Are you a passionate traveller smitten by a wanderlust for adventurous trips? Staying behind the wheels and exploring new places gives you an adrenaline rush? Well, if your idea of an ideal vacation is driving for hours and drowning yourself in the pursuit of scenic beauty, then it’s time to pack your bags and step on the accelerator.Set off on a road trip that others can only dream about and experience the mesmerising and breathtakingly beauty of this vast country. For, we give you here four iconic road trips in India that you must experience.

From the gateway of India to the Pearl of the Continent – Mumbai to Goa

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This picturesque and highly popular route of about 600 kms is an absolute pleasure to drive. The sight and smell of the verdant green paddy fields and expansive coconut plantations captivate your senses. October to March is the ideal period to drive through this wonderful track. Though you can make frequent stops and sip on tender coconut water, sugarcane juice or gorge on hot pakodas or dhaba meals, Chiplun, 240 kilometres from Mumbai, is the ideal pit stop to stay overnight if you want a break.

From the valley of the Gods to the Oasis of Ladakh – Manali to Leh

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This adventurous road trip of about 480 kilometres highlights the best landscape that our country has to offer. No amount of reading about it or seeing it in movies prepares you for the beauty. The motorable road is open from June through September owing to harsh weather conditions in the other months. The picturesque mountains, rough terrain and alluring valleys are poetry personified and will bring out the romantic in even the most pragmatic person. Enjoy this high-altitude drive more by spending the night in Lahaul Valley amidst the alluring beauty of nature.

From the IT hub to the Scotland of India – Bangalore to Coorg

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The nearly 260 kilometres drive cutting across the western ghats and aromatic tea and coffee plantations makes for a spellbinding experience. On the way, there are literally dozens of places you can stop over to have a taste of the diversity of India. A little detour to Ranganthittu bird sanctuary, shelter to probably the largest assortment of birds, is recommended for bird enthusiasts. The Tibetan monastery in Kushalnagara is a renowned place of interest. Srirangapatna and Mysore are worth stopping over for the historical significance they transmit. Keep taking frequent stops to enjoy the coffee. Whatever you do, do not miss the scrumptious vadas at Maddur, a small town on the way.

From the Manchester of India to the Salt desert – Ahmedabad to Kutch

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This weekend getaway is highly recommended for its endless expanse of white desert with the colourful life of the culturally rich Kutch. The rustic route takes you through places you would not visit otherwise. And the Gujarati cuisine, handicrafts and the nondescript yet scenic villages are captivating. Dhangadhra is an idyllic resting place replete with temples and mosques built centuries ago. Nirona and Nakhatrana are exclusive handicraft villages.

So now it’s time to hit the road and experience the marvels of nature at your free will. Take that car out and set off on the journey of a lifetime.

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