Best Road Trips in North-East India You Must Take Once in a Lifetime

If you are a true traveller like me, then would know that the best way to explore any place is by hitting the road. And, in a country as diverse as ours (India), where the routes and terrains drastically change every few kilometers, you would not want to miss onto the north-east India road trip map which sure soothes the wanderlust in you.

Fun during one of my road trips!

Wondering why am I sharing north-east India road trip ideas with you all? Well, Northeast India is blessed with several eccentric long-distance routes that offer an enchanting blend of virgin plantations, mountain sights, spectacular tea estates, twisting highways and lanes, wildlife sanctuaries & national parks.

Exploring this unspoiled north east region with your own wheels gives you the freedom to stop by and enjoy the beautiful scenic views or pull over wherever hunger calls. So, gear up people, and if you’ve got wheels and desire to explore the true north-east india nature, here’s some adventure fuel – sharing some of the best north-east trips via road!

Assam to Thailand International Cross-Border Road Trip

The unbelievable road trip gives one an opportunity to pass through the enchanted hills of Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur before crossing over to Myanmar and Thailand. This road route in north-east India is inaugurated by the government of India to boost trade and cultural exchanges between the three countries. It is the India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway which runs from Moreh in Manipur to Mae Sot in Thailand via Myanmar. It is one of the best road trips from Guwahati which lets you discover a platter of gorgeous scenic landscapes and a plethora of cultures as you travel through different locations within and outside India.

It is the rarest road route which lets you travel past the international border without a visa. I have got yet another good news for all the solo women travelers out there. Guess what, the Western India Automobile Association (WIAA) in partnership with Embarq is organizing an all-women motorcycle and car get-up-and-go from India to Thailand for 15 days including 2,500 km of absolute adventure. The journey is set to begin from Guwahati in India, which will then continue its lane to remarkable sights from Nagaland and Manipur to the magnificent bridges of Myanmar. Scheduled from 29th October 2018 to 4th November 2018, this north-east road trip itinerary is specially tailored for women who want to break the stereotypes by traveling the roads less taken.

This Guwahati to Thailand road trip is sure to give you some serious cross-border traveling goals to achieve. So, are you ready to hit the roads? Just don’t forget to carry your international driving license and passport along with you!

Guwahati to Tawang Road Trip

There’s nothing more exciting and soothing than hitting the road with the windows down and which is why this road trip is one of my favourites. While you can easily travel Tezpur from Guwahati by flight or train, there are some crazy adventurous souls like me who love to rather travel by road.

There’s a reason why I call it one of my favourites. While the road route is rough with sharp hairpin turns, you are undoubtedly going to enjoy the picturesque beauty of the virgin forests on the way from Tezpur to Bhalukpong. Bhalukpong Police Checkpost is the place where you can cross Assam border to enter Arunachal Pradesh. Its 8-9 hours of long journey from Guwahati to Bhalukpong by road. Later, the journey to Tawang begins as you cross Bhalukpong.

When in Tawang, you simply cannot afford to miss the delicious butter tea along with morning prayers at the second largest monastery in the world (Galden Namgyal Lhatse Monastery). Don’t forget to participate & celebrate Tawang festival. Also, explore lesser-known festivals of north east india.

Guwahati To Cherrapunji Road Trip

Route: Guwahati –– Shillong – Cherrapunji

You are never too old to plan this simple yet comforting road trip. It’s just a one-day trip to Shillong from Guwahati before you actually plan to move forward to Cherrapunji. All it takes is solo 2.5-3 hours to reach Shillong from Guwahati via road. You can plan to visit major tourist attraction in Shillong like Elephant Waterfall, Wards Lake, Police Bazar and Shillong Golf Club, and finally, rest for a night. Continue your journey to Cherrapunji the next morning. On the way, stop at the magnificent bridge across the Mawkdok Valley (you can also indulge in zip-lining here). Once at Cherrapunji, visit the attractions such as Mawsmai limestone caves, the Seven Sister Waterfalls, the Thangkarang Park and the Nohkalikai waterfalls.

Gangtok to Lake Tsomgo and Nathu-La Pass Road Trip

A must for the adventure lovers, this road route is sure to leave you spellbound with the magical beauty of Sikkim. Tsomgo Lake, also known as Changu Lake is a glacier lake in Sikkim and is located 12,310 ft above sea level. It is about 50km from Gangtok. While the terrain is hilly with lots of challenges, the view of Lake Tsomgo makes it all worth it with reflections of the surrounding hills in its water! Avoid planning a trip during winters as the route is blocked by the military to prevent miss happenings. Know more about cleanest Mall Road in Gangtok, Sikkim.

Kalimpong To Zuluk Road Trip

Route: Kalimpong – Pedong – Reshi- Pademchen-Lingtham-Zuluk

A treat to your adrenaline rush is this exciting road trip to Kalimpong to Zuluk! With 32 wild hairpin turns and bends, this road trip is one of the most thrilling seven sister road routes in India. It’s a mesmerizing trip that falls on the silk route known as Zuluk. The clear view of breath-taking snow peaked Kanchenjunga will make your north-east India travel experience worthwhile. To add to your north-east travel itinerary, halt at River Reshi at Reshikhola to enjoy the scenic views along with some snacks to unwind.

Bagdogra to Darjeeling via Mirik

Every route has a different adventure stored for each one of us. A road less taken is the road worth taking. Trust me on this, because it may sound illogical to you to travel on a longer route than opting for a shorter route to reach Darjeeling. But, as I said I never regret my decisions when it comes to exploring north-east India. The journey from Bagdogra Airport or NJP station to Darjeeling via Mirik though a little time consuming offers its travelers with some amazing north-east India tourist attractions in Mirik like Tingling View Point, Mirik Lake and Pashupati Market near the Indo-Nepal border. So, are you ready to hit the roads, right?

Priyanka Rastogi
Priyanka Rastogi

Priyanka Rastogi is a fervent explorer backed with rich experience in travel and tourism Industry from the grassroots level. Author of 'Early Sunrise, Early Sunset',

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