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Old 27th October 2007, 12:57   #1
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I will be riding up to Sikkim from Mumbai in end of November. I have three routes in mind for Mumbai to Siliguri. Please help me with your inputs.

Route 1
Mumbai - Dhule : 330
Dhule - Bhopal : 434
Bhopal - Allahabad - Varanasi : 757
Varanasi - Patna : 245
Patna - Purnia (via NH31) : 302
Purnia - Siliguri : 170
TOTAL : 2238

Route 2
Mumbai - Dhule : 330
Dhule - Nagpur : 530
Nagpur - Raipur - Deogarh : 622
Deogarh - Kharghar - Kolkata : 426
Kolkata - Siliguri : 577
TOTAL : 2485

Route 3
Mumbai - Pune - HYD : 670
Hyd - Vijaywada- Cuttack : 1006
Cuttack - Kolkata : 388
Kolkata - Siliguri : 577
TOTAL : 2641

Route 1 : Bad roads, bad areas
Route 2 : Bad roads
Route 3 : Longest, but awesome roads till Kolkata..

I dont mind doing Route 3, but wanted road and area conditions about Route 1 & 2
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Old 27th October 2007, 13:35   #2
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Deogarh - Kharghar - Kolkata : 426
It should be Khargpur not Kharghar.

Take route three. It's a much better drive and less stress on your car too.
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Old 27th October 2007, 13:39   #3
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oops for the name..

B/w , i will be riding , not driving , my June 2003 Karizma
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I have driven from Bombay to North East on Route 2 and 3. I also rode a bike to North East on Route 2. I won't recommend Route 1 because it is full of bad roads and as you mentioned, tough areas. Route 3 is actually very fast and has GQ roads for part of the way - NH4 till Pune and NH5 from Vijayawada.

My drive on Route 3 was as follows:

Bombay-Pune-Hyderabad-Vijayawada-Vizag-Bhubaneswar-Kharagpur-Calcutta-Krishnanagar-Malda-Siliguri. I went on to cover all teh states in the North East in that trip.

The return on that trip was on Route 2, Calcutta-Kharagpur-Keonjhar-Sambalpur-Raipur-Nagpur-Dhulia-Nashik-Bombay

My bike trip was also on Route 2.

I will be happy to PM you my log books (I have detailed log books of all the trips).
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Old 27th October 2007, 15:49   #5
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One change you can have in the route plan is to take NH2 from Calcutta to Durgapur and take the Moregaon route to join NH34 instead of via Krishnangar. Abhijit Kumar Roy has detailed this route in an earlier mail in this forum.
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Old 27th October 2007, 15:49   #6
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Thanks a ton!!
But temme, i would be saving like 155km on route (thats like 4%) and im sure i can cover route 3 faster than route 2..so, route 3 makes the most sense here right?
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Yes, not only is Route 3 faster (keeping in mind some bad roads in Orissa thanks to last rains), but distance is hardly more.
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Old 27th October 2007, 15:56   #8
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Hmm.. so Route 3 it is for me. I would love to ride peacefully over good roads than to slow down for traffic/bad roads or ride thru dangerous areas!
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http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...road-trip.html (Bangalore-Kolkata (Bolpur)- Bangalore Road trip)

Follow this thread, Abhi has an interesting idea for a route that will skip Calcutta and go directly to Durgapur en route Siliguri.
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Thanks to Akroy's post at http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/602423-post16.html , i got his lovely info : "Follow the Siuri route
Darjeeling More - Ilambazar - Siuri - Rampurhat - Takipur - Moregram (150km) is a nice road and you can go in good speed and you will hit NH34 at Moregram, take left for Farakka - Malda - Siliguri..."


This way i can bypass Kolkata.. lovely!!
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Old 27th October 2007, 16:40   #11
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Thanks to Akroy's post at http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/602423-post16.html , i got his lovely info : "Follow the Siuri route
Darjeeling More - Ilambazar - Siuri - Rampurhat - Takipur - Moregram (150km) is a nice road and you can go in good speed and you will hit NH34 at Moregram, take left for Farakka - Malda - Siliguri..."

This way i can bypass Kolkata.. lovely!!
But how will you buy rosogollas?
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But how will you buy rosogollas?
No problem, Kumar Sir, he will get the best rosogullas, sorpurias, bengali sweets in Shaktigarh, Siuri, Malda etc...They are better than Kolkata's...

If you take the shortcut Durgapur route, sweets in Bankura and Durgapur is also good (buy some Mihidana and Sitabhog, Langchha), Since you will not enter Siuri, you will take the Siuri BP (there is no sweet shop in BP other than an engineering college and a diploma college till Tilpara barrage), if you enter Siuri you will get some of the best sweets and Morabbas (which is famous there)...

Just before entering Siuri, you will pass through PDCL township, stop by at the road side small stalls (they sell some amazing rosogullas and samosas, the place is called Kochujor)

If you take the NH2, then definitely stop by at Shaktigarh (just before Barddhaman) buy and pack some Sitabhog, Mihidana and Langchhas (which is famous there)

Malda is famous for gor-rosogullas (try to get them hot)...
Sweets of Bankura, Birbhum, Nadia districts are excellent....

Chill out maan
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Old 28th October 2007, 00:20   #13
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Was this topic about rosgullas

Just chalked out my trip..

Day 1 : Mum-HYD-Vijajwada
Day 2 : Vijaywada-baleshwar
Day 3 : Baleshwar- Siliguri
Day 4 : Enterin Bhutan..

PS : im used to high speed long distance riding on my Karizma and hence the above thing.. diggin in for more info.. special thanks to HVKumar
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Bunny, Are you sure you can do it as you planned? Frankly I am not sure about your Day2 and Day3 plan (assuming you reach Vijayawada by 8pm and start the next day at 5AM, means you have to get up at 4AM)...Will you be doing night riding? if you are stopping in A1 Plazas in the night for 4 hours and then starting you journey then it is fine as you planned but otherwise it is not...

Day2 has some diversion stretches between Ichchapuram to Sunakhala...
Day3 is very difficult specially after riding this long in the last 2 days...

Plus in bike you do stop in every 100km to stretch your back unlike where we drive continuously for 300-400kms at higher speeds...

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Hi Abhi..
i have been doing long non stop stints (pune-del 1690km including detours in 31hrs.. Jallandhar-Delhi 370km some breaks in 5.5 hrs and all..) im used to long stints on my karizma (modded seat) n hence the above plan..

i had chalked out a new route last night, which is saved on my lappy, shall update this topic with the new route later

EDIT:
Day 1 : New Mum-Hyd-Vijaywada : 918km /15.5 hrs
4am - 7:30pm

Day 2: Vijaywada - Cuttack - Baleshwar : 914km / 14hrs
Bypassin Tanuku-Alamuru and going thru Kovvur and hence saving 49km!
5am - 7pm

Day 3: Baleshwar- Kharagpur-Siuri-Moregam-Siliguri : 739km / 14.5hrs
5am - 7:30pm

Day 4: Riding into Phuntsholing (Bhutan)

Second option

Day 1 : Mum-Hyd : 680km
Day 2: Hyd - Chhatrapur : 801km
Day 3: Chhatrapur - Siuri - Maldah : 805
Day 4: Maldah- Siliguri - Phuntsholing : 467

but according to second plan, i reach bhutan late, which i dont want to. I somehow want to make Siliguri by 3rd night...

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