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International Road Trips from India

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  • TATA AIG Team
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  • 07/06/2023

Have you ever dreamt of packing your bags, hitting the road, and embarking on an international adventure? Well, what if we told you that you could take your love of road trips to the next level and embark on an international road trip from India?

That's right – we're talking about driving from India to neighbouring countries like Nepal, Bhutan, and Myanmar, or even further afield to destinations like Thailand or Malaysia. In this blog, we'll explore the thrill and excitement of the best international road trips from India.

So, buckle up and get ready for the ride of a lifetime!

Oh, but before that, we must also tell you that having a travel insurance plan for your international trip is essential to keep your worries at bay!

A robust travel insurance policy will offer financial protection against unexpected events such as accidents, theft, and medical emergencies.

With Tata AIG, you can compare travel insurance plans online before choosing one. And this will ensure peace of mind and enable you to enjoy your trip without worrying about unforeseen expenses or disruptions. Now, let’s learn more about the international destinations you can travel from India by road.

Top 10 International Destinations Where You Can Travel from India by Road

Here's a list of 10 top destinations for an international road trip from India.

1.Nepal

You can travel to Nepal from India by road via several border checkpoints. The most commonly used checkpoints are Sunauli, Raxaul, and Banbasa. From there, you can take a bus or hire a taxi to reach various destinations in Nepal, including Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan. Legal Formalities: Indian nationals do not require a visa to visit Nepal. You will need valid ID proof like a passport or a Voter ID card.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Nepal is from September to November when the weather is pleasant and the skies are clear.

2. Bhutan

To travel from India to Bhutan by road, you can take the Jaigaon-Phuentsholing border crossing in West Bengal. From there, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to Thimphu or other parts of Bhutan. Having the necessary permits and visas for entry into Bhutan is important.

Legal Formalities: Indian nationals do not require a visa to visit Bhutan. You will need valid ID proof like a passport or a Voter ID card.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Bhutan is from March to May and September to November when the weather is amazing with clear skies.

3. Myanmar

As per the agreement, two international entry-exit checkpoints are open to regular tourists and visitors with valid passports and visas in the twin towns of Moreh and Tamu in Manipur and Rihkhawdar, Zowkhawtar in Mizoram because Myanmar shares borders with four Indian states—Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, and Nagaland.

To go on a road trip to Myanmar, you need to apply for a Carnet De Pass and International Driving Permit (IDP) through the Regional Transport Authority Office at a reasonable cost.

Legal Formalities: Indian nationals require a visa to visit Myanmar. You will also need to obtain a special permit called the "Restricted Area Permit" to visit certain areas of Myanmar.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Myanmar is from November to February, when the weather is cool and dry.

4. Thailand

Even though the journey would be a bit too tiring, you can still hop on a car and travel to Thailand by road through the underway Indian-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway.

Legal Formalities: Indian nationals require a visa to visit Thailand. You must also show proof of a return ticket and sufficient funds to cover your stay. Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Thailand is from November to February, when the weather is great to roam around.

5. Sri Lanka

  • Road travel is a viable option for reaching Sri Lanka. You can drive for this starting in New Delhi, passing through the following six states: Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh.

You can take a ferry from Tuticorin port in India to Colombo port in Sri Lanka after arriving in Tamil Nadu to transport your car.

Legal Formalities: Indian nationals require an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) to visit Sri Lanka. This can be obtained online or on arrival.

Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Sri Lanka is from December to March when the weather is pleasant.

6. Singapore

To visit Singapore from India by road, you must reach Thailand by road from India first. From Thailand, you need to drive to Kuala Lumpur. The drive would be of around 14 hours. From there, Singapore is 6 hours away by road. Legal Formalities: Indian nationals require a visa to visit Singapore. You must also show proof of a return ticket and sufficient funds to cover your stay. You will also need a Thailand Visa. Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Singapore is from February to April and July to September when the weather is pleasant.

7. Malaysia

  • You cannot reach Malaysia from India directly. However, you can take a bus from Thailand and reach Malaysia while enjoying the scenic beauty of the two countries.
  • Legal Formalities: Indian nationals require a visa to visit Malaysia. You must also show proof of a return ticket and sufficient funds to cover your stay. You will also need a Thailand Visa.
  • Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Malaysia is from March to October when the weather is pleasant.

8. Bangladesh

  • One can travel to Bangladesh from India by road via the Petrapole-Benapole border crossing. The journey typically involves taking a bus or taxi from Kolkata to the border, completing immigration formalities, and then continuing to Dhaka or other destinations in Bangladesh by car or bus.
  • Legal Formalities: Indian nationals require a passport and visa to enter Bangladesh.
  • Best Time to Visit: November to February is the best time to visit Bangladesh.

9. China

  • China may be reached by road due to its many international borders. You could do this by either boarding a bus or hiring a car. However, political upheaval could necessitate the closure of the China-India border crossing.
  • You can plan a China road trip from India by going to Nepal first. And then, from Nepal, the Karakoram Highway travels through either Tibet or Vietnam to China. Laos and Myanmar are other options to go by road to China.
  • Legal Formalities: Indian nationals require a passport and visa to enter China. Also, check the Visa/Transit Visa requirements of the countries you will pass on the way.
  • Best Time to Visit: April to June and September to October are the best times to visit China.

10. Turkey

  • Look no farther than Turkey if you enjoy driving and want to go on a particularly long drive. You won't just enjoy the final destination; the journey will also be entertaining.
  • New Delhi — Lhasa (Tibet), China — Kyrgyzstan — Uzbekistan — Turkmenistan — Iran — Turkey would be the finest route from India to Turkey.
  • Once there, you can discover stunning mosques, beautiful shores, and enchanted sky landscapes loaded with balloons.
  • Legal Formalities: Indians will need a valid visa to enter Turkey. Also, international travel insurance is mandatory to get a visa for Turkey from India. You will also need to look into the visa/transit visa requirements for the countries you will need to cross to reach Turkey.
  • Best Time to Visit: April to May and September to November are the best times to visit China.
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