What do you call a country with limitless beauty and where you can enter at any time of the year without prior permissions? You got that right! When on a road trip from India to Nepal, the best way to enter the country is through the Sunauli border in UP, which is about 180 km from Gorakhpur. And once you’re through, the charming views of the snowy Himalayas, tranquil stupas, and rustic forests are all yours!
Distance from Delhi, India to Nepal by road:
Approx 800 km
Travel time (Delhi to Nepal):
Approx 3 days
Indian driving license, photo ID proof
One can drive to Bangladesh through different entry point like Kolkata, Siliguri, Agartala, depending on where one’s coming from. After completing all formalities at the border, the country’s vibrant culture, pristine rivers, ancient ruins & friendly people will welcome you with open arms on one of the most spectacular international road trips from India.
Distance from Delhi to Bangladesh by road:
Approx 1,400 km
Travel time (Delhi to Bangladesh):
Approx 5 days
Documents required: Valid passport, Visa, special permits, carnet (a customs permit allowing a motor vehicle to be taken across a frontier for a limited period)
It’s the nation proudly flaunting the tag of the ‘happiest country in Asia’ and is ridiculously easy to drive to from India. Do you need more reasons to visit this elusive paradise? It is preferred to enter Bhutan through the Jaigaon-Phuntsholing border in West Bengal, since the popular cities of Paro & Thimphu are closer from there. Once in, the charging atmosphere, overwhelming scenic beauty, and cheerful faces of locals won’t let you want to leave this surreal kingdom.
Distance from New Delhi to Bhutan by road:
Approx 1,400 km
Travel time (Delhi to Bhutan):
Approx 5 days
Indian driving license, Photo ID proof (other than driving license), pre registration of Indian vehicle at Phuntsholing border’s immigration post & the Department for Vehicle Registration.
Though one might find problems with independent vehicular movement in Tibet, the diversity of fabulous experiences this country offers to its visitors will totally make up for it! With towering skyscrapers standing beside Hindu temples, Chinese sanctums, & mosques on one hand, and a surplus natural biodiversity on the other, the unique cultural ethos of this nation is breathtaking. Mountains, coral islands, tropical rainforests, rare species of flora and fauna . . . the list of natural experiences one can indulge in at Malaysia is endless.
Distance from Delhi to Malaysia by road:
Approx 4,400 km
Travel time (Delhi to Malaysia):
Approx 19 days
Valid Passport, Visa, Indian driving license
This is one of the most challenging and risky international road trips from India. Though one is required to obtain permits two months before setting off, the whole trip hangs on various uncertainties as these applications are very likely to get rejected by the Chinese govt. But if happen to be one of those lucky few who make it, you have a myriad of experiences, some engaging architecture, & delicious Chinese food, simply waiting for you at the other side! The best route into China is via Nepal, which takes you to Lhasa, & then to Xining, before you finally enter China.
Distance from Delhi, India to China by road:
Approx 1,600 km
Travel time (Delhi to China):
Approx 8 days
Valid Passport, Visa, Special Overland Permits for Indian registered vehicles, Tibet Travel Permit, temporary driving license