Do you want to know the longest National Highways of India? Are you aware how many National Highways our country has?
I’ll answer these questions for you.
At present there are 228 national highways in India. These highways have a total of 70,548 kilometers.
The creativity, technique and planning that it takes to build and maintain the highways in India is not an easy task. The credit for doing so goes to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).
The Top 10 longest highways in India are given below
Every year, millions of people travel across India. Some for work purposes, some for pleasure, some even for getting to know India.
Though the reason for their travel might not be the same, these people do have something in common. The way they travel. According to a National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO) report, we see that buses are the most common means of transport.
If you are curious and want to learn about the routes of India and the highways that connect one state to another you have come to the right place.
Here, we are going to give a list of the 10 longest national highways in India along with the length of it.
1. National Highway 44
This national highway is the longest highway in India. This was originally called at NH 7 but recently the name has been changed to NH 44.
The length of this national highway is 3,745 kilometers. This highway begins in Srinagar which is the North of the country right up to Kanyakumari which is the south.
This national highway runs through the entire country passing through many of the major states of India.
In total the NH 44 connects 11 states which are Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and finally Tamil Nadu.
NH 44 aka NH 7 is a part of the ‘Golden Quadrilateral’ project. Out of the four sections of the quadrilateral NH 44 comes under the third section.
Length: 3,745 kilometers
2. National Highway 27
This national highway is 3,507 kilometers long. It begins in Porbandar that is in Gujarat and ends in Silchar which is in Assam. This highway travels in an east-west direction through the country.
NH 27 passes through 7 states of India including Gujarat and Assam. The 7 states are Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Assam.
Length: 3,507 kilometers
3. National Highway 48
National Highway 48 has a long length of 2,807 kilometers making it the third longest national highway of India.
This highway runs from New Delhi all the way to Chennai connecting many of the important states.
Since the NH 48 connects all the important states it was one of the most popular highways in India.
Majority of the people started using this highway. The states that NH 48 connect are Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Length: 2,807 kilometers
Route: New Delhi-Chennai
4. National Highway 52
NH 52 begins in the north of the country in Punjab and ends in the south in a city in Karnataka. This national highway runs through the nation with a length of 2,317 kilometers.
It begins from the city Sangrur and ends in the city Akola. While it passes through the country it connects a number of states those of which are Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Karnataka.
Length: 2,317 kilometers
5. National Highway 30
With the length of 2,010 kilometers this highway starts from Sitarganj in Uttarakhand and passes through the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and finally ends in Ibrahimpatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
The fifth longest national highway of India is the NH 30. Initially, this highway was called NH 221. In recent years its name changed to NH 30.
Length: 2,010 kilometers
6. National Highway 6
The North-east part of India is Beautiful. While travelling on the NH 6 one gets to see this part of the country. 1,873 kilometers is the length of this national highway.
NH 6 starts near Jorabat in Meghalaya and it ends in Selling in Mizoram. This national Highway passes through Meghalaya, Assam and Mizoram.
Length: 1,873 kilometers
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7. National Highway 53
The national highway 53 is 1,781 kilometers long. It starts in the state of Gujarat and ends in Odisha. It passes through a total of four states which include Gujarat and Odisha. The four states are Gujarat, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Odisha.
In recent years the National Highway Authority of India has completed four laning of different sections.
Length: 1,781 kilometers
8. National Highway 16
National Highway 16 was called NH 5 before the NHAI changed the number of this highway. This highway has a length of 1,711 kilometers.
It runs from Kolkata to Chennai passing four states. NH 16 passes West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
Length: 1,711 kilometers
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9. National Highway 66
People also refer to the national highway 66 as NH 17. This is because the number of this highway was recently changed by the NHAI. This is one of the most frequently used highways.
The national highway 66 runs for 1,622 kilometers. One of the unique things about this highway is that it runs through the western coast, parallel to the Western Ghats.
This highway connects Panvel which is in Maharashtra to Kanyakumari which is in Tamil Nadu. It makes a pass through Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu connecting them to each other.
Length: 1,622 kilometers
10. National Highway 19
A few years back national highway 19 was called as NH 2. This national highway starts from New Delhi and ends in Kolkata. The length of this highway is 1,435 kilometers.
It passes through the states of Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. This national highway also is a part of the ‘Golden Quadrilateral’ project.
Route: New Delhi- Kolkata
The national highways in India are one of the largest modes of transport. Millions of people find it very convenient to travel by road with their families, friends and loved ones. Travelling by roads is also essential to the economy.
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) takes credit for the infrastructure of these highways.
Planning and executing such tasks take a lot of time and effort. Due to the wonderful work that the NHAI has done, the public is being provided with so many benefits.
The public also expects that in the next 10 years, the SagarMala project be completed.
The SagarMala project is an initiative taken up by the government to join the major ports of India along its coastline starting from Gujarat right up to West Bengal.