Jeep Safari tours are one of the best ways to explore the diversity fair, as it allows you to take up rugged terrains and challenging trails, besides you can stop wherever you want and whenever you want! What we have here is a list of top routes for Jeep Safari in India that may help you trudge through your dream destinations without sorting a map much.
1. Delhi – Manali – Leh Jeep Safari
This route is inarguably every adventure enthusiasts’ favorite. Beginning from Delhi, the jeep safari cuts and runs through Manali, Sarchu, Leh, Hemis, Khardung La and finally returns to Delhi from Leh by flight. You are going to cover about 1144kms on one side. Once you get going on this trip you can expect to witness the landscape changing from lush green to barren jagged mountains, temperature also varies greatly and you begin to feel the difference once you cross Manali and reach Lahaul valley via the famed Rohtang Pass.
The next big stop will be Sarchu, which is a major halt for camping. Keylong, Zingzingbar Jispa and Baralacha la are some of the notable places that you will cross across before reaching Sarchu. Take the motor able road to Leh and pass through the majestic Gata Loops, which have 22 hairpin bends, traverse through Lachung La, Pang and finally Tanglang La, after which you will be crossing the mighty River Indus to reach Upshi. Following the same Manali – Leh Highway, you can reach Hemis and from here further drive to Leh.
The Delhi-Manali-Leh jeep safari tour lets you experience a melange of culture and urges you to take up more challenging safari down the Ladakh lanes. Along with witnessing dramatic landscape change, you are in for some historical visit as well with sighting of the majestic River Indus , Hemis Monastery one of India’s largest and wealthiest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and Khardung la which is one of the highest motor able mountain passes in the world.
Be prepared to encounter rough and moody weather to meet you unexpectedly and although being a part of National highway you may get your share of bumpy ride here and there. The entire journey can be estimated to complete in 8 full days.
2. Srinagar to Leh Jeep Safari
When it comes to road trips, Srinagar to Leh journey is as exhilarating a drive as Manali to Leh drive. Trust me this drive will be one of the most memorable trips in India. Blessed with some wonderful views and fine roads, Srinagar to Leh jeep safari is absolutely the thing for adventure-seekers.
Despite the fact that it is a long journey all the way up to Leh, in which you have to drive through meandering roads, cut through unmettled trails and pass through high mountain passes, there would not be a time when you might feel like giving up. There is way too much to capture in your camera, right from gorgeous landscape that changes from place to place to beautiful rural people that live in some exotic little huts and tents.
3. Ladakh Highest Pass Jeep Safari
If you are one of those who enjoy taking sun slow, then you are certainly someone who would enjoy taking a jeep safari tour to the high mountain passes in the Indian Himalaya. With the landscape challenging your patience and endurance, you can drive to a well-mettled road to India’s two highest mountain passes namely Khardung La and Marsimik La. You can start the safari by taking the Manali-Leh Highway and reach Leh City.
This is the major stop of your high mountain pass jeep safari tour in Ladakh, from here you can first drive to Khardung la , which is considered to be the third highest pass in the world. Cross through Gangles and follow the Khardung Road to finally reach the majestic Khardung Pass. As you return to Leh, prepare to embrace something bigger and better in the form of the world’s highest mountain pass Marsimik La.
The route cuts and covers through high altitude Pangong Lake and the world’s fourth highest mountain pass called Chang La. Phobrang will be a major stop before Marsimik, from where the high velocity winds begins to take a toll. This jeep safari is once in a lifetime adventure that can give any adventure enthusiast a reason to celebrate.
4. Corbett National Park Jeep Safari
The idea of covering a national park in a jeep safari is fascinating, isn’t it! Well, in Uttarakhand where Corbett National Park has marked the identity for plethora of flora and fauna, it is indeed a great idea to set out for the expedition. Wildlife and natural charms are the important pillars of this journey. Covering beautiful destinations like Binsar and Munsyari, you can guarantee yourself a trip of a lifetime.
For obvious reasons Delhi will be the base of the journey, from the capital to wildlife capital Corbett National Park (253kms from Delhi), you are assured of some smooth travel. Taking the NH 24 you can easily reach the national park from Delhi. The beautiful Binsar is next in the Kumaoni belt of Uttarakhand. Situated around 240kms from Corbett, Binsar is a beautiful town, which offers mesmerizing view of peaks like Kedarnath, Trishul, Nanda Devi Kot, Chaukhamba and Panchchuli.
Through Bageshwar and Kapkot drive to the exemplary and scenic Munsyari. Also dubbed as the home of Panchachuli Peaks, Munsiyari is a paradise for nature lovers. Birthi Falls, Betulidhar and Maheshwari Kund are the main attraction of Munsiyari. Drive to another Kumaoni extravaganza waiting for you at Chaukori, the town is about 95kms from Munsiyari and can be reached taking Munsiyari – Thal road that has important stops like Kalamuni temple, Nachani and Thal.
Chaukori offers great cultural reflection of the state; temples are the main attractions here but the natural splendor outreaches everything. The last destination of the Kumaon belt in this jeep safari tour is Mukteshwar, which is situated about 130kms from Chaukori and can be reached by Bageshwar- Didihat Road. You can visit the 350 years old Shiva Temple here for which the place is famed for.
5. The West Meets the South Jeep Safari
Mumbai seem to be an ideal place to sneak out from the confines of mundane. A pleasant yet adventurous jeep safari in South India would ideally be covering the vivacious state of Goa, Karnataka and the beautiful Kerala. It does sound as a great safari expedition isn’t? Although, there are many ways of covering the three states in an expedition, the best route for Jeep Safari would be from Mumbai to Kolhapur via AH 47/ NH4.
Kolhapur is known for its rich culture and the Mahalakshmi Temple is the main focus here. Do not forget to taste the spicy Kolhapuri Chicken and buy yourself some Kolhapuri Chappals (Sandals) that this place is famous for. Drive to the vibrant Goa, which is also known as the party hub of the country. The same NH 4 and the Panjim-Belgaum Road will take you to your destination.
Take delight in sumptuous seafood, enjoy the powerful nightlife and witness some of the best Portuguese architecture in India here. An approximate 354kms drive via Edapally-Panvel Highway along the Arabian Sea shore will take you to Mangalore. The city is known for offering a calm and quiet holiday experience; it can be an ideal spot for you to relax after party hard in Goa and before reaching the ultimate rejuvenating point better known as Munnar.
The distance from Mangalore to Munnar is about 510kms and one can drive along the coastline of Arabian Sea via the Edapally-Panvel Highway. Munnar is nothing short of a vacation with sprawling tea gardens, undulating hills and soothing climate. It is indeed a place to reward yourself after a tiresome jeep expedition.