13 International Road Trips You Can Take From India

Remember those iconic Bollywood road trips be it Akash, Sameer and Siddharth in Dil Chahta Hai driving to Goa or Arjun, Kabir, and Imran creating chaos on the roads of Spain?

These movies have always made us envious and have made us add a road trip to our bucket list. If a road trip around the world is on your bucket list and want to satisfy your wanderlust syndrome, these are few of the countries you can drive to from India :

China :

Drive to this country if you love experiencing a new culture. Enjoy the architecture, music, food, and festivals. The drive will allow you to see exotic locations and hidden gem this country has to offer. The best route to drive to China is via Nepal. You can drive on the Indian driving license.

Nepal :

Nepal a paradise with Himalayan Ranges, Buddhist Temples, and monasteries and eccentric culture. It is a drive worth taking and one you won’t forget that easily. The country is great for leisure travel. You can drive by the Sanauli border in UP, Bihar, and Assam.

Requirements:  Indian driving license, photo ID proof

Malaysia :

Malaysia is truly Asia with its majestic beaches, scenic tourist spots, wildlife and nature parks with rainforests, picturesque islands and colorful culture with fabulous food. The best route to reach there is India – Myanmar – Thailand – Malaysia

Requirements: Valid Passport, Visa, Indian driving license

Bhutan :

‘The happiest place on earth’ is indeed a joy to drive through. Drive through untouched mountains, serene lands, and peaceful scenic roads. Visit the monasteries and soak in the traditional Buddhist culture. The best route to travel is the Jaigaon-Phuntsholing border in West Bengal.

Requirements:: Indian driving license, pre-registration of Indian vehicle at Phuntsholing border’s immigration post, Photo ID proof,  & the Department for Vehicle Registration.

Myanmar :

It is an enchanting land with pagodas, splendid beaches, culture, ancient traditions, and architecture. It is a difficult drive but one that is worth it. There is a highway built from Delhi to Bangkok Highway.

Requirements: Valid passport, Visa, special permits, custom permit for your vehicle on the frontier border.

Thailand :

Drive to the land with tropical beaches, ancient ruins, royal palaces, ornate temples, happening lifestyle, bustling markets and much more. This trip is surely fun! There is a highway built from Delhi to Bangkok Highway.

Requirements: Valid Passport, Visa, international driving license, special permits, custom permit for your vehicle on the frontier border.

Switzerland :

Enjoy the Swiss Alps, small cottages, picturesque drives and the heavenly chocolates to your drive to Switzerland. The best route to Switzerland is New Delhi — Lhasa (Tibet) — China — Kyrgyzstan — Uzbekistan — Turkmenistan — Iran — Turkey- Greece – Italy – Switzerland

Requirements: Valid Passport, Visa for all nations to be crossed, international driving license, carnet, Special Overland Permits for Indian registered vehicles, Tibet Travel Permit

Singapore :

The beautiful island is famous for its scenic city-line, delicious food, exclusive nightlife, great shopping place and land with a diverse culture. The best route to visit is India – Myanmar – Thailand – Malaysia – Singapore.

Requirements : Valid Passport, Visa, special permits, international driving license.

Russia :

 Drive through the architectural wonders and historically rich land. A country is famous for its monuments, countryside, vodka, and scenic places. The best way to travel to Russia is India- China – Kazakhstan – Russia.

Requirements: Valid Passport, Visa for China, Kazakhstan & Russia, Special Overland Permits for Indian registered vehicles, Tibet Travel Permit, temporary driving license, custom permit for your vehicle on the frontier border.

Turkey:

Turkey is a culturally, geographically, historically and socially diverse country. If you want to visit a country with a culture like no other, then you must drive to  Turkey. Enjoy the architecture, historical monuments, amazing food, and traditional folk practices. The best route to Turkey is New Delhi — Lhasa (Tibet) — China — Kyrgyzstan — Uzbekistan — Turkmenistan — Iran — Turkey

Requirements: Valid Passport, Visa for all nations mentioned, international driving license, carnet, Special Overland Permits for Indian registered vehicles, Tibet Travel Permit.

Italy :

Drive through the exotic and rustic cities of Italy. Explore the vast vineyards, art, and architecture and the gastronomical food. The best way to reach Italy is New Delhi — Lhasa (Tibet) — China — Kyrgyzstan — Uzbekistan — Turkmenistan — Iran — Turkey- Greece – Italy

Requirement: Valid Passport, Visa for all nations to be crossed, Indian driving license, carnet, Special Overland Permits for Indian registered vehicles, Tibet Travel Permit.

Spain :

Travel through this diverse cultural land of Spain. Enjoy the happening nightlife, music and dance and the culture. Take part in the festivals and enjoy the authentic experience. The best way to travel to Spain is via  New Delhi — Lhasa (Tibet) — China — Kyrgyzstan — Uzbekistan — Turkmenistan — Iran — Turkey- Greece – Italy – France – Spain

Requirements: Valid Passport, Visa for all nations to be crossed, Indian driving license, carnet, Special Overland Permits for Indian registered vehicles, Tibet Travel Permit.

France:

This will be the most romantic long drive you’ve probably been on. Fall in love with the rich history, art, food, wine, and culture. Enjoy the different monuments sipping wine and eating gourmet cheese. The best route to France is New Delhi — Lhasa (Tibet) — China — Kyrgyzstan — Uzbekistan — Turkmenistan — Iran — Turkey- Greece – Italy – France

Requirements: Valid Passport, Visa for all nations to be crossed, Indian driving license, carnet, Special Overland Permits for Indian registered vehicles, Tibet Travel Permit