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Marriage is hard work even at its best. When you throw in a baby, postpartum hormones, and a great sense of confusion about ‘where to from here’ in the mix, the results can be disastrous. Having landed in exactly that kind of soup, and being believers in the therapeutic powers of travel, we decided to embark on an Ahmedabad to Diu road trip to rekindle the, if not lost, then dwindling spark. Husband dearest had read of Ahmedabad-Diu as one of the must-do road trips in India somewhere on the internet. Being based out of Gandhinagar, Gujarat, (which is almost Ahmedabad) worked to your advantage. With the promise of a one-of-its-kind drive on a highway flanked by the mighty Arabian Sea, we set out for our Ahmedabad to Diu road trip in the blistering heat of June. The prospect of dodging the tourist influx made the off-season appealing, the scorching…

Driving down on Kashmir to Kanyakumari highway was always on my list. This January, we finally planned to hit the NH 44, the North-South Corridor of NHDP, which is the longest national highway in India, to reach Kanyakumari. Kanya-kumari, which in Hindi means a young unmarried girl, is as fresh and mesmerizing as its name. After zipping across the length of the country, for the final lap of our journey, we drove through west Tamil Nadu, which took us approx 10 hours to reach our destination – the southernmost tip of India where the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea meet. We had a two-day window to explore this beautiful destination and here’s how the experience panned out: The Swami Vivekananda Rock Memorial On the day we arrived at Kanyakumari, we spent the evening exploring the most iconic tourist attraction of our destination – The…

The butter-smooth highways of Rajasthan make zipping past its sandy landscape a delight for anyone with a penchant for driving. Having practically driven across the length of Rajasthan, covering a distance of 800km from Sri Ganganagar and going through Bikaner, Pushkar, Ajmer and Jodhpur, we finally made our way to Udaipur well past sundown. The cool, calm breeze and a light drizzle was a welcome change to the sweltering heat that had kept us company during our 12-hour drive, rendering the car’s air conditioning ineffective. We rolled down the windows and let the earthy scent fill us with an instant sense of repose. Bone-tired from the long journey, we headed straight to our accommodation and crashed in for the night. Udaipur – Of Palaces and Havelis When we woke up early next morning, the rain had still not abated and the pleasant breeze set the tone for our day-long explorations…

A road trip to Leh is on the bucket list of almost every travel enthusiast. This picture of Namik La on Kargil-Leh Highway shared by Shikha Tikoo explains why. If you too have been planning to embark on this road journey of a lifetime, we recommend doing a full circuit, going from Manali and coming back via Kargil.

Road trips mean spending long hours in your car. Even if you are with your closest buds, there are bound to be times when conversations run out. You need something to fill up the silences and prevent the holiday mood from nose-diving. And what could be a better option that our own Hindi numbers! Catchy, quirky, melodious, silly but never boring. Here is my recommendation of songs for your road trip playlist: Dil Chahta Hai (title track) Of course, the title track of the movie that made us all fall in love with the idea of road trips in the first place. Khwabon Ke Parindey, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara Farhan Akhtar has given us some serious wanderlust goals, be it with his directorial debut Dil Chahta Hai or by starring in the epic road trip film, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. While the movie has a lot fun songs, my favourite…