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Old 13th April 2018, 15:17   #1
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Default Panna - Binsar / Mukteshwar route query

Hello Friends,

We are planning to visit Binsar/Mukteshwar and the surrounding areas this May.
The first part of our trip will be at Panna Tiger Reserve before heading towards Uttarakhand.

I have been searching the forum for information on the best route that one can/should take, however, most (nearly all) of the recent information is available for routes originating from Delhi. It would be great for some current information for people driving from central India towards Uttarakhand.

From my studies on the map, I have come up with the following routes, I have sorted the below from the shortest route (1) to the longest. We plan to leave early (6am) from Panna and planning to reach by 10/11 to Mukteshwar. How are the road conditions towards Binsar/Mukteshwar, are they clearly marked (sign boards, destination boards, etc.)

Route 1 - 687 Kms (15hrs 53mins)

Panna - Chhatarpur - Mahoba - Hamirpur - Kanpur - Kannauj - Bareilly - Haldwani

This route seems extremely busy and with heavy traffic.

Panna - Binsar / Mukteshwar route query-route-1.jpg

Route 2 - 737 Kms (17hrs 03mins)

Panna - Ajaygarh - Banda - Fatehpur - Bachhrawan - Lucknow - Sitapur - Gokarnath - Khatima - Sitarganj - Haldwani.

Panna - Binsar / Mukteshwar route query-route-2.jpg

The other alternative to Route 2 would be to drive towards Bareilly from Sitapur and then onwards to Haldwani.

Route 3 - 807 Kms (18hrs 40mins)

Panna - Chhatarpur - Jhansi - Gwalior - Agra - Moradabad - Bazpur - Nainital - Mukteshwar

Panna - Binsar / Mukteshwar route query-route-3.jpg

We have done Agra - Panna in November 2017, post Gwalior lot of road work was on but ok as such, not too many options for lunch dinner though.

Could you please suggest what would be the best route to be taken from Panna.
Looking forward to tips, good to know stuff and any other details which might be important (including routes which may not be listed above).

Thanks all in advance.

@ Mods - I did not find any recent information for this route, hence the new thread. I hope am correct on this else please feel free to merge.

P.s. - The timings are indicative from Google, I do understand that real world time may differ - real time experiences welcome.

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Old 16th April 2018, 14:32   #2
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No response till now

Its 2 weeks to go and unfortunately could not get the booking for Mukteshwar and have now booked a place in Chaukori.

Didn't want to drive the remaining stretch during night hours on account of the fear of losing on some breathtaking views.
So, we will be taking a halt at Haldwani and then the next day travel at leisure enjoying the sights on the way.

Here is the route which I am planning to take, requesting BHPians from the vicinity or the ones who have traveled on this route to suggest if this is ok.

Panna - Binsar / Mukteshwar route query-route-4.jpg

Looking forward for suggestions.

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Old 16th April 2018, 16:18   #3
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Hey buddy I would suggest the following route

Panna - Lucknow - Bareilly - Haldwani - Nanital.

Now from Haldwani there are 2 options to reach Nanital. First you go via Kathgodam and the second one where you go via Kaladhungi. We prefer the Kaladhungi route over the kathgodam route. The roads are pretty good and freshly laid. And the journey is done very smoothly.
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Hey buddy I would suggest the following route

Panna - Lucknow - Bareilly - Haldwani - Nanital.

Now from Haldwani there are 2 options to reach Nanital. First you go via Kathgodam and the second one where you go via Kaladhungi. We prefer the Kaladhungi route over the kathgodam route. The roads are pretty good and freshly laid. And the journey is done very smoothly.
I suggest the same - and same kaladhungi route too. You will remember the morning drive through it for a long long time.
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Hey buddy I would suggest the following route

Panna - Lucknow - Bareilly - Haldwani - Nanital.

First you go via Kathgodam and the second one where you go via Kaladhungi. We prefer the Kaladhungi route over the kathgodam route. The roads are pretty good and freshly laid.
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I suggest the same - and same kaladhungi route too. You will remember the morning drive through it for a long long time.
Thank you Singh09 and Navigator, much appreciated!
So I will travel from Lucknow instead, I see that there is an arm of the Lucknow-Agra expressway (see pic below) where we will have 2 options to either take the exit towards Hardoi (marked in Blue) or go further and take the Farrukhabad exit, I think the latter the better to have some free and open roads, what do you say.

Regarding the Kaladhungi route, our destination is Chaukori, would this still make sense to go around.

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Thanks again!

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