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Old 9th January 2021, 13:12   #61
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Default Re: Kolkata-Siliguri through SH7, NH34 and Botolbari-Dhantola routes

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Originally Posted by gmhossain View Post

Given the road conditions, currently the fastest as well as the most recommended route to Siliguri from Kolkata is the following:

Kolkata - NH-2 (new NH-19) - Burdwan - SH-7 - Morgram - NH-34 (new NH-12) - Botolbari - (aka Bengal-to-Bengal Road) - Rudel - Dhantola - NH-31 (new NH-27) - Siliguri
Dear All,

Just concluded my North Bengal/Dooars trip last week, returning back to Kolkata on 3rd Jan night. Last five days, I was fully caught up with office chores and couldn't do much.

Posted the BotolBari - Dhantola route details in another thread (by mistake), kindly visit:
121480-kolkata-siliguri-route-via-dumka-bhagalpur-avoiding-nh34-75.html#post4973218

Botolbari - Dhantola route synopsis:
A) Botolbari to Goagaon (~31KM): Road is bad and broken. Max speed would be around 40-50kmph, but most of the time, it is better to drive slow and carefully! It takes around 45-50 mins to cover this stretch.

B) Goagaon to Dhantola (~31KM): Road is smooth with the occasional speed breakers. It takes around 20 to 25 mins to cover this section.

While going from Raiganj to Siliguri, that is going north, one may skip the Botolbari entry and choose the Domohana entry point. The initial part is smooth, but the bad road continues there till Goagaon. From Goagaon to Dhantola the same good road is there.

Another small note: Entry road at Dhantola is tricky as the route shown by Goole-Maps is completely broken and a short-cut is better to be used. Details with a map have been given in the other post.

Another small note: Islampur crossing is still congested and one may get into a traffic jam. The Islampur bypass is being constructed and once done, it would be very smooth.

I will share my findings on SH7 shortly!

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Old 10th January 2021, 11:28   #62
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Default Re: Kolkata-Siliguri through SH7, NH34 and Botolbari-Dhantola routes

Dear All,

subsequent to my earlier post on Botolbari-Dhantola section, this is my updates on SH7 from Burdwan till Moregram joining NH34.

Burdwan - Moregram route synopsis:

A - Burdwan to Kumrodanga Rail Crossing:
While going from Kolkata, after you complete your Langcha stop at Shaktigarh, follow the Google-Maps to avoid Burdwan bypass and get into Burdwan city and take the railway overbridge to start following SH7. This section is good to drive with normal traffic that you expect within the city, but with the wide and decent road condition, it is no challenge at all. It takes around 15-20 mins to cross the Burdwan city and get into the SH7.

Some of the pics of the roads are here:

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Pic 1: Entry into Burdwan from NH2

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Pic 2: Burdwan city road

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Pic 3: Burdwan Overbridge start point

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Pic 4: Burdwan Railway Overbridge

Once you get onto the SH7, the road condition is good for the next 40 KM till you reach Kumrodanga Railway Crossing. You need to give a local toll of Rs 10 prior to this.
This stretch takes around 1 hr 15 mins to cover.

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Map 1: Burdwan to Kumrodanga Halt Rail crossing


B - Kumrodanga Halt Rail Crossing to Kuli junction:
This stretch of around 29KMs is the most horrible part with broken roads and deep potholes. It is advisable to cruise slowly and manoeuvre the deep potholes carefully. It might take more than an hour and half! Please be careful and don't rush.

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Map 2: Kumrodanga Halt Rail crossing to Kuli junction


C - Kuli junction to Moregram junction:
This stretch of around 37KMs is again good road with the occasional bad surface, but a good speed can be maintained. It might take an hour or so.

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Map 3: Kuli junction to Moregram

D - Moregram junction to NH34:
This stretch of around 2.5KMs is a perfect nightmare! Extremely bad road with lots of trucks trying to get through. Please take time to cross this section.

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Map 4: Moregram to NH34

Once you reach the NH34, it is a good road once again!

Happy cruising!

You may reach out to me for any further information.

Reagrds,

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Default Re: Kolkata-Siliguri through SH7, NH34 and Botolbari-Dhantola routes

Mod Note: Thread closed. Please continue the discussion on the main thread for this route (Kolkata - Siliguri route via Dumka, Bhagalpur or NH-12 (old NH-34))

<<Moregram junction to NH34:
This stretch of around 2.5KMs is a perfect nightmare! Extremely bad road with lots of trucks trying to get through. Please take time to cross this section>>

A way around this is to turn right at kuli xing (instead of continuing straight) pass through Kandi and join NH34 before palsanda toll. Another few kms and you arrive at the morgram crossing without having to take the terrible connector from nakpur.
Took this alternative while driving up and on our way back in early 2020. It was in perfect stretch. You may to be on the wrong side before hitting palsanda toll to avoid the trucks backed up.

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