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Old 9th September 2010, 07:28   #1
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Default Delhi - Somnath - Shirdi - Delhi route help

I will be leaving tomorrow morning with my parents for this trip. Places to cover are: Somnath, Dwarka, Shirdi

I wanted to have guidance on the best routes to take for:
1. Delhi - Somnath (This would include a night stop either at Udaipur/Ahmedabad/Vadodra, whichever comes in route and looks feasible)
2. Somnath - Shirdi

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Delhi-Somnath:
Delhi-Jaipur-Kishangarh-Bhilwara-Chittorgarh-Udaipur-Pindwara-Abu Road-Palanpur-Deesa-Radhanpur-Samakhiyari-Maliya-Morbi-Bambanbhore-Rajkot-JUnagadh-Veraval-Somnath

Udaipur would be a OK place to halt, but I think you can push it to Palanpur, so that your next day becomes easier. If you take the recommended route, you can have the advantage of 4-laned superfast roads all the way, with all major towns being bypassed. Broadly, this means NH8-NH79-NH76-NH14-NH15-NH8A route.

Alternatively, you can go from Delhi via Bikaner, Pokharan, Jaisalmer, Barmer, Tharad to Radhanpur and Rajkot. One more option is to take Nh8 via Jaipur and Ajmer to Beawar and then go via Jodhpur to Palanpur. But these are on 2-laned roads.

For Dwaraka, it is a straightforward route from Somnath, you can go directly from there via Bhatia and Jamnagar to Rajkot for onward journey to Shirdi.

Somnath-Shirdi:
Somnath-Veraval-JUnagadh-Rajkot-Bambanbhore-Sayla-Limbdi-Badogara-Ahmedabad-Baroda-Bharuch-Ankleshwar-Surat-Navapur-Dhulia-Malegaon-Manmad-Kopargaon-Shirdi

If you are a fast driver, this can be done in a day. If you are not so, then maybe Surat could be the possible night halt. Till Surat, you will have high-speed 4-laned roads. Hence, I am deliberately not suggesting that you take a shorter route from Bagodara via Vataman, Tarapur and Borsad to Baroda. Ahmedabad is beautifully bypassed thanks to the Sardar Patel Ring Road.

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^^ Thanks for the information.. One question regarding the first route for Delhi - Somnath, wont NH-8 (this includes missing Ajmer thru NH-79, 76) be better?

To everone.. Any suggestions/tips regarding the current weather?
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@hvkumar.. I wasnt able to clearly express my doubt in the last post. Actually when I am checking the total distance of the first route you've suggested for Delhi - Somnath (with stay in Palanpur), it comes out to around 1500kms whereas if i take NH8 till Kishangarh, NH76/79 to Udaipur, NH8 till Ahmedabad, NH8A till Limbdi and then state highways 20/38/21/33/34/112/111/96 (which takes from places like Ranpur, Botad, Gadhada, Dhaso, Lathi, Amreli, Talal, etc.) till Somnath, it makes a distance of 1300 kms.
Sorry if its a noob question, but it'd help if you can highlight the advantages il have with the suggested route.

Thanks a lot!

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Yes, first route you will miss Ajmer, much more faster to take NH79/NH76 instead of the 2-laned NH8 which also sees lots of traffic.
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^^ but what about from Udaipur to Ahmedabad and then using state highways to reach Somnath, that totals to distance 200 kms less then the one which uses Abu Road, Rajkot, etc..
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Compare the distances:

My preferred option:
Delhi-Jaipur 250 kms-Kishangarh 95-Bhilwara 170-Chittorgarh 50-Udaipur 100-Pindwara 100-Palanpur 100-Radhanpur 120-Samkhiyari 150-Morbi 75-Bambanbhore 60-Rajkot 30-Junagadh 100-Somnath 90, totalling around 1500 kms

Superfast, 4 laned all the way. You can do 100 kms in 1 hour in some stretches. Lovely vistas of the Rann of Kutch between Radhanpur and Morbi.

Shortest option
Delhi-Jaipur 250 kms-Kishangarh 95-Bhilwara 170-Chittorgarh 50-Udaipur 100-Ahmedabad 280-Bambanbhore 180-Rajkot 30-Junagadh 100-Somnath 90, totalling almost 1400 kms

Slower compared to first option, have to cross Ahmedabad (although S P Ring Road is great)

NH8 Option
Delhi-Jaipur 250-Kishangarh 95-Ajmer 30-Beawar 55-Pali 120-Sirohi 100-Pindwara 25-Palanpur 100-Samkhiyari 270-Morbi 75-Bambanbhore 60-Rajkot 30-Junagadh 100-Somnath 90, totalling almost 1500 kms

Lots of 2-laned roads, slowest option.
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Thanks again for the guidance.. I really appreciate it..

Would be going with your suggested route tomorrow morning..
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Dear All,

I've got 7 days towards New Year's and want to plan a road trip from Gurgaon to Shirdi and back with my wife and daughter. Would appreciate help in the route, itenary, etc from the forum members,

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Dear All,

I've got 7 days towards New Year's and want to plan a road trip from Gurgaon to Shirdi and back with my wife and daughter. Would appreciate help in the route, itenary, etc from the forum members,
Gurgaon-Jaipur-Ajmer-Chitorh-Ratlam-Indore-Dhule-Malegaon-Shirdi.

We are talking about 1200km out of which 1100km should be good. The last 100 varies from decent to bad to worse. (Esp roads around Shirdi)

How to break your journey :
You can add Ujjain to plan.

D1 : Drive to Ujjain. Exit Ratlam-Indore 4-lane at Badnawar and drive to Ujjain.
The Ratlam-Indore 4-lane runs only till Lebad. So instead of Indore, Ujjain may be better option and gives you another place to visit.

D2 : Spend in Ujjain.

D3 Drive to Shirdi. (~450km) should be there by evening. (Ujjain-Indore-Dhule-Malegain-Shirdi)

D4 : Spend in Shirdi

D5 : Start again back. This time you can try the Western Sector.
Drive to Vapi via Nashik. You can visit Triambak at Nasik.
Do check about Nashik-Vapi. Thats the only unknown. Once at Vapi you are on 4-lane. Drive to Ahmedabad and break.

D6 : Drive to Gurgaon via AMD. You have one more day of buffer which you can chose to use anywhere.

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The only point is if some one can confirm about Nashik-Vapi road.

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