Travel is liberating, it allows you to break-free from the shackles imposed by our immediate environment and connect with ourselves. It is an amalgam of visiting never-seen-before locales, listening to your favorite music, spending time with loved ones, meeting new people, exploring nature, tasting mouth-watering delicacies, clicking photographs, shopping and a lot more. And what can be better than taking a road trip on a bike or in a car? Till a few years ago, road trips might have been disastrous but today with GPS-enabled smart phones, six-lane highways and the zest to take time out; Great Indian Road Trips seem immensely inviting.
Goa, has for long been a place where stressed Mumbaikars looked forward to unwind, relax and party. The Mumbai-Goa road trip was famous even before the movie Dil Chahta Hai made it compulsory for everyone in their twenties to visit this place. A bike or a car will sail smoothly on this route that passes through Maharashtra's hinterland. With the right mix of ghats, highways and scenic locations, the Mumbai-Goa route will surely make your travelling time worth it.
One must be in the company of an Enfield or a power-packed SUV to conquer this route. Touted as the toughest terrain that poses some unforeseen challenges and rewards the travelers with breath-taking views on overcoming them, the Delhi-Manali-Leh route is the Ultimate Road Trip. Snow-clad mountains, deep valleys, Buddhist monasteries and a journey of a lifetime await you on this trip.
Hop on a SUV to explore this rugged terrain covering 780 km. This sojourn in the royal state of Rajasthan will mesmerize you with its magnanimous temples, architecture and timeless charm. During this trip, you will witness ornate Jain temples, marvelous forts, forests of Ranthambore, World Heritage sites and relive the Rajput era. Plan your trip with one of many festivals celebrated in the state to add a vibrant dimension to your travelling experience.
India's northeast is an unexplored haven of exquisite locales. The Guwahati-Tawang trip is ideal for those who like to challenge themselves and explore the road less travelled. The road on this route is tedious and prone to landslides but on the positive side, it is replete with natural beauty and showcases rich culture. Cheerapunji, the wettest spot on Earth is just 150 kilometers away from Guwahati and visiting its 'living bridges' is highly recommended.
This coastal road trip is a great getaway for Indian's residing in the southeast. World heritage site of Mahabalipuram awaits you on this route along with the Cholamandala artist's village. Puducherry offers you the opportunity to witness Franco-Tamil culture at its best. Sri Meenakshi temple and Giant temples of Nataraj also cross your path while you travel to the southernmost tip of India, near Kanyakumari.
Others Other routes such as Kochi-Kovalam, Delhi-Agra-Jaipur, Darjeeling-Gangtok-Pelling-Tashiding, Bangalore-Mysore-Coorg and many others are also fascinating. Chose your destination and go explore because the journey is more important than the destination.
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