to explore this unexplored part of southern India. We suggest you stop over at the Borra caves and the Tatipudi reservoir on your way to the Araku Valley.

Road trip time:
It will take you about 2-3 hours to drive from Vishakhapatnam to Araku Valley.

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COURTESY: http://visakhapatnamtourism.blogspot.com/p/araku-valley.html

7) Manali to Leh

Leh is the most attractive tourist spot that pulls in travellers from across the country. Most bikers also set out on bike trips to Leh. If you are in the region around Leh, we definitely recommend you to take a road trip down to Leh Ladakh and just experience the thrill of the journey. You will come across lots of other travellers, some on their bikes and some in Jeeps.

A road trip to Leh is going to make you fall in love with India, all over again and is going to make you wonder why you didn’t take the trip earlier. You can also extend your trip and do a full-fledged Ladakh trip.

Road trip time:It will take you about 10 to 11 hours to reach Leh from Manali.

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COURTESY: http://myindianstay.com/blog/road-trips-in-india/

8) Gangtok to Lake Tsongmo/ Tsomgo and Nathu-La Pass
This might sound too intimidating to cover by road but is definitely worth doing at least once. The path is a little hilly and elevated compared to normal roads, so be careful. The most beautiful part, however, is this hilly terrain as it is surrounded by peaking mountains.

You can choose to take road trip to Lake Tsongmo/ Tsomgo which is also popularly known as Changu Lake and then head over to the Nathu-La pass. Make sure you carry warm clothes as the place gets a little chilly.

Road trip time: It will take you only about 2 hours to reach the Tsongmo/ Tsomgo Lake from Gangtok.

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COURTESY: https://trekkerpedia.com/2013/01/tsomgo-changu-lake-from-gangtok-in-january-permit-photos/

9) Bangalore to Srirangapatna
Srirangapatna is one of the lesser known towns located around Bangalore and one that you can easily cover by doing a road trip with your family, from Bangalore. This quaint little town is home to the Palace of Tipu Sultan and the Mausoleum, and also has lots of sight-seeing spots that you can visit when you are here.

Some of the best places in Srirangapatna are the Ranganathaswamy Temple, Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Daria Daulat and the most beautiful historical structure of the town, the Srirangapatna Fort.

Road trip time:
It will take you about 3 hours to reach Srirangapatna from Bangalore via road.

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COURTESY: https://starofmysore.com/temple-staff-attempts-suicide-fearing-audit/

10) Chennai to Pondicherry
Pondicherry is known as the French colony of India and is full of picturesque places and cafes that make you feel like you have been transported to another country itself. The best way to reach Pondicherry from Chennai is to take a road trip down the East Coast Road as this is one of the most scenic roads that will lead you to Pondicherry.

The best bit about this road trip is that you can see the reflections of the sun in the glittering sea-waters that lie on one side of the road, one of the best places for tourists to stop over and click some amazing pictures.

Road trip time:
It will take you about 3 hours to reach Pondicherry from Chennai.

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COURTESY: http://blog.paisawapas.com/raid-trips-that-you-could-take-in-india/chennai-to-pondicherry/

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