Yes, it's true - driving in this country requires nerves of steel and a level of calmness that Zen masters aspire to. Yes, an animal/human being/vehicle or all three simultaneously will suddenly try and cross the road just when you're not expecting it. Yes, even if you're the world's best driver, people on the road will do their best to reduce you to a gibbering wreck. Does this mean that you should put your car or bike in cold storage and decide to stay at home forever? Absolutely not! Gather up your spirit of adventure (and courage), fill up the tank and find one of these roads – driving and riding pleasure are guaranteed.
An oldie, but a goldie nonetheless.
When the Expressway was first thrown open to the public, we were all stunned - here was India's first truly world-class express highway.
No small engineering feat, the road made the trip from Mumbai to Pune an absolute breeze (although these days, it's not uncommon to encounter huge jams due to landslides or broken-down trucks).
It has it all - long straights on which you can let your car loose (two-wheelers are only allowed on a limited stretch), sweeping bends and tight ghat sections where you can have some serious fun.
For best results, head out really early, to beat the traffic, and try and get hold of a convertible sportscar!
There are enough rest, food and fuel stops along the way (the potato vada at Kamat's restaurant in Khandala is highly recommended), and you'll arrive at your destination with a smile on your face.
Image: A view of the Mumbai-Pune expressway from Lonavla.
Text: Pablo Chaterji, Business Standard
Image Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons