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Old 21st June 2016, 12:59   #91
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Hello folks, reviving this thread after one year.

I am planning to do Chennai to - Delhi coming Friday. I see that the central India route is significantly shorter but almost everyone says that road conditions are bad.

Shortest Route: Chennai to Hyderabad (outer) - Nagpur - Gwalior - Agra - Delhi

The other option via Bangalore - Hubli - Pune - Mumbai - Surat - Vadodra - Udaipur - Ajmer - Delhi is longer by almost 700 KM but I hear that road are exceptionally good.

Has anyone done this route recently and can throw some light on the road conditions. Is it worth driving 700 KM extra in favor of good roads? Will the bad road cost me as much time? Google Maps suggest time as 35 hours for shorter route and 41 hours for longer one.

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Hi, hardly a few weeks back we had driven from Gurgaon to Chennai. You can comfortably take the Chennai Ongole Hyderabad Nagpur Gwalior Agra Delhi route. Roads of the route are nearly in fantastic driving conditions. Just go ahead. You will slow down between Adilabad and Hinganghat and between Jhansi and Agra. However even these stretches are not that bad.
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Hi, hardly a few weeks back we had driven from Gurgaon to Chennai. You can comfortably take the Chennai Ongole Hyderabad Nagpur Gwalior Agra Delhi route. Roads of the route are nearly in fantastic driving conditions. Just go ahead. You will slow down between Adilabad and Hinganghat and between Jhansi and Agra. However even these stretches are not that bad.
Thank you so much Krishnan! Can you give me the day wise itinerary you followed? I need to book hotels but most of the towns sound alien to me.

A few questions if you can answer -

1. Is the highway single or double?
2. Are there good options to eat en-route and good bathroom facilities?
3. Do I need to cross through the cities or will it be outskirts? I heard traffic is pretty bad in Agra, Jhansi area.
4. In how much time did you cover it? How many KMs were you able to clock daily?
5. Anything else I need to be aware of?

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Thank you so much Krishnan! Can you give me the day wise itinerary you followed? I need to book hotels but most of the towns sound alien to me.



A few questions if you can answer -



1. Is the highway single or double?

2. Are there good options to eat en-route and good bathroom facilities?

3. Do I need to cross through the cities or will it be outskirts? I heard traffic is pretty bad in Agra, Jhansi area.

4. In how much time did you cover it? How many KMs were you able to clock daily?

5. Anything else I need to be aware of?



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Hi, my answers to your questions above:
1. Large sections of the highway route are four lane roads but some are two lane roads. About 60-70% is four lanes and the rest would be two lanes but can easily drive.
2. We always carry home cooked food with us. However lots of options available. Between Chennai and Hyderabad you have Amaravathi restaurant outside Gudur. Between Hyderabad and Nagpur, you have Haldirams restaurant in the heart of Nagpur if you pass through. The Yamuna Expressway itself has restaurants both sides of the highway. There are several threads about the restaurants on thjs route and you may check for the same.
3. Most of the cities you will bypass and hence no need to go into the cities enroute. You don't have to and you should not get into Agra and Jhansi. I use google maps extensively to map the routes in advance and save them for later use. As I have done Gurgaon to Chennai and back about 3-4 times in the last 18 months and hence know by heart.
4. Day 1 we drive from Gurgaon to Sagar in Madhya Pradesh, a distance of about 650 kms. We start by 5 am and reach Sagar by 3.30 pm including some halts. We stay at Hotel Deepali Residency in Sagar, close to the highway. It's a fantastic place to stay with very clean rooms and food. Day 2 we drive from Sagar to Hyderabad through Narsinghpur, Chindwara, Saoner, Nagpur, Adilabad and Nirmal, a distance of about 800 kms. Start at 5 am and reach by 5-6 pm. Day 3 again start by 5 am from Hyderabad and drive to Chennai via Narketpalli, Addanki, Ongole, Nellore and Gummidipoondi, a distance of about 650 kms to reach Chennai by about 3 pm, again with a few halts.
5. Suggestions: always start early, avoid night diving, there are very good fuel stations right through the route where you can fill in and stop for bio breaks at these places, use bypass routes to avoid getting into cities and if you have more than one to drive the car, then rotate. Between Agra and Jhansi, drive carefully as the roads are not that good and you will find people driving in the Opp direction.
Please do not hesitate to ask for directions if you are not sure. Ensure that you have downloaded the google maps on your device for the route that you have chosen to drive. Keep it ready for offline use. Don't drive at high speeds as there are places where they have speed checks too.
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