Get away from all the rustle bustle of this tedious life, into the wilderness, closer to nature!
With minimalistic packing, 4 friends, 1 SUV and a carefree mind, just put the pedal to the metal and onto the trips we have listed.
They ought to inspire you, relieve your stress and unpack the love in your hearts. No elaborate planning is required, just go with the flow, let the thrill of your SUV be your guide (Still, Don’t forget google maps!)
10. Bangalore to Munnar
Distance: 476 km
Time taken: 10 hours
Travel Advice: The popularity of Munnar as the most favored summer tourist spot dates back to the colonial days. Let the wheels roll through smooth roads; for most part of it except for a few places in the ghat section. You have enough and more places keep you hunger away.
Route: Bangalore – Hosur- Krishnagiri – Dharmapuri – Salem – Perundurai – Kangeyam – Dharapuram – Udumalaipet – Marayoor – Munnar
Travel tip: This is a no-cell-phone-coverage zone! Be prepared to stay disconnected.
11. Delhi to Jaipur
Distance: 275 km
Time taken: 5 hours
Travel Advice: Board on this road trip to be overwhelmed with a mix of culture, heritage and wildlife. Visit Agra for the Taj Mahal, Ranthambore for spotting the tiger, and Jaipur for its exquisite heritage structures and palaces.
Route: Delhi – Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur
Travel tip: It's the Golden Triangle and the roads are definitely good. Before approaching Jaipur, on NH 11 visit the Sharma Dhaba for some mouth-watering Rajasthani food.
12. Hyderabad to Kannur
Distance: 897 km
Time taken: 14 hours
Travel Advice: Craving for a long drive ride? Take a break on calm, more like private beaches of Kannur. There are plenty of fuel stations throughout the journey and you can taste some of the best local cuisines along the highway. The beef biryani is to die for.
Route: Hyderabad – Shamshabad – Shadnagar – Kurnool – Gooty – Anantpur – Penukonda – Bagepalli – Chikballapur – Devanahalli
Travel Tip: The bumpy roads at Virajpet can be avoided if you take the road via Coorg. You will take longer to reach Kannur.
13. Chennai to Pondicherry
Distance:160 km via ECR
Time taken: 3 hours
Travel Advice: Breathe in the architecture and the French culture. The route to Pondicherry is among the best drives one can get off Chennai. Look out for the huge salt making set-up somewhere 50-60 km from Chennai. The curvy roads will surely excite the riders but at some points it is curvaceous to the point of being risky.
Travel Tip: Tank up at Pondicherry and some save money on fuel!
14. Kolkata to Digha
Distance: 180 km
Time taken: 3 hours
Travel Advice: A perfect short trip this summer! Digha's beaches, sea food and its laid back lifestyle is just what you need from that holiday you have been waiting for.
Route: Kolkata – Vidyasagar Setu – Kolaghat – Nimtouri – Bajkul – Kanthi – Digha
Travel tip: Start really early from Kolkata, preferably at 5, or leave after 12 pm, to avoid traffic jams. Ideally, leave early, reach Kolaghat by 7.30 for a hearty breakfast.
15. Delhi to Dehradun
Distance: 255 km
Time taken: 5 hours
Travel Advice: Cruise on the NH-58 and pass idyllic towns and villages to reach Dehradun from Delhi. Great places to escape the summer heat of Delhi, at Dehradun, let your hair loose and relax or indulge in trekking, hiking and skiing.
Route: Delhi – Meerut – Muzaffarnagar – Sahranpur- Dehradun
Travel tip: The route is prone to regular traffic jams
16. Darjeeling to Pelling
Distance: 110 km
Time taken: 3 hours
Travel advice : This is a trip you should take just to experience the journey. Pass through gorgeous valleys and mountains as you head towards Pelling from Darjeeling.
Route: Darjeeling – Kalimpong – Manpur – Jorethang – Geyzing – Pelling
Travel tip: Do check weather updates before embarking on the road trip as the route is prone to blockages due to harsh weather conditions.
17. Kolkata to Puri
Distance: 500 km
Time taken: 11 hours
Travel Advice: To the land of beaches and the Jagannath Temple, the drive from Kolkata to Puri is less explored but worth the drive. Travellers can discover many smaller towns on the way including Kuliana and Basinga, which are otherwise, not popular on the tourist map.
Route: Kolkata – Kolaghat – Panskura – Kharagpur – Kuliana – Betnoti – Basinga – Balasore – Bhadrakh – Cuttack – Pipli – Puri
Travel tip: The road conditions are usually not great between Balasore and Bhadrakh. Try and cover the stretch during the day.
18. Delhi to Leh
Distance: 990 km
Time taken: 3 days
Travel Advice: The road is open for traffic from June to September. Whether you travel by car or by bike, the ride is spectacular. The passes of Barlacha La, Rohtang Pass, the rivers Beas and Chandra, and a beautiful landscape will greet you. Throughout the route popular stops include Sarchu and Keylong.
Route: Delhi – Chandigarh – Mandi – Kullu – Manali – Rohtang La – Kokhsar – Tandi – Keylong – Darcha – Sarchu – Pang – Upshi – Leh
Travel tip: Make sure you fill up your tank at Tandi as the next petrol pump on the route is 365 km away. As the altitude increases after Sarcha, the road condition worsens. Make sure you are geared with all travel essentials including rain gear, woolens and food.
19. Goa to Udupi
Distance: 301.5 Km
Time taken: 6 hours
Travel Advice: Start at Karwar, an ancient town renowned for its seafood. Further, on the Gokarna stretch; stop off at the beautiful Om Beach. For the night, park yourself at the Turtle Bay Resort near Kundapura. Next, drive along NH-66 that runs along Maravanthe beach and the Suparnika river, creating a spectacular visual effect.
Travel Tip: near Udupi, explore the century-old Kapu light- house and the St. Mary’s Islands, where Vasco da Gama landed in 1498.
20. Dehradun to Nainital
Travel Time: 6 hours
Travel Advice: Get your adrenaline kick with all the turn and twists in the highway and upon arriving at the destination treat yourself with the magical views of Nainital.
Route: Take the Bazpur – Kaladungi road either via Haldwani or to Nainital direct. Although Kaladungi to Nainital drive is isolated. Be careful and don't take the bypass from Najibabad, else you might land in Bijnor.
21. Srinagar to Leh, Zoji La Pass
Travel Time: 8 h
Travel Route: National Highway 1D (NH 1D), also known as Srinagar-Leh Highway, is a National Highway entirely within the state of Jammu & Kashmir in North India that connects Srinagar to Leh in Ladakh
Travel Tip: Witness the mesmeric hills, magical mountains and the pictorial valley of Frass, Kargil and lot more during this road trip.
Road trips aren't measured by mile markers, but by moments. Take time out of your busy schedules to do some of these at least once in your life. Youll be amazed at how liberating an experience it is!