Kashmir to Kanyakumari Road Trip

Nothing can beat a Kashmir to Kanyakumari road trip.

#Incredible India — A land of diversity, culture, and tradition —  stretched from snow-clad mountains of Kashmir to backwaters of Kerala.

A land of color, happiness, and taste.

A land of dream and hope.

Experience the uncertainty and unfold yourself to the magical land of India , manifest in all its glory in its people, monuments and landscape.

  • Skiing– Gulmarg, Kashmir, Shimla, Manali, Gangtok
  • Tulip Festival – Srinagar, Kashmir
  • River Crossing, Mountain Climbing – Manali
  • Hot air Balloon – Rajasthan
  • Scuba diving, Snorkelling  – Goa, Andaman Nicobar Island, Mangalore, Pondicherry
  • Sea Walking – Andaman Islands
  • Island Hopping – Lakshadweep Islands, Andaman Islands
  • Water sports like banana boat ride, Paragliding, Jet ski – Goa, Mangalore, Andaman, Dandeli
  • White Water Rafting – Rishikesh, Gangtok
  • Tea Gardens – Munnar, Ooty, Wayanad
  • House Boat Stay – Kerala and Kashmir
  • Tree House Stay – Wayanad, Kerala
  • Camel Ride, Horse Ride, Elephant Ride – Various parts of India
Kashmir to Kanyakumari Road Trip

Kashmir to Kanyakumari Road Trip

The Journey : Starts from Kashmir and ends at Kanyakumari.

Distance to be covered : 5604 KM , 11 States

Destination  to be covered : 

1) Kashmir 


Nestled in the foothills of wonderful Himalayan mountains, also known as Venice of the East, the scenic splendor of Srinagar in the state of Jammu and Kashmir has attracted people since time immemorial. The city has mesmerized  the Mughals, the Sikhs and the British over the course of the history.

Enjoy a Shikara ride, stroll at Mughal gardens or devour in Kashmiri cuisines before you start your most epic road trip.

Things to do  :

  • Houseboat Stay
  • Visiting Mughal garden of Srinagar
  • Shopping world famous handicrafts of Kashmir like pashmina shawls and Kashmiri dress.
  • Skiing at Gulmarg and gondola ride in the month of Jan & Feb
  • Trekking at Sonamarg Tajiwas Glacier
  • Visiting Tulip garden in Srinagar ( April/May)
  • Pose in Kashmiri dresses on a shikhara 🙂
  • Try awesome Kashmiri cuisine like Kheer and Kabab

Check the JK tourism site for more details : http://www.jktourismonline.com/ on the timing of Tulip festival.

2) Srinagar – Leh via Kargil (Distance: 440 km)



The road trip from Srinagar to Leh via Kargil is said to be the most thrilling and a lifetime trip. The heavy presence of Army can be felt as it is very close to LOC. But it is one of the most scenic drives you have ever been to. Roads at some places are bad and narrow, so make sure you are equipped well.

  • Route: Srinagar – Sonamarg – Zoji La – Drass – Kargil – Khaltse – Lamayuru – Nimmu – Leh
  • Route Opens: Early May to late October


Nothing can beat the  Himalayan road journeys , high passes, massive snowscapes mountains, spectacular view, dreamy landscape. Drass is said to be the second coldest place after Siberia.

Overnight stay at Kargil/ Drass is a must before heading towards Leh.


Things to do  :

  • Enjoy the majestic Himalayan mountains.
  • Visit Drass Memorial
  • Overnight stay at Kargil – the place that saw a hundred dying for country.
  • Visit Gurudwara Patthar Sahib and monasteries like Hemis monastery,Thiksey Monastery on your way to Leh
  • Experience zero gravity at Magnetic hills.
  • Pangong Lake which is 5 hours drive from Leh.
  • River rafting at Sangam where two rivers – Indus River & Zanskar River, both with different water colors unite.
  • take in all the beauty and enjoy the silence.
  • Visit to Nubra Valley


3) Leh – Manali via Spiti (Distance: 453 km)

Driving from Leh to Manali via the most beautiful city of Spiti. The Spiti Valley is a desert mountain valley located high in the Himalaya mountains in the north-eastern part of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The name “Spiti” means “The Middle Land”, i.e. the land between Tibet and India.

Things to do  :

  • Overnight stay at Spiti and exploring the dry deserted region
  • Attending Ki Cham festival in Spiti
  • Visit to Tso Moriri Lake on your way back.
  • Visit to Rohtang Pass at Manali

4) Manali- Kullu (Distance 40 KM)


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Situated in the Beas River Valley is a hill station nestled in the mountains of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh near the northern end of the Kullu Valley. It is located about 270 km (168 mi) north of the state capital, Shimla.

Things to do  :

  • Visit Hadimba Devi Mandir and waterfalls
  • Camping at Beas Kund Pass
  • River Crossing and Rafting at Manali
  • Para Gliding Manali
  • Trekking to Hampta Pass
  • Bath at hot water spring at Manikaran Gurudwara,Kullu

5) Kullu – Amritsar (Distance 358.8 km)


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Historically also known as Rāmdāspur and colloquially as Ambarsar) is a city in the north-western part of India. It is the spiritual centre for the Sikh religion and the administrative headquarters of the Amritsar district in the state of Punjab.

Things to do  :

  • Visit Golden Temple
  • Visit Wagah Border to witness the evening parade
  • Visit the famous Jallianwala bagh
  • Try Sarson de saag and Makhe di roti with glass full of Lassi
  • Ride on a tractor on the fields of Punjab

6) Amritsar  – Chandigarh (Distance – 238 Km)


Chandigarh is known as one of the best-planned city and as the capital of the states of Punjab and Haryana, and the Union Territory of Chandigarh it is a prestigious city.

Things to do  :

  • Visit the famous rock garden
  • Visit Rose garden, Sakuna Lake
  • Explore the nightlife of the city


READ NEXT : Things to Do in Chandigarh


7) Chandigarh – Delhi (Distance – 288 Km)


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Delhi is the capital of India and the second most populous city after Mumbai.

Things to do  :

  • Street Shopping at Sarojini Nagar and Connaught Place
  • Enjoy the night Life
  • Explore the city monuments like Qutab Minar, India Gate and much more.
  • Do not miss the street food scene.

8) Delhi – Agra (Distance -216 Km)


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Agra the former capital of Hindustan, is a city on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India.

Things to do  :

  • Visit the famous monument of love – Taj Mahal
  • Taste Agre ka Petta (Sweet which is very famous)

9) Agra – Jaipur (Distance – 238 Km)


The pink city is the cultural attraction of India. The city boasts of dramatic forts, beautiful temples, land of fair and festivals.

Things to do :

  • Enjoy the Rajasthani Thali
  • Camel Ride
  • Visit numerous palaces/ forts
  • Desert safari
  • Shake your leg in the tune of Rajasthani folk music
  • Pose in Rajasthani dress

10) Jaipur – Ahmedabad: (Distance – 670 Km)

It is the largest city and former capital of the Indian state of Gujarat. The city is the administrative headquarter of Ahmedabad district and is the judicial capital of Gujarat as the Gujarat High Court is located here. With a population of more than 5.8 million and an extended population of 6.3 million, it is the fifth largest city and seventh largest metropolitan area of India.

Things to do :

  • Visit Sabarmati waterfront
  • Visit Akshardham Temple,Iskon Temple
  • Buy some traditional Gujarati dress
  • Taste Gujrati Thali
  • Visit to Calico Museum of Textiles

11) Ahmedabad – Nashik : (Distance – 475 Km)

Nashik is a city in western India in the state of Maharashtra. Nashik is located in the north-west of Maharashtra, 171 km from Mumbai and 210 km from Pune.

Things to do :

  • Visit the famous vineyard – Sula wines and spend a day at the resort
  • Wine tasting
  • Visit the famous Trimbakeshwar Temple

12) Nashik – Mumbai (Distance : 171 km)


The financial capital of India as well as Bollywood capital.

Things to do :

  • Places to visit include gateway of India, Nariman Point, Elephanta cave
  • Horse Cart ride at marina drive
  • Take a ferry ride to Alibaug
  • Essel world and water kingdom
  • Take a Bollywood Tour

13) Mumbai – Goa : (Distance – 604 Km)


Goa is the most popular tourist destination in India.Very popular among foreigners as well as the domestic crowd.Famous for its nightlife and cheap alcohol.

Things to do :

  • Lazing around the Beach
  • Water Sports
  • Snorkelling
  • Gorge on some awesome seafood
  • Scuba Diving
  • Enjoy night life

14) Goa – Gokarna (Distance – 145 Km)

Gokarna is beautifully culturally rich city with temples and water sports, less crowded then Goa. Gokarna is a town in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka state, India with a permanent population exceeding 25,000. It is a Hindu pilgrimage centre as well as a popular tourist destination

Things to do :

  • Lazing around the Beach
  • Water Sports
  • Paragliding
  • Banana Boat Ride
  • Escape to secluded Beaches

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15) Gokarna – Bangalore (Distance – 487 Km)


Bangalore is the capital city of the Indian state of Karnataka. Located on the Deccan Plateau in the south-eastern part of Karnataka, Bangalore is India’s third most populous city. Also known as the “Garden City “. It is the IT Hub of India.

Things to do :

  • Visit the Lal Bagh Garden or Cubbon Park
  • Visit Bangalore palace & Tipu’s palace
  • Explore the beautiful city various tourist attraction like Bull Temple, Kempfort, Bangalore Palace.
  • Pub Hopping

( READ NEXT : Weekend gateways from Bangalore )

16) Bangalore – Wayanad (Distance – 261 Km)

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Let escape to the god’s own country – Kerala’s most popular and beautiful hill station – “Wayanad“. The etymology of the word Wayanad is Vayal (paddy) Naad (land); ‘Land of Paddy Fields’. Wayanad is one of the exquisite hill stations of Kerala. Exotic spot with aesthetic locales.

Things to do :

  • Stay at tree house
  • Camping, trekking & Bonfire
  • Trek to stunning waterfalls
  • Jeep Safari
  • Buy different types of tea like Cardamon tea, Chocolate tea, green tea etc

( READ NEXT : Things To Do in Wayanad )

17) Wayanad- Alleppey (Distance – 317 Km)

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The town is popularly known as ” VENICE OF THE EAST’. The most famous attraction in Alappuzha is the NEHRU CUP SNAKE BOAT RACE.

Things to do :

  • Houseboat stays at the backwaters
  • Hang out with locals
  • Backwater Fishing
  • Soak in the beauty of the greenery all around.

 ( READ NEXT : Houseboat Stay )

18) Alleppey – Kovalam (Distance – 161 Km)

Kovalam is a beach town by the Arabian Sea in Thiruvananthapuram city, Kerala, India, located around 16 km from the city.Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach with three adjacent crescent beaches.

Things to do :

  • Enjoy the beautiful beaches of Kovalam
  • Go for long walks
  • End the journey with Ayurvedic Spa
  • Yoga session

19) Kovalam – Kanyakumari (Distance – 90 Km)


The southernmost tip of mainland India. Kanyakumari, formerly known as Cape Comorin, is a town in Kanyakumari District in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Things to do :

  • Enjoy the beautiful sunset at Vivekananda Memorial.
  • Ferry ride to Thiruvalluvar Statue
  • Enjoy a south Indian meal in Banana Leaves
  • Witness the confluence of Bay of Bengal, Arabian Sea, and the Indian Ocean
  • Watch the sunset at the southern most tip of the country.



A road trip in India gives you the best of everything and  satisfies your hunger for adventure sports, water sports, cultural scene, trekking, beautiful landscape from snow clad Himalayas to secluded beaches of Kovalam, tasting the different cuisine, meeting different people speaking different language and lifestyle.

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  • Reply
    July 22, 2013 at 6:23 am

    So When you are gearing up for this road trip..And Remember about my Kashmiri Shawl… 😉
    Good Luck for the contest.. 🙂

    • Reply
      July 22, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      Thank you this is dream road trip for me ,let see when it comes to real 🙂 …..And kashmiri shawl pakka 🙂 🙂

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        June 27, 2017 at 6:56 am

        my dream too, mine was just covering NH 44, but it’s more fun, if you are planning this trip after five years, then I could join you too…

  • Reply
    kerala tours
    July 29, 2013 at 5:04 am

    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your
    blog and wished to say that I have truly enjoyed browsing your
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    • Reply
      July 30, 2013 at 1:20 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by and glad that you liked my post 🙂

  • Reply
    Anunoy Samanta
    July 30, 2013 at 2:04 am

    Oh girl what an imagination!
    BTW are these photos clicked by you?
    I would also love to do it on a mobike…. and also by Himsagar express… i mean on 2 occassions separately :-))
    Good luck…!!!

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      July 30, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      Thanks a lot for liking my post 🙂 🙂 Imagination does not have boundaries 😉 though i might have missed a lot of thing in the itinerary but have listed few of them which I don’t wanna miss at any cost 🙂 🙂

      Pics are from google and few of them like the ones of Kashmir ,Kanyakumari ,Wayanad are being taken by me.Though I have pic for most of the places listed here but no soft copy as I have visited most of the places 12-15 years back 🙁

  • Reply
    October 17, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Oh my goodness, that sounds so inviting! Such a diverse and adventurous itinerary. How long do you expect it would take, at a minimum? (Obviously the maximum is as long as you like!)

    • Reply
      The Tales of a Traveler
      July 2, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      Two months max if you intend to visit all the places 🙂

  • Reply
    Abhijnan Dasgupta
    October 30, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Great one! reminds me of the roadtrip we took some 4 years back! Although it was from Gujarat to Meghalaya…

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      November 1, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      Oh cool …gujarat to meghalaya sounds interesting 🙂 🙂

      • Reply
        Abhijnan Dasgupta
        November 8, 2013 at 10:43 am

        It was…Although the drive through Chattisgarh and Jharkhand was nerve-racking..right in the Naxal heartland… 🙂

        • Reply
          The Tales of a Traveler
          July 2, 2015 at 5:41 pm

          I can truly understand that i have been on road trips especially in the borders of kolkatta, orissa and jharkand 🙂 and can understand the situation but i guess a little precaution and taking longer routes avoiding the dense jungles can help 🙂

  • Reply
    India Road Trip
    November 23, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Great list of road trips. Do like a few of them and I would attempt them in my next phase of India Road Trips.

    • Reply
      The Tales of a Traveler
      July 2, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      We would love to hear your experience too 🙂

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    March 18, 2014 at 7:49 am

    I liked it, this my dream trip too… but in my plan it is rount trip while coming back through th other side of india . Anyway it is wonderful….

    • Reply
      The Tales of a Traveler
      July 2, 2015 at 5:37 pm

      Oh the other side is as beautiful as this one … do include the 7 sisters also … i think i should write a post on the other side of my road trip experience too 😀

      • Reply
        October 6, 2016 at 5:24 am

        Please do.

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    May 6, 2014 at 12:26 am

    I have only word for this JEALOUS…:)

    • Reply
      The Tales of a Traveler
      July 2, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Reply
    talker blogger
    May 17, 2014 at 12:36 am

    I loved how you summed up the whole country on a single page and done it so well ..quick question though , is this a trip you were a part of or something you plan to do ?

    • Reply
      The Tales of a Traveler
      July 2, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      Thank you so very much …..I have done this many road trip for 10-15 days span in bits and parts except Rajasthan and Gujarat but want to revisit all this places to see how much it has been changed in last 10-15 years 🙂 🙂

  • Reply
    July 11, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    This is the Nice blog and Kashmir Trip at very cheap and affordable price.

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    • Reply
      The Tales of a Traveler
      July 2, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by 🙂

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    Golden triangle tours
    July 11, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Thank you for giving information about Kashmir road trip Kashmir to kanyakumari,,,,

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    • Reply
      The Tales of a Traveler
      July 2, 2015 at 5:33 pm

      Glad you liked my post 🙂

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    Nasrin Akhter
    August 30, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    @ Wonderful! This is a nice blog. I like this and I am also trying to create blog.

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    ### Amazing Fort Lalbagh Kella

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    October 22, 2014 at 3:57 am

    Fabulous travel ,a joyous post with it’s fantastic photos.Thank you for visiting my blog.Looking forward to your new travelings.Jal

    • Reply
      The Tales of a Traveler
      July 2, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by and liking my post 🙂 🙂

  • Reply
    October 22, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    we plan a trip from Kerala to Hamachal and Kashmir on our Bolero camper by March 2015.Shall we get any workshops on the way in case if there is any mechanical complaints on the way…?

    • Reply
      The Tales of a Traveler
      July 2, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      Hi Jobin, dont worry you will get workshop that is not a issue but when you are in valley make sure you ask locals about the next possible workshop & gas station as the numbers are less up in the mountains … Happy travelling 🙂

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    July 21, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    What a trip! Now you must try an epic west to east trip!

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    October 23, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    I plan to go as per this plan in next moth so.plz give some idea and tips. Say some apox amount to this road ride tips

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      October 27, 2015 at 11:45 am

      Hi Srimirigun,

      Thats sounds awesome .. btw will you be driving or renting a car ? So if you are driving than fuel , stay, food , sightseeing are the expenses and it varies from place to place. I would highly suggest don’t blindly follow GPS .. keep asking locals for routes and suggestion

      Cheers and happy traveling !!!

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    November 9, 2015 at 8:05 am


    This is a great read. We are planning to do this in 2016. What’s the best time to travel this road?

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    Mohit Mishra
    December 18, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    Hi, I am deeply impressed. I am planning it on bicycle in coming March-2016. Thanks for sharing such great information.

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    arabinda ghosh
    January 8, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    manali to leh route is very dangerous ,particularly after rohtang pass. there is no road at all. at places there are nullahs flowing water at zero temperature. no petrol pumps, no mechanic,no staying place, moreover at high altitude, people will vomit and suffer from various disease. motorbikes with heavy load , cannot run smoothly at high altitude.

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      January 17, 2016 at 5:02 am

      Thanks for sharing this, hope people will take note of this while planning the road trip. It’s not just Manali to Leh but there are many other places which need improvement.

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        Shivani Bhargava
        December 8, 2017 at 1:26 pm

        A good read indeed!! am planning a road trip but will change the rout slightly with my brother!!! The twist here is will be travrlling by Tata Nano and not by any SUV…..Am.looking for sponsorership!!! Can you please help me with that or can you please provide me info how to get the spon sororship

        Thank you in advance

  • Reply
    Ramdas Darwatkar
    January 30, 2016 at 7:40 am

    I Want To Travel All India By Road…
    By Visiting Every State…
    Starting From Pune Which Is My Hometown.

  • Reply
    Amanullah Khan
    February 17, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Hey there guys,
    I’m Planning a trip from Chennai to Himalayas via Road, by Car.

    Can anyone please let me know
    a)the minimum no of days(ofcourse, to get my punks avail some time off from office and College 🙂 ),
    b)the Fuel cost ,assuming it would be a Petrol Car we would be on .
    c)Hotel stay and prices and the number of stops required.

    Since this would be the first adventurous trip that we’re excited to start on, require your Ideas and suggestions guys.

    Yours Admiringly,
    Amanullah Khan
    “Its not how far we go , but how high we reach! “

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    dr. vinayak ajayakumar
    June 2, 2016 at 11:32 am

    hey…its amazing…i m also planing a trip from leh to mangalore next month on my motorcycle..i wanted to know about the safety while travellling with a girl…the issues you know, thieves, police, and other local issues on the way…how safe is it…how about if we get stuck somewhere..
    thanking you
    dr. vinayak

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    midhun binoy
    October 11, 2016 at 2:26 am

    hey.your words are truly inspiring.i would like to travel like this .pls comment about average expense for this ride.and
    the books that i should read or ideas that i must remember..thanks in advance

  • Reply
    November 5, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Very beautiful content and attractive images of some destinations in india. I really enjoyed while reading your blog. Such an interesting and very attrctive for those who planned to visit some of all these places especially kanyakumari. Thank you for sharing…

  • Reply
    November 24, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    Can you say an approximate budjet for this trip…???

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    December 21, 2016 at 7:43 am

    We are planning a 20 day road trip by fortuner car starting chennai. We are clueless where to head to. We have Seen most OF Tamil nadu. Should we head towards Kerala/coorg/munnar. How to plan itenary.Best pit stops, route etc. Will really appreciate your kind guidance

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    naresh jobanputra
    April 18, 2017 at 10:35 am

    I was glad to read your road trip
    I am 62 I and my wife are planing for a road trip from Kanyakumari to kashmir in Jan 2018
    can you guide us for route and other things ready with you.

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    Ravindra R Naik
    July 11, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Nice , detail information. Thank you.
    I am planning all India tour for 365 days with purpose of spreading a message for students.
    Can you pls . provide few tips .

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    Agness of aTukTuk
    July 24, 2017 at 11:48 am

    India is indeed incredible and this road trip definitely seems like an awesome idea! What time of the year should I visit to witness the evening parade at the Wagah Border?

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    Rajat Sharma
    January 28, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Hello swati and sam,
    I have seen this post last yr. Since then I m planning this trip. Just wanted to share that stage is all set this yr and I m leaving for this epic road trip adventure in June 2018.
    I will be covering all the destinations mentioned in this post.

    Can you please advise a bit on places to stay and approx distance of places from main city.

    I will be traveling on bike though starting from Jammu covering leh Manali and will be ending trip in Rameshwarm.

    Again thanks for sharing such a great information..

    • Reply
      The Tales of a Traveler
      January 31, 2018 at 2:55 pm

      wow… that’s amazing…. would love to see your pictures. All the very best and have fun 🙂

      Stay depends on the budget so it’s really hard to suggest.

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    February 9, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    i live in kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of india . how can i plan a road trip to all over india . I knew only english and tamil can i manage an road trip. which car or suv suites best for an long travel.

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    Evan Ashley
    February 27, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Wow! its nice information share on this blog. I read your blog and i get the by road India trip information. I found this much useful information, as to what i exactly searching for India trip by road. Thanks a lot this beauty Enjoying article with me. I appreciate very much.

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