Drive through the varying topography of India on a jeep safari past rolling meandering hills of the Himalayas, the arid sandy expanse of the Thar and the dense forests of the country. Jeep safari has an element of adventure and for this reason it is becoming a big attraction for tourists in India. The best route for jeep safari in India is the Himalayan region with its hairpin twists and picturesque landscapes. Alternatively, the deserts of Rajasthan have their own appeal and many visitors opt for a jeep safari to travel around the state in search of lofty forts, palaces and interior villages and shifting dunes.
Some of the top jeep safari locations in India are:
Trans Himalayan Region: The Trans Himalayan region covers Leh, Ladakh, Kinnaur, Spiti, Manali, Kumaon and Garhwal. A jeep safari on this area is an adventure that must be tried at least once in a lifetime. It is not only about the zig-zag roads nor the beauty of the natural and made wonders here. It is the sheer height at which these places are located. Leh, Ladakh, Kinnaur and Spiti will drive an adrenaline junkie wild. The drive especially to the high altitude of Pangong Tso Lake in Leh is an experience that will stay with you forever. The lake is only accessible by a four wheel drive. The drive to Pong Valley is considered the most trying but also the most enthralling cross country jeep drive. Though not as challenging, the trip on Manali-Leh highway past the Tso Kar lake will excite too. The Kumaon and Garhwal hills in Uttaranchal on the slopes of the Himalayas are also particularly popular among adventure freaks.
The Thar Desert In Rajasthan: Jeep safaris are becoming more popular due to the ease of travel and speed. It is slowly taking over camel safaris. A jeep safari in Rajasthan will take you past varying landscapes from forested valleys and arid hills with rocky outcrops to sun kissed sands of the desert. Along the way you will come across remote villages steeped in ancient culture and rituals.
Other Less Known Routes: The meandering snake-like bends onwards Darjeeling in northeast India is only for the strong hearted while a jeep safari in the Deccan will bring you to numerous temples dotted in the area. The southern beaches in Kerala, Goa and Pondicherry are best explored with the help of a jeep safari with the thrill of being on the road adding to the fun.
The best time for a jeep safari in Rajasthan is in the winter and summers in the Himalayas. In Ladakh and the western Himalayan regions, June to September is the ideal time.