7 Challenging Road Trips In NE India You Have To Try in Your 30s! | HolidayIQ Blog

7 Challenging Road Trips In NE India You Have To Try in Your 30s!

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HolidayIQ Travellers list some of the best road trips in North East India that you can make.

1. Guwahati to Tawang

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This rough yet beautiful drive 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. HolidayIQ Traveller Subhrajit Gupta shares, “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.”

Approximate Distance – 521 km

Estimated Driving Time – 10 hours

Pit Stop – Along with Dirang, another good stopover before heading your way to Tawang is Tezpur, the cultural capital of Assam. With several historical ruins dotting the landscape, the stop is ideal for photography aficionados.

2. NJP to Darjeeling

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Lush tea gardens and scenic meadows of Bagdogra, curvy terrains, narrow passes, evergreen pine forests, waterfalls and lush tea gardens will keep you accompanied all through the trip. HolidayIQ Traveller SS shares, “Enjoy the beautiful mountains on the way, stop for a chai (Tea), enjoy momos and local delicacies. Make sure you have your camera handy to click some nice view along the way. Do try some black tea, if you have mountain sickness carry abomin or just eat apple before the travel, make sure you don't travel on empty stomach.” Adds Traveller Abhishek Sinha, “There are actually two ways of going to Darjeeling from Jalpaiguri. We took the route via Mirik Lake and Nepal Border. The journey was very comfortable and scenic. There were a lot of tea gardens on the way and the path was very hilly. The tea in Mirik is a must try. It was the most awesome tea I ever tasted in my life and it costed only Rs.10.”

Approximate Distance – 68 km

Estimated Driving Time – 2 hours 20 mins

Pit Stop – Sample some succulent momos or savour piping hot noodles at Hema Hotel.

3. Gangtok to Lake Tsomgo and Nathu-La Pass

Gangtok to Lake Tsomgo and Nathu-La Pass Share source: travel-blog.waytoindia.com

Tsomgo Lake, also known as Changu Lake is a glacial lake in Sikkim and located at an altitude of 12,310 feet. It's located 35 km from Gangtok town and on the Gangtok-Nathula Highway. This is one of the few and awesome high altitude lakes in India. The lake becomes doubly attractive with the reflections of the surrounding hills on the water. A must for the adventure lovers, this trip introduces you to the magical beauty of Sikkim. HolidayIQ Traveller Kavita Rao shares, “This is a must see while in Gangtok. The best way is to leave it to the travel desk people to organise everything from permit to car. Very scenic drive though the roads are not very good but being maintained to the best possible. You need a whole day to see the other sights on the way and visit the lake. The lake is spectacular and the rare atmosphere makes one a little light headed but an exhilarating experience.”

Approximate Distance – 40 km

Estimated Driving Time – 1 hour

Pit Stop – Relish some chowmein at Tsomgo.

4. Darjeeling to Pelling

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HolidayIQ Traveller Satyendra Dwivedi shares, “We drove from Darjeeling to Pelling by Innova. Even though it was big vehicle, we had bumpy ride. From Darjeeling we went to Namchi first via Jorethang. From Namchi via Ravangla, we reached Pelling. Our purpose was to cover south sikkim while going to Pelling. On the way we saw tea gardens, river, old bridges, colorful villages. When we left Namchi, it started raining. On the way to Ravangla we had fantastic experience of clouds. Clouds were everywhere.”

Approximate Distance – 73 km

Estimated Driving Time – 2 hours

Pit Stop –  Stop by the little village bazaars and sip a cup of locally-brewed tea.


5. Guwahati to Shillong

Guwahati to Shillong Share source: Sandydessert

HolidayIQ Traveller Deepak shares, “Nice to visit Shillong. The roads were amazing to drive any car. The beautiful scenario of Shillong is mesmerise us. In the road, during transportation we halted for some time in Nogphu for tea and snacks. In the road all the amenities are available for tourists. There are no any problem we face during the journey. Our driver also a expert one. He made us reach Shillong in two and half hours. There are really huge road now a days built by the Government. Therefor tourists are now very much feel comfortable in the journey since traffic jams are less in number. The coolness of local people and their hospitality really provide us a great experience in the tour.”

Approximate Distance – 98 km

Estimated Driving Time – 2 hours 30 mins

Pit Stop –  Stop at the little place after the Burnihat Bridge. This is a small eatery, nice clean place that serves good food.

6. Shillong to Cherrapunjee

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Always be safe and alert while driving in the hilly areas like Cherrapunji as the road are narrow at some places with sharp turns. HolidayIQ Traveller Srejith shares, “The journey from Shillong to Cherrapunjee is a great experience through some unique landscapes. One can see patches of pasture lands, cliffs, deep forests and yes, the plains of Sylhet in Bangladesh. On the way to Cherrapunjee there is a small waterfall. There is also a newly discovered cave on the way, which is worth a visit.”

Approximate Distance – 53 km

Estimated Driving Time – 1 hour 20 mins

Pit Stop –  Savour local food from food stalls at Police Bazaar.

7. Kalimpong to Zuluk Loops

Kalimpong to Zuluk Loops Share source: holidayiq.com

Get your adrenaline pumping on this exciting road trip from Kalimpong to Zuluk! There could be nothing beeter than driving on the Zuluk Loops. The road through Zuluk makes almost 32 hairpin turns to reach Lungthung, which makes it a unique engineering feat. HolidayIQ Traveller Shouvik Chowdhury says, “It was an awesome trip to the place that falls on the silk route - Zuluk. The silk route bends, clear peaks, Kanchenjunga and the snowfall made my trip to Zuluk a mesmerising one!” HolidayIQ Traveller Avijit Maji says, “An excellent drive! The lovely Zuluk Loops, Gnathang Valley, Padamchen, Kupup Memencho Lake and the Silk Route bends.”

Approximate Distance – 88 km

Estimated Driving Time – 2 hours

Pit Stop – Get some packed lunch from home and try to stop at  the river Reshi at Reshikhola to enjoy a late lunch on the banks.

Road Trip Checklist

Get your car or motorbike inspected by a trusted mechanic to make sure it is good for the trip.

Rest for a few days prior to the trip so that you’re ready to make the most of all the time you have.

Stock up a first aid and an emergency kit.

Pack as light as you can so that you have plenty of room available for those great souvenirs.

Charge your power bank so that your phone and camera does not die midway.

 So what are you guys waiting for? Just pack up, fuel up your ride, and hit the road.

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

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