You know it! ‘Tis the season. No, not Christmas, ya! I mean monsoon. Raindrops glistening upon window panes, falling off the trees, and transforming into a prism through which the rainy wonderland shines – ah! serene. And you know what seasonal vagabond-ers like me love to do? TAKE A ROAD TRIP! (The excitement is real). So, that’s exactly what I did. I booked myself an Uber Intercity and soaked in the tapestry of rain, petrichor, thunder and wind woven by the monsoon from the passenger seat and set off on an adventure.
Guys, I Take Road Tripping Very Seriously
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Living in a lightning-fast city like Mumbai, the chaos gets to me more than often. So, the quickest respite from the humdrum of city life for me is exploring nearby towns and cities. You know like closer getaways, shorter 2-day trips. Like a weekend in Pune here, a weekend drive to Dapoli there, a city staycay whenever…I am always looking for an experience.
Since yours truly cannot drive (or ride even a bike or bicycle), I am heavily dependent upon being driven to a destination. Hate how snobbish it comes off as. But it’s the story of my life!
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I firmly believe that it is for people like me that Uber Intercity was launched. No, seriously, I know I can’t road trip in the truest sense because of my limitations, but I either have to depend on friends to drive or save all the hassle and simply book an Intercity and fufil my roadtrippin’ dreams. More often than not, I choose the latter.
Not Only Me, But India Loves To Road Trips A LOT
Come monsoon season, the drives are more romantic, more frequent and more needed. Aren’t they? And, not only me, but India loves to road trip with Uber Intercity. Don’t believe me, believe the data. So in 2022, the top Intercity routes Indians loved and embarked upon were:
- Mumbai – Pune
- Mumbai – Nashik
- Delhi – Agra
- Jaipur – Chandigarh
- Lucknow – Kanpur
Oh, it doesn’t end there. People took their intercity ride business pretty seriously and travelled long (read: lonngggggg) distances in their Ubers. The Top 5 longest Intercity trips by kilometers travelled were:
- Delhi – Purnia (roughly 1,351.9 km)
- Delhi – Madhubani (roughly 1,208.2 km)
- Bangalore – Mumbai (roughly 981.7 km)
- Delhi – Varanasi (roughly 863.5 km)
- Delhi – Ahmedabad (roughly 946.5 km)
The top most-travelled weekend Intercity months when most Indians travel are April, May, June, October and December. And the most booked days are Saturday, Sunday and Friday.
Where Do Indians Like To Head To For The Weekend?
When it comes to weekend trips, that’s actually the most IT trend among Indians. We take our weekend trips very seriously. So around the major cities, these are the most preferred (read booked) weekend getaways:
When it comes to Aamchi Mumbai, Mumbaikars love to head to Pune, Nashik, Lonavala and Alibaug the most. And why not? The Mumbai-Pune route is deemed one of the most frequented ones in the state. Nashik, the wine capital of India, has many vineyards and resorts and is quite popular amongst jet-setters.
Come summer or monsoon or winter, we love to set off on our Lonavala expeditions. And Alibaug’s pristine beaches always call to us.
When it comes to Bangaloreans, Nandi Hills, Bannerghatta Biological Park and Mysore are the most popular. Well, if I was living in Bangalore I would be found in Nandi Hills every weekend. The allure of Mysore Pak and historical sites have a different charm altogether. And, of course, who wouldn’t love to envelop themselves in the greenery of the national park and enjoy safaris?
Delhities love travelling to Meerut, Sonipat and Rewari. Meerut with its many temples and monuments attracts visitors from far and wide. And so does Sonipat. The “brass town” Rewari also piques the interest of tourists. And, most of them are also locals travelling to and fro from between city and towns.
City of Joy dwellers mostly head to Hooghly, Basirhat and Nadia. Hooghly has so much to offer, and hordes of pilgrims head to Tarkeshwar Temple, especially during the month of Sawan. Known for the ruins of colonial zamindar homes, temples and parks, Basirhat is also close to Mandarmani beach which people love to vacay.
Nadia district houses many historical places like Mayapur, Krishnanagar Rajbari, Ballal Dhipi and more. It is, of course, one of the most frequented weekend getaway spots.
And in all this, Uber’s Intercity feature plays a vital role. Not only is it extremely simple and affordable to book a ride, but it is also extremely convenient and comfortable.
“With Uber, no city is too far,” they say. And, it stands true to the core. The App interface is also extremely simple so even a non-tech-savvy person can book an Uber Intercity.
Now, I am gearing up for another monsoon getaway, and my ride is waiting. What about you? Monsoon season hai, where are you headed this road trip season? Let me know in the comments section below.
Cover Image Courtesy: Rachna Srivastava and Uber