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Old 19th March 2013, 01:05   #1
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I have a short vacation coming my way starting the coming weekend. I have a trip planned to Bhopal and may be Panchmarhi for a day. However the only thing worrying me is the road condition. I have heard some scary stories for the Allahabad-Rewa patch and I am not sure if there is a better route.

Anybody having idea of the road condition from Allahabad to Bhopal? Any information would be a great help. Also please suggest the route I need to take for reaching Bhopal.

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Check this excellent travelogue by @fauji

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...r-pradesh.html (Fauji's Drivologues - Fascinating Fortnight in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh)

He covered lot many places including Bhopal and Allahabad. It should give some idea about roads and places.

Hope that helps.
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Check this excellent travelogue by @fauji

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...r-pradesh.html (Fauji's Drivologues - Fascinating Fortnight in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh)

He covered lot many places including Bhopal and Allahabad. It should give some idea about roads and places.

Hope that helps.
Thanks for the link. Its really very informative and detailed. However, the route taken by our fellow bhp-ian is not the same that I am contemplating. He has gone via khujraho and lucknow to varanasi which is a different route. One route that I am aware of is allahabad-rewa-satna-damoh-sagar-bhopal and the other I think is allahabad-fatehpur-banda-mahoba-bhopal. I don't mind the extra distance but I would prefer driveable roads
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Thanks for the link. Its really very informative and detailed. However, the route taken by our fellow bhp-ian is not the same that I am contemplating. He has gone via khujraho and lucknow to varanasi which is a different route. One route that I am aware of is allahabad-rewa-satna-damoh-sagar-bhopal and the other I think is allahabad-fatehpur-banda-mahoba-bhopal. I don't mind the extra distance but I would prefer driveable roads
The other option is to go via Jabalpur. I think roads are better. Distances are almost the same. I consistently keep reading that roads around Sagar are pretty bad. Some guys have also taken roads via Ban Sagar dam and via Umaria. See this thread for more details:


http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...nh-27-a-2.html (Allahabad to Jabalpur and NH 27)
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The other option is to go via Jabalpur. I think roads are better. Distances are almost the same. I consistently keep reading that roads around Sagar are pretty bad. Some guys have also taken roads via Ban Sagar dam and via Umaria. See this thread for more details:


http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...nh-27-a-2.html (Allahabad to Jabalpur and NH 27)
So I went through the thread and it seems that its wiser to go via jabalpur to bhopal. If i take this route via jabalpur then I will be going through rewa-maihar-umaria-jabalpur-bhopal which come to around 750 kms from Allahabad.

The other straight route appears to be allahabad-rewa-satna-damoh-sagar-bhopal which comes to around 620 kms.

However, it seems to be widely accepted that one should avoid going through Sagar as the roads are extremely bad and more so when you are driving a car with a low ground clearance. Now, this leaves with the first option only of going via jabalpur.

Any other better option or should i finalize it?
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Any other better option or should i finalize it?

I will leave HVK for the final comments! He knows best !
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Hi

I have a short vacation coming my way starting the coming weekend. I have a trip planned to Bhopal and may be Panchmarhi for a day. However the only thing worrying me is the road condition. I have heard some scary stories for the Allahabad-Rewa patch and I am not sure if there is a better route.

Anybody having idea of the road condition from Allahabad to Bhopal? Any information would be a great help. Also please suggest the route I need to take for reaching Bhopal.

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Whichever way you go, you will encounter some bad roads.
NH7 is terrible south of Rewa, so going to Jabalpur does not make sense.
IN between, I heard that the road through Damoh to Sagar was not great, but I am not very sure. I will recheck that one and revert.
Chhatarpur to Sagar road is horrible.

I would consider the following route:
Allahabad-Rewa, good roads, a small patch of bad roads, hardly relevant
Rewa-Satna-Chhatarpur-Jhansi, longer, but good roads, except for a small stretch around Nowgong
Jhansi-Lalitpur-Sagar, superb 4-laned
Sagar-Rahatgarh-Raisen-Bhopal, except for some rough sections before Rahatgarh, rest of the road is good

I have shown the suggested route here,
http://goo.gl/maps/NvkMm
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I have shown the suggested route here,
HVK,

If routed via Jhansi, why not then go to Kanpur it self and take Kanpur-Jhansi road. Thats a good 4-lane available. Is'nt that a better option?
But I dont know about the Kanpur-Jhansi section.

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HVK,

If routed via Jhansi, why not then go to Kanpur it self and take Kanpur-Jhansi road. Thats a good 4-lane available. Is'nt that a better option?
But I dont know about the Kanpur-Jhansi section.
Yes, that is a good idea since Kanpur-Jhansi road is good.
But there won't be any savings in time.
The Kanpur-Jhansi route is what one of my friends took when he had a similar destination.
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Whichever way you go, you will encounter some bad roads.
NH7 is terrible south of Rewa, so going to Jabalpur does not make sense.
IN between, I heard that the road through Damoh to Sagar was not great, but I am not very sure. I will recheck that one and revert.
Chhatarpur to Sagar road is horrible.

I would consider the following route:
Allahabad-Rewa, good roads, a small patch of bad roads, hardly relevant
Rewa-Satna-Chhatarpur-Jhansi, longer, but good roads, except for a small stretch around Nowgong
Jhansi-Lalitpur-Sagar, superb 4-laned
Sagar-Rahatgarh-Raisen-Bhopal, except for some rough sections before Rahatgarh, rest of the road is good

I have shown the suggested route here,
http://goo.gl/maps/NvkMm
Sir, the idea to go via jabalpur was based primarily on the basis of the thread mentioned above which describes the route via rewa-maihar-umaria-jabalpur to be quite good.

The route suggested by you takes me via Sagar which route I read, on this forum, is not in a very good state and that was the reason that jabalpur clicked instantly. However if i go via kanpur-jhansi-sagar route i get to travel on the 4 lane roads till kanpur and then from jhansi to sagar, which covers the major part of the distance. My concern here is with regard to the road from kanpur to jhansi and then sagar to bhopal. Sir please enlighten me with regard to these patches.

Also, looking at the google map, I see that on the jhansi-sagar highway there is a cut at Malthone which leads to bina-basoda-vidisha-bhopal. Would you suggest this diversion? I have been to Basoda from Bhopal during my college days in bhopal and the roads are good and have very light traffic till Basoda. Dont know the condition beyond that.

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Sir, the idea to go via jabalpur was based primarily on the basis of the thread mentioned above which describes the route via rewa-maihar-umaria-jabalpur to be quite good.
Yes indeed, this sector is very good. However, NH12 running from Jabalpur to Bhopal also has some rough sectors.

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The route suggested by you takes me via Sagar which route I read, on this forum, is not in a very good state and that was the reason that jabalpur clicked instantly.
Some rough sections around Panna (Rewa-Jhansi) and Rahatgarh (Sagar-Bhopal). Bearable considering that you will also have some pain travelling through Jabalpur city (which has no bypass when coming from Shahpura, the Amarkantak Road, towards Bhopal road)

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However if i go via kanpur-jhansi-sagar route i get to travel on the 4 lane roads till kanpur and then from jhansi to sagar, which covers the major part of the distance. My concern here is with regard to the road from kanpur to jhansi and then sagar to bhopal. Sir please enlighten me with regard to these patches.
Kanpur-Jhansi is excellent. Jhansi-Sagar is also very good since 4-laming is complete. Sagar-Rahatgarh-Bhopal has some bad sections as explained above.

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Also, looking at the google map, I see that on the jhansi-sagar highway there is a cut at Malthone which leads to bina-basoda-vidisha-bhopal. Would you suggest this diversion? I have been to Basoda from Bhopal during my college days in bhopal and the roads are good and have very light traffic till Basoda. Dont know the condition beyond that.

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No, the roads leading to Bina are supposed to be bad (no direct knowledge) and best avoided. But I am not sure. Being a State highway, there are also good chances that the road has been improved in the last 1-2 years like most SHs in MP.
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Yes indeed, this sector is very good. However, NH12 running from Jabalpur to Bhopal also has some rough sectors.



Some rough sections around Panna (Rewa-Jhansi) and Rahatgarh (Sagar-Bhopal). Bearable considering that you will also have some pain travelling through Jabalpur city (which has no bypass when coming from Shahpura, the Amarkantak Road, towards Bhopal road)



Kanpur-Jhansi is excellent. Jhansi-Sagar is also very good since 4-laming is complete. Sagar-Rahatgarh-Bhopal has some bad sections as explained above.



No, the roads leading to Bina are supposed to be bad (no direct knowledge) and best avoided. But I am not sure. Being a State highway, there are also good chances that the road has been improved in the last 1-2 years like most SHs in MP.
Thank you very much sir for such detailed information.

As regards the road to Bina, I will inquire from the locals about the condition of the road till Basoda because beyond that its good. And if there is no information then I would rather stick to the sagar route.

Thank you sir.
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Yes indeed, this sector is very good. However, NH12 running from Jabalpur to Bhopal also has some rough sectors.



Some rough sections around Panna (Rewa-Jhansi) and Rahatgarh (Sagar-Bhopal). Bearable considering that you will also have some pain travelling through Jabalpur city (which has no bypass when coming from Shahpura, the Amarkantak Road, towards Bhopal road)



Kanpur-Jhansi is excellent. Jhansi-Sagar is also very good since 4-laming is complete. Sagar-Rahatgarh-Bhopal has some bad sections as explained above.



No, the roads leading to Bina are supposed to be bad (no direct knowledge) and best avoided. But I am not sure. Being a State highway, there are also good chances that the road has been improved in the last 1-2 years like most SHs in MP.
Sir, I came through jhansi cantt and babina cantt. That patch was a big headache with no road at all! Did I take any wrong turn or is this the correct route? Though it did connect me to the 4 lane highway after babina cantt but till then I was only wondering when to shift to 2nd gear
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Sir, I came through jhansi cantt and babina cantt. That patch was a big headache with no road at all! Did I take any wrong turn or is this the correct route? Though it did connect me to the 4 lane highway after babina cantt but till then I was only wondering when to shift to 2nd gear
Oops! I forgot to mention that the Jhansi-Babina road is incomplete & a bit of a disaster as you have observed. Barring that, rest is fine. Unsure if Sagar bypass is complete though, last update I had was that it wasn't & crossing Sagar town is a messy task.

But lesser of the evils!
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Yes indeed, this sector is very good. However, NH12 running from Jabalpur to Bhopal also has some rough sectors.



Some rough sections around Panna (Rewa-Jhansi) and Rahatgarh (Sagar-Bhopal). Bearable considering that you will also have some pain travelling through Jabalpur city (which has no bypass when coming from Shahpura, the Amarkantak Road, towards Bhopal road)



Kanpur-Jhansi is excellent. Jhansi-Sagar is also very good since 4-laming is complete. Sagar-Rahatgarh-Bhopal has some bad sections as explained above.



No, the roads leading to Bina are supposed to be bad (no direct knowledge) and best avoided. But I am not sure. Being a State highway, there are also good chances that the road has been improved in the last 1-2 years like most SHs in MP.
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Oops! I forgot to mention that the Jhansi-Babina road is incomplete & a bit of a disaster as you have observed. Barring that, rest is fine. Unsure if Sagar bypass is complete though, last update I had was that it wasn't & crossing Sagar town is a messy task.

But lesser of the evils!
From babina its like you are on an expressway with sparse traffic! It was so great that I didn't realise when the navigator lost track and I was heading to lakhandon as I missed the exit for sagar! I had travelled around 20 kms before realizing that I have missed the exit and on checking the navigator it showed me moving on the barren land. I think the 4 laning is almost complete. Had a tough time after that searching for the exit to sagar. Firstly, there were hardly people on that road and nobody seemed to be sure. Asked 2-3 people and they told me different routes! Finally, asked a local numbered car driver who asked me to follow him and that lead to some off-roading in my Rapid! He took me through a half laned road which connected me to the bhopal road without having to enter sagar! That road was good till raisen from where its again pot-holed till bhopal (around 30 kms) it was night by then and my car took severe beating there. Wonder how much damage I have done

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