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Old 15th June 2017, 07:26   #16
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Day 3: Gorakhpur - Siliguri

1) How safe is Gorakhpur to Siliguri route? and is it doable in a day comfortably?

2) I will have an all female gang (apart from me; total 5 pax) - are the roads especially after Gorakhpur safe for such an endeavor? What is the state of goondaism in Bihar/UP? Is it common as is being told to me? (I am being discouraged by everybody not to do this trip given that I will be accompanies by females only)

3) How is the overall road condition from Lucknow to Siliguri?

Your responses to the above questions will be highly appreciated.
Bro, pre-conceived notions/hearsay aren't good I tell you

I am not here to defend Bihar/UP being a Bihari but road robbery/thuggery happens almost every where, why single out these two states, plus, I am yet to come across any one on our forum [Team-BHP & HVK] where some one had any bad incidents.

Now coming to your specific query, it is all 4 lane road, save for odd 30/40 kms in Bihar/UP border. I have replied to almost all queries in above posts. The only [good] development which took place is, the entire road from Dalkola onwards has been relaid and it is free of potholes.

If you plan your stops, Gorakhpur to Siliguri wouldn't take more than 9 hours. In Bihar, no one stops a Toyota Fortuner usually, so you are safe on that ground as well.

Try to cover the UP/Bihar border section in day light [not early morning/night] because of huge truck traffic during that time.
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Hi Sheel,

Thank you very much for your reply. Your answers are very comforting. I am confident of doing the trip now and will not let anyone seed doubts in my mind.
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We will be driving from Jalandhar to Bhutan in the last week of August.
The route I have in mind is :
Day 1: Jalandhar - Agra
Day2: Agra - Gorakhpur
Day 3: Gorakhpur - Siliguri
Day 4: Will drive to Bhutan (location undecided)
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Try to cover the UP/Bihar border section in day light [not early morning/night] because of huge truck traffic during that time.
Just thinking, is it possible to push till Jaigaon/Phuentsholing from Gorakhpur? That way, one can be done with immigration things early and then enjoy the drive for rest of the day in Bhutan.

I agree with Sheel, hearsay is often more dangerous than the ground reality, but yes, when in any unknown territory (not just UP/Bihar), its always better to travel between sunrise and sunset.
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Hello Sheel,
I am travelling to Guwahati next week by car (self drive, single occupant, Etios Petrol) from Delhi. Would you be aware of the road conditions between Siliguri and Guwahati and whether I should take the Hashimara or Cooch Behar route?
The route till Siliguri seems to have been addressed very confidently by you and well taken. thankyou for your kind indulgence.
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Hello Sheel,
Would you be aware of the road conditions between Siliguri and Guwahati and whether I should take the Hashimara or Cooch Behar route?
The route till Siliguri seems to have been addressed very confidently
Take the hashimara route. Road condition is fine now, with just occassional bad patches at a few places. No congestion in the srirampur gate now as well. It will take you 8-9 hrs till guwahati with breaks.
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I am travelling to Guwahati next week by car (self drive, single occupant, Etios Petrol) from Delhi. Would you be aware of the road conditions between Siliguri and Guwahati and whether I should take the Hashimara or Cooch Behar route?
I would strongly advise you to delay, if possible, your next week's road trip through northern Bengal. It has been raining very heavily for last couple of days in the entire sub-Himalayan West Bengal. This has led to an unprecedented flooding. In fact, some stretches of NH31 through Cooch Behar is under water now. Although NH31C is still open but considering the rain forecast it's better to delay the travel. In fact, all trains going to North Bengal from Kolkata are either stranded or cancelled today. Otherwise, I had driven up to Alipurduar from Siliguri through Hasimara in the first week of June. The road was fabulous!

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I am taking precautions by soliciting updates on road conditions from people staying on the route at Binaguri and Hasimara. As and when I get updates I shall post them on the forum for benefit of others. Thank you!
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The only [good] development which took place is, the entire road from Dalkola onwards has been relaid and it is free of potholes.
Hello Sheel, how is the current flood situation along this stretch of NH31? Some reports are claiming that few stretches of NH-31 are underwater between Dalkhola and Islampur. Do you have any update?


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I am taking precautions by soliciting updates on road conditions from people staying on the route at Binaguri and Hasimara. As and when I get updates I shall post them on the forum for benefit of others.
Yes, sure. Please also keep an eye on the weather updates along the route.


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