Beautiful Roads of India - A Visual Treat

by Pranav Kulkarni

Posted on 28th Mar, 2015

NH1D Kargil

If you discard the tourist in you and embrace the life of a traveler, you tend to find beauty in the journey instead of the destination. Having traveled across 11 states in India, most of them on 2 wheels, I've come across some of the most beautiful roads in India. These road trips have left an indelible mark in my mind. Here are some of my favorite roads in India...

1. Stuck in snowfall at 12300 feet, Manali - Leh highway.

Manali Leh Highway

2. NH 212, passing through the Bandipur forest en route Ooty.

Bandipur Forest

3. When the colossal mountains make you feel insignificant, Manali - Leh highway.

Manali Leh Mountains

4. The blue sky and blue water providing a surreal experience.

Manali Leh Lake

5. National Highway 21 - The picturesque views are just mesmerizing!

National Highway 21

6. NH 1D, The road disappearing into the horizon, en route Kargil!

NH1D Kargil

7. Mahabaleshwar, a popular tourist place in Maharashtra.

Mahabaleshwar Hills

8. One of the high altitude passes on the Manali - Leh highway.

Manali Leh Highway

9. Manali - Leh highway - A surreal experience!

Manali Leh Highway

10. Typical Konkan roads.

Konkan Roads

11. Find the river, find the road - Somewhere deep in the Himalayas.

Himalayan road

12. Early morning on the road meandering through coffee plantations in Coorg in South India.

Coorg Roads

13. NH 222 between Kalyan near Mumbai and Nirmal in Telangana, as straight as it gets.

Kalyan Nirmal Road

14. The twisty descent from the top of Rohtang - truly mesmerizing roads!

Rohtang Pass

15. A coastal road in Konkan

Coastal Road Konkan

16. Roads in the deep woods of Dandeli forest, Karnataka

Dandeli Forest Roads

17. Taglang La - World's second highest pass, 17582 feet

Taglang La Pass

18. Anjarle Beach Viewpoint in the Ratnagairi district of Maharashtra

Anjarle Beach Viewpoint

19. Somewhere on NH 21

NH 21

20. A random road in the Western Ghats in Karnataka (notice the fog - you can see the light of the vehicle at the end)

Western Ghats

21. NH 1D, everybody loves curves

NH1D Curved Road

22. Kashmir - The Paradise on Earth

Kashmir Road

23. When good or bad roads mean nothing, it's the view you enjoy

Foggy Road

24. The scariest road I've ever encountered in India - Zozila pass

Zozilla Pass

25. NH 4(Mumbai to Chennai), for the ones who don't believe India has good roads

Mumbai Chennai Highway

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About the Author: Pranav Kulkarni

Pranav Kulkarni

Pranav loves travel, hiking and adventure sports. He is always on the lookout for an excuse to ride motorcycles with bike rides ranging from a quick 100 km sprint for breakfast to the World's Highest Motorable Road in the Himalayas. He has varied interests from Computer Science to Sports to Politics and Literature. Currently, a biker without a bike.


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