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Top 5 Overland Journeys in India

18-10-2016
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Top 5 Overland Journeys in India

Best discovered by road, the Indian landscape will take you on an unimaginable journey through the highest passes in the world, into the wild countryside along the great Arabian ocean on smooth and bone rattling tar. Be ready to take it all in, if you want to get under the skin of the place. Here are some of the top road journeys that one can take in India.

Manali-Leh – A journey that is bound to end up as a resilient bond with the mountains, the Manali to Leh journey is one that adventure seekers from all over the world want to experience. Encounter stark mountain desert topography, dusty roads, monasteries and small hamlets while you cover the 475km. This route is open only between June and September as high mountain passes get snowed out at other times. Rohtang Pass, Jispa, Barlacha la, Sarchu and the Gata Loops are some of the interesting points that come enroute.

Coastal Karnataka – Driving from Mangalore to Karwar covers almost the entire western boundary of Karnataka, along the Arabian Ocean. The relatively unexplored coastal stretch is one of the most stunning ones in India, which gives you access to isolated beaches, fishing villages, ancient temples and detours into rainforest areas and surfing spots. A cup of tea at a dhaba (shanty) by the road with the sea breeze in your hair is an unassuming yet memorable experience.

Top 5 Overland Journeys in India

Chennai to Pondicherry –The East Coast Road from Chennai to Pondicherry is one of the most iconic drives in South India. Developed years ago, this route has been a favourite with weekend travellers from Chennai. The road winds along the east coast of India, with the Bay of Bengal on your left as you drive. Mahabalipuram is a veritable pit stop on the way, to explore to ancient Chola temples.

Bangalore to Hassan – The Bangalore to Hassan drive promises as many adventures on the road as at the destination. While heading to the Hoysala wonders off Hassan, stop at the Jain pilgrimage of Sravanabelagola to see the towering statue of Bahubali. The ride through the countryside offers a glimpse of local life and gorgeous views of swaying fields on both sides of the roads.

Jodhpur to Jaisalmer – Cutting through the sandy landscape of Rajasthan, the black-tarred road snakes through the heart of the state. Fantastic vistas unfold on every bend as the road swerves around insipid rockscapes only to open up to vast sun burnt stretches, with a silhouette of camel herds and their shepherds.

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