The greatest roads are always complemented with challenging bends and breathtaking views! These roads might have tacky twists and turns but give immense pleasure once we conquer them! Here is a list of 8 beautiful roads in India:
1. Zoji La Pass:
The Zozila or Zojila Pass is one of the most significant mountain passes in India and it lies in the midst of Leh, in the Western Himalayan Mountain Ranges and Srinagar, on the Indian National highway connecting Leh and Srinagar. The pass experiences heavy snowfall and hence remains closed during winter. The roads are long, narrow at parts and snowed up in others, which increases the thrill of driving along the roads. This highway can be called as the lifeline of Ladakh and it will be a sheer pleasure to travel in this pass on your Royal Enfield.
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2. Grand Trunk Road:
A drive through the Grand Trunk Road provides a running pageant of the various facades of India, from the oil tankers from Assam, the colorful Tata trucks from Punjab, dazzling buses, to the bare foot sadhus and a wandering livestock. It is one of South Asia’s oldest and longest major roads and has linked the eastern and western regions of the Indian subcontinent for many decades. Rudyard Kipling once referred to this road in his novel – Kim, as ‘a river of life such as this exists nowhere else in the world’.
3. Manali-Leh Highway:
The Manali-Leh highway is the most popular route to Ladakh and has replaced the old Srinagar-Kargil route. A stream of vehicles set off from the Kullu Valley to travel along the second-highest road in the world, reaching a woozy altitude of 5328 m at Tanglang La. The surface varies madly from a smooth blacktop through potholes of differing depths, wedged by glacial streams. Depending on the road conditions, the journey of 485 km can take seventeen to thirty hours of actual driving.
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4. National Highway 17/ Bombay to Goa:
The National Highway 17 (NH17 of India) is a straight route from Mumbai to Goa by road. The NH17 runs parallel to the western coast of India and continues further from Goa to connect the south Indian states of Karnataka and Kerala. The highway is popularly known as the Mumbai-Goa highway and the distance is roughly 579 km. You can enjoy the views of forests, hills, rivulets, rivers and streams.The place is surrounded with lush paddy fields and coconut trees.
5. L & T Highway Coimbatore, Coimbatore bypass:
The bypass is located in the Manchester of Southern India is 28 km long, built and commissioned by L&T Transportation Infrastructure Limited. The bypass road takes off from the Salem side of the NH47 at Nilambur and rejoins it on the Palghat side near Madukkarai. The scenic beauty of this bypass is so mesmerizing that you will stop by every now and then to capture the splendor in your camera while travelling in this road!
6. Shillong to Cherrapunjee:
Moving over the mountains adds to the thrill factor of the Shillong to Cherrapunjee trip. The Cherra Bridge, on the way, is absolutely breath-taking. The scenic beauty of the route is something that no camera can capture to the fullest. Catch a glimpse of the very famous “Bara Pani“(BadaPani in Hindi), the less explored trail while zooming ahead to Cherrapunjee.
7. Guwahati to Tawang:
This unfamiliar and less traveled road in North East India has a lot to offer for the travel buffs. This route covers Cherrapunji, the wettest place of India, their “living bridges” that are built out of roots, the Kaziranga National forest, famous for one-horned Indian-Rhinos, and the delightful Tawang monastery in Arunachal Pradesh. The striking sight of the snowcapped peaks, the grasslands and the cultural richness make this route absolutely stunning.
8. Bangalore to Kudremukh:
Kudremukh is one of the most stunning peaks in Western Ghats and the route from Bangalore passes through some lovely mountains and forests near the top. The road below the summit passes near an abandoned church and a small waterfall. One can stop to explore the church and also to check out for the incredible bird life there.
Is there any place where you’ve have had a unforgettable drive, not just for its views but also for its mysterious bends and unlimited thrill? If yes, let us know in the comments below.