10 International Road Trips from India You Must Take!

Road trips are best. They allow you the time to enjoy the journey. There is no rush to reach an airport to catch your flight or be crying for leg space on the long international flights. Then there is the opportunity to discover new places, new routes and by the end of it, you feel like you were in an Indian Jones movie. And if you wonder whether we can take road trips to other countries, you need to stop wondering and start wandering.

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Here is the list of the international road trips from India that you must take once in your life: –

  1. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka? Really? But isn’t there like a sea in between? Yes, there is but that won’t be a problem. You can drive to Sri Lanka. Just drive down to Tuticorin Port in Tamil Nadu and get to the Colombo Port in Sri Lanka via the Scotia Prince ferry that offers a drive in & drive out facility for cars. Explore the sandy beaches, lush mountains, tea plantations & diverse wildernesses of this tropical heaven on a road trip from Delhi to Sri Lanka which is regarded as one of the best international road trips from India.

Distance from Delhi to Sri Lanka by road: Approx. 2,400 km
Time (Delhi to Sri Lanka): 10 days by road + 45 hours by ferry
Documents to carry: Valid Passport, photo ID proof, copy of Visa on Arrival confirmation

  1. China

 Risky, time-consuming but adventurous. This road trip is not for the faint-hearted. Getting an independent travel pass might be a hassle but if you do get it, you are in for a visual and adventurous treat. The road trip offers you have experiences that will remain with you for eternity. Just remember the breath-taking architecture and delicious Chinese food is waiting at the other end. The best route into China is via Nepal, which takes you to Lhasa, & then to Xining, before you finally enter China.

Distance from Delhi, India to China by road: Approx. 1,600 km
Time: Approx. 8 days
Documents to carry: Valid Passport, Visa, Special Overland Permits for Indian-registered vehicles, Tibet Travel Permit, temporary driving license

  1. Nepal

Indians who haven’t been to this Himalayan country are missing on the stunning landscape this country has to offer. You don’t even need a permit visa to enter this country. The world’s highest peaks, forests and amazing hospitality awaits you at the end of your journey into Nepal.

Distance from Delhi, India to Nepal by road: Approx. 800 km
Time: Approx. 3 days
Documents to carry: Indian driving license, photo ID proof

  1. Malaysia

Malaysia is a visual proof of the co-existence of two cultures of South East Asia. From sky scrapers to river houses to ancient temples, everything co-exists and adds to the stunning visual appeal of this highly popular tourist destination.

Distance from Delhi to Malaysia by road: Approx. 4,400 km
Time: Approx. 19 days
Documents to carry: Valid Passport, Visa, Indian driving license

  1. Bhutan

The happiest country in Asia should be the only reason to visit. If somehow that does not appeal you, then the rich heritage, culture and no influence of modernity should. This tiny Himalayan nation is far out (in every meaning of the word) but doable.

Distance from New Delhi to Bhutan by road: Approx. 1,400 km
Time (Delhi to Bhutan): Approx. 5 days
Documents to carry: Indian driving license, Photo ID proof (other than driving license), pre-registration of Indian vehicle at Phuntsholing border’s immigration post & the Department for Vehicle Registration.

  1. Myanmar

One of the hardest road trips in the world. It literally breaks your back but it’s worth all the trouble.  A country rich in culture, ancient traditions, and an old-world aura has attracted multitudes of tourists. The 3200-kilometre India-Myanmar-Thailand highway makes it bit easier and a bucket list trip.

Distance from Delhi to Myanmar by road: Approx. 2,400 km
Time: Approx. 9 days
Documents to carry: Valid passport, Visa, special permits, carnet (a customs permit allowing a motor vehicle to be taken across a frontier for a limited period)

  1. Thailand

Thailand is the ‘it’ holiday destinations for a significant number of Indians. Flying to Thailand is cheaper but why do it the traditional way when you can make use of the newly opened highway between the countries. 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. So, travel away and prepare to get stunned.

Distance from New Delhi to Thailand by road: Approx. 3,000 km
Time: Approx. 13 days
Documents to carry: Valid Passport, Visa, international driving license, special permits, carnet (a customs permit allowing a motor vehicle to be taken across a frontier for a limited period)

  1. Cambodia

At the end of your journey, 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 –  are awaiting. 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 from international road trips from India.

Distance from New Delhi to Cambodia : 4800 km
Time Required : 81 hrs approx.
Permit Required: Valid Passport, Visa, international driving license, special permits, carnet (a customs permit allowing a motor vehicle to be taken across a frontier for a limited period)

  1. Vietnam

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.

Distance from New Delhi to Cambodia: 5250 km
Time: 88 hrs approx.
Documents to carry: Valid Passport, Visa, international driving license, special permits, carnet (a customs permit allowing a motor vehicle to be taken across a frontier for a limited period)

  1. Bangladesh

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, longest beach in the world, friendly people, and a rich history.

Distance from Delhi to Bangladesh by road: Approx. 1,400 km
Time: Approx. 5 days
Documents to carry: Valid passport, Visa, special permits, carnet (a customs permit allowing a motor vehicle to be taken across a frontier for a limited period)

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