Major National Highways in India

National Highways (NH) is one of the significant sources of inter-state movements and transportation of passengers and goods. National and state capitals, major ports, rail junctions are all connected by the National Highways. The total length of National Highways as of March 2019, is 132499 Kms. Constituting only 2 percent of the road network, National Highways carry about 40 percent traffic. The article will provide you with a list of major national highways in India as it will help aspirants for the IAS Exam (Prelims, Mains.)

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List of Important National Highways in India

The list of major highways in India with their routes is given below:

Highway Route
NH 1 Delhi-Ambala-Jalandhar-Amritsar-Indo-Pak Border
NH 1A Jalandhar-Madhopur-Jammu-Banihal-Srinagar-Baramula-Uri
NH 1B Batote-Doda-Kishtwar-Sinthan pass – Khanabal
NH 1C Domel to Katra
NH 1D Srinagar-Kargil-Leh
NH 2 Delhi-Mathura-Agra-Kanpur-Allahabad-Varanasi-Mohania-Barhi Palsit-Baidyabati-Bara-Calcutta
NH 2A Sikandra to Bhognipur
NH 2B Burdwan – Bolpur road (via Talit, Guskara, and Bhedia)
NH 3 Agra-Gwalior-Shivpuri-Indore-Dhule-Nasik-Thane-Mumbai
NH 4 Junction with National Highways No. 3 near Thane-Pune Belgaum-Hubli-Bangalore-Ranipet-Chennai
NH 4A Belgaum-Anmod-Ponda-Panaji
NH 4B Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust near Km 109-Palaspe
NH 5 Junction with National Highways No. 6 near Baharagora-Cuttack Bhubaneshwar-Visakhapatnam -Vijayawada-Chennai
NH 5A Junction with National Highway No. 5 near Haridaspur-Paradip Port
NH 6 Hajira-Dhule-Nagpur-Raipur-Sambalpur-Baharagora-Calcutta
NH 7 Varanasi-Mangawan-Rewa-Jabalpur-Lakhnadon-Nagpur-Hyderabad-Kurnool-Bangalore-Krishnagiri-Salem-Dindigul-Madurai-Cape-Kanyakumari
NH 7A Palayamkottai-Tuticorin Port
NH 8 Delhi-Jaipur-Ajmer-Udaipur-Ahmedabad-Vadodara-Mumbai
NH 8A Ahmedabad-Limbdi-Morvi-Kandla-Mandvi-Vikhari-Kothra-Naliya Narayan Sarovar
NH 8B Bamanbore-Rajkot-Porbandar
NH 8C Chiloda to Sarkhej
NH 8D Chiloda-Gandhinagar-Sarkhej
NH 8E Somnath to Bhavnagar
NH 9 Pune-Sholapur-Hyderabad-Vijayawada-Machilipatnam
NH 10 Delhi-Fazilka-Indo Pak Border
NH 11 Agra-Jaipur-Bikaner
NH 11A Manoharpur-Dausa-Lalsot-Kothum
NH 12 Jabalpur-Bhopal-Khilchipur-Aklera-Jhalawar-Kota-Bundi-Deoli Tonk-Jaipur
NH 18 Junction with NH 7 near Kurnool and Nandyal to Cuddapah and Junction with NH 4 near Chittoor
NH 19 Ghazipur-Balia-Patna
NH 20 Pathankot -Mandi
NH 21 Junction with National Highway No. 22 near Chandigarh-Ropar-Bilaspur-Mandi-Kullu-Manali
NH 22 Ambala to Indo China Border near Shipkila
NH 23 Chas-Ranchi-Rourkela-Talcher- Junction with National Highway No. 42
NH 24 Delhi- Bareilly-Lucknow
NH 27 Allahabad to Mangawan
NH 29 Gorakhpur to Varanasi
NH 30 Junction with NH 2 near Mohania and Patna to Bakhtiyarpur
NH 35 Barasat to Petrapole on India and Bangladesh border
NH 39 Numaligarh to Palel and Indo Burma Border
NH 47 Salem to Kanyakumari
NH 47A Junction with NH 47 at Kundanoor to Willington Island in Kochi
NH 47C Junction with NH 47 at Kalamassery to Vallarpadam ICTT in Kochi
NH 55 Siliguri to Darjeeling
NH 56 Lucknow to Varanasi
NH 58 Delhi to Mana Pass
NH 79 Ajmer-Nasirabad-MP border
NH 151 Karimganj – Bangladesh Border
NH 152 Patacharkuchi-Bhutan border
NH 153 Ledo – Lekhapani – Indo / Myanmar – Border
NH 233 The highway starting from India/Nepal border (connecting to Lumbini) via Naugarh, Siddharthnagar, Bansi, Basti, Tanda, Azamgarh and terminating at Varans

Facts about National Highways in India

There are a few important facts about National Highways of India which are important for UPSC:

  1. National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is an autonomous authority to develop, maintain, and manage the National Highways of India.
  2. Central Government has the power to notify any highway as the National Highway and such highway will be specified in the Schedule.
  3. Ministry of Road Transport and Highways is responsible for the development of National Highways.
  4. The government launched the Bharatmala Project for the development of about 26,000 km length of Economic Corridors, which along with Golden Quadrilateral (GQ) and North-South and East-West (NS-EW) Corridors are expected to carry the majority of the Freight Traffic on roads.
  5. NH 44 is the longest national highway in India, running over 3745 Km from Srinagar to Kanyakumari.
  6. NH44 which is the longest highway in India was previously known as NH 7
  7. NH 47A is the shortest highway of India, having a length of 6 Kms.
  8. There are 228 National Highways in India.

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Transportation is an essential part of Indian geography. There are three types of transportation. They are road, water, and air transportation. The road network in India is considered as one of the largest road networks in the world. The aggregate length of the streets is more than 33 lakh km. The roads in the countries are categorized into Border Roads, National Highways, State Highways, District Highways, Village Roads, etc. The international roads, Border road, and the National highways are maintained by the Central Government, where the State highways maintained by the respective state government. The District highways are looking after by District Board.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many National Highways are there in India?

There are more than 200 National Highways in India. The routes usually range from North-South & East-West.

What is the longest National Highway in India?

The longest National Highway in India is NH-44. It covers the range from Srinagar to Kanyakumari(North-South Corridor) with a length of approximately 3700km.

What is the first National Highway in India?

The first National Highway in India is NH-1. It links the National capital Delhi to Attari in Punjab near Indo-Pak Border.


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