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Old 14th December 2015, 01:49   #16
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Hello bhpians, I am planning a road trip with family to Jabalpur (MP).
Which would be the best route for the journey.
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Hi guys, returned from a trip to Jabalpur.
Route taken mumbai Nasik, Indore Bhopal sagar damoh Jabalpur.
Roads are excellent and tolled. Although toll on a few stretches was high. For most of the parts tolls are acceptable.
Left mumbai noon time reached Indore by 10 in the night stayed at Amarvilas hotel . Next day left for Jabalpur after breakfast and reached Jabalpur by nightfall
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Default Mumbai-Halt-Kanha-Bandhavgarh-Halt-Mumai Route Query

Hello friends,

I am planning a short family vacation to Bandhavgarh and Kanha during the latter part of October. I will be driving (T-Jet) with my wife and daughter on board. I plan to halt overnight during both onward and return leg. Request your inputs on the following:
1. Which route should I take?
2. The place that I should stopover for the overnight breaks (Indore I believe is ideal, but I'd rather prefer the countryside, close to nature).
3. Suggestions for hotels at all these places (budget about 3-4K per night, closer to the national parks preferable).
4. Anything that I need to be particularly aware of while driving across from Maharashtra to Madhya Pradesh (any permits, stickers etc.)
5. Any inputs on the safari would be an added plus.

Thanks in advance.
(I saw a past thread on Bandhavgarh but that was about a decade old, so thought of posting as a new thread).

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Hello friends,

I am planning a short family vacation to Bandhavgarh and Kanha during the latter part of October. I will be driving (T-Jet) with my wife and daughter on board. I plan to halt overnight during both onward and return leg. Request your inputs on the following:
Hello indiaashish,

Planning to do the same route with my family. Your input on the trip would help.

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Hi Fortunerider.

I took the following route:
Day 1: Mumbai to Bhopal
Commenced journey at 5.45 AM; Mumbai>> Kasara>> Nashik>> Malegaon>> Dhule>> Pithampur>> Indore>> Bhopal (arrived at 8.20 PM; overnight stopover at Treebo Trend)
Day 2: Bhopal to Bandhavgarh
Started at 8 AM; Bhopal>>Saagar>> Katni >>Umaria (arrival 7 PM; Stay at Tiger Trails - 2 Nights - 3 safaris; 2 at Tala and one at Magadhi Zone)
Day 4: Bandhavgarh to Kanha
Started at 1.30 PM; Bandhavgarh >>Umariya>> Shahpura>> Saagar >>Mandla>> Khatia Gate Kanha (arrival 8 PM; Pugmark Resort; 3 safaris; 2 at Khatia and 1 at Mukki)
Day 6: Kanha to Nagpur
Started at 1.30 PM: Kanha>> Nainpur>> Seoni>> Nagpur (Arrival at 9.30 PM; Treebo Jog Centre; Overnight halt)
Day7: Nagpur to Aurangabad
Started at 12.30 PM: Nagpur>> Amravati>> Karanja>> Jalna >> Aurangabad (arrival at Treebo Trend Sonia at 10 PM)
Day 8: Aurangabad to Mumbai
Started 8 AM; Aurangabad>> Ahmednagar>Pune Expressway>>Mumbai (arrival ay 6 PM)

Roads in Maharashtra are mediocre and are heavily tolled at certain locations. MP roads are better and the tolls are fewer and charges are lower as well. The best drive is through the forest in Bandhavgarh - After Khatiya, enjoy the nature and the woods while driving. We spotted a fox and plenty of cheetals (spotted deers).

All hotels were decent except Pugmark in Kanha. Although the owner is a decent fellow trying his best, the money spent is not worth it. We had plans of staying 3 nights but changed our plans and shifted base to Nagpur after the 3 safaris. Not that the rooms or service is bad. Just that there is nothing else to do after you are done with the Safari. The advantage it has is it is less than 500 m from Khatiya gate. The flip side is that in case you have also booked Mukki gate safari, then please bear in mind it is about 50 km away and will take at least an hour to reach.

Avoid the Nagpur-Aurangabad stretch (that is in case you have not yet fixed your itinerary). The roads are under construction and are not in the best of shapes. We were stuck in a major traffic snarl.

Kanha is more scenic than Bandhavgarh. More mammals in Bandhavgarh [Tiger (of course!), Jackals, Wild Boars], more birds in Kanha [Lesser Adjutant, Indian Roller, Yellow Wagtail, Changeable Hawk Eagle, Red Munia, and stonechat and the pride of the forest - the Barasingha (an endangered deer species now gradually reviving)]. Attaching a few pics.
Overall, I traveled 2594 km (home to home) with an above-average fuel efficiency of 14.4 kmpl (petrol, turbo jet).
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