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Most Scenic Road Trips in India

Scenic Road Trips in India

Road trips in India are my favorite way to travel. On a road trip, you can see the transition from one place to another. You notice the subtle changes that take place as the land, water, and culture change slowly. A road trip allows you to travel at your own pace, pausing wherever your eyes want to take in a bit more or you crave a Chai Pakora or Idly Wada or Poha Jalebi or Lal Cha.

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While all road trips are fun, there are some that are so beautiful that the journey itself is the destination.

Most Scenic Road Trips in India

Here are some of the most scenic road trips in India that I have enjoyed, along with those that are still on my wish list.

Shimla to Manali via Kinaaur, Spiti and Lahual

This sparsely populated region of India and Himachal Pradesh will remain one of my favorite road trips. Start from Shimla, the capital city that is bustling with activity. Move on to the Apple country and then the Kinnaur region where everyone wears the Green Himachali cap.

Spiti Valley - Himachal Pradesh
Spiti Valley – Himachal Pradesh

Slowly move to Spiti valley where the cold desert stuns you with its silence and breathtaking landscape. Pass through Lahaul to admire Chandratal Lake between Kunzum Pass and Rohtang Pass. End your journey at Manali where you feel as if you are back in civilization.

July August is the best time to do this road trip when Kunzum Pass is open.

Konkan Road Trip during Monsoons

Top view of Savdav Waterfalls
Top view of Savdav Waterfalls

Konkan and monsoons are synonymous. It rains for about 6 months making the whole place lush green. When you drive from Goa to Ratnagiri or around that area, all you see is the narrow strip of grey road surrounded by million shades of green. Waterfalls can appear anywhere on the roadside. The best place to be surrounded by waterfalls is Amboli Ghats. But there are other falls like Savdav Falls and Marleshwar falls.

You can also use the Konkan railways just to admire the landscape and waterfalls.

Peak monsoon time is the best for this road trip.

Srinagar to Leh Road trip

Amarnath Yatra Camp at Baltal - Kashmir Valley
Amarnath Yatra Camp at Baltal – Kashmir Valley

Srinagar is the delicate city surrounding the beautiful Dal Lake full of houseboats. It has an aura of romance, probably built by the numerous Hindi films shot here. As you start driving towards Leh, you pass by beautiful Pahalgam where you see horses taking the tourists around. If it is Amarnath Yatra time, you will see pilgrim camps at Baltal. It is fun to see…

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