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Old 25th December 2012, 01:40   #16
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Did sach.sri make the trip? I will be leaving on a really long drive from Noida to Chennai on the 29th December. The route plan will go through Nagpur and from there to Hyderabad to Chenna. However am not sure about the best way to Nagpur - currently preferring: Noida - Agra (via YExpway)-Gwalior-Shivpuri-Bhopal. A night-halt at Bhopal and then onwards to Nagpur via Itarsi-Hoshangabad. However, I am told that the North South Corridor is mostly 4 laned now. So am tempted to do Noida-Agra(via E-way)-Gwalior-Jhansi-Lalitpur-Sagar-Jabalpur. Basically halt at Jabalpur for the night and then Jabalpur - Lakhnadon- Seoni-Nagpur.

Will be glad for any inputs - specially from those who stay in the heart of India.
I can help with the road conditions for a part of your route.(GWL-JHS-BHO)


GWL to Jhansi road was getting converted to 4-lane divided highway but work got stopped due to political/legal issues and now most of the road is in partial state of construction. Some of it is complete but most of it half done with no end of construction in sight.

I drove from Bhopal to Jhansi a couple of times last month (Nov. 2012), going by different routes each time.

The 4-lane divided highway (NH-26) from Babina to Sagar is very good. You can easily cruise on this stretch. Just watch for locals that love to drive/ride on the wrong way, as there is no break in the median for long distances. The highway is still under construction north of Babina towards Jhansi. The original road from Jhansi to Babina is beyond pathetic. The usual 20 minute drive will take more than an hour. Since I had to take that road twice in one week, I will not be able to describe the road without any expletives so I will keep my mouth shut on that.

One route towards Bhopal is the obvious Sagar - Rahatgarh - BegumGanj - Raisen - Bhopal.
Sagar to Rahatgarh: Road is under construction, which is almost complete. Just some small bridges (Pulias) that need to be tarred.
RahatGarh - Raisen: 2-Lane undivided toll highway. Very good road surface.
Raisen - Bhopal: Not bad, some rough patches, otherwise okay road.
As you enter Bhopal, take the bypass towards Hoshangabad. It's a 6-lane divided highway which is almost complete, just last few hundred meters were left, when I went last month.

The other route that I took was Jhansi - Babina - Malthone - Bina - Kurwai - Vidisha - Bhopal.
On this route, I left NH-26 at Malthone, taking SH-14 towards Bina. It is nice 2-lane undivided toll toad till Bina. After that, the road till Kurwai was in bad shape with lot of potholes. But my Dad took this route last week (mid Dec. 2012) and said that it has been patched up. SH-14 beyond Kurwai is under conversion to a 4-lane divided highway and most of it is complete upto the junction of SH-19 which goes to Bhopal via Vidisha. It is a very good road with minimal traffic.

Hope it helps. Good luck with your trip.

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Dear All,

Would like to do a road trip from Mumbai to visit the "India ka dil" Madhya Pradesh in my Linea alongwith family. The following destinations are in mind: Mandu, Maheshwar, Omkareshwar, Indore, Bhopal, Sanchi, Pachmarhi, Jabalpur, Bhedaghat, Bandhavgarh, Pench, Khajuraho and Orchha.

Have two weeks in hand for this trip. How is the road condition in MP to visit all these places ? Suggestions on itinearary, any other places and hotels are most welcome.

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Old 6th October 2016, 02:26   #18
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Question Madhya Pradesh Tour - Route advice and insight

So, the year is about to end and my cousin proposed that we wrap it up with a road trip in December. Post numerous discussions and debates, we have zeroed in on Madhya Pradesh since we have already been down South.

Tentative dates are 7/12 to 23/12 which might get pushed a bit depending on my uncle's court schedule. We'd be departing from Navi Mumbai and have planned the following routes:

Onward route
Via Mumbai-Agra highway
Uran>Omkareshwar>Maheshwar>Mandu>Indore>Ujjain>-Bhopal>Sanchi>-Chanderi>Gwalior

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Return route
Via Nagpur-Aurangabad highway
Gwalior>Orachha?>Khajuraho>Jabalpur>Kanha>Nagpur>U ran

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Tentative Itinerary:

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Points of interest/Local specialty:

Maheshwar/Omkareshwar – Narmada Ghat, Ahilyabai Fort and Palace, Sarees, Akhileshwar and Siddhanth Temple
Mandu - Jahaz Mahal, Hindola Mahal, , Hoshang Shah's Tomb, Jami Masjid, Rewa Kund, Roopmati's Pavilion., Baz Bahadur's Palace,
Indore – Leather Toys, Kanch Mandir, Lalbagh Palace, Sarafa Bazzar, Rajwada,
Ujjain – Temple City, First meridian longitude
Bhopal – City of Lakes, Upper Lake (largest artificial lake),
Sanchi- Great Stupa, Stupa 2, Great Bowl, ASI Museum, Udaygiri Caves,
Chanderi – Famous for Sarees, Buddhi Chanderi, Koshak Mahal, Jama Masjid (without minar), Chanderi Fort
Gwalior - Gwalior Fort, first written zero, Gujari Mahal, Tansen Memorial, Jai Vilas Palace,
Orchha (if near by) – Jahangir Mahal, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Chhatris, Ram Raja Temple, Raja Mahal, Famous for metal craft.
Khajuraho – Various types of temples UNESCO site.
Jabalpur – Dhuandhar Falls and Marble Rocks in Bhedaghat, Madan Mahal, Rani Durgavati Museum, Kachnar City –Lord Shiva statue,
Amarkantak – Teerthraj, Source of Narmada, Kapildhara and Dughadhara.
Kanha – National park
Pench – National park
Mumbai - Potholes, traffic, pollution and potholes



As always, the above travel plan has been compiled using everyone's best friend, Google. However, I believe that the insight and inputs from someone who has already been there/is a local resident can prove to be much more informative and resourceful. I request all to kindly suggest any eateries/hotels/fuel stations along the way and also suggestions/alternatives for the planned route or places to visit. Thanks in advance.

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Now this thread comes at a very good time, will be keeping a close eye on the developments. I am planning in March 2017 and your travails could feed into my planning. My itinerary would be for max 15 days, hence would not cover many of the places you intend to visit. I have heard roads in Madhya Pradesh are good but after the recent incessant rains needs to be verified.

All the best buddy.
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A few years back, while traveling from Bangalore to Gurgaon, we had taken the Pune - Aurangabad - Amalner - Indore- Gwalior route (since we wanted to meet family in Aurangabad and Amalner).

Just a word of advice: the roads from A'bad all the way to Gwalior are two lane undivided for the most part and run through villages so expect a lot of tractor, foot traffic on the road.

Also, we found very little traffic on the roads, and almost none after dark, so plan your trip accordingly. There aren't many shops or dhabas along that highway so factor that in as well.
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After some thought (and a lot of processing on our supercomputer) we are contemplating a few changes to our travel plan.

The onward journey now would be:
Uran>Lonar>Karanja>Amravati>Nagpur>Kanha>Jabalpur> Pachmarhi>Khajuraho>Oraccha>Gwalior

while the return leg would be:
Gwalior>Chanderi>Sanchi>Bhopal>Ujjain>Indore>Mandu >Maheshwar>Omkareshwar>Uran.

Based on the above itinerary, Pench National Park will be skipped and new POIs would include Lonar, Karanja-Lad, Nagpur Dragon palace, Ramtek and Pachmarhi.

Going through this section, we have learnt that the best and rapid route for Mum-->Nagpur would be Mum-Nashik-Dhule-Amravati-Nagpur. However, the two new added places viz. Lonar and Karanja-Lad gives us two options
  • Nagar-Aurangabad-Lonar
  • Nashik-Jalna-Lonar

Could you guys help us decide which of these two routes would ensure a smooth, comfortable drive?

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Just a word of advice: the roads from A'bad all the way to Gwalior are two lane undivided for the most part and run through villages so expect a lot of tractor, foot traffic on the road.

Also, we found very little traffic on the roads, and almost none after dark, so plan your trip accordingly. There aren't many shops or dhabas along that highway so factor that in as well.
Thank you so much for that piece of info mate
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So, the year is about to end and my cousin proposed that we wrap it up with a road trip in December.

As always, the above travel plan has been compiled using everyone's best friend, Google. However, I believe that the insight and inputs from someone who has already been there/is a local resident can prove to be much more informative and resourceful. I request all to kindly suggest any eateries/hotels/fuel stations along the way and also suggestions/alternatives for the planned route or places to visit. Thanks in advance.
So that cousin is me.

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Going through this section, we have learnt that the best and rapid route for Mum-->Nagpur would be Mum-Nashik-Dhule-Amravati-Nagpur. However, the two new added places viz. Lonar and Karanja-Lad gives us two options
  • Nagar-Aurangabad-Lonar
  • Nashik-Jalna-Lonar

Could you guys help us decide which of these two routes would ensure a smooth, comfortable drive?
I am awaiting the suggestions and advice. Well, my exams are approaching and hence I would not be online much after a few days. So if anyone could help with the itinerary, it would be of great help.
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Well the days are coming and I need to finalize the trip. I would be glad if any suggestions/advice are given.

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