Road trips are a great way to escape the monotony of our routine lives. And what destination can be better than the mountains to experience true serenity and peace of mind? Here are some of the best road trips to mountains/hills that you can take to de-stress and rejuvanate yourself. So get your bike and prepare yourself, because the mountains are calling and you really should answer!
Manali to Leh
This stunning beauty of the road trip from Manali to Leh can’t be fully described by mere words. It is a journey that has to be experienced by travel and road trip enthusiasts at least once in their lifetime. The 490 km long highway winds through the great Himalayas and passes by some of the world’s highest mountain passes like Rohtang La, Lachulung La and Taglang La.
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Delhi to Dharamshala
Dharamshala lies in the beautiful Kangra valley in Himachal Pradesh and is surrounded with dense pine and deodar forests, numerous streams, cool healthy air, attractive surroundings and a nearby snowline which make it an ideal holiday destination. The road to Dharamshala from Delhi makes for a brilliant ride and will take you past Chandigarh, Kiratpur and Bilaspur.
3. Mumbai/Pune to Lonavala
Lonavala is an easy weekend getaway from Mumbai or Pune and the expressway leading to it is regarded as one of the best roads in India. The picturesque surroundings and lush green foliage are great for calming those jittery nerves. So if you are in the region and are planning to take a road trip, look no further.
4. Guwahati to Tawang
The perfect road trip to instill the spirit of adventure in yourself, the road from Guwahati to Shillong is in perfect condition which makes it ideal for bikers. The journey will expose you to Buddhist culture, snow-capped mountain peaks and Indian Army camps, all of which will eliminate the boredom and negativity from your life in an instant. The innumerable tea stalls, momo sellers and maggie joints on the way are just an added bonus.
5. Shimla to Manali via Mandi
The Shimla-Manali road trip, with the River Beas trudging alongside, is a beautiful road trip to relax and unwind in India. The 250 km stretch requires you tackle some hilly terrains, but you will be greeted with stunning views at every turn. You can even take a break from the ride and play in the icy-cold water of the Beas to refresh yourself on this wonderful trip.
6. Gangtok to Lake Tsomgo and Nathu-La Pass
The North-East, home to some of the best road trip routes, remains one of the last few un-commercialised travel destinations in India. This particular journey is one that you should undertake without any hesitation. The awesome sights along the roads on the mountain ranges make up for the difficulties caused by the hilly terrain. A trip to Lake Tsomgo in the winters will fill you with a happiness that few have experienced.
7. Delhi to Dehradun and Mussoorie
The road from Delhi to Dehradun isn’t one of the best, but it offers some views that are simply breathtaking. It takes just 1.5 hours to go from Dehradun to Mussoorie which has everything from waterfalls and ropeways to vibrant markets and sumptuous momos. The beauty of Mussoorie and the fantastic views offered on the connecting routes to other hill stations around it make it an ideal road trip destination for any biker worth his salt.
8. Old Silk Route
Once the most popular trade route in the world, the Old Silk Route lies in Sikkim, along the border with China. The best feature of this winding and twisting route, besides the many breathtaking landscapes, is the picturesque Mt. Kanchandzongha. There are also many sightseeing trips and treks organized around the Silk route circuit.
9. Shimla to Manali via Kinnaur and Spiti
This route from Shimla to Manali is more recommended than the Mandi one above for those who care more about the journey than the destination. This particular route is by no means easy to travel but it rewards you with scenic vistas that make up for the travel time of 3-4 days. On this trip you can cover Kalpa, Sangla valley and even higher bits of the valley like Nako, Chango, Ropa if you wish.
10. Darjeeling to Tashiding via Gangtok
On this journey from Darjeeling to Gangtok you can visit the beautiful Do-drul Chorten Stupa, and the Enchey and Rumtek Monasteries. From there, the drive to Pelling, a little town nestled 2,200 metres above sea, is fantastic and Pelling is the starting point for most of the tough treks in West Sikkim. The final destination is the Tashiding Monastery, located atop a heart-shaped hill with the Mt. Kanchenjunga providing a scenic backdrop.
If you don’t have the right bike to make these trips, you can always rent a bike of your choice at affordable rates from Wheelstreet. Now that we’ve given you the destinations and the means to get there, what excuse do you have? Get your bike and go for the road trips that you will remember for a lifetime. Happy Riding!
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