Important National Highways in India

National highways in India topic usually have its presence in pretty much every exam by government. We have designed this article for you specifically to make you learn National highways in India in a simple way.

Important points to remember for National highways in India

  • National highways in India come under the authority of National Highway Authority of India which is a nodal agency of Ministry of road and transport.
  • Total length of National highways in India is 1,00,087.08 km
  • Maximum length of National highways in states is in Uttar Pradesh with a length of 8,843.0 km
  • Minimum length of national highways in states is in Sikkim and overall minimum length of national highways in states and UTs is in Chandigarh of 15.28 km
  • About 65% of freight and 80% of passenger traffic is handled by roads. National Highway in India constitutes of 1.7%around of total roads but over the 40% of the total road traffic is handled by National Highways

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Important national highways in India from exam point of view


  • It starts from Delhi and ends at Indo pak border covering the cities Ambala, Jalandhar, Amritsar


  • Connects Jalandhar to Srinagar covering the regions like Madhopor, Jammu and Banihal
  • It is the only road to connect Jammu to Sri nagara


  • Between Batot-Doda-Kishtwar in Jammu and Kashmir


  • Starts from Delhi and ends at kolkatta covering the cities from Msthura, Agra, Kanpur, Allahbad, Varanasi, Mohania, Barhi and Palsit-vidhyawati

Note- the famous grand trunk road by Shershah is a combination of NH1 and NH2


  • Starts from Agra and ends at Mumbai covering cities like Gwalior, Indore, Dhule And Nashik


  • Starts from Thane and ends at Chennai and covers the cities Belgaum, Hubli, Bengaluru and Ranipet


  • From Chennai to Baharagoda(joins NH-6 here) covering the cities Vijaywada, Vishakhapatnam, Bhubneshwar and Cuttack


  • From Hazira in Gujrat to Kolkatta, cities on this are Dhule(here NH-3 and NH-6 meet) Nagpur, Raipur, Sambalpur, Baharagoda


  • Starts from Varanasi and ends at Kanyakumari covering the cities Rewa, Jabalpur, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Kurnool, Bengaluru, Salem, Madurai, Kanyakumari


  • Starts from Delhi to Mumbai via Jaipur, Ajmer, Udaipur, Ahemdabad and Vadodra


  • Connects Mandavi harbor to mundra , Kandla, Bharuch, limbdi and finally to Ahemdabad


  • Connects Dwarika to Somnath


  • From Pune via Solapur, Hyderabad, Vijyawada and finally machlipattnam


  • Connects Delhi to Faizilka(on the border of pakistan)

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  • NH that passes through the Thar desert
  • Strats from Pathankot via Amritsar, Bhatinda, Ganganagar, Bikaner, Jaiselmer, Barmer finally to Samakhiali(khucch Gujrat)


  • NH that connects seven sisters of North-east India
  • Starts from Barhi(NH2, NH31 and NH33 meets here) in Jharkhand via Bakhtiarpur, Mokama, Barauni, Purnia, Siliguri, cooch bihar, pandu and finally to Guwahati

These are the important national highways in India  you should learn compulsorily remaining highways see if you are attempting PCSs.

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