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Old 30th April 2017, 21:40   #46
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Thanks, will update on what route they finally took and its condition.

From Calcutta, what would the nearest beach be if one plans to go and which route would be better, the Dumka one or the Ranaghat one?
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I am back from a trip to Northern part of Bengal. I took the SH7 route and shared the details here:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-travel-queries/121480-kolkata-siliguri-route-via-dumka-bhagalpur-avoiding-nh34-post4196308.html
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My sister & her family drove to Purnia from Calcutta via NH-34 and it took them 15 hours with lots of breaks [courtesy, their pet]

But I am really confused as to what route to take on 27th/28th, they found a bit of bad roads near Farrakah/Maldah plus a bit of congestion.
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Just returned yesterday from a trip to north Bengal. Took the Kolkata Siliguri route through SH-7 and Botolbari. Around 20-22 KM of road when approaching Kuli is very bad and scrapped the bottom of my car once. But the rest is fine. Even the road from Raiganj to Botolbari, which was not all that good earlier this year seems to be freshly repaired and is now very decent.
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Planning to go to North Bengal during the pujas. I know the monsoon will change everything but any latest update on the route will be welcome. How is Kaliachak?
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Just returned from a trip to North Sikkim.

SH7 has been repaired all through, great road surface, except for some great big speed breakers.

I caught all the possible jams on the way up. Farraka, Kaliachok (encroachment on the road is back), Malda (bypass not open to public yet) and Dalkhola (missed the Botolbari turning)

Took the Kishangunj to Botolbari village route on the way back to bypass Dalkhola - great roads. Got stuck in Kaliachok for about an hour, Farraka was ok-ish and the biggest bottleneck was at Santragachi !!

The saddest bit about the whole trip was that my wife did not allow me to drive up to North Sikkim. The car was parked in Gangtok for 4 days !!

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