Hi I took the bus to Goa last week. The roads were not so bad, though at a couple of stretches there were rough patches. Funny thing is, the worst stretches were along the outskirts of Mumbai. Once you get on the highway, the roads are pretty good.
go by NH4 (ie via pune) for safe and fast straight line drive. Peace of Mind and many decent Dhabas. 4 lane highway with proper dividers and lane markings.
Cons are Boring drive if u don't like straight line driving, heat and toll costs.
NH17 is narrower, full of traffic, full of corners and ghats and very difficult to keep driving fast as one doesn't get a chance to overtake tose long trucks. I mean u can do it, but ur family won't allow yo u to take the risk. This makes the drive much more tiring for u and the car too, esp if fully loaded. u need power for the ghats.
But again NH17 is more fun to drive and has awesom scenery with small local hotels with gr8 malwani food.
My suggestion is, if you r going with ur family then take NH4 o/w NH17. I do the same.
driving down with the wife to Goa on the 23rd. needed some feedback on the road conditions. the obvious options are
and my favorite NH17.
Not sure on the road condition of NH17 specially considering the rain over the last few weeks. NH4 is pretty straight forward till Nipani, but then again it starts deteriorating once u off the highway.
so if anyone can help me with an update i'd greatly appreciate it.
just for information, using my Mitsubishi Cedia for the same.
Last edited by Jaggu : 16th July 2009 at 11:37.
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