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Old 21st April 2014, 21:46   #76
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I went by the Muzaffarnagar-Roorkee-Chhutmalpur road....the torture begins!.....Real big potholes, no diversion marks and unruly local traffic, in particular, in Pahloura and Purquazi. (I always wonder why people driving on wrong side use high beam!...The last stretch around Chhutmalpur has some real bad patches and one spot where there is only a single lane operational due to bridge work. That took some time.

....Returned via Paonta-Yamunanagar-Pipli-Karnal route. ......However scenic stretches on this route were worth the extra kms!

The total distance: To Doon (IMA): 270 kms, Return Route (from Ballupur Chowk) 330 kms.
Thanks for the info avingodb. I guess I'll stick to the Karnal - Pipli - Yamunanagar - Paonta Sahib - Dehradun route, even if means doing a 50 Km extra circuit. At least I'll be spared the murderous, suspension killer roads in the Muzaffarnagar - Chhutmalpur section(there are bad patches even post Mohund , up on the twisties!). And yes, the drive through the Kalesar National Park is indeed scenic with the advantage of reasonably tarred and largely empty roads. Even the Paonta Sahib - Dehradun stretch is pretty scenic, and there's the added advantage of taking in the views (and some blessings accompanied by piping hot Karah Prashad!) from the Gurudwara

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Has anyone stayed in the youth hostel at Musoorie? Other than the routine, what else can be done there? We are planning to be there this end of month
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Has anyone stayed in the youth hostel at Musoorie? Other than the routine, what else can be done there? We are planning to be there this end of month
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Hi Joy, thanks, I am a life member of YHAI and have stayed at many hostels in India and abroad since school days, in this case I am specifically looking for user feedback of the Musoorie hostel :-)
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Hi fellow BHPians,

I have finalized my Mussoorie trip on 15-May-14, Thursday.
Earlier planned to leave in morning but now things have changed and earliest I can leave from Noida is 2:30 PM (School Closing time)

Planning to go via Roorkee-Chhutmalpur-Don.
But Someone suggested to use Deoband instead of Roorkee. Is it a better option?

How would be the night travel after Muzaffarnagar & later mountain drive between Don & Mussoorie.

Request you suggestion.
Thanks in advance.
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I went by the Muzaffarnagar-Roorkee-Chhutmalpur road. ....... Muzzafarnagar by 9.30. From here the torture begins!.......Reached Chhutmalpur after a small tea break by 12.30 and Doon at 1.30.

..Returned via Paonta-Yamunanagar-Pipli-Karnal route. It took exactly the same time overall, but it also involved a relatively long lunch break at Karnal Haveli .......

The total distance: To Doon (IMA): 270 kms, Return Route (from Ballupur Chowk) 330 kms.
Travelled to Doon from Delhi yesterday and took the traditional https://goo.gl/maps/qUntZ route . BIG MISTAKE !

Despite having started at 5:30 in the morning, I only reached Doon at 2:30 in the afternoon. First got stuck in a HUGE jam at Modipuram that was caused by an accident. That took away a good part of two hours. Then, due to the four laning, the crazy traffic was murderous to say the least. After Muzaffarnagar bypass, where the toll road ends, the Police diverted all traffic going towards Doon on to as yet unfinished bypass to ease the congestion on the single road. This involved getting on to 'kuchcha' portions and some unintended cross country driving in a front wheel driven car!

Even after joining the main highway, there were jams galore, both before and after Roorkee ! That, along with the potholes (which are much lesser now) make the going rather slow. On the the hilly route up from Mohund, right till the 'Daat-ki-Kaali' tunnel, there were unruly drivers totally unaware of hill driving etiquette, causing jams by overtaking and hogging all the lanes.

On the way back, intend to take the Paonta- Kalesar- Yamunanagr- Pipli - Karnal - Delhi route https://goo.gl/maps/IQ5fc . This is supposed to be longer by approx 50 kms but relatively traffic free with better roads.

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BIG MISTAKE !
Thanks for this update. My next trip here will be in the first week of October when we are planning to visit the Rajaji National Park. hopefully there is some improvement by then.
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Thanks for this update. My next trip here will be in the first week of October when we are planning to visit the Rajaji National Park. hopefully there is some improvement by then.
You're welcome! I too am planning to visit Doon again in the first week of October. Do post your experience of the route when you head to Rajaji - maybe the route conditions would have improved by then.

Speaking of driving etiquette, the tourist rush in Mussoorie has caused a rush of cars all hogging the road up to Mussoorie. Went for a drive on the Doon-Mussoorie road yesterday evening and the road was choc-a-bloc with vehicles of all descriptions, most of them taxis and privately owned cars/ SUVs. Most drivers plying on this road, I realised, have no idea as to how to drive in the hills. They hog all the available lanes, do not give space to/ wait for vehicle going up, overtake crazily on curves without so much as a honk, don't bother to dip their lights and squeeze in the smallest available space throwing the age old custom of sticking to your lane to the winds - causing long traffic jams. Even after dusk there were many vehicles coming down the road and most of the time I was just trying to avoid getting nicked by the oncoming traffic which , with their high beams, did their damnedest to effectively blind me.

......not exactly a relaxing drive, I might add! Turned back much before the halfway mark and headed home.

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Am new to the group so excuse me if this question has been asked recently. Anyway I am planning to drive from Gurgaon to Mussoorie on Monday 16 June. I plan to take the Karnal - Pipli - Paonta Sahib route and then from there I thinking of taking the route from Herbertpur - Dakpathar - Kalsi to Kempty Falls and then onto Landour. Couple of questions. Does anyone know how the Karnal - Paonta Sahib road is? I know it's a bit longer, but I am hoping it's more scenic and less crowded and that the road is not too bad. The other question is about the from Herbertpur to Dakpathar to Mussoorie. Does anyone know how that route is? Should I just do the usual Dehra Dun route? Can one drive thru Mussoorie from Library bazaar to Landour on the Mall Road or is there a diversion (traffic not allowed on Mall Rd)?

Would be grateful for any advice
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Am new to the group so excuse me if this question has been asked recently. Anyway I am planning to drive from Gurgaon to Mussoorie on Monday 16 June. I plan to take the Karnal - Pipli - Paonta Sahib route and then from there I thinking of taking the route from Herbertpur - Dakpathar - Kalsi to Kempty Falls and then onto Landour. Couple of questions. Does anyone know how the Karnal - Paonta Sahib road is? I know it's a bit longer, but I am hoping it's more scenic and less crowded and that the road is not too bad. The other question is about the from Herbertpur to Dakpathar to Mussoorie. Does anyone know how that route is? Should I just do the usual Dehra Dun route? Can one drive thru Mussoorie from Library bazaar to Landour on the Mall Road or is there a diversion (traffic not allowed on Mall Rd)?

Would be grateful for any advice
avingodb recently returned from Doon using the Paonta- Yamunanagar- Pipli- Panipat - Karnal - Delhi route https://goo.gl/maps/IQ5fc . It is longer by about 50 odd kms compared to the traditional route but should spare you the jams and crazy driving on the traditional route - https://goo.gl/maps/qUntZ - please see avingodb's and my posts above.

About your second query regarding the Herbertpur - Dakpatthar - Mussoorie route ; I haven't heard of people using this route and hence can't comment on its condition. The regular drive to Mussoorie from Doon should be an hour if there are no jams encountered. The road is largely good though narrow. One can drive through Mall Road but I guess one has to pay a toll. Though the Mall, as with other places in any hill station, is best savoured on foot ! Happy driving !

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We did the drive up to Dehradun last weekend. After much research thru the various threads and talking to people who frequent the stretch, decided to take the Karnal-Ladwa-Paonta-Dehradun route. From Delhi we turned off towards Indri from NH1 and on the way back came via Pipli. Would definitely suggest the latter. Roads we pretty good most of the way except Yamuna Nagar. Took us 9 hours on the way and 8 on the return when starting around 9 am, including stops and moderate speeds. The drive is definitely doable in 7 hours tops as long as you leave early.
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Did the Dehradun - Delhi trip via Paonta-Kalesar-Yamunanagar-Pipli-Karnal-Panipat-Delhi ( https://goo.gl/maps/IQ5fc). It was an eye opener! While on the traditional route - Delhi - Meerut Bypass- Muzaffarnagar Bypass- Roorkee- Mohund -Doon, ( https://goo.gl/maps/qUntZ)) I've always had to battle unruly traffic, jams, diversions and what have you, the wide (though undivided) well paved roads with comparatively lesser traffic on this route were indeed a pleasant surprise. Cruising at a lazy 80-90 kmph it took us about 8 hours in all to cover approx 340kms (home to home). This included two breaks of approx an hour in all (One at The Paonta Sahib Gurudwara and one at Pehalwan's Dhaba at Murthal), a couple of bio breaks owing to small children on board and getting stuck in a horrendous jam upon entering Delhi.

All in all it was a pleasant experience, definitely much better than the punishment route of Delhi - Meerut Bypass- Muzaffarnagar Bypass- Roorkee- Mohund -Doon. Even though longer by about 50 kms, this route over the traditional one is definitely recommended.

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Did the Dehradun - Delhi trip via Paonta-Kalesar-Yamunanagar-Pipli-Karnal-Panipat-Delhi ( https://goo.gl/maps/IQ5fc). It was an eye opener! While on the traditional route - Delhi - Meerut Bypass- Muzaffarnagar Bypass- Roorkee- Mohund -Doon, ( https://goo.gl/maps/qUntZ)) I've always had to battle unruly traffic, jams, diversions and what have you, the wide (though undivided) well paved roads with comparatively lesser traffic on this route were indeed a pleasant surprise. Cruising at a lazy 80-90 kmph it took us about 8 hours in all to cover approx 340kms (home to home). This included two breaks of approx an hour in all (One at The Paonta Sahib Gurudwara and one at Pehalwan's Dhaba at Murthal), a couple of bio breaks owing to small children on board and getting stuck in a horrendous jam upon entering Delhi.



All in all it was a pleasant experience, definitely much better than the punishment route of Delhi - Meerut Bypass- Muzaffarnagar Bypass- Roorkee- Mohund -Doon. Even though longer by about 50 kms, this route over the traditional one is definitely recommended.



Cheers !

Thanks ironhide ! Actually I can't thank you enough ! After two frustrating days on the road ( del to roorkee day 1 start 11 am , end 6 pm 220 kms ; roorkee to mussoorie day 2 start 10.30 am, end 6 pm) I was cursing myself for my first road trip in the north. Searched for the suggestions while having a late lunch at dehradun yesterday and stumbled upon your post. Convinced my friends to take this route and that proved to be the best decision I have taken these last few days. Started 5.15 pm dehradun, reached delhi 12.45 am after couple of breaks for tea and a break for dinner. More than anything I felt a lot less stressed to see the car moving and not having to deal with the utterly senseless crowd of drivers who otherwise look educated ! I was shocked to see the level of impatience and ignorance of both cabs and self driven cars all way from Delhi to mussoorie. As a bonus it was one of the most scenic route I have taken ( dehradun - paonta - yamunanagar)
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Thanks ironhide ! Actually I can't thank you enough ! After two frustrating days on the road ( del to roorkee day 1 start 11 am , end 6 pm 220 kms ; roorkee to mussoorie day 2 start 10.30 am, end 6 pm) I was cursing myself for my first road trip in the north. Searched for the suggestions while having a late lunch at dehradun yesterday and stumbled upon your post. Convinced my friends to take this route and that proved to be the best decision I have taken these last few days. Started 5.15 pm dehradun, reached delhi 12.45 am after couple of breaks for tea and a break for dinner. More than anything I felt a lot less stressed to see the car moving and not having to deal with the utterly senseless crowd of drivers who otherwise look educated ! I was shocked to see the level of impatience and ignorance of both cabs and self driven cars all way from Delhi to mussoorie. As a bonus it was one of the most scenic route I have taken ( dehradun - paonta - yamunanagar)
You're welcome sbkumar. In fact I did the Delhi - Dehradun run again on the 15th; the route taken was the same Delhi - Pipli - Yamunanagar - Paonta - Dehradun. Though the route is longer, I took lesser time time than I usually do on the traditional route (Delhi - Meerut bypass - Muzaffarnagar bypass- Roorkee - Dehradun). This route has much better paved and wider roads and there are no jams whatsoever. I guess I'll stick to this route till the four-laning of all the sections of NH 72 (the traditional Delhi - Dehradun route) are over. The only fly in the ointment is that one might miss Pipli because it's on the right side as one is driving from Delhi towards Chandigarh, and one has to cross the yet unfinished flyover and take a U turn and come back to further take a left turn towards Yamunanagar - just got to be careful at that point.

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Drove up to Dhanaulti from Doon on a Honda Trigger ( these roads are best savoured on a two wheeler, with the sun on your face and the wind in your hair!) and was pleasantly surprised at the condition of the route up to Kaddulhal (the starting point of the trek up to Surkunda Devi Temple). The road, though narrow, is well tarred and is free from landslides and cave-ins that are so common on the mountain roads up here.

Went up to the temple, and the climb, though steep, was invigorating. The sun was playing hide and seek in the monsoon clouds and the mists rolling up from the valley made the climb even more enjoyable. The temple has been renovated recently. The clouds though did not allow a glimpse of the snow clad peaks of the Middle Himalayas to the North.

On descending to the base asked the Chai shop owner about the road conditions ahead and he said that the roads till Chamba and even beyond through Narendranagar on to Rishikesh are generally good. I guess I'll do this circuit ( Doon - Mussoorie - Kaddukhal - Chamba - Narendranagar - Rishikesh- Doon) the next time I'm in Doon. Drove to Mussoorie from Kaddukhal and the Mall was choc-a-bloc with tourists making the most of the extended 15th Aug weekend. The ride back to Doon was uneventful on an otherwise well tarred road. All in all, a good time to visit Dhanaulti- Mussoorie.

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