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Old 1st March 2012, 01:49   #1
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Arrow Bangalore -> Bandhavgarh -> Corbett -> Gir?

Dear BHP'ians,

planning a 20 day cross country trip with family chasing India's majestic cats across Bandhavgarh, Corbett & Gir. Also, want to share more of India's history with my little one's during the trip. The trip will be in my trusted old Santro.

Have worked out the following tentative route plan:
  1. 6 Apr: leave at 4 am from Nagpur drive to Bandhavgarh
  2. 6 & 7: Apr night stay at Bandhavgarh
  3. 8 Apr: leave at 4 am drive to Khajuraho; night stay at Agra
  4. 9 Apr: see Taj early in the morning; leave to Corbett
  5. 9 to 12 Apr: meet tigers at Corbett
  6. 13 Apr: leave at 5 am, drive to Akshardham, Delhi
  7. 13 Apr: 11 am, drive to Nawalgarh, Rajasthan
  8. 13 to 15 Apr: enjoy the royal splendors at Nawalgarh - night stay from ;
  9. 16 Apr leave at 4 am for Udaipur
  10. 16 & 17 Apr: enjoy regal splendors of Udaipur and Nathdwara
  11. 18 Apr: leave at 4 am for Gir
  12. 18 to 20 Apr: meet lions at Gir, Gujarat
  13. 21 Apr: leave at leisure from Gir for Pune
the remainder of the sectors i.e Bangalore to Nagpur and Pune to Bangalore is for family visits

the route map on google maps looks like:

Bellandur, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India to Bellandur, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India - Google Maps

Request guidance on:

1. for each sector above, what should be:
  • the best route
  • expected driving time (moderately fast driver)
  • tips or caution
2. feasibility of:
  • covering Khajuraho & Taj Mahal on the same day; or skipping both and staying back at Bandhavgarh for one more day
  • covering Akshardham to Kumbhalgarh in 1-day; in this event, i will skip Nawalgarh
  • covering Gir to Pune in one run; if not where should i break
3. hotel/safari tips required:
  • Bandhavgarh resort with safari
  • Agra or near-by based on route advice;
  • Corbett safari tips
  • Udaipur - ethnic resort
  • Gir safari tips
  • if break is advocated between Gir and Pune - then at that place
4. location tips:
  • should a day be curtailed at Nawalgarh to be used at Udaipur; also plan to do Nathdwara
5. Factors for consideration:
  • tips on reducing fatigue most welcome; having said this, the travelers are seasoned folks
  • want to limit single day drive time to < 8 hrs; wherever possible, drive should start at 4 am
  • though its a 4-week trip; we are aiming for a relaxed pace for the drive
6. Other requests -for each sector:
  • list of pediatricians
  • list of Hyundai authorized service centers

thanks for your help!

cheers
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Old 1st March 2012, 16:56   #2
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  • covering Khajuraho & Taj Mahal on the same day; or skipping both and staying back at Bandhavgarh for one more day
  • Doing both is quite ambitious considering the state of roads in MP and plus the amount of time you would have to spend at both places-definitely not reccomended.You could stay the night at Khajuraho and then drive to Agra the next day.Also please note that the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays.
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    covering Akshardham to Kumbhalgarh in 1-day;
    possible,but why dont you drive straight to Udaipur and do Kumbhalgarh & Nathdwara as day trips from Udaipur.Doing it straight from Akshardham would mean you would have to drive in the nights.
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covering Gir to Pune in one run; if not where should i break
Close to 1000kms,why wouldnt you want to spend time in Gir?.Stay back in Gir.You could stay back in Baroda/Surat.Hotel Palazzo at end of the NE1 at Baroda is an ok place to stay a night.Strictly a budget place.If you want better hotels,then go into the city and you have all kinds of hotels.

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Udaipur - ethnic resort
totally dependent on budget.RTDC hotels are ok.
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also plan to do Nathdwara
Do it as a day trip from Udaipur.Should take you around 90 mins one way.

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list of Hyundai authorized service centers
Look up the Hyundai website and you should be able to get these details.
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Thanks Ranjit,

1. decided to break at Jaipur from Akshardham for 2 nights
2. will go to Kumbhalgarh (and cancel out Nawalgarh)
3. have 3 nights planned at Gir
4. budget of @ 4k for the night. do you know of a decent place in Baroda/Surat in this range?

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[*] 6 Apr: leave at 4 am from Nagpur drive to Bandhavgarh
Nagpur-Seoni-Kanha-Dindori-Umariya-Bandhavgarh


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[*] 8 Apr: leave at 4 am drive to Khajuraho; night stay at Agra
Bandhavgarh-Maihar-Panna-Bamita-Khajuraho-Bamita-Chhatarpur-Jhansi-Gwalior-Pholpur-Agra

You will reach Khajuraho only after 4 hours of driving from Bandhavgarh. You will need at least half a day to run through Khajuraho. It is impossible to reach Agra the same day unless you choose to drive through most of the night (not advisable). Hence, it is best you drive till Chatarpur or Jhansi and spend the night there, and proceed to Agra the next day. Road between Chatarpur & Nowgon is very bad, and also the road between Jhansi & Gwalior. Plus, traffic jams in Pholpur. So, with an early morning start from Jhansi , do not expect to arrive in Agra before late lunch time. In case you think you cannot take that much time off for these 2 destinations, consider cutting Khajuraho so that you can drive direct to Agra. If you wish to do that, you can even drive from Khajuraho to Satna, Rewa and connect with NH2 at Allahabad and go on to Agra on the superb NH2.

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[*] 9 Apr: see Taj early in the morning; leave to Corbett
Assuming you arrive at Agra sometime late morning, then you will be able to leave Agra only early evening assuming a quick peek at Taj Mahal. IN that case, I suggest you go stay in Delhi that night so that you can have an early morning start and cover the Delhi-Hapur sector fast before traffic intensifies.

Route is Agra-Mathura-Delhi-Ghaziabad-Hapur-Gajraula-Moradabad-Kashipur-Ramnagar-Corbett

Avoid any of the "short cuts" in UP from Agra to MOradabad, stick to the route via Delhi.

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13 Apr: leave at 5 am, drive to Akshardham, Delhi
Corbett-Ramnagar-MOradabad-Gajraula-Hapur-Ghaziabad-Delhi.
Akshardam falls on the NH24 bypass itself as you come in from Ghaziabad.


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13 Apr: 11 am, drive to Nawalgarh, Rajasthan
Delhi-Gurgaon-Behror-Kotputli-Sikar-Nawalgarh


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16 Apr leave at 4 am for Udaipur
16 & 17 Apr: enjoy regal splendors of Udaipur and Nathdwara
Nawalgarh-Sikar-Jaipur-Kishangarh-Nasirabad-Ajmer-Beawar-Bhim-Nathdwara-Udaipur


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18 Apr: leave at 4 am for Gir
Udaipur-Pindwara-Abu Road-Palanpur-Mehsana-Viramgam-Dhranagadara-Surendranagar-Sayla-Rajkot-Jetpur-Junagadh-Anandpar-Mendarda-Sasan Gir


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21 Apr: leave at leisure from Gir for Pune
Sasan Gir-Junagadh-Jetpur-Rajkot-Chotila-Sayla-Limbdi-Bagodara-Ahmedabad-Baroda-Bharuch-Ankleshwar-Surat-Vapi-Thane/Bombay-Pune.

Consider stopping over at Vapi for night's stay.

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[*] want to limit single day drive time to < 8 hrs; wherever possible, drive should start at 4 am
Simply impossible considering the distances you have to cover. Assume your driving day ends at 8 pm.
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