It’s time to escape the ordinary!
The much awaited Republic Day weekend 2019 is round the corner and you have the perfect opportunity to plan your next road trip.
All you need to do is choose a location, book self drive car rental and head on for a vacation you have been longing for.
To make the planning easier for you, we have shortlisted few destinations that you can visit on this Republic Day weekend.
Road Trips to Take in India on This Republic Day Weekend
Mumbai to Goa Road Trip
The road trip from Mumbai to Goa via the National Highway 17 is a sheer pleasure. Remember the road trip from the famous Bollywood movie Dil Chahta Hai? Guess you are already humming the journey song. Great!
You can choose any of the two routes to reach the beach capital of India – Goa, from Mumbai. The Pune-Kolhapur route via NH4, which can be covered in about 10 hours (approx. 590 kilometers) or the Chiplun-Ratnagiri route via NH66 (577 kilometers), which will take nearly 12 hours for you to reach Goa. While the first route is faster and safer, the second route boasts of unmatched scenic beauty and adventure. So, it is completely upon you which route you would prefer to drive along in you self drive car rental.
Chennai to Pondicherry Road Trip
A trip from Chennai to Pondicherry (nicknamed as the ‘Paris of the East’) can be covered in nearly 3-4 hours via the picturesque East Coast Road that runs along the Bay of Bengal coastline. The distance you will cover along the Chennai to Pondicherry road trip is about 155 kilometers.
En route the journey you can cover Mahabalipuram (stop at this UNESCO World Heritage Site), Idaikkazhinadu (check out the Alambara Fort), Marakkanam (known for large salt pans) and Mudaliarkuppam (chill in the boat house and enjoy water sports). There are three routes to reach Pondicherry – via ECR, NH32 or NH48, you can choose as you please.
Bangalore to Ooty Road Trip
The Bangalore to Ooty road trip is perfect for nature lovers. Throughout the journey you will see lush green mountains and scenic landscapes. You can take the Ring Road that connects with the Bangalore-Mysore highway, the 4-lane state highway is the best road that connects the two cities. En route the journey you can stop in Mysore, Bandipur and Mudumalai, to get the best out of your road trip.
The Golden Triangle (Delhi–Agra–Jaipur) Road Trip
This list would be incomplete without mentioning the classic Golden Triangle road trip, made of the three historically and culturally rich cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. The Golden Triangle road trip can be covered via the Yamuna Expressway and NH8. Though this trip covers a distance of about 449 kilometers, which can be driven in seven hours, it is advisable to cover it in two or three days. Don’t rush the journey, make the most of it by stopping by in each city to explore the historical marvels and the old bazars.
Visakhapatnam to Araku Valley Road Trip
The distance from Visakhapatnam to Araku Valley is about 114 kilometers, which can be covered in approximately 3-4 hours. Along the journey you will cover lush green hills overlooking the magical Bay of Bengal, majestic waterfalls, forested hillsides, verdant green canyons and coffee plantations. Once you reach the Araku Valley, you can visit the Borra Caves and Tatipudi Reservoir.
So, the destinations are done. Now, all you need is to book a self drive car rental. Go ahead, checkout the offers.