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Old 25th February 2013, 20:20   #31
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Any idea on the recent conditions of Falakata, Cooch Bihar and Tufanganj. Has anything improved in this region?
Is connecting to Cooch behar from Alipurduar a better option? I don't think we need to go through Hashimara to Alipurduar, if i am not mistaken so can avoid the bad stretch at Hashimara. Is the road conditions between Alipurduar to Cooch Behar better than the Falakata stretch?
AFAIK, currently the road condition is bad beyond Cooch Behar & especially bad in the Assam side between Ghauripur & North Salamara.

Alipurduar-Cooch behar road is fine.
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Hi, bumping up this thread. We're planning a trip from Kolkata to Guwahati and Shillong during the summer holidays. I'll be driving to Guwahati and Shillong after a hiatus of nearly 14 years! The Kolkata to Siliguri route will be through Dumka and Bhagalpur, the same as on our Bhutan trip during the Puja holidays last year. Suggestions for the Siliguri to Guwahati part is needed - whether to take the Malbazar - Birpara - Falakata - Cooch Behar route or would Siliguri - Maynaguri - Dhupguri - Falakata - Cooch Behar be a better option? I hope that I am not wrong in assuming that beyond Cooch Behar, Tufanganj - Boxirhat - Gauripur - North Salmara - Naranarayan Setu and onwards to Guwahati will be in common.

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Hi, bumping up this thread. We're planning a trip from Kolkata to Guwahati and Shillong during the summer holidays. I'll be driving to Guwahati and Shillong after a hiatus of nearly 14 years! The Kolkata to Siliguri route will be through Dumka and Bhagalpur, the same as on our Bhutan trip during the Puja holidays last year. Suggestions for the Siliguri to Guwahati part is needed - whether to take the Malbazar - Birpara - Falakata - Cooch Behar route or would Siliguri - Maynaguri - Dhupguri - Falakata - Cooch Behar be a better option? I hope that I am not wrong in assuming that beyond Cooch Behar, Tufanganj - Boxirhat - Gauripur - North Salmara - Naranarayan Setu and onwards to Guwahati will be in common.
Both routes are decent currently. Beyond Boxirhat, roads are fantastic
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I am planning a drive from Silchar to Bhubaneswar in next twenty days or so.
I am aware of the road condition from Silchar to Guwahati and Kolkata to Bhubaneswar, but am absolutely in dark about the stretch
GUWAHATI TO KOLKATA.

Can anyone give some clues as to what will be best route to take in this strech and how is the road condition?

Will be greatly thankful.
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I am planning a drive from Silchar to Bhubaneswar in next twenty days or so.
I am aware of the road condition from Silchar to Guwahati and Kolkata to Bhubaneswar, but am absolutely in dark about the stretch
GUWAHATI TO KOLKATA.

Can anyone give some clues as to what will be best route to take in this stretch and how is the road condition?

Will be greatly thankful.
Take the Guwahati-Boko-Goalpara-North Salamara-Boxirhat-Tufanganj-Cooch Behar-Falakata-Mainaguri-Fulbari/ Siliguri route. It is great in Assam & not too bad in WB.

From Siliguri, go on the superb 4-laner till Dalkola, then avoid the direct NH34 route to Calcutta. Instead, continue on the 4-laner till Purnea, after which take the Purnea-Bhagalpur-Dumka-Jamatara-Asansol-Durgapur-Bardhaman route to Calcutta. You will face some bad roads in Bhagalpur town - and a little jam too - and also some rough roads in the JH-WB border after crossing into WB after Jamatara, but rest of the route is fast & stress-free.
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Did the Siliguri - Guwahati drive yesterday through the North Bank route - Alipurdar - Bongaigaon - Nalbari.

Alipurdar onwards, they are building a dual carriageway and at least one lane is mostly complete. However there are innumerable diversions, none of which are marked. So its guesswork when to shift from one side of the carriageway to the other. Its not a good idea to do a night drive in this route, and in any case I understand it is not advisable from a safety consideration as well.

Even where both sides are completed, the traffic flows in both directions on both sides, and so it is essentially two separate single carriageways. In a very short time, I realised it is suicidal to drive like on a dual carriageway - no overtaking without extreme care as a truck/ cycle/rickshaw/hand cart/ anything at all are coming in the opposite direction all the time. I saw more than one near miss involving speeding vehicles - the situation is ripe for tragedy, alas.

Took me 9.5 hours elapsed time including a 30 minutes jam in the middle of the Saraighat bridge, on a sedate drive.

No major issues with the roads, although most diversions looked like this

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Hey guys I'm planning to do Guwahati - Delhi, in April.
Would love to know the road conditions from Guwahati to siliguri and also the route. Last time when I did bangalore - Guwahati(2012), the roads after siliguri, cooch behar were horrible. I'm going to travel in a humble Figo.
Its only going to be me and my wife and we will be coming back in a fortnight.
Thank you.
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Hello Mates,

Just completed a road trip to Guwahati-Shillong-Cherapunjee from Siliguri and back. From Siliguri I followed Siliguri-Sevoke-Malbazar-Alipurduar-Gossaigaon-Bongaigaon-Goalpara-Boko-Guwahati. The route was superb with little bit bad patched which doesn’t mean anything.

Reached Guwahati in 8hours from Siliguri and the journey was quite enjoyable.

No need to mention about Guwahati-Shillong-Cherapunjee route, it’s like driving in heaven, specially the stretch of Shillong to Cherapunjee. The beauty is as such which can’t be explained neither the pictures can do justice to the beauty. See it live with your eyes.
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Default Re: Current road conditions between Siliguri and Guwahati ?

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Drove from Chalsa to Guwahati on 29th September.
Route followed: Chalsa-Hasimara-Gossaigaon-Bongaigaon-Goalpara-Boko-Guwahati

Chalsa-Gossaigaon section has excellent tarmac.
Gossaigaon-Bongaigaon section has good to average concrete surface frequently interrupted by diversions for ongoing four lane construction and small stretches of absolutely broken and cratered roads rough enough to scrape the under-body of "not so careful" cars with low ground clearance.
Bongaigaon-Goalpara-Boko-Guwahati section has the perfect tarmac to enjoy your ride, aided by scenic visuals of surrounding landscape. This section is two lane though, but with sparse traffic driving is stress-free! Encountered very few lorries and trucks in this section, compared to the truck/lorry volume in NH57 till Bongaigaon.

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