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While there are many roads good roads to drive in India, here are ten chosen roads with picturesque landscapes, giggling streams, snow clad mountains that are treat to your eyes. The list here covers the mountain roads, desert trips and drivers through wilderness. Share your dream route if you have had a memorable driven.
1. Leh to Manali Highway
The Leh–Manali Highway is built and maintained by the Indian Army’s Border Roads Organization (BRO). It connects Leh in Jammu and Kashmir to Manali in Himachal Pradesh state. It is open for only about four and a half months in a year in summer between May /June, when the snow is cleared by BRO and mid-October till snowfall begins, blocking the road. This route is studded with Himalayan mountain ranges on both sides featuring some stunning sand and rock natural formations.
2. Guwahati to Tawang
The unexplored and less travelled roads of North east has a lot to offer for the travel enthusiasts. 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 enchanting Tawang monastery in Arunachal Pradesh. This route has some of the most beautiful view of snowcapped peaks, river, grasslands however the cultural heritage make this route marvelous
3. Jaisalmer to Barmer – Rajasthan
Jaisalmer to Barmer is the best Desert road drive in Rajasthan, India. It is a adventurous route which cuts across the Great Thar Desert where you can drive through a few hundred kilometres of barren land, interspersed by sand dunes and tormented by sand storms.
4. Kaza to Gramphu
Kaza to Gramphu is indeed a scenic drive across the alpine pastures, snow-clad mountain peaks streams & glaciers across the road. However roads are brutal & hostile and you need to be patient throughout the drive. Its not a smooth drive but the most scenic for sure.
5. Kalsi to Chakrata – Uttaranhal
This route ia apprx 40 Kms stretch winding up with steep hairpin bends. Kalsi to Chakrata used to be a one way traffic route controlled by two gates operated simultaneously from both the ends. However, these days it is a two way. This narrow winding route which provides a spectacular views of the Shivalik range makes the ride a memorable one.
6. Poladpur to Mahabaleshwar – Maharastra
Poladpur to Mahabaleshwar through the Amboli ghat is a unforgetful drive. The beautiful NH-17 from Poladpur towards Mahabaleshwar with sparse traffic, good wide road and smooth surfaces adding to the splendid nature all along the Amboli ghat & table top hill view make it a fantastic driving experience.
7. Kabini to H.D Kote – Karnataka
Kabini is a huge reservoir of river Kapila. The backwaters of the Kabini reservoir are very rich in wildlife. This 14 kms drive around the reservoir from H.D.Kote town to Kabini is a must drive because of good roads, rich grassy meadows, picturesque backwater with best sighting of elephant herds and many species of birds. Its a road on the Nagarahole National Park needs to be driven with care and respect for wildlife.
8. Pipariya to Panchmarhi – Madhya Pradesh
Panchmarhi is the only hill station in Madhya Pradesh with winding roads uphill. The route from Pipariya to Panchmarhi gives a picturesque view of Satpura range, milky waterfalls, streams , thick forest & wild animals. Its a pleasure driving through this hilly range.
9. Kochi to Munnar – Kerala
This is a awesome drive uphill winding the western ghat though the forest initially. As you near Munnar you spot Tea estates on either side of the road. However this road is very steep at some points and would cause dizziness and Motion Sickness
10. Shimla to Kufri – Himachal Pradesh
On NH22 via Dhalli is around 20kms is a drive you would never forget. Serene beauty all along the route with some smooth curvy roads, pine & oak tree carpet valleys and multiple view points is treat to your eyes. However there are a patches of nasty roads taxing your vehicle.