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Old 8th December 2011, 06:45   #1
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Hai Friends,

A friend wanted to drive from Ahmedabad to Puri through Bhubaneswar. The route I suggested was Surat, NH6, Dhule, Nagpur, Raipur, Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Puri, about 2000 KMS. Need some more information:

1. What is the condition of NH6 now? Fast drive, bottlenecks?
2. If this is a 2 day drive, what staying options does he have?
3. Is it realistic to plan up to Nagpur on day 1 or is it possible to push it to Raipur? Staying options at Nagpur / Raipur for the night?
4. Is there an alternative route possible back to Ahmeabad, 2 days drive.

My friend has 10 days in hand.

Thanks for any information and clarifications.

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2000 Kms in two days will be a decent stretch has you friend done 1000 Kms a day drives?

Apart from this the route suggested is good, i can vouch for roads in Maharashtra also especially roads between Akola and Raipur and beyond are very good. I am not sure about roads beyond Chattisgarh.
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2000 Kms in two days will be a decent stretch has you friend done 1000 Kms a day drives?

Apart from this the route suggested is good, i can vouch for roads in Maharashtra also especially roads between Akola and Raipur and beyond are very good. I am not sure about roads beyond Chattisgarh.
Mayahk,

Thanks for the quick response. He is a seasoned driver, if the roads are good he can go on and on Unlike me, he does not mind night drives.

Great to hear about Akola -Raipur stretch, should be about 550 KM, can it be done in 6-8 hours?

One can make A'bad Surat in 5 hours, Surat to Dhule about 250 kms in another 4 hours, Dhule to Akola should be another 250 or so, good roads = 3 hours, don't know condition of roads here.

So if one starts from A'bad by 4 AM he should be in Akola by 6-7PM. It may be difficult to get to Raipur in one day, Akoka - Raipur, another 500 kms = 7-8 hours drive?

Raipur to Puri should be 650KMS about 10-12 hours, days drive. Looks difficult but may be doable for a motivated driver.

Would love more comments on the possibilities, stay options etc.,

Thanks in advance.

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Mayahk,

Thanks for the quick response. He is a seasoned driver, if the roads are good he can go on and on Unlike me, he does not mind night drives.

Great to hear about Akola -Raipur stretch, should be about 550 KM, can it be done in 6-8 hours?

One can make A'bad Surat in 5 hours, Surat to Dhule about 250 kms in another 4 hours, Dhule to Akola should be another 250 or so, good roads = 3 hours, don't know condition of roads here.

So if one starts from A'bad by 4 AM he should be in Akola by 6-7PM. It may be difficult to get to Raipur in one day, Akoka - Raipur, another 500 kms = 7-8 hours drive?

Raipur to Puri should be 650KMS about 10-12 hours, days drive. Looks difficult but may be doable for a motivated driver.

Would love more comments on the possibilities, stay options etc.,

Thanks in advance.

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Ramky,

I would suggest Nagpur as first stop and Sambhalpur as second stop. He can do a day trip around Sambhalpur vsiting Hirakud dam, the longest in the world and go for a boating on Mahanadi and then go to Bhubhaneshwar/puri on next day. He should do day drive as driving within Chattisgarh/Orissa has its own charm and very scenic

TURIST SPOTS IN SAMBALPUR DISTRICT

Roads in Chattisgarh are generally excellent and so no need to worry.
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Faujibhai,

Thanks. This throws open possibilities and would zap one more day. Will update him.

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Ramky,

I would suggest Nagpur as first stop and Sambhalpur as second stop. He can do a day trip around Sambhalpur vsiting Hirakud dam, the longest in the world and go for a boating on Mahanadi and then go to Bhubhaneshwar/puri on next day. He should do day drive as driving within Chattisgarh/Orissa has its own charm and very scenic

TURIST SPOTS IN SAMBALPUR DISTRICT

Roads in Chattisgarh are generally excellent and so no need to worry.
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Hello Ramkya Sir,

I would suggest the below plan.

Day 1 -->

Ahmadabad --> Nagpur : 989 KM (NH-6)

Night halt at Nagpur.

Day 2 -->

Nagpur --> Raipur --> Sambalpur : 600 KM (NH-6)

Night halt at Sambalpur.

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Day 2 -->

Nagpur --> Raipur --> Sambalpur --> Bhubaneswar : 900 KM (NH-6 and NH-42)

Night halt at Bhubaneswar.

Stop 1-2 day at Bhubaneswar for temples and the NadanKanan Zoo, Khandagiri caves etc.


Next -->

Bhubaneswar --> Puri

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Reaching Nagpur itself on Day 1 is going to be a demanding very long day. Targetting Raipur is out of question.

Roads are OK throughout on NH6, although do not expect condition which you see on good highways, it will be rough in many places and is not 4-laned except in a few stretches (like Amaravati-Nagpur and Bhandara-Raipur).

Facilities are very poor.

Ask your friend to turn off NH6 at Sambalpur and take NH42 to Cuttack.

Alternative route for return? Hardly an options.
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Ahmedabad Surat : can be done in 4 hours if left early morning and pass throguh golden bridge at Ankleshwar.
Surat-Dhule stretch: Four laning in progress on surat -bardoli-nawapur stretch. Have regularly done this stretch and it takes around 4hr 30 min if you do not encounter any traffic jams at 5 rly crossings till just after nawapur.
Dhule-Akola: would take 4 hours or 4hr 30 min as two lane roads and some bad patches after jalgaon.
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Kalinga, Dave, HVK: Thanks for your inputs. Looks like it would take 2.5 days to do this, about 5 days would be gone of the 10 days. Looks less interesting to my friend, I would snap up a chance like this as half the fun would be the driving part

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Hi All,

Any update on current road condition between Raipur to Puri? Planning to this route in November mid after diwali. Hows the road condition?

Any good options to stay at Sambalpur, Bhubaneshwar and Puri. I will be travelling with my family - mom, dad and wifey.

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Hi All,

Any update on current road condition between Raipur to Puri? Planning to this route in November mid after diwali. Hows the road condition?

Any good options to stay at Sambalpur, Bhubaneshwar and Puri. I will be travelling with my family - mom, dad and wifey.

Regards,
Aniket Tiwari
Update from last 2 days:
NH6 from Raipur onwards is in a very bad shape till Orissa border. Pot holes all over. Speeds cannot exceed 30-40 kmph.

In Orissa, roads are quite OK.
The NH42 from Sambalpur to Cuttack is as good as ever.

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Update from last 2 days:
NH6 from Raipur onwards is in a very bad shape till Orissa border. Pot holes all over. Speeds cannot exceed 30-40 kmph.

In Orissa, roads are quite OK.
The NH42 from Sambalpur to Cuttack is as good as ever.

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HVK Sir,

Any alternate route i can take? If start journey from Bilaspur instead of raipur, I will travel via Sheorinarayan on NH200 and connect with NH6 at Saraipalli. This way, I will skip NH6 between Raipur to Saraipali. So, do you have any update on this route to Puri from Bilaspur via Sheorinarayan?

What do you suggest? Which route should be better - if both are bad, which could be less bad ?
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HVK Sir,

Any alternate route i can take? If start journey from Bilaspur instead of raipur, I will travel via Sheorinarayan on NH200 and connect with NH6 at Saraipalli. This way, I will skip NH6 between Raipur to Saraipali. So, do you have any update on this route to Puri from Bilaspur via Sheorinarayan?

What do you suggest? Which route should be better - if both are bad, which could be less bad ?
Raipur-Bilaspur road is great, but I am unsure about the road to Saraipalli, and would not risk driving through what I am told are the Naxal-prone regions of Jharkhand.
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once you leave NH5, roads arent that good till pipli. Would suggest konark also, since you're coming all the way down here. pipli-konark road is better than the pipli-puri one. and konark puri coastal road is very nice
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Hi Friends,

I read the above post quite carefully, however this seems to be way back in 2012.

I'm planning a similar trip from Ahmedabad to Cuttack in 2 days. Below is the detailed plan.

Day 1
Ahmedabad - Surat - Jalgaon - Akola - Amravati - Nagpur (Approximately 1000 kms)
Night Halt at Nagpur
Day 2
Nagpur - Raipur - Sambalpur - Angul - Cuttack (Approximately 870 kms)

Want to know about the Road conditions all through. I'm not worried till Nagpur. The real concern is the Drive from Raipur to Sambalpur. Had traveled this route via Bus in Dec 2011 and it was horrible. My back still hurts due to that ride.

Please update me on the latest about the Road Conditions all through and any alternate routes which can be faster and less traffic.
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