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Old 7th March 2012, 23:10   #1
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April 28, 2012 - Hyderbad - Laknadon
April 29, 2012 - Laknadon - Jhansi - Gwalior - Agra - Delhi
April 30, 2012 - Delhi - Ghaziabad - Meerut - MuzzafarNagar - Haridwar - Rishikesh
May 01, 2012 - Rishikesh - gaurikund
May 02, 2012 - Gaurikund - Trek to Kedarnath - Gaurikund
May 03, 2012 - Gaurikund - Chopta - Trek to Thungnath Temple + back to Chopta
May 04, 2012 - Chopta - Chamoli - Joshimath - Badrinath - Joshimath
May 05, 2012 - Joshimath - Auli - Joshimath
May 06, 2012 - Joshimath - Nanital - Nainital sight seeing
May 07, 2012 - Nainital sightseeing places
May 08, 2012 - Nainital - Muktheswar - Binsar
May 09, 2012 - Binsar - chaukori - Munsyari
May 10, 2012 - munsyari sight seeing
May 11, 2012 - Munsyari - Agra
May 12, 2012 - Agra - Nagpur
May 13, 2012 - Nagpur - Hyderabad


Please suggest me the plan and places.. I know this route looks odd for many people, my plan is to cover most of the beautiful places in the Uttarkhand along with piligrimage trip.
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My response inline in bold with your quote...
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April 28, 2012 - Hyderbad - Laknadon
April 29, 2012 - Laknadon - Jhansi - Gwalior - Agra - Delhi
April 30, 2012 - Delhi - Ghaziabad - Meerut - MuzzafarNagar - Haridwar - Rishikesh
Unless you plan to have a pilgrimage at Rishikesh/Haridwar, I would suggest you carry on furhter uphill, perhaps to Srinagar or even up to Rudraprayag. The drive from Rishikesh to Gaurikund will REALLY tax you if you try doing it in a single day. In any case, you will take 4-4.5 hours to get to Rishikesh from Delhi - so you can finish the religious activities and leave Rishikesh by 2 pm for Srinagar/Rudraprayag.

May 01, 2012 - Rishikesh - gaurikund
Not a comfortable single-day drive

May 02, 2012 - Gaurikund - Trek to Kedarnath - Gaurikund
May 03, 2012 - Gaurikund - Chopta - Trek to Thungnath Temple + back to Chopta
How fit are you? 2 treks back-to-back (28 km from Gaurikund to Kedar and back; 11 km to Tungnath & Chandrashila and back) on successive days, plus driving, sounds a little tough for us urban chair-warmers!

May 04, 2012 - Chopta - Chamoli - Joshimath - Badrinath - Joshimath
The road from Joshimath to Badrinath is unpredictable, and may not even be open due to landslides at times. Plus a one-way gate system operates on the way. Even if you get to Badri, coming back to Joshimath may not be possible at all.

May 05, 2012 - Joshimath - Auli - Joshimath
Just take the ropeway, forget driving up to Auli. Enjoy the view and come back in a couple of hours.

May 06, 2012 - Joshimath - Nanital - Nainital sight seeing
May 07, 2012 - Nainital sightseeing places
Not much to sightsee in Nainital town apart from the Naini lake, boating, and maybe a ropeway ride to get a high-level view of the lake. Doable in a half-day. Proceed to Mukteshwar and enjoy that place.

May 08, 2012 - Nainital - Muktheswar - Binsar
The direct route from Mukteshwar to Binsar is beautiful and narrow, but was not in the best of conditions surface-wise, the last I visited a few years ago.

May 09, 2012 - Binsar - chaukori - Munsyari
May 10, 2012 - munsyari sight seeing
May 11, 2012 - Munsyari - Agra
Another very tough drive target that you are setting yourself

May 12, 2012 - Agra - Nagpur
May 13, 2012 - Nagpur - Hyderabad


Please suggest me the plan and places.. I know this route looks odd for many people, my plan is to cover most of the beautiful places in the Uttarkhand along with piligrimage trip.
And in what vehicle do you propose to drive there?
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April 28, 2012 - Hyderbad - Laknadon
April 29, 2012 - Laknadon - Jhansi - Gwalior - Agra - Delhi
Expect horrible roads between MH border & Seoni & Laknadon-Sagar, Jhansi-Gwalior.

Doing in 2 days is going to be quite a leather hunt.

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May 01, 2012 - Rishikesh - gaurikund
I suppose you will stop over at Deoprayag & Rudraprayag on the way.


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May 06, 2012 - Joshimath - Nanital - Nainital sight seeing
By the time you reach Nainital, there will not be much of day left.

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May 08, 2012 - Nainital - Muktheswar - Binsar
May 09, 2012 - Binsar - chaukori - Munsyari
May 10, 2012 - munsyari sight seeing
You could have done this circuit on the way from Joshimath to Nainital. No point in coming all the way to Nainital & going back.

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May 11, 2012 - Munsyari - Agra
Which route do you have in mind? Please avoid all the direct UP routes, instead come through Delhi.
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My response inline in bold with your quote...


And in what vehicle do you propose to drive there?
Thanks for the suggestion SS. I am planning to drive in Innova. Last time, I travelled up to Srinagar in Aug'11 and struck in landslide and I had to written back. This time I am planning early to avoid it hopefully.



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Expect horrible roads between MH border & Seoni & Laknadon-Sagar, Jhansi-Gwalior.

Thanks Kumar.

Doing in 2 days is going to be quite a leather hunt.


I know that it will take a heat, but I have done this route last time in 24 hours at one streatch. I am planning a similar one if possible.


I suppose you will stop over at Deoprayag & Rudraprayag on the way.




By the time you reach Nainital, there will not be much of day left.

You could have done this circuit on the way from Joshimath to Nainital. No point in coming all the way to Nainital & going back.

what is the suggested route here ?

Which route do you have in mind? Please avoid all the direct UP routes, instead come through Delhi.
If the above plan route changes, then I will travel back delhi.

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A terrific drive that you have set up. I will be glued to it.
>>> HVK, SS - Traveller,
How easily will the Innova be able to cope to the higher reaches - such as
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A terrific drive that you have set up. I will be glued to it.
>>> HVK, SS - Traveller,
How easily will the Innova be able to cope to the higher reaches - such as
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No problem for a Innova in any sector
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>>> HVK, SS - Traveller,
How easily will the Innova be able to cope to the higher reaches...
You're asking about the most successful, most frequently used and chosen commercial vehicle to ply in the mountains - it's a pointless question!!
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My response inline in bold with your quote, as done by SS-Traveller. I can't say much about your journey from Hyderabad to Delhi, because I haven't done that stretch as yet. However, being from Rishikesh I can tell you about the interesting stop-overs en-route to Joshimath.

[quote=contactme27;2706550]April 28, 2012 - Hyderbad - Laknadon
April 29, 2012 - Laknadon - Jhansi - Gwalior - Agra - Delhi
April 30, 2012 - Delhi - Ghaziabad - Meerut - MuzzafarNagar - Haridwar - Rishikesh
May 01, 2012 - Rishikesh - gaurikund

A Stop-over at Delhi is strictly recommended as the drive ahead is very tiring. Start early the next morning and you can go all the way upto Rudraprayag (a decent town near Kedarnath) in a single stretch. If you start at around 5 in the morning, you'll easily be at Haridwar by 12 PM. Though stop-over at Haridwar/Rishikesh only if you plan to have a pilgrimage. Also, Rishikesh is the last city where you'll probably find any sort of genuine spare-parts for your car, so if anything is wrong don't hang it up for later. After that the hill-climb starts and the road also becomes worse. Stop-over only at Srinagar or Rudraprayag, because the others are going to be terrible.

May 02, 2012 - Gaurikund - Trek to Kedarnath - Gaurikund

May 03, 2012 - Gaurikund - Chopta - Trek to Thungnath Temple + back to Chopta

All this in two days ? Are you serious? Your trek to Kedarnath & back itself will take a day! You can even stop half way through the trek at Rambana. It has a GMVN guest house, and is 7 kms before the kedarnath temple.

May 04, 2012 - Chopta - Chamoli - Joshimath - Badrinath - Joshimath
May 05, 2012 - Joshimath - Auli - Joshimath

You cannot travel to Badrinath after 6PM as it has a gate system. So you'll either have to stopover at Joshimath (thats where the gate is) or else if you continue (before the gate), you'll have to stop at Badrinath itself. If you start off from Chopta early (@6AM), you'll be at Badrinath by 11 PM . After that, instead of stopping over at Joshimath (it doesn't have much to stop-over for), you can straightaway go to Auli. Finding a good hotel at Joshimath/Auli will be tough. The good ones will charge you a bomb, and the rest are going to be pretty bad! So here is a link to a few good hotels around:

Joshimath: Welcome hotel Dronagiri at Joshimath
Auli: Welcome to The Auli Resort, Dronagiri, The Royal Village.................


(Also, you wouldn't find any fuel stations after Joshimath and if your Innova is a petrol, you are going to have a tough time as there is always a petrol shortage in this area. So make sure you carry a few extra cans of fuel.)



May 06, 2012 - Joshimath - Nanital - Nainital sight seeing May 07, 2012 - Nainital sightseeing places

You do have a fair-number of things to see at Nainital, however the extra day in hand may not be required. You can proceed to Mukteshwar directly.


May 08, 2012 - Nainital - Muktheswar - Binsar

A beautiful stretch of road, though again the number of fuel stations is going to be fairly limited. Make sure you carry some extra fuel.

May 09, 2012 - Binsar - chaukori - Munsyari
May 10, 2012 - munsyari sight seeing
May 11, 2012 - Munsyari - Agra

392 Kms of driving on mountain roads, in a single day? You are going to be knocked of completely after this, make sure you plan for a halt.

May 12, 2012 - Agra - Nagpur
May 13, 2012 - Nagpur - Hyderabad
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My response inline .

1. Chopta - Chamoli - Joshimath - Badrinath - Joshimath
2. Joshimath - Auli - Joshimath
3. Nainital - Muktheswar - Binsar
4. Binsar - chaukori - Munsyari
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Abhinav667,

As you belong to Uttarakhand, I'd like to know the distance and driving time from Gaurikund to Chopta. Also can you give us the distances and the approximate driving times for each of the sections within points 1 to 4 above (if possible) - you have mentioned that the entire Chopta to Joshimath run, for example, will take about 17 hours.

For points 1 & 2, are the roads motorable in all seasons?

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You're asking about the most successful, most frequently used and chosen commercial vehicle to ply in the mountains - it's a pointless question!!
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Its not a 4 x4, and although it has a reasonably high ground clearance and reasonable torque, I had my doubts about it going all the way up.

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2 weeks in the hills is a lovely trip! Some tips from what we'd done earlier

- stay at GMVNL/KMVNL places where possible (esp Binsar, Auli) - they have the best locations, though not the best maintained. This is a driving holiday, after all.
- Auli is worth a days stay. Its an easy drive up to there. The hike upto the Goron meadows is worth it if you like treks and hikes.
- Cutting out Nainital altogether may not be too much of a loss
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2 weeks in the hills is a lovely trip! Some tips from what we'd done earlier

- stay at GMVNL/KMVNL places where possible (esp Binsar, Auli) - they have the best locations, though not the best maintained. This is a driving holiday, after all.
- Auli is worth a days stay. Its an easy drive up to there. The hike upto the Goron meadows is worth it if you like treks and hikes.
- Cutting out Nainital altogether may not be too much of a loss
I am thinking on the same side as many suggested to skip nanital as there is not much to see. I will post the changed route plan to take confirmation from you all
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Abhinav667,

As you belong to Uttarakhand, I'd like to know the distance and driving time from Gaurikund to Chopta. Also can you give us the distances and the approximate driving times for each of the sections within points 1 to 4 above (if possible) - you have mentioned that the entire Chopta to Joshimath run, for example, will take about 17 hours.

For points 1 & 2, are the roads motorable in all seasons?

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Hey issigonis,

The drive from Gaurikund to Chopta is fairly short and the distance is just around 60-65kms. It being a hilly region, it would be close to a 2-hour drive.

For the Chopta to Joshimath run, I am sorry I made a little clatter with the AM-PM on the expected arrival. Chopta is close to a hundred kilometers from Joshimath and it would take you around 4-5 hours to reach from one end to the other. You may find a few landslides on this route, and hence keep a margin of an hour in hand before you start your journey. The Following are the distances you are looking for:

Chopta to Joshimath: 100kms (approx.) - 4-5 hours of driving
Joshimath to Badrinath: 48Kms - 2 hours of driving
Joshimath to Auli: 28-30kms (approx.) - 45 mins-1 hour.
Nainital to Mukteshwar: 35-40 kms – An hour long drive
Mukteshwar to Binsar : 30-35 kms – A 45 minute drive.
Binsar to Chaukori: 60 kms (approx.) - 2-3 hours of driving.
Chaukori to Munsyari: 100 kms (approx.) – 4-5 hours of driving.

A Stay at GMVN or KMVN property is only recommended if there is an emergency. Most of them aren’t well maintained and that would only spoil your trip. They do have a few well maintained hotels but a private hotel would still be a better option. Auli is definitely worth a one-night stay and this is one of the decent resorts there: www.auliresort.com.
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I have finally put my plan for the trip. Please suggest for any last minute changes. If the plan looks good, I am thinking to book the accommodation accordingly.
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I have finally put my plan for the trip. Please suggest for any last minute changes. If the plan looks good, I am thinking to book the accommodation accordingly.
Please visit Patal Bhubaneshwar. It is a nice place and the drive gives ample view of the Trishul range. Have you heard about Birthi falls? I was there in December, but there was not enough water. I have heard it is a great place to visit from April onwards.
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