1. Delhi – Manali – Leh
The baap of all road trips deserves a mention right at the top of our list. This challenging road trip will take you through India’s urban jungle all the way to the breath-taking beauty of Ladakh.
Distance: 1,011 km
When: 15th May – 1st October
Why: The unique rocky, snowy terrain and Ladakhi culture, steeped with Buddhist-Tibetan influence
Tip: Make sure you have a 4WD and a comfortable vehicle like the DUSTER – it’s a long trip over rough terrain and you will need an SUV that combines both aspects.
2. Mumbai – Goa
A journey that gets you from the beating heart of India’s business hub to the relaxing beaches and laidback lifestyle of Goa. In just 10 hours you can forget your stressed out 9 to 5 life and get ready to soak in the Goan vibe. We recommend a quick trip over New Year’s or for one of Goa’s music fests.
Distance: 587 km
When: December and January
Why: Beaches, shacks and the Goan vibe
3. Chennai – Munnar
A nice long monsoon trip that takes you along the east coast of India for the first part till Puducherry and then goes into Kerala to conclude at the tea estates of Munnar.
Distance: 584 km
When: June – December
Why: Miles of lush green tea gardens
Tip: The drive requires a vehicle that can handle wet roads, monsoon and mountain drives very well. For a safe and comfortable trip, we recommend an SUV such as the Renault DUSTER.
4. Guwahati – Tawang
The aim is to catch the fantastic Losar festival that takes place every year at the Tawang Monastery. The trip flags off from the capital of Assam, crosses the mighty Brahmaputra and enters Arunachal Pradesh.
Distance: 458 km
Why: Losar festival and the snowy Sela Pass
5. Ahmedabad – Kutch
The flat, white salt marsh of the Rann of Kutch is a fitting end to a surreal trip that starts from Bapu’s Sabarmati Ashram and zips down to Gujarat’s futuristic roads.
Distance: 402 km
When: November – February
Why: Selfie on the salt marshes and kite flying on Makar Sankranti
6. Bengaluru – Coorg
Bengaluru, the Silicon Valley of India, is the starting point of this epic journey. The trip takes you up the Western Ghats and gives you glimpses of a wildlife sanctuary and waterfalls before depositing you right in middle of Coorg – the Scotland of India.
Distance: 247 km
When: March/April to see the blossoms in full swing
Why: Hills covered in white coffee blossoms
7. Delhi – Sariska National Park
A 4-hour trip that puts you smack dab in the middle of a tiger reserve. On certain days, you can forgo the official government safari and drive your vehicle on a specific track.
Distance: 207 km
When: Any Saturday or Tuesday from October – March
Why: Drive through the jungle