Bangalore – Gujarat – Mount Abu – Jaipur – Jamshedpur – Vizag – Bangalore Trip
This was one trip we had in mind for several years. Last year we made all the plans but could not go. So, this time we did not want to miss it at any cost. We, a family of four, planned more than a month for this trip. All hotels were booked, itinerary finalized, purchasing complete, car serviced and ready. As soon as the winter vacation started for children, next day we were on the road.
Bangalore – Tumkur – Chitradurga – Hubli - Bijapur – Solapur - Aurangabad
Start – 7.30 am Stop - 4 am (next day) KMs covered – 1040 On the road for - 20.5 hours
Experience – It wasn’t a pleasant start for a long vacation by road. We normally start by 4 or 5 am if distance to be travelled is above 800 km. Due to some unforeseen reasons we ended up sleeping very little (3 hours) and start by 7.30 am. Bangalore traffic, some work and breakfast could allow us to really start from Peenya (outskirts of Bangalore some 30 km from centre) by 10.30 am only. We decided to avoid NH 13 between Chitradurga and Bijapur based on some travelogue posts that this road is pretty bad. Little did we realise that we are heading for undivided road for most part of our travel this day. In spite of detailed instructions I had gathered, at Hubli we were supposed to take NH 63 leaving NH 4, but we ended up taking NH 218 and lost some 2 hours. It did not end there, we had thought NH 63 will be undivided for some distance but we ended up going all the way up to Solapur on two lane undivided highway. Stopped for dinner at Domino. It was 10 pm, so decided to stay but could not get a hotel of our choice. Since we had booked hotel Atithi at Aurangabad, decided to drive through night. Our luck, we had to drive almost the entire way from Solapur to Aurangabad on undivided road. We finally reached Aurangabad at 4 am barely able to keep awake. Crashed and slept like a log. Day 1 over.
Day 02 Aurangabad – Dhule – Surat bypass – Vadodara
Start – 10.30 am Stop - 1 am (next day) KMs covered - 580 On the road for - 14.5 hours
Experience – The day was pleasant like usual winter morning. We went past Ellora caves eating delicious guavas and other fruits. It is a nice undivided road up to Dhule via mountains. We took NH 211 to reach Dhule by 2 pm. At Dhule we stopped for lunch. To our surprise we found even NH6 is two lane undivided highway. We were cruising along nicely at 100 km/hr and suddenly came across what looked like a long line of trucks. There were 5 to 600 trucks lined up. Since they were all queued up in discipline on the left and indicated to us to go past we started going from right. At the end of it we realised there was a petrol tanker a few kms away that overturned. Due to a fire risk no vehicle was allowed to go.