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5 Most Spectacular Routes In India You Cannot Ignore For Your Next Road Trip

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Road trips often give you memories for life. Credits: Pichenettes

In these busy times, road trips function as a fun way of bringing together everyone for a prolonged period of time. Travelling in a car with family and friends promises many exciting dynamics along the relatively long journey. We finally find time to talk to each other, eat at new outlets along the highways, introduce each other to our respective favourite songs, and do just about everything under the sun.

But what really takes it several notches up is when you don't need to bother about driving the car at all. If there's an experienced driver at the helm, the journey can be enjoyed even better from the backseat because you don't get tired at all. Uber Intercity allows you to do just that at the most economical rates. With Uber, you can call for a well-maintained cab right at your doorstep, whenever you want.

So if you are planning to bring in 2019 by spending some quality time with loved ones, here is a filtered list of the 5 most picturesque road trips across India that prove that the journey matters more than the destination:

1. Mumbai to Pune

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The Mumbai-Pune Expressway is one of the most alluring routes in Maharashtra. The Western Ghats will keep you company for most of the journey, but if that doesn't suffice, there are plenty of natural water bodies and manmade reservoirs as well. A detour to the gorgeous Lonavla during the monsoons is highly recommended. If you also plan to visit your alma mater in Pune (which is most probably going to be the case), it's better if you invite your entire college gang to the trip; Uber Intercity has got a fleet of big cars as options too.

Suggested route: Mumbai - Panvel - Lonavala - Aamby Valley - Pune

Total distance: 200km

Must stop at: Panvel (take a challenging trek up the Karanala Fort), Lonavala (marvel the view from Tiger Hill) and Aamby Valley (sign yourself up for an adventure activity).

Places to stay: Hotel Panchratna (Panvel), Hotel Shillim Estate Retreat and Spa (Lonavala) and Aamby Valley City (Aamby Valley).

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2. Bengaluru to Mysore

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The Bangalore to Mysore stretch is ideal for working professionals who are only free over the weekends. This road trip is merely a five-hour journey, but that in no way means that it's any less beautiful. All your senses will be in for a treat courtesy of the lush green plantations along the way, apart from the outstanding highway eateries. Bliss.

Suggested route: Bengaluru - Ramanagara - Channapatna - Srirangapatna - Mysore

Total distance: 145km

Must stop at: Ramanagara (unwind by the pristine Kanva Lake), Channapatna (go wine tasting at Heritage Winery) and Srirangapatna (offer your prayers at Ranganathaswamy Temple).

Places to stay: Kodikallu Homestay (Ramanagara) and KSTDC Hotel Mayura Riverview (Srirangapatna).

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3. Guwahati to Shillong

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If you are still unaware of the northeast's gorgeous natural scenery, this road trip will show you all facets of it. This mystical trail is threaded by majestic mountains, sprawling lush greens, and feathery white yaks. Shillong is a stunning hill town encircled by tall pine trees, which ensures that in this case the destination will also be worthwhile.

Suggested route: Guwahati - Nongpoh - Umiam - Shillong

Total distance: 110km

Must stop at: Nongpoh (explore the Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary) and Umiam (camp by the beautiful Umiam Lake).

Places to stay: People's Choice Lodge (Nongpoh) and Ri Kynjai Serenity by The Lake (Umiam).

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4. Jaipur to Ajmer

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From the capital to another end of the regal state, this road trip is at the top of most bucket lists in India. The journey is a contrast, from the monotonous deserts to a million city colours, and the roads are smooth, so there is no reason why you shouldn't explore Rajasthan along this beguiling stretch.

Suggested route: Jaipur - Sambhar - Roopangarh - Kishangarh - Ajmer

Total distance: 175km

Must stop at: Sambhar (visit India's largest inland salt lake, Sambhar Salt Lake), Roopangarh (go to the massive Roopangarh Fort) and Kishangarh (marvel the architectural beauty of Phool Mahal Palace).

Places to stay: The Sambhar Heritage Resort (Sambhar) and Hotel Bhanwar Singh Palace (Kishangarh).

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5. Chennai to Pondicherry

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Photo of East Coast Road, Palavakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India by Prateek Dham

Extract the maximum pleasure by travelling between these two cities on the East Coast Road. The reflection of the sun on the numerous water bodies along this 150km-long stretch is what makes this arguably the most decorative road trip in the southern region because it is sprayed with great attractions such as Mahabalipuram (a UNESCO World Heritage site), Alambara Fort and Kalpakkam Nuclear Facility, en route.

Suggested route: Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Edaikazhinadu - Pondicherry

Total distance: 160km

Must stop at: Mahabalipuram (take a tour of the town's ancient temples) and Edaikazhinadu (visit the famous Alambara Fort).

Places to stay: Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram) and SaffronStays Venmani (Edaikazhinadu).

Book your ride now.

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Have a wonderful road trip!

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Great article. Thanks for sharing these helpful tips for saving money while travelling.
Wed 06 20 18, 15:20 · Reply · Report
Amazing article with some truly breathtaking photographs. Kudos :) Also, a 4 day long weekend is here, from the 29th of March to the 1st of April. Visit www.wheelstreet.com and rent all your favorite bikes at the most affordable prices in India and make the most of your weekend.
Thu 03 29 18, 15:48 · Reply · Report
I fail to understand if this article is about very good road trips or it is an adv for Ola Outstation services
Sat 06 24 17, 23:36 · Reply · Report
Taken/Done Nos. 1, 6 and 10... Rest Trips Still Pending...
Fri 06 23 17, 17:04 · Reply · Report