There are two kinds of travellers. Those who travel from point A to point B, looking for the shortest/most comfortable means to do so. And then there are those who make their own way, taking the road less traveled, and quite literally at that! India, a country as diverse as can be in every sense of the word, is also the perfect playground for the ones who wish to go the extra mile on their own accord, traversing great distances fuelled by nothing more than a relentless desire and a tankful of gas in their favorite ride. Hereâ€™s a glimpse of Indiaâ€™s best roads to experience motoring nirvana!
Golden triangle (Delhi-Agra-Jaipur): Easily the first choice of thousands of road trip enthusiasts, the golden triangle has earned the moniker in every sense of the word. Studded with magnificent sights from the Red Fort and Jama Masjid in Delhi; to the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri in Agra; and last but not the least, one can visit the Keoladeo Ghana National Park en route to Jaipur, which has quite a few spectacles to its credit as well, namely City Palace, Amber Fort and Hawa Mahal.
Manali-Leh: Although itâ€™s a pretty unpredictable and tasking ride, the journey is an amazing experience nevertheless. Thereâ€™s nothing that comes even remotely close to the feeling of achievement as one crosses four mountain passes across a distance of 4900 metres, including the fabled Rohtang. Roads are generally open from June to late September.
Chennai-Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry-Chidambaram-Thanjavur-Trichy-Madurai: Itâ€™s a southern surprise like no other – Starting from Chennai and taking the East Coast Road for a quick stop at the Cholamandala Artistâ€™s Village, followed by a visit to the ruins of Mahabalipuram, a World Heritage Site. French elegance coupled with a dash of Tamil culture greets you in Pondicherry, while the great Nataraja temple complex in Chidambaram offers many awe-inspiring sights. Add the ancient capital of the Chola empire, Thanjavur; Trichy, home to possibly Indiaâ€™s biggest temple complex, and Madurai, one of Indiaâ€™s oldest cities, and you have a fantastic journey on the cards.
Jaipur-Pushkar-Udaipur-Kumbhalgarh-Jodhpur-Jaisalmer: The state of Rajasthan offers one of the most picturesque driving routes featuring its most iconic cities. The holy city of Pushkar, Lake Pichola at Udaipur, a journey through the Aravallis en route to Jumbhalgarh, an overdose of blue in Jodhpur and the royal destination of Jaiselmer await the discerning traveller.