Roads to Avoid and Potential Alternatives

Theloststory

Active Member
Avoid Delhi - Jaipur NH8. It's a traffic nightmare, plus isn't scenic at all.
Too many trucks, and extremely long jams at Manesar plus long long queues at toll booths will take their toll on you.
I would prefer train, still looking for an alternative route.

(We left Jaipur at 8:30 am and reached CP in Delhi at 3:30 pm. It's that bad. Even when we left at 6am, the trucks on the highway will ruin your drive.)
 

Theloststory

Active Member
Udaipur to Mumbai via MP (alternative to NH8)
We wanted to avoid the dull industrial landscape of NH8 Gujarat on the way from Udaipur to Mumbai. So took the route via MP.

Udaipur to Chittaurgarh is almost 50% good 50% boring and full of trucks.
Chittaurgarh to Ratlam is not too great (two narrow lanes, too many trucks and too many village crossings. Often the road surface is patched making high speeds bumpy).
Ratlam till Sendhwa is boring.

The drive becomes beautiful the moment you enter Maharashtra. Around Dhule it sucks again but becomes better. Enter Mumbai via Nashik highway and suffer a bit at Kalyan Bhiwandi.
 

Theloststory

Active Member
Travelling to or fro Mumbai Nashik NH3

Saket Bridge in Thane is under construction. It screws traffic big time. Figure out a way to avoid that.

NH8 - Mumbai Ahmedabad Highway: Avoid this in peak traffic hours. It's a Nightmare around Vasai Creek Bridge. I spent 1 hour just crossing the small bridge (it's 555 meteres).
 

Theloststory

Active Member
NH67 from Hubbali to Hampi is in need very bad state (2018). Almost 100 km of bad road will slow you down to about 3 plus hours. Use an alternative route depending on where you are com8ng from.
 

deepam

Super User
NH67 from Hubbali to Hampi is in need very bad state (2018). Almost 100 km of bad road will slow you down to about 3 plus hours. Use an alternative route depending on where you are com8ng from.
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Hubli - Hospet is not connected with NH67, it was NH 63 or now called as NH52. This road connects Ankola to Gooty in AP via Hubbali, Gadag, Koppal, Hospet, Ballari.
Yes you are right; the 4 laning work is in progress and I am told that there are about 50 flyovers planned in this 120 km stretch.
 

River Valley Resorts

Travel Guide, Masinagudi
Drove through Coonoor - Ooty - Masinagudi - Mysore - Banglore about 2.5 months back.

Coonoor to Ooty is a good 2 laned hill road with scenic beauty.

Ooty to Masinagudi is also 2 laned and scenic. There are 36 hair pin bends as you exit Ooty. The road is nice in most parts but there are small speed breakers & pot holes in the Mudumalai Forest Area, nothing serious.

Masinagudi to Mysore is again a 2 laned road. It passes from Mudumalai & Badipur tiger reserves. Road conditions are OK with moderate traffic. We spotted elephant & lots of deers and wild boars on this road. Traffic increases as you enter Mysore which is a very normal thing.

Mysore to Bangalore is a beautiful 4 laned road and surprisingly there is no toll tax on this road. Roads are good & traffic is medium.

Hope it helps.
Shekhar
Best way to reach Masinagudi - Mysore

By Cab: Mysore is 105km from River Valley Resort. We organize Cabs from Mysore at cost. Approximate driving time from Mysore to River Valley Resort is 2 hrs.

By Bus: Get onto an Ooty-bound bus and get off at the Mudumalai Wildlife Reception Centre, Theppakadu. From Theppakadu you could hire a jeep or board a Swaraj Mazda, which would drop you at Masinagudi Village. At Masinagudi, you could hire a local jeep or call River Valley Resort for pickup at cost. However, in terms of travel practicality, the convenient railway station is at Mysore (90 km (56 mi)), which is on the major broad gauge line and is served by trains from across the country.

The park is most conveniently accessible by road from Mysore on NH 212 to Gundlupet, then NH 67 to Teppakadu. A little past Bandipur cross the Ari Gouder bridge to a state border check post, passing here one will enter Mudumalai National Park.
 

Theloststory

Active Member
the entire stretch of NH8 is so damn boring plus its being reconstructed in Rajasthan. It's a nightmare to drive. Alternative suggestions are welcome, driving from Mumbai till Delhi.
 
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