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Old 21st June 2009, 15:29   #1
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Default Beyond Dehradun along the Upper Ganga Canal - recharging...

This was a short overnight trip to a village near Herbertpur, on the western outskirts of Dehradun. A friend's farmhouse, mango orchards, the foothills of the mountains, a temple and the jungle were all that were there - but that was enough to recharge our worn-out batteries...

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We decided to travel off the regular route, and take our time about it. For those who are unaware, the road along the right of the Upper Ganga Canal (with the canal on your left) starts at Muradnagar, meets the NH-58 at Khatauli, carries on across the highway again, and connects again to NH-58 at Manglore. Across the highway again, following the canal, one comes up to Roorkee. From here it was a left turn and the regular route via Chhutmalpur to Dehradun, then past the IMA and another 35 km.

The road along the canal was so refreshing - no heavy vehicle traffic, the canal and the greenery all around, and a quick 300-metre diversion and a lunch break at the Cheetal Grand at Khatauli.

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Old 21st June 2009, 16:27   #2
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Is that route safe, I have done whole night runs on NH 58 twice, do you recommend night driving on this road?
Any small towns in the way for puncture repair etc.
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Once I took the canal route from Khatauli till Muradnagar. The road is safe only in daytime. It is also quite narrow with very deep canal running alongside, so one has to be very careful. No puncture or repair shops on the way, so you will be on your own.

This road is only fit for day journey and that too in company of 2-3 people.
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Fully agree. Have done this route once. Its awesome to beat the rush - lovely for bikers - some small bad stretches and speed breakers.

Not recommended during 7pm-2am.

the canal is otherwise recommended for bathing
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Is that route safe.... do you recommend night driving on this road?
Any small towns in the way for puncture repair etc.
Keep off this road after dark - STRICTLY. No automobile repair facilities on this stretch, no tyre shops, and you hardly see any people either. Just a few 'chai' shops along the way.
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Once I took the canal route from Khatauli till Muradnagar. The road is safe only in daytime. It is also quite narrow with very deep canal running alongside, so one has to be very careful. No puncture or repair shops on the way, so you will be on your own.

This road is only fit for day journey and that too in company of 2-3 people.
Very true. No racing on this road, but the pleasure of driving at a constant 60 km/h is what makes this road so attractive in the day. Some small patches, and a stretch of about 3 km just before Manglore, are potholed, but manageable.
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What's so great about this little hideaway I went to? First of all, the MANGOES! Harvesting season for ripe mangoes is still a few weeks away, but take a look...

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Of course, all through the year, there's the forest next door. There are monkeys and leopards in the forest, and the house dogs have been carried away by leopards at night a couple of times, until a fence was installed recently. A walk in the forest sure gets rid of the city blues...

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What else? The birds and the bees...

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Fabulous photos. Hardly ever we get to see such greenry in India. Which place is this? I would love to go on this drive.

Dehradun has lost its green cover and has become a concrete jungle.

Saw so much greenry only in Scotland, but that was even much better.
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Fabulous photos. Hardly ever we get to see such greenry in India. Which place is this? I would love to go on this drive.
@ akj53: Thank you, Sir, for appreciating the photos. I am afraid I would not reveal the exact location of this farmhouse because of privacy issues, but it is located about 12 km to the north-east of Herbertpur, next to a reserve forest.

The house itself is a pleasure to be in. Done up in rustic style, with a garden behind it, and the forests all around. No mod-cons like air-conditioning. Power supply is erratic, with voltage as low as 170V, but all that adds to the charm. We even slept on the roof, a pleasure denied us long ago in the concrete jungle of unsafe Delhi.

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Good travelogue there.

This reminded me my family TRIP we had done in early 2006. We travelled via Cheetal Grand from Delhi to Dehradun.

As informed by our relataives we spent nearly 1 hour in that godo hotel which had tasty food.

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Well mantained hotel it is. We loved south Indian food there.

Regarding mango and farm house I love that having spent my most of the childhood in such lovely places.

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Enjoying this! These short "recharge" trips are sometimes the best
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The 'bistars on roof' photo brought back memories of those golden nights gone by.

no such luxuries can be enjoyed in the cramped concrete jungles of the so called big cities.
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The long white tailed bird is an Asian Paradise Flycatcher. Not a very commonly seen bird. Congrats for not only viewing it but also for photographing it.
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The long white tailed bird is an Asian Paradise Flycatcher. Not a very commonly seen bird. Congrats for not only viewing it but also for photographing it.
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And the other brown bird in the same pic is its female. Females are rufous and lack the long tail.
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The long white tailed bird is an Asian Paradise Flycatcher. Not a very commonly seen bird. Congrats for not only viewing it but also for photographing it.
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And the other brown bird in the same pic is its female. Females are rufous and lack the long tail.
Thanks Sudipto-da and pjay, for the identification. I didn't put in too much effort to get those photos - just stood/sat around under a tree for a half hour. I was also wondering what bird this was - seems to be some type of water bird, and not something I've seen earlier in this area...

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