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Old 2nd December 2015, 10:22   #31
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Hi Tejas, looks like you had a excellent trip there! I visited Udaipur, Jodhpur, Jaislmer, Jaipur but via train last week. It was one of the best experiences we ever had and will never forget the place, museusm, folk dance/song.
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DAY 1 MUMBAI TO UDAIPUR

[b]Total Kms. Driven Approx. 775 Kms

Travel Time (Including Breaks) 13 Hours (Approx. 2 Hours of Breaks)

Toll Paid 771 Rs.

Departed at 07:00 AM (Gathering Point Fountain Hotel)

Route Taken: Mumbai Baroda Godhra Modasa Udaipur
Why did you not prefer to take via Vadodara - Ahmedabad - Himmatnagar route? I'm planning to drive from Madurai to Udaipur on December 13,14 and 15. Which is the best route?
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Why did you not prefer to take via Vadodara - Ahmedabad - Himmatnagar route? I'm planning to drive from Madurai to Udaipur on December 13,14 and 15. Which is the best route?
The route you mention is about 16-18 kms longer, which in such a long travel is nothing. But the factor to consider over here is that you may end up driving on either the Ahmedabad SP Ring Road or on NH8 which runs through Ahmedabad City. Those additional 16-20 kms can easily result to 1 hour extra if you get stuck in Ahmedabad traffic.

The Halol - Godhra bypass from Baroda is a pretty good road (4 Lane highway) with sparse traffic. No worries about any slow down any where.
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@tejas08: Very nice travelogue. I did the same trip in my Linea on the vary same dates with my wife and son. My route was a little different though. I had to visit Ahmedabad and Vadodara to meet my relatives there. My route was Mumbai - Ahmedabad - Modhera Sun Temple - Ambaji - Mount Abu - Kumbhalgarh - Ranakpur - Udaipur - Shamlaji - Vadodara - Mumbai.

I faced lot of traffic in Ahemedabad and Mount Abu. Especially in Abu, parking was a major problem. It took the maximum of driving skills to park the car at Guru Shikhar as tourist vehicles were parked in absolutely adhoc manner there.

I also hired an auto to see local Udaipur, but my hotel manager gave me an idea to hire autos separately from places to places. It just costed 240 Rs. to see all Udaipur (Many places are concentrated in a specific area)

I missed my time calculation to reach Mount Abu since there was lot of crowd at Ambaji temple. We were supposed to leave Ambaji at 3 but the crowd pushed the time to 5.45. It was an absolute thrill to climb the ghats in complete darkness. One local at Abu advised us to drive car using fog lamps instead of normal head lights to avoid blinding of the opposite vehicle and I followed that. Driving 30 Kms of ghats using Fog lamps was a completely different experience.

Kumbhalgarh is a must visit place although the road was challenging. Once we reached there we felt it was worth taking this not-so-common route.
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The route you mention is about 16-18 kms longer, which in such a long travel is nothing. But the factor to consider over here is that you may end up driving on either the Ahmedabad SP Ring Road or on NH8 which runs through Ahmedabad City. Those additional 16-20 kms can easily result to 1 hour extra if you get stuck in Ahmedabad traffic.

The Halol - Godhra bypass from Baroda is a pretty good road (4 Lane highway) with sparse traffic. No worries about any slow down any where.
Thanks. So if i'm planning from Kohlapur to Mt Abu with one night break in between, what would be the best route and where can I stay? Do you suggest via Godhra or Via Ahmedabad?
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Thanks. So if i'm planning from Kohlapur to Mt Abu with one night break in between, what would be the best route and where can I stay? Do you suggest via Godhra or Via Ahmedabad?
I would suggest a stay somewhere between Surat and Baroda. Since you are going to Mount Abu, then u have to stick to road going through Ahmedabad-Mehsana-Palanpur and to Mount Abu.

Try covering maximum distance on the first day, so u do not end up climbing the ghat section at night time on the second day.
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Thanks. So if i'm planning from Kohlapur to Mt Abu with one night break in between, what would be the best route and where can I stay? Do you suggest via Godhra or Via Ahmedabad?
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I would suggest you to stop at Vapi or travel another 15 km off NH-8 to visit Daman.

Hotel Woodland at Vapi is on NH-8 itself. The next possible place could be Bharuch. There is a good hotel near station just after the Golden Bridge, which you might take to avoid traffic at NH-8 Narmada Bridge.

Also as mentioned by tejas08, you don't have to go via Godhara. There are two routes.

1. Ahmedabad-Meshana- Palanpur- Mount Abu
2. Ahmedabad- Himmatnagar-Ambaji- Mount Abu

Both are equally good, route 1 marginally better. Normally people take route 2 for onward journey which enables visiting Ambaji Temple and return by route 2.
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Hi,

I would suggest you to stop at Vapi or travel another 15 km off NH-8 to visit Daman.

1. Ahmedabad-Meshana- Palanpur- Mount Abu
2. Ahmedabad- Himmatnagar-Ambaji- Mount Abu

Both are equally good, route 1 marginally better. Normally people take route 2 for onward journey which enables visiting Ambaji Temple and return by route 2.
Thanks but I prefer to cover maximum distance on the Second day (First Day from Madurai to Kolhapur), so I can reach Mt Abu before dark. Last time in 2012 I was able to cover Kolhapur to Himmatnagar in a day inspite of driving solo. I think Vadodara would be a good choice for a night halt. Any good clean hotel on the Highway?

Also will go by the first option. Ahmedabad - Meshana - Mt Abu as i'm not interested in Ambaji.
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I think Vadodara would be a good choice for a night halt. Any good clean hotel on the Highway?
Hi,

If you want to stay on NH-8 itself, you may consider Plazzo Resorts, which comes on your left before the start of expressway.

However, it would be cheaper to stay in the city. There are numerous hotel around Railway station. After 8 PM going inside city is breeze and do not worry about parking overnight.

Apex International is a good option in budget range. You also have Hotel Surya, Lords Inn, Sayaji Hotels & Surya Palace. All within 300 mts.

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Atleast from the pics one thing is sure, you guys had blast for a week, which is naturally expected when 3 BHPians are together on a mega road trip. Somehow things are not falling in place, I would like to make similar Rajasthan roadtrip. Anyway very well put together along with good snapshots and I might have missed on review of Auto rickshaw, if guys have posted . Thanks.
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A query on Gujrat rules around need of yellow tape on the headlamps. Is this rule still in place ?

Did you put the yellow tape on the headlamps or if you didnt - did the cops bother you for this ?
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A query on Gujrat rules around need of yellow tape on the headlamps. Is this rule still in place ?

Did you put the yellow tape on the headlamps or if you didnt - did the cops bother you for this ?
Hi,

The rule has been abolished. Please see the thread below.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/street...-2015-a-9.html (The Yellow Sticker Shakedown In Gujarat Update: Rule abolished from March 2, 2015)
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What a travelogue. You guys must have had a lot of fun. Reading your post brought back many memories from my school days. Ajmershariff Durgah is a really interesting place to visit. Have been fortunate to visit the place a few times during my school days.

I completely agree with you on the Oyo aspect. even I was quite disappointed with one of their places in kolkata.

Sad to read about the accident while returning. Being a CITY owner myself, I know how it feels when you get a even a minor scratch
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A query on Gujrat rules around need of yellow tape on the headlamps. Is this rule still in place ?

Did you put the yellow tape on the headlamps or if you didnt - did the cops bother you for this ?
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Yes we did put the yellow tape on the headlamps.

We didn't know that the rule was abolished but when when we were at the Honda dealership in Gandhinagar getting the rear view mirror replaced, we saw a lot of new Honda's with the yellow tape. I remember because the dealer's name was printed on these tapes and I was thinking about the publicity the dealership was resorting to by this smart idea. Even the Jazz that Imran & Rohan test drove there had the yellow tape.
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