10 Road Trips In India To Go On This Monsoon

OT Staff

Mumbai To Goa Coastal Drive

This iconic route covers 590 km and offers stunning views of the Arabian Sea as you drive along the Konkan coast from Mumbai. Stop at popular beaches like Alibaug and Ratnagiri and explore historic forts and temples, such as Murud-Janjira Fort and Ganpatipule Temple.

A view of the Murud-Janjira Fort | Shutterstock

Delhi To Leh via Manali

Embark on a 1,100 km journey from the capital to Ladakh. Travel through Himachal Pradesh, including Manali and Keylong, and marvel at snow-capped mountains, rivers, and meadows. Visit Rohtang Pass, Baralacha La, and Magnetic Hill.

Vehicles travel on the Manali-Leh highway near Rohtang Pass | Shutterstock

Bangalore To Coorg Via Mysore

Coorg, about 260 km from Bangalore, offers a peaceful retreat from city life. On the way, visit Mysore for its palace and markets. Coorg welcomes you with coffee plantations, misty hills, and waterfalls. Enjoy trekking, spice plantations, and local cuisine.

A beautiful lake enroute Coorg | Shutterstock

Chennai To Pondicherry Via East Coast Road

Drive 160 km from Chennai to Pondicherry on the scenic East Coast Road. Enjoy views of the Bay of Bengal and pass fishing villages and coconut groves. In Pondicherry, visit the French Quarter, Auroville, for a spiritual retreat, and relax at Paradise Beach and Auroville Beach.

Beautiful architecture in the French Quarter, Pondicherry | Shutterstock

Guwahati To Tawang Via Bomdila

Travel 520 km from Assam to Arunachal Pradesh via scenic valleys, Bomdila, and Sela Pass. Visit Tawang Monastery, the largest in India, and look out for exotic wildlife like the red panda and Himalayan black bear.

A view of Tawang Monastery | Shutterstock

Jaipur To Udaipur Via Chittorgarh

Embark on a 400 km road trip from the Pink City to the City of Lakes, Rajasthan. En route, visit the majestic Chittorgarh Fort and explore Udaipur's opulent palaces and tranquil lakes. Experience the City Palace, boat rides on Lake Pichola, and sunset views from Sajjangarh Palace.

A view of the beautiful Lake Pichola | Shutterstock

Kolkata To Darjeeling Via Siliguri

The 620 km journey from India's cultural capital to Darjeeling takes you through West Bengal's plains, up the winding roads of the Eastern Himalayas, and offers stops at Siliguri for local cuisine and bustling markets. In Darjeeling, experience the iconic Toy Train, visit tea gardens, and catch sunrise views from Tiger Hill.

Panoramic view of misty and cloudy Darjeeling | Shutterstock

Ahmedabad To Kutch Via Bhuj

Embark on a 400 km road trip from Ahmedabad to the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. Explore Bhuj, known for handicrafts and historic sites, and experience the vibrant Rann Utsav cultural festival. Visit traditional villages and the Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary.

Migratory birds Greater Flamingos at Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary | Shutterstock

Shillong To Mawlynnong Via Dawki

Explore the pristine beauty of Meghalaya on a 90 km drive from Shillong to Mawlynnong, Asia's cleanest village. Stop at Dawki to see the crystal-clear Umngot River and visit the living root bridges of Riwai. Don't miss the panoramic views of Bangladesh from the Skywalk viewpoint.

The morning sun at double decker living root bridges of Nongriat in Meghalaya | Shutterstock

Pune To Mahabaleshwar Via Panchgani

Escape the city heat by driving 120 km from Pune to Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani. Pass through picturesque valleys and enjoy panoramic views of the Sahyadri mountains. Don't miss the fresh strawberries and leisurely walks in the lush landscapes.

Pratapgad Fort, Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra, India | Shutterstock

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