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Is ‘travelling more’ one of your resolutions for 2019? Here’s where to go!

With the company of state-of-the-art high-end SUVs, such as the new Alturas G4 by Mahindra, you can be an adventurer who travels with elegance and style.

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Photo: Mahindra & Mahindra

If you have trouble sticking to New Year resolutions, here’s an easy one for you. In the coming year, keep a bag with spare clothes handy, a favorite travel-mate nearby, and make a pact with the road. Over long and short weekends, travel to far-off places, let your wheels roll over unexplored terrain, and belong to the road. Don’t be a dusty and sweaty backpacker, if that’s not your thing. With the company of state-of-the-art high-end SUVs, such as the new Alturas G4, you can be an adventurer who travels with elegance and style.

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or just planning your first big road trip, here’s a list of destinations spanning the length and breadth of India, with notes and recommendations specially curated for a luxury traveler.

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Photo: Mahindra & Mahindra

1.Delhi to Leh

As one of the most popular road trips in India, the mecca for travelers, a trip to Leh may have either been on your ‘to-do’ list or ‘done-that’ list. Either way, the best way to travel to Leh from Delhi (if you don’t want to break your back on a motorbike) is with a rugged and sturdy SUV. This trip provides you plenty of road-time, as the journey stretches a solid 1,000 km at least. There are two ways to do this road trip: Delhi-Manali-Leh, or take the road less traveled from Delhi-Srinagar-Kargil-Leh. If you are a frequent road traveler, you can make multiple stops along the way and explore places around Leh, such as Tso Moriri, Pangong, and Sarchu. Be sure to pick an SUV with a smooth cruise control, which will have you gliding across the panoramic landscapes of Leh in style.

Ooty. Photo: iStock
Ooty. Photo: iStock

2.Bangalore to Ooty/Coorg

If you’re not looking for a 10-day road trip as the one above, but instead are interested in a weekend getaway in the south, drive down from Bangalore to Ooty and be welcomed by the chilly weather at the hill station. Around 340 km south, the trip will take you about 7-8 hours and through places such as the historical Mysore, the green fields of Gundlupet, and the jungle safaris at Bandipur and Mudummalai. While the altitudes to climb won’t be too high, it’s probably best to check for a vehicle that has advanced features like Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Hill Start Assist (HSA). Another destination could be the gorgeous Coorg, where you could stay amidst the most aromatic coffee plantations in the country. Let your SUV sweep you away from the noise and into the quiet of the lush green hills, valleys, and canopied highways of the south.

3.Kolkata to Lake Tsomgo

For travelers who wish to venture into the north east, here’s the perfect trip for you. Although the road from Kolkata to Lake Tsomgo (in East Sikkim) is long (about 730 km), the drive will be worth it! If you don’t mind the cold, travel to Lake Tsomgo in the winter, and catch the mesmerizing beauty of the frozen lake. Note to drivers: venturing into the corners of the east, you’ll realize the need to have a dependable and powerful engine drive you around the narrow and winding roads. There are lots of local taxis that drive you around the north East, but to experience the driving yourself, ensure that your vehicle supports top of the line braking and robust safety systems, so that you can sit back and watch the miles roll by.

Jaisalmer. Photo: iStock
Jaisalmer. Photo: iStock

4.Jaipur to Jaisalmer

If sandy deserts and old palaces are more your thing, don’t wait to take a trip towards the north western India. A comfortable 600 km ride, this road trip will take you through the old towns of Rajasthan and also the sprawling deserts of the west. If you wish, stretch your trip into four or five days, so you can add a few stops on the way. Rajasthan’s majestic beauty of the sand dunes, mighty palaces, and rich culture needs to felt in a drive-through, making your experience with the state more intimate. Although the roads are considerably well-maintained, the rough terrain might need to be matched with a rough machine.

5. Mumbai to Tarkarli

If you don’t have time to travel to the four corners of the country, here’s another quiet road trip destination for you: drive down from the noisy city life into the quiet and pristine beaches of Tarkarli in Maharashtra. A good 600 km, this road trip will take you through the food towns of Maharashtra, including Kolhapur. Make a couple of swift stops through these towns to reach the clean and beautiful Tarkarli.

With these destinations in mind, take a trip once every few weeks, and you’ll see the difference travel-rejuvenation makes. Although traveling is fun, do not underestimate the amount of planning, coordination, and attention to safety that comes, especially with road trips. Hence, to make your journeys smooth, comfortable, and luxurious, pick an SUV that affords you the joy of all the wanderlusting without any of the stressing.

Photo: Mahindra & Mahindra
Photo: Mahindra & Mahindra

The new Alturas G4 is designed exactly for this purpose. A high-end, full-sized SUV, the Alturas G4 will ensure safety, stability, comfort, and style for each of these trips. The vehicle’s powerful engine can handle any kind of road demand, and its advanced safety and comfort features will make sure you return home refreshed, relaxed, and rested.

Travel with the Alturas G4, and make the New Year a year full of adventures. To book a test drive, please click here.

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