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Old 12th October 2016, 12:46   #31
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Glad to hear that Nitin. Sounds like you had a good time coming over.
How many hours did you take in total?

Re tolls i think you will find that you pay ~Re.1/Km as toll, the Baroda route has 1 toll every 50 odd kms and charge a similar amount.

My partner in crime pm25264 has voted for Surat - Baroda - Udaipur route, so will be taking that one, so more than eager to hear your first hand report of the way back. Especially the Jaipur - Delhi stretch on return (it was terrible ~3 years ago).

Good luck for your return trip.
So i finally did Surat route and reached Delhi yesterday. I must admit, i liked Ratlam route little better in terms of traffic and easiness. I would suggest ratlam route to anyone who wants to cover the delhi-mumbai route as quickly as possible. But if its more of staying in between and doing touristing thing, then surat route it is.

Coming back to Surat route, well the roads are excellent all over. Nice wide roads on most of the parts. Best roads i would rate would be between Vado-Godhra-Samalaji. Boy this road section is to die for. However be little careful as there is one point where there is huge pothole right in the middle of the road ( i think its right after Modasa bypass) I went through it at high speed, thankfully i have AT tyres hence survived it. Normal sedan tyres will not survive them at all. So look out.

Having said that, i didnt like this highway in terms of traffic. Specially stretch from Mumbai to Vado. Crazy truck traffic. I was wondering that i was traveling on a holiday, what would it be like on normal days. And then to top it all, you have "BAROOD" bridge to cross. It took me 1.30 hrs to cross that bridge. Real pain.
From Udaipur, i took Ajmer route though most people suggested Chittor route. I had a gut feeling and went with it. Boy was i right. Excellent empty roads in the morning as i started around 6.30 am. Reached Beawar under 2 hrs.

Coming to Jaipur-Delhi. It still remains HELL. Traffic, bad roads, UP and RJ driven cars all makes for it. My recommendation for this stretch, keep yourself on the left hand side (middle or extreme left side). Right most lane is bad most of the part. Roads has melted and there are BIG potholes cause of it. Also right side stretch have skidy parts that can be scary at times. As i said i was lucky that i was driving on a Holiday hence i faced little less traffic than usual. Try to do this section before 2Pm from Jaipur in order to reach delhi and beat traffic.

All the best for your trip. Let me know if you need any thing else.
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All the best for your trip. Let me know if you need any thing else.
Thanks for your detailed notes on the route. I had anticipated the Jaipur- Delhi to be near hellish, it hasn't really changed over the last few years. The Bombay - Ahmedabad has a lot of trucks given the abundance of ports.

I have made bookings for the Ahemdabad - Udaipur route. So will keep to it, however, the notes help, so will try to modify my timing of the jaipur - Delhi section.
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...All the best for your trip. Let me know if you need any thing else.
All right gents. Starting tomorrow afternoon. Final route decided as below. Home - Valsad - Baroda - Udaipur - Beawar - Ajmer - Jaipur - Delhi. 25 hours to the green flag. Waiting to see how it goes.
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All right gents. Starting tomorrow afternoon. Final route decided as below. Home - Valsad - Baroda - Udaipur - Beawar - Ajmer - Jaipur - Delhi. 25 hours to the green flag. Waiting to see how it goes.
Have a safe journey mate. I will be starting on Saturday from Pune. Hopefully will be taking the Dhule-Ratlam route. Will update the thread accordingly.
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Since you have traveled this route before, do you know the bridge that comes in route to Surat which is know to cause Big traffic jams?
Sorry nitinralli for not replying earlier, I don't know how I unsubscribed from this thread . I read your post regarding the Surat route. I have not driven beyond Udaipur on NH-8, if you see my first post on this thread I have given the road update till Udaipur.

Thanks for the update as I leave for Bombay on 12/3/2016 and I will consider taking the Dhule route. Don't know if it makes sense for me to take the Dhule route as my house is in Dahisar, close to Western Express Highway.
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Hi friends
Im driving down to jaipur from Mumbai on the 25th taking the route suggested by varunsangal ie Mumbai - surat - baroda - godhra - udaipur - beawar - ajmer - Jaipur. do let us know how it went @varunsangal
Im planning to split the drive over 2 days and have a stop over at udaipur / rajsamand and arrive in jaipur on the 26th. Any suggestions on which would be a better place to break? I'd be grateful for any recommendations / tips that earlier travellers may have.
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Coming back to Surat route, well the roads are excellent all over. Nice wide roads on most of the parts. Best roads i would rate would be between Vado-Godhra-Samalaji. Boy this road section is to die for. However be little careful as there is one point where there is huge pothole right in the middle of the road ( i think its right after Modasa bypass) I went through it at high speed, thankfully i have AT tyres hence survived it. Normal sedan tyres will not survive them at all. So look out.
thanks for the heads up on that one, i'll keep an eye out or 2

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Update on Pune - Delhi trip. Reached Delhi yesterday evening following Pune - Dhule-Ratlam - chittorgarh-Ajmer-Jaipur-Delhi route. The patch from Pune to Sangamnar was one of the worst roads to drive. I am not sure of there was another way but it took me close to 4 hours covering 180kms at the start and I started to feel like it's a mistake coming from this route as . However things changed after that and it was a breeze post that. During the initial 200kms there were I guess 3 ghats as well which also slowed me down including lots of diversions and stupid drivers driving in the wrong directions which takes you by surprise at times on a highway. Post Sangamnar roads were clean, no car traffic as such just trucks an heavy vehicles. Things would be different from Mumbai I am sure. Things to watch out for
1 Dogs - I know this is common but I saw atleast 20 dead Dogs and 2 goats in the entire journey with me missing closely on 2( luckily didn't hit any).
2. Crater - It certainly felt like one when my car bumped into it. So as you cross Ratlam bypass just few Kms ahead there is this huge pot hole covering mostly the entire Road and it took my by surprise. This is one of those that makes you go numb for few secs and you take some time to understand what just happen. Watch out for that.

We took a halt in Ratlam for lunch. We went to Balaji Restaurant near station Road.
We reached Chittorgarh at night and took a hotel to sleep the night off. We stayed in Friends Hotel which was in the city. Nice clean rooms, courteous staff, comfortable bed and we didn't not find any issues.
Chittorgarh to Delhi was great no issues what so ever. Luckily it was a weekend so didn't get that famous NH8 traffic in Gurgaon. In the end it was an excellent drive and my I20 held well in the entire journey as always.

Please feel free to reach out to me for queries.
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