There is a phrase : The journey is more important than the destination. Here I’m listing for your perusal a few SCENIC ROAD TRIPS IN INDIA. —
(1) MANALI-LEH HIGHWAY: ———- With spectacular views of snow-clad Himalayas, glaciers, streams and high-altitude plains, this 490-km-long highway epitomises adventure at every step. It is covered in snow for most of the year, and only opens during the summer months, between June and October. The two-day drive will take you through 5 mountain passes, including favourites like Rohtang La and Taglang La, the highest point in the journey.
(2) YAMUNA EXPRESSWAY : ——- If you are looking for a high-speed blitz, there’s no better stretch than the 165-km Yamuna Expressway. A ride on India’s longest six-lane highway will take you from Greater Noida in the National Capital Region to tourist Mecca –Agra, in just over two hours. There are open spaces, green fields and sundry villages on either side, but the countryside is little more than a backdrop to the smooth tarmac in front. With a speed limit of 100km per hour, the only interruptions on the straight-as-an-arrow road are the five toll plazas.
(3) EAST COAST ROAD : ——— Lined with rice fields, swaying coconut palms, fishing-villages and glimpses of the Bay of Bengal, this state highway in Tamil Nadu runs along the Bay of Bengal, connecting Chennai with Cuddalore. Starting with the quaint Cholamandal Artists’ Village, the Kalakshetra music and dance school and Dakshina-chitra crafts centre on the outskirts of Chennai, it has enough to delight both nature lovers and culture vultures.. Travel back in time at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mamallapuram, soak in Puducherry’s unique French ambience, stroll o the pristine beaches of Tharangambadi, or go boating through Pichavaram’s mangrove forests and backwaters.
(4) MUMBAI-GOA HIGHWAY : ——– The journey to everyone’s favourite beach get-away is both smooth and picturesque, though at 600km, it can get a bit tiring. NH17 runs from Mumbai to Thiruvananthapuram, winding its way through the Western Ghats and caressing the Konkan coastline. On the way there are numerous attractions : bird-watching and trekking at the Karnala Bird Sanctuary, panaromas of Vashishti River meandering through The Western Ghats, and the pristine beaches of Ganpatipule, Diveagar and Tarkarli. The surrounding sun-kissed hills are at their greenest during the monsoon. The steep turns only add to the thrill.