Living out of a backpack, touring and detouring on endless roads and catching breathtaking sunsets – if that’s your idea of fun, then you know you can’t be away from road trips for long. Road trips have the ability to change your mindset and solve all your problems. Every trip teaches you something new and you always come back enlightened and feeling more peaceful. So here’s a list of places that everyone who loves to travel should go at least once in a lifetime.
- Manali to Ladakh
There are two major things to look out in the trip – one, you get a chance to visit some great sacred and historic places in Manali and two, you can get to trail the mountains at Ladakh. You will be mesmerized by the beauty of Khardung La top, the sand dunes of Nubra Valley, the high altitude lakes like Pangong Tso, the path along the Zanskar River in Zanskar valley, the Buddhist monasteries of Lamayuru, Alchi or Hemis or even the beauty of Srinagar.
- Spiti Valley
Even thinking about Shimla gives you the chills. Here you get to drive through beautiful valleys of Himachal Pradesh along with sights and sounds of nature. Orchards, shrines and an invigorating resting place give your thrilling road trip a rejuvenating destination. To reach the valley, you will pass by beautiful small villages such as Baspa, Kinnaur, Kalpa and Kaza. Visit the Key Monastery in Spiti Valley which is the oldest and the biggest monastic complex in the world.
- Delhi to Mandawa
Being rich in history, this journey will satisfy your appetite for knowledge leaving you content as a wanderer. Starting from Delhi and heading towards the magnificent Taj Mahal, you can halt at Fatehpur Sikri, in between Agra and Jaipur. Some forts in the city such as Amber fort, Hawa Mahal and Jantar Mantar beautifully document the ancient times. You can park your vehicle and enjoy elephant rides.
- Guwahati to Khasi Hills
One of the most remarkable features of the Khasi Hills is the sacred forests, which have been preserved by natives. The trail could be wet and slippery, so one needs to be very careful while driving. This experience is the most unique as the waterfalls make great pit stops and also because of the living tree root bridges in Nongriat.
- Pollachi to Chalakkudy
The ride through South India is something that you will always cherish. Spread across two states, that is, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, you will find yourself driving along an incredibly beautiful route. Expect a cool weather, as majority of the parts are covered in forests. Avoid visiting here during monsoons since it can get risky.