Trails of India
We live in a big and beautiful world, where there is so much to explore, so much to capture, so much to feel and so much to get into nature!
But most of us chose to live and die in the same place we were born and hence never get to see the glimpse of any of those scenic beauties present around us. I don’t want to be “most of us”, neither I want you to be one of them.
We live in a country which offers a plentitude of roads, attitudes and destinations that will leave you struck by its varying definitions of beauty. Then why waste the time sitting at home?
Road trips are the best ways to explore the natural beauty and discover the life across different places. Whether in the east, west, north or south, India offers a variety of destinations to make up for a thrilling road-trip.
After all, nothing can beat the thrill of being on the road, right?
Sometimes, an open sky, moon and the stars are all you need to get the unknown answers from life and that’s the therapy for the day to day hectic schedule.
Rightly said by Terry Pratchett – There’s always a story. It’s all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything’s got a story in it. And at the end of the day, that’s what matters!!
Get on a road trip, make your own story. What are you waiting for?
To help inspire you, I have selected 7 of the best scenic beauties in India – from Manali, a short but superbly scenic stretch of mountain road in the Valley of hills, to the colours of Kutch in the lap of Desert.
1. Manali to Leh Highway – From the Valley of Hills to the Snowy Affair
The beauty of road trip from Manali to Leh cannot be captured in words. You can just capture those breathtaking scenic views in your eyes!
That peaceful silence in the lap of nature and the fresh smell of snow around you will leave you mesmerised. Remember when Kareena Kapoor was dancing in the middle of the snowy path from Jab We Met?
Wouldn’t it be fun to journey along that road in all its snowy glory on an open jeep or a bike?
2. Mumbai to Pune Expressway: The Bachelors Calling!
A Road trip to Lonavala is something that everyone looks out for. Don’t miss to savour ‘chikki’ in Lonavala. The amazing picturesque surroundings and lush green verdure are great at calming those hyper nerves.
Put your pedal on the bike pedal, and get cracking!
3. Shillong to Cherrapunjee: The way to Clouds
The journey from Road towards the Clouds!
An amazing 53 km stretch, from drizzles, waterfalls, caves, rain, breathtaking scenic views, villages and a beautiful view from your window, this one has a lot to offer. You will find stops for yummy food along the way.
For your camera, this road trip will be a great treat to capture!
4. Kolkata to Digha: A Seaside Paradise
No place can beat the picturesque views of Digha!
Your camera will thank you for this trip. The road is basic and pleasing, great for relaxing and enjoying the beauty of nature, lined with green foliage all around. It is a favourite weekend trip option for many for its short and sweet appeal. Walk along the beach or have some adventures in the shallow waters, just two days here will take your mind off things and let you relax.
5. Delhi to Manali — From the Concrete Mess to the Valley of the Gods
Okay, so now this one is the most popular destination to go to among teenagers. The stretch, which seems to get cooler with every kilometre you cross, is ideal for all those who love serene valleys and snowcapped mountains. This place has a lot to offer, from serene beauty of nature to adventure, you can have it all.
Once in Manali, you can improve your adventure portfolio score by adding trekking, paragliding, skiing or rafting to it.
Spend some time admiring the beauty of nature!
6. Ahmedabad to Kutch — Colours of Desert
Keep moving and watch the Desert Blend with the Sky!
From the glittering locales of Ahmedabad, a road-trip to nowhere, wouldn’t it be amazing? Indulge in this beautiful road trip and discover how it feels to be in the middle of nowhere!
All you see through a distance is The White Desert.
This journey is fun and compliments the experience, one gets on reaching the destination. The endless expanse of the white salt desert is amazingly complimented by the colourful life of the people of Kutch.
You can rest your wheels for a couple of hours while admiring the beauty of magnificent temples and mosques en route.
7. Kolkata to Varanasi — From the Land of Sweetness to Spiritual City
Ami Tomar Ki Bhalo Bashi!
The place where the sweetness comes from within. This stretch to the spiritual capital of India, from Kolkata, is nothing less than a visual treat for eyes as well as for your camera to capture. This is a place from where you can enjoy both the sunrise and the sunset, apart from viewing the mighty ocean all the time.
Once in Varanasi, you can adorn all your spiritual colours by visiting the ghats, which appears even more beautiful at evenings.
Driving need not be the chore that it has become for many of us as we struggle along stop-start destination routes.
It can be a brilliant way to explore a landscape and enjoy the sights and capture gorgeous photography en route a beautiful destination.
Get along and start making memories for a lifetime!