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5 Road Trips for the Ardent Biker

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You can always hop on a train or take a short flight to your next holiday destination. But, predictability in travel can be a little boring, don't you think? Why not hit the road instead. All you need is a bike. Tank it up, stock it with travel essentials and voila!

5 Road Trips for the Ardent Biker:

  1. Kochi (Cochin) (Kerala)
  2. Manali (Himachal Pradesh)
  3. Jodhpur (Rajasthan)
  4. Tawang (Arunachal Pradesh)
  5. Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu)

1. Kannur to Kochi

source: Rizwanuddin Rafiq, HolidayIQ reviewer from Bhopal, visited Kochi last year

The 280 km drive from Kannur to Kochi traverses the Arabian Sea for most of the entire journey. Notable pitstops on the way include Mahe, Kozhikode, and Guruvayur

HolidayIQ reviewer Maya says, "Kochi is a fantastic holiday spot! The greenery is amazing and one feels in commune with nature. Fort Kochi is lovely it is like stepping back in time with quaint shops selling antiques and authentic Kerala cuisine."

Shijo tells HolidayIQ, "If you are in Kochi and want to spend an evening outside, Marine Drive is a good place to go. Walking on the well-maintained pathway facing the backwaters and taking the boat ride to the shipyard and watching the illuminated Kochi in the night is a very good experience. There are lot of eateries nearby."

2. Manali to Leh

source: Vandana Sharma, HolidayIQ reviewer from Bangalore, visited Khardung la last year

The 490 km journey from Manali in Himachal Pradesh to Leh in Kashmir and connects Manali valley to Lahaul and Spiti valleys and Zanskar valley in Ladakh. It is one of the most exciting roads to ride on in the country. 

Guramrit tells HolidayIQ, "I loved to visit Leh via road from Manali. It was a wonderful experience to pass through many passes like Changla Pass, Baralanchla Pass, Lachulangla Pass, Khardungla Pass and many more." 

Guramrit adds highlights on this journey saying, "Khardungla pass is the highest motorable road and is 39 kms from Leh. Baralacha pass was very dangerous pass and there was snow everywhere and a thin road to pass. On the way to Leh sometimes we crossed water on the road and sometimes snow, which was the best experience I could ever have." Another place one must visit is "Pangong lake, which is 5 hours from Leh, to see crystal clear water and we were able to see 7 colours of the water as it changes. We enjoyed in the water for 2 hours and did not want to go back. People who want to stay there can avail the facility of tents, which are good enough." adds Guramrit. 

3. Delhi to Jodhpur

source: Mayur k, HolidayIQ reviewer from Kolhapur visited Jodhpur last year

This journey of approximately 700 km takes you through the erstwhile seat of Indian royalty. Through interesting pitstops of Jaipur and Ajmer the road trip promises to leave an impression on the travelers it hosts. 

Narendra tells HolidayIQ, "Delhi to Jodhpur by road is indeed a wonderful idea. the road is wide and it is an enjoyable drive. I shall suggest you visit Bharatpur, the great bird sanctuary, or drive direct to Ajmer and spend a day. Also, visit the kapardaji jain tirth and have your food there. On the way be sure to enjoy red chilli fields near Bilara and try some local preparations for snacks and tea." 

Srivats suggests HolidayIQ travellers stay a night at Country Inn & suites by Carlson Ajmer while on this trip, "we used it as a midway break on a long drive from Delhi to Jodhpur. It has great location. Service is good."

4. Guwahati To Tawang

source: Rajat Ghosh, HolidayIQ reviewer from Mumbai visited Tawang this year

This rough yet beautiful drive, of 521 km, from Guwahati can be made relaxing and a lot more convenient by making a stop at Dirang, an attractive valley town. Once in Tawang, you can spend your time in the lap of nature and participate in the morning prayers with monks

Subhrajit Gupta, HolidayIQ reviewer describes his road trip by saying, "Arunachal is indeed a paradise. People who loves to travel within the country and enjoys the natural beauty should visit Arunachal. From Guwahati to Bhalukpong via Tezpur, the entire road is excellent. It’s a six lane NH upto Tezpur. Enroute you will get around three km long bridge over the Brahmaputra. From Tezpur to Bhalukpong you should travel in evening time, especially if it is a full moon day. The journey through the Nameri Reserve Forest is splendid. It takes around eight to nine hours to reach Bhalukpong from Guwahati on road. From Bhalukpong the journey starts towards Tawang. The road is by the side of river Jio Bharali. Its excellent. The journey upto Dirang is quite enjoyable. After Dirang the road conditions are pretty bad. You will be frightened to cross the 26 hair pin bends spread over 26 km of journey, due to extremely bad road conditions. But after this portion roads are again moderate. You shall the famous Se La Pass and Jaswant Garh on the way to Tawang.”

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5. Chennai - Pondicherry - Kanyakumari

source: Priyanka Kochhar, HolidayIQ reviewer from Amritsar visited Kanyakumari last year

Drive along the Coromandel Coast, 720 km between Chennai and Kanyakumari via Pondicherry, to see ancient heritage sites, beaches and waterfalls.

HolidayIQ reviewer Balaji says, “Chennai to Pondicherry is a 140-km-drive. Drive on the beautiful East Coast Road (ECR ) and you can reach Pondicherry in solid 80 minutes! There's a toll on the outskirts of Chennai. The road is smooth without any bumps for the full stretch.” HolidayIQ reviewer Amit Rao adds, “Pondicherry-Villupuram-Trichy-Madurai-Tirunelveli-Kanyakumari is the only best route. It will take around 8 hours at a stretch. Recommended that you halt and go. Start in the afternoon and make a halt at Madurai.”

The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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