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20 Road Trips Every Serious Indian Traveller Must Take

East coast road - Chennai to Pondicherry

You can always hop inside 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 car or bike. Tank it up, stock it with travel essentials and voila!


1. Delhi-Leh 

Delhi to Leh
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HolidayIQ Traveller P M says, "Awesome view everywhere. We have visited so many monastery and other places within 15 days. Best places are the passes where the nature is at it's natural."

Travel route: Delhi- - Chandigarh -- Mandi - Kullu - Manali - Rohtang La - Kokhsar - Tandi - Keylong - Darcha - Sarchu - Pang - Upshi - Leh 

Distance: 990 km
Time taken: 3 days

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.

2. Jaipur to Jaisalmer


HolidayIQ Traveller Anand Tejuja says, "The roads are very well-maintained and the view along the road was too good with lots of peacocks to be seen on the roads." HolidayIQ Traveller Jasvir Singh adds, "You get great views of the sand dunes along the road and the favorite food of barmer city is found easily in everywhere, and the taste is superb."

Travel route: Jaipur - Merta Road - Jodhpur - Mathaniya - Osiyan - Phalodi - Ramdevra - Pokaran - Lathi - Jaisalmer

Distance: 570 km
Time taken: 9 hours

Travel tip: Do make a pitstop at Kumbalgarh to visit the Kumbalgarh Fort and the Kumbalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. 

3. Mumbai to Goa


HolidayIQ Traveller Guneet says, We travelled from Mumbai to Goa via Pune, Kolhapur, Amboli, Sawantwadi. The route is pretty good and overall journey was around 600 km." HolidayIQ Traveller Ganesh adds, "According to me travelling by car on this route is most fantastic experience. The road crosses many rivers and mountains and many beautiful temples and waterfall."

Travel route: Catch the NH 17 and its one beautiful road right up to Goa!

Distance: 615 km
Time taken: 10 hours 

Travel tip: The roads are beautiful. All you do is look out of the window and be amazed by the picturesque views.


4. Bangalore to Coorg


HolidayIQ Traveller Ambarish Das says, "The drive from Bangalore to Coorg is 250 km of pure bliss. Roads where you can drive without clutch. There are road signs everywhere, with well marked hill roads, comfortable yet exciting bends and inclines, crisp air and coffee plantations hugging the route. That is in a nutshell the drive to Coorg."

Travel Route: Bangalore – Bidadi – Ramanagaram – Chennapatna – Mandya – Srirangapatna – Mysore - Yelwal – Hunsur – Bylakuppe – Kushalnagara – Suntikoppa – Madikeri/Coorg.

Distance: 260 km 
Time taken: 5 hours

Travel Tip: Avoid entering Mysore City and escape the traffic by taking a bypass from Srirangapatna. Barring a 30 km stretch, just before reaching Coorg and the bypass, the road is in excellent condition.

5. Jaipur to Ranthambore

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HolidayIQ Traveller S Nath says, "Travelling by car from Jaipur to Ranthambhore is really a nice experience, except 25-30 km rest of the road was quite good. It took us 3-4 hrs if you don't have break in between. I suggest you visit the fort on the way." HolidayIQ Traveller Viahal adds, "Roads are really good and are in good condition. Lot of shops and dhabas on the way. Signages were very clear. Small tits bits available throughout the journey like samosa, kachori, pakodi, fruits." 

Travel route: Jaipur - Basi - Lalsot - Justana - Ranthambore

Distance: 180 km
Time taken: 4 hours

Travel tip: Preferably, take the route via Tonk. It takes more time but the roads on this route are in better condition. 

6. Kolkata to Kumaon 


The change in landscape and on this road trip is incredible. A family of four or a group of friends, this road trip is convenient for all age groups as there are pumps and restaurants at regular intervals, the roads are great and the trip will give you a chance to discover varied destinations en route, right from the ghats of Varanasi to the foodie delights of Kanpur.

Travel route: Kolkata - Durgapur - Varanasi - Allahabad - Kanpur - Pilibhit - Kumaon

Distance: 1300 km
Time taken: 4 days

Travel tip: If you plan to explore Binsar on the way, drive down from Almora towards Binsar where you will find a German Bakery on the main road. It serves delicious pizzas and 'thukpa'. 


7. Ahmedabad to Diu


HolidayIQ Traveller Arun Jain says, " there are some excellent Jain temples with good dharamshalas and bhojanalayas near Bhavnagar and one in Mahuva too. Those who are cautious about good quality food can pay visit to these excellent Jain temples enroute." HolidayIQ Traveller Hardik Soni adds, "The road was awesome and we didn't face any problem there. "  

Travel route: Ahmedabad - Bavla - Bagodra - Dholera - Bhavnagar - Tahaja - Mahuva - Diu

Distance: 380 km
Time taken: 8 hours 

Travel tip: A pitstop at Dholavira is a must to explore the temple built by Swaminarayan. 

8. Mumbai to Mount Abu


HolidayIQ Traveller Bakul Reddy says, "The roads are normally good in Gujarat and the best part is to climb up the mountain to reach Mount Abu. It was a great experience to travel by car as it was the first time I had taken my car up to the hill, all together it was a memorable experience. The internal roads at Mount Abu were satisfactory and convenient for new comers and sign boards were appropriate."

Travel route: Mumbai - Palghar - Dahanu - Vapi - Valsad - Bharuch - Vadodara - Nadiad - Ahmedabad - Himmatnagar - Abu Road - Mount Abu 

Distance: 745 km
Time taken: 12 hours

Travel tip: NH8 is a preferred route. There are several filling stations and dhabas en route. 

9. Guwahati to Tawang


HolidayIQ Traveller Himadri Protim says, "I really did had one of my best journey's here in Arunachal Pradesh. The snow clad mountains, the Indian Army camp, hot tea in Sela Pass, the glorious story of rifleman,  lunch in jung, Ani Gompa, the Buddhist culture, the yak cheese."  HolidayIQ Traveller Subhrajit Gupta adds, " From Guwahati to Bhalukpong via Tezpur, the entire road is excellent. Its 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, specially if it is a full moon day. The journey through the Nameri Reserve Forest is splendid."

Travel route: Guwahati - Bomdilla - Tawang

Distance: 480 km
Time taken: 9 hours

Travel tip: While going to Tawang to Guwahati, go via Bomdilla. On the route there are number of roadside stalls that offer tea, momos and maggi. 


10. Ahmedabad to Kutch


To the land, which is barren and white adorned by vibrant people, Kutch is a land of contrasts. A memorable drive from Ahmedabad to the town will give you a chance to discover the Rann of Kutch, a Wild Ass Sanctuary and precious local handicrafts.      

Travel route: Ahmedabad - Viramgam - Dhrangadhra - Halvad - Lakadia - Bhachau - Bhuj

Distance: 400 km
Time taken: 7 hours

Travel tip: Do visit Hodko village in Kutch to shop for some local handicrafts.

11. Chennai to Yelagiri


Escape to the erstwhile colonial retreat - Yelagiri - to beat the city heat. This quaint little town surrounded by hills with hairpin bends is god sent for bikers. Popular for some of the best trekking trails through thick reserve forests across India, the hills are a true delight to the trekker.

Travel route: Take the Pollamani Road out of the town to reach Pollamani Town. From Pollamani, take the Bangalore Highway to reach Vellore, which is 140 km from Chennai. From Vellore, continue towards Vaniyabadi and keep a lookout for the signboard pointing to Yelagiri. Take that road, cross Ponneri in between and reach Yelagiri Hills, about 22 km away.

Distance: 228 km
Time taken: 4 hours

Travel Tip: Beware of rock falls as they are common during monsoon.

12. Mumbai to Tarkarli


HolidayIQ Traveller Sushil Vengurlekar says, "Excellent road trip to Tarkarli along the Konkan Stretch with awesome scenic view. It is always preferable to have our own vehicle as travelling becomes convenient and you can enjoy the local scenic beauty without wasting time. Roads were great and plenty of restaurants near by." 

??Travel route: Mumbai - Lonavala - Kolhapur - Gaganbavada - Kasal - Malvan - Tarkarli

Distance: 535 km
Time taken: 9 hours

Travel tip: Take the NH 17 from Mumbai. At Kasal, take the SH 108 to reach Tarkarli. The route is scenic and worth the long drive. 


13. Bangalore to Munnar

Bangalore to Munnar
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HolidayIQ Traveller Sebastian says, "This was good adventurous trip with ghat road, forests and wild life and misty route. The route is very scenic and you will be forced to stop at many places in this route." HolidayIQ Traveller Bhupesh adds, "The lush greenery of tea gardens and smell of fresh air will keep you fresh through the journey."

Travel Route: Bangalore - Hosur- Krishnagiri - Dharmapuri - Salem - Perundurai – Kangeyam – Dharapuram – Udumalaipet – Marayoor - Munnar

Distance: 476 km
Time taken: 10 hours

Travel tip: This is a no cell phone coverage zone! Be prepared to stay disconnected.

14. Delhi to Jaipur


HolidayIQ Traveller Virender Garg says, "It is a great drive from Delhi to Jaipur. There are lots of good dhabas on this highway in NH-8. The roads are good wide 6 lane highways." HolidayIQ Traveller Mukesh adds, "It was a great trip by car, we ate very tasty food at roadside dhaba’s."

Travel route: Delhi - Agra - Fatehpur Sikri - Jaipur

Distance: 275 km
Time taken: 5 hours

Travel tip: Before approaching Jaipur, on NH 11 visit the Sharma Dhaba for some mouth-watering Rajasthani food.

15. Hyderabad to Kannur

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Craving for a long drive ride? Take a break on calm, more like private beaches of Kannur. The excellent stretch between Hyderabad and Bangalore is comfortable and can be covered easily in 8 hours. 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.

Travel route: Hyderabad – Shamshabad – Shadnagar - Kurnool - Gooty - Anantpur - Penukonda - Bagepalli - Chikballapur - Devanahalli

?Travel route: Hyderabad – Shamshabad – Shadnagar - Kurnool - Gooty - Anantpur - Penukonda - Bagepalli - Chikballapur - Devanahalli

Distance: 897 km
Time taken: 14 hours

Travel Tip: The bumpy roads at Virajpet can be avoided if you take the road via Coorg.


16. Chennai to Pondicherry


HolidayIQ Traveller Priyam Goyal says, "We took a road trip from Chennai to Pondicherry. The ride gets very smooth and pleasant after Golden Beach. The entire East Coast Road (ECR) is very scenic and driving along the sea is a lot of fun. The ECR is lined with eateries, resorts and amusement parks. Basera and Sagar Dhaba are some must try places. You can stop for a tour of Madras Crocodile Bank, Muthukado Boating Center, MGM Amusement park. The journey from Chennai to Bangalore takes roughly 2 hours and the roads are good for most parts."

Distance:160 km via ECR 

Time taken: 3 hours
Travel tip: Tank up at Pondicherry and some save money on fuel!

17. Kolkata to Digha


HolidayIQ Traveller Gautam says, "The road is smooth and safe, comfortable to drive, three and half hours from Kolkata to Digha. It's a beautiful experience driving on NH-6 in the morning, then the Haldia Road is also excellent. From Nandakumar to Digha, the road is single but smooth."

Travel route: Kolkata - Vidyasagar - Setu - Kolaghat - Nimtouri - Bajkul - Kanthi - Digha

Distance: 180 km
Time taken: 3 hours

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. 

18. Delhi to Dehradun

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Md Faizi says, "Overall journey by road was good. We saw Shivaji Temple in Dehradun and were able to enjoy the scenic view of the hills. Enjoyed the home made food and dhaba food on the way. I actually travelled with my friend and was able to enjoy each and every moment of the journey."  

Travel route: Delhi - Meerut - Muzaffarnagar - Sahranpur- Dehradun  

Distance: 255 km
Time taken: 5 hours

Travel tip: The route is prone to regular traffic jams     .  


19. Darjeeling to Pelling

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HolidayIQ Traveller R Chitra says, "Start in early morning by 7.00 am from Darjeeling, so that you reach peeling by noon." HolidayIQ Traveller Chandramohan adds, "The route is hilly and is covered totally with tea gardens. On route you can have tea to drink and can see tea gardens which is a good view and the overall journey we had was good."

Travel route: Darjeeling - Kalimpong - Manpur - Jorethang - Geyzing - Pelling 

Distance: 110 km
Time taken: 3 hours

Travel tip: Do check weather updates before embarking on the road trip as the route is prone to blockages due to harsh weather conditions.

20. Kolkata to Puri

Kolkata to Puri

From the City of Joy 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. 

Travel route: Kolkata - Kolaghat - Panskura - Kharagpur - Kuliana - Betnoti - Basinga - Balasore - Bhadrakh - Cuttack - Pipli - Puri

Distance: 500 km
Time taken: 11 hours
Travel tip: The road conditions are usually not great between Balasore and Bhadrakh. Try and cover the stretch during the day.  




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