ROUTE TIPS - NORTH INDIA


Just finished the round trip of 2400 KM starting from Faridabad, Ajmer, Mount Abu, Ahmedabad and Chittaurgarh and back. Roads from Faridabad to Dharuhera (NH8) are not in good condition and therefore took the Aravali hills road to Gurgaon and got on to NH8. From Ajmer took the NH8 till Beawar (Indifferent roads, very heavy truck movement) and then on the NH14 via Pali. Sirohi to Abu Road and on to Ahmedabad highway is super, except for the patch between Palanpur and Mehsana which is not as good as the rest, but still very good. Ahmedabad Chittaurgarh road is great and between Chittaurgarh and Kishengarh where you meet the NH8 the road is superb too. The old car (120K KM 2006 CRDe Scorpio) and the old couple (62 & 59) weathered the trip very well. No spares used, no medicines consumed.
15 October 2010 at 06:52 
I guess once the 4-laning of the Kishangarh-Ajmer-Beawar road is over, the NH8 will also improve
They made a bypass and Railway overbridge at Kihangarh, but ruined it by a) setting up a toll booth for collecting Rs.5 only with only one window and b) by allowing marble traders set up shops/yards along the bypass. The huge trailers carrying marble stones block the entire stretch.
Absolutely true,for that 5rs toll,there is such a humongous jam created,and the stretch around the marble yards is like driving on the moon!I dont think that 4 laning would be completed any time soon,in fact theres nothing happening between Kishengarh & Ajmer!
NH 24 between New Delhi & Dasna via Ghaziabad to be widened to 6-laned toll-free road
[NEWS INDIA]: NH-24 from Delhi to Dasna to be widened!! - xBhp.com : The Global Indian Biking Commun
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New Delhi: To improve the connectivity between Delhi and parts of Ghaziabad and Noida, the highways ministry has now sanctioned the widening of the 20-
27 August 2010 at 09:43
Now that the real estate boom on areas dependant on NH24 is causing long jams, the Ministry seems to have woken up.
 I still can't understand how internal sector roads in Indirapuram and Noida are wider than the NH24 from Delhi Border up to Hapur by-pass!
 To think most of the people planning these roads have degrees in Trasnport Planning from my alma mater, or is it that nobody listens to them?
Speed Gun alert:
09 October 2010 at 08:18
NH2, near Palwal town (Delhi-Agra highway)
Ayodhya Verdict - which are the possible trouble spots on India's highways?
29 September 2010 at 09:36
None I can think of in the Bombay region, except that Bhiwandi (not on any major highway) has been declared a sensitive spot
Bangalore has declared a holiday on 30th and 1st
Ayodya + CWG opening ceremony - I guess whole of NCR is going to be under scanner and high alert.
Malegaon on NH3, on Dhule-Nashik highway?
 From news I understand whole of NOrth Goa will be under 144 from midnight..(NH 17?)
In Hyderabad, pillion riding would be prohibited from tomorrow between 9 pm and 6 am for a week. However, this restriction would not be applicable to those below 12 years
All liquor shops throughout Karnataka would remain closed for two days from September 30
yeah... even bulk SMS banned...
I get a feeling that govt is being a little over cautious.. but i welcome this. I hope the some restrictions be imposed on media as well. in last few years media has created false sensation out of nothing and blown it out of proportion. Politicians shud be banned from giving interviews
Well,In karnataka holiday has been declared only to schools and colleges.The press release specifies govt offices will be open as usual.IT firms too are'nt declaring holiday.
Gurudutt on his holiday to Rajasthan
04 October 2010 at 11:27

Gurudutt drove from Delhi to Ranthambhore. NH8 to Manoharpur (after Shahpura, before Jaipur),
then state roads to Dausa NH11, on Japur-Agra highway)
His report, "Road till Dausa ok and manageable. Road from Dausa to Lalsot could any day give the Leh-Ladakh terrain a run for its money. 
Lalsot to Sawai very good road, but some patches of rough are present".
Route taken: Delhi-Gurgaon-Manesar-Behror-Kotputli-Shahpura-Manoharpur-Pratapgarh-Dausa-Lalsot-Sawai Madhopur-Ranthambhore
Udaipur-Jaipur / Viceversa:

Be careful when one asks for directions at Udaipur or at Kishengarh for directions to Jaipur or for Udaipur.The locals and cab drivers would all direct you in the direction of the 2laned NH8 and not in the direction of the 4Laned NH79(Part of GQ).Specifically ask for road to Chittor at both places to get onto the superfast NH76/79.Reason local cab drivers still prefer the NH8 as it is cheaper since no toll!!
27 September 2010 at 12:45 
Worse than this is there is also a parallel 2-laned road from Udaipur to Chittorgarh which some of my friends have wrongly taken - it is not only 2-laned, but also not in good condition. Keep your eyes open for teh unction at the end of Udaipur bypass (when you are coming from south side) and take the right turn towards Chitorgarh/Bhilwara. Don't be confused by the NH8 sign pointing to Ajmer/Jaipur. Remember, NH76/79 GQ road does NOT go via Ajmer, only the 2-laner NH8 does.
Moral of the story - do your own research before getting onto the highway, never ask around taxi drivers and bus drivers for routing help!
Chaar Dam Pilgrim Trail
28 September 2010 at 10:33
Kedarnath, Gangotri & Yamunotri will close on Diwali (Nov 7)
Badrinath temple closing date - will be announced only after Dussehra
UK Govt advisory to pilgrims to Badrinath - Keep Away!
07 September 2010 at 22:48
SC clears decks for Yamuna Expressway
http://news.rediff.com/report/2010/sep/08/sc-clears-deck-for-yamuna-expressway2.htm 08 September 2010 at 23:21
What is the best route to get to Ranthambore National Park from Noida? should one go through Agra/Bharatpur? does anyone know the current road conditions?
The best route is via Jaipur. Because the route is not only shorter, but you can bypass all major towns. 
You can take the Jaipur bypass towards Ajmer till the end, then take the NH11 (Agra Road) from there, which is also a nice 4-laner. 
Turn off NH11 at Dausa, and go to Sawai Madhopur/Ranthambhore. I have no idea about the condition of the Dausa-Sawai road, 
but normally that is also good. You should not take more than 8 hours to reach.
 In case you prefer the Agra route for some reason, you can check out the Mathura-Bharatpur road which is a short cut, avoiding Agra city. 
You can take Nh11 all the way to Dausa and then go to Sawai. 
I have no idea how the district roads from Bharatpur direct to Sawai are, better to stick to the NH. I heard that NH2 to Agra is also in a bad shape.

Thanks. There is also this route. Ranthambore – Lalsot – Dausa – Sikandra – Rajgarh – Alwar – Bhiwari – Gurgaon – Delhi

Any idea if this is shorter/better? I will be using a City so road clearance is also an issue if the roads are poor.

NO idea how the road to Alwar is. The Alwar route is also popular, but I prefer to stick to 4-laners for their speed and predictability
A word of caution if u r taking NH2/NH 11. NH2 is next to worst towards agra... NH8 is surely a better option while going,
 but towards delhi i feel there are far too many jams... NH8 till bhiwadi or behror depending on choice then state highway to alwar.
 I would like to the options if one has to go through NH12 - Tonk... how feasible is it?? Because I have two days off this weekend thinking few places in rajasthan. Yet to zero on something.

Route that Doc Abeek Ghosh took to travel from Delhi to Nagpur:
Delhi-Agra-Pholpur-Morena-Gwalior-Datia-Jhansi-Mornipur-Nowgaon-Chhatarpur-Bamita-Panna-
Amanganj-Shanagar-Katni-Jabalpur-Seoni-Nagpur

21 September 2010 at 15:11
Road to Landsdowne, Uttarakhand:
Delhi - Ghaziabad – NH58 - Meerut –NH119 - Bijnore – Najibabad - Kotdwar – Dugadda – Lansdowne

05 September 2010 at 00:29
Hotels in Landsdowne:
GMVN, 
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Oak Grove Inn, rawatbik@yahoo.com, +91-9412934858, +91-9410948282, +91-1386-262359, 
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Agra Bypass: You will see signboards pointing to it on NH2 when you come towards Agra from Delhi, at Sikhandra, 
indicating Jaipur & Gwalior. 
Never take it, it is one of the worst roads you will ever drive on, whatever be the season. 
Not only are the roads bad, but you will also encounter traffic jams galore
03 October 2010 at 22:54

In view of the traffic blockades in Delhi, is it a better idea to drive from Gurgaon to Palwal on NH2 via Sohna? How badly were these roads affected by the recent rains?
Sohna road is being widened into expressway.literally off road experience in June till damdama lake.. Also local guy collect toll..... 
Its better to take gurgaon faridabad road though the widening is going on its still drivable..except for last 500 metre stretch entering into faridabad from gurgaon side
Those driving to Manali, don't forget to take the Kulu town bypass which starts at Bhuntar (the airport) at the turn off point for Manikaran. Saves you the bother of navigating the narrow Kulu town roads and getting stuck inside it. The Kulu town roads are really narrow, permitting only one vehicle at a time through the market
06 September 2010 at 23:58
and bypass on the other hand is very beautiful road, which can bypass even Manali.A very good option, if going towards Keylong or Leh. Take a break at Naggar and bypass the whole mess
4-km long elevated road on NH2 (Mathura Road) from Ashram to Faridabad will open this month, easing traffic for those moving out of Delhi
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Badarpur-jams-may-ease-soon/articleshow/6493686.cms
05 September 2010 at 08:52
Ludhiana City - better to take the elevated road through the city than the bypass, if you are driving on NH1 towards Jalandhar/Ambala
25 August 2010 at 10:35

More cloudbursts, this time at Amarnath, as the yatra winds up and the cave temple closes for the year, heavy rains in Jammu-Srinagar highway

22 August 2010 at 20:08

Heavy rains cause road blockades in many parts of Uttarakhand, including Kumaon region around Nainital

22 August 2010 at 16:49

4-laning of 160.5 km of the Chittorgarh-Kota section (NH76) costing Rs 1,260 crore, was not required as traffic on the road was only 4348 pcu (2150 vehicles). A two-lane road would have been sufficed for over 30 years. So says a Planning Commission Report.

22 August 2010 at 08:14

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20100822/himachal.htm#4

This section is part of East-West Corridor connecting Silchar in Assam to Porbandar in Gujarat

New tunnels to be built on the Jammu-Srinagar NH1A

22 August 2010 at 08:08

http://www.tribuneindia.com/2010/20100822/j&k.htm#10

Qazigund-Banihal 10-km long tunnel will relegate Banihal Pass & existing Jawahar Tunnel to the pages of history

Chenani-Nashri tunnel will also be 10 kms long, I have no idea where it comes on the NH1A

After the tunnels are built, travel time between Jammu & Srinagar is expected to reduce to 4 hours, says the news report

 

What should be the ideal time to leave from delhi for jaipur to avoid chaos in morning ??

19 August 2010 at 13:27

I like 4 am.

but i have seen big traffic jams at HR-RJ border at that time too

 I am targeting 6AM to hit the the road. Should hit manesar by 7 AM. Is it ok ?

What is the major chaotic point in the route ??

The border check post where trucks pile up in disorderly fashion

 No, Daruhera-Neemrana check post

Best bet would be between 5 to 6 am.

Yamuna Expressway:Farmer woes continue
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Farmers-warn-theyll-block-all-highways-if-govt-doesnt-revise-land-compensation-within-two-days/articleshow/6322028.cms

Farmers warn they'll block all highways if govt doesn't revise land compensation within two days - L

timesofindia.indiatimes.com

What for Delhiites will be a smooth two-hour drive to Agra via the under-construction Yamuna Expressway, has become, for 10,000-odd farmers of six villages in Aligarh, a battle for livelihood.

17 August 2010 at 11:27

Standard politicking and blackmail. Party A extorts money and awards franchisee to road contractor. Party B waits for construction work to begin, then unleashes the "public" on the hapless contractor to extort their share. If the farmers were so upset, why did they give away their land and not protest earlier. They realised that there is private development too - part of the road franchise - and when they see someone making money, they agitate, that is the typical Indian political attitude, let me also rip off some money. End result, farmers will go back to their fields, politicians would have enriched themselves and the contractor will load it all into toll that we will pay