Are you an adventure junkie? or a biker who always in an expedition of thrilling biking places in India or are you a kind of the bikers who always in a lookout to explore every hidden dimension of the mother nature through his/her own bike, everything in a slow motion? Then yes! you've reached the right place! This article is specially curated for such stubborn hardcore biker soul. So, what you waiting for!? Get belted with all your Biking Gears and let that adrenaline rush into your body as we bring to you the 15 Best Road Trips in India that one should take riding a Motorcycle through all the beautiful roads and best highways in India.
1. Manali To Leh-Ladakh
Ladakh has been known for its breathtaking views and adventure which almost every guy in this world wishes to explore atleast once in a lifetime. Zanskar Valley, Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso Lake (The Azure Lake From 3 Idiots) to the highest motorable road Khardungla Pass, everything about it is just perfection. The Best time to visit Leh Ladakh is between May to September. But these are also the most dangerous roads to travel, especially for noobs. Bikers must note that there are a hell lot of things to keep in mind before planning any biking trip to Leh-Ladakh.
Initially, the bike should be of above 200cc because of the harsh conditions of Leh Manali highway. Secondly, you got to carry all the essential biking tools along with you, just to not let the fun suffer in case of any breakdown because there will be no mechanic after crossing Manali.
Duration: 14 Hrs
Distance: 480 km
Through National Highway: Leh Manali Highway
Note: One could opt for renting a bike from Manali
2. Manali To Spiti-Valley
Spiti, also known as the cold desert mountain valley located in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The name Spiti means 'The middle land' that is the land between Tibet and India. There’s a jaw-dropping mesmerizing beauty everywhere you look around in the Spiti's landscape. Chandrataal Lake, Kunzum Pass, Key monastery, Kaza, Pin Valley National Park are some of the places you must visit when in Spiti. It is on an average 12HR ride from Manali to Spiti because of the bad conditions of roads so you are suggested to carry all the essential mechanical tools along with you on the journey.
While you're on your way to Spiti, you would cross by a small village named "Chattru" which can be your halt area and you could also camp there. Charges would be around INR 1000 per camp with the capacity of 3 people. Although any fine day you can kickstart your bike and ride to these places, the majority of the people travel in the months from June till September. Because this is the time when both the routes from Spiti and Manali remains open.
Duration: 12 Hrs
Through National Highway: Hindustan – Tibet Highway
3. Mumbai To Goa
Goa is everyone's dream destination - where the ocean meets the land. Mumbai to Goa is approximately a 600 km ride through the western ghats. There are basically two national highways that you can take. One is NH66 or NH17 on which you will be riding from Mumbai - Panvel - Chilun - Kankavli - Panaji and second is NH48 which goes Mumbai - Pune - Satara - Kohlapur - Belgaun - Panaji.
NH48 is considerably an easier route, where there isn’t much to do except riding whereas NH66 or NH17 would make a hell of a ride for the bikers, riding along the mountains passing by the villages and forts. Any bike would sustain this adventurous road trip as long as it is maintained and serviced well enough. Roughly 10 days would be enough to cover this adventurous trip on the bike.
Duration: 10 Days
Through National Highway: NH66 or NH17
4. Delhi To Jaisalmer
Jaisalmer, a princely state in the western state of Rajasthan, in the heart of the Thar Desert known as the “Golden City” is approximately 800 km from Delhi and the ideal time to visit Jaisalmer is between November and March. There are three routes to take from Delhi to reach Jaisalmer. The first route starts from Delhi - Bahadurgarh - Rohtak - Hisar - Fatehpur - Bikaner - Jaisalmer this route takes about 14 hours across NH9 and NH52. Route 2 starts from Delhi - Neemrana - Shahpura - Jaipur - Nagaur - Jaisalmer it goes through NH 48 and 125 and takes about 15 hours and the final route is from Delhi - Neemrana - Shahpura - Jaipur - Kishangarh - Ajmer - Beawar - Jodhpur - Pokhran - Jaisalmer.
These routes run through the same way till Jaipur and are recommended by most of the travelers. Jaisalmer is popular for their desert safari and the Rajasthani cuisine, for bikers it’ll be an incredible journey in ‘The Land Of Kings’.
Duration: 15 Hrs
Through National Highway: NH9 & NH52
5. Guwahati To Shillong And Cherrapunji
Shillong, a hill station in Northeast India and the capital state of Meghalaya is situated at an average altitude of 4,908 feet above sea level. The route from Guhwati To Shillong And Cherrapunji is approximate of 90 km and takes about 3 hours. The national highway from Guhwati to Shillong is very well maintained but the roads from Shillong to Cherrapunji is very narrow and winding. Though it is only around 60 km, more or less it takes 2.5 hours because of the bad conditions of the road.
It is advised to carry warm clothes, gloves, and wind-sheeters if you’re traveling in the month of November or December and for the safety concerns don't ride beyond the speed of 50 kmph.
Duration: 2.5 Hrs
Through National Highway: NH40
6. Delhi To Agra
Agra, a city In northern India’s-Uttar Pradesh situated on the banks of River Yamuna, is home to the iconic Taj Mahal. There are two routes to reach Agra from the national capital Delhi. First one starts from Delhi - Jaipur - Mathura - Vrindavan - Agra which is about 230 km and the second route starts from Yamuna Expressway which is about 165 km and would take around 3 hours to reach Agra.
For the better experience, you could start from Yamuna Expressway to reach Agra and come back to Delhi from the other route via Vrindavan Mathura and Jaipur.
Duration: 3 Hrs
Through National Highway: Yamuna Expressway
7. Chennai To Pondicherry
Pondicherry is the capital city and the largest city of Indian Union territory of Puducherry and is popularly known as Pondy. The route is approximately 150 km and takes about 3 hours. Ride on the most beautiful roads of southern India with stunning beaches running through the roadside. Bikers must carry essential tools because there is not much rescue available in case anything goes negative.
It’s a 4 lane road and is safe to travel but it would be better if you plan the journey in the daytime. And please take a proper heed towards all the safety measures if you're planning for this trip because the accidental rate on this highway is notoriously high due to the over-speeding of the vehicles and violation of the driving rules. Alamparai Fort, Sadras Dutch Fort, and Odiyur Lake are a few tourist attractions you can visit on your way to Pondy.
Duration: 3 Hrs
Through National Highway: ECR Highway
8. Delhi To Kanatal
Kanatal is a small quint village in Uttrakhand-India on the Chamba-Mussorie road and is nearly 350 km from Delhi. The best route to reach Kanatal would be Delhi - Roorkee - Haridwar - Rishikesh - Narendranagar - Chamba - Kanatal which is approximately around 290 km and the other route is via Dehradun - Mussoorie - Dhanaulti - Kanatal.
The hills in this area are engulfed in clouds which adds to the beauty of the place. The roads are a bit deadly, it is advised for the bikers to ride safely. Kanatal camp is where a majority of people tends to stay with good quality food and camps.
Duration: 5 Hrs
9. Chennai To Munnar
Munnar - The Kashmir of South India is a town in the Western Ghats mountain range in Kerala and is situated around 5,200 ft above sea level. The best route to take is Chennai - Trichy - Dindigul - Udumalai - Munnar, the total distance would be 620 km and it takes 12 hours at a stretch.
Munnar is known for its highest trek to Anamudi Peak which is about 2,695m tall. The fresh smell of Tea gardens, nature and wildlife tours to the attractive waterfalls everything about it is just natural and breathtaking.
Duration: 12 Hrs
10. Pamban Bridge
Pamban Bridge is a railway bridge which connects the town of Rameshwaram on Pamban Island to mainland India. This stretch is about 14km long and could be covered in 30 minutes.
Continue to travel from Rameswaram to take AH 43 (Asian highway 43) which connects various countries of Asia and Europe by road. The Pamban bridge now is almost a tourist spot. A lot of people stop by the road bridge for some sight-seeing.
Duration: 30 Min
Through Asian Highway: AH 43
11. Delhi To Mount Abu
Mount Abu, a hill station in western Rajasthan, near the Gujarat border is set on highly rock plateau in the Aravali range and surrounded by the forests. The ride from Delhi to Mount Abu is simply amazing and is approximately an 800 km ride which takes about 13 hours.
The route starts from Delhi via Chittaurgarh - Udaipur - Pali - Sirohi - Mount Abu. Nakki Lake, Dilwara Temples, Toad Rock are a few tourists spots where one must stop by while this journey to witness the engineering of the mother nature. The trip might be tiring yet refreshing after witnessing the beauty of the Mount Abu.
Duration: 13 Hrs
Through National Highway: NH8
12. Jaipur To Ranthambore
Ranthambore National park is known to all. It is a vast wildlife reserve near the town of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan. It is former royal hunting ground and home to the number of tigers.
The route is about 155 km which takes around 4hours. Ranthambore is popular for their tiger safari, Ranthambore Fort, Jogi Mahal, Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Padam Talab and a few more places where people can ride to and create memories.
Duration: 4 Hrs
Through National Highway: SH24
13. Bangalore To Ooty
Ooty, also known as Udhagamandalam, is a hill station in the state of Tamil Nadu, in the Southern State of India. The route is nearly about 280 km which takes about 6-7 hours. Riders will have to stay one day in Masingudi to avoid traveling in the night.
Ooty lake, Botanical Gardens, Dodabetta peak, Pykara Falls, Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, Emerald Lake, Rose Garden are some of the amazing places to visit in this journey. Again it is recommended to carry all the essential tools, safety pads, gloves and other necessary equipment to make the journey safe and blissful.
Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Through National Highway: NH275
14. Kolkata To Puri
Puri is a religious city and a Municipality in the state of Odisha in eastern India. It is the district headquarters of Puri and is situated on the Bay of Bengal. Kolkata to Puri is one of the most beautiful road journeys in India.
The route is about 500 km which takes around 10 hours so you must spend the night in between to avoid fatigue. Puri Beach, Chilika lake, Jagannath Temple, Raghurajpur Artist Village are some of the exciting places to visit in Puri
Duration: 10 Hrs
Through National Highway: NH6
15. Ahmedabad To Kutch
Kutch is a district of Gujarat state in Western India. The distance from Ahmedabad to Kutch is about 400 km which on an average take 6-7 hours to complete the journey.
The Great Rann of Kutch also known as the ‘White Desert’ is a salt marsh desert, Wildlife Sanctuary to Mandvi Beach in Bhuj, don't miss out any of these amazing places while the trip to Kutch. Explore all the breathtaking views from this amazing place.
Duration: 6-7 Hrs
Through National Highway: Highway No. 8
N.B: We advise riders to wear helmets, safety pads and follow traffic rules for their own safety.