Road Readiness

Road travelling in India requires that you be ready for the roads. Our trips involve extensive road travelling. The All India trip involves about 16,000 kms (10,000 miles) of driving, and the North India trip involves about 7,000 kms (4,375 miles) of driving.

You must be ready for a few things on the road.

First of all, you must keep in mind that the traffic in India is very harsh and rash. There are no rules on the road, so you can expect a lot of traffic jams and people driving on the wrong side of the road. Our drivers are strictly forbidden to break traffic rules. So, your safety is assured.

People will be driving at neck-break speeds, so expect to see a lot of accidents on the road. Our drivers are not allowed to drive over the speed limit. If they do, they are out.

Drinking water is available everywhere, but we recommend you keep your own bottled water. Drinking from other sources can give you an upset stomach. Always keep some medication with you.

Food at road side stalls can also give you an upset stomach. We are used to this food, it's not bad at all, in fact it is the best, but the Western traveller may not be used to the spices that are used in such cooking. Our driver will take you to appropriate restaurants if you wish. But, if you enjoy spicy food, then the normal road side stall (called dhaba) are the best option. Their food is always fresh.

Are you used to sleeping while your vehicle is in motion? You better be, otherwise these trips may be too much for you. Stopping every night in hotels is not going to happen, because we must complete these trips in a given time. Although we allow for extra time to go to extra places, we still have to make sure we don't waste time on the road.

You can expect to see a lot of trucks. Infact, they are the rulers of the road. Be prepared for a lot of overtaking, as the trucks are mostly overloaded and they move quite slow.

Many highways in India are under construction at all times! And many are two-way traffic highways. Overtaking must be done while driving in the on-coming lane. This can be mind-bogging and scary at times, but necessary. Be prepared!

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