This was in my agenda to write about our Gurgaon to Kolkata trip which I consider a road trip of lifetime from June 15 but lethargic Debjani with her super lassitude would not be able to post about her all cherished Road trip with Hubby and Baby straight away from the National Capital to the capital of West Bengal! Especially after super success of “Piku” probably many people are now revisiting the idea of this superb Road trip covering 5 states of beautiful India and we decided to opt it to reach our destination through Gurgaon to Kolkata Road trip. However, in our case one extra state added to the itinerary which is Harayana apart from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal since we have started our journey from Gurgaon! Google Map was a real help and we followed it blindly as usual and quite satisfied as always.
As I already mentioned, it’s more than a month now! Luckily I have noted down all the details in my small notepad as I know myself well and I was quite sure that It will take me 2-3 months to write about the amazing Journey. One of the funny part of that trip is; we watched Piku just 2 weeks before we started for Kolkata and though it was a planned tour but that movie supported us morally.
This trip is not only special for covering all those beautiful states but it was special for another reason! With this journey we left Gurgaon after 5 superb years and changed our base to our original BASE: Kolkata! We took this decision since Mehebub opted for a foreign assignment and I took a job transfer to Kolkata so that we (me and baby) can stay near to the family.
Coming to the Gurgaon to Kolkata trip, after moving all our furniture we took our little Alto and started for Kolkata along with our little one and our house help on 28th June from Gurgaon. We have shifted from our little apartment to a nearby hotel on 27th Night after completion of all the formalities and started at around 5 o’clock in the morning. It was an weird time to start from the place where we have started our life together; we welcomed Pasta in our life…
1st stretch: Gurgaon to Agra:
It took us around 3 hours to reach Agra from Gurgaon and Road condition was nothing but mind-blowing. Even our age-old Alto was quite comfortable with a speed of 115-120! However, around 20 km before Agra we were not comfortable with a weird sound coming from the front tire and naturally we stopped in a nearby service station to check the status of the Tier and found it was in pathetic condition and Service Station representative strongly suggested us to change two front tires immediately! What a mess it was! Though Husband Man went to service station 2 days before the journey but they didn’t informed us about the tier condition and we had no choice left but to change both the tires in a cost of INR 7000. It took us around 1 hour spending at the Service station. We again stopped in a nearby shop to taste famous Bedmi Poori aur Aloo Ki Sabzi and the again started for the next stretch.
2nd Stop: Direct Kanpur:
Given we took some rest in the Service station and was quite full after having Poori Sabzi, we just stopped in tea shops before Kanpur. Little one cooperated a lot with us. In fact she was quite exited during the entire trip which was quite unexpected from her. It took us around 6 hours to reach Kanpur. We were in Kanpur at around 2 p.m. and had our lunch there in a Dhaba with Paratha, Paneer Makhani, Lassi and french fries!
3rd Point: Allahabad:
It took us around 4 hours to reach Allahabad from Kanpur and I was quite amazed with the scenic beauty of this stretch! Uttar Pradesh has its own unique charm and moreover we were covering this route in a very good time of the day and weather was amazing. Finally we reached Ganges at around 5:30 p.m. and I was nothing but mesmerized with the beauty!
One thing I have to mention here Road condition was Amazing all through the Uttar Pradesh which we were not expecting initially.
Ohh one thing that should be mentioned. We’ve purchased 5 kg Lyangra Mangoes from Allahabad!
Final destination of Day 1: Varanasi:
We already planned to pause the journey of day one in Varanasi and as per the plan room was booked in Hotel Hindustan International. We reached Varanasi at around 8:30 p.m. but somehow were not able to find right track to reach the city and finally reached hotel at 9:30 p.m. due to heavy traffic in National Highway.
Hotel Hindustan International is a good property in Varanasi and it was a pleasant stay there especially after covering 850 kms. Everybody were dog tired and naturally we opted for a room service for food and food was delicious especially continental. I was too much pleased with my daughter’s level of energy!
Day two: While covering Bihar and Jharkhand:
We have started little late from Varanasi after having a good breakfast at Hotel Hindustan International at around 9:30 a.m. since our plan was to reach my in law’s place in Dubrajpur. As per google map it’s only 530 km from Varanasi to Dubrajpur and naturally we thought we will reach much before time but we were wrong! It took us 12 hours to cross this 530 k.m!
Scenic Beauty was as usual over the top and it was amazing to cover Bihar and Jharkhand. I was enthralled while crossing these two states.
Varanasi to Aurangabad: 1st stop of Day 2:
The distance of 180 km took us 5 hours thanks to popular road blockage in Bihar! Rain was an added component to the traffic and it was pathetic to cover long line of trucks while crossing Sasaram!
We finally stopped in a roadside Dhaba in Aurangabad and had a perfect Bihari lunch with rice and Dehati Chicken Curry and again purchased 5 kg Mangoes; the famous Malda variety of Bihar!
2nd Stop: Direct Dhanbad:
Given it took us extra time to reach Aurangabad, we decided to not to spent much time before reaching Dhanbad as hubby was in a bit worry while crossing Jharkhand for obvious reason. We filled petrol and started for Dhanbad at around 2:30 p.m. and reached Dhanbad at around 6 o’clock. I found Jharkhand beautiful than all the other states. It was quite, calm and thrilling while driving on the silent roads going through the forest!
Final stretch: Dhanbad to Dubrajpur; Sosurbari (In law’s):
We took some rest in Dhanbad and finally started for my in law’s place at around 6:30 p.m. and stopped in Durgapur to have some light snack at around 8:30. This stretch was not that good and full of traffic; too much conjected and polluted as expected. However we reached Dubrajpur at 9:30 pm.
Dubrajpur to Kolkata: Final destination:
We were in Dubrajpur for 2 days and spend some good time with in laws and other relatives and finally started for Kolkata on 1st July. It took us 6 hours to reach Kolkata thanks to the pathetic road condition of Panagarh stretch and especially from Barrackpur to Kolkata. Like our every road trip from Dubrajpur to Kolkata we stopped at Shaktigarh for Breakfast and had Kachuri and Cholar Daal along with Lyangcha, a speciality of Shaktigarh!
Few Important Notes if you are planning for the similar Road trip!
- Do opt for a proper servicing of the Car starting from Oil to Coolant to Tires. There are few stretches within this 1500 km route where you will not get a proper service station even within 10 km.
- Though We took a small car for the trip but it is better to choose a Sedan or preferebly SUV for this type of long road trips.
- Cards are not accepted in many Petrol pumps in between so be available with at least INR 5000 for Petrol/ fuel.
- We filled the tank of our car three times given we were using AC frequently and on the better side Alto is a small car and hence petrol consumption was less.
- We have paid around INR 1700 at Tolls so be prepared with around INR 2000 and keep the invoices handy since in many tolls you need to show the invoice that was paid last.
- Rule of carrying cash is applicable to Food as well given in Roadside Dhaba no one can’t expect Card facility.
- Children are energetic but if you are carrying one alike us especially a toddler; be prepared with his/ her favourite food toys and comfortable pillow and try to give break after 2-3 hours to give them little comfort.
- Last but not the least, it is good to share the burden of driving! It is advisable to divide the driving part at least between two persons.