So, the travel keeda in you wakes up and starts jumping right at the sight of an enticing long road? Are you tied with work all round the week and taking a break almost seems impossible and to add to the monotony are the never ending kharchas? Fear not!TravelTriangle totally gets your condition and has compiled a list of 12 One night stands perfect for a road trip from Delhi!
Spring is round the corner and this year is full of long weekends. Excuse yourself from the city buzz and elope with your travel keeda for a fun day out!
1. Damdama Lake (50 km, 1h 13 min)
Spread over an area of 3000 acres, this lake is the best place to be at if you’re looking for a serene hideout. Not only this, the place also offers various adventure sports like rock climbing and valley crossing. As it is not very far from the city you can simply pack your food and head for a picnic whenever you feel like it!
One of the most incredible road trips on the circuit is from Delhi to Manali to Leh. The road trip covering the Himalayas in India are known for their enthralling and divine landscapes. Divided in to two parts, the first one from Delhi to Manali is a smooth drive but from Manali to Leh is where you get to know the meaning of a treacherous road trip. It is one of the highest and toughest roads to travel. The scenic beauty that the route offers makes a person overlook the tough road.
There are numerous striking places on this route. Rohtang Pass, Barlacha La, Taglang La Sarchu, Keylong and Upsi are the places worth stopping by apart from the Buddhist monasteries along the way. Khardung La, the highest motorable road is something which riders should not afford to miss on this road trip.
Travel route- Delhi – Chandigarh – Mandi – Kullu – Manali – Rohtang La – Kokhsar – Tandi – Keylong – Darcha – Sarchu – Pang – Upshi – Leh
Distance- 990 km
Travel Time – 3 days
1. Road Trip to Morni
Distance: 163 Kms
Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
The nearest hill station, Morni located in Haryana, just a few hours from Delhi, is an absolute delight! Verdant environment, dense forest cover, scenic views and a lake make it a perfect relaxing hideout away from the city bustle.
Well, it’s not only the scenic views that charm the travellers, adventure enthusiasts can come here for trekking, boating & cycling.
3. Mumbai to Goa
One of the best drives that is loved by each and every one is the drive from Mumbai to Goa. The land of sun, sand and parties is a good 10 hours drive from Mumbai, but the drive is totally worth it. The NH 17 leads right up to and everyone is sure to be enthralled by the picturesque views that greets travellers along the way along with the tons of food joints along the way. Whoever plans on taking up this road trip must keep in mind to leave Mumbai early morning around 5 am so that you catch the sunset while you can unwind at any one the numerous beaches in Goa and as the sun sets, give a shout out so that the partying begins!
Distance- 615 km
Travel Time- 10 hours
4. Agra (210 km, 2h 52m)
Even though there isn’t much to see here other than the majestic Taj Mahal, this place is worth going to, simply because of the luxury of driving on the smooth-as-silk NH2. So take your camera along, visit the Taj at different times of the day, and you can have an awesome photography trip!
5. Road Trip to Murthal
Distance: 60 Kms
Time: 1 hour 30 Minutes
The first place that hits our mind when it comes to road trips around Delhi has to be Murthal! A long drive across the busy yet wide roads of Delhi, while the cool wind caresses you and the stomach is tempted for a gastronomic ride, you know your destination has to be Murthal.
Indulge in the luscious butter loaded stuffed kulchas & parathas on the road side dhabas which are over 50 years old.
Dhabas to try:
Amrik Sukhdev da Dhaba
Gulshan da Dhaba
4. Ahmedabad to Kutch
Revel in the white beauty of the Rann of Kutch and enjoy a short weekend holiday while you explore the roads for 400 kilometres. The only thing to be kept in mind on this trail is to leave a little early, as the roads a little untamed. Adorn yourself with local handicrafts from the land of Kutch. The Hodko Village is a must visit for local handicraft shopping and the Wild Ass Sanctuary to have a taste of wildlife in the land of contrasts.
Travel route- Ahmedabad – Viramgam – Dhrangadhra – Halvad – Lakadia – Bhachau – Bhuj
Distance- 400 km
Travel Time- 7 hours
5. Jaipur (268 km, 4h 17 min)
It would be silly to suggest a trip to Rajasthan in the middle of summer, and I wouldn’t be doing so if didn’t look so beautiful at and after dusk. So beautiful, it’s dreamy.
6. Guwahati to Tawang
This road trip will leave all the bikers asking for more. Snow clad mountains, the Indian Army camp, the Buddhist culture, munching in Jung and the yak cheese are some of the things that await on this awesome trail. The roads are in perfectly maintained condition and the scenic beauty gets better and better with every minute that passes by. The route has places such as Cherrapunji (experience the living bridges since ancient times, Imphal and Kaziranga (visit the Kaziranga Forest), that bikers can stop by and look around. Lots of options to dine on momos, hot piping tea and maggi while you ride on. The monasteries in Tawang are a must visit on this route and you can also reek in the cultural heritage all along the way.
Travel route- Guwahati – Bomdilla – Tawang
Distance- 480 km
Travel Time- 9 hours
7. Road Trip to Parwanoo
Distance: 270 Kms
Time: 6 hours
Though not so close to Delhi, but a road trip to the foothills of Himalayas is tempting enough for a visit to Parwanoo. A fascinating journey along the wide roads which lead to the lush green hills with a pleasant weather and scenic views is worth experiencing in the hot summers or the pre/post monsoon seasons.
Take a cable car ride at the Timber trail resort to the top of the hill and dine at their restaurant offering an ecstatic view of the valley. This is a perfect getaway with friends or your love!
8. Shillong to Cherrapunji
The drive from Shillong to the wettest place on Earth, Cherrapunji is heaven on earth. One of the most scenic drive onthe road trip circuit, the ride is worth every inch of it. On NH 44 riders are left gasping for more. The sight of the famous ‘Bara Pani’ is something which leaves everyone speechless and in awe of nature’s beauty.
Distance- 212 km
Travel Time- 3 hours
9. Road Trip to Mathura – Vrindavan
Distance: 144 Kms
Time: 3 hours
For those seeking solace in the temples & spirituality in the air must visit Mathura-Vrindavan. These epic areas hold an important historical reference being the birth place of Lord Krishna & invite each traveller with a warm environment. Sing along the holy chants with the devotees and leave back with wonderful memories of the city.
For all Lord Krishna lovers, visit during the month of August for Janamashtami to experience the magnificent celebrations. Stay over until the pooja ends and taste the delicious ‘Chappan Bhog’ Prasad.
10. Darjeeling to Pelling
This is a road trip to savour! Going through scenic valleys and lofty mountains as you from Darjeeling to Pelling will leave you wanting for more. There are numerous food joins along the way for refreshments and you can be sure not to be let down. One should stop by at Kalimpong to enjoy some local sightseeing that falls on this route.
Travel route- Darjeeling – Kalimpong – Manpur – Jorethang – Geyzing – Pelling
Distance- 110 km
Travel Time- 3 hours