INDIA…a country which is laden with so many treasures within it is boundaries that are rich with flora, fauna, heritage, culture, tradition and history that no wonder, makes us say ‘Incredible India’
Yes, there is much difficult access of the areas, but what is fun without having a Best Road trip experience where you could explore more than expected? churns out some of these best and offbeat
THEPOST24 churns out some of these Best and Offbeat Road Trips which are worth your Time, Buck, Energy, and Petrol!
DELHI TO LEH
One can easily see the best of the North Indian Landscape right from the Gangetic Plains to the Himalayan mountains where one would be witnessing the passes like Rohtang, Barcha and Tanglang. Then comes the heaven on earth Leh where one go via World’s Highest Motorable Road Pass at Khardung-La and witness the best of the Buddhist monasteries and the surroundings.
KANNUR TO GOA
A beautiful ride along the Western Coast of India is worth your time and space where you transit from the Malabar Coast to the Konkan Coast. Start off from Kannur early morning and crossing Kasargod, have your Breakfast at Mangalore where you could even halt for a day, or you could go to Gokarna or Karwar for a day’s stop where you have the Arabian Sea along with you with Beautiful Religious Shrines, forts and their remains and even views of fishermen or port’s activities. Next day you cross and greet the enthralling experience of Goa which welcomes you with its old churches and beaches. If you are a ruthless driver, start at 4 AM at Kannur and reach Goa by 5 PM, not forgetting to play “Dil Chahta Hai” songs in the midst!
GUWAHATI TO TAWANG
One of the Best Trails to witness the natural beauty of the North-East which starts from Guwahati, following the river Brahmaputra and then a halt at Tezpur which is sandwiched between the mighty Himalayan mountains and Brahmaputra. This iswhere you go to Bomdila which also witnessed the ferocious battle of 1962 Indo-China War and reached Tawang which houses one of the Largest Buddhist Monasteries in the World. En route you will also meet the shrines of some Famous Soldiers of the ’62 war like Jogindergarh and Jaswantgarh where you can stop for some snacks too.
OLD SILK ROUTE
The traces of the Famous Silk Route are be found in India in areas such as Leh, the border areas of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Sikkim where the lattermost is still the most active not only for trading but for travelling as well. Within the spots lying on this route, one could find the crystal clear lakes such as Kupup, Tsongmo and Aritar, waterfalls like Mandakini and the capital city of Gangtok from where you get the official permit to visit the Nathu-La Pass which is one of the rare strategic border posts used as a trading post as well. On the route, you also find Sorethang, a small Indian town where you would find Chinese Goods at wholesale prices coming directly from Nathu-La which are to be sent to Gangtok and other markets. In between, you will find the best of the Eastern Sikkim valley, Thambi View Point which is an old route between Gangtok till Silk Route and still active with zig-zag roads and view of Kanchenjunga peak as well. Valleys with the river Teesta flowing, heritage homes, Himalayan peaks, old Sherpa and other tribal settlements.
KUMAON TO KOLKATA
This could be even shot as a documentary for a Travel Vlogger or Photographer where you venture within the 4 states (Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and West Bengal) where you see the best of the Northern area till the Eastern gateway which covers the Shivalik ranges, Terai, Gangetic Plains (along with a holy dip in the Ganges in Varanasi!), the rich mineral area of Jharkhand and the fertile land of Bengal!
KOLKATA TO DIGHA
One could easily drive from Kolkata to Digha along the Ganges as it meets the sea and becomes its part (Digha). Lying on the West Bengal and Odisha border, the place is famous for its’ Beautiful and Calm Beaches.It is an incredible transit from the hustle bustle of urban life lying near to a major river to the calm and serene locales lying near to the sea!
MUMBAI TO THIRUVANANTHAPURAM
Just like Kannur to Goa, this trip is another great worth a try to see the beauty of the Indian coastline where you transit from Konkan Coast to Malabar Coast. En route, don’t forget to enjoy the coastal cuisine and along with it, you witness the British, Portuguese, Arab, Armenian, Malayali, Kannada.Even Chinese influence with forts, shrines, Uninhabited Untouched Beaches and even ports which not only gives you a great traveling experience but also takes you back to the times.
DELHI TO JAISALMER
Now if you have tried the famous Golden Triangle (Delhi-Agra-Jaipur), how about trying the famous Royal Quadrilateral? Starting from the National Capital of Delhi, embrace yourselves to the royal charms of Rajasthan by first visiting the famous Pink City Jaipur, which is also the capital of the state. Then go to famous Lake City of Udaipur which has been highlighted PopularBlockbusters like the James Bond film “Octopussy” and “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani”. En route to Jodhpur, you would have the taste of grand Rajput architecture at Kumbhalgarh Fort which has World’s Second Largest Fort Wall after Great Wall Of China and has seen in films like “Lagaan,” “Jodha Akbar” and even “Bajirao Mastaani”. Now comes the famous city of Jodhpur which is known for the famous Mehrangarh Fort which saw itself in recent blockbusters like “The Dark Knight Rises” and “I” and don’t forget the famous Ghantaghar market where right from local products till the famous sweets and Lassi…its worth your senses! The final destination is at Jaisalmer which is closer to the Pakistan border, and the entire trip is filled with Royal retreats, palaces, forts, temples, villages and even famous joints where you can give yourself a taste of the Rajasthani culture and cuisine. Be it bike or car….this entire trip is worth your time and senses!
HYDERABAD TO KANNUR
This is just like the Golden Triangle of Northern India. Where you transit first from Hyderabad at early morning to Bangalore (both IT cities) lying in the Deccan region from where you go to Mysore which houses the palace of the Royal family of Wodeyars and also the outskirts in Srirangpatna which also was the old capital of the Tiger of Mysore Tippu Sultan. From there, you transit into the Malayali heartland at Kannur which also houses Asia’s Biggest and World’s 6thLargest Drive-In Beach with British, Portuguese and French influences around!
AHMEDABAD TO LAKHPAT
A great journey which takes you some of the best strongholds of the state; the Rann Of Kutch, the Harappan civilization, and the coastal areas. In Lothal, you could witness the famous dockyard which was once active during the Indus Valley Civilization. From there, you travel to Bhuj which lies near to the Rann Of Kutch and whose outskirts, you can also witness the place where the Academy Award-nominated classic “Lagaan” was shot! The Famous Pingaleshwar beach is laden with golden sand and is serene and picturesque. Taking blessings from a famous temple, you then reach to Lakhpat which lies near to the Kori Creek which divides India and Pakistan. It has the great Lakhpat Fort where the 2000 film “Refugee” was shot and also has a BSF border post near to the coast. It also has the famous Sikh Shrine which is dedicated to Guru Nanak who halted here on his trip to Haj.
MUMBAI TO GOA
If you have seen “Dil Chahta Hai” and still asking the USP of this route, you seriously need some counseling! The Beautiful flora and fauna of the Western Ghats, as well as the natural beauty of the Konkan Coast, awaits you! The same visual charm of the old churches and fort remainscontent here too like that of the road-trip from Kannur to Goa which is worth watching!
AHMEDABAD TO DIU
From one of the cosmopolitan city of India, embrace yourself to the World’s Third Largest Fossil Park (and a UNESCO site) at Balasinor which houses about 10,000 Dinosaur eggs and remains of the various species of dinosaurs! It also has a heritage home ran by the Former rulers of the place! Next day you hitch towards Diu all along the Kathiawar Peninsula, with a lunch break at Bhavnagar and you arrive at Diu, a small island having the Portuguese Charm.
CHENNAI TO PONDICHERRY
As you hitch towards Pondicherry, you go all along with ECR (East Coast Road) where the sea compliments you on your left and you could also stop for lunch at Mahabalipuram where you could pay visit to its famous temple of the Chola Period. You could also see small salt extraction spots where you could see the process live! Then comes the Erstwhile French colony of Pondicherry, a place having small distances and French grandeur where you could also see the spots where films like “Jism” and “Life Of Pi” were shot!
SHILLONG TO TURA
This brings you to another level of Flora and Fauna of the North East where you could enjoy the Best of India’s rock capital of Shillong with its churches of many missionaries, lakes and so from where you go to World’s Wettest Place at Cherrapunjee and enjoy the calm rural life out there which has a Famous Natural Bridge made from trees; roots since 1000 years, then comes the Famous Limestone Caves, the seven sisters waterfalls, churches and many such spots en route to Tura from where you could also enjoy the view of the plains of Bangladesh. Tura lies closest to the Bangladesh border which also is a famous picnic spot.
Now starting from the Capital of Old Chola Empire Madurai where you can witness the Best of the South Indian architecture and drive down from there to Dhanushkodi which is an Abandoned Town on the Southern Point of India which could be seen even in sunset which consists of remains of churches and houses which got destroyed during a cyclone. From there, you witness one of the Greatest Wonders of the Humanity that are the bridge over the Palk Strait which divides the Pamban Island and the Indian mainland. At Pamban, you could visit the Famous Temples of Rameshwaram and even the residence and memorial of one of the Greatest Indian President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and go further, you might see the remains of the Famous Adam Bridge or also called as Sri Ram Setu which is believed to be built by Lord Rama and his army for crossing the sea and reach Sri Lanka.