Travelling is not always about reaching a destination; it’s about extraordinary journeys through unknown territories and the memories you make along the way.
And highways – a lifeline in India – have so much to offer with endless stretches of roads, gorgeous sights and bewildering landscapes. If you are up for an unforgettable drive, here are some highways in India that offer not only that liberating feeling but also gorgeous views that you won’t forget anytime soon.
Guwahati to Tawang
Surrender to the mountains and drive through the roads that lead to Tawang from Guwahati. This stretch is a part of NH13 and offers astounding views of the majestic eastern Himalayan range. Along this 450-kilometre-long road, you will come upon destinations like Bhalukpong, Bomdilla, Dirang and other villages nestled on top of the mountains, surrounded by rumbling rivers and evergreen forests.
With your Ford, you can enjoy a comfortable and safe drive during the day or at night with features like anti-lock braking, automatic headlamps and emergency assistance among others.
Check-out this picturesque route from Car Toq’s recent journey in an EcoSport Thunder
Shillong to Cherrapunjee
No matter the season, the Shillong-Cherrapunjee highway will overwhelm you with its surreal beauty and mystic charm of flora in varying shades of green. This 53-kilometre-long stretch will surprise you at every turn. As the mist clears up it will reveal awe-inspiring views of nature that will remain etched in your mind. It’s the perfect route for turning up the volume on the SYNC3 system in your Ford car and listening to some uplifting music while you cruise through the twisty road at ease.
Check out this video when ICN visited Asia’s cleanest village that lies along this route, in a Ford EcoSport Thunder
A less traversed road that leads to the cold desert regions of Leh is the highway connecting Manali and Leh. Stretched over an extensive length of 479 kilometres, it offers traveller views and landscapes that simply seem surreal. There’s no doubt that this could be one of the best drives you will take. So, pace yourself and plan ahead for the trip. With ample boot space, cruise control, Hill Launch Assist and Electric Stability Control, your Ford EcoSport is equipped to turn it into an enjoyable road trip.
Gangtok to Nathula Pass
One of the best drives to explore nature and experience adventure would be on the Gangtok-Nathula Pass highway stretch that runs through the rugged mountains, carving a trail that stretches 55 kilometres. It is the shortest and most enthralling road from Gangtok that leads to Nathula Pass and an excellent drive.
The cold wind, the snow-clad peaks encircling the road and the picturesque melange of the mighty mountains against the backdrop of crystal-clear skies will make the journey fantastic. A little detour from the highway will take you to Tsomgo Lake, a glacial lake that gets frozen in winter. Navigate your way to the lake through SYNC 3 touchscreen on your favourite Ford car and immerse yourself in nature’s lap.
Bengaluru to Bandipur Forest
The highway stretch connecting Bengaluru to Bandipur forest can be easily covered in five hours. But that is not what makes it special. It is one of the few concrete highways in the country that passes through dense forest trails. Stretching over 235 kilometres, this road reveals some of the most breath-taking views that the wilderness has to offer its visitors.
A little deviation from the expressway can lead to popular destinations like Ooty and Mysore – two of the most popular tourist getaways in the state. With the smart and capable Ford Figo, driving along the bends and winding route will be an absolute joy.
Jodhpur to Jaisalmer Sand Dunes
Rajasthan has some of the best roads in the country and if you haven’t had a chance to drive on them yet, upcoming winter season presents a perfect opportunity to do so.
A perfect route to experience the real Indian desert, the thing other than royalty Rajasthan is known for, is from Jodhpur to Jaisalmer. The depleting green cover as you move along the road will leave you spell bound. The vast expanse of Thar desert will soon completely takeover, but that shouldn’t stop your journey. Head out to the vast nothingness in the comfort of your Ford Endeavour and put it on the Sand Mode to traverse through mounds of sand, just like camels do.
Here’s a glimpse of this road and what you can do there when you are in a Ford Endeavour
Get going in your car and experience the best of adventures as you travel and blend in with the soul of the country, highways!