Delhi is the capital of India and its geographical location makes it an essential place for many exciting road trips. You can go towards the mountains or head towards deserts. The choice is yours. Delhi to Ladakh on a Royal Enfield is perhaps one of the most talked road pros and even challenging one.
You can go in a car or a motorbike, the choice is completely yours, but there is no better trip other than a road trip with friends and families. You can stop wherever you want, you can eat in roadside dhaabas whenever you want. The Loud music, breezy air, friend’s company and lots of masti, what else you need on your trip.
If you are also one of them who enjoys life fullest and interested in having a good road trip from Delhi, we have compiled a list for you. I have included all kind of road trips including the short and long or easy and challenging. So, check the list and pick what you find interesting.
Best road trips from Delhi you should take at least once
These are the best road trips that you can take from Delhi. You will never regret if you plan these trips with your friends or families.
Distance: 1025 KM
Leh is a challenging road trip and is for those who are looking for having an adventures experience. Leh is situated at an altitude of over 11,000 feet and you can reach there by two different routes. One is through Srinagar and second is through Manali. Before you leave for this trip, prepare yourself for harsh weather conditions, rough and narrow roads, and hairpin bends.
Due to the tough geographical location, you cannot go Let whenever you want. The best time to visit is between May to October. Roads from Srinagar open from Mid May but roads from Manali opens only after May.
2. Rohtang Pass – Manali
Distance: 590 KM
This is also an adventurous road trip where bikers prefer to go. Vehicles are allowed to go only form 6 AM to 11 AM. Make sure of this. Roads are also dangerous but the view will be awesome. Go there only if you are a good driver. It is the same road that connects Leh to Manali.
If you are confused about what to pack and what not, read this: Essentials Things to Carry on a Trek or on an adventure trip
Distance: 475 KM
Dharamshala is a beautiful place in Kangra Valley with cool healthy, attractive surroundings, dense pine, and deodar forests. It has a distance of about 475 kilometers from Delhi. You can drive from Delhi via Chandigarh, Kiratpur and Bilaspur. It should take around 12-13 hours to reach there. Dharamsala is a good place to have a perfect holiday.
Distance: 400 KM
Chopta is also a hill station, located on the Rudraprayag hill station, located on the Rudraprayag – Ukhimath – Gopeshwar Highway. Roads are proper and you will be driving through mountains after Rishikesh. It is around 400 KMs from Delhi and is situated at a height of 2700 meters. It is also known as Mini Switzerland. You can have a trip to Chopta throughout the year.
Distance: 324 Km
Chakrata is one of the most beautiful places in Dehradun District. Dehradun, Mussoorie, Nainital is now a bit overrated. If you want to see the real natural beauty, go Chakrata. It is 324 km from Delhi and it takes almost 8hrs drive to reach here.
This is the perfect road trip to plan in long weekends from Delhi.
Distance: 520 KM
Kasol is another beautiful place to enjoy a road trip from Delhi. Kasol is a hamlet in the district Kullu and is situated in Parvati Valley at the bank of Parvati River. The place is really beautiful and has good weather throughout the year. It also sees a good amount of snowfall from late December to February. If you can plan a bit long road trip from Delhi, plan for Kasol. Trust me you will never regret your this decision.
Distance: 360 KM
Shimla is a beautiful place to go for a road trip from Delhi. The distance from Delhi is around 360 KM and you have a good road to enjoy while seeing beautiful hills around. There are lots of things you can do at Shimla. You can take a toy train ride, enjoy Skiing and skating or see Shimla Reserve forest sanctuary.
Distance: 300 KM
Nainital is one of the most popular hill stations in the Himalayas and a good place to go for a road trip from Delhi. It is considered as a year-round destination but you should avoid having a road trip to Nainital from July to September mainly to avoid the monsoon. You can drive from Delhi to Nainital via Moradabad and Rampur route.
Distance: 280 KM
Mussoorie is another beautiful hill station near Delhi and is most popular for road trips. But you can also go there Iva car and enjoy the awesome drive through the mountains. The road from Delhi to Dehradun is not in the best but you will surely enjoy the scenery on the road. Driving to Dehradun takes around 6 hours and then you need another 1.5 hours to reach to Mussoorie.
Distance: 230 KM
Rishikesh is the most common destination from Delhi and it becomes much crowded during weekends. If you hate crowd, you will hate it. If you want to feel mountains on a short road trip, this can be a good option. Rishikesh is also known as the yoga capital of the world where you see a number of ashrams. It has pleasant weather throughout the year, so you can make plans any you wish to go.
Rishikesh lies at a distance of 230 Kilometres from Delhi and is situated at the bank of river Ganga. It is also a hub for adventure water sports including river rafting.
Make sure you also visit the holy city of Haridwar while going to or coming back from the trip.
Distance: 260 KM
Lansdowne is a quiet hill station situated around 248 km from Delhi. It is located in Pauri district of Uttarakhand. It is one of the closest hill stations from the NCR region to have a road trip. If you want a short road trip in the weekend, you can go to Lansdowne for a peace during the weekend.
Distance: 255 KM
Morni is another good destination to go from Delhi. It is aa hill station located 260 Kilometers from Delhi. Morni is located in Haryana it will take around 5 hours to reach there. It is known for its delight environment, fort, museum, dense forest cover, scenic views, and a lake. You can also enjoy trekking, boating & cycling there. Morni Hill Waterfall is also there but accessible only through a trek in the forest.
Distance: 305 KM
Kasauli is also a good option for a road trip from Delhi. It takes around 6-7 hours to reach the Kasauli hill station from Delhi. Kasauli has a moderate climate and you can go there throughout the year, though the town experiences harsh winters in December and January. Monsoons are the best for adventure activities.
Distance: 281 KM
Parwanoo has a distance of 270 kilometers from Delhi and takes around 6 hours to reach there. This road trip to the foothills of Himalayas is really good to have once. It has pleasant weather and scenic views that are worth to experience. You can visit there any time year around. If you go there, do not miss the Cable Car ride at Timber Trail Resort.
Distance: 270 KM
Jaipur is another good destination to go from Delhi if you are planning to have a road trip. You will get an amusing experience while driving or riding along the Aravalli’s. NH 8 connects Delhi to Jaipur and you can take a stop at Rao’s Dhaba to enjoy awesome food.
Distance: 805 KM
Jaisalmer is a long road trip but worth to have once. You need to drive through Jaipur and Jodhpur. So, you can also cover Jaipur on this road trip. Jaisalmer is known as Golden City. It has a fort of Jaisalmer to see and you can enjoy camel ride through the sand dunes and cam in the desert
Distance: 200 KM
Sariska is the most famous Tiger reserves located in Alwar district of Rajasthan. it is a good destination to have an interesting short weekend trip from Delhi. The best time to visit there is the February or March when chances of seeing tiger are most.
Distance: 130 KM
Neemrana is a historical town located in Alwar district of Rajasthan. It is situated at 122 km from Delhi on Delhi-Jaipur highway. The main attraction of the place is Neemrana Fort-Palace.
19. Taj Mahal, Agra
Distance: 233 KM
If you haven’t been to Agra, you can also take a road trip to Agra and see the Taj Mahal. You can drive through 165 kms long – 6 lanes, Yamuna Expressway from Greater Noida to Agra.
The best time to go there is November to March and especially at the time of Taj Balloon Festival in November or the Taj Mahotsav in February. Taj Mahal has historical value and is considered as one of the most beautiful architecture in the world. Taj Mahal is the only reason to visit the city. If you are a foodie, you can enjoy Agra ka petha, Bidaai and Jalebi available there.
20. Vrindavan – Mathura
Distance: 165 KM
Vrindavan is the place where young Lord Krishna is said to have grown up. There are dozens of temples to see there. Mathura is the birthplace of Krishna and is considered to be one of the Hinduism’s seven sacred cities. So, it attracts lots of tourists and pilgrims. If you are interested in a religious trip, you can have a road trip to Vrindavan and Mathura.
21. Garh Mukteshwar
Distance: 110 KM
Garh Mukteshwar is the closest point where you can take a bath in the holy Ganges. It is about 110 KM from Delhi and is good for a short road trip. This place is also famous for dolphin sighting, but you need to be lucky enough to spot one. You need to take NH-24 from Ghaziabad and keep driving towards Hapur.
These are the best road trips to take from Delhi. You can plan any of them and enjoy the best road trip from Delhi. Do share your experiences with us in the comment section.