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Old 25th May 2018, 09:00   #1
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Default Road update: Mumbai - Chotila - Rajkot - Dwarka - Porbandar - Somnath - Diu

MAY 2018 ROAD CONDITION-TOLL-RESTAURANTS-CNG PUMPS ON THE ROUTE THANE-BARODA-CHOTILA-RAJKOT-DWARKA-PORBANDAR-SOMNATH-DIU-MAGNETIC HILL-GIR-AMRELI-DHANDHUKA-BARODA-THANE

This is the log of my road trip stating from Thane to Chotila, Dwarka, Somnath, Diu, Magnetic Hill and Gir in third week of May 2018. I have purposely made Trip A to 000 at CNG pumps and other important locations so that people can start using this log mid way or if joining from other locations.


ROUTE: THANE CHOTILA-DWARKA

Trip A 000 - Start from Thane
43 Km Toll Rs 65
91 Km Toll Rs 60
149 Km Gujarat Gas CNG pump at 3-11, GIDC Rd, Phase 1, GIDC, Vapi,

The road is just wonderful. If you start early morning by 5 am, you will not find any traffic on the road and you can attain high speeds. Lot of petrol pumps on routr for petrol and diesel. But for CNG this would be the first pump in 150 Kms drive from Thane/ Mumbai


Trip A-000 at CNG pump
10 Km Toll Rs 65
Note- 16 Km highway touch online cng available
70 Km Toll Rs 60
Note- 89 Km online cng available
124 Km Toll Rs 70
Note- 151 Km online cng available
166 Km Giriraj Hotel. Good food.
174 Km Toll Rs 20
192 Kabir Petroleum And CNG Station, National Highway 8, Jhanghar, Gujarat 392210

Road condition is very good. Low to moderate traffic. Many petrol/diesel pumps. Few CNG pumps.

Trip A-000 at Kabir CNG pump
20 Km Toll Rs 90 at 12:30 pm
57 Km Toll Rs 110
99 Km Om Restaurant is very good for lunch
160 Km cng pump available
237 Km Gujarat Gas CNG Online 247, Limbdi, Gujarat 363421. Waiting period about half an hour for cng.

Road condition is very good. Road had moderate traffic. Can attain speed of 100 to 120 very easily.

Trip A-000 at CNG pump at Limbdi
4 Km HFM Highway food mall at 6:30 pm
10 Km cng pump available
68 Km Sapna Hotel, Chotila is a very good hotel for overnight stay

Road condition excellent. Traffic increases by evening. Yiou will reach Chotila by 8:30 pm if you started by 5 am from Thane/Mumbai. There is famous a temple at Chotila, if anyone wants to visit.


Trip A-000 at Chotila
50 Kms Rotary Doll museum Rs 30 entry Rs 25 camera
62 Km Tadka Express Breakfast is the only decent place on way till Dwarka.
62.5 Km CNG on right side of road
78 Km Bharat Hotel
110 Km Hotel Shiv Kripa no others hotels after Chotila
157 Km Gujarat Gas CNG Pump Station, 50 feet Rd, Ketivadi Farmers Colony, Mayur Nagar, Jamnagar, Gujarat 361003. Waiting period only 5 minutes as no rush in mornings and afternoon.

Road is very good. Can maintain 100 Kmph speed easily. Dearth of eating joints, so carry enough food with you. Rarely you will come across any restaurants.

Trip A-000 at cng pump Jamnagar.
17 Km Hotel Express
30 Km to 38 Km road is very, very bad
54 Km cng is available. This is the last CNG pump on this route.
86 Km sharp right turn for Limbdi
130 Km you reach Dwarka

Road is fairly good with low traffic. No toll on this route.
You can visit Okha located at 36 Km from Dwarka. The road is very good but as you reach Okha the road is bad with lot of trucks.


ROUTE: DWARKA-PORBANDAR-SOMNATH

A-000 at Dwarka
29 Km Milan restaurant on way
46 Km CNG finished, switched to Petrol. Keep stock of petrol worth Rs 2,000
105 Km Porbandar. Visited Kirti Mandir, birth place of Mahatma Gandhi
139 Km good Petrol Pump
162 Km Madhavpur Beach on way. You can stop here for photos of good scenery
165 Km Madhavpur Hotel. Only good hotel on way for accommodation.
180 Km Madhuban Restaurant. Only decent place for lunch on way till Somnath.
226 Km Toll Rs 70
240 Km Somnath by 3:35 pm

Dwarka to Somnath road is very good. New road is being made. After a year the full route will be breeze. But currently you will find bad patches at times






ROUTE: SOMNATH TO DIU


Trip A-000 at Somnath
Up to 32 Km extremely bad road.
86 Km reached Diu

Somnath to Diu has very very bad roads. You will not be able to maintain speed more than 15 Km per hour at times. Maximum you can go will be 40 Kms per hour. But as soon as you approach Diu, the road is excellent. You can visit Diu Fort, Nagoa beach and Ghogla beach. Hotels are over priced here during weekends, so plan to go during week days.


ROUTE: DIU- TULSI SHYAM- MAGNETIC HILL-AMRELI

Trip A-000 at Diu
3.6 Ghogla beach
46 Km Divyashyam Alphaar at Tulsi Shyam Rs 85
Went 5 Km and returned 5 Km stopping every now and then trying to get magnetic pull experience but failed. No magnetic hill experience. Its a hoax
70 Km Madhuban Dhaba in Gir forest
74 Km Hotel Sudershan on way
114 Km Essar Pump
134 Km Shivam CNG Station, Amreli, Gujarat 365601

This is a very good route going through Gir forest. You can see wild life if you are alert. The cheetals and sambhars come near your car if you feed them. You will find the first CNG station at Amreli and then you can switch over to cng. You have traveled 450 Kms on petrol from Dwarka. The road till Tulsi Shyam is very good but with plenty of traffic. No restaurants on this route so keep stock of food.


ROUTE: AMRELI- DHANDHUKA-BARODA

Trip A-000 at Amreli
2.6 Km Radheshyam Hotel. Good for vegetarian food
151 Km Honest restaurant
174 Km Gujarat Gas CNG Station Loliya, Dhandhuka, Gujarat 382230 (half hour waiting)

Trip A-000 at cng pump Dhandhuka
91 Km CNG pump available
132 Km Toll Rs 110
157 Km Baroda

The road is excellent. Heavy traffic. Lot of restaurants on way. Plenty of petrol/diesel pumps.


ROUTE: BARODA-THANE

36 Km Toll Rs 90 on NH 48
75 Km Toll Rs 20
93 Km CNG pump, Bakrol, Ankleshwar

Trip A-000 at cng pump
33 Km Toll Rs 70
33 Km Kathiawad Restaurant
86 Km Toll Rs 60
144 Km Apical Hotel
151 Km Toll Rs 65
164 Km Gujarat Gas CNG pump at Vapi

Trip A-000 at cng pump
56 Km Toll Rs 60
104 Km Toll Rs 65
146 Km Thane

The road is excellent. Heavy traffic. Lot of restaurants on way. Plenty of petrol/diesel pumps.

Total distance covered 2306 Kms (on CNG 1873 Kms and + on petrol 433 Kms)
Total toll paid Rs 1,230
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I have heard a good bit about Diu and how beautiful it is. Just had one rather stupid question. Is there a ferry service from Daman? Couldn't find one on the internet. Google shows a route which goes all the way through Rajkot. Please note, I'm planning a drive from Mumbai, so taking the longer route is a bit too much.
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I have heard a good bit about Diu and how beautiful it is. Just had one rather stupid question. Is there a ferry service from Daman? Couldn't find one on the internet. Google shows a route which goes all the way through Rajkot. Please note, I'm planning a drive from Mumbai, so taking the longer route is a bit too much.
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Nopes. There isn't any. Ferry Service is available between Dahej & Ghogha which will shorten your route(Time would still be the same).

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