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Old 10th November 2016, 23:41   #1
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Default Pune - Bhubaneswar - Asansol : Route Queries

My fellow roadies,

I request your help with route suggestions/planning for my winter vacation trip to coastal Odisha & West Bengal.

Preference is for safest, fastest route. Can accommodate extra KMS for the same.

Entire trip will be single driver with two occupants (wife & kid). Daily drive of 950 to 1050 KMS is manageable.

Also, appreciate guidance with night halt options enroute the trip.

Leg - 1: Pune to Bubaneshwar
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Route - 1: Pune - Solapur - Hyderabad - Vijayawada - Visakhapatanam - Bhubhneshwar
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Route - 2: Pune - Aurangabad - Nagpur - Raipur - Sambalpur - Bhubaneshwar

En-route Night Halts: 1
Stay: 2/3 nights in Bhubaneshwar


Leg - 2: Bhubaneshwar to Asansol
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Route: Bhubaneshwar - Cuttack - Balasore - Kharagpur - Kolaghat - Singur - Burdwan - Panagarh - Durgapur - Asansol

=> Friends and family in Asansol will be helping us with local trips to Kolkata and Gangtok (depending on climate).

En-route Night Halts: 0
Stay: 3/4 nights stay in Asansol


Leg - 3: Asansol to Pune
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Route: Asansol - Jamshedpur - Sambalpur - Raipur - Nagpur - Aurangabad - Pune

En-route Night Halts: 1

Thanks to all in advance !!
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Old 11th November 2016, 09:08   #2
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My recommendation would be Route 2 for leg 1.

Day1:Start early from Pune and it should take you 10 hours to reach Hyderabad. You need not get into the city of Hyd, follow the excellent road to Vijaywada and take the night halt there.
Day2: Start early again and follow the GQ to Visakhapatnam. Should not take more than 5-6 hours. Take the lunch break and reach BBSR in another 5-6 hours. Roads are excellent throughout. The Vizag-BBSR stretch is the most picturesque one with nice bends. You could take a small detour to Chilka as well if time permits.
Winter is the best time for this drive. However, tolls are high in this route.

BBSR to Kolkata/Asansol is the easiest part, again follow the GQ. I haven't been to Asansol but till Kolaghat the route is same for Kolkata. Again the roads are excellent. The Jaleswar border may slow you down a bit but not by much. Thumb rule is to start early every day. Have a wonderful drive.

Leg 3, I guess others will be able to guide better along that route.
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Old 11th November 2016, 20:10   #3
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Thanks, Sion666.

I have prepared a draft itenary based on your inputs. It looks like:

Onward Journey
Leg: 01 Pune - Hyderabad - Vizag
1 Night halt

Leg: 02 Vijayawada - Puri
2 Nights halt for sightseeing

Leg: 03 Puri - Digha
1 Night halt for sightseeing

Leg: 04 Digha - Kharagpur - Bankura - Durgapur - Asansol
4 Nights for family visits/Kolkata

Return Journey
Leg: 05 Asansol - Kharagpur - Sambalpur - Raipur
1 Night halt

Leg: 06 Raipur - Nagpur - Pune

I am looking forward for inputs,
  • Road conditions for Leg: 04 & Leg: 05
  • Sightseeing/Must Visit spots en-route (flexible itenary)
  • Must have delicacies en-route
  • Any specific extra safety measures to be taken. Like avoid traveling through a disturbed province.
Thanks in advance.
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... Nagpur - Aurangabad - Pune...
I just came back from a MP trip (up to Gwalior) in Diwali using this route, After Amravati (before Akola) tun to Mehkar and upto Jalna, roads are patchy and broken 2-lane state highway. Though some repair work was on, but, overall it wasn't a good ride in this section. Avoid if possible.

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Thanks, bj96.

Return Leg: Second Route Option
(Information gathered from TBHP forums)

Asansol > Dhanbad > Varanasi > Rewa > Jabalpur > Nagpur to Pune

Appreciate road feedback from a recent traveller on any of these stretch.
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Onward Journey
Leg: 01 Pune - Hyderabad - Vizag
1 Night halt

Leg: 02 Vijayawada - Puri
2 Nights halt for sightseeing

Leg: 03 Puri - Digha
1 Night halt for sightseeing

Leg: 04 Digha - Kharagpur - Bankura - Durgapur - Asansol
4 Nights for family visits/Kolkata
Looking at current cash scenario, I plan to get FastTag'ed. Are ETC lanes operational in this route?
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