Perfect for a Road Trip – The 12 Scenic Drives in India

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For people who love long drives nothing compares to the thrill of hopping on your ride, filling up the tanks, and hitting a scenic road. With fabulously diverse landscapes, India has countless spectacular roads to drive on. Mountains, valleys, plains,  coastlines—you can witness all of these and a lot more when you embark on road trip in India. Read on to get inspired and go for a road trip soon enough on some of the most scenic drives in India.

Manali- Leh

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Its dangerous, its high altitude but Manali to Leh through Lahul and Spiti valley its definitely one of the most beautiful stretch of road. With snow-clad mountains, green valleys, glacial lakes, mountain passes, stunning views and ultimately the high altitude barren plains a drive on this road is guaranteed to offer adventure, bliss and lifetime of memories.

Best Time: June to September.

Distance  :  478 kilometers

Leh – Srinagar 

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Driving from Srinagar to Leh  is a drive of a lifetime as if offers some of the most spellbinding scenes.The scenic views, the treacherous terrains and the changing colours of nature is something everyone must experience.

Best Time: May to October.

Distance :  435 kilometers.

Tezpur -Tawang

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Virgin forests, snow clad mountains, waterfalls, Buddhist culture and spectacular sights with yaks grazing are only a few things to witness on this less travelled route. The journey will present you most picturesque places like Bomdila and Sella Pass.

Best Time: March to November.

Distance: 329 kilometers

Old Silk Route – Sikkim

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This trip will take you back in time, a paradise on earth with enthralling beauty and history. Its the oldest trade route of South Asia, try this route to understand the pristine natural beauty of Eastern Himalayas. Stop over and enjoy jungle walks, nature treks, , waterfalls and lakes .

Best Time: April to December. (Try and avoid July & August due to heavy rains)

Distance: The Silk Route runs for approximately 176 kilometers in Sikkim.

Darjeeling – Gangtok

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Green carpeted hills with tea garden, great valleys, lakes and majestic Himalayan mountains. A drive  through the Darjeeling -Gangtok -Pelling  is  one of the most memorable experience for the wanderlusts.

Best Time: March – June and October – December

Distance: 190 kilometers

Jodhpur – Jaisalmer

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Golden sand dunes as far as you can see with no vegetation, if you think its alluring then its an ideal drive for youThe route is dotted with a few villages and some amazing historic sites like Osian, Ramdevra and Mandore.

Best Time: October to March

Distance: 285 kilometers

Mumbai –  Goa

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There can be nothing more enjoyable driving from Mumbai to Goa through the Western ghats. The Ghats offer the most mesmerizing sights of waterfalls, green hills , rivers and streams. Enjoy scenic coconut and areca nut plantations and paddy fields as you drive by.

Best Time: All Year Round

Distance:  609 kilometers

Mumbai – Pune Expressway

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Lush green hills of Lonavala and Khandala , cascading waterfalls and long  tunnels along with the thrill of high speed makes it an awesome drive all through. India’s first high speed, six-lane concrete road, it almost makes the cars fly.

Best Time: All Year Round

Distance:  83 kilometers

East Coast Road, Chennai – Pondicherry

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A relaxing and scenic drive, this road thrills with panoramic views of Bay of Bengal, beaches and grand  old Temples on one side and several food joints and lovely stop overs on the other.

Best Time: All Year Round

Distance:  160 kilometers

Karwar – Mangalore

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The sight of Arabian Sea on one side and the Western Ghats on the other makes it an idyllic and relaxing drive. Stop by to watch fishing boats on the sea or the misty Western Ghats. The magnificent sunrises and sunset at the sea horizon only adds to its charm.

Best Time: All Year Round

Distance:  271 kilometers

Bangalore – Munnar

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A lovely road that leads to  expansive tea gardens, waterfalls and green valleys. Its a slightly hilly road with great views. Drive through this road post monsoon to experience the most scenic views of lush green tea gardens  and  hills.

Best Time: All Year Round

Distance:  328 kilometers

Kochi- Kovalam

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This can be a trip of a life time as the stretch from Kochi to Kovalam covers some of the most scenic and best places of Kerala like  Alleppey, Varkala and Thiruvananthapuram. The route takes you stretches  where there is  Backwaters on one side and  views of the vast blue Arabian Sea on the other.

Best Time: All Year Round

Distance:  240 kilometers

Take some time off and hit the road, Enjoy the Ride and understand the real meaning of ‘The journey is always more important than the destination, because the euphoria of reaching the destination doesn’t last long.’

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