7 Beautiful Road Trips To Enjoy In India

Twenties is going to be the time of your life. Like it or not, you’re going to be loaded with responsibilities and commitments when you near your thirties. Being a 20-something relieves you of even the most trivial of responsibilities and gives you the freedom to pursue and do whatever you want.

One of the most rewarding things to do when you are in your 20’s is explore the world. True to the saying, “The world is a book, and those who don’t travel read only one page“, you’ll come to appreciate the beauty of this planet and how kind life has been on you when you hit the roads.

Here are 5 most beautiful road trips to take in India.

Manali to Leh

This road trip is off-the-chart breathtaking and needs to be experienced for yourself. With some deadly twists and turns, the snow-capped mountains, distinct valleys, spectacular landscapes and stunning monasteries will spice up your journey. The distance between Manali–Leh is 478 kilometres (297 miles) and should be covered in two days as most of it is above 4,000 metres (13,123 feet) of altitude. Make a stopover at Keylong and further at Sarchu to relax and acclimate to the high altitude.

Best time to go: June–September

Mumbai to Mount Abu

Get a break from the hectic urban life and take a trip towards getting some peace and tranquillity. Travelling through 3 different states – Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan will shed some light on the different cultures of people living in the country. The distance of 760 kms takes approximately 14 hours to cover.

Best time to go: July–October

Chennai to Pondicherry

Over just 155 kilometres (96 miles), a trip from Chennai to Pondicherry (nicknamed as the ‘Paris of the East’) can be achieved in only three or four hours via East Coast Road.

The beautiful sight of the sea on one side and the reflection of the sun on the water just add to the pleasure of the route, which goes through Mahabalipuram (make a pit stop at this UNESCO World Heritage Site to enjoy its beautiful beaches and fill up), Idaikkazhinadu (check out Alambara Fort), Marakkanam (known for large salt pans), Mudaliarkuppam (relax in the boat house and indulge in water sports) and Kalpakkam (a center for nuclear facility). Almost every mile presents a picture-perfect photo opportunity.

Best time to go: October–February

Guwahati to Tawang

Get the real taste of Northeast by taking a beautiful drive from Guwahati to Tawang, the land of monks. The trip is through snow-clad mountains and the breathtaking views will leave you spellbound. Once you are in Tawang, visit a monastery and get to know the curious-yet-interesting lives of monks.

Best time to go: March–October

Shimla to Manali via Mandi

Those with a passion for photography will instantly fall in love with this camera-ready road trip. Manali is merely 247 kilometres (153 miles) from Shimla, which can be covered in a seven-hour drive via NH205 and NH3.

With beautiful mountains on one side and deep valley and verdant greenery on the other side, this road trip will definitely leave drivers spellbound for a long time.

Best time to go: outside monsoon season (mid-September–Mid-July)

Chennai to Munnar

A pleasant and unwinding trip from Chennai to Munnar makes for a perfect weekend getaway. The 600 km long road trip through picturesque locations will be a real treat for photography lovers. You can ideally reach the world of tea in under 10 hours. However, you might need some pit stops along the way to take in the beauty of the route and click a few pictures.

Ahmedabad to Kutch

The 400 km long stretch from Ahmedabad to Kutch is absolutely amazing and fun to take. The idea of being welcomed by an endless expanse of white salt desert is enough to let your heart flutter. It takes approximately 9 hours to cover the distance by road. On your trip, be sure to visit the handicraft villages of Hodko, Nirona and Nakhtarana to learn more about the colourful lives of people living there.

Best time to go: October–March