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Old 1st June 2019, 10:58   #541
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BTW, what is the date of travel for your Delhi-Kolkata trip?
Tomorrow, starting as early as possible from Faridabad. And am leaving for Ranchi, my hometown! Next year in June am gonna have Kolkata trip. Am testing waters this time as for the first time am gonna drive with my family, particularly my three-year-old this long. I am curious how she reacts to daddy's usual trips to Ranchi
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OTOH, I wouldn't venture into the Sultanpur-Jaunpur-Benaras section in the night, but would happily do so between Kanpur and Benaras on the NH19.
Maybe I should pass Allahabad to Varanasi section at night so that with some certainty, I don't face jams. Or maybe early morning, like starting at 5ish from Allahabad may also avoid jams. Accordingly, I need to have a halt at Allahabad so that I start early the next day and cross Varanasi before 10 AM. Does that make sense to you?
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I've taken my Ciaz on the NH19, and I understand your statement about not having "the privilege of crossing dividers"!
I have travelled this route multiple times, but every time by my Linea which offers me good confidence in bad road conditions or in cases of jams when a little offroading is required. This is the first time I am taking City. City when stuck in jam, makes you helpless - no solutions and am gonna be with my family and that is making me pretty nervous about this trip.
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Tomorrow, starting as early as possible from Faridabad.
... and that is making me pretty nervous about this trip.
How did the trip go? Please update.
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How did the trip go? Please update.
Pretty nice. Took Delhi Lucknow Pratapgarh Jaunpur Varanasi route. Till Jaunpur roads are good. Post Jaunpur, to Varanasi roads are being constructed. Diversion and potholes for 40 Kms may be. Overall not bad at all.
Roads did not give me worry but the weird construction of my hotel parking did. Got two heavy underbelly blows while getting in. Parking was in basement with 45 degree steep slope. Got it (probably rear underbelly) while getting in and out.
Plus two to three underbelly scrape in my village Speed beakers. Kind of sad with this treatment of my car. I hope atleast Speed breakers would not have done much damage as car was literally creeping in effort to overcome it while getting scraped.
What harm would a speed breaker scrape would do anyways, if happened during overcoming these mindless ill designed Speed breaker?
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Safely completed my summer trip Gurgaon-Kolkata-Gurgaon.

Every time this tour/drive teaches me something.

Last Dec-Jan, our trip was hammered by heavy truck traffic at Handia-Varanasi-DOS sector due to Kumbh Mela.

This time trip from Gurugram to Kolkata was a bliss, no issues at all, both days I achieved a record time arrival.

On the way back, noted some bad roads near Sasaram area. To my utter surprise, NH-19 East bound lane from Handia to Varanasi is closed now for the month of “Shravan” as pilgrims walking/carrying water from Allahabad to Varanasi. Both way traffic is now passing via West bound lane only. Experienced travellers of this route will know what that means. I was lucky, as departed Varanasi at 0445 in the morning and narrowly escaped with a 45 min delay only (traffic jams).

Took JEW-Palwal-NH-19-WPE route at the end, road condition not at all good from JEW to Palwal (specially in rain), will not suggest this route to anyone.

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Took JEW-Palwal-NH-19-WPE route at the end, road condition not at all good from JEW to Palwal (specially in rain), will not suggest this route to anyone.

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Just a query, why did you not take the KMP from Gurgaon to Palwal? I just did a trip to Gurgaon and took KMP both ways. The KMP is great and saves the headache of negotiating the Noida and Delhi traffic.
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Just a query, why did you not take the KMP from Gurgaon to Palwal?
In fact, I took KMP.
Western Peripheral Expressway is part of KMP. To & from Gurgaon, I prefer to join via Sohna, due to less distance.

Problem is in JEW – Palwal sector (poor road condition combined with local traffic).

Few months back I heard Govt is planning a connection between JEW and Eastern Peripheral Expressway. Don't know any status though. Surely that will reduce travel time a lot.


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