Why fly when you can instead take control of the wheel and explore the world at your own? Nothing can be more relieving and exciting than hitting the road with the windows down and volume up with a bunch of your girlfriends. Especially, in a country like India, so colossal and diverse, the beauty of a road trip just gets up a notch. We have taken the responsibility for listing down few most beautiful road trips to take. So, fuel up your tank, pack your essentials and you are ready to go!!
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Chennai-Pondicherry // 151 km // 3 hours 30 minutes
The ride to Pondicherry does not just take you to a different city but to a different era altogether. Pondicherry retains the old world charm due to hundreds of colonial buildings, churches, and statues. Chennai is connected to the colonial town through one of the most scenic roads in the country, the East Coast Road.
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The coastal road is surrounded by the Bay of Bengal on one side and lush green vegetation on the other. The road crosses the Cooum and Adyar rivers in the city and runs parallel to many beaches such as Marina, Palavakkam and Neelankarai beaches.
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Bengaluru-Ooty // 274 km // 6 hours
With sweeping tea gardens, vegetable farms, lush green vegetation, lakes and enchanting resorts, Ooty is undoubtedly the queen of peninsular India. Surrounded by some of the highest peaks of the Nilgiri Hills and its proximity to major cities such as Coimbatore, Mysuru, and Bengaluru has made it a haven for tourists.
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The journey totally changes after Mysuru as the road mostly passes through small towns, rural areas, and a tiger reserve. The surroundings go through a complete makeover after Gundlupet as the National Highway 181 starts. The road passes through the Bandipur National Park, which is also a tiger reserve. This trip is breath-taking and soothing at the same time.
Delhi-Auli // 9 hour 40 minutes // 375 km
In the company of lofty peaks, surrounded by conifers and oaks, lies the numero uno skiing and hiking destination in India—Auli. Nestled in the Garhwal ranges of Uttarakhand, Auli attracts hordes of domestic and foreign tourists in winters when its slope is perfect for skiing. Wooden huts to rest at night and panoramic views of majestic snow-capped peaks to daze in the day, make Auli a perfect holiday destination.
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As a wise man once said, “the journey matters more than the destination,” the drive to Auli is as good as the destination. Driving on the winding, hilly roads, cutting through deodar and pine trees is a mesmerising experience.
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Coimbatore-Munnar // 156 km // 4 hrs
Rolling hills around Munnar are carpeted in emerald-green tea plantations, contoured, clipped and sculpted like ornamental hedges. A small four-hour drive from Coimbatore to Munnar is assumed as one of the beautiful drives in India.
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The huge windmill farms along the way is a sight to behold. The first halt along the way can be at Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary. Located within the sanctuary, Thoovanam waterfalls proves to be another fantastic attraction of this place. It is a delight to have two famous tourist attractions in such proximity.
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So, whether in the north, east, west or south, India offers a plenitude of roads and destinations that make for the most enthralling road-trips; pack your travel essentials, choose your look and get ready to tick off the bucket list.