The frustration of routine jobs, the struggles with packing, the rush to the station all fades away when the first breath of fresh air hits you on the highway. We are talking about journeying by bus. We bring to you India from the roadBhavneet Singh email@example.com
Most of us would be annoyed at the sight of rickety buses and the sound of blaring horns but if you were to travel by them, the sight feels more welcome than ever. Though not as fast as trains or aircrafts, they do offer some solace from the noisy train and much more economical when compared to the soaring flight rates. Along with being calm and affordable, these buses promise you a ride across different landscapes. Here’s a list of bus journeys that you wouldn’t want to miss out on.
Mohali to Kullu valley
Buses are readily available on this route. The comfort level of the buses depends on how much you are willing to pay. But this is one journey you wouldn’t want to miss. It kicks off with the smooth roads of Mohali in Chandigarh and enters the highway. It passes through the lush green fields of Himachal Pradesh and finally enters the Kullu valley. The sight of the mountains looming above is truly awe-inspiring. As you move on, slowly you can feel the chill set in. It is perfect for those who would like to savour the delights of the valley without forsaking the charms of this quaint town.
Chennai to Kodaikanal
Crowded Chennai streets and the sultry climate might haunt you initially but it would become better with time. Once out of the city, the bus gathers speed and the landscape becomes better. Dindigul is the stop where you can treat yourself to yummy south Indian delights. The prices are moderate and the taste, well it is fantastic. One thing that we suggest you to do is not take an A/C bus here, because to feel this place, you have to feel the air! No pollution, not even a speck of it in the air.
Cochin to Munnar
Journey from Cochin to Munnar (the highest city in South India.) Unlike Chennai to Kodaikanal, you have better roads, and faster traffic. If you are coming from crowded cities to take this journey, you will realise how much you were missing in the metropolitans. The temperatures always low, and chances of rainfall all the time would be the characteristic feature of this trip. The hilly terrain adds to the thrill of the journey and if you are travelling in winter, then fog is one thing you would have to fight. The landscape here comprises of a couple of waterfalls, tea gardens, and loads of greenery. You might just be teleported to the Avatar world.
Diu to Dwarka
If you thought that the best bus journeys can only be on the hills, then the next journey on our list might just surprise you. It is in the land of Gandhi, Modi and of course, Dhoklas! This journey commences in Diu and goes upto Dwarka, Lord Krishna’s home town. Now, the speciality of this journey (apart from dhoklas of course) is that the entire stretch is along the seashore. So, as your bus speeds on National Highway 52E, you would get a clear view of the Arabian Sea. Expecting to see dolphins might be too optimistic though! The journey would be a memorable one and definitely deserves a place in the top five.
Udaipur to Jaipur
Last on the list is the ride through the Deserts of Rajasthan. This journey from Udaipur to Jaipur surely is different from all the bus journeys listed up there. The mountains here are replaced by sand dunes, and the sweaters find a place in the bag. The temperature as expected is on the higher side and the
road is lined with small villages, a few temples and also forts. For once, you would think of the Arabian Nights as this place matches the description in the book. This six-hour bus journey gives you the flavour of Rajasthan. And if delicacies like ‘Dal Bhati Churma’ and ‘lal mass’ await you on the other end, then the journey becomes memorable automatically!
Ask the experts
This summer my grandmother and a couple of her friends are planning to tour any ideal place within India, in order to beat the heat of summer. So what would you suggest for them?
An ideal place for your grandmother and her friends to go this summer would be Ajmer. It’s spiritual and beautiful, everything that can be enjoyed at their age.
They can travel both by train or by air whatever they are comfortable with and the trip would most likely cost them between Rs.8,000 – Rs.10,000 depending on what mode of transport they choose. The trip would most likely be for about three days but, could be extended. It is long enough to give them a good break and enjoy each other’s company and short enough so that they are not tired.
There are many packages available with various travel agencies about the same, so a lot can be arranged as they will arrive at Jaipur and be taken to Ajmer from there. They could even tour Jaipur for a bit and explore the handicrafts, jewellery, textiles and leather goods on offer.
Sundeep Kishan, ActorWhere was your last trip to?
Most of my recent trips have been work releated. Earlier this year I went to Rishikesh in Uttaranchal and recently I was in Palakollu in Andhra Pradesh
What was the most memorable moment of the trip?
Water sports interest me a lot, although I never got a chance earlier. In Rishikesh, I had a great time white water rafting. It did turn out to be a scary experience because I almost drowned. The best part about Rishikesh is it has a great vibe, fabulous locations, food and coffee shops. It’s almost like being in a hippie place. On the other hand, Palakollu was a pleasant surprise. Generally when we think of greenery, Kerala is the first place which comes to our mind. But the locales around Palakollu are equally stunning. The lifestyle of people in this part of AP is so different from other regions.
What’s your idea of an ideal trip?
I am a big movie buff and an ideal trip for me will be going to Goa in December. During this time, Goa plays host to the International Film Festival of India. You can watch films all day long and party till late in the night. I went there couple of times and I am planning to go again.
One thing which you’ll never forget to carry on your trip.
My mobile phone. I don’t think I can survive without it.