The recent opening of the Asian Highway Network that India and Thailand via Myanmar has got everyone buzzing, and rightly so. It’s not just getting to Bangkok that’s exciting, it’s the countless wonders you’ll see along the way.
There are, however, a bunch of other countries you can go to in the comfort of your car. Road trips are always eventful, and though some of these may seem daunting, there are still people who have done it, and you don’t really hear them complaining!
Here are a some international road trips you can take from India.
1. Sri Lanka
Asian Highway 43 (AH43) connects Agra to Matara in Sri Lanka. This road is 3,024km long. To reach Sri Lanka via this road, one needs to take a ferry ride from Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu.
Drive off to lush Sri Lanka and enjoy the beaches, forests and culture that’s made the place what it is today. Places are close together, so you can fit in a bunch of different activities in a small span of time!
Asian Highway 42 (AH42) connects Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu Province, China to Barhi in Jharkhand. The length of the road is 3,754km. This is the nearest Asian highway to Mount Everest and it passes through Lhasa in Tibet and Kathmandu in Nepal.
While it’s a very long and arduous process, it is technically possible to drive to China by car. The problem lies in procuring the independent travel pass, which takes ages to get approved. If you do make it though, let us know!
The world’s highest peaks, forests and some pretty good alcohol awaits you at the end of your journey into Nepal. You’ll see some amazing things along the way, but if the border patrols bother you too much, just take the bus!
Malaysia really embodies the cultural spirit of the area, with sky scrapers existing hand in hand with houses on the river. They also have some of the best food around, a welcome treat after driving that massive distance. You might have to go through Tibet though, and that will present problems in terms of independent vehicle movement.
If being the happiest country in Asia isn’t reason enough to visit Bhutan, the rich heritage, culture and strangely vibrant atmosphere of the place will convince you. This tiny Himalayan nation is far out (in every meaning of the word) but doable.
Driving to Myanmar is backbreaking work, but it’s a small price to pay to enjoy the delights of Burma. A country rich in culture, ancient traditions and an old-world aura.
The 3200-kilometre India-Myanmar-Thailand highway will open up in 2016, which means an incredible India-Thailand road trip is now a reality like never before!
While flying it may be cheaper, the newly opened highway between the countries is still pretty exciting. We know Thailand is one of the easiest places to have a good time, with stunning beaches, exotic culture and an option for every kind of traveller.
The Kingdom of Cambodia sits at the heart of the Southeast Asia loop, boasting a thread of pristine white coastline and an interior of elephant trodden trails, straw hut villages and emerald jungles – all of which can be explored for a very reasonable price.
Home to giant roots reclaiming the ruins, Ta Phrom is where Tomb Raider was actually filmed. These massive roots enveloping the temples was a spectacular sight. Definitely a must-see.
While the Asian Superhighway is restricted to Thailand for now, the authorities are discussing to extend the highway from Thailand to Cambodia and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.
This country is well known for their extremely beautiful sunsets, landscapes, and buildings of historic relevance. If you plan to visit this country, you will cherish every second spent there! You will get a chance to see the Cu Chi Tunnels in Vietnam and visit the buildings that boast of being survivors during the terrible World War.
Bangladesh is right around the corner, and you can literally see the distant border from some parts of India. It might be a crowded country, but it’s also got some lovely water bodies, friendly people and a heavy history.
Start your engines and get started on these international road trips now.