A cross-country road trip is no more a myth, woohoo! A big thank you to Mr. Prime Minister for taking the India–Myanmar–Thailand Trilateral Highway on priority. This 26.5 km long stretch of highway starts from Moreh in Manipur, passes through Myanmar, and eventually meets the vibrant life of Thailand. With the construction of this highway, the travelling time reduces from over 3 hours to just minutes. A roadtrip from Delhi to Thailand will be an odyssey to be remembered forever. Flight tickets to Thailand are now a thing of the past, road trip is the new mantra!
Here’s listing the gems that you’d encounter on this ‘legen-wait-for-it-dary’ legendary trip:
1. Delhi will spellbind you with its history
Charisma, chaos and charm, Delhi is a confetti of human emotions. In a storm of modern madness, Delhi is scattered with love from the Mughal dynasties. Believed to have derived from the Hindi word ‘dahleez’, meaning entrance, Dilli accepts every visitor from the bottom of its heart.
2. Uttar Pradesh will reveal its multiple personalities
An enormous part of Uttar Pradesh is split into different personalities. From the religious ghats of Varanasi to the lavishing kebabs of Lucknow, from the confluence of Ganga and Yamuna, to the union of lovers in Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh truly mirrors the essence of India.
3. Bihar will humble you with its spiritual circuit
A state that is almost pandemonium personified, comes to a pious point at Bodh Gaya, the place where Buddha attained enlightenment under a Bodhi tree. With other Buddhist sites at Rajgir, Nalanda and Vaishali, there are sporadic pockets in Bihar that appeal to your senses.
4. Sikkim will leave you enchanted by its surreal beauty
Having a nonchalant identity of its own, Sikkim displays hues of rustic vermilion and gold over a robe of white snow and alpine forests. Cheerful monks and irreverent Buddhist monasteries flock you by surprise.
5. Assam will showcase its unique charm
A cosmopolitan northeastern oasis, Assam is torpidly spread over the length of Bramhaputra valley. Assam has a way to loop you in its untypical lifestyle marked with intriguing dance forms, deviant traditions and a non-stereotypical landscape made up of rice fields and tea estates.
6. Meghalaya will unveil its exceptional culture
‘Abode of clouds’, Meghalaya is an incongruous part of India that resonates the swoosh of cold winds among the deciduous forests. Outlandish Khasi, Garo and Jaintia tribes wander about in its lands, while still retaining its colonial charm. Cherrapunji bestowed with the most rainfall, living root bridges harnessing the best agricultural practices and bulbous caves harping distant wishes; makes Meghalaya a mystical land.
7. Nagaland will leave you in mystery with its eccentric tribes
Overlooked by the Himalayan ranges, Nagaland has a restlessly beautiful appeal to it. Sharing border with Myanmar, Nagaland is surely a bewildering paradise. From tribals dressed in eerie costumes to the heart-throbbing dance of musical beats, Nagaland is psyched in its own mystery.
8. Manipur will unravel its intricate art
Manipur is furnished with graceful dances, pretty art forms and mouth-watering cuisine. Apart from being India’s gateway to Myanmar, Manipur is also a home to primeval tribes. It boasts of Loktak Lake, India’s only floating island.
9. Myanmar will take you back in time
A boat silently lies anchored over the Ayeyarwady River, while the reflection of golden yellow sun, dances on its ripples. You’d instantly fall in love with this landscape, even more so with the enthusiastic locals. Visiting Burma is like going back in time, with its old districts playing out the tunes of history over a swathe of aged ruins.
10. Thailand will show you why it is the party capital of the world
From the heart of beaches, life spills out on the streets of Thailand, and from a sudden galore of parties and shopping, you are smoothly ushered into a culture of radiant temples and intriguing monks.
Author : Winnie Karnik