Road trips in India

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1. Posted by sanak (First Time Poster 1 posts) 40w Star this if you like it!

What are the common road trip trails in India taken by people who visit for the first time? :)

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3. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 346 posts) 39w Star this if you like it!

It's a big country.
What do you mean by a 'road trip'?
Do you mean renting a motorbike, car, a car and driver or buses/trains?
What time of year will you be visiting?
How long are you intending to stay?
What interests you (major tourist attractions, big cities. small cities, Temples or beaches or...)?

[ Edit: Edited on 14-Dec-2017, at 04:57 by Andrew Mack ]

4. Posted by woinparis (Inactive 145 posts) 39w Star this if you like it!

I have not an extensive experience there having been only twice to the same (big) city of Chennai but my exp is that Indians ae awful - absolutely awful - drivers, the worst I've ever seen anywhere. Chinese are great compared to them.
Roads are in a state of disrepair in many places and I stopped looking and started praying in taxis when the driver took a highway in the wrong direction for 1 km before croosing all the lane and getting on the right side of the road. Upon arriving I told my experience and all my colleagues smiled and told me I had just joined the club, as it was common practice there. Once I woke up to see we were following a flatbed truck on which an elefant had been chained. I went back to sleep, no small feat since they are all honking.
Never would I rent a car myself in India.
Good luck.

5. Posted by mehra.sanchi (Budding Member 2 posts) 39w Star this if you like it!

Pls share details, I have personally done a lot of road trips from Bangalore, India.
Most of them have been quite scenic and peaceful.
Happy to share pictures etc.

6. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 556 posts) 39w Star this if you like it!

Roads are in a state of disrepair in many places and I stopped looking and started praying in taxis when the driver took a highway in the wrong direction for 1 km before croosing all the lane and getting on the right side of the road... Never would I rent a car myself in India.

This article makes an interesting argument for why you should drive yourself in these type of countries:

http://www.driverabroad.com/driving-yourself-crazy/

To paraphrase despite the hazards he seems to think he will always be safer driving himself because as a driver he wouldn't take the risks that locals are willing to take A little harsh on local drivers but definitely an intersting point of view.

I have personally done a lot of road trips from Bangalore, India.
Most of them have been quite scenic and peaceful.

Mehra you should map out some of your road trips on the TravellersPoint Map. I'd love to know what roads you took:)

[ Edit: Edited on 14-Dec-2017, at 17:04 by Teoni ]

7. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 346 posts) 39w Star this if you like it!

Any road journey in India should be done in a very gentle manner.
The standard of driving and most of the roads are really poor (Most, Not All!).
Personally I'd never drive a car there.
Although local drivers can be scary, most of them do understand how the system works, which is something most non-locals will never understand.
Having said that, I'd be interested in riding a motorbike around certain areas (Manali in particular), but I'd allow much more time for each journey than any local would do.