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Old 7th October 2008, 17:56   #1
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The latest issue of Jet Airways inflight magazine (Jet Wings, Sep 2008) has rated India's 10 Best Drives. Those listed (along with their comments) are:

1 Srinagar to Leh 460 km

"unimaginably pretty countryside" "scenic overdose" "bordered by mighty snow-capped Himalayan peaks looming high" "profusion of green" to "grey, stark and craggy landscape" "pack a great deal of spirit of adventure"


2 Kaza to Rohtang Pass 150 km

"wildest roads" "no hint of tarmac" "landscape, vast, breath-taking" "glaciers...block your path"

3 Gajner to Khimsar 290 Km

"drive is fantastic" "Moses split the desert to let the road through" "huge sand dunes"

4 Baroda to Udaipur 365 Km

"delightful" "driver's delight" "high speeds"

5 Siliguri to Kalimpong 130 Km

"meander through tea estates" "quieter, less crowded"

6 Bomdila to Tawang 75 Km

"fabulous place" "icy winds" "mixed views - rivers, grasslands, snow-capped peaks"

7 Nagpur to Bandhavgarh 480

"gift from the gods" "exciting sections"

8 Raipur to Jagdalpur 300 Km

"have your parathas on the road" "fast, straight and smooth"

9 Mumbai to Panaji 600 Km

"thrilling ghat roads" "good views, tantalising tarmac" "green Konkan belt" "spicy kingfish curry"

10 Munnar to Thekkady 105 Km

"manna from heaven" "lovely corners, spirited straights, jungles, tea gardens" "mist hanging lightly"
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and iam sure you had traveled on all these roads

Only chance for me is to do Munnar to Thekkady
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...and let me add some of my own:

11. Chalakudy to Valparai, 110 kms

"waterfalls, jungles & tuskers" "giant cicadas drumming a din"

12. Narkhanda to Recong Peo, 170 kms

"ferocious Himalayan rivers" "falling off the overhanging cliffs"
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and iam sure you had traveled on all these roads

Only chance for me is to do Munnar to Thekkady
Surpise, Surprisingly, yes, but for Nagpur-Bandavgarh, I have done it all!!
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The latest issue of Jet Airways inflight magazine (Jet Wings, Sep 2008) has rated India's 10 Best Drives. Those listed (along with their comments) are:


10 Munnar to Thekkady 105 Km

"manna from heaven" "lovely corners, spirited straights, jungles, tea gardens" "mist hanging lightly"
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...and let me add some of my own:

11. Chalakudy to Valparai, 110 kms

"waterfalls, jungles & tuskers" "giant cicadas drumming a din"
Brings a huge smile on my face... I will hopefully be doing both these trips in the near future.

Cheers!
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nice thread HV Sir! well this gives me some set goals to work towards. guess this definitely goes on my "must do before i die" list! Thankyou. and please do keep on adding other relevant routes as you can recollect them.
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I have been on the munnar-thekkedy road and it was simply amazing.
I did not feel that it was really India ( Truely)
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my friend, that is the REAL India. The parts that we keep forgetting about and people from other places have to tell us about it. Travelling the world is something i would love to do, but then if one thinks about it there is SO much to see in our country alone that i feel it would take a good part of one's lifetime to see completely!
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my friend, that is the REAL India. The parts that we keep forgetting about and people from other places have to tell us about it. Travelling the world is something i would love to do, but then if one thinks about it there is SO much to see in our country alone that i feel it would take a good part of one's lifetime to see completely!
Can't agree with you more Am waiting to come back and get my hands on a pair of new wheels.. wondering what will that be, and importantly when
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I agree with you ASHVIN I would like to travel across India, before I take over the world
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Very good thread (Should it be in route/travel queries? not sure)
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1 Srinagar to Leh 460 km
I love to do the 1st in this item. probably we could have a team to do that. Yes, i am sure many have done it alone or with family. But my like is to do it with friends.
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Nice find and thanks for posting the same on the forum. It's my dream to drive all over India and am sure that J&K and north-east would be absolute treat to drive.
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Surpise, Surprisingly, yes, but for Nagpur-Bandavgarh, I have done it all!!
I am not surprised, hvkumar.

My only wonder is how you manage to travel so much, and what you are doing for a living that allows you so much luxurious time!
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India's best 10 drives ? and manali to leh is not included ?
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Chief, nice thread. I have done the following

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1 Srinagar to Leh 460 km

"unimaginably pretty countryside" "scenic overdose" "bordered by mighty snow-capped Himalayan peaks looming high" "profusion of green" to "grey, stark and craggy landscape" "pack a great deal of spirit of adventure"


4 Baroda to Udaipur 365 Km

"delightful" "driver's delight" "high speeds"


10 Munnar to Thekkady 105 Km

"manna from heaven" "lovely corners, spirited straights, jungles, tea gardens" "mist hanging lightly"
I would also like to add on this the great East Coast Road from Mahabaleshwar to Pondy
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