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Old 15th June 2013, 13:20   #16
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While returning back we decided to take the Illambazar, Morgram Panagarg route avoiding the route by which we came.
Although this route is longer in length, I decided to take this road while I was returning from Siliguri, after visiting both Gangtok and Darjeeling. I did not have any GPS device in my car and felt that I may not identify the correct route, as it was raining heavily. It was possibly on thirty first of last month.

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Drive till Panagarg was not very comfortable as the Moregram road is full of potholes.
Yes. I hit one or two potholes before I slowed down in caution. And although I had powerful upgraded headlamps, it did not help much, due to torrential and incessant rains.
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Great pictures too. Looks like they have been processed for HDR. Which s/w you are using for HDR processing?

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No these are not HDR. For landscapes i generally avoid taking HDR's. I prefer HDR for architectural photography mainly. For processing HDR i use photomatix and these pictures were taken in raw and i edited them in cs6.


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Although this route is longer in length, I decided to take this road while I was returning from Siliguri, after visiting both Gangtok and Darjeeling. I did not have any GPS device in my car and felt that I may not identify the correct route, as it was raining heavily. It was possibly on thirty first of last month.

Yes. I hit one or two potholes before I slowed down in caution. And although I had powerful upgraded headlamps, it did not help much, due to torrential and incessant rains.
While returning from my Darjeeling, Pelling and Holong trip even i preferred the purnea. bhagalpur, suri, panagarh route avoiding the NH34. You can find the details over here.http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ota-etios.html (Darjeeling -> Pelling -> Holong in a Toyota Etios)

Its true in long drives its always less tiresome to stay on a NH rather than entering the small town roads even though they may cut down your distance.

Yes in two ways roads if it rains at night it definitely make things worse and in roads like moregram highway its even more worse. Earlier i have faced the situation of driving in Moregram highway at night when it was raining. So i can very well understand the difficulty you faced.

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No these are not HDR. For landscapes i generally avoid taking HDR's. I prefer HDR for architectural photography mainly. For processing HDR i use photomatix and these pictures were taken in raw and i edited them in cs6.
That's amazing that they are not HDRs. Good leveled exposures there.
And very true, it can be a driver's nightmare to drive in heavy downpour. I had witnessed this myself about 6-7 months ago while returning to Ranchi from a nearby town. It rained so heavily that both headlights & wipers were of no use.
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.At the end near Bolpur we had to cross a culvert below the railway tracks. Oh god its in worst shape. You have to be very cautious. In case you misjudge the road your cars underbelly will be scrapped. I managed carefully without scrapping but the sumo behind me scrapped badly. During rainy season this is a strict no for small cars.
In monsoon, a couple of hundred meters before this stretch under the rail line there is a fork on the road. Take the left one and go through the hamlet of Bhedia. This route is only for small cars though. The road here is raised and the tunnel under the railway line now has become a very low one. Okay for small cars or bikes. Soon after crossing the rail line if you follow the natural bends of the road you will soon hit the main road to Bolpur. I have done this detour as I was going to S'tan on my Bullet last year in monsoon.
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Wonderful updates from all of you guys

We did this trip Kolkata-Shantiniketan-Kolkata as part of a Team BHP Meet, well documented on the forum.

Slightly Off-topic: Do care to watch how it was:



Take care and drive safe.
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Wonderful updates from all of you guys

We did this trip Kolkata-Shantiniketan-Kolkata as part of a Team BHP Meet, well documented on the forum.

Slightly Off-topic: Do care to watch how it was:



Take care and drive safe.
That's a crazy video with some crazy speeds though i liked it to the core.

When will we have another such plan from Kolkata? I would like to join you guys too.
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Last weekend I did this route from Kolkata. The Guskura railway underpass was uneventful.
On the return leg I decided to do the jungle drive through Illam Bazar. It was uneventful except for the horrible speed breakers at the toll to enter Panagarh highway.
If you have a fully loaded sedan I suggest that you ask passengers to disembark to avoid hitting the bottom.
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