Just a few days left before all we Indians can proudly celebrate our 73rd Independence Day! All of us love commemorating this day in our own special way. Of course, we all love to participate in the flag hoisting ceremonies and other cultural activities as well as love doing quirky things like wearing the tricolored clothes, eating tricolored sweets and other foodstuff. This year, as a long weekend awaits this Independence Day 2019, you can plan a super-duper road trip and enjoy your freedom in the true sense!
Shimla to Manali
You can plan a road trip to Manali via Mandi from Shimla. Distance from Shimla to Manali is just about 247 kms, which can be covered easily by taking a seven-hour drive via NH 205 and NH 3. You will find amazingly breath-taking views with majestic mountains on a side and deep valleys and lush greenery on the other, during the entire journey. Keep your cameras ready and charged as you will need to utilize it to its full capacity.
Guwahati to Tawang
This is another enchanting road trip that you must take in the north eastern part of India. This is a tad longer trip as the distance is about 509 kms and can take approximately 14 to 15 hours to reach. But for the travel enthusiasts, it shouldn’t be a great deal as the journey is worth the effort and hot Momo stalls all along the way will keep you going. Along the trip, you can see hypnotic beauty unfolding with the lush greenery and snow-clad mountains. As it’s an extensive road trip, so you can choose a stopover at Dirang to witness the Buddhist culture at theThubsungDhargyeling Monastery or at Tezpur in Assam to explore the cultural and historic attractions.
Mumbai to Goa
Mumbai to Goa road trip is like nirvana for the car or bike enthusiasts and the best way to celebrate this Independence Day 2019.There are several routes available but the route via NH4, the Pune- Kolhapur route is about 604 kms and will take approximately 10 to 12 hours to reach your destination full of beaches, greenery and beer! But the journey is not any less mesmerizing with western Ghats from end to end. There is this another route Chiplun-Ratnagiri route via NH66, a choice for mostly the thrill seekers with winding roads and narrow curves.
Delhi to Agra
The majestic Yamuna Expressway can take you from Delhi to Agra in the smoothest possible way. The entire Expressway stretch is about 165 kms and can be covered in about 2 hours. However, the route for getting to Yamuna expressway from Delhi is about 70 kms, making the entire journey of just about 4 hours. You can easily visit the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort, spend enough time in the city and come back to Delhi the same day.
Delhi to Jaipur
The trip to Jaipur, the pink city and the capital city of Rajasthanfrom Delhi can be undertaken via NH 48. The distance is just about 280 kms and will take about 5 to 6 hours approximately. This is the shortest possible route which goes from Delhi -Gurgaon- Neemrana – Shahpura and Jaipur eventually. There are beautiful pitstops along this route. You can choose to visit the Transport museum which can be loved by both kids and elders or can try ziplining at Neemrana fort and can even check out the step wells in Shahpura before you reach the colorful traditional city.
Jaipur to Jaisalmer
A trip from the Pink city to the paradise of desert can be taken via the Blue city! Easy, isn’t it? Well this trip can become one of the most memorable road trips of your life. The distance is extensive which is about 568 kms. Go along the RJ SH 19 and will easily take about 9 to 10 hours to reach. But you can always take pitstops, best would be at Jodhpur to refuel your car and tummy with some authentic Rajasthani food and your senses with the beautiful palaces around.
Bangalore to Ooty
A trip to Ooty will make the perfect road trip for this Independence Day 2019, weekend. You can reach Ooty that is nestled in the laps of Nilgiris via Mysore and check out the intriguing history of this ancient place before proceeding. You can take the NH 275 and 766 road that stretches to about 280 kms approximately. The route is a perfect combination of striking asphalt and beautiful lush greenery. Savor your road trip with several food joints along the way. In about 6 to 7 hours you can reach your destination.
Mumbai to Mount Abu
The best place for Mumbaikars to unwind themselves from the hustle-bustle of the city apart from Goa is Mount Abu. This is the best place for the fast paced Mumbaikars to seek solace. The distance is about 758 kms and can be covered in approximately 12 to 13 hours which shouldn’t be a problem for the avid drivers. You can take the NH 48 from Mumbai which goes via Vadodara and Ahmedabad, with plenty of dhabas serving lip smacking food all along the way. You can choose to spend longer time at both these places and check out these culturally and historically enriched places before you reach Mount Abu.
Chennai to Pondicherry
Pondicherry also nicknamed as Paris of the East is one of the loved gateways for people to visit from Chennai. The distance is about 152 kms and will take approximately 3 to 4 hours via East Coast Road. The road goes via Mahabalipuram which has a beautiful clean beach and huge relaxed idol of Lord Vishnu. This sport can offer you some great background for your profile pictures! The route is idyllic with a great view of sea on one side with the picturesque reflection of Sun in the water.
Ahmedabad to Kutch
A trip to this beautiful extensive White salt Desert from Ahmedabad is about 400 kms via NH 947 and will take approximately seven to eight hours to reach. While you drive through, you will come across picturesque landscapes, unique huts lining the roads and umpteen food joints serving the authentic yummy Gujarati food. The journey is pleasurable, and the road quality is good. Make sure after you reach Kutch, pay a visit to the Wild Ass Sanctuary, Chari- Dhand a paradise for bird watching and Hodka village to buy some attractive handicrafts.
Kolkata to Puri
It is one of the most scenic road trips possible in India on this Independence Day 2019 weekend. The distance is just about 500 kms and via NH 16 you can reach the destination in approximately 9 to 10 hours. You will find lush greenery all along the way to lift your mood and make your journey enjoyable. The destination is undoubtedly beautiful with clean and serene beach to witness some wonderful sand arts and sea food, but the journey is no less!
Visakhapatnam to Araku Valley
This is one of the shortest, easily doable and super enjoyable road trips in India. The distance is merely 114 kms.Take the Vishakhapatnam road and comfortably you can finish with the journey in approximately 3 hours. The route is undeniably picturesque, and you can choose to stop at various places to capture the true beauty of nature. Also, Borra caves are a must visit, located right on the way to Araku Valley.
Agra to Jaipur
You can opt for this road trip on the Independence Day 2019 weekend and by clubbing it with the Delhi trip, you can cover the Golden triangle of tourism famed in India. The distance from Agra to Jaipur is roughly 240 kms and can be covered in 4 to 5 hours depending upon the number of pit-stops and speed. Take the Bikaner Agra road for a wonderful road trip to satiate both your tummy and senses.
Shillong to Cherrapunjee
This is one of the shortest road trips but the most amazing one for the Independence Day 2019 weekend. The distance is hardly about 54 kms. Take the route via SH 5 and in about 2 hours, you will be done with your journey. It is one such road trip where the destination is not as important as the journey itself. You will get to see beautiful waterfalls, caves, valleys, picturesque villages, and some amazing views on the way that are worth capturing in your digital camera as well as your mind camera for a lifetime.
Bangalore to Bandipur
If you are in Bangalore, this is the most ideal road trip possible on this Independence Day 2019 weekend. The trip to the Tiger park and National Reserve in Bandipurcan be taken via Mysore road and the distance being about 220 kms can be covered in approximately 4 hours. You can plan a stop at Channapatna, that is famed for its wooden toys. Also, if time and energy permit you, a pitstop at Mysore can let you explore the glory of Mysore palace and savor the special Masala dosa in Mysore.
So, get yourself moving, get your backpacks ready. Travel light and travel freely on your road trip to have an amazing Independence Day 2019, weekend and celebrate the day with all the zest to remember for life!