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Old 28th November 2014, 09:28   #31
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Question Kolkata to Darbhanga route query

I'm planning a road trip with family in mid January, 2015 from Kolkata (Narendrapur) to Darbhanga, Bihar. Google map shows following two routes:

(1) via Dhanbad->Giridih->Jhajha->Samastipur
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(2) via Chittaranjan ->Jhajha -> Samastipur.

Route# 2 is shorter. I am familiar with places between Kolkata <-> Dhanbad and Darbhanga <-> Samastipur, but have never driven on these routes before.

I have following questions:

1) Between the two, which one to be preferred
2) Is it safe to drive (with family) around Lakhisarai, Barhaiya, JhaJha etc?
3) How much time I should budget
4) Safe places to halt (with family) for lunch etc.

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Not much help from my side.

road between Barauni to samastipur is bad. You might explore Rosera route option.

Driving down in your Safari? I would recommend or any SUV for that matter.
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...You might explore Rosera route option...
Driving down in your Safari?..
Thanks Sheel. Any information is very valuable to me. This will be in WagonR.

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I'm planning a road trip with family in mid January, 2015 from Kolkata (Narendrapur) to Darbhanga, Bihar. Google map shows following two routes:

(1) via Dhanbad->Giridih->Jhajha->Samastipur
and
(2) via Chittaranjan ->Jhajha -> Samastipur.
All I can say that I had driven taken the Dhanbad-Giridih route less than two months ago. Left Calcutta at around 11-30 at night and reached Govindpur at around five in the morning, after loosing half an hour at the traffic jam at Panagarh. The road was very scenic and was in beautiful shape, right up to Giridih. Few pictures for you.
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In case you have not visited Ushri waterfalls, I suggest that you stop a while and visit it. It will come right on your way.
India Trip : South-West-North-NE?-dsc_0019.jpg

I am sorry I did not go towards Jhajha, so have no idea about the rest of the road. But I went to Madhupur and can tell you that some ten or fifteen Kms of that road is bad.
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The road will be mixed, no two ways about it. But the Wagon-R is suited for those roads. Please factor in fog and winter daylight timings. The JH part you are doing might be Naxal infested, so better to do it during broad daylight.
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