What better way could there be for the two of you to spend some quality time than on a road trip through the scenic beauty of the Indian countryside, the sea or even better, the Himalayas. There is nothing like a picturesque terrain and the company of your partner to bring out the romance. Navigate through snow-covered mountains, sand-swept terrain, and highways enveloped by lush green beauty. Here are 10 best road trips in India recommended for couples that promise a journey as mesmerising as the destination.
Manali to Leh – The ultimate romantic road-trip
With gigantic, snow-capped mountains, passes and monasteries along the rugged terrain, Leh manages to convince us that Utopia is real. The route from Manali to Leh is unpredictable, but worth all the weariness as the criss-cross terrain of the highway and the radiant beauty of the region keep you company throughout your journey. If you’re a more of an adventure-loving couple, then this one for the bucket list. It is inarguably the most challenging yet romantic drives in India.
Distance: 480 km
Estimated time: 2 days including a stopover to acclimatise
Route: Manali-Rohtang – Keylong – Baralacha La – Sarchu – Leh
Attractions en route: Stopover in Rohtang Pass on your trip to Leh. Solang Valley located nearby is a leading skiing destination in India. You can also try different adventure activities like paragliding.
Guwahati to Tawang – A dose of thrill and romance
Tawang is known well for its monasteries and scenic beauty. Driving from Guwahati to Tawang is an experience that will bring you closer to the untouched beauty of the Northeast India. The curves and edges of the route can be thrilling at times, but the cloud kissed mountains draw that perfect backdrop that make it one of the best road trips in India to take with your soulmate.
Distance: 510 km
Estimated time: 14 hours
Route: Guwahati – Nagaon – Tezpur – Tawang
Attractions en route: Take a break on this long journey by going tiger spotting in Pakke Tiger Reserve. Leopards, jungle cats, and elephants are some of the other species you can expect to find here.
Mumbai to Goa – Maximum city to beach paradise
A road trip from Mumbai to Goa is as fascinating as it looks in the movies. Driving on the wide highway roads, you’ll encounter the picturesque panoramas filled with hills and beaches, and food joints that will fill your tummy and touch your soul. With a ride this smooth and picture-perfect, it’s no wonder this is one of the most romantic road trips in India.
Distance: 597 km
Estimated time: 11 hours
Route: Mumbai – Pune – Satara – Kolhapur – Goa
Attractions en route: Take the NH 48 to reach faster, and even make a stopover in Satara. Visit Sajjangarh Fort to enjoy the 360-degree view of the Western Ghats. If you’re visiting between September and October, take out a little extra time for Maharashtra’s very own Valley of Flowers, Kaas.
Ahmedabad to Kutch – From the heart of Gujarat to its soul
The vast expanse of white sands in the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat is nothing less than a surreal sight. A road trip from Ahmedabad to Kutch is lined with remnants of history and tiny villages that make for a beautiful journey to take with your partner. Glimpses of Gujarat’s heritage are interspersed throughout the journey, ending at the gorgeous Rann, where you and you your partner can have a romantic night under the stars. If you can plan the trip around the famous Rann Utsav, there would be nothing like it!
Distance: 482 km
Estimated time: 8 hours 30 minutes
Route: Ahmedabad – Mehsana – Bhuj – Kutch
Attractions en route: Stopover at the Wild Ass Sanctuary, which is one of the most famous tourist places in Gujarat.
Dehradun to Nainital – A journey towards inner peace
Dehradun and Nainital are the two most famous places among youngsters in Uttarakhand. The journey between the two is dotted with rhododendrons and oaks, sometimes on both sides of the road. As you travel up on the winding road through the hills, you can see the Himalayan panorama unfold on your Uttarakhand trip, and enjoy the blissful journey with your partner. Since the route is not very long and tiring, it makes for an ideal romantic road trip for newlywed.
Distance: 288 km
Estimated time: 7 hours
Route: Dehradun – Haridwar – Kashipur – Nainital
Attractions en route: Chill in the cafes of Rishikesh, most of which offer river/hill view and serve delicious food in reasonable price. Also, a small safari in the Jim Corbett National Park is a must.
Darjeeling to Pelling – A journey through beautiful tea gardens and hills
Darjeeling is a small town located at the foothills of Mount Khangchendzonga and is home to several beautiful monasteries. Darjeeling is known as much for its lush green tea gardens as it is for its tea among tourists and honeymooners. A ride on the amusing toy train as it meanders through the hills offers an enchanting view of the hills around. The breathtaking journey will undoubtedly be the most romantic thing the two of you may have done for a long time.
Distance: 107 km
Estimated time: 6 hours
Route: Darjeeling – Naya Bazaar – Pelling
Attractions en route: Stop at Tukvar Tea Garden and spend some peaceful time together, and let the untouched nature enchant you both.
(By Travel Triangle)
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