Winter Wanderlust: The 7 Best Road Trips in India.

Do you want to go on that zindagi na milegi Dobara with your friends? Now is the time to do it. As winter descends on the subcontinent the country roads beckon to you. India with its variety of landscapes and rich diversity of cultures provides road-trippers with a variety of iconic journeys that take on a whole new life in the colder months. So, buckle up and join us as we explore some of the most magical winter road trips in India.

Manali to Leh Highway

Manali to Leh Highway is a 479 kms stretch of pure beauty that turns into a snow-capped paradise during the winter months. The highway is closed for most of the year because of heavy snowfall, but it gets reopened in the late spring. But the winter drive is all about the snow-capped mountains, the frozen rivers, and the serene landscape. It’s not a road trip for the faint of heart, but the payoff is worth it.

Shimla to Spiti Valley

From the capital of hills, shimla, to the mysterious spiti valley, this journey brings all the glamour of himachal Pradesh to spiti valley.

In winter, the unfurled snow-capped mountains of spiti are covered in a blanket of white, making it look as if it is from outer space. This road trip is dotted with old monasteries and frozen lakes, as well as charming villages.

Mumbai to Goa Coastal Drive

While most people think of Goa as a beach paradise during the summer months, a winter road trip to Goa from Mumbai has a special charm. The winter weather is mild, the traffic is lighter, and the scenery is stunning. You can take a drive along the beautiful Konkan coastline, visit historical forts and enjoy local seafood in a relaxed Goa experience.

Delhi to Rishikesh

If you’re looking for a shorter winter break, the Delhi-Rishikesh road trip through the foothills of the Himalayas is a great option. The Ganges surrounded by mist-shrouded hills and Rishikesh’s spiritual vibrancy set the scene for a peaceful getaway. Adventurers can also enjoy white-water rafts or retreats in the world’s yoga capital.

Kolkata to Puri

From Kolkata, you’ll take a scenic drive along the Bay of Bengal, passing through picturesque coastal villages on your way to Puri. Puri, home to some of India’s most historic temples and picturesque beaches, is the perfect place to get away from the winter cold and explore the east coast of India.

Bangalore to Ooty

If you’re looking for a road trip experience that combines hill station magic with the serenity of tea plantations, you’ve come to the right place. From Bangalore, you’ll drive from Ooty to Nilgiri Hills. In winter, the Nilgiri Hills are covered with mist-shrouded valleys and lush emerald-green hills. Along the way, take the scenic route with hairpin bends, visit the botanical gardens and enjoy the temperate climate of this southern paradise.

Jaipur to Rann of Kutch

Take a road from Jaipur to explore Rajasthan’s vibrant culture and the surreal landscapes of the Kutch Rann in Gujarat. In winter, the White Salt desert comes alive with art, music and dance during the Rann utsav. Explore the vastness of the Big Rann, visit historical palaces and soak up the culture of western India.