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Short Road-trips in India that you must Experience once in your Lifetime!

Feed fuel to your car/bike, follow the dialogue – “Main udna chahta hoon, daudna chahta hoon, girna bhi chahta hoon bus rukhna nahi chahta”. And, let Arijit sing “Illahi, ” to you and get rolling on these amazing roads in India.

These road trips, are a must experience for those who are looking forward to experiencing a memorable time with their friends. It is also for those who are stuck within walls but have their minds wandering to places in their imagination. When you’re behind the wheel, nothing else seems to matter but the journey. All your worries and sorrows speed past you like the trees and the hills that seem to be in a fast forward mode.

Here are Rakhduu’s picks for the most exciting short road trips in India:

1. Mumbai to Goa


Thanks to Dil Chahta Hai for giving this route the essence of enthusiasm that its beauty truly deserves. NH 17 is a beautiful highway that keeps you happy, motivated, enthusiastic and in utter anticipation of the fun that lies ahead.

How can a road trip to Goa not be fun? When you start spotting rows of coconut trees and small roads dotted by colorful homes, you know you have entered Goa.

2. Guwahati to Tawang


The route from Guwahati to Tawang is teeming with nature’s best sights. Less traffic and well-maintained roads give you some moments to take in the gorgeous scene that unfolds on every turn. Stop at the Barapani Lake to take in the beauty and watch out for the joyous waterfalls prancing in the laps of the hills.

From Buddhist culture to Yak cheese, from peaks wearing the thick veil of snow to Indian Army camp. This road trip will kill the toxicity brewing inside you and fill you with glee and the spirit of an adventurous. The roads are in an optimal condition and there’s so much to see on the way.

Plus, the yummy momos, hot tea, and Maggie joints on the way are cherries on top!

3. Dalhousie to Killar


The handsome mountains for your company, this drive is sure to leave you astonished for a long time. You can stop at Chamba if you’re not feeling very adventurous but if you are willing to take the risk, you will be awarded glacier views that will leave you speechless. The Himalayas greet you in all their shining glory and the stark contrast in scenery will surprise you at every corner.

4. Vishakhapatnam to Araku Valley


The endless mirage of hills overlooking the Bay of Bengal is a sight to behold on this route. The green of the hills seems to blend in with the waters and what you get is an unparalleled vista throughout this journey. The roads are extremely well maintained and there are waterfalls along the route if you plan to drive in the monsoons.

The curly roads, the gentle elevation and the sweet serenity of the hills make it an amazing road trip in south India and will etch a permanent place in your heart for an eternity.

5. Bangalore to Bandipur Forest


One cannot put forward a list of awesome road trips without accounting for one that is taken along a forest. The Bandipur Forest route to Bangalore is one of the most beautiful trips through forests in India, that you’ll ever take.  One can take the same road to Ooty from Mysore passing through Bandipur National Park.

Have a road trip with friends in a car with a sunroof, singing all the way. You might spot deer nonchalantly crossing the road. There’s no better manner of paying your respects to this charming highway!

Taking around 5 hours, this stretch is 235 km long. There are various places for stopover and eating options along the route including McDonalds and Cafe Coffee Day.

6. Bangalore to Nandi Hills


For best of experience, leave from Bengaluru at wee hours of the morning so you can catch the majestic view of the sunrise (approximately at 6:08 am) from Nandi hills.

Somewhere at the beginning of the route, you will find vineyards and grape sellers enthusiastically running towards your car carrying extremely tempting looking grapes. The elevation is smooth, the hairpin bends are interesting, and the sight of joggers and cyclists riding through the path will fill your heart with utter glee.

Once at the top, the breathtaking view of the Sun rising above the thick sheet of clouds is a delight. The weirdly built tree houses will definitely be the second highlight of your entire experience after

7. Ahmedabad to Kutch


The Great Rann of Kutch, Wild Ass Sanctuary, and the gorgeous local handicrafts are the key features of this seemingly otherworldly land. Take a road trip from Ahmedabad and let the smooth ride through this strange beauty surprise you.

Soak up the culture and the white beauty of the Rann, enjoying yourself completely.

8. Kolkata to Digha


Any Kolkatan will swear by this road journey. The road is basic and pleasing, great for revving up your vehicles, lined with green patches all throughout.

Digha is a favorite weekend trip option for many East Indians for its short and sweet appeal. It has cute beaches that make for a perfect weekend getaway.  Almost every mile has memorable photos to click! Walk along the beach or ride a pony in the shallow waters, two days here will take your mind off things and let you relax.

9. Bangalore to Munnar


The route from Silicon Valley of India to the city famous for its tea plantation is picturesque and green at its best! Roll through the hairpin bends and mostly easy roads (except for the ghat section). And for the hunger pangs, there are many eateries on the way offering treats for your taste buds.

10. Manali to Leh


No matter what adjectives you use, words can never perfectly describe the beauty of snow clad mountains that north India has to offer. This particular highway offers one of the best road trip experiences.

The beauty of road trip from Manali to Leh cannot be captured in words. Wouldn’t it be fun to cruise along that road in all its snowy glory in an open jeep or a Bullet? Ah! So Pretty!

Running a total length of approx 490 km, the highway passes by some of the world’s highest mountain passes including Rohtang La (13, 051 ft), Baralcha La (16,050 ft), Lachulung La (16,598 ft) and Taglang La (17,480 ft).

What’s important to note here is that the highway remains open for only about 4 and half months a year. During summers, between May and June when the snow is cleared from the roads, and mid-October when snowfall blocks the mountain passes.

The best idea is always to explore as much as you can, yourself. After all, nothing can beat the thrill of being on the road, right? So which one is the closest to you? Have you explored any of these? Give us your reviews in the comment box below.

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