When it comes to scenic drives, India is a top destination. From the winding mountain roads of Kashmir to the serene backwaters of Kerala, India is home to some of the most memorable drives on the planet. Whether you are looking for a weekend road trip or an epic cross-country adventure, here are the top five scenic drives in India that you can’t miss.
1. Rameshwaram Pamban Bridge
The Pamban Bridge is the first sea bridge in India, constructed in the shape of an arch. Its construction was completed in 1912 and is also the second-largest bridge in the country. Pamban bridge is not just a connecting structure between the mainland and Rameshwaram, it is also a popular tourist attraction for its majestic architecture. The sight of the ships passing under the bridge and the train passing through the railway line is breathtaking.
2.Gangtok to Lake Tsomgo and Nathu-La Pass
Tsomgo Lake and Nathu-La Pass are some of the most popular attractions of Sikkim. A drive from Gangtok to these scenic places is a must if you want to escape the monotony of big city life. The weather can be quite erratic which is why the best time to travel is summer and autumn. Nathu-La Pass is at a distance of about 53 km from Sikkim. So, it should take you about 2 hours to reach Nathu-La pass. You should visit Tsomgo Lake on your way back.
3. Mumbai to Goa
When it comes to travel destinations, Goa hits all the right spots. If you are planning your next vacation, consider a road trip from Mumbai to Goa. The 600 km drive takes you through some of the most breathtaking sights in India. If you take Route NH48, you can even visit several other beautiful places like Panvel, Lonavla, Khandala, Belgaum, and Mollem en route. Another path to take is Route NH66 which will take you through Panvel, Khed, Kolad, Chiplun, and Sawantwadi on your way to Goa.
4. Manali to Leh
With jaw-dropping views, the Manali to Leh drive is an all-time favourite for bikers and adventurers. The highway, which is about 457 km long is only open from June to 15 September every year. However, the sights of deodar forests and the gorgeous valley below make the trip worthwhile. If you are looking forward to an adventurous road trip, the Manali Leh Highway gives you some of the most magnificent views of the Himalayas, making it a memorable trip.
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5. Bangalore to Ooty
A road trip from Bangalore, the City of Gardens, to Ooty, the Queen of Hills, must be on every travel enthusiast’s bucket list. You can take three routes, the Mysore-Masinagudi route, the Salem-Coonoor Route, and the Kanakapura-Kollegal route. The Mysore-Masinagudi route is quite popular because of stopovers like Mysore, Bandipur National Park, and Masinagudi that fall along the way.
Jay Kajaria is Founder of Bespoke India Holidays. Bespoke India Holidays is an award-winning company that specialises in creating luxury trips to India and the subcontinent.