8 Must-Do Road Trips in 2016

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Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.”

                                                                                               ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Travelling solo on a bike or with a gang of BFFs/families in a car, road trips are getting trendier day by day. It is only because nothing can replace the excitement and the real adventure feel that comes with it! Read on as we bring to you top 8 road trips that you must take in 2016!

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On the way to Bandipur Forest, Karnataka | Photo Credit: Anant Mehrotra

1. Gangtok to Nathula Pass via Lake Tsomgo

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Gangtok to Nathula Pass | Photo Credit: Rakesh Ghosh

Offering heavenly views across its surroundings, the Gangtok to Nathula Pass road via Lake Tsomgo is one of the best road trips of North East India. A must for the adventure junkies, this trip is challenging because of hilly terrain and twisted roads. This trip introduces you to the magical beauty of Sikkim and its lesser explored natural marvels, and ends in the Indo-China border of Nathula.

Distance: 55 km

Duration: 3 hours

2. Bangalore to Bandipur Forest

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Bangalore to Bandipur Forest | Photo Credit: Anant Mehrotra

What can be more exciting than taking a road trip along a dense forest? The Bangalore to Bandipur Forest route offers you this opportunity where you can admire verdant greenery all around and may also spot a deer crossing the road. There are a number of stopovers and eating options along the route viz. McDonald’s and Café Coffee Day that will take care of your hunger.

Distance: 235 km

Duration: 5 hours

3. Kolkata to Digha

Driving through green patches and picturesque landscapes, this route will finally take you to the seaside resort town of Digha. The roads are smooth, so driving is safe and comfortable. As there are plenty of dhabas on the route, you don’t need to carry food from home.

Distance: 180 km

Duration: 3 to 4 hours

4. Delhi to Manali

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Delhi to Manali | Photo Credit: Jatin Behl

This route is ideal for all those who love peaceful valleys and snow-covered mountains. A bike ride or drive by car along the Beas River to Manali promises to reward you with surreal vistas of nature. As Manali is famous for its adventure sports, you can try paragliding, trekking, rafting or skiing to explore your daring side.

Distance: 570 km

Duration: 12-14 hours

5. Guwahati to Tawang

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Guwahati to Tawang | Photo Credit: Aamir Alam

The ultimate road trip for bikers, this route features snow-clad mountains, the Indian Army camp, colourful Buddhist flags and beautiful monasteries. Its stopovers include places such as Cherrapunjee, Imphal and Kaziranga. As the roads are bumpy, narrow at times and terrains are steep, driving to Tawang requires skill and experience. The best time to take this road trip is between March and October.

Distance: 480 km

Duration: 9 hours

6. India-Myanmar-Thailand Route

The Trilateral Highway that connects three countries viz. India, Myanmar and Thailand, will be completed by 2016. So you must not miss this one! The highway begins from Moreh, a border town situated in Manipur and ends at Mae Sot in Thailand. Starting from New Delhi, you’ll drive through Agra, Lucknow, Guwahati, Shillong, Bagan, Mandalay, Naypyidaw and Yangon before arriving in Bangkok- the final destination.

Distance: 4500 km

Duration: 14 days

7. Jaipur to Jaisalmer

From the Pink City of Jaipur to the Golden City of Jaisalmer, this road trip lets you experience the vibrant culture and royal heritage of Rajasthan. The roads on this route are in excellent condition, promising you a smooth ride. Driving through an array of different villages and towns, with Jodhpur as a nice stopover, you’ll finally reach the stunning city of Jaisalmer.

Distance: 555 km

Duration: 9 hours

8. Mumbai to Mount Abu

This pleasant trip takes you to the only hill station of Rajasthan, Mount Abu. The journey will take you through urban towns, villages and then up the hills, letting you witness the transition from heavily populated Mumbai to scantily occupied Mount Abu.

Distance: 758 km

Duration: 12 hours

Now that you know about the top 8 road trips, do tell us which one of these you would love to try in 2016.


12 thoughts on “8 Must-Do Road Trips in 2016

    Gurunath ghanate said:
    January 18, 2016 at 4:26 am

    I want road trip from Bangalore to Bandipur forest


      Anita Bhandari said:
      January 25, 2016 at 6:13 am

      That’s great! Do share your experience with us.


    monika said:
    January 18, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    I also had a road trip experience from Delhi to Manali and from Manali to Delhi via Shrinagar..Punjab..with my husband….that was really amazing…


      Anita Bhandari said:
      January 25, 2016 at 6:11 am

      Thanks for sharing your experience Monika, do try other road trips!


    Cantad said:
    January 25, 2016 at 4:27 am

    I would love the India-Thailand route – any group organization later in the year?


      Aseem said:
      January 25, 2016 at 7:32 am

      I also wanna go
      I just want to know that do i need a international driving license


      Manoj Jain said:
      January 25, 2016 at 10:35 am

      I also want to join road trip if any programme for road trip in future.. i would like to join.. any organisation inform me for upcoming road trip event..


    Aseem said:
    January 25, 2016 at 7:31 am

    I also have the experience of going mumbai from new delhi via car
    22 hours m new delhi to mumbai
    1 must go by this
    Amazing experience


    Pradeep said:
    January 31, 2016 at 10:02 am

    I like travelling. If any team wants to go Thailand, kindly inform me.I am interested.


    Pradeep said:
    January 31, 2016 at 10:05 am

    I had been to gangtok from bangalore in 2010


    Rabinder Sharma said:
    February 11, 2016 at 7:32 am

    I love travelling. I would love to join on Road trips.


    Anshul goel said:
    February 16, 2016 at 8:22 am

    One more trip I would advise on bike.. Delhi to Auli in uttarakhand, via bijnaur, pauri, Srinagar. Excellent roads with natural beauty of uttarakhand week mesmerize you. Traffic in negligible in of season and you can ride freely.


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