There is something about road trips that attracts more people than other modes of transport. Guess it is the freedom to take whichever way you want to and it reminds me of the famous line from a poem by J. R. R Tolkien ” Not all those who wander are lost”. Explore the roads less travelled. These scenic Indian roads will quench your wanderlust and prove that it’s all about the journey!
Explore the best scenic Indian roads:
Vizag to Koraput
Why You Should Go: Winding Eastern Ghat roads, dense sandalwood forest throughout the way, wildlife spotting in the dawn or dusk, stay overnight in the hillside cottages by Jungle Bells APTDC at Tyda.
Be alert: There are several sharp hair pin bends, Maoists/ Naxalites infested area
Route: Visahkapatnam – Pendurthi – Kottavalsa – Srugaravarapu – S. Kota – Araku Valley – Koraput.
Distance: 213.5 km ( 5 hours)
Leh to Turtuk (Nubra Valley)
Why You Should Go: Drive through world’s highest motorable road at Khardungla Pass ( 5359 meters), see the Bactrian Camels, must visit the lush green village of Turtuk dotted with apricot trees, appreciate the unique Balti lifestyle.
Be Alert: High altitude sickness happens often, an experienced driver or bikes are prefered in this route.
Route: Leh – Khardungla Pass – Diskit – Turtuk
Distance: 205 km ( 6 hours 15 mins), Stopping at Diskit highly recommended
Shimla to Kaza
Why You Should Go: Late summer, early autumn will let you see the fall colors around Nako Lake, buy Spiti tea and fresh green peas from Mud village, stunning, yet scary landscapes throughout, mouthwatering momos and thukpa can be your breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Be Alert: Sharp bends, poor road conditions, occasional landslides, stream crossings
Route: Shimla – nako lake -tabo village-mud village-kaza
Distance: 442 km ( 10 hours)
Bomdila To Tawang
Why You Should Go: Explore virginal and pristine towns of North-East, pit stop at Dirang a quaint little valley town, breathtaking views of snowcapped mountains as you drive to the upper Himalayas, local crafts make for great souvenir to take home, go through the dramatic Sela Pass.
Be Alert: Sharp hair pin bends, steep gorges beside the roads
Distance: 170 km ( 6 hours)
Gangtok to Zuluk
Why You Should Go: To see part of the Lhasa to Kalimpong silk route, to see the rolling green hills covered with rhododendron in summers, avoid the crowds in North Sikkim.
Be Alert: of wildlife, get acclimatised.
Route: Gangtok to Zuluk/ Kalimpong to Zuluk (alternative route)
Distance: 92 km (2 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours)
Bangalore to Agumbe
Why You Should Go: Travel via Kudremukh through the picturesque SH66, go during monsoon to see the green hills and lush rainforests throughout.
Be alert: If travelling early morning expect fog, less visibility
Route: Bangalore-Kudremukh- Agumbe
Distance: 410 km ( 8 hours)
Dharchula to Munsiyari
Why You Should Go: Meandering along Kali and Gauri river, drive through the mighty Himalayas with no living being to be seen within miles, driving through a waterfall just before Madkot.
Be Alert: poor road conditions, landslides, rugged roads especially after Jauljibi
Distance: 93 km ( 2 hours 12 mins)