The lockdown period made us feel caged in our home, and a travel freak felt like a fish without water. The urge to travel during this restricted time was so strong but for everyone’s safety we did not visit any places during the lockdown in India. And now, when the government is relaxing the lockdown regulations, many are making a beeline for the tourist attractions. Travel plans are seeing the light of the day and with COVID-I9 appropriate guidelines one can visit any place after lockdown, a welcome news for all travel lovers.
Get going and plan a road trip with your friends and family to make your journey lively and fun. Here is a list of top places to visit in India after lockdown via road trips. Pick any of the routes, as per your convenience, and gift yourself a much-awaited vacation.
5 Best and safe road in India during pandemic
1. Bengaluru to Madikeri
It is a hill town in Karnataka, famous for breathtaking views, steep hills, rich flora & fauna, countless streams, lush forests, rice paddies, and coffee plantations of the Western Ghats mountain range. Madikeri or Coorg is one of the Covid-free places to travel in India because of its serenity and remoteness from the crowded civilization. Enjoy 2-night tree-house stay and focus on the ancient Kodava culture. The winter season from October to March is the best time to travel to Coorg and March and April to see the valley covered in white flowers.
You can choose between three scenic routes to visit Madikeri from Bengaluru. Those are the Kushalnagar Route, the Channarayapatna Route, and the Nagarhole Route, while the first one is shortest and the distance is around 250 km. It will take approx 6 to 7 hours to reach your destination under moderate traffic conditions. Also, visit Madikeri Fort, Sholay Village, Abbey Falls, Raja’s Tomb, and Mandalpatti.
2. Delhi to Jaipur
Jaipur or the Pink City, the capital of Rajasthan, is rich in historical significance and scenic exquisiteness. Also, it holds the feature of being the first planned city of this country and is renowned for its impressive hospitality. You can visit the old historic marvels around Jaipur, like Amber Palace, Hawa Mahal, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, Jal Mahal, Nahargarh Fort, and Albert Hall Museum. These sites will give you a strong resonance of the ancient Rajput art, culture, and architecture.
The distance between Delhi to Jaipur is 277 km via NH48. This roughly takes a maximum of 5 hours under moderate traffic conditions. This route goes through Gurgaon, Bhiwadi, Neemrana, Shahpura to reach Jaipur. It is one of the safest road trips during Covid, and you can safely visit the nearby sites via your self-drive car. A three-day trip is perfect for Jaipur to watch all the attractive heritage sites.
3. Mumbai to Goa
It is one of the most famous road trips in this country and popularized by various Indian movies. The exotic beaches in Goa, like Palolem beach, Anjuna beach, Calangute beach, and Baga beach have always been a hot choice for the bachelor. Authority imposed strict restrictions in India to travel places during Covid, which is now under control, and so many people are traveling hereafter the lockdown restrictions are withdrawn.
NH48 is the best route to reach Goa from Mumbai, and the distance is almost 600 km. The smooth four-lane road will provide you all the satisfaction of a long drive on highways. Also, you can find several multi-cuisine eateries in this route to suit your appetite. The best way is to take a self-drive rental car and visit the nearby sites of Goa, like the Aguada Fort, Dudhsagar Falls, Chapora Fort, Basilica of Bom Jesus, and Se Cathedral.
4. Delhi to Ladakh
It is a dream road trip for every biker, and the journey is an exhilarating and adventurous one. Ladakh is commonly referred to as ‘the Land of High Passes’ as well as has been the most scenic location of this country. It is one of the best places to visit in India after covid. The barren mountains with snowcapped peaks, high-altitude lakes, and spontaneous streams are the key to the natural beauty of Ladakh. Pangong Tso Lake, Thiksey Monastery, Khardung-la Pass, Markha Valley, Nubra Valley, Tso Moriri lake, Hemis National Park, and Diskit Monastery are the top attractions around this place.
You can visit Ladakh from Delhi by car via Srinagar-Leh Highway or Manali-Leh Highway at your convenience. Manali-Leh Highway offers exotic natural magnificence and five significant high-altitude mountain pass. You have to acclimatize yourself to the height and weather conditions before you reach Leh by car. The distance in Manali-Leh Highway is 473 Km, and Srinagar-Leh Highway is 420 km. We advise completing the journey with a night’s rest.
5. Chennai to Pondicherry
It is an incredible eastern coastal road trip, which literally goes through the coastline of the Bay of Bengal. So, you will enjoy the beautiful sea and beach view throughout the road surrounded by palm trees. Pondicherry is also mentioned as the ‘Yoga capital of India’ for its immense spirituality. The atmosphere is always very silent, and its best administration kept it one of the safe places to visit during Covid in India. The mustard-colored colonial villas are the best identity, and its chic boutiques make Pondicherry worldwide famous.
East Coast Road is the best route to visit Pondicherry from Chennai, and the distance is approx 150 km via Mahabalipuram. There are several exciting things to do in Pondicherry, boating at Chunnambar Backwater and scuba diving, which makes it the best family gateway. Also, you can visit the famous Promenade Beach, Puducherry Museum, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Rock Beach, The Sacred Heart Basilica, and Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple as top sites around this place.
So, why wait any longer? Get vaccinated and you can visit the places with a negative RT-PCR test report as per the respective government rules. For a safe trip, book a safe and hygienic rental car and set out for a road trip. Make sure you always follow the safety precautions while traveling to keep you and your travel companions safe.