Best Cars for Long Distance Driving in India

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It’s true that flights and train are still popular options for long distance travel in India. But with the pandemic highlighting the importance of personal transportation, a lot of people now prefer to go road-tripping in their cars instead. This not only allows them to reduce their exposure to the outside world, but it also allows for meaningful time with friends and family.

Now road-tripping can be fun, but you do need the right car to make it work. This means you need a vehicle that is safe, comfortable, convenient, durable, and lastly, one that doesn’t cost much to run and maintain. With these factors in mind, we have picked the 15 best cars for long distance driving in India, all south of Rs 20 lakh (ex-showroom prices). To make things easier, we have split the list of best car for long distance driving into hatchbacks, sedans and SUVS, so you can pick according to the body style of your preference.

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Table of Contents

List of cars for long distance driving, maruti baleno (2022), hyundai i20 (2020), tata altroz (2020), maruti ciaz (2018), honda city e:hev (2022), hyundai verna (2020), maruti ertiga (2022), kia carens (2022), toyota innova crysta (2020), tata nexon (2020), skoda kushaq (2021), volkswagen taigun (2021), hyundai creta, tata harrier (2020), mahindra xuv700 (2021), faqs about long distance driving, best cars for long distance driving: hatchbacks.

Spinny Assured Maruti Suzuki Baleno

The Maruti Baleno is a petrol-only model, so that might deter some people from going after it. However, it is quite fuel efficient and going by its ARAI claimed efficiency of 22.35 km/l for the manual and 22.94 km/l for the automatic, and you can easily eke out 20km/l with a steady foot in the real world, irrespective of the transmission you choose. It’s also got comfortable seats for four people and a large-enough boot to take in all their luggage for a three-to-four-day trip – making it one of the best cars for long distance driving in India. The Baleno, being a Maruti, is also durable and affordable to run and maintain, but as far as safety rating goes, the new Baleno is yet to be tested by the Global NCAP . Nevertheless, it packs in ABS with EBD, dual front airbags, front seat belts with pre-tensioner and ISOFIX mounting points in all its variants. The higher variants add side and curtain airbags, and ESP with hill hold on the automatic variants as well. Overall, refinement, convenience, and low running-costs are the biggest advantages of picking the Baleno.

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Spinny Assured Hyundai i20 with sunroof

When it comes to powertrain options, the Hyundai i20 is like a buffet. You have two petrol engines to choose from (one is naturally aspirated while the other is turbocharged), and you get the option of either a manual, or an automatic with both of them. Among the i20’s petrol and diesel engines, the diesel is the winner as far as fuel efficiency goes: it is a true mile-muncher, making it on of the best cars for long distance driving in India. Now, the diesel is only available with a manual transmission , but the silver lining here is that it’s a very easy manual to drive. The clutch action is light and the gear shifts slot in smoothly. The i20 is also a feature-rich offering, and vows to keep the most enthusiastic technophiles hooked with its list of premium features. In the Global NCAP crash test, it secured a 3-star safety rating. In terms of safety kit, you get the protection of six airbags on the top variants, along with ESC and hill-hold, and ISOFIX mounting points. The i20 is overall a good option if you are looking for performance, refinement and an extensive feature list.

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Homegrown carmaker Tata Motors also makes a case for itself in the hatchback segment, with its premium hatchback Altroz. It’s offered with regular petrol and diesel engines, and a turbo-petrol engine as well. All three can be had with a manual transmission, but if you want an automatic, then you will be limited to the regular petrol motor. In all fairness, the Baleno is ahead of the Altroz in terms of refinement, and the i20 does deliver more outright power. It, however, claws back a lot of ground with its stellar 5-star safety rating conferred upon it by Global NCAP. The Altroz packs in dual airbags and ISOFIX mounting points as well. The cabin experience of the Altroz is also superb as you get loads of overall space and the seats are supportive and angled quite well. Overall, you should consider the Altroz if safety is number one on your list of priorities along with a roomy cabin.

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Best Cars for Long Distance Driving: Sedans

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Next in our list of best cars for long distance driving in India in the Maruti Ciaz. Keeping its competition in mind, the Ciaz has been around for a while. The design may seem familiar, you get one engine option, and in terms of features, its rivals do offer more. But, that’s where the downsides end. It’s a comfortable car to drive, there is loads and loads of cabin space (the rear cabin space is humongous), a 510-litre boot allows you to take in quite a bit of luggage, and the 1.5-litre petrol engine might be the solitary offering, but it’s super-refined and likes to rev its guts out. The manual too is very easy to drive and it is the better pick for those who like to have a little bit of fun. The Ciaz automatic could go to those who like a calmer driving experience. The best bit? Both powertrains have an ARAI rated efficiency of over 20km/l, which means the fuel bills won’t start stacking up either!


The Honda City e:HEV is the new kid on the block, but still makes it to the list of best cars for long distance driving in India for a different reason. We have put it on the list because it is a hybrid, and an excellent one at that. It has a 40-litre petrol tank and if you pair that with its 26.5km/l efficiency (claimed by ARAI), you have a whopping range of 1060kms. Safety too has been covered rather generously, as you get six airbags, ISOFIX mounting points, hill-hold, an electronic parking brake, TPMS, and even ADAS features. The City’s refinement levels are also top notch, although your choice is limited to a single variant, and a single powertrain (automatic only as it’s a hybrid). Where the City e:HEV loses out is on boot space. It is limited to 306 litres due to the Li-ion battery pack for the hybrid system protruding into the boot, so keep in mind that you won’t be able to pack too generously, if you pick the City e:HEV. 

Hyundai Verna

The Verna, like the Ciaz, has enjoyed a long run on Indian roads. Its design has stayed unaltered, and its cabin space isn’t too generous, especially in the back seat. But being a Hyundai, the Verna is stuffed with features, there are a multitude of powertrain options all of which are decent to drive, if not extraordinary. Out of the three engine options (one naturally-aspirated petrol, one diesel and one turbo-petrol), you get both automatic and manual options with the first two, but only an automatic with the turbo-petrol. The fuel efficiency of the diesel is also highly rated (25km/l for the manual and 21.3km/l for the manual). You also get six airbags on the top two variants of the sedan. At 480 litres, the Verna’s boot space may seem low on paper, but the gap is marginal in the real world. The car’s NCAP scores aren’t as good as the newer cars’ but overall Verna is a loaded and refined package, no matter which variant and powertrain you pick. A worthy entrant in the list of best cars for long distance driving in India, we think.

Best Cars for Long Distance Driving: MPVs

When it comes to taking everyone in, there are few cars in our price range that do it better than the Ertiga. An obvious choice among the best cars for long distance driving in India, Ertiga has all three rows offering adequate space, and you even get a separate A/C unit for the rear passengers, meaning that the rear half of the cabins stays as cool as the front. The last row also gets its own cupholders. When it comes to features, the Ertiga is moderately loaded, as it gets everything you would require on your drive. However, being pampered lavishly is another thing. For engines you get a petrol motor, with the option of a manual or an automatic. The Ertiga however also gets a CNG variant, and while the tank does eat into your boot space, it makes up with its 26.11km/kg fuel efficiency figure (ARAI). That means that day road trips where you don’t really need to haul in a lot of luggage will prove to be the Ertiga’s forte. As far as safety goes, the Ertiga scored a 3-star safety rating in a crash test conducted by Global NCAP back in 2019. The Ertiga has received a facelift since then, but structurally, it’s the same vehicle. You get dual airbags standard on all variants, and front side airbags on the top variant. There is ESP with hill hold as well, and ISOFIX mounting points too. Overall, the Ertiga is a value-for-money offering.

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Spinny Assured Kia Carens

An impromptu road trip often means impromptu additions to the passenger list, and it is moments like these that the Carens really helps out. It’s a six- or seven-seater depending on the configuration you pick, and a genuine one at that. The last-row experience is not business-class like, but compared to everything also on the market, you have a lot of space and don’t feel claustrophobic because of the huge glass area. The features list is also impressive, and you get multiple engine and transmission options as well. It’s well-tuned for all kinds of terrain and the engine is quite efficient as well. Now obviously, with all rows of seating up, you won’t have a lot of luggage space left, but with the third-row down, the Carens has the ability to swallow a lot of luggage. Kia also offers six airbags (among other safety features) as standard on all variants of the Carens, but the 3-star safety is not the best in its price bracket.

The Innova Crysta is the quintessential people-carrier of India, and rightly so. Seeing Innovas with over 5 lakh kilometres on the odometer is a common sight. It offers a proper “captain-seat” experience in its 7-seater avatar, but an 8-seat version is available as well. This is keeping in mind that the third row can take in three passengers, but honestly, unless these are all small kids, you are better off packing a maximum of two adults in there. You have the option of a diesel engine, and a petrol as well, and both can be had with manual or automatic transmissions. Feature-wise, the Innova Crysta has started facing stiff competition all these years, with cars with way more features available for a lot less these days. But, the Innova Crysta more than makes up for it with its comfortable seating, relatively large boot (with the third row seats down), and bulletproof reliability. On top of it, Toyota’s service costs are bare minimum and it doesn’t take a lot to keep the Innova Crysta running beautifully for years. On the safety front, the Innova packs in three airbags on the lower variants and seven on the higher variants. It also gets Vehicle Stability Management and hill-start assist.

PS: The Innova Crysta hits our upper-limit when it comes to the price tag, but its lower variants are priced under Rs 20 lakh.

Best Cars for Long Distance Driving: SUVs

Spinny Assured Tata Nexon with sunroof

There are times the Tata Nexon has been the most sold car in India for a particular month, and that should tell you all you need to know about the popularity of this sub-4 metre SUV. You have petrol and diesel engine options (both powerful ones) and they get manual and automatic transmission options. So the Nexon does offer a lot of versatility in this department. And while its powertrains don’t offer the most refined experience, the Nexon more than makes it up with a roomy cabin, a wide cushy backseat that can easily take in three, loads of features, a plush ride quality, and most importantly, an unbeatable five-star safety rating from Global NCAP. On the safety front, Tata offers most of the safety features right from the base variant. They include dual front airbags, ESP with hill-hold, ISOFIX mounting points and even roll-over mitigation.

Spinny Assured Skoda Kushaq

Think you’re a spirited driver? Then this one’s for you. Skoda is known to make cars that appeal to enthusiasts, and the Kushaq is no exception. Like previous Skodas, the Kushaq boasts of solid build quality and safety features such as ESP and hill-hold to compliment. Then there are the six airbags. The highlight of the entire package are the engines – you get two. Both are turbocharged, both are petrol, and both can be had with manual and automatic transmissions. But if power is what you seek, then the larger 1.5-litre motor with the fabled DSG transmission may appeal to you better. Space-wise, the Kushaq may feel like a four-seater. That’s not to say you can’t seat five. In the Kushaq, the seats for the four outer passengers are sculpted, which makes them comfortable on long journeys, but that means packing in five may just be a slight squeeze. The boot space is a step back, but the Kushaq is also down in size compared to its rivals, so it makes up for it with its compact footprint in tight spaces.

Spinny Assured Volkswagen Taigun

The Volkswagen Taigun is a different version of the Kushaq. Underneath, it has all the same (good) bits such as the chassis, engines and gearboxes, and in terms of space and safety, it is similar as well. Where the Taigun differs is in its interior and exterior design, and on that front, it has a more understated personality than its sibling, the Kushaq. It’s bound to appeal to you if you prefer a more classic design, instead of the more sharp-edged funky ones that seem to be trending in the car world.

Spinny Assured Hyundai Creta

The Creta is widely loved by Indians. It, basically, popularised the midsize SUV space, and in its latest iteration, it’s evolved into one of the most all-rounded cars in the market. The design of it can be a bit polarising, but take into account that you have three engine and five transmission options, a feature-list that runs for pages (we love that huge panoramic sunroof), a 433-litre boot (the boot space of SUVs is generally less than similarly priced sedans) and a super-comfortable cabin, and you can now understand why we had to put the Creta on the list. In terms of safety, it packs in a lot of features but in its crash-test rating, the Creta could only muster a 3-star rating. Its fuel efficiency numbers are also not the best, but that has to be expected given that it is a bigger car, meaning that the engine has to lug around more weight. The Creta, then, is a very well-rounded package and will definitely impress all members of the family in one aspect or the other.

Spinny Assured Tata Harrier

If a 5-star safety rating is the first filter you apply when picking a car, then the Tata Harrier should be on your short list. Tata has built an inherent knack of making 5-star rated cars, and that has also pushed other carmakers to strive for better safety ratings. The Harrier also has cabin space, boot space (425 litres of space to be precise but as it is a square boot, you can make the most of it), and a punchy diesel engine on offer. You do not have a petrol option, but with the Harrier being a big SUV, most people won’t miss it. Some may not like the sound of the engine at higher rpms, but you have the option to choose between a manual and an automatic. A special mention for the automatic here – it’s a well-tuned unit and is quite instinctive in shifting gears. The Harrier also packs in a lot of features, and might we say, that panoramic sunroof can turn the night sky into a majestic view. Tata also offers quite few special edition models, so you have the option for a more customized look.

PS: The top variants of the Harrier are priced beyond the Rs 20 lakh mark, but you can get one that has a decent number of features for less than that. 

Mahindra XUV700

The XUV700 won the ICOTY (Indian Car of the Year) award last year, so it’s safe to say it deserves to be on the list. It’s got a lot going for it. Its looks are the hottest thing on the market, it’s available in both five- and seven-seater configurations, there are powerful petrol and diesel engines on offer, there’s manual as well as automatic transmission to choose from, the cabin feels luxurious, and it’s packed with features. Safety kit is pretty robust, and you get an ADAS system as well. Additionally, it has a five-star safety rating from Global NCAP. The boot space in the five-seater version will fulfill all your road trip needs, and with the seven-seater version, you can just pull the third-row seats down. That’s quite a lot, but that’s not to say that the XUV700 doesn’t have its downsides. The petrol engine can be thirsty, impacting its fuel efficiency numbers. The diesel is relatively better, but as the XUV700 is a big car, you will have to make more room for fuel in your budget. And lastly, the XUV700 commands a long waiting period, so if you book one now, chances are you won’t be road-tripping anytime soon. But if a used XUV700 is what you’re looking for, then you can go ahead and check out our listings in your city right here .

PS: The XUV700 also goes beyond the Rs 20 lakh mark. The most notable feature you get post Rs 20 lakh is the ADAS system in the top trim, and AWD.

What factors should you consider while buying a car for long distance driving?

The most important factors when looking to buy a car for long distance driving are space, fuel efficiency, reliability and safety.

Why is safety important for long distance travelling?

Long distance driving generally means you will be travelling at higher than city speeds, and therefore safety should be an important aspect for long distance travelling.

Why is durability important for long distance travelling?

Long distance travelling could take you places where service centres are few and far in between, and therefore, reliability is important in such situations.

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10 Topmost Cars to Opt for Your Solo Road Trips

Road trips aren’t measured by miles but with memories! Maybe that is why you will see lots of explorers and wanderlust souls opting for this medium of transportation to explore new places. And why not, if you have the passion for driving, your car is excellent, and the roads are wonderful, then nothing can stop you to explore the destinations to the hilt. And we think road trips let you understand and explore places up close and personal, but as per your convenience. Of course, no other medium of conveyance provides you with this benefit. So today, why not concentrate upon your medium of transport, your trusted travel companion, rather than narrating about locations to travel to?

We believe — if the journey is awesome, the charm of reaching the destination intensifies. And do you know what makes your journey fabulous? Yes, you guessed it right — a wonderful car. Especially if you are a solo traveller, your car is your only travel companion. If it is uncomfortable and not too exciting to drive, you can well imagine how your journey is going to be . So, always pay double attention to the cars you are opting for the solo road trips in India. 

The best cars extremely suitable for your solo road trips in India!

  • Maruti Swift
  • Mahindra Scorpio
  • Honda Amaze
  • Ford Ecosport
  • Hyundai Santro
  • Maruti Ertiga
  • Hyundai Creta
  • Maruti Swift Dzire
  • Volkswagen Vento
  • Mahindra Marazzo

If you are planning on exploring the Earth better anytime soon and intend to get a car rental for road trips, we suggest you try one of the below listed exclusive cars. These are all going to make the most sensational partners in crime for you and would definitely not harass you in the middle of the journey.

1. Maruti Swift

Maruti Swift

The Swift version of Maruti is till now one of the best cars for road trips in the small segment. Though it’s a five-seater vehicle, still you can comfortably take it around for a solo trip. From vast roads to steep alleys, this car has the power steering that lets you explore each part of India smoothly.

2. Mahindra Scorpio

Mahindra Scorpio

Yes, we know for you alone, Mahindra Scorpio can be too huge! But remember it’s the toughest vehicle that lets you drive on the toughest and roughest terrains of the country like a breeze. That’s why we call it one of the best cars for long-distance solo road trips.  So, when you are going for camping or adventurous trips to the Himalayas or such hilly locations, then obviously Mahindra Scorpio should be the companion for you.

3. Honda Amaze

Honda Amaze

Honda Amaze doesn’t fail to amaze us. Its sleek body and comfortable leg space make it one of the most comfortable cars to drive a long drive. So, if you are heading for a religious trip to certain parts of India or want to explore the royal cities of the country in a regal way, go for Honda Amaze.

4. Ford Ecosport

Ford Ecosport

Feeling sporty? Then do take Ford’s Ecosport along for a nice, exciting road trip. Eat up the long miles of the National Highways of India smoothly but with the speed that you desire. Extremely comfortable to steer around, Ecosport also lets you enjoy a comfortable rear seat in case you want to relax amidst your journey when you pine to put your feet up. So, isn’t it the partner in crime you require for your journey?

5. Hyundai Santro

Hyundai Santro

Hatchback cars aren’t much comfortable if you are having someone occupying the rear seats and the roads are rough. But if you are heading for the popular solo trip destinations in India like Leh, Dharamshala, Nag Tibba, etc., then you can opt for a hatchback car like the Hyundai Santro. There is also an MT and AT version of it and both can be really great for your long solo trips.

6. Maruti Ertiga

Maruti Ertiga

We would highly suggest you go for Maruti Ertiga — the ‘multi-purpose vehicle’ (MUV) that should be your real time companion on your long routes of road trips.  The longer size of the vehicle makes it almost like a mini-van wherein you can stuff all your necessities for the road trip. Even if you are looking for managing the sleeping arrangements inside the car, this is possible in this MUV. What’s more, the tough body of Maruti Ertiga makes it all the more friendly for the topsy turvy of roads of India. 

7. Hyundai Creta

Hyundai Creta

Hyundai Creta is another SUV or sport utility vehicle that’s most recommended for your long and sporty road trips. The tough structure and body of the SUV and the comfortable seating are great for your road trips. But don’t hesitate to hop in it just because it’s your solo trip. It can be really convenient to drive on the most difficult roads and tough terrains of the country. 

8. Maruti Swift Dzire

Maruti Swift Dzire

If a sedan is in your wish-list for your solo trip to the incredible destinations of India, then just download the Revv app and get a Maruti Swift Dzire for your journey. It’s very comfortable for driving and even provides the smoothest performance on the toughest of roads. Also, since it’s smaller in size, you can easily drive and manipulate it across the narrowest of alleys and valleys. 

9. Volkswagen Vento

Volkswagen Vento

Volkswagen is one of the best companies manufacturing excellent cars till date. And when we talk about its latest sedan called Vento, we are all praises about it. Being a five-seater vehicle with a sleek and classy body and super comfortable leg space, it’s perfect for your solo trips. Even the bonnet space of this car makes it spacious enough to carry your stuff neatly.

10. Mahindra Marazzo

Mahindra Marazzo

Another one of the toughest vehicles for your long trips is Mahindra Marazzo. A diesel-based car that lets you enjoy a vast space inside and also a tough performance on the road. No matter how the roads are, you will be extremely comfortable during your drive in this vehicle.

Well, these cars are some of the best ones to consider when you are on roads to eat up the miles rapidly and discover unknown places of the country. The company of this sanitized and safe car rental from Revv is surely going to make your journey worth cherishing for years.

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Indian Road Trips: Top 10 Cars That You Would Like to Drive on a Road Trip in India

The pits, dusts, and paves seem to be friendly rather than bumpy on an Indian road trip when you are driving one of the best cars, your soul mate, which is suitable for Indian roads. Purring the minds of every perfervid traveller who is fond of road trips in India… whether it is an adventure journey from Manali to Leh or a leisure trip from Chennai to Puducherry , these cars are surely going to drift you miles, miles and miles from spick-and-span freeways to countryside corduroy and drop you in a fantasy world where the drive seems to be a pleasant affair. It’s one of those accelerated kinky instances where each time you pull the brake against a pit, your seat becomes a spongy bed that rock you spasmodically to and fro with the damper underneath. The moment you give the gear a blow to four; the road then becomes a ballroom… where steering the wheels makes you feel like you are passionately swinging in rhythm with your soul mate. As you cut through that last tempting curve, the sensational rush increases all the more… yes the destination is reached… alas, the intimate drive will come to an end. The rear view mirror reflects the drops of candid moments that you had with your soul mate. So don’t MINGLE… be in a steady affair and pick your soul mate from the list of top 10 cars/vehicles that you would like to drive on a road trip in India.

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Mahindra Thar

Mahindra Thar

When you decide to head towards the offbeat destinations in the Indian Himalayan region, Mahindra Thar gives you the opportunity to get intimate with the unsmooth landscape. This stalwart of a vehicle is a reprise of the early days of open jeeping that can combat sheer descent and ascent of rock in Lahaul-Spiti district in Himachal Pradesh , Zanskar region in Jammu & Kashmir, parts of Garhwal region, and parts of Arunachal Pradesh. Hold your accelerator… this vehicle can also traverse the shallow streams that meander through valleys And can even zip through the wildlife zone and Thar Desert. A swore stud for an adventure freak traveller… with a virile body, advanced diesel engine, and 4×4 wheel drive… the Mahindra Thar is available in three variants – DI 2WD, DI 4WD and CRDe.

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Mahindra Scorpio

Mahindra Scorpio

Drive it wheresoever you go… whether into the wild Or rugged terrains… the Mahindra Scorpio is a darling for every traveller as it can adjust its mood to any altitude, climate, and topography. It is rightly called a playboy as well as a thunder down the road who will give you the best memories on a road trip in India. A traveller driving the Mahindra Scorpio is surely a pleasure seeker who would like to exploit the road from Mumbai to Pune via Khandala and Lonavla AND strip the verdure of Kashmir valley. The Mahindra Scorpio comes with three variants – 2.1L Petrol I4 116 hp, 2.6L Turbodiesel I4 115 hp, and 2.2L M-Hawk Turbodiesel I4 120 hp, and is available in 7 different models.

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Mahindra Bolero

Mahindra Bolero

A concrete on wheels… it is specifically built for some exclusive travellers who prefers to hit the off-roads anytime or at any season. The Mahindra Bolero isn’t just any SUV that you know but it’s a beast on road that bestows a privilege upon a countryside drive. Its masculine exteriors and comfortable interiors including an advanced digital display simply woo the mind of the travellers. This beast comes with one engine and 16 different versions.

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The 9 most spectacular road trips in India

Joe Bindloss

Dec 12, 2023 • 12 min read

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From self-drive motorbike adventures to tips on hiring a car and driver, here are the best road trips in India © Solovyova / Getty Images

In India, every journey is an experience, whether you rumble across the subcontinent on a classic Enfield motorcycle or rattle through the hills in a chartered 4WD.

The simple act of traveling from A to B will immerse you in the sights , sounds and sensations of the world’s most colorful country. Plenty of people get around  by bus and train, but taking a road trip will give you extra control over your itinerary, letting you choose where to stop and which route to follow.

The good news is that you don’t need to drive yourself – it’s easy to hire a car or 4WD with a driver almost everywhere in India , meaning you can concentrate on the scenery while your driver deals with the sometimes challenging road conditions. 

If you prefer to take the driving seat, renting a motorcycle is a wonderful way to explore the subcontinent, particularly if you stick to the backroads. Self-drive car rental is harder to arrange, but some adventurous souls travel around India with their own vehicles – a few hardy travelers have even navigated India in a modified autorickshaw!

Grab your sense of adventure and get ready to hit the road with this guide to the best road trips in India. 

A magnificent red-stone fort with people walking in its gates

1. India’s Golden Triangle 

Best road trip for Mughal monuments Delhi–Delhi; 1120km (696 miles); allow five days

Short and sweet, the loop from  Delhi to  Agra and  Jaipur packs a lot of wonders into a few days of driving. Your adventure begins in Delhi, where the ruins of eight cities tell the story of India’s great Islamic empires. Hit  the city's highlights , including Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, the Jama Masjid and the bazaars of Chandni Chowk, which have changed only superficially since Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s time.

With a chartered vehicle or rented motorcycle, it’s easy to swing by the sacred cities of Mathura and Vrindavan, where Krishna frolicked with milkmaids in the Hindu epics. After these peaceful stops, steel yourself for a mix of the stressful and sublime in Agra, where the glorious  Taj Mahal more than lives up to its reputation.

Find more Mughal magnificence at nearby  Fatehpur Sikri , the red sandstone city founded and later abandoned by emperor Akbar the Great. Once you follow the NH21 to Jaipur, you’ll share every fort, palace and mystical observatory with a crowd, so consider making the odd detour before you hit the Pink City’s palaces and bazaars. 

Detour: Before zooming west from Fatehpur Sikri to Jaipur, consider a detour south to  Gwalior , whose beautiful fort is less mobbed than other stops on this circuit. Before you complete the third side of the triangle, tack on one more detour to spot tigers stalking ruined battlements in  Ranthambhore National Park before diving back into urban life.

2. Manali to Ladakh across the Himalaya

Best road trip for silence and serenity Manali–Srinagar; 800km (497 miles); allow ten days

Many people follow the mountain circuit from  Manali to  Ladakh and on to  Kashmir in a chartered 4WD, but we strongly recommend traveling by rented Enfield Bullet motorcycle. This allows you the life-affirming thrill of pulling over by the roadside to find yourself alone in the silence of these high-altitude deserts in the rain shadow of the Himalayas.

From the hippie hill resort of Manali, it’s a two-day slog over the 3978m (13,051ft)  Rohtang La to  Leh , through a landscape plucked straight from the heyday of the Silk Road. There’s little vegetation and even less shade, and the cold and altitude will hit you like a sledgehammer. Recuperate with trips to Buddhist monasteries and yoga classes in Leh, then hit the road again for a different take on the Himalayas in Kashmir.

The highway west to  Srinagar weaves between ancient villages, but as the hills turn from dust-yellow to lush green, the culture shifts from Buddhism to Islam before the minarets of Srinagar loom into view. The Kashmir valley is sometimes troubled, but when it’s calm, the experience of watching  Dal Lake appearing slowly through the morning mist from the deck of a houseboat is simply sublime. 

Planning tip: Whether you drive yourself or let someone else take the wheel, it's imperative to respect the mountain climate. Snow closes the high passes into Ladakh in winter, and road travel is usually only possible from June to late September or early October.

A camel draws a cart on a road through a desert landscape

3. Rajasthan’s colored cities 

Best road trip for desert colors Jaipur–Jaipur; 1630km (1012 miles); allow ten days

Desert driving in  Rajasthan is an incredible experience. Mighty fortresses loom dramatically out of the landscape, and you’ll share the dusty highways with camel carts and old-timers, some with vividly colored turbans and handsome mustaches. Kick-off in  Jaipur – the pink city – touring pink-sandstone palaces, bustling bazaars and the awe-inspiring fortress at  Amber .

Follow NH48 to the Jain and Muslim pilgrimage center of  Ajmer , and duck west to reach the famous  Pushkar , with its temple-circled lake and  legendary camel fair in October or November. Return to NH48 for the rumbling ride to  Udaipur , the white city – draped like a silk scarf on the shores of tranquil Lake Pichola. Dose up on ice-white palaces, then deviate west to the temple-strewn hill station of  Mt Abu . 

Veering north to  Jodhpur , you’ll immediately spot the lapis-colored buildings that earned the Blue City its name. Get another blast of military might at  Mehrangarh Fort , then drive west through serious desert country to the sand-yellow city of  Jaisalmer , whose fortified walls look almost carved from the desert itself. Close off the loop via  Bikaner , where you’ll leave the tourist crowds behind before diving back into the thick of things in Jaipur.

Detour: Having your own transport opens up the opportunity to get off the tourist track in this heavily visited state. Consider tacking on a side-trip north from Jaipur to Shekhawati, famed for its mural-filled haveli mansions. 

4. Hampi and the Hoysalas

Best road trip for temples Mysuru–Gokarna; 1060km (659 miles); allow ten days

For many travelers, visiting the time-tumbled ruins of the Vijayanagar kingdom at  Hampi is the  most memorable experience  during a trip to India. Start off in  Mysuru (formerly Mysore), with its mesmerizing markets, fiery vegetarian cuisine and famously extravagant  palace . Rumble north on the backroads to fascinating Sravanabelagola with its naked 17m (56ft) statue of  Gomateshvara , the first tirthankara  (spiritual teacher) of the Jain religion.

The temples just keep on coming in Karnataka. Slingshot through Hassan to Belur and Halebid, where the  temples of the Hoysala Empire represent perhaps the zenith of the Hindu temple-building art. A three-hour drive east will drop you in Karnataka’s capital,  Bengaluru , known for its cosmopolitan dining, shopping and nightlife. Enjoy its comforts; it’s a long drive to reach Hosapete, the leaping-off point for the ruins at Hampi.

Once you roll into Hampi’s centuries-old bazaar, allow at least two days to explore toppled temples and time travel across centuries in a landscape of stacked granite boulders. For more timeless temple architecture, duck onto the backroads to reach Badami, where blood-colored cliffs are pock-marked with  cave temples .

Detour: To mix things up, consider taking a side trip to Aihole, dotted with dusty ruins from the ancient Chalukya kingdom, then finish on the beach with some well-earned R&R in  Gokarna  – part pilgrim-town, part beach retreat. 

5. Kolkata to Darjeeling

Best road trip for Himalayan views and side treks Kolkata–Yuksom; 808km (502 miles); allow eight days

The east of India is often overlooked by the crowds who surge north from Delhi, but the journey through West Bengal to the foothills of 8586m (28,169ft) Mt Khangchendzonga has an epic sense of mission. Start in crowded but cultured  Kolkata , visiting ashrams, temples and striking civic buildings reclaimed from British rule. Fit in a tour of the tiger-stalked swamps of the  Sunderbans before you head for the hills. 

The journey north takes you past little-visited country towns to intriguing  Shantiniketan , a university town with a long history of dance, theater and poetry. From here, you’ll break north to reach the emerald-green tea plantations and delightfully dated grand hotels of  Darjeeling , where you’ll likely catch your first up-close views of the Himalayas.

To get intimate with the snow peaks, walk the Singalila Ridge trekking route or edge even closer to Mt Khangchendzonga by picking up a permit to enter lofty  Sikkim . A route through  Kalimpong ,  Gangtok and Pelling will reveal views that would make mountaineers itch for their ice axes. To cap it all off, you can get within touching distance of the snow on the trek to the Goecha La from Yuksom.

Planning tip: You’ll need a Restricted Areas Permit to enter Sikkim, but this is easily obtained in Kolkata, Siliguri or Darjeeling, or when crossing into Sikkim at Melli or Rangpo.

Cars and other vehicles are a blur on the streets of Mumbai

6. Mumbai to Goa 

Best road trip for beaches Mumbai–Palolem; 650km (404 miles); allow one week

Short journeys don’t mean scrimping on excitement in India. From brash and brilliant  Mumbai , pick up NH66 and head south, detouring down to the coast to explore fascinating forts such as  Murud-Janjira , a legacy of centuries of coastal conquest. Pull into the low-key seaside resorts at Ganpatipule and Malvan before you hit the busy beaches of  Goa . 

As you roll into northern Goa, swing by the famous market in  Anjuna and the fun-filled beach hubs at  Baga and Calangute . Head onward to  Panaji , Goa’s charming Portuguese-colonial capital, and the timeworn basilicas of  Old Goa .

The mood changes as you roll south to laid-back  Agonda , the center of Goa’s nascent surfing scene. It changes again as you head inland through green hills dotted with spice farms for a peek at thundering  Dudhsagar Falls , India’s second-highest cascade. Finish up on the sand-sprinkled shore at lovely  Palolem (making time for a bird-spotting  hike at the nearby  Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary ).  

7. A drive through the northeast

Best road trip for tribal encounters Guwahati–Guwahati; 1700km (1056 miles); allow two weeks

With a hired 4WD and a driver who can speak local languages, a fascinating journey through the varied cultures of the northeast states awaits. Start in  Guwahati , the under-explored capital of Assam, and follow the mighty Brahmaputra River northeast to  Kaziranga National Park for close encounters with one-horned Indian rhinos.

Next, aim your sights north towards  Arunachal Pradesh and the awesome  Buddhist monasteries of the Tawang Valley (local travel agencies can arrange a permit).

Add on a wander through the tribal communities of Ziro and Daporijo, and loop back through Upper Assam, continuing east to the fascinating Konyak Naga villages around Mon in northern  Nagaland . Slip back to the plains via Kohima (ideally in December to catch the  Hornbill Festival ), then climb up onto the high plateau of  Meghalaya , where trees are woven into living bridges and markets sell bows and arrows as day-to-day essentials, before barrelling downhill from  Shillong to Guwahati.

Planning tip: A Protected Area Permit is required to enter Arunachal Pradesh, and you may need to be in a group of two or more to visit some areas; contact travel agencies in Guwahati in advance to get the paperwork in place.

A road runs through lush green tea plantations

8. Around the tip of India

Best road trip in the south Kochi–Kochi; 807km (501 miles); allow 7 days

The bottom end of India feels like a different country. Start the journey through India’s steamy south in historic  Kochi , whose ancient streets tell a timeless tale of seafaring, trade and Keralan spices. As you roam south to  Alappuzha , park up for a day or two to explore the fascinating, waterlogged backwaters by boat.

As you pass through Amrithapuri, you can pause for a hug from a living guru before soaking up some rays on  Kerala ’s loveliest beaches at  Varkala . Next, whoosh through  Thiruvananthapuram (pause just long enough for some incendiary Keralan curries) to the southern tip of India. From here, you’ll head inland, through drier, rockier Tamil Nadu, to reach  Madurai , whose temple towers are encrusted with brightly colored deities and demons.

The trip back to Kochi will take you through the Palani Hills, a side spur of the Western Ghats, where the landscape surges upwards to  Kodaikanal , perhaps the most charming of India’s southern hill stations. Grab a cuppa amidst swirling tea plantations in  Munnar , South India’s top tea-growing center, before you return to the coast. 

Planning tip: The monsoon obscures the views from the Western Ghats from June to September, but waterfalls run at full force, so this is still a rewarding time to come.

9. Chennai to Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Best road trip for cultural variety Chennai–Puducherry; 232km (144 miles); allow 3 to 4 days

For a short, sweet and spicy trip along India’s southeast coast, consider the three-day trip from  Chennai south to  Puducherry (Pondicherry) . Start in Chennai, with its vast beach, famous-name ashrams and  delicious vegetarian cuisine , then track south along the coast, wedged between the sea and the salt lake.

Stop one is the surprising surf resort at Kovalam (Covelong), a worthy stop en route to  Mamallapuram , where you can view a riot of carvings and temples created by the Pallava dynasty. Duck inland to see the ancient Pallava capital at  Kanchipuram , then return to the coast to close out the trip at charming Puducherry, formerly Pondicherry.

A Gallic air pervades this seaside town – best experienced in heritage hotels in the old French Quarter. Just be warned: some spiritually-minded travelers pull into the famous ashram at  Auroville just north of "Pondy" and never leave! 

A heavily loaded motorbike in the arid high-altitude mountains around Leh, India

Top tips for hiring a car and driver in India

You’ll find drivers-for-hire offering their services at taxi and 4WD stands all over India, or you can make arrangements through hotels and travel agencies. Check that the driver speaks enough English to understand where you want to go and where you want to stop, and confirm that the driver is able to cross state lines – some vehicles are only licensed to operate in certain areas. 

You’ll need to agree on a price for the trip before you start, and the cost should include fuel, accommodation and food for the driver for multi-day trips. Prices start at around US$40 per day, rising for 4WD vehicles. Be clear with your driver about what you want from your journey; if you want to avoid stops at tourist shops and commission-paying venues, make this clear from the outset.

Exploring India by motorcycle or bike is for experienced riders

India’s roads are not for fair-weather motorcyclists, but if you have a few miles under your belt and fancy a challenge, it’s a fabulous way to explore this enormous country. Veteran hire companies such as  Lalli Singh Tours in  Delhi have sent hundreds of travelers off on journeys across India, from the steamy southern jungles to the high passes of the Himalayas.  

The best advice we can give is to ride slowly and defensively, always give way to larger vehicles, and carry a full repair kit and spares – and know how to use them! The nostalgic British-designed Enfield Bullet is the vehicle of choice for many travelers, but it’s a heavy brute; newer machines from the likes of Bajaj are lighter and easier to handle.

If you plan to pedal your way around India by bicycle, carry plenty of puncture repair kits and bring lights and high visibility gear. If you don’t want to transport your own bike into the country, consider flying into Delhi and buying a bike at the Jhandewalan Cycle Market.

This article was first published Apr 7, 2022 and updated Dec 12, 2023.

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Route 1: delhi - amritsar (2) - srinagar (2) - leh (2).

Distance : Delhi to Amritsar (448 km: 7 hours 30 minutes) Amritsar to Srinagar (434 km: 9 hours 30 minutes) Srinagar to Leh ( 418 km: 10 hours)   Duration : 6 days  Major Attractions Amritsar : The Golden Temple , Wagah border , Jallianwala Bagh  Srinagar : Dal Lake , Mughal Gardens , Tulip Garden Leh : Magnetic Hill , Pangong Lake , Thiksey Monastery

Route 2: Leh - Manali   (2) - Agra (1)

Distance : Leh to Manali (473.3 km: 13 hours 41 mins) Manali to Agra (770.8 km: 14 hours 39 mins) Duration : 3 days  Major Attractions : Manali :  Solang Valley and Rohtang Pass Agra : Taj Mahal , Fatehpur Sikri

Route 3: Agra - Jaipur (2) - Ahmedabad (1) - Mumbai (2) - Goa (3)

Distance : Agra to Jaipur (240.4 km: 4 hours 6 mins) Jaipur to Ahmedabad (678.3 km: 11 hours 34 mins) Ahmedabad to Mumbai (523.9 km: 8 hours 50 mins) Mumbai to Goa (591.1 km: 10 hours 49 mins) Duration : 8 days Major Attractions :  Jaipur : Hawa Mahal , Amer Fort , Jantar Mantar Ahmedabad : Swami Narayan mandir, Sabarmati Ashram  Mumbai : Marine Drive, Gateway of India, Juhu Beach Goa : Calangute Beach , Baga Beach , Fort Aguada. 

Route 4: Goa - Alleppey (2) - Kanyakumari (1) - Madurai (1) - Hampi (1)

Distance : Goa to Alleppey (813.2 km: 19 hours 49 mins) Alleppey to Kanyakumari ( 243.7 km: 6 hours 24 mins) Kanyakumari to Madurai (244.5 km: 3 hours 48 min) Madurai to Hampi (785.0 km: 12 hours 55 mins) Duration : 5 days  Major Attractions: Alleppey : Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, Backwaters   Kanyakumari : Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Thiraparappu falls  Madurai : Meenakshi Temple , Thirumalai Nayakar Mahal Hampi : Virupaksha temple, Vithala Temple 

Route 5: Hampi - Puri (1) - Kolkata (2) - Gangtok (2)

Distance : Hampi to Puri (1,333.6 km: 28 hours) Puri to Kolkata (495.2 km: 9 h 21 mins) Kolkata to Gangtok (673.4 km: 17 hours 54 mins) Duration : 5 days  Major Attractions :  Puri : Jagannath Puri temple, Chilka Lake.  Kolkata : Victoria Memorial , Eden Garden, Howrah Bridge  Gangtok : Nathu La Pass, Tsomgo lake 

Route 6: Gangtok - Bodhgaya (1) - Varanasi (2) - Delhi

Distance : Gangtok to Bodhgaya (619.9 km: 16 hours 8 mins) Bodhgaya to Varanasi (251.4 km: 5 hours 57 mins) Varanasi to Delhi (846.8 km: 13 hours 37 mins) Duration : 3 days  Major Attractions:   Bodhgaya : Mahabodhi temple , Buddhist Statue  Varanasi : Kashi Vishwanath temple , Dashashwamedha Ghat 

Travel Tips for the Ultimate Road Trip 

  • Before you head for your long road trip make sure of the following. 
  • Your car should be well equipped and you need to keep backup tyres for the outskirts. 
  • Keep snacks and water to avoid dehydration and starving. 
  • Map out your route before you actually start. Keep Google maps handy. 
  • Don't step out anywhere and everywhere during the road trip. 
  • Carry your license and other documents handy, in case of road checks. 
  • Keep your personal entertainment like music in reach. 

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From the rugged north to the lush, green hills of the south, India has an epic road trip for everyone

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For me, off-roading in the Himalayas has to be my favourite road trip in India . I remember tucking in a shawl in the back seat of the car at 4am, heading from Chandrataal towards Delhi in -7C temperatures. The shivering cold, missing out on sleep, and every other compromise was all worth it for the experience of road-tripping through the narrow serpentine roads that make their way through the world’s highest mountains.

But that’s not the only unforgettable road trip that India has in store. From the rugged northern terrain of Ladakh to the lush hills of Kerala in the south, this vast country has something for every kind of traveller. Trust me: there is no better way to explore this land of vibrant culture, delicious food, rich culture and welcoming people than by hitting the road. Fasten your seat belts and start planning for these unmissable Indian road trips.


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Golden Triangle Circuit

1.  Golden Triangle Circuit

Starting from Delhi – the national capital and home to some of India’s most mouthwatering food – the first leg of the trip takes you to a bona fide icon: the Taj Mahal at Agra. Then turn and drive west towards  Jaipur to witness the golden deserts and unique culture of Rajasthan. The final side of the triangle is the road back to Delhi: leave time for a luxurious stop-off amid the royal surroundings of Neemrana Fort Palace .

Distance:   447 miles

Rajasthan Circuit

2.  Rajasthan Circuit

From a desert safari under the moonlight to a puppet show performed to Rajasthani folk music, there’s a tonne to experience on this road trip circuit touching the four major cities of the state: Jaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, and Udaipur. You can also call it a gastronomical road trip for the variety of food you can consume across the state: ghewar, kachori, dal baati choorma and more.

Distance : 1,087 miles

Shimla to Spiti Valley

3.  Shimla to Spiti Valley

If you are a mountain child or a fan of off-roading, you cannot miss out on the drive from   Shimla   to Spiti. The trip takes you along the bumpy-yet-beautiful dirt roads of Himachal Pradesh, surrounded with apple-laden trees. Keep your camera app open to capture the snow-capped peaks, blue skies and crystal-clear rivers.

Distance:  263 miles

Guwahati to Tawang

4.  Guwahati to Tawang

Surrounded by the mighty Himalayas, the north-eastern part of India is still an underrated gem. From lush green valleys to the serenity of Buddhist monasteries, this road trip is the perfect choice to unwind and escape the crowd. It’s also a chance to witness the Indigenous cultures of tribes such as the Monpa, Takpa, Karbi and Miri, including traditional local festivals and dance forms like bihu.

Distance :  318 miles

Mumbai to Goa

5.  Mumbai to Goa

Famous for being featured in one of the best Bollywood movies , ’Dil Chahta Hai’, this road trip takes you along India’s beautiful west coast. The roads from Mumbai to Goa are super- smooth and surrounded by tall, lush palm trees. There are frequent beaches to stop for sunbathing, and plenty of incredible local food in the small villages and towns along the Konkan coast.

Distance : 365 miles

Chennai to Pondicherry

6.  Chennai to Pondicherry

India has its very own French town: Pondicherry . If you are in the southern part of the country, do not miss out on the road trip there from Chennai . You’ll travel through not just French-inspired architecture but also many quaint fishing villages and pristine beaches, feasting on delicious seafood and fresh coconut water along the way.

Distance: 93 miles

Ahmedabad to Kutch

7.  Ahmedabad to Kutch

This road trip is all about meeting people: the friendly locals of Ahmedabad, the skilled artisans in the villages of Kutch and the nomadic tribes roaming the desert. Time your journey between October and February to experience the lively Rann Utsav festival in the white-sand Kutch desert – the kite-flying event in February is particularly spectacular.

Distance : 248m

Mysore to Hampi

8.  Mysore to Hampi

Drive through the heart of   Karnataka  state  and soak up the rich culture and history along your way. The road runs by a plethora of ancient heritage and architectural marvels: Chitradurga Fort,  Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangapatna, Dariya Daulat Palace… Give in to the cliché of posing for selfies: your future self will thank you for the memories.

Distance :  265 miles

Bengaluru to Ooty

9.  Bengaluru to Ooty

If you fancy a cup of tea and a blast of fresh air, then hop in the driver’s seat and get set on a Bengaluru to Ooty road trip. The route will take you through the lush green Western Ghats, where you can slurp some tea fresh out of the plantation. Leave time to admire the enormous and beautiful waterfalls of Chunchi and Shivanasamudra.

Distance:  168 miles

Chennai to Munnar

10.  Chennai to Munnar

Sprawling across a wide area, the tea plantations on the route out of Chennai will leave you awestruck. The route takes you through wildlife sanctuaries and serene backwaters: you might be caught off-guard by the diverse range of flora and fauna in this region. From scenic surroundings to cultural diversity, this drive has something in store no matter what you’re looking for in a road trip.

Distance:   395 miles

Chilpi to Kanha

11.  Chilpi to Kanha

Bypassing through lush and dense Sal forest of Madhya Pradesh, this road trip is one of the best to explore the centre of India. The starting point, Chilpi, is located right at the border of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, while Kanha is home to one of India’s biggest national parks. Along the road there are high chances of coming across a herd of deer or bison, a troop of monkeys or other wild animals strolling around.

Distance: 59 miles

Bagdogra to Darjeeling

12.  Bagdogra to Darjeeling

This exhilarating journey takes you along winding roads that ascend towards lush green hills. Along the way you can stop by small villages or pop inside the tea plantations. The occasional hairpin turns might leave you gasping, so don’t let the stunning views of the mighty Himalayas and Victorian architecture distract you from fastening your seat belt.

Distance:  43 miles

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  • Mahindra Scorpio-N vs Hyundai Alcazar – an in-depth analysis of their features, fuel efficiency, space, and safety
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What a long-distance road trip lover should look for in a car:

  • Fuel Efficiency – The car should have high fuel efficiency so that long-distance trips are economical
  • Space – The car should have good space for a comfortable and enjoyable trip
  • Safety – The car’s safety ratings should be high, and adequate safety features
  • Handling – The car’s handling must be superior, and it should have high-speed stability

Long-distance road trip enthusiasts prioritize comfort, safety, and performance in their vehicles. Key features include comfortable seating with ample legroom and adjustable positions, a reliable climate control system for consistent temperature management, and a high-quality audio system for entertainment. 

Safety features like a robust GNCAP rating, airbags, and advanced driver assistance systems are crucial. Efficient fuel economy, both in city and highway conditions, and a substantial fuel tank capacity ensure fewer stops and longer range. 

Stable high-speed performance, minimal body roll, and good visibility enhance the driving experience, while ample boot space is essential for luggage.

Why Mahindra Scorpio-N and Hyundai Alcazar are Popular

The Mahindra Scorpio-N and Hyundai Alcazar stand out in the SUV market for long-distance travelers. Both models offer spacious and comfortable interiors, crucial for extended journeys. 

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The Scorpio-N is known for its robust build and off-road capabilities, making it ideal for varied terrains. It offers a high GNCAP safety rating, substantial fuel tank capacity, and efficient overall mileage, which are significant for long trips. 

The Hyundai Alcazar, with its stable high-speed performance and advanced features like ventilated seats and a high-quality Bose audio system, provides comfort and entertainment on the road. Its turbocharged engine ensures smooth power delivery, and features like adaptive cruise control and a 360-degree camera add to its appeal for safety-conscious drivers. 

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Both models also offer a range of convenient tech features like touchscreen navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, and ample charging ports, enhancing the overall travel experience.

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This variant offers a balance of comfort and technology, making it ideal for long trips. Its stable high-speed performance, coupled with features like ventilated seats and a touchscreen navigation system, ensures a comfortable journey. The Arkamys audio system enhances entertainment options. If you’re a tech-savvy gadget lover, you can read our comparison of the Alcazar with Kia Carens .

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  • Hyundai Alcazar Platinum (O) Turbo DCT 7 Seater

This variant steps up with the DCT transmission, providing smoother shifts and better fuel efficiency. Additional features like the Bose audio system and advanced safety features make it a more luxurious choice for long drives. If you’re a family-focused car buyer, you can check out our comparison of the Alcazar with MG Hector Plus .

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Mahindra Scorpio-N Z4 Diesel E 4×4

For those who venture off the beaten path, this 4×4 variant is ideal. It offers robust off-roading capabilities without compromising on comfort and safety. The manual seating adjustments and OEM audio system are practical for rugged travels. If you’re an off-roading enthusiast, you can read our comparison of the Scorpio-N with Mahindra XUV700 .

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This automatic variant of the Scorpio-N provides convenience and ease of driving, especially in traffic. It’s ideal for those who prefer a more relaxed driving experience without sacrificing power or off-road capabilities.

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After analyzing the variants, the Hyundai Alcazar Platinum (O) Turbo DCT 7 Seater stands out as the best option for long-distance road trips. This variant strikes a perfect balance between luxury, comfort, and performance. 

The DCT transmission ensures smooth power delivery and better fuel efficiency, essential for long drives. Its advanced safety features, coupled with the high GNCAP rating, offer peace of mind. The Bose audio system and ventilated seats provide unparalleled comfort, making it ideal for extended periods on the road. 

Additionally, the Hyundai Alcazar’s turbocharged engine offers quick acceleration and stable high-speed performance, which are crucial for highway driving. The 360-degree camera and adaptive cruise control further enhance the driving experience, making it the top choice for long-distance road trip lovers.

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  • For long-distance road trip enthusiasts, the Hyundai Alcazar Platinum (O) Turbo DCT 7 Seater emerges as the top choice due to its blend of luxury, comfort, and advanced features. 
  • The Mahindra Scorpio-N Z8 AT follows closely, offering robust performance and convenience of an automatic transmission, suitable for varied terrains. 
  • The Hyundai Alcazar Platinum Turbo 7 Seater provides a balance of technology and comfort at a more accessible price point. 

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If you really want to experience more of what the large and diverse country of India has to offer, why not go on a road trip? From the snowy mountains of the Himalayas in the North to the Ghats and green plateaus of the South, there's something for everybody. Whether it's a short jaunt a few hours down the road or a multi-day cross-country excursion, we here at wikiHow have gathered the best tips for you to plan a road trip in India that's short on hassle and long on adventure.

Choose your route.

There are many popular road trips in India if you don't want to make your own.

  • Manali to Leh —479 kilometres (298 mi): A treacherous but beautiful road through the Himalayas, as well as exposure to many different cultures.
  • Ahmedabad to Kutch —400 kilometres (250 mi): Gujarati art and culture, as well as numerous wildlife sanctuaries and a pristine landscape of salt flats unique to the region.
  • Mumbai to Goa —580 kilometres (360 mi): A beautiful trip through the Western Ghats to the beaches of Goa, this is one of the most famous Indian road trips.
  • Jaipur to Jaisalmer —559 kilometres (347 mi): Travel through numerous villages and experience authentic Rajasthani culture and cuisine. Many roadside stalls with local vendors. [2] X Research source

Set your travel times based on weather conditions.

Avoid heavy snowfall in the northeast and monsoons in the south.

  • Travel times are also important because some roads are only open for part of the year. For example, the Leh Manali Highway is only open for 5 months, from summer through about mid-October. Even then, the highway frequently closes for short periods due to heavy snowfall or rockslides. [4] X Research source
  • Make sure you factor in your return trip if you're going to be driving back to the place where you started.

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Pick a vehicle based on the condition of the road.

Some routes are smoother and better maintained than others.

  • The potholes and cracks in some roads are infamous, and rural roads might be unpaved. A sturdy vehicle with good shocks is your best bet if you're traveling poorly maintained or rural roads.
  • When deciding what you're going to drive, also think about how it will impact your experience. [7] X Research source A road trip through the mountains on a motorbike is quite a different experience than if you're driving an SUV.
  • If you're taking a couple of friends along, do you have enough room for everyone to be comfortable? You might be fine in the driver's seat, but your buddy might be sore and cramped after a few hours crunched up next to a cooler in the backseat.
  • Don't forget to think about alternative forms of transportation as well! For example, you're in India, why not drive a rickshaw?

Split your trip into manageable days.

Plan on spending no more than 4-5 hours a day on the road.

  • For example, a road trip from Jaipur to Jaisalmer is 559 kilometres (347 mi) and takes about 9 hours to drive on a well-maintained national highway. But all the small villages you pass through along the way make this a road trip worth taking your time. While you could comfortably do this trip in 2 days, you could also spread it over 3 days to really take in the country and immerse yourself in the culture. [9] X Research source
  • If you're planning on cycling, you probably want to schedule more frequent stops during the day for rest. Make sure you know your own physical limits well before you set off and don't push yourself too hard!

Organize legal documents for your vehicle.

Have both physical and digital copies of your registration and insurance.

  • Simply taking a photo of the documents and keeping them on your phone isn't good enough—the data has to be downloaded from a server you don't control. This is why you need the mParivahan app.
  • Foreign driving licenses aren't valid in India, so if you're from another country, make sure you get an international driving permit in your home country before you leave. [11] X Trustworthy Source Official UK government website Official website for the public sector of the UK government Go to source

Learn a few phrases in local languages.

Locals tend to be more helpful if you speak their language.

  • Throughout northern India, you'll get by just fine with a little Hindi. In the northeast, you might also pick up a few words and phrases in Bengali.
  • In southern India, most people speak Dravidian languages (Hindi and Bengali are Indo-Aryan languages). Before you head south, brush up on a little Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, or Tamil. [13] X Research source

Make offline backups of your maps and navigation.

Once you get out on the road, you might not have reliable service.

  • Keep in mind that while you're offline, you won't have access to real-time updates and features, such as traffic and roadblocks.
  • You should be fine with an offline map, but if you happen to get lost, don't be afraid to ask a local! They usually have more up-to-date information about road conditions as well.
  • If you've made a playlist for your trip, download that as well—then you won't have to worry about a loss of signal interrupting your music and killing your vibe. [15] X Research source

Book accommodations at planned stops.

Make it easy on yourself with hotels just off the road.

  • If you're not familiar with the area, stick to booking sites such as or for accommodations. Read reviews so you know what you're getting into. [17] X Research source
  • Sometimes a stop is about more than just rest. For example, if you're traveling on the Manali to Leh Highway, which averages 3 to 4 kilometres (1.9 to 2.5 mi) above sea level, you'll need at least one stop to acclimate yourself so you can avoid altitude sickness. [18] X Research source

Carry cash for tolls and local expenses.

Out in the countryside, you might not have access to an ATM.

  • Take debit or credit cards as well but keep in mind that many local vendors in rural areas won't have any way to take plastic.

Bring along plenty of snacks and water.

You never know when you're going to get hungry or thirsty.

  • Picking random candy and junk food for road snacks can be the best part of a road trip, but make sure you pack some nutritional stuff as well.
  • Keep in mind that replenishing snacks and drinks at convenience stores can get pricey. For long trips, you might want to pack a cooler so you can have a steady supply of refreshments.

Have your vehicle serviced before you head out.

Do what you can to avoid a breakdown.

  • Fill up with fuel the night before you leave so you can get some road behind you before you have to stop.

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Leh to Turtuk

Road Trip from Leh to Turtuk

Settled in the rough mountains of Ladakh is the town of Turtuk, known to be ‘The last town of India’. India’s last station before the line with Pakistan is a challenging, day-long outing from Leh. The voyage to Turtuk takes one over Khardung La, one of the world’s most elevated motorable passes, and Nubra Valley, a vast desert scene loaded with Bactrian camels. Visit the sixteenth-century Turtuk Palace that currently fills in as a gallery and the Old Mosque in Turtuk-You includes a unique mix of Persian and Buddhist engineering. Drop by the noteworthy polo ground or follow climbing trails to the remains of Brokpa Fort and an incredible cascade. The town is additionally the doorway to Siachen Glacier, one of the most troublesome landscapes on the planet.

Chandigarh to Pampore

Road Trip from Chandigarh to Pampore

Kashmir is renowned for its predominant quality saffron. Yet, relatively few know about Pampore, a small town approximately 17 kilometers from Srinagar that becomes a produce large portion of the locale’s cash crop. Pampore falls while heading to Srinagar—take the standard course using Pathankot, Udhampur, Patnitop, and Anantnag. Albeit the creation of saffron has declined in the last decade, it’s as yet worth the drive from Chandigarh, particularly during October and November. The ranches are covered in radiant purple saffron blossoms, and you can observe the ‘red gold’ collection.

Guwahati to Cherrapunjee

Road Trip from Guwahati to Cherrapunji

A trip from Guwahati in Assam to Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya offers perspectives on undulating uplands, profound valleys ribboned with falls, plant life, and the eternity approaching guarantee of a downpour. The four-hour extended long drive to perhaps the wettest spot on earth is something like a slideshow of genuinely amazing scenes. However, sightseers run to the locale during a storm; the most recent couple of months of the year see more modest groups. So go through a bit of while here and visit Nohkalikai Falls, the residing root scaffolds of Nongriat, Mawsmai Cave, and Mawsynram (81 kilometers away) which is currently viewed as the wettest spot on the planet.

Pune to Malshej Ghat

Road Trip from Pune to Malshej Ghat

Heading to Malshej Ghat through the Western Ghats range that runs along the Konkan coast and waiting in this woody valley may very well be the occasion you want following quite a while of disconnection. Around three hours from Pune in Maharashtra, this mountain pass has a bounty of natural life and cascades. Come rainstorm; moderate showers make the valley and the journey from Pune considerably really appealing. Go through the day visiting Malshej Falls, scaling to the 6th-century slope fortification of Harishchandragad, journeying to Darkoba Peak, or attempting to recognize the bunch bird calls. This trip is indeed the best road trip in India.

Indore to Mandu

Road Trip from Indore to Mandu

The old town of Mandu is only 84 kilometers from Madhya Pradesh’s most crowded city of Indore, which can be reached by a short departure from the most significant Indian urban communities. Saturated with rich history, Mandu is known for its Afghan design. The course from Indore to Mandu is specked with baobab trees, and the drive takes around more than two hours. First, visit Jahaz Mahal or Ship Palace, worked in the fifteenth century by Ghiyas-ud-racket Khilji. This royal residence remains between two lakes and is so named because it takes a boat drifting on the water. Different tourist spots incorporate Jami Masjid, Hoshang Shah’s Tomb, and Roopmati Pavilion. Next, base yourself in the town of Maheshwar (39 km), known for its great practice of weaving beautiful handloom saris.

Mangaluru to Gokarna

Road Trip from Mangalore to Gokarna

Gokarna is an arising beachside destination in Karnataka that offers the laid-back energy of Goa without its horde. Its perfect seashores and brilliant sanctuaries make Gokarna ideal for serene retreats and otherworldly travel. Fly to Mangaluru, home to one of the two international air terminals in Karnataka. The four-hour venture from Mangaluru to Gokarna takes you through Udupi—known for its flavorful cooking and the renowned Udupi Sri Krishna Matha Temple-and Murudeshwar, known for a transcending Shiva sculpture (123-foot-tall) and the close by Netrani Island, which is a famous spot for swimming. Once in Gokarna, walk around Nirvana Beach, visit the superb Jog Falls, one of the tallest in India, or explore the Yana Caves and the encompassing backwoods. With good road conditions and beautiful scenic views, this route is the best road trip in India by car.

Ahmedabad to Saputara

Road trip from Ahmedabad to saputara

Saputara is famous as Gujarat’s just slope station in the core of the Western Ghats. Shrouded in rich vegetation and frequently alluded to as ‘nature’s belly’, it is a thing of beauty. The street from Ahmedabad to Saputara takes you through numerous critical urban areas: visit the excellent Lakshmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara, wonder about the 100-year-old Golden Bridge in Bharuch, and continue in the strides of Mahatma Gandhi at Dandi Beach in Navsari. In Saputara, visit the flawless Gira Waterfalls and drift on the peaceful Lake Saputara, which is encircled by gardens. The Saputara Tribal Museum is near the lake and offers a window to the rich culture of the Dang clan. Only a couple of kilometers away, the Artist Village sells traditional craftsmanship and detailed work.

Kolkata to Chandannagar

Kolkata to Chandannagar road trip

Sometime in the distant past, savage fights were battled between the French and the British to have a particular interest in Chandannagar. Today, this curious town of West Bengal lies neglected. Require a smooth two-hour drive from the noise of Kolkata to rediscover this unique jewel. The shocking promenade of The Strand, the nineteenth-century Sacred Heart Church, the covering of Durgacharan Rakshit Ghat, the underground place of Patal Bari, and the Indo-French Cultural Center and Museum are for the most part suggestive of the town’s pilgrim past. Likewise, the intricate light establishments that decorate pandals across the state during Durga Puja festivities consistently are made here, and you can detect the nearby craftsmen at work on your way.

Gurugram to Morni Hills

Road Trip from Gurugram to Morni Hills

The only hill station in Haryana, Morni Hills, is five to six hours from Gurugram. It offers a mishmash of exercises, from adrenaline-siphoning to unwinding. The thick foliage here harbors birds like quail, sandgrouse, and pigeon, making it a birdwatching asylum. Visit the close by Tikkar Tal for its two artificial lakes, or head to the Adventure Park for exciting exercises like zip-coating and rock climbing. Roosted on top of a slope, Morni Fort was implicit the seventeenth century and offered a great perspective on the town. History buffs can visit Thakurdwar Temple, the primary type of which is said to trace back to the hour of the Pandavas.

Puri to Chilika Lake

Road Trip from Puri To Chilika Lake

One of Asia’s most extensive salty water tidal ponds, Chilika Lake, lies 114 kilometers from Puri and grows as wide as 1,100 square kilometers during a rainstorm. It is home to a one-of-a-kind jeopardized animal: The Irrawaddy dolphin. Situated toward the south of River Mahanadi in Odisha and isolated from the Bay of Bengal by a 60-kilometer-long shoal called Rajhans, the saline lake dabbed with wetlands makes for an extraordinary excursion from Puri through Satapada. The lake sees a constant flood of naturalists, birdwatchers, and travelers consistently. Spot the unconventional dolphin with its swelling brow and short snout as you skim on the lake in a boat, and use whatever is left of the day at the Nalabana Bird Sanctuary, where a vast number of Siberian flamingos and other transitory birds home

Mumbai to Divar Island

Road Trip from Mumbai to Divar Island

Any list of the best road trips in India is incomplete without mentioning the exemplary Mumbai-Goa escape. However, if you wish to go past the beachside fun, drive up to Old Goa through the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, load your vehicle onto a ship from the pier close to Viceroy’s Arch, and head towards Divar Island. The course is set apart by wide, smooth streets and famous refueling breaks like Satara, Belgaum, and Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary. 0n the island, you track down a feeling of susegad-get your supper with neighborhood anglers in River Mandovi, go birding in the close by mangroves, and spend your nights exploring pilgrim period engineering on a bike or going for walks near the ocean.

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  • 35 Spectacular Road Trips In India For That Passionate Traveler In You

26 May 2021

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.

35 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.

  • Delhi To Manali To Leh: 1,019 Kms
  • Mumbai To Goa: 590 Kms
  • Jaipur To Ranthambore: 158 Kms
  • Guwahati To Tawang: 566 Kms
  • Ahmedabad To Kutch : 454 Kms
  • Delhi To Agra To Jaipur : 449 Kms
  • Old Silk Route: 68.2 Kms
  • Jaipur To Jaisalmer: 555 Kms
  • Dehradun To Nainital: 278 Kms
  • Chennai To Pondicherry: 158 Kms
  • Bangalore To Coorg : 242 Kms
  • Bangalore To Munnar: 477 Kms
  • Darjeeling To Pelling : 72.8 Kms
  • Mumbai To Mount Abu: 758 Kms
  • Kolkata To Kumaon : 1,409 Kms
  • Ahmedabad To Daman: 357 Kms
  • Chennai To Yelagiri: 230 Kms
  • Mumbai To Tarkarli: 488 Kms
  • Delhi To Jaipur: 269 Kms
  • Hyderabad To Kannur: 899 Kms
  • Kolkata To Digha: 184 Kms
  • Delhi To Mussoorie: 281 Kms
  • Kolkata To Puri: 497 Kms
  • Delhi To Rishikesh: 232 Kms
  • Mumbai To Pune : 148 Kms
  • Visakhapatnam To Araku Valley: 114 Kms
  • Srinagar To Leh, Zoji La Pass: 418 Kms
  • Mumbai To Rann Of Kutch: 936 Kms
  • Bangalore To Pondicherry: 312 Kms
  • Bagdogra To Darjeeling: 67 Kms
  • Gangtok To Lake Tsomgo And Nathu-La Pass: 53.5 Kms
  • Jaipur To Udaipur: 412 Kms
  • Bangalore To Goa: 585 Kms
  • Mangalore To Goa (Via Gokarna): 365 Kms
  • Ahmedabad To Diu: 365 Kms

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

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.

Time : 25 hours Distance : 1,019 kms National Highway : NH 1 & NH 21 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 traveling 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: Dil Chahta Hai Vibes

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

Image Source 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 a safer, the smoother road in case you’re traveling 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.

Time : 10 hours 41 minutes (via the Pune-Kolhapur Route) & 11 hours 52 minutes (via the Chiplun-Ratnagiri Konkan route) Distance : 590 kms (via the Pune-Kolhapur Route) & 577 kms (via the Chiplun-Ratnagiri Konkan route) National Highway : NH 4 or NH 66 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

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

Image Source 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 for the rest of the time.

Time : 3 hours 14 minutes Distance : 158 kms National Highway: Jaipur-Kota road highway Where To Eat : A number of shops and dhabas available on the way. Where To Stay:  NA

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

The winding Guwahati-Tawang roads offering an adventurous road trip

Image Source 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 requires skill and experience. The best time to take this road trip is between March and October, like the rest of the time the roads may be blocked due to snow.

Time : 14 hours 27 minutes Distance : 566 kms National Highway : NH 52 & NH 229 Where To Eat : Shops and stalls offering momos, Maggi, and tea along the way. Where To Stay : Budget hotels at Tezpur

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5. Ahmedabad To Kutch: A Stretch Of White Horizons

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

Image Source The stunning white landscapes, the barren desert for miles and beyond, and the color 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.

Time : 7 hours 32 minutes Distance : 454 kms National Highway : NH 8A Where To Eat : A number of shops and dhabas available on the way. Where To Stay:  Regenta Resort, Click Hotel, and Hotel Raj Mahal

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6. Delhi To Agra To Jaipur: The Golden Triangle

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

Image Source 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 travelers, 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.

Time : 6 hours 58 minutes Distance : 449 kms National Highway : NH 93 & NH 8 Where To Eat : The Food Court on Yamuna Expressway and a number of restaurants like Midway on NH 8. Where To Stay:  Radisson Hotel Agra, Hotel Atulyaa Taj Agra, ITC Rajputana Jaipur, and Pearl Palace Jaipur

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

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

Image Source 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.

Time : 1 hour 50 minutes Distance : 68.2 kms National Highway : NH 31A Where To Eat : Local eateries at Sorethang (the China Market). Where To Stay:  Silk Route Resort, Ice Land Homestay, and Eco Nest Homestay

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8. Jaipur To Jaisalmer: From Pink To The Golden City

A road trip in the gorgeous golden city of Jaisalmer

Image Source Witness the colors, 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.

Time : 9 hours Distance : 555 kms National Highway : NH 15 Where To Eat : Authentic Rajasthani cuisines at Jodhpur. Where To Stay:  Hotel Desert Winds and Harasar Haveli

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

The road leading from Dehradun to nainital

Image Source 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.

Time : 6 hours 33 minutes Distance : 278 km National Highway : NH 74 Where To Eat : A number of shops and dhabas available on the way. Where To Stay:  NA

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10. Chennai To Pondicherry: Surf & Sands Of The South

A house in Pondicherry, beside the Chennai-Pondicherry road

Image Source It is among the best road trips in India as it’s one where the journey will fetch you more memories and 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 perfect condition for driving or riding down. You can make a stopover at Mahabalipuram to enjoy the beaches and treat your tummy.

Time : 3 hours 31 minutes Distance : 158 kms National Highway:  NH 32 Where To Eat : The beach at Mahabalipuram and roadside dhabas & shops. Where To Stay:  NA

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

A road trip from Bangalore to Coorg leading through the jungle

Image Source 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.

Time : 5 hours 26 minutes Distance : 242 kms National Highway : NH 275 Where To Eat : A lot of restaurants and drive-ins on the way. Where To Stay:  The Mansion 1907 and Grand Mercure Mysore

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12. Bangalore To Munnar: Through Waterfalls & Windmills

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

Image Source 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.

Time : 9 hours Distance : 477 kms National Highway : NH 7 Where To Eat : Authentic South Indian cuisines at many restaurants along the way. Where To Stay: Aranyaka Resorts, Windermere Estate, and Camelot Resort

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13. Darjeeling To Pelling: Through The Kingdom Of Tea Gardens

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

Image Source 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 great condition and make up for a smooth ride.

Time : 2 hours Distance : 72.8 kms National Highway:  NA Where To Eat : A number of food joints for refreshments on the way. Where To Stay: NA

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

Winding, picturesque road leading to the hills of Mount Abu

Image Source 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 centers to scantily occupied hilly terrains. The roads, including the internal ones, are considerably well-kept.

Time : 12 hours 33 minutes Distance : 758 kms National Highway : NH 8 Where T o Eat : A range of dhabas en route. Where To Stay : Hotels at Ahmedabad or Vadodara

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15. Kolkata To Kumaon: The Metamorphosis Of Colours & Cultures

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

Image Source 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 time, the roads are in quite good condition. The best time to take this road trip is between November to March.

Time : 24 hours Distance : 1,409 kms National Highway : NH 2 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.

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16. Ahmedabad To Daman: Industrialisation To Beachification

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

Image Source 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 centers, and Jain temples, to the sea-side town that is a favorite among beach lover Indians. All thanks to our Hon’ble Prime Minister, the roads are in an awesome condition.

Time : 6 hours 53 minutes Distance :  357 kms National Highway: GJ SH 236 Where To Eat : Dhabas on the way along with bhojanalayas near Bhavnagar and Mahuva. Where To Stay: Dream Vision Paying Guest House and Golden Paying Guest House

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

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

Image Source 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 a 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.

Time : 4 hours 36 minutes Distance : 230 kms National Highway : NH 46 Where To Eat : A number of eateries on the highway. Where To Stay:  NA

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

The roads leading from Mumbai to Tarkarli

Image Source 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.

Time : 9 hours 38 minutes Distance : 488 kms National Highway : NH 66 Where To Eat : Plenty of restaurants on the way. Where To Stay : Hotels at Ratnagiri

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19. Delhi To Jaipur: From Retro To Royalty

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

Image Source 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.

Time : 4 hours 45 minutes Distance : 269 kms National Highway : NH 8 Where To Eat : Endless array of dhabas and restaurants on NH 8. Where To Stay: NA

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20. Hyderabad To Kannur: Enroute The Passage To God’s Own Country

The roads leading from Hyderabad to Kannur through scenic green pastures

Image Source 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.

Time : 14 hours 15 minutes Distance : 899 kms National Highway : NH 7 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

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21. Kolkata To Digha: The Bong Connection

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

Image Source It’s another marvelous road trip on the list of those that end on the seashores. 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.

Time : 4 hours 9 minutes Distance : 184 kms National Highway: NH 6 & NH 116B Where To Eat : Scores of dhabas along the way.

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22. Delhi To Mussoorie: From Metropolis To The Hills

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

Image Source 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 mesmerizing, 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.

Time : 6 hours 40 minutes Distance : 281 kms National Highway : NH 58 Where To Eat : Plenty of dhabas on the way serving everything from Maggi, momos, to chai. Where To Stay:  NA

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23. Kolkata To Puri: From The City Of Joy To The Land Of Spirituality

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

Image Source 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.

Time : 8 hours 14 minutes Distance : 497 kms National Highway:  Where To Eat : Various food joints on the way where you can gorge on some tempting seafood. Where To Stay:  Larica Group Of Hotel and Victoria Club Hotel

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

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

Image Source 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!

Time : 5 hours 16 minutes Distance : 232 kms National Highway : NH 58 Where To Eat : Dhabas offering snacks and tea along the way, along with the popular restaurant chain Cheetal. Where To Stay:  NA

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25. Mumbai To Pune: Gallivanting To The ‘Oxford Of The East’

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

Image Source 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.

Time : 2 hours 35 minutes Distance : 148 kms National Highway : NH 58 Where To Eat : Dhabas offering snacks and tea along the way, along with the popular restaurant chain Cheetal. Where To Stay:  NA

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26. Visakhapatnam To Araku Valley: All About Natural Bounty

Visakhapatnam To Araku Valley

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One of the best places for road trip in India is certainly between Visakhapatnam to Araku Valley. This road is all about embracing the stash of natural bounty that one can witness on the way. From the alluring beauty of the several shades of green, the stunning hills, to the majestic mountains that can be seen on both sides of the road as you pass through it, this road trip is definitely one of its kind. The numerous exciting moments and the amazing spots to visit in between makes it a must-try for all.

Time: 3 hours 30 minutes Distance: 114 kms National Highway: NH 516-E Where To Eat: There are nice restaurants located inside the Jungle bells at Tyda on the way. Where To Stay: NA

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27. Srinagar To Leh, Zoji La Pass: The Kashmiri Escape

Srinagar To Leh, Zoji La Pass

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Srinagar and Leh are perhaps two of the best places for road trip in India individually. However, just imagine how these would turn out to be if we cover both the destinations in one. The next favorite on our list is the road that takes one from Srinagar all the way to Leh via Zoji La Pass. Unlike the other roads, you won’t be passing through the bushes or the jungles. Instead, the road between the two stops is all about mesmerizing hills, majestic mountains, and the picturesque valley of Frass. You can also pass the Kargil on the way. How thrilling is that?

Time: 10 hours Distance: 418 kms National Highway: NH 1D Where To Eat: There are several dhabas and small eateries on the way. Where To Stay: Hotel Greenland Kargil, Hotel PC Palace Kargil, Hotel D’Zojila, Panorama Guest House

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28. Mumbai To Rann Of Kutch: To The Middle Of Nowhere

Mumbai To Rann Of Kutch

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Maharashtra to Gujarat are two destinations that offer the best paths for one to be a part of various best road trips in India by car . Just imagine passing through the narrow lanes and glittering locals of the city of dreams aka Mumbai, all the way to the middle of nowhere in Rann of Kutch. These two dramatically contrasting destinations can sometimes be all you need to escape the monotony of life and to enjoy what nature has to offer.

Time: 20 hours Distance: 936 kms National Highway: NH 48 Where To Eat: There are plenty of road side hotels and dhabas on the way to Kutch. Where To Stay: There are hotels in Ahmedabad where one can stay the night.

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29. Bangalore To Pondicherry: A French Affair

Bangalore To Pondicherry

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Another one of the rides that fall under the category of best road trips in India by car has to be the road that takes from Bangalore all the way to Pondicherry. Pondicherry is a destination like no other. The French colonial vibes, the yellow walls, and serenity that this destination has encircling all around combines to offer an experience of a lifetime. Upon reaching your destination by road, do stroll around the famous Auroville and spend some time by the beaches. They will take away all your fatigue from traveling this far.

Time: 6 hours 20 minutes Distance: 312 kms National Highway: NH 77 Where To Eat: There are a couple of cafes, restaurants, and shops on the way. Where To Stay: NA

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30. Bagdogra To Darjeeling: An Aromatic Experience

Bagdogra To Darjeeling

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The eastern region of this country is blessed intensely by mother nature, and the destinations of Bagdogra and Darjeeling are no less. The road trip from Bagdogra to Darjeeling gives one a chance to pass along the lush tea gardens, cross the scenic meadows, and soak in the aroma of plantations that is spread all around. The curvy paths, narrow roads, several shaded pine forests, and the pristine waterfalls combine to offer the experience that this destination has to offer. It is a road trip that you can never forget.

Time: 2 hours 30 minutes Distance: 67 kms National Highway: NH 110 Where To Eat: NA Where To Stay: NA

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31. Gangtok To Lake Tsomgo And Nathu-La Pass: The Hairpin Tales

Gangtok to Nathula Pass

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Gangtok is a destination that has plenty of attractions and experiences to offer. One experience that one should not miss out on when traveling to Gangtok is taking a road trip to the ever so pristine Lake Tsomgo and the mystical Nathu-La Pass. Every turn that you take on this path has a different story, every hairpin turn calls for a different tale hidden in its lap. The excitement that one tends to feel when traveling around in Gangtok is something unmatchable. This magical and adventurous road trip is worth every penny spent!

Time: 1 hour 50 minutes Distance: 53.5 kms National Highway: NA Where To Eat: One can find Tea, coffee, hot Tibetan noodle soup etc. near the lake. Where To Stay: Chas Hotels Narayani Continental

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32. Jaipur To Udaipur: A Royal Journey

Jaipur To Udaipur

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Rajasthan is a land of Royals and the road trip between two of the most luxuriant cities of this land is probably all you will ever need. A road trip from Jaipur to Udaipur is an experience that is far different from your usual roads. It is not about lush greens or snow-clad mountains. Instead, the roads in Rajasthan narrates the story of vast deserts, yellow grainy sands, and the sunny skies. The transition from the Pink City to the Venice of East is quite visible and is truly charming.

Time: 7 hours Distance: 412 kms National Highway: NH 58 Where To Eat: There are many roadside dhabas and restaurants on the way. Where To Stay: Sahapura bagh and Deogarh Mahal

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33. Bangalore To Goa: The Beach Capital Awaits


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Who doesn’t like spending their mornings strolling by a beach, afternoons in a cute cafe, evenings at a bookstore, and nights in a club? That is life in Goa for you. Taking a road trip from Bangalore to Goa is just the perfect way to escape the nagging bosses and piles of work, and embrace the tranquility to get that peace of mind back. The journey from Bangalore to Goa is a little long, and hence, is a perfect opportunity for couples to take that long due drive and spend their morning witnessing the sunrise by the beach!

Time: 12 hours Distance: 585 kms National Highway: NH 48 Where To Eat: There are a series of roadside halts that serve dosas and idlis on the way. Where To Stay: There are several stays in Palolem Beach that would be perfect for your overnight stay.

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34. Mangalore To Goa (Via Gokarna): Double The Fun

Mangalore To Goa

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Another destination that gives one a chance to enjoy a road trip to the party capital of the country aka Goa is Mangalore. The best thing about the road trip from this destination is the compelling beauty of Malabar Coast that leaves the jaws dropped to the ground. Another amazing thing about the route that takes one to Goa from Mangalore is that it circulates around the town of Gokarna and one can also spend some time on the beaches of this temple town, soaking in its magical beauty.

Time: 7 hours 30 minutes Distance: 365 kms National Highway: NA Where To Eat: There are some amazing sea-food and other vegetarian options available in Karwar and Udupi. Where To Stay: NA

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35. Ahmedabad To Diu: Glimpses Of The Arabian Sea

Ahmedabad To Diu

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Ahmedabad and Diu are two of the destinations that are among the famous spots to visit in this country. Ahmedabad is the city of textiles while Diu is the beach territory of Gujarat. Taking a road trip from the bustling city means witnessing the stunning beauty of the massive Arabian Sea that is spread as far as the eye can see. The road trip is perhaps one of the most fun-filled and exciting ones that one has ever been a part of!

Time: 7 hours 30 minutes Distance: 365 kms National Highway: Amreli Highway Where To Eat: One can take a halt at the various restaurants that are available on the way. Where To Stay: NA

Further Read: 25 Best Shiva Temples In India For Soaking In The Blessed Vibes

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20 Best Road Trips in India

India is a massive country and through its annals lays several great venues that seduce the wanderlust souls with the promise of adventure and fun. Are you a biker who finds music in the hurl of the engine and the love the scene of long winding roads on serene countryside’s that are alluring?

Then you will definitely find your next destination for the best road trips in India in this post. So, start your engines…

1. Manali to Leh Highway

Distance : 479 KM

Time : 2 Days

National Highways : Leh Manali Higway

A stretch of road that has been immortalized on the silver screen by various Bollywood movies with famous actors and actresses dancing to their heart’s content on this beautiful road. Words fail to describe the beauty of the Manali to Leh highway drive and one must be there to witness its beauty in all its snowy glory. The image of the dark grey moist road against the snowy hill slopes and the azure blue backdrop is what road trip dream are made of. Hop on your trusty motorbike or an open roofed Jeep, so that the no glimpses of the sights are missed.

The road spans over a total of 479 km and has a mean altitude of 3 to 4 km above sea level. The road conditions are safe and remain open for 5 months during the summer up until mid of October . The total journey on road should take 2 days and has one stopover for acclimatization and rest.

Leh Manali Highway

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2. Visakhapatnam to Araku Valley

Distance : 116 KM

Time : 3 hrs

What could be more picturesque than the meeting of the massive of seas of the Bay of Bengal with the majestic Eastern Ghats? This favorable meet of the ocean with the mountains creates for a wonderful experience of those wanting to take a weekend road trip. The union city of Visakhapatnam never fails to charm its guests with its unique beauty and then there is Araku Valley that is led up to by curving roads carved in between majestic green hills, under the grey sky with the smell of fresh flora in the air there to accompany you on your drive up.

The road is of 116 km and is dotted with interesting sights such as the Borra Caves and Tatipudi Reservoir on the way. The best time to take the trip would be from October to March .

Visakhapatnam to Araku Valley

3. Mumbai To Pune Expressway

Distance : 93 KM

Time : 2 Hrs

National Highways : Mumbai Pune Expressway

Many who live in the busy city of Mumbai think of Lonavala whenever they think of a road trip. And rightfully so, as it is a beautiful weekend spot for almost anyone who loves picturesque surrounding of mountains, soft breezes of the high altitude, a laid back vibe, lush green foliage all around and to bite the juicy chikki fruit which is a local favorite. The Mumbai to Pune expressway leads up to Lonavala which in 93 km long and allows for cabs and buses and private cars to ply, to and fro.

While two wheeler are only allowed on the old Mumbai Highway which is also a road in good shape with similar picturesque views leading up to the hills. But the relatively new expressway offers for a better driving experience. You also get stops at popular eateries to stuff your mouth with tasty north Indian food at places like Sunny Da Dhaba and The Kinara Village Dhaba, which have old school dhaba ambience to match with the food.

Mumbai to Pune Expressway

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4. Manali to Shimla via Mandi

Distance : 250 KM

Time : 4 Hrs

Before, you claim this is too cliché, know that clichés are overly popularized for a reason. The Shimla to Manali road trip is one of the most relaxing long drives you will ever take amidst the hills along the curving roads leading up to the beautiful hill station. The River Beas accompanies throughout the stretch of the road as you drive through verdant greenery of the smooth road that bisects the mountains. If you are tired from all the driving then just get off any time and soak your feet in the ice-cold water of the river to wake from your drowsy drive and splash around to bring the inner child out. You haven’t taken a Himachal vacation unless you have at least a couple of selfies of you playing in the water during your ride between Shimla to Manali.

Manali to Shimla Road Trip

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5. Tawang from Guwahati by Road

Distance : 520 KM

Time : 10 Hrs

These two are must visit spots when you are in the Northeast. While the drive is long and challenging, it is equally worth it for those who have a love for the roads and the hum of a bike or a car. The road trip is a long one needing 10 hours of drive, but there are several good places to stop and stretch and straighten your feet that makes it comfortably doable . Spread across a beautiful terrain of mountain roads, the 520 km journey makes it worth the time and effort.

Guwahati to Tawang Road Trip

6. Pondicherry from Chennai

Distance : 160 KM

Time : 3Hrs

National Highways : NH32

Take the route along the east coast road, which is ideal for those riding a bike. Even Chetan Bhagat the author speaks highly of the road as he has written about it in his book. This is one unique stretch that is accompanied by the sea alongside the long winding road to the beautiful city of Pondicherry. Make sure to keep your camera handy as the changing height of the sun and its reflections on the sea will make it a must to click photos to immortalize the beautiful memories that will be this trip.

This is surely one of the most beautiful roads in India perfect for a road trip around the year. The road stretches up to 160 km and passes through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mahabalipuram. It takes a total of 3 wonderful hours to map the road, with other interesting sites lining it like Idaikkazhinadu (Alamparai Fort aka Alambara Fort), Kalpakkam (nuclear plant), Mudaliarkuppam (boat house with sporting facility), Marakkanam (large salt pans) and more.

Chennai to Pondicherry by Road

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7. Konark from Puri

Distance : 36 KM

Time : 1 Hr

National Highways : NH 203

A road trip perfect for those artistic tree lined photographs, the beautiful canopy formed over the slim road that leads up to the historic town is truly a sight to behold. The soft misty breeze from the nearby ocean mixed with the woody smell of the handsome forest that lines the road will make for a great road trip experience with the perfect romantic ambience. This stretch is quite short of only 36 km and can be covered in only an hour, but you would want to savor the journey and wish for it to stretch a little longer.

Puri to Konark Highway

8. Bandipur Forest to Bangalore

Distance : 235 KM

Time : 5 Hrs

National Highways : NH766

No list of road trips would ever be complete without a mention of a road trip that goes along a forest path. The route to Bangalore via the Bandipur Forest is the most beautiful road trip you can have in India, when it comes to drives through the forest. You may also take up this road when travelling to Ooty from Mysore, passing through Bandipur National Park . You can have road trips in a car with an open sun roof, playing Antakshari or other fun road trip games while enjoying the enchanting views outside. This is perhaps the most charming highway in the whole country and it would be a mistake to miss out on this road trip.

The road is 235 km long in total and takes about 5 hours of drive . However, you can get off and stretch your legs and fill up on snacks along the way, like at McDonalds or other cafes.

Bandipur to Bangalore Road Trip

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9. Gangtok to Nathula Pass through Lake Tsomgo

Distance : 55 KM

While the north east still remains largely unexplored, if you are keen on visiting a land pristine and untouched by the humdrum of tourism, then this is it. The north east offers some of the most picturesque sites for road trips, where the main beauty of the road is the uncertainty of the terrain. The trip to Lake Tsomgo from Gangtok also called as Changu Lake is a trip of a lifetime. From Gangtok Nathu-La Pass is about 55 km long and Tsomgo Lake is on the way and falls at 39 km from Gangtok .

Gangtok to Nathula Pass

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10. Shimla to Manali Via Spiti and Kinnaur

Distance : 640 KM

Time : 17 Hrs

While the drive through Mandi is great, this is the more recommended route to Manali from Shimla. You should totally take this trip if the road travel itself is the highlight of your journey. Go through the picturesque valleys and passes with green mountains surrounding you through Kalpa, Sangla valley and the higher altitude areas that have a unique beauty like Nako Valley, Chango, and Ropa.

Shimla to Manali Via Spiti Road

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11. Chennai to Munnar

Distance : 600 KM

National Highways : NH79

Chennai is never cold, but if you want to spend a weekend chilling under a cozy blanket then your best bet would be to drive up to Munnar . The long road trip will definitely refresh you for your pleasant stay at the peaceful hill station . The trip can take 10 hours of driving to map the distance of 600 km from the city to Munnar , but there are several great stops to rest and the drive is equally exciting as scenes change from the car window from the busyness of the streets of the city to the verdant greenery that line the canopy on your uphill drive.

Chennai to Munnar Road Trip NH79

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12. Jaipur to Jaisalmer

Distance : 559 KM

Time : 9 Hrs

National Highways : NH11

Yet another classic that might seem cliché but is unmatchable is the road trip from Jaipur to Jaisalmer, the desert city of Rajasthan. The road trip is the best opportunity to witness the changing colors of Rajasthan as you go through the various villages. The drive would also be a wonderful experience as the roads are in great conditions offering a smooth driving experience. We recommend taking the RJ SH 19, which is the best route to travel to Jaiselmer from the pink city of Jaipur. You can stop at Jodhpur for some refreshments as your car would need to fill up too. Authentic Rajasthani cuisine is available throughout the route in charming stalls with rustic ambience so, this is one stretch of a drive where would not be hungry.

Jaipur to Jaisalmer Road

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13. Delhi to Agra through Yamuna Expressway

Distance : 233 KM

National Highways : Taj Express Highway

A seldom mentioned long drive from the heart of the capital city to the city of the Taj, Agra is definitely one of the best road trip stretches! The Yamuna Expressway is probably the best road in the entire country, its long and wide and in perfect conditions for that hassle free driving experience, a must visit for all lovers of the road. This is an easy day trip from the capital city, where you can visit the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort and other areas and still be back to your cozy bed by the night.

The good road conditions make it easy to cover the 165 km of the route in a couple of hours. However, getting to the expressway from the city itself takes a drive of 60 km which should easily add another hour to your trip or even more. A good tip to keep in mind is to check your tire air pressure, fast driving on the road can cause too much heat that often causes tires to burst and can be dangerous. So, it is ideal to keep the tire air pressure filled at less than normal levels.

Another point to note is to pack in as much food and snacks and beverages as necessary because there are no delicious dhabas lining the expressway. There are a few small eateries that sell snacks after the toll gate, but they are not comparable to the cozy atmosphere and the filling food available in the dhabas.

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14. Pamban Bridge to Rameshwaram

Distance : 13 KM

Time : 20 Min

National Highways : NH87

Perhaps the most picturesque drive through in the country, the feeling of whooshing through the long bridge that travels over the vast expanse of the ocean, with the wind in your hair. Such a drive would definitely be one of the best on-road experiences to indulge in and refresh your spirit. A simple 20 minutes ride on the 13.5 km long stretch of the bridge is worth a million but comes for absolutely free. This is a must do if you are a roadster in search of fun.

Rameshwaram to Pamban Bridge

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15. Shilong to Cherrapunjee

Distance : 54 KM

National Highways : SH5

A small yet exciting daytrip destination to drive from Shilong, with all the dazzles of drizzling rain on the mountain road, rainbows over massive waterfalls, some of the most exciting caves , a beautiful panoramic view of lush hill top greenery all around you, and even stops for food along the way. This usually takes 1-2 hours to just drive and come back, without any stops or traffic. Most people cover it by car only.

Shilong to Cherrapunjee

16. Mumbai to Goa

Distance : 609 KM

National Highways : NH66

Much revered as the Father of the Indian road trip, from the busy city streets of Mumbai, drive towards, sun, sand and fun on a smooth road with green scenic views outside the window lining the width of the stretch. It takes 10 hours of great driving experience to go to Goa from Mumbai; on the infamous NH66 highway which is as silky as creamed butter spread on the earth that just lures your car towards worry-free travels. Also there are several great eateries lining the stretch of the route so, you will never be hungry or bored.

Mumbai to Goa Road - NH66

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17. Jaipur from Delhi

Distance : 281 KM

National Highways : NH48

Yet another classic when it comes to road trips in India , you can watch the majestic Aravallis approach as you drive through the lanes of the most colorful towns and villages of Rajasthan and land at its capital – the pink city of Jaipur . The drive will be a great experience undoubtedly as this route is one of the most well-maintained one in the country. There are also several restaurants lining the way that will make the journey great.

Delhi to Jaipur Road - NH48

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18. Kolkata to Digha

Distance : 180 KM

Time : 3 Hrs

National Highways : NH16 and NH116B

Ask any Kolkatan and the first response from them about road trips would be to cover this iconic stretch. The roads are in good condition, lined by greenery of paddy fields and mustard fields all around. And what’s better is that a little farther from Digha lies several other beach villages where the only way to drive and reach is to drive along the beach watching the waves crash on the shores a few kilometers away.

The road stretches for 180 km and will usually take up to 3 hours to reach the destination. There are plenty of dhabas and Bengali sweet shops along the way, so, you won’t go hungry while driving.

Kolkata to Digha Road

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19. Mumbai to Mount Abu

Distance : 758 KM

Time : 13 Hrs

For those looking for some peace and quiet away from the never ending hustle of the city life, and the deafening early morning alarms and bursts of short-lived caffeinated energy; this is the road trip to take. The best place for Mumbaikers to unwind and relax, is Mount Abu , which is a short drive away. Drive through the NH 48 to Mount Abu via Vadodara and Ahmedabad, along the long 758 km . It will take a tiring 13 hour long drive, but there are plenty of options to stretch your legs, eat and rest or take short breaks along the way.

Mumbai to Mount Abu Road

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20. Bangalore to Ooty via Mysore

Distance : 278 KM

Time : 6 Hrs

National Highways : NH275

Ooty is the queen of hill stations in India , nestled amidst the green Nilgiri Hills. Any lover of the road must take this journey whether on car or a motor bike to witness the sun-kissed beauty and the verdant greenery that changes with every mile you cross. The combination of dark asphalt surrounded by the leafy green is one of the best, and it is best experienced along this stretch. Explore the forests of Bandipur along with the historic places of Mysore enroute.

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7 Best Road trips in India by car or by bike

Imagine-a packed bag, your favorite vehicle, your favorite travel partner, and a long road ahead of you; sounds heavenly, right? Road trips are always fun, be it solo or with your family. Trying to figure out the right direction but still taking the wrong turn, being lost in an unknown place, and the process of discovering new things gives you thrill and wonders at the same time. It allows you to spend time with yourself in solitude or with your family.

Two-wheeler and four-wheelers have their own benefits and consequences. Two-wheelers are great for solo or duo travelers, it provides you with much more freedom and empowers you to feel the gush of wind in your hair and caress through off roads. On the other hand, cars are safer, provide better weather protection, and are comfortable for more than two people, but they are an expensive option. Whichever option you choose, ensure you can handle the vehicle, invest in all the safety gear and check your ride before you gear on the road.

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The article provide details of the 7 best road trips in India including the best road trip from Mumbai, the best road trip in India by bike, best road trip to take as a solo traveller and best road trips to take from North to South India.

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Mumbai to Goa Road trip

Mumbai to Goa is hands down the best road trip from Mumbai, encircling the Marine, Western Ghats, and the Sunshine. You will go from experiencing diverse sceneries of landscapes to grooving to the rock music in the state of laidback beaches. The best thing about this road trip is it can be covered in 12-13 hours, encompassing a distance of 556 Kms. Several routes can be taken for Mumbai to Goa Road trip. NH 17, the Mumbai Goa highway route, was taken by Akash, Sameer, and Sid from Dil Chahta hai; is smooth like butter and takes 10 hours. The sans potholes and Chapora Fort will be the highlight of your trip.

NH 4 is another smoother route via Pune, Kolhapur, and Belgaum, packed with four-laned highways dropping you to Goa in around 10 hours, only it has multiple toll booths, which means paying numerous times. Along the way, you can visit Shaniwardwada, Shivneri Fort, Panhala Fort, Belgaum Fort, Kaas Plateau, and Mahalakshmi Temple. This route is ideal for family trips.

Road trip to Goa a view of goa beach

NH 66 is the route for adventure seekers, paving through paddy fields and slim curves at high altitudes and fewer toll booths. It is for people who can steer their vehicles skilfully through treacherous terrains. It covers 577 km in 12 hours. The popular break pullers are Sawatsada waterfall, Guhagar Beach and Pandavaas caves in Chiplun, the Karnala Bird Sanctuary and Karnala Fort, Bhira Dam in Kolad, and Tamhini Ghat waterfalls.

It is the best road trip from Mumbai, and the best time to embark on this journey is after the monsoon, between September and March. December to January in Goa is usually the busiest but still the best time to visit Goa, as it lights up with the celebration of New Year and Christmas. It is also the best road trip in India by bike, a road trip of 5 days.

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Mysuru–Gokarna road trip

The road stretches for 456km from Mysuru to Gokarna and can be covered in approximately 9-10 hours. Gokarna, a small town located by the Arabian Sea in the southwestern part of Karnataka, is an abode for pilgrimages, with a Mahabaleshwar temple and temple tank. It is an alternate version of Goa but much more peaceful and less commercialized. It is known for its virgin and calm beaches like Om Beach, Kudle, and Paradise beach.

There are multiple routes for Mysuru to Gokarna route. NH 275 with NH 66 is the fastest route but has numerous tolls along the way. Another route includes NH 69, which encompasses 457 km in 10 hours. NH 373 with NH 69 covers the distance of 468 km in 10 hours. The best time to take the journey of Mysuru-Gokarna is in June-August and between October and March. The best offbeat road trip totals up for 6 days.

Kolkata to Yuksom: Best road trip in the Eest

Yuksom, a small yet historically significant hamlet in the West Sikkim, is also the first capital of Sikkim. The “Third Eye of Sikkim” is famous not just for its rich landscape of beguiling mountains and forests but also for its religious importance as it holds the amusing history of Buddhism and monasteries. Yuksom lying 731 Km away from Kolkata, can be reached in 19 hours and gaining the title of best road trip in September.

The best route to Yuksom is via NH 12, which runs entirely in West Bengal. The other best way is taking NH 19 from Kolkata, then shifting route to NH 34, through which you will enter Sikkim straight after crossing Siliguri. Yuksom has a good transport connection with the major areas of Sikkim and West Bengal, and the best route to reach Yuksom is of the Jorethang Road; it is in better condition comparatively with other roads.

The best time to take the road trip is between March to June and September to October, as the summer season offers the best of Yuksom, allowing you to plan sightseeing and outdoor visits. It is the best road trip in September.

Chennai to Puducherry: weekend road trip

Chennai and Puducherry lie at a distance of 160 Km from each other, around 4 hours away becoming the best bike trip in South India. It is the perfect quick weekend escape, a peaceful old French town with calm colors, heritage, and scenic beaches is a one-stop destination to loosen up and relax in the cool breeze. Not just the destination but even the journey is full of breath-taking stopovers.

CHennai city aerial view

The most popular route is East Coast Road (ECR), the attractive passage that rolls along the coastline of the Bay of Bengal. The shortest and fastest route covering the distance of 150 KM in 3 hours has exceptional sight of the sea on the one hand and the reflection of the sun laced with coconut trees on the other. Along the way, you can pull over to enjoy Madras Crocodile Park, Shore Temple, Pancha Rathas in Mahabalipuram, Cholamandal Artists’ Village, Kovalam Beach, and Alamparai Fort.

Another route is NH 32, which stretches for 165 km taking almost 3 to 3.5 hours to cover. On this route, you can stop to visit Arignar Anna Zoological Park, Muthalamman Temple, and the Palak river viewpoint in Kanchipuram.

The best time to embark on this journey is between October and February, as the climate is cool and pleasant. The idyllic sea town is best during this time to explore Auroville, Serenity Beach, Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple, and French Quarter. It comes under the best bike trip in South India.

Ahmedabad to Kutch- Road trip in the west

Ahmedabad-Kutch Road trip will take you from luxurious and vibrant festivities of glorious Gujrat to the scrubland and vast land with a patch of green, sand, and salt in about 9-10 hours, covering the distance of 400 km. It is an ideal road trip with the family to witness the full moon nights and the famous Kutch festivities stealing the label of best road trips in India by car.

Camel ride on a road trip from Ahemdabad to Ktuch

The best route for this road trip is NH 947 via Dhrangadhra and Viramgam. In Dhrangadhra, you can encounter numerous temples like the Radhakrishna temple and also Falku Dam. The second route is NH 27 via Gandhinagar, Mehsana, and Bhuj. In Bhuj, you can visit the Prag Mahal, known for its Italian Gothic Architecture and the Swaminarayan temple. It is always advised to start your journey early before the roads are jammed with traffic. The trip takes total of 5 days.

It is the best road trip in India in December. Between the months of November to February, the temperature drops, working in favor of bikers. The climate is amiable and relaxed. The land of white deserts adorns itself with color and craft bazaar flaunting its authentic handmade crafts as the legendary Rann Utsav begins.

Delhi- Agra- Jaipur, the Golden Triangle

The classic road trip, the Golden Triangle, should be a must for every road trip enthusiast as it weaves the diverse cities of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur into one thread via Yamuna Expressway and NH 8. It is the best place for a solo bike trip. Though the entire route stretches for 449 km, covered in 7 hours is extended for 3-4 days ticking off all the historical and archaeological sites at every stop.

Road trip fromthe capital city Delhi

Delhi to Agra via Mathura on Yamuna expressway takes 4 hours to cover 215 km. The first leg of your trip allows you to witness Jama Masjid, Red Fort, the Old Delhi, and Qutub Minar. Agra, the city of love, you visit the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, the historical and architectural jewels of the country. Now, you are off to the second leg of the journey to the Pink City Jaipur, lying 240 km away via Bikaner and Agra Road, taking 2-3 hours to reach. Along the way, you will visit Fatehpur Sikri. Jaipur is embellished with Havelis and forts, desserts, and bazaars filled with indigenous jewelry and textiles. The highlight of this trip will be City Palace, Hawa Mahal, and Amer Fort.

The 3 days road trip from Delhi is the best road trip in India and best place for solo bike trip. You take in the blend of 3 different cultures and traditions as you pave your way from Delhi to Jaipur. The best time to make this road trip is between October to mid-April, as January and February can be freezing, and in May and June, you melt with the scorching heat of 45°C.

Delhi to Lansdowne: most travelled road trip in North

Lansdowne is nestled in luxurious valleys of the Garhwal Himalayas, encircling hills, and thick pine and oak forest. In this short road trip from Delhi, you go from the hustle-bustle of an urban city to a tranquil small cantonment town. It is about 280 km away from each other and takes almost 6-7 hours to reach. On your way to Lansdowne, you pass through villages, towns, plains, and hills.

You can take NH 534, a longer but the best route to Lansdowne. The distance in this route is 277 km and takes approximately 7 hours. The best stopovers on this route are in Meerut, the Augurnath temple, Draupadi ki Rasoi; Khatauli, the best place to have a meal while enjoying the locally preserved natural habitat; in Bijnor, packed with numerous parks and a massive dam of the Ganges, the Bijnor Barrage and in Kotdwar, the Kalagarh Tiger Reserve and you begin the official mountain road as plain transforms into Garhwal mountains. The alternate route is via Dehradun Road and NH 7, which is shorter but is usually jam-packed, taking a longer time. It stretches for 272 km, taking more than 7 hours to complete and the entire trip taking total of 3 days.

There is no particular best time for this short road trip from Delhi; it depends majorly on the traveler’s convenience and many other factors. The weather in Lansdown is pleasant all around the year.

The long and tricky roads, the music playing in the background, and the wind blowing in your face while you munch on your favorite snack, are the best escape from the daily busy life. The brief interactions with locals, the brief stops on the dhabas, and the brief exposure to the real rural India are all the reasons you need to set your vehicle on the road right away. Take yourself or your family on a much-needed break, as it is not the destination but the journey that makes the trip beautiful.

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Bucket List - 10 Road Trips to Cover All of India

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Road Trips are the best way to explore the unknown with in you and outside. Not only it allows you to customize your itinerary the way you want but also it gives you complete freedom to visit places where no one else goes. India is a big beautiful country and to travel by road on one go you will need to spend a lot of days and of course huge fortune. To keep it less hectic and more fun for a middle class traveler. Let me put 10 road trips on the plate which will help one to know this country from all directions. Even after a lot of cuts and shortenings, these trips are very long road trips but you can always select one segment of one trip and cover remaining other segment in your next trip but you can trust one one thing that it will feed your hunger to travel for quite a long time as you can plan these trips with family friends or your special one and then again repeat it.

1. Leh & Srinagar:

12-18 days, 2500km, may - nov.

Delhi – Jammu (1Nt) – Srinagar (3Nt) – Kargil (1Nt) – Ladakh (3Nt) – Manali (2Nt) – Delhi

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This route does not need any introduction. Leh is a dream destination for all road lovers. Traveling in between snowy peaks of himalaya on the highest motorable road is an experience in itself. This does exist in bucket list of each and every road trip enthusiast. You can always clip this circuit to Leh-Manali-Leh or Srinagar-Leh-Manali as most of the group bike tours are planned in this region only. Knowledge to keep in hand is outsiders rented vehicles are not allowed to travel with in Leh so plan your expenses and itinerary accordingly.

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You can find tonnes of information available on internet for itinerary planning. Group bike tours are also available through tourist agencies which are safer and a good way to mingle with like minded people. A general notion is that this circuit is for adventure enthusiast only but if you are planning it with a family or child it is equally beautiful. However it is advised to have thorough knowledge of AMS and prefer to travel by SUV.

2. East Coast:

10 - 15 days, 2000 km, nov - feb.

Chennai – Mahabalipuram (1Nt) – Pondicherry (2Nt) – Pichavaram -Rameshwaram (2Nt) – Kanyakumari (2Nt) – Munnar (2Nt) – Yelagiri (1Nt) - Chennai

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While watching Chennai Express, you must be secretly desiring to experience the journey of Shahrukh and Deepika. Here is your chance to drive on glorious Pamban Bridge over the sea. Road conditions are pretty good and all the en-route destinations are well known for its scenic beauty and traditional culture. Food is scrumptious if you chose to eat at right places.

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You will experience unaltered ancient dravid culture as you go south. This trip will start with serene views of east coast road along with one of a kind ancient coastal town of Mahabalipuram and it will conclude at jaw dropping tea states of nilgiri hills in Munnar.

3. West Coast:

10 – 15 days, 2500 km, nov-feb.

Agonda– Karwar - Gokarna(1Nt) – Udupi(1Nt) – Coorg(1Nt) – Wayanad(1Nt) – Alleppey(1Nt) – Kovalam(1Nt) – Kodaikanal(1Nt) - Ooty(2N) – Mysore – Chikmagalur (1Nt) - Agonda

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It includes everything a traveler wishes for; Serene beaches of Gokarna and Kovalam, breathtaking ghats at Wayanad, heavenly food at Coorg, backwaters of Alleppey, glorious stories of Mysore and hill towns of Kodaikanal and Ooty.

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Goa or Bangalore is a perfect place to start the journey. Monsoon is a good season to experience the best of the northern region of the circuit while southern region is best explored in winters.All and all October to December is the perfect to treasure the spellbinding beauty of the region.

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5. Road to Bhutan:

7 - 10 days, 1000 km, oct–apr.

Siliguri – Phuentsholing(1Nt) – Paro(2Nt) - Punakha(1Nt) – Gangtey - Thimphu(1Nt) – Gorumara(1Nt) – Siliguri

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Indian passport holders do not need visa to visit Bhutan and it is easily accessible by road too. You can hire car or bike from Siliguri and ride it in Bhutan for a week, only country to rank Gyalyong Gakid Palzom, or Gross National Happiness (GNH), above GDP.

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For more enthusiastic traveller, continue forward from Punakha and exit to Guwahati on the other side of the map. Tiger Nest at Paro is one of the most beautiful treks in the world and visited by thousands of travelers.

6. Western Ghats:

7 day, 1000 km, jun - nov.

Mumbai – Lonavala(Della)(1Nt) – Satara - Ratnagiri(1Nt)– Chiplun - Mahabaleshwar(2Nt) – Tamhini – Kolad(Rafting)– Khopoli(Imagica)(1Nt) – Mumbai

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It is a list of weekend getaways for Mumbaikars which you can keep in your bucket list for each weekend of Monsoon. For others, you may have to do it in one go. Follow me on one thing, that is to visit western ghats in rainy season strictly and I can guarantee that you will return here every year. Mumbai or Pune is ideal base camp to explore the region. These are the places where journey is more beautiful than destinations.

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Visit Imagica and Della Adventures for some fun activities on the way. While exploring these unimaginably beautiful ghats you may find breathtaking small towns. Do not hesitate to spend a night or two in such innate places.

6. Royal Rajasthan:

10–12 days, 2400 km, nov–feb.

Delhi – Jaipur(2Nt) – Pushkar – Ajmer(1Nt) – Jodhpur(2Nt) – Jaisalmer(1Nt) – Mt Abu(1Nt) - Udaipur(2Nt) – Ranthambore(1Nt) – Delhi

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Royalty of Rajasthan is not only popular among local tourists, most of the foreign tourists visit India to experience the rich culture of this Rajputana State. Winters are ideal season to enjoy the traditional hospitality.

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This circuit can be completed either way, starting from Ranthambore or starting from Jaipur. Udaipur and Jaisalmer are the highlights of the trip, concluding it with a jungle camp and safari is a perfect way to end the long journey.

7. Road to Himalayas:

7 - 10 days, 1400 km, mar – sep.

Delhi – Rishikesh(1Nt) – Dehradun – Mussoorie(2Nt) – Chakrata – Auli(1Nt) – Kinnaur*(2Nt) - Spiti(1Nt) - Kufri – Shimla(2Nt) – Solan – Delhi

This is quite an impractical circuit and it is highly recommended to gather all the information which you can for the Kinnaur to Spiti leg because most of the time roads are closed and even when it is open conditions are not very good. Hill towns along the way are insanely raw and disconnected with outer world.

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Tick your bucket list for river rafting and bungee jumping at Rishikesh at the start of the circuit and enjoy the journey along the small towns of sacred Uttarakhand. A shortcut is moving directly from Auli to Kufri.

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8. Valley of Flowers:

7 – 10 days, 1200 km, may – sep.

Delhi – Lansdowne(1Nt) – Chopta – Valley Of Flowers(2Nt) – Kausani(1Nt) – Almora – Ranikhet(1Nt) – Nainital(1Nt) – Delhi

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Valley of Flowers is a lifetime experience in itself. It is a complete package of road trip, trekking and camping in wild. You will need to do medium level trekking to reach to the valley. It remains open for a very short period of year.

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While returning spend a day or two along the beautiful naini lake relaxing your legs after a the hard time of trekking.

9. Sikkim – Old Silk Route:

10 – 15 days, 800 km, may – nov.

Siliguri – Darjeeling(2Nt) – Pelling(1Nt) – Ravangla - Gangtok(3Nt) – Lachung(2Nt) – Nathula – Zuluk(1Nt) – Kalimpong(1Nt) – Siliguri

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My personal favorite is silk route which was used for trading from china to western and middle eastern countries. It is one of the most scenic routes on himalayas with a lot of hairpin bends. Sikkim is a cocktail of north eastern mix with other indian culture.

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Restricted Area Permit will be required to travel to Lachung, Nathula and Zuluk (Silk Route) which can be obtained at Gangtok. Keep a day spare in Gangtok for arranging same.

10. North East Road Trip:

10 – 15 days, 2000 km, mar – oct.

Guwahati – Tawang(2N) – Kaziranga(1N) – Majuli(1N) – Kohima(2N) – Haflong(1N) – Dawki – Cherrapunji(1N) – Shillong(2) – Guwahati

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To explore all the hidden gems in one go, a road trip of 2000 km passing through all major states of north east india is perfect. It will definitely take a long of time as traveling after sunset is not advisable except near Shillong.

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A trip from Guwahati to Tawang is a challenge in itself as weather conditions are extreme and you will find very few resources on the way. This region is volatile so better have a good knowledge of current affairs in the region and do not be too dependent on internet.

All above trips are designed with a proper research and analysis. However each circuit needs a detailed preparation of your own. Road trips always need some advance preparation for your vehicle, family and your own self (driver). You can also plan partial circuits and remaining destinations can be covered in during next trip as life is long and we have to keep traveling no matter what. Some areas of Gujarat, MP, UP, West Bengal & Orissa are not included in any of the trips because it consists of individual tourist spots which are difficult to link with each other but small trips of Araku Valley, Rann of Kutch, Golden Triangle of Agra, Puri and Kolkata and cultural circuit of Kashi, Khajuraho & Sanchi can also be planned with very little amount of research.

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Global NCAP’s new crash test protocols came into effect in July 2022, and in under two years, the organisation has tested 18 made-in-India models under the new norms. Compared to 10 years ago, when the Safer Cars for India campaign began , there are definitely more cars and SUVs scoring higher in the crash tests; out of the 18 models tested, half of them are 5-star rated cars and SUVs. Without further ado, here are the results of every India car and SUV tested by Global NCAP since July 2022.

It should be noted that Global NCAP is unlikely to perform more crash tests on made-in-India models as India’s own Bharat NCAP safety assessment programme has been inaugurated and has already begin testing cars . What is likely to be the last round of Global NCAP tests saw the Honda Amaze , Kia Carens and Mahindra Bolero Neo being put through the stringent crash test.

15. Citroen eC3 – 0 stars (20.86 points)

Citroen eC3 Global NCAP

The Citroen eC3’s zero-star rating comes despite scoring 20.86/34 points in adult occupancy protection (AOP) – the electric hatchback didn’t have ESC, its seatbelt reminders did not meet the organisation’s standards, and it did not comply with pedestrian safety norms. Protection for the driver and passenger’s chest, and the driver’s legs was also deemed to be less than adequate. The first EV to be tested by Global NCAP under the new norms, the eC3 currently has the lowest AOP rating among all the cars and SUVs tested by the organisation.

The eC3 has a score of 10.55 out of 49 for child occupancy protection (COP), earning it 1-star. This is due to a lack of ISOFIX child seat mounts, excessive forward exposure and head contact with vehicle interior for the three-year-old dummy in the front impact tests, and the 18-month-old dummy’s head was exposed in the side impact tests.

14. Maruti Suzuki Ignis – 1 star (16.48 points)

Maruti Ignis Global NCAP

Tested in the December 2022 round of tests, Maruti’s premium tall-boy hatchback scored 16.48 points (out of 34) in adult occupancy tests – 9.6 points in the frontal offset deformable barrier test and 6.91 points in the side movable deformable barrier test – which saw it receive a 1-star rating. With just 3.86 points out of a maximum 49, the Ignis was awarded zero stars for COP.

The hatchback’s body shell was also rated as unstable, it did not get ESC as standard at the time, and it didn’t meet pedestrian protection norms, all of which meant the Ignis received a lower score. Dual front airbags and ISOFIX anchors were standard at the time, though since then, the Ignis has been updated with ESC and is now said to meet pedestrian safety norms.

13. Maruti Suzuki Swift – 1 star (19.19 points)

Maruti Swift Global NCAP

Maruti’s answer to the Hyundai Grand i10 Nios,  the Swift, scored  19.19 points in the adult occupant protection test, giving it a 1-star rating. As for the side deformable barrier test, it scored 12.9 points out of 17, while it scored 16.68 points out of a possible 49 for COP.

Global NCAP also noted that the footwell area and the bodyshell were unstable, and it did not comply with pedestrian protection norms. As standard, the Swift comes equipped with dual airbags, ESC (not standard at the time of testing) and ISOFIX child seat mounts.

12. Maruti Suzuki Wagon R - 1 star (19.69 points)

Maruti Wagon R Global NCAP

Maruti Suzuki’s  Wagon R scored  19.69 points for AOP, including 13 out of 17 points in the side deformable barrier test, giving it a 1-star rating. There was no side pole impact test because the car does not have curtain airbags and it didn’t meet the pedestrian safety norms either. As for child protection, the Wagon R managed a zero-star rating, scoring 3.40 out of 49 points.

Furthermore, the footwell and bodyshell were also rated as 'unstable' and unable to withstand any further loadings. The Wagon R comes standard with safety equipment like dual airbags, ESC (not standard at the time of testing) and seat belt reminders.

11. Maruti Suzuki S-Presso - 1 star (20.03 points)

Maruti S-Presso Global NCAP

Like its siblings the Maruti S-Presso also managed  a 1-star for AOP, scoring 20.03 points out of a maximum of 34. In the side deformable crash test, it managed to score 11.9 points out of a possible 17. However, it was not subjected to the pole-impact test, since it did not have any form of side head protection, even as an option. For COP, it was awarded just 3.52 points out of a possible 49 (zero stars).

Testers also mentioned that the S-Presso’s bodyshell was unstable and not capable of withstanding further loadings. The S-Presso comes standard with dual airbags and seat belt reminders, while ESC is reserved for the AMT variants.

10. Mahindra Bolero Neo – 1 star (20.26 points)

Mahindra Bolero Neo Global NCAP

Mahindra’s Bolero Neo is built on an older platform, and was reported to have an unstable structure and footwell area, a lack of curtain airbags and seat belt reminders for all passengers, along with side-facing third-row seats. All this resulted in a 1-star rating for AOP, with a score of 20.26/34.

The Bolero Neo was awarded a child safety rating of 1-star (12.71/49 points) as Global NCAP noted the absence of three-point seat belts for all passengers, the lack of a passenger airbag deactivation switch, and there being only one child restraint system (CRS). While the three-year-old dummy was offered almost full protection, the SUV’s safety kit could not prevent head exposure during the frontal impact for the 18-month-old dummy.

9. Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 - 2 stars (21.67 points)

Maruti Alto K10 Global NCAP

Maruti’s smallest model has the highest Global NCAP rating – the Alto K10 scored 21.67 points in AOP, securing a 2-star rating. It was awarded 12.4/17 points in the side deformable barrier test. Global NCAP noted that the bodyshell was stable, and capable of withstanding further loadings, although the footwell area was rated unstable. However, the K10, like other Marutis here, doesn’t offer curtain airbags, and hence, it wasn’t subjected to the side pole impact test and it didn’t comply with the new pedestrian safety norms either.

As far as child occupant protection goes, the Alto K10 got just 3.52/49 points, for a zero-star rating. Standard safety features on the Alto K10 include dual airbags and seat belt reminders.

8. Honda Amaze - 2 stars (27.85 points)

Honda Amaze Global NCAP

The Amaze compact sedan scored 27.85/34 points and 8.58/49 points in AOP and COP, earning a 2-star and a 0-star rating, respectively. The reasons for the AOP rating include low chest and knee protection, and a lack of ESC, though the bodyshell was deemed stable. Honda had provided ISOFIX anchors as standard, though the Amaze still scored poorly in COP tests as the three-year-old dummy’s head made contact with the interior during frontal impact tests, and the 18-month-old dummy was ejected from the seat.

Whether the recent update to the Amaze’s safety kit will result in a better score from GNCAP is unknown as the Bharat NCAP safety assessment programme has been inaugurated, which means it’s unlikely to be tested again by the international organisation.

7. Kia Carens - 3 stars (22.07 points)

Kia Carens Global NCAP

Kia’s smaller three-row MPV, the Carens , received a 3-star rating (22.07 points out of a max of 34) for AOP, though that result arrived after a second test under the new norms. In the first round of testing under the new protocols, the Carens received zero stars for adult occupancy protection due to the driver dummy suffering neck injuries. The Korean brand is said to have immediately improved the restraint systems, which is what helped the MPV achieve its 3-star rating. Despite having six airbags as standard, an unstable bodyshell and that the seat belt reminders only fulfil requirements for the front seats marked the Carens down.

The Carens’s child occupancy score was 41 out of 49, earning a 5-star rating in this area. Kia’s MPV comes with six airbags, ESC, rear parking sensors, hill-start assist, rear disc brakes, three-point seat belts for all seats and ISOFIX anchors, as standard.

6. Hyundai Verna - 5 stars (28.18 points)

Hyundai Verna Global NCAP

Hyundai’s new Verna  was the first model from the Korean brand’s India portfolio to get a 5-star rating. The Honda City rival scored  28.18/34 points in adult occupant protection. In the side pole impact test, the Verna was rated ‘OK’, but the body shell was rated unstable and not capable of withstanding further loadings. The model tested was equipped with six airbags, ESC, ISOFIX mounts and seat belt reminders for all seats, as standard.

In the COP tests, the Verna scored 42 points out of 49 and it also complied with UN 127 and GTR9 pedestrian protection norms. There was a CRS (Child Restraint System) failure was noted after the side-impact test, but the manufacturer identified this as a one-off; Global NCAP performed a subsequent higher energy side-impact test and the CRS showed no further sign of failure.

5. Mahindra Scorpio N - 5 stars (29.25 points)

Mahindra Scorpio N Global NCAP

The Mahindra Scorpio N scored 29.25 points out of 34 in AOP tests, which earned it a 5-star rating. In the side impact test with a deformable barrier, the Scorpio N offered good protection, scoring 16/17 points and receiving an ‘OK’ rating for the side pole impact tests. Global NCAP mentioned that the bodyshell and the footwell area of the SUV were stable and capable of withstanding further loadings. The Scorpio N also met the new pedestrian safety requirements. As for standard safety features, the Scorpio N packs in two airbags, seatbelt reminders and ESC (optional on the Z2 and Z4 trims, standard on others). However, its COP scores weren’t as good – the Scorpio N scored 28.93/49 points, earning a 3-star rating.

4. Volkswagen Taigun/Skoda Kushaq - 5 stars (29.64 points)

Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq Global NCAP

Considering the Kushaq and Taigun are based on the same platform, it isn’t surprising that they have identical safety scores. VW and Skoda’s midsize SUVs were the first models to be tested under GNCAP’s new norms, and both received 29.64 points in AOP, securing a 5-star rating . Interestingly, Global NCAP used a two airbag version of the SUVs, while a six airbag version was used for the side pole impact test. In the former, the two scored 14.5 points out of a possible 17, while they received an ‘OK’ rating for the latter. Both SUVs also met the UN 127 pedestrian safety norms, but not the GTR9 norms.

Additionally, they also achieved a 5-star rating in the child occupant protection test, scoring 42 points. The testers also rated the bodyshell of the SUVs as stable and capable of withstanding further loadings. Standard safety kit on both includes dual airbags, ESC, traction control and ISOFIX child seat mounts.

3. Volkswagen Virtus/Skoda Slavia - 5 stars (29.71 points)

Volkswagen Virtus, Skoda Slavia Global NCAP

Like their SUV siblings, Skoda and Volkswagen’s midsize sedans also got a 5-star rating for adult occupancy protection, but with an even higher score of 29.71/34 points. The Slavia and Virtus earned 14.2 points out of a possible 17 in the side impact test with a deformable barrier, and received an ‘OK’ in the side pole impact tests. Also unlike the SUVs, the sedans met UN 127 and GTR9 pedestrian safety norms.

The Slavia and Virtus scored a high 42/49 in the COP tests, earning a 5-star rating. GNCAP noted that the bodyshell and the footwell area of the sedans were stable and capable of withstanding further loadings. Both are equipped with dual airbags, ESC, traction control and ISOFIX child seat mounts as standard.

2. Tata Nexon - 5 stars (32.22 points)

Tata Nexon Global NCAP

Tata’s Nexon compact SUV has been through a number of GNCAP’s crash tests, and in the most recent one, the Kia Sonet rival bettered its scores with 32.22/34 points for AOP and 44.52/49 on COP tests, giving it a 5-star rating in both categories. The pre-facelift Nexon had been awarded 5 stars for AOP and 3 stars for COP when it was tested in 2018. Incidentally, the Nexon facelift’s score was also the second highest in the Safer Cars For India campaign.

The Nexon provided adequate protection during the front impact, side-impact and side pole impact tests, except for the chest area in the last one. Standard safety features on the Nexon include six airbags, ESC, seat belt reminders, ISOFIX anchors and a passenger airbag disabling switch.

1. Tata Harrier/Safari - 5 stars (33.05 points)

Tata Harrier Global NCAP

Tata’s flagship SUVs, the Harrier and Safari , are currently the highest rated models by Global NCAP; both get 5-star ratings in adult occupancy and child occupancy protection. The SUVs scored 33.05 out of 34 points in AOP tests and the body shell for both were rated as stable and capable of withstanding further loadings. Meanwhile, in the side impact test with a deformable barrier, the SUVs had “good protection” for the head, chest, abdomen and pelvis. In the COP tests, the Harrier and Safari scored 45 points out of 49. Standard safety features on both SUVs include six airbags, ESP, three-point seat belts with reminders for all seats, ABS with EBD and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

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9 caravans to hire for a road trip around India 

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Caravans let you park anywhere you like and stop by beautiful sites that you may have stumbled upon along the way.

Fancy having a beach, forest or a lake as your backyard? Caravans let you park anywhere you like and stop by beautiful sites that you may have stumbled upon along the way. What’s more, these homes on wheels allow you to holiday without the need to share a space with strangers. Here are some caravans companies to consider when you’re ready to go:

9 caravans to hire for a road trip around India

The start-up was launched by adventure enthusiasts Raman Jolly and his wife, Shalini, and son, Siddharth, in October 2020. The caravans accommodate up to six people. Where you can go: Carawander has curated campsites in multiple destinations in Rajasthan, including Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Ranthambore and Jodhpur. These campsites provide safe parking spots, charging points, access to electricity and social activities. Besides Rajasthan, you can drive their motorhomes to any destination of choice, provided the driver finds a safe parking spot in those locations. Amenities: The motorhome features a queen-size bed and two foldable beds.

9 caravans to hire for a road trip around India

The vehicles are solar-powered and are also equipped with a washroom, a kitchenette, refrigerator, microwave and coffee machine, a TV, Wi-Fi, camping and barbecue supplies, night vision cameras and air conditioning. Driver: The caravan comes with a driver as well as a helper. The option of self-driving is not available. Cost: The six-people motorhome costs Rs20,000 per day, including the driver and helper fee. The company also gives complimentary fuel for the first 250km per day.  Contact: Website /+91-6006795522.

9 caravans to hire for a road trip around India

The Delhi-based start-up was the lockdown brainchild of four friends Jigyasu Joshi, Himanshu Jangid, Yogesh Kumar and Pranav Sharma who love exploring around the country. The company features two types of caravans that accommodate three and five people. Where can you go: The vehicle needs to be picked up from Delhi and you can drive anywhere you like. Some of the itineraries planned by the company include trips from Delhi to Sikkim, Kutch, Chitkul in Himachal Pradesh and Chopta in Uttarakhand. Amenities: The ‘fine’ model that accommodates five people features a master bed, two sofa-cum-beds, two berths, a washroom and a kitchenette with utensils and a barbeque grill. It also comes with camping tents, chairs, bedsheets, pillows and blankets.

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The ‘Rare’ model has room for 3 adults, and is meant for rough terrains. Stocked with similar amenities as the bigger campervan, this jeep is perfect for the thrill seekers. The roof of the van opens up to a bunk bed. Driver: The vehicle comes with a driver and a caretaker. Though self-drive is not an option, you can request the driver to allow you take over the wheel for some time. Cost: The cost for the five-people caravan is Rs6,000 per day, including the driver’s cost, while the caravan for three costs Rs5,500. Fuel charges, state tax and road tolls will have to be borne by the customer. Contact: Website /Call +91 8851953747.

9 caravans to hire for a road trip around India

Last year, the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation collaborated with Motohome, so people can travel within the state without getting on a flight or taking a train. Where can you go: Motohom is currently only operational in the state of Maharashtra. The company offers packages to Maharashtra’s many forts, beaches and hill stations.

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Amenities: The company offers multiple models, ranging from a 40ft van that seats nine to 10 people, a 27ft vehicle that is comfortable for seven people and a Force Traveller Caravan model that houses up to six people. The largest one comes with a “rooftop terrace”, a queen bed, multiple folding beds, a living space, fully equipped kitchenette and a washroom. The Force Traveller Campervan has a detachable tent for the roof of the vehicle ideal for two people. The vehicles are equipped with a flatscreen TV, air conditioning, WiFi and other amenities. Driver: Usually, the vehicle is rented with a driver as well as a helper, but Motohom gives you the option of driving yourself as well. Cost: From Rs23,700 to Rs40,000.  Contact: Website /9833395881.

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In June 2020, the Bengaluru-based start-up rolled out a fleet of premium homes on wheels. The company has tied up with a host of campsites you can visit around Karnataka. Where can you go: Sites around Karnataka such as Hampi, Bheemeshwari, Bandipur and BR Hills. At the campsites, people can get access to electricity. The company also has tie-ups with resorts and restaurants, so explorers can taste the local food.

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Amenities: The motorhome is equipped with two beds. The rear lounge converts into a queen bed and the front folds into another one. The kitchen is loaded with basic utensils, a fridge, microwave and induction ranges. There is a fully functional bathroom and toilet with solar panel and hot water. It also has air-conditioning, WiFi, a GPS device and 360-degree cameras. Driver: The vehicle comes with a driver. Cost: From Rs25,000 to Rs70,000 depending on your location. A trip to Bheemeshwari would cost approximately Rs30,000 per day for two travellers and a visit to Hampi can go up to Rs70,000 per day.  Contact: Website /Call +91 88673 54347

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The Delhi-based caravan service started in 1998 is the brainchild of Sanjay and Bina Saini. Besides Delhi, the caravans are also available for hire in Bengaluru and Bhopal or other parts of Madhya Pradesh. Where can you go: You have the freedom to choose and create your own itinerary, but they also offer packages to destinations such as Ladakh, Goa, Mukhteshwar and other places in Uttarakhand, and Himachal Pradesh. Amenities: The company offers vehicles that can accommodate between two to 12 people. While the amenities and facilities vary depending on the travel route and the size of vehicle, here are a few features that all campervans include"

  • Living areas that can be converted into beds.
  • A safe, microwave and fridge along with a mini kitchen with burners, a sink and basic cutlery and crockery.
  • Bathrooms that have running hot and cold water.
  • Motorhome Adventures also offers Club on Wheels, a party caravan with a bar, DJ cabinet, lounge area, a dance floor, smoke room and more besides the basic features.

Driver: A driver and helper accompany you on your journey. Cost: A four-berth vehicle starts from Rs27,000 and the bigger vehicles could go up to Rs35,000. These amounts include fuel and rent. Toll charges, state tax, driver and helper fees are not inclusive. Contact: Website ; Call +91-9871063984.

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The dearth of caravan rentals in India encouraged Rahul and Neha Soman to launch WOW in 2016. Where you can go: Caravans are available in cities around the country, including Mumbai, Indore, Nagpur, Pune, Jaipur and Ahmedabad.  Amenities: The caravans can accommodate between four to 10 people. Depending on the number of travellers and the location, the features may change. The larger campervan has nine births which come with pillows and blankets. They also have on board a bathroom with hot water, and a kitchenette with a barbeque, microwave, fridge and gas range. Air conditioning is available free for four hours. after which travellers will be charged on an hourly basis. The caravans are equipped with speakers and a TV. Cost: Starts from Rs15,000 per day for a four-seater van and Rs27,000 for a nine-seater. The cost is inclusive of the driver fee, taxes and fuel. Self-drive is not an option.  Contact: Website ; 083808 66111

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The Guwahati-based company has completely changed the way one would use a TATA Xenon. They have tents which can be attached to the roof as well as one to place on the floor. Where you can go: Camping Co. rents 4x4 jeeps and vehicles to explore any state in North-East India, including Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. Amenities: A camping kit that has sleeping bags, mattresses, and basic utensils. Unlike other campervans, this jeep does not come with washrooms and kitchenettes. They have tied up with various campsites in different locations to park and camp. Here you can also use washrooms, electricity and other facilities. Driver: The vehicle is self-driven. You could hire a driver for Rs1,500 Cost: The cost for the Xenon is Rs3,000 per day for two people and the Xenon Annex, which comes with a floor tent, costs Rs3,499 per day. The charge for every additional person is Rs360 per additional person.

Contact: Website

Green Dot Expeditions

9 caravans to hire for a road trip around India

In the winters you can take a road trip around Rajasthan and Kutch and in the summers Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh aboard the spacious overland truck Taurus, which is owned by Capt. Suresh Sharma. Where can you go: You can choose to camp by the banks of the Indus river in Ladakh or the sand dunes of Jaisalmer, or a secluded beach in Kutch. Green Dot Expeditions offers a variety of itineraries to choose from in these states. Amenities: The vehicles can accommodate up to eight people. Here are some of the amenities on board:

  • Eight front-facing reclining and pushback seats
  • Two toilets, one on board and another one which is portable.
  • Solar panels to charge cell phones, cameras, laptops, etc.
  • Camping equipment such as tents, chairs, stools, tables and hammocks and barbeque
  • Lockers and space to accommodate bags
  • A kitchenette with high-pressure burners and cookware
  • The onboard crew will prepare all meals, including breakfast, lunch, evening tea and snack, and dinner

Driver: Captain Suresh Sharma accompanies you on your journey. Self drive is not an option. Cost: From Rs7,000 to Rs12,000 per day Contact: Website

Trippy Wheels

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Sanjna Hangal and Vathsala Rangegowda's common love for road trips and the caravan life gave birth to Trippy Wheels. The five caravans that are parked in Bengaluru are not just cosy, but super fun to look at. They are spray painted by artists with all things funky and colourful. Where can you go: Hampi, BR Hills, Hirekolale Lake, Dubare Forest Camp, Kundapura, Bhadra Sanctuary, Sakrebayalu, Tala Kaveri, Dandeli and Yana. You can also take a journey outside of Karnataka to Goa or Andhra Pradesh. 

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Amenities: Trippy Wheels’ largest caravan can sleep eight people. It features central air-conditioning, a kitchenette with a stove, utensils, crockery, cutlery and storage facilities. It has charging points, lights, a fan, music system, an outdoor barbeque facility, board games, chairs and a tent to camp out.The caravan does not have a washroom, but there will be a driver who will guide you with partner hotels you can stop at to freshen up. Driver: The caravan has a designated driver and self-drive is not an option.  Cost: Rs3,000 per person/per night  Contact: Website

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