A ROMANCE WITH ROAD, PEOPLE AND NATURE ALL ALONG
So, you feel inclined to take a risk, rather do an adventure of a long, very long drive from New Delhi to Bangkok by your SUV. You have got your vehicle serviced exhaustively, and jotting down a list of Do’s and Don’ts about the vehicle, travelling gears, paper works and luggage etc.
Good! Congratulations to you!
Vehicle is now tuned to rev up, we are pretty confident about the technicals, since you are a travel freak. All tyres are almost brand new; tubeless, with a stepney tucked in the desired space; tyre and wheel balancing alignment secured; accessories, gadgets and toolkit are in place. Navigation, infotainment system and GPRS devices with paired Bluetooth attached to the speakers and tweeters are working alright. Performance of the engine is immaculate with fresh oil and the brake oils too filled-in properly.
We hope you have all your papers of the vehicle; RC, Insurance and tax in place. You yourself have got proper insurance policies which are fully paid till date. Your preferred Nikon or Canon’s shooting guns are ready with the accessories and consumables. Means of communications and gadget of wi-fi hotspot- your cell phone along with chargers is okay along with the calling card which will support your voice and data plans even in the destination countries.
Time to leave now! We know the journey to Bangkok from New Delhi could be attained in 3000 kms but the best motor able and suggested road could extend it to other 1000 or so kilometers. Experts opine that it is better to take nice road, which is free from pot holes, suitable for long drive and high powered vehicles, and is known as National Highway. Short routes devoid of good road infrastructure can complicate your journey and the pleasant trip could convert into a nightmare!
If you are from New Delhi, you have a long association of the Delhi, which is a seat of power of Indian politics since ancient time. The architecture of Mughals and the buildings of British Raj exhibit their own stories. Hope you already had a wonderful tour of the monuments of Delhi. If you could not get time to see the wonderful footprints of Indian glorious past, do not worry. We suggest you visit now, surely before embarking on your plan to go to Bangkok through road route.
The history of Delhi, the city which is currently extended to the National Capital Region and covers Gurgaon, Ghaziabad, Noida, besides other neighboring cities, dates back to 6th BC. Delhi has served as a capital of various kingdoms and empires. It has been captured, ransacked and rebuilt several times, particularly during the medieval period.
The city of Delhi was once the capital of Pandvas in Mahabharata time.
Qutub-Ud-Din-Aibak became the first Sultan of Delhi during Muslim rule. It was he who constructed the Qutb Minar, which is the tallest building of contemporary time and is known for its architectural design and qualities.
Mughal emperor Humayun and later Akbar consolidated their hold on Delhi and established the city of Delhi, as it is known today. The fort is the creation of Mughals.
During the Indian Rebellion of 1857, Delhi fell to the forces of East India Company after a bloody fight known as the Siege of Delhi. The city came under the direct control of th The name “New Delhi” was given in 1927, and the new capital was inaugurated on 13 February 1931. New Delhi, also known as Lutyens’ Delhi, was officially declared as the capital of the Union of India after the country gained independence on 15 August 1947.
Red Fort, Delhi Gate, Jantar Mantar, Lotus Temple, Purana Kila, tomb of Sikander Lodi, Qutb Complex, and a number of buildings, mosques, temples and other structures’ have their unique stories to tell. One should visit these places to know our city better.
When we drive through the contemporary milestone of Indian spirituality, the Akshardham Temple Complex, it reminds us of our glorious place in the field. An example of amazing architecture and devotion, people from all over the world come here to get the blessings of the Almighty.
As we enters into NOIDA- the New Okhla Industrial Authority town, which currently is known as Gautam Budh Nagar, we see few huge structures which reminds us of an erstwhile Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh who created cotemporary icons of Dalit political and social power, the parks, their bold structures and symbols in stones and a unique architecture. Comparatively, the glamour of Film City, which is just the nearby, seems overshadowed.
As we proceeds through eight-lane highway, Noida-Greater Noida Expressway, we feel proud with the manicured landscape all around, clean metalled roads, speeding vehicles around, trying to compete with each other, dotted with skyscrapers or multi storey flats completing the cityscapes of a contemporary town in a disciplined manner.
The Yamuna Expressway from Pari Chowk onwards is another success story of Government and the private sector’s endeavors for quick, clean and better motor able road which would shorten the time to reach Agra- the city of Taj Mahal to just half at 1bout two hours. The hassle free expressway, at par with the international standards, is manned through three toll plazas, e-surveillance and other high tech systems. In between you could either take a diversion to Aligarh, Mathura-Vrindavan or Hathras, or go to the outskirts of Agra straight, where the expressway merges itself into NH-2 towards Kanpur.
These will be the first stop over en route to Thailand. Slightly out of the route, all the three places will need access into the main city but all of the three have so much importance—in religious, spiritual and symbol of love and affection that you won’t like to miss them. Agra is the city of mesmerizing Taj Mahal, which is one monument out of the Seven Wonders of the World. People all over the world visit Taj in considerable number. Agra Fort, Akbar Tomb and a number of other Mughal period monuments also attract the tourists here.
Bara Imambara, Chhota Imambara and Bhulbhullaya are the symbol of Nawabi rule in and around Lucknow. Beautifully crafted and know for their marvelous designing, these memorials have a unique place in the history of Oudh region. Besides, the chickan craft textiles and non-vegetarian cuisines of Lucknow are known for their great tastes.
Ayodhya, near Faizabad en route about 150 kms from Lucknow can be an interesting place to visit which has a special place in Hindu mythology, related with the Lord Rama.
You will be required to pass through the roads of Darbhanga and Kishanganj in Bihar, though there is no place of significance to see, you will see the transformation as well as different phases of folk life. If you are enterprising enough, try to explore the nearby districts of Janakpur and Mithila, the origin of world famous Madhubani art.
Siliguri in district Darjeeling of West Bengal is also a strategic location which is regarded as a gateway to north east part of the country.
Shillong is the capital of Meghalaya State. Shillong Peak, Elephant Falls, Lady Hydari Park, Wards Lake and Shillong Golf Corse are the important tourist spots of the city. Swami Vivekanand and Rabindra Nath Tagore had been associated with Shillong in their lifetime. The markets, churches, museums and art galleries are also famous here.
Imphal, the capital of Manipur is a beautiful city and full of natural scenic surroundings. Kangla Fort is on the banks of the Imphal River, and is also known as the Palace of Kangla. It has certain religious significance. In the fort are a number of temples, and it is surrounded on three sides by a lake.Hiyangthang Lairembi Temple Complex is a religious site and a tourist attraction, the temple complex is noted for its annual Durga Puja festival.
Shree Govindajee Temple was considered the apex of cultural activity during the reign of the Maharajas. Near the palace, it has two domes and a raised congregation hall. There is a market where stalls are all run by women, and it is reportedly the only such market in the world.
From Imphal to Monywa is a smooth drive through beautiful terrain and you are now in Myanmar. International buses which takes passengers from Imphal to Monywa and vice versa ply regularly. Usually it is a warmer place, even in winters there are only mild cold. The major tourist attraction in Monywa is Thanboddhay Pagoda , a Buddhist temple with a huge stupa resembling Indonesia’s Borobudur. It dates from 1303, although it was reconstructed in 1939. It is said to contain over 500,000 images of Buddha. Close by is the Maha Bodhi Tahtaung Laykyun Setkya Standing Buddha statue, the second-tallest statue in the world, at a total of 129 metres.
Mandalay is the second largest city of Thailand and erstwhile capital of the country also falls en route to the Bangkok city. It is known as the economic hub of Burma. Mandalay was founded on the wishes of the ruler of the day. On 13 February 1857, King Mindon founded a new royal capital at the foot of Mandalay Hill, ostensibly to fulfill a prophecy on the founding of a metropolis of Buddhism in that exact place on the occasion of the 2,400th jubilee of Buddhism. Mandalay Palace stood as the testimony of the beauty of the city. It is really a worth seeing palace built by a royal clan.
Naypyitaw is the capital city of Myanmar. It is a newly planned city and hardly has any history. Different buildings and structures have been built and being built by the Government here. The Hotel zone has a handful of villa-style hotels on the hilly outskirts of the city. Ngalaik Lake Gardens is a small water park situated along the Ngalaik Dam, near Kyweshin Village on Ngalaik Lake, which is the only tourist attraction here.
Kamphaeng Phet is an important city of Thailand and has certain historical background. Kamphaeng Phet National Museum on Pindamri Road in Mueang district houses ancient objects and other antique arts articles from various eras found in the provincial town. These include sculptured and earthen designs, heads of Buddha statues, traditional celadon products, sculptures of demons and celestial and human beings used to decorate chedi bases or vihans.
Kamphaeng Phet Historical Park is an archeological site. Kamphaeng Phet along with Sukhothai Historical Park and Si Satchanalai historical park, is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kamphaeng Phet Province Museum nearby is made up of groups of central region applied architectural style structures. There are exhibitions on the local history with replicas of the city, lifestyles, and urban and hill tribal customs and traditions.
Mueang Nakhon Chum is an ancient town on the west bank of the Ping River. Its 2-3 metr high earthen walls run along the waterway. It is in this area that the famous religious tablets of Kamphaeng Phet have been discovered. Within the city walls are a couple of ancient sites such as the Kamphaeng Pom Thung Sethi. Wat Phra Borom is a temple in the centre of Mueang Nakhon Chum featuring a Burmese-style chedi. To the south is a small structure housing several Sukhothai- and Ayutthaya-style bronze Buddha statues.
Before you reach Bangkok, Nakon Sawan, Lopburi and Suphan Buri are a few locations which can be visited en route as a place of tourist interest. After that, you are all set to enjoy your sojourn in Bangkok.
Hope you liked to know about the Top Cities on Delhi to Bangkok Via Myanmar Asian Highway. Have a nice time in Bangkok…. Enjoy, experience and explore the beautiful city, its old icons, cuisines and the night life yourself….!!
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