Nancy B. Varghese
With the scorching summer behind us, we have beautiful October skies and long weekends to look forward to! Read on to discover some of the best scenic road trips in India that you should plan with your besties before the year ends!
Known as the French Riviera of The East, Puducherry is a haven for all those seeking some much-needed relaxation from the busy life in a metropolis. The stunning drive on the East Coast Road will rejuvenate your senses, giving you a view of the pristine beaches along the Bay of Bengal.
Some of the popular sites you can see on the route are: Mahabalipuram - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kalpakkam, Kovalam Beach, Tiger Caves, and the famous Alambara Fort.
Distance: 160 km
Time: 3.5 hours
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If you are a nature enthusiast with a soft spot for diverse flora and fauna, this route has to be on your list of road trips to take. The Araku Valley boasts of rich biodiversity, surrounded by the Sunkarimetta Reserved Forest.
Some of the spots that you can see on the way are: Borra Caves, Galikondalu view point, Padmapuram Garden, and Chaparai.
Distance: 114 km
Time: 3 hours
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Stop at this beautiful valley town of Dirang to experience nature in all its glory. Head on over to Tezpur ahead to sample a piece of the cultural history and visit ruins along the way.
For all photography lovers: This road trip will fill you with a sense of pure awe of mother nature, as you create some of the most surreal images on your journey.
Distance: 566 km
Time: 14 hours
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Once you take your leave from the pulsating energy of Mumbai, make your way to gorgeous mountain views and lush green terrain stretching for kilometers. This road trip is best enjoyed during the monsoons. You’ll get a glimpse of the beauty of Maharashtra in all its splendour.
The must visit spots enroute have to be Lonavla and Khandala; both teeming with scrumptious food, and several streams and waterfalls to look forward to.
Distance: 160 km
Time: 3 hours
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Between April and September is when you can enjoy the best scenic views and landscapes on your trip. Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are both places that must be on your go-to destinations if you love the fresh mountain air.
Head on to places like Dharampur, Sunset Point, Christ Church and Monkey Point in Kasauli for a memorable trip.
Distance: 182 km
Time: 5 hours
The Ranthambore National Park is now infamous, thanks to the crowd that flocks to see the royal tigers that you can spot lounging in the wild. The park remains open between October and June, and hence it would be the best time for you to get packing.
Other spots that you can visit enroute are villages like Lalsot and Balsi, that’s sure to give you much needed relief from the quintessential city life.
Distance: 170 km
Time: 4 hours
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Road trips along coasts and beaches are the best kind. And the one from Kolkata all the way to Digha is a joyride, to say the least. With dhabas dotted along the route leaving you spoilt for choices of food, the weekend spot is a favourite amongst the residents of Kolkata.
May it be walking on the sandy shores of the beach or taking a pony ride in the salty coastal air, the journey is sure to leave you rejuvenated inside out.
Distance: 183 km
Time: 4.5 hours
So when are you buckling up for that road trip you’ve been waiting for?
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