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Old 12th January 2015, 06:54   #181
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Traveling to Kolkata from Bangalore tomorrow, will be back next week. I don't intend to cross 80-90 kmph at any point of time. Planning to take the chennai route for GQ.

Day 1: Start at 6 am, reach Vijaywada by 6 p.m.
Day 2: Start at 6-7 am, reach Bhubaneswar by evening
Day 3: Start at 6 am, reach kolkata by noon.

Please advise road conditions, and also advise tips at Ichapuram border and Jaleswar border. Could we bypass the border at Jaleswar through town (route map). It would be helpful to know if they are still asking for the 800 road tax at Jaleswar border. How much time we should keep at the borders

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I am planning to travel from Bangalore to Kolkata and back, on my Ertiga Diesel, accompanied by family, but I will be the lone driver. Have been carrying this dream for a long time, recently re-ignited by Piku's travel from Delhi to Kolkata. Have some nice vacations around Puja time, it is now or never for me.

I need advice on two directions, here goes:

Seeking Advice - #1 >>
Most of the posts in this forum (viz. akroy - Alto - 2006, MadTiger - Nano - 2013) are about the regular route (via Tirupati/Vijaywada/Vizag). At least in one direction, I intend to explore Bangalore-Hyderabad-Nagpur-Raipur-Sambalpur route. This is where I need a lot of advice.

In forward direction, I am thinking something like this:
a) Day 1 - Bangalore to Hyderabad
--> good connectivity, no more Telengana related disturbances, anything that I should worry about?
b) Day 2 - Hyderabad to Nagpur
--> from various posts, mostly good roads except small stretches. Wondering whether it is better to drive up to Raipur instead?
c) Day 3 - Nagpur to Sambalpur &
d) Day 4 - Sambalpur to Kolkata
--> really need expert advice - about road condition and safety around the Chhattisgarh/Jharkhand region. While I will do my own research, would appreciate inputs from people well versed with this route/area. Though not common for Bangalore-Kolkata travelers, I believe people traveling from Mumbai to Kolkata take this route. I really need help on this before I can make up my mind - haven't been to central parts of the country too often, and never on car.

Seeking Advice - #2 >>
Return direction - the posts in this and other forums (starting from 2006 or so) speak positively about the entire stretch - road conditions and all that. I am hoping in last 9 years (post GQ), overall situations have improved, but specific stretches may have problems. My main concern is in the Kolkata-Vizag stretch. Ideally, would like to make it in one day, but that would be a bit of a stretch. In that case, what would be the best place for the first night halt? I guess day 2 I can reach Vijaywada, and namma Bangalore on Day 3. Can the experts throw some light - does this plan look OK?

I will return with more queries as I make progress with prep work - about specific stop overs, long drives, specifics about the car etc. But first I need to fix up the routes, possibly make bookings in the hotels to stay.

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My main concern is in the Kolkata-Vizag stretch. Ideally, would like to make it in one day, but that would be a bit of a stretch. In that case, what would be the best place for the first night halt? I guess day 2 I can reach Vijaywada, and namma Bangalore on Day 3. Can the experts throw some light - does this plan look OK?

I will return with more queries as I make progress with prep work - about specific stop overs, long drives, specifics about the car etc. But first I need to fix up the routes, possibly make bookings in the hotels to stay.

Thanks in advance

Abhirup
Abhirup,

Kolkata-Vizag is easily doable in 1 day, as a matter of fact, if you start by 6am from Kol, you will safely reach Vizag by 7-8pm max. The roads are brilliant!!

In Vizag, you could stay at "Haritha Resort" at Rushikonda beach or "Hotel Haritha" at MVP colony, beach road Vizag. Both of these places are managed by AP Tourism and are clean and affordable. Amongst the 2 I would recommend the Haritha Resort, ask for room at the higher floors as you would be amazed with the view of the beach from those rooms!
The other good thing about these Hotel's are that they are just off the highway and you dont have to go deep into the city and take all that deviation!

Vizag-Bangalore is a no brainer! Get off the GQ at "Naidupeta" and then cut across Tirupati and then straight down to Bangalore. Roads will be bad once you cross Tirupati, till Kolar I guess! Can't clearly remember, but yeah, once you hit Kolar, rest is a breeze.

You could PM me if you want any info regarding the CCU-BLR via the GQ route!

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In forward direction, I am thinking something like this:
a) Day 1 - Bangalore to Hyderabad
--> good connectivity, no more Telengana related disturbances, anything that I should worry about?
b) Day 2 - Hyderabad to Nagpur
--> from various posts, mostly good roads except small stretches. Wondering whether it is better to drive up to Raipur instead?
c) Day 3 - Nagpur to Sambalpur &
d) Day 4 - Sambalpur to Kolkata
4 lane conversion is in progress between Raipur and Sambalpur and road conditions range from bad to worse. Budget 6 to 7 hrs for this stretch. Hence it is better to do this in the morning time. So you can target to reach Raipur on Day 2. Since the road condition is excellent in the Bangalore-Adilabad section, instead of stopping at Hyderabad you can target Nirmal for the night halt. This will help you to reach Raipur on Day 2 comfortably. Refer to this post (Bangalore to Nagpur - Route Info needed)for the hotel info at Nirmal.
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You could PM me if you want any info regarding the CCU-BLR via the GQ route!

Cheers!
Can I also take up that offer and PM you for some questions on the CCU-BLR drive.
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Can I also take up that offer and PM you for some questions on the CCU-BLR drive.
Sure! You're most welcome! I'll be happy to help! Sharing knowledge/experiences is what this forum is for!
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Kolkata-Vizag is easily doable in 1 day, as a matter of fact, if you start by 6am from Kol, you will safely reach Vizag by 7-8pm max. The roads are brilliant!!
ssjr0498,
Thanks a ton for your assurance... if I can really make it to Vizag in one day, I might be able to spend a day at the city. However, 880km is still a steep target - I will probably have a plan B for stopover somewhere around Cuttack or Brahmapur. Will circle back to you as preparations progress.

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4 lane conversion is in progress between Raipur and Sambalpur and road conditions range from bad to worse. Budget 6 to 7 hrs for this stretch. Hence it is better to do this in the morning time. So you can target to reach Raipur on Day 2. Since the road condition is excellent in the Bangalore-Adilabad section, instead of stopping at Hyderabad you can target Nirmal for the night halt. This will help you to reach Raipur on Day 2 comfortably. Refer to this post (Bangalore to Nagpur - Route Info needed)for the hotel info at Nirmal.
Landkruzer,
I see your point of driving further up instead of stopping at Hyderabad on Day 1 and allow more time for the 'not-so-good' stretch.

Apart from Nirmal, would you suggest any other stopover - like Adilabad? Would also appreciate suggestion on hotels in Nirmal/Adilabad, Raipur and Sambalpur - in particular hotels close to the highways so that not much need would have to be spent moving in and out of the road.

In other threads, I saw suggestions of avoiding NH6, and going via Nuapada/Padampur. Would you suggest that? Also, any thoughts on safety on the roads in this stretch - in particular if there is a need to drive till 8PM or 9PM, do you see that as a concern?

Thanks a ton!

-- Abhirup

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In other threads, I saw suggestions of avoiding NH6, and going via Nuapada/Padampur. Would you suggest that? Also, any thoughts on safety on the roads in this stretch - in particular if there is a need to drive till 8PM or 9PM, do you see that as a concern?
Sambalpur - Cuttack (outskirts) NH42. In preference to Sambalpur - Kharagpur via NH6.

If you start in the morning, there should be no problems.

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Apart from Nirmal, would you suggest any other stopover - like Adilabad? Would also appreciate suggestion on hotels in Nirmal/Adilabad, Raipur and Sambalpur - in particular hotels close to the highways so that not much need would have to be spent moving in and out of the road.
You will only find basic accommodation at Adilabad. For accommodation on NH6 stretch, please post your query in the Bangalore-Raipur or Mumbai-Kolkata threads.

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I am planning for a solo trip from Bangalore to home and back this October on my Pulsar 200NS. I have about 14 days in hand to complete the return journey.
It would be great if someone could advise me on the best routes and stopovers to take. The distance is around 1970 kms on Google Maps. Also, anyone planning a similar trip from Bangalore to any place en route during the 2nd week in October is welcome to join me. Dates are flexible to an extent.

I have the following unanswered questions as of now. Kindly help me out with these:

1. Should I take the route via Ambur(TN) or the one via Anantpur(AP) ?
2. Can my friends track me via GPS signals? Any device/app suggestions?
3. What should be my overnight stops ? I am planning to stop at Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar overnight.
4. Is there any stretch that I should avoid and what is the detour?
5. What equipments should I carry especially for such a long ride.
6. Is there any BHPian in Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar who can help me get a decent hotel with room for safely parking my bike overnight ?

I am banking on fellow BHPians to help me out with invaluable advice and guidance to successfully complete this 4000 km round trip.
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1. Should I take the route via Ambur(TN) or the one via Anantpur(AP) ?
I would say neither. The best option would be Bangalore-Tirupathi-Naidupetta - NH5 corridor

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There are trackers available. Easiest would be if you can set-up your Google+ locations and share it with your friends. You update based on location, can be tracked by your friends.

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3. What should be my overnight stops ? I am planning to stop at Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar overnight.
Possible. But note its near 1000km for Vishakhapatna from Bangalore. It can be quite a stretch on a bike.

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Not that I am aware off. Good to check with others.

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See this thread: (Its a long running thread)
https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route...ong-drive.html
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There is an app called 'Glympse' on android and windows thru which you can be tracked.

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On whatsapp you could mark your location as you pass any major landmark along the way and friends will know. Glympse is similar, though I have never used it.
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I am planning for a solo trip from Bangalore to home and back this October on my Pulsar 200NS. I have about 14 days in hand to complete the return journey.
It would be great if someone could advise me on the best routes and stopovers to take. The distance is around 1970 kms on Google Maps. Also, anyone planning a similar trip from Bangalore to any place en route during the 2nd week in October is welcome to join me. Dates are flexible to an extent.

I have the following unanswered questions as of now. Kindly help me out with these:

1. Should I take the route via Ambur(TN) or the one via Anantpur(AP) ?
2. Can my friends track me via GPS signals? Any device/app suggestions?
3. What should be my overnight stops ? I am planning to stop at Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar overnight.
4. Is there any stretch that I should avoid and what is the detour?
5. What equipments should I carry especially for such a long ride.
6. Is there any BHPian in Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar who can help me get a decent hotel with room for safely parking my bike overnight ?

I am banking on fellow BHPians to help me out with invaluable advice and guidance to successfully complete this 4000 km round trip.

I have a few more questions related to the planning of the Bangalore-Asansol ( WB ) motorcycle trip:

7. Is there anything I need to know regarding crossing the Andhra-Orissa border ?
8. What are the essential checks that I should get done on my bike before the trip?
9. How are the road conditions from Bangalore to Tirupathi ?

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I am planning for a solo trip from Bangalore to home and back this October on my Pulsar 200NS. I have about 14 days in hand to complete the return journey.
It would be great if someone could advise me on the best routes and stopovers to take. The distance is around 1970 kms on Google Maps. Also, anyone planning a similar trip from Bangalore to any place en route during the 2nd week in October is welcome to join me. Dates are flexible to an extent.

I have the following unanswered questions as of now. Kindly help me out with these:

1. Should I take the route via Ambur(TN) or the one via Anantpur(AP) ?
2. Can my friends track me via GPS signals? Any device/app suggestions?
3. What should be my overnight stops ? I am planning to stop at Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar overnight.
4. Is there any stretch that I should avoid and what is the detour?
5. What equipments should I carry especially for such a long ride.
6. Is there any BHPian in Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar who can help me get a decent hotel with room for safely parking my bike overnight ?

I am banking on fellow BHPians to help me out with invaluable advice and guidance to successfully complete this 4000 km round trip.
The best route would be Bangalore-Chittoor-Tirupati-Naidupeta-Vijayawada-Vizag-Bhubaneshwar-Kharagpur-Bankura-Asansol.

Another alternative route is Bangalore-Hyd-Vijayawada that about 150 km more , but allows you to take the Vijayawada bypass road https://goo.gl/maps/8qSPp and avoid the messy Benz Circle.

I would recommend 2 stops on the way.

Budget stopover options would be the APTDC and OTDC hotels. Vijayawada APTDC Punnami - right next to the Krishna is beautiful place. Very close to the Kanaka Durga Temple. APTDC Baruva is also a good place close to Srikakulam.

NH60 from Kharagpur was in good shape but I don't know the latest conditions after the heavy rains. Bangalore-Tirupati road conditions are details in this thread.

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