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10 Most Scenic Road Trips In India
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10 Most Scenic Road Trips In India

Road trips provide an excellent opportunity to cherish the journey more than the destination. It gives a chance to explore the small offbeat and less visited places during the journey. If you have come across such unforeseen surprises on your way, you would love this article. We have put together some most scenic road trips routes across India that one must not miss out on driving.

Konark to Puri in Odisha

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With flawless and empty roads, the ride from the Sun temple town of Konark to the sacred city of Puri is highly picturesque. One can witness two different landscapes while on this road with the sea on one side and forest on the other. While passing through the forest area on the way, the sunshade formed by the trees on either side of the road is a sight to behold.
Distance – 35 kilometres; Travel Time – 1 hour

With flawless and empty roads, the ride from the Sun temple town of Konark to the sacred city of Puri is highly picturesque. One can witness two different landscapes while on this road with the sea on one side and forest on the other. While passing through the forest area on the way, the sunshade formed by the trees on either side of the road is a sight to behold.
Distance – 35 kilometres; Travel Time – 1 hour

Mandapam to Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu

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Driving on the Pamban Bridge for 2.5 kilometres is the highlight of this road trip. While entering the bridge, the sea seems to swallow the road making it more adventurous and scary. The road runs parallel to the rail bridge and gives a beautiful view of the mighty sea. The vehicles often sway with the forceful push of the wind.
Distance – 40 kilometres; Travel Time – 1 hour

Goa to Gokarna on Konkan coast

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The scenic beauty of the road from Goa to Gokarna gets better and better in every couple of minutes. Goa to Gokarna road trip is one of the best coastal drives giving one a chance to experience the change in dialect, food, and the landscapes. The coconut and palm trees on either side of the road sway with the fresh air that the Arabian Sea throws towards the land.
Distance – 145 kilometres; Travel Time – 3.5 hours

Mumbai to Pune in Maharashtra

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Riding on India’s first 6-lane highway from Mumbai to Pune is thrilling. Sadly 2-wheelers are not allowed on this road, but driving a 4-wheeler is an amazing experience in itself. The 2-wheelers will have to take the old Mumbai-Pune highway. The drive is scenic with villages, valleys and mountain views and one will pass through the popular hill stations like Lonavala and Khandala.
Distance – 150 kilometres; Travel Time – 3 hours

Chennai to Pondicherry in Tamil Nadu

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The East Coast road connecting Pondicherry with Chennai runs along the Bay of Bengal coastline. This road trip gives a varied experience of the urban setting (Chennai), the lost city (Mahabalipuram) and the French setting (Pondicherry). Hopping along the many beaches that come on the way on one side and few lakes that you can see on the other side makes this road trip irresistible.
Distance – 153 kilometres; Travel Time – 3.5 hours

Shimla to Manali in Himachal Pradesh

With Beas River streaming alongside, the Shimla to Manali road trip is just amazing. It is one of the best drives to unwind and relax. The road passes through the majestic mountains and the lush green valleys that can inspire any artist and excite any globetrotter. One can also spot plenty of pine trees, deodars, and apple orchards on the way.
Distance – 250 kilometres; Travel Time – 7 hours

Jodhpur to Jaisalmer in Rajasthan

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The drive from the Blue city of Jodhpur to deserts of Jaisalmer is quite different from the ones mentioned in this article. The road passes through the desert with golden sand and barren land as far as one can see. A drive during the night is especially recommended as one can spot the enchanted sky full of stars and meteor showers due to close to zero light pollution. The culture and history of the state of Rajasthan blend in beautifully with the journey.
Distance – 285 kilometres; Travel Time – 4.5 hours

Ambala to Khab in Himachal Pradesh

Also famous as the Silk Route or NH22 highway, this Hindustan-Tibet road is also considered as the ‘Deadliest Road’ in the world. But as they say, beauty lies in adventure, the whole stretch of the highway is exceptionally scenic. This drive is not for the weak hearted though! The journey is treacherous and eventually takes one to the last inhabited village on the Indo-Tibet border.
Distance – 430 kilometres; Travel Time – 13 hours

Guwahati to Tawang in North East India

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This is a 5-6 day long road trip that takes one through frozen lakes, snow-clad passes, and colourful monasteries. One has to arrange for a permit to enter the state of Arunachal Pradesh.
It’s also fun to get to know and speak with the various tribal communities and know more about their culture while on the trip.
Distance – 450 kilometres; Travel Time – 15 hours

Manali to Leh across Himachal and J&K

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Driving through the snow-covered Himalayas on the Leh-Manali highway with Chenab River flowing parallel to the road is magical. Riding on this road in an open jeep or on a bullet is highly popular. The curvy roads and gentle elevations add charm to the adventurous ride.
Distance – 470 kilometres; Travel Time – 15 hours

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