“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.”
― Jack Kerouac, On the Road
Travelling solo on a bike or with a gang of BFFs/families in a car, road trips are getting trendier day by day. It is only because nothing can replace the excitement and the real adventure feel that comes with it! Read on as we bring to you top 8 road trips that you must take in 2016!
1. Gangtok to Nathula Pass via Lake Tsomgo
Offering heavenly views across its surroundings, the Gangtok to Nathula Pass road via Lake Tsomgo is one of the best road trips of North East India. A must for the adventure junkies, this trip is challenging because of hilly terrain and twisted roads. This trip introduces you to the magical beauty of Sikkim and its lesser explored natural marvels, and ends in the Indo-China border of Nathula.
Distance: 55 km
Duration: 3 hours
2. Bangalore to Bandipur Forest
What can be more exciting than taking a road trip along a dense forest? The Bangalore to Bandipur Forest route offers you this opportunity where you can admire verdant greenery all around and may also spot a deer crossing the road. There are a number of stopovers and eating options along the route viz. McDonald’s and Café Coffee Day that will take care of your hunger.
Distance: 235 km
Duration: 5 hours
3. Kolkata to Digha
Driving through green patches and picturesque landscapes, this route will finally take you to the seaside resort town of Digha. The roads are smooth, so driving is safe and comfortable. As there are plenty of dhabas on the route, you don’t need to carry food from home.
Distance: 180 km
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
4. Delhi to Manali
This route is ideal for all those who love peaceful valleys and snow-covered mountains. A bike ride or drive by car along the Beas River to Manali promises to reward you with surreal vistas of nature. As Manali is famous for its adventure sports, you can try paragliding, trekking, rafting or skiing to explore your daring side.
Distance: 570 km
Duration: 12-14 hours
5. Guwahati to Tawang
The ultimate road trip for bikers, this route features snow-clad mountains, the Indian Army camp, colourful Buddhist flags and beautiful monasteries. Its stopovers include places such as Cherrapunjee, Imphal and Kaziranga. As the roads are bumpy, narrow at times and terrains are steep, driving to Tawang requires skill and experience. The best time to take this road trip is between March and October.
Distance: 480 km
Duration: 9 hours
6. India-Myanmar-Thailand Route
The Trilateral Highway that connects three countries viz. India, Myanmar and Thailand, will be completed by 2016. So you must not miss this one! The highway begins from Moreh, a border town situated in Manipur and ends at Mae Sot in Thailand. Starting from New Delhi, you’ll drive through Agra, Lucknow, Guwahati, Shillong, Bagan, Mandalay, Naypyidaw and Yangon before arriving in Bangkok- the final destination.
Distance: 4500 km
Duration: 14 days
7. Jaipur to Jaisalmer
From the Pink City of Jaipur to the Golden City of Jaisalmer, this road trip lets you experience the vibrant culture and royal heritage of Rajasthan. The roads on this route are in excellent condition, promising you a smooth ride. Driving through an array of different villages and towns, with Jodhpur as a nice stopover, you’ll finally reach the stunning city of Jaisalmer.
Distance: 555 km
Duration: 9 hours
8. Mumbai to Mount Abu
This pleasant trip takes you to the only hill station of Rajasthan, Mount Abu. The journey will take you through urban towns, villages and then up the hills, letting you witness the transition from heavily populated Mumbai to scantily occupied Mount Abu.
Distance: 758 km
Duration: 12 hours
Now that you know about the top 8 road trips, do tell us which one of these you would love to try in 2016.