Photo Essay – A drive across 3 states in North India

7 Jul

Earlier this year we had to travel to Dehra Dun in Uttarakhand for some personal work. But instead of directly flying there from Mumbai, we decided to take a train to Delhi and then drive down from there to Dehra Dun. The entire drive takes about 5 – 6 hours, depending upon the traffic in some small towns etc but we didn’t take the main highway. Instead we drove through Uttar Pradesh via some old village ways (narrow bumpy meandering roads) amidst canals and fields and towards the end in the mountains. These rustic views had a beauty of their own and made me realize that there are numerous beautiful sights even during a seemingly non-descript village drive, all I had to do was pay attention πŸ™‚

I have put together this short photo essay post to share some of these amazing sights via pics, that I had taken with my iphone camera through the day. These were taken in a moving vehicle hence the errors πŸ™‚

Love the light bursting through the dark clouds –


The canal that kept us company for a long time –


Canopy of Trees all along the way –


The Poplar trees that I have always read about in all the litrary books πŸ™‚


The narrow bumpy village roads –


The Mountains that started towards the end of the journey –



The massive jungle at the entrance to the hills –


Moving so fast that the trees make their own continuos painting –


And ultimately my favorite, the setting sun –




So the next time you want to travel, ditch that flight and take a car for some beautiful sights and the local sounds πŸ™‚

31 Responses to “Photo Essay – A drive across 3 states in North India”

  1. sandypics July 7, 2013 at 14:52 #

    totally agree with you..road trips are the best way to know your countryside:)recently did a goa to coonor/madumalai trip…stunning:)thanx for the road trip to doon:)


    • getsetandgo July 14, 2013 at 22:22 #

      Hey, the route of your trip sounds very interesting… How long was it for? I’ll check your blog for more on it πŸ™‚


  2. njoyeverymoment July 7, 2013 at 16:27 #

    u refreshed my memories of road trip from Delhi -> haridwar->rishikesh->dehradun->Mussori πŸ˜€


    • getsetandgo July 14, 2013 at 22:23 #

      Thanks… I missed Haridwar and Rishikesh this time but hope to be able to make it there too soon πŸ™‚


  3. Rahul July 7, 2013 at 16:53 #

    Good work.
    BTW the canal comes from Ganga.:)
    P.S. I drive a couple of times each each year between Delhi and Meerut. It is indeed beautiful.


    • getsetandgo July 14, 2013 at 22:23 #

      Thanks Rahul πŸ™‚ I loved the drive too πŸ™‚


  4. dandelionsinwind July 7, 2013 at 20:16 #

    1st pic..looks as if the light is streaking straight from heaven πŸ™‚
    lovely pics πŸ™‚


    • getsetandgo July 14, 2013 at 22:23 #

      I thought so too… It is one of my all time favorite pics πŸ™‚


  5. Raunak July 8, 2013 at 00:06 #

    great stuff….seriously….true beauty lies off the highways….the rustic roads along the canals are amazing…did you cross haridwar?


    • getsetandgo July 14, 2013 at 22:25 #

      Thanks Raunak. I missed Haridwar this time but hope to make it there soon.. I miss staying in North India just for these driving options and the hills 😦


  6. Niranjan July 8, 2013 at 12:14 #

    Excellent captures. Especially the first one!


  7. Juliana Lightle July 10, 2013 at 00:39 #

    My dad started me on road trips at the age of three when he drove from northwestern MO in the US to Monterey, Mexico, with two small children, one of whom was me, and my mom. He took us on road trips regularly until we grew up and left home. Even as adults sometimes all of us would go on a road trip. Road trips change your life and make you a better person.


    • getsetandgo July 14, 2013 at 22:37 #

      I so agree with you and I also believe they definitely help you actually understand your travel companions πŸ™‚ Have you done any such trips solo?


  8. markharwoodwriter July 14, 2013 at 23:11 #

    Gorgeous. Makes me long (more so) for the days when I’d ride in friends’ cars through the Oregon countryside. My vision is awful and I can’t drive myself, so I’ve been without a good drive for too long. Thank you for this post – excellent.


    • getsetandgo July 18, 2013 at 20:57 #

      Thanks. I guess there is an element of excitement and exhilaration that is associated with road trips that is very unique. πŸ™‚


  9. darrendunlap July 19, 2013 at 07:44 #

    I’ve never been to India, so this was amazing for me. Thanks for your pictures from the road.


    • getsetandgo July 24, 2013 at 20:41 #

      Hi, thanks for visiting my blog. India is a beautiful country and definitely worth a visit πŸ™‚


  10. whichwaynow101 July 19, 2013 at 23:33 #

    If you stop every time a wonderful photo opportunity comes into view, you’d never get anywhere, but great car/phone pictures nonetheless.


    • getsetandgo July 24, 2013 at 20:42 #

      Thanks, I like to share the beauty of the places that I have been to with everyone. Hence the pics πŸ™‚


  11. Miss Hannah July 23, 2013 at 03:05 #

    This trip looks just fabulous! How was the train ride?


    • getsetandgo July 24, 2013 at 21:00 #

      We didn’t take the train but I have heard its quite scenic too πŸ™‚


  12. llaiaw August 2, 2013 at 07:34 #

    Nice pictures of your roadtrip! The color in them is vivid. Lovely work!!


    • getsetandgo August 3, 2013 at 11:54 #

      Thanks for the kind words πŸ™‚ It was an amazing trip too πŸ™‚


      • llaiaw August 3, 2013 at 16:42 #

        Your welcome. πŸ˜ƒTravel is such an adventure. It makes life interesting. Thais


  13. aladybird August 6, 2013 at 20:49 #

    Lovely! We haven’t traveled much up North, but we are looking forward to doing it in the future.

    I’ve always been a fan of road trips :).
    One of our favorites was Bangalore –> Coimbatore –> Palakkad –> Coimbatore –> Trichy –> Kalpakkam –> Bangalore.
    We halted for a few days at Coimbatore, took a break at Trichy, spent some time at Kalpakkam… It was an amazing journey.


    • getsetandgo August 7, 2013 at 21:31 #

      Hey, it sounds amazing fun. I havent done that route but would love to explore it sometime. How is Kalpakkam?


      • aladybird September 11, 2013 at 19:52 #

        The drive along the ECR (East Coast Road) is a beautiful one, add it to your list, if you haven’t already :).


      • getsetandgo September 13, 2013 at 20:52 #

        I havent but shall add it to my wish list πŸ™‚ Thanks for introducing me to it.


  14. Bharat Taxi February 20, 2020 at 15:07 #

    Fabulous amazing place beautiful pictures sharing. Thanks for sharing this informative and comprehensive blog.


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