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re: Noida to Ranthambore : Route Queries
Delhi to Ranthambore March 25,2016
MG Road ; NH-8 for maybe five kms - Gurgaon-Sohna road; Sohna - Bhiwadi pahadi road; Bhiwadi - Bamanpura (Agra Jaipur NH11); Bamanpura-Dausa (on NH-11); Dausa-Lalsot-SWM
As we left quite early on the 2nd day of the holiday weekend -the insane holiday reveler traffic on the route was sparse.
The tarmac was broken for a few hundred meters on the Bhiwadi Bamanpura stretch - nothing significant.
In general the roads are narrow with plenty of unmarked non-standard speed-breakers once you cross over into RJ - so keep a close watch.
Bhiwadi- Bamanpura stretch is on a developed section of RIICO industrial corridor. There are plenty of F&B brands along the way (read McD, KFC etc).
Dausa-Lalsot-SWM on the other hand is still developing. There's not much by way of "internationally standardized" servings if one is looking for something to munch on.
Overall time & distance- 376 km journey started at 6 AM, reached at around 1:30 PM with 2 breaks on the way. I can recommend Umaid Palace on the Agra Jaipur road just for the hygienic bathrooms. Tolls - under Rs 250/-
Return on March 28.
Considering our relatively late start and that we would be returning on a weekday, therefore there was every chance of getting stuck in dense commuter traffic Sohna-Gurgaon-Delhi.
Therefore, we opted for SWM;Lalsot;Dausa;Jaipur-Agra road till Madli (near Bharatpur); Mathura; YEW; GND Expressway; Kalindi Kunj to Delhi
Overall I think NH11 conditions on the Dausa-Bharatpur stretch are good. Plenty of dhabas for a quick break should one need it. There are a few points where the highway touches towns/villages -so watch for slow moving local traffic. Otherwise 90-100 kmph is possible at most places.
The Bharatpur - Mathura road is interspersed by several stretches with two lane undivided carriageway with mixed but sparse traffic.
There aren't too many dhabas on this stretch, and one would do better to stop at one of the Brijwasi outlets at Mathura itself , rather than look for a suitable place in the middle of nowhere.
The traffic at Mathura is quite chaotic - as it's wont to be with avid bikers wishing to set new city speed records, and shortest braking distances.
From Mathura station, it took us some time to get on the right road to YEW (about 11-12 km), and that was because the MMI kept directing us to a road that had been closed (flyover construction). Google was no help either, so we ultimately took recourse to locally available wisdom. However once we were on the right road - both MMI and Google caught on. This connector is a two lane undivided carriageway, passing through several villages/towns, and is full of mixed traffic. One is advised caution in navigating this stretch, as it has quite a few blind turns.
YEW and GND Expressway were at their scintillating best, and aside from the expected backup at the Delhi Border toll/red light - there were no other hiccups on the way back.
Overall time and distance: About 415 km give or take - we started at 9AM, and reached at 5 PM - the additional time taken was due to the late hour translating to lower average speeds past Bharatpur, through Mathura and onto YEW. We stopped for lunch just past Bharatpur, but in retrospect could have entertained hunger pangs for a little longer - till we reached Mathura. Tolls ~ Rs 400/-
Other people's experiences
Several other hotel guests , with whom we compared notes , remarked that NH-8 is in great shape now. In hindsight, we could have taken NH-8 on the onward journey - but lack of information, and a recent update at BCM touring, tipped the balance in favour of state roads on the onward journey.
The YEW route is longer, and is more expensive , but due to the relatively shorter stretches of undivided two-lane carriageway , and relatively sparse traffic , gets my vote. Less stress = better control of hypertension
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