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10 Off Beat Destinations for a Road Trip in India

10 Off Beat Destinations for a Road Trip in India

Lives tend to become mundane and monotonous walking on the same roads, following sheep walk, treading the common routes. Traveling seldom becomes of no use to a man who’s already scaled the Himalayan ranges, seen the sunsets on the beaches of Goa, had a recluse in the woods of Kaziranga, explored the tea gardens of Assam or lived wild in the Kumbh. And when such iconic destinations please a gypsy no more, he knows that he must walk on the roads untraveled, paths never walked upon before and tread upon off the beaten tracks. Following is a list of road trips in India which might come in handy when the traditional alternatives, as the ones mentioned above, exhaust.

10 Offbeat Destinations in India for a Road Trip








Shimla to Manali

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Nothing else could be better than driving along Beas, amidst the hills and particularly on a snowy evening. The 250-km route between the two of the all-time favorite destinations is nothing less than enigmatic. Turn on soothing tracks, stop by cafés or even stop by the shores of the river to make the best of the journey in Kullu Manali:


10 Offbeat Destinations in India for a Road Trip







Guwahati to Tawang

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The terrain on this route is both beautiful and rough. So as soon as you are full with the delight by looking at the landscape you can switch to enjoying the robust and challenging drive- it’s as easy as that. The route is 520 km long.


10 Offbeat Destinations in India for a Road Trip







Manali to Leh

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Perhaps the most robust of all road trips, Manali to Leh highway provides with everything that could make your trip to Ladakh a once in a lifetime experience. The 500-km long route could take more than 10 hours to complete covering for mountain passes including the forever uncertain Rohtang. To plan your trip to Ladakh properly, check:


10 Offbeat Destinations in India for a Road Trip








Jaipur to Jaisalmer

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This road trip is must for people who wish to add colors to life. The ever-vibrant markets of Rajasthan, the delicious food and the exquisite paths between the Aravalli’s have all the hues. One could also stop by Lake Pichola, take a sneak peek at forts or visit the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary on their trip to Jaipur:


10 Offbeat Destinations in India for a Road Trip








Dehradun to Nainital

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If there’s one word for this amazing 5-hour long journey to Nainital would be heavenly. The biggest USP of this trip is the weather which is extremely pleasant throughout the year. The length of the track is 274 km and there’s hardly anything you can complain about once you finish. To read more about Nainital and its nearby places, check:


10 Offbeat Destinations in India for a Road Trip







Mumbai to Goa

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From the city of dreams to India’s own party hub, the road running parallel to the Western Coast is pleasurable in its own sense. This is one of the many routes to be exploited in the movies, the most iconic one being Dil Chahta Hai. Your experience on your trip to Goa is assured to be equally well, or better:


10 Offbeat Destinations in India for a Road Trip








Bangalore to Pondicherry

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Not as popular as the others but definitely worth giving a shot, the route is dotted with not only quality food courts but also some exotic beaches and heritage sites as the Mahabalipuram and Gingee Fort. There are more than one ways to reach Pondicherry and one must scrutinize the choice of route based on the preferences. Such road trips can be a weekend getaway from Bangalore have intermissions at the sunrise in Pondicherry.


10 Offbeat Destinations in India for a Road Trip







Gangtok to Lake Tsomgo

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The route is as short as 55km but is bound to thrill you with its rough and twisty terrain. This one’s purely for adventure enthusiasts in India and is a tribute to the world-famous Silk Route. The immensely beautiful Sikkim will give you every reason to celebrate and make this odyssey memorable.


10 Offbeat Destinations in India for a Road Trip








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From the national capital to the city of Taj Mahal to the capital of Rajasthan, this trip offers a thorough insight into different layers of history. The newly constructed Yamuna Expressway adds comfort to the venture. The entire trip via the Golden Triangle is relatively longer and might take more than three days if one wishes to explore the forts, palaces and the grandeur of such cities of historical significance.


10 Offbeat Destinations in India for a Road Trip








Bangalore to Ooty via Bandipur

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This is one trip that besides giving a peek into the rich flora, also provides glimpses of the vibrant wildlife. The majestic deciduous forests of Ooty and the flawless countryside view of Bandipur coupled with typical South Indian highway food give you enough reasons to pack your bags and book the next weekend for a trip to Ooty:


When it comes to trips as these, nothing sounds more profound than the following- Not all those who wander are lost. So, when life gives you boredom, fill up the fuel tank and better pop off on the roads not taken. Perhaps that would make all the difference!

(Feature Image: By Ishana Verma (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons)

Author Bio:

Rohit AgarwalAn architect by profession, Rohit Agarwal is a traveller and blogger at Trans India Travels which provides information about various tourists’ destinations in India. He also writes for several other websites. His love for travel and adventure make him explore the most enchanting destinations.

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