“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pack your bags, take a map and let’s just get lost and explore, probably places, a culture or a group of unknown strangers or probably ourselves. India being one big, diverse country to travel by road. Here’s India’s top 5 road trip destinations. Wander. Escape. Explore. Each place has its own story, follow that rhythm, you never know, you find yourself back.

Visakhapatnam to Araku Valley

Visakhapatnam, renowned for its uncluttered beaches and quaint       panorama. The rhythmic melding of Bay of Bengal and Eastern Ghats in Visakhapatnam. This city is blessed with exquisite hills, beaches, and not to forget the magnificent valleys. This place is known as the “Jewel of the Eastern Coast”.  Araku Valley is a pristine beauty, in the midst of the Eastern Ghats, belonging to a number of tribes. One enters a journey of natural environment, lumbering hill sides, spiralled roads, with sensational waterfalls and coffee plantations. One should never miss stopping over – Borra caves and Tatipudi Reservoir.

Shimla to Manali via Mandi

Shimla, the queen of hills, they say! Every time leaving you with a dazzling view. You wouldn’t want to leave the camera. All you get to listen is the peaceful sound of the river beas, trudging alongside. A great break to be away from the hustle-bustle of the big cities, a journey to rejuvenate yourself. So, pack your bags, sit back and enjoy those sweet serene hills, with rich and lightly timbered valleys and greenery on the sides!!

Bangalore to Bandipur Forest

Sunroof, friends, weekend and a forest is not a BAD idea at all! A little jungle-wilderness is not too bad in itself. A wide range of tigers, bison, antelopes, elephants, deer and other native species awaits you. Sing along the way and spot various different kinds of birds!! Forget your deadlines, enjoy the greenery!!

Darjeeling to Pelling

Hey there, nature lovers! Seems like this trip is for you. Be greeted by the Kanchenjunga peaks, dense and abundant tea gardens, and splendid landscapes on all sides. All you get to hear are the voices of the birds chirping around.  Just tune in with slow music, and long drive and just cherish this eye-catching experience.

Mumbai to Lonavala

Warning: Don’t let the speed exceed and don’t lose that conversation with that special someone!! It is an adventurous journey of tunnels, dim lights and a number of exit polls. Open the window and feel that pristine fresh breeze rushing through your face, accompanied with greenery on the sides. A smooth journey of 1.5 hour, sit back and relax and just look around the beautiful deccan ghats.  Don’t forget to carry groundnuts on your way. A Mumbaikar is always ready for Lonavala because of that cool, breezy weather. Don’t miss out on doing adventurous activities like trekking, hiking and many exciting things.

Spend a day or two in these extremely peace-loving places, you’ll realise what were you missing.

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