Road/Traffic Conditions in Uttarakhand

#3961 Jul 20th, 2017, 23:05
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Originally Posted by satya1as View Post what is the road condition from kathgodam to ramgarh, I am planning to travel with my 1 year son and family in 5-6 Aug'17,
Hope no work on the same road, if any please suggest,

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Only a small spot of bother at Bhimtal due to some slide on the road a few days back, otherwise no other information of any major trouble...
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I wonder about this stretch from Mohaan (across Corbett) to Ranikhet; route map is at https://goo.gl/maps/G3L5twsmS4r

Specifically,
tarring quality;
stability during mid-Aug rains;
and road-clearing frequency in case of landslides.


PS: I intend to take this route to Ranikhet (starting from Noida). Just to avoid Nainital and Kathgodam traffic.
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Originally Posted by blackfog View Post I wonder about this stretch from Mohaan (across Corbett) to Ranikhet; route map is at https://goo.gl/maps/G3L5twsmS4r

Specifically,
tarring quality;
stability during mid-Aug rains;
and road-clearing frequency in case of landslides.

PS: I intend to take this route to Ranikhet (starting from Noida). Just to avoid Nainital and Kathgodam traffic.
I don't know about the road condition but i remember that Dilliwala posted somewhere this as one of the most beautiful scenic mountain road stretch to drive on.
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Originally Posted by blackfog View Post I wonder about this stretch from Mohaan (across Corbett) to Ranikhet;
The road is fine albeit narrow than others, and tarring quality perfect. During landslides, the way is cleared soon for traffic. The route itself is scenic with minimal traffic, and while this is good, you need to be careful on bends as drivers become negligent due to low traffic movement.

What you should be worried about are rain fed rivers that you have to cross initially. If it is raining heavily, you will not be able to cross those until the rain subsides.
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Water crossing near Corbett's entrance

Thank you both, for the info.

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Originally Posted by jituyadav View Post The road is fine albeit narrow than others, and tarring quality perfect. During landslides, the way is cleared soon for traffic. The route itself is scenic with minimal traffic, and while this is good, you need to be careful on bends as drivers become negligent due to low traffic movement.
Sounds like a fun and relaxing drive. On narrow and secluded roads, I let the car roll in 2nd or 3rd gear.

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What you should be worried about are rain fed rivers that you have to cross initially. If it is raining heavily, you will not be able to cross those until the rain subsides.
What do you mean crossing rivers?

Google Earth shows multiple water crossings near Chokam around Dhangarhi Gate. How bad are these? I saw some pics in Google Earth/Maps like this, this, this, and this. Given that I am driving a hatchback and the rains may be unpredictable along the 70+ km road, shall I stick to the route via Nainital if it rains that day? It'll be a long day as I shall do 350 km on a rainy day. Waiting out downpours may not be the most optimum use of time.
OR is the drive too good to bear this.
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Originally Posted by blackfog View Post What do you mean crossing rivers?

Google Earth shows multiple water crossings near Chokam around Dhangarhi Gate. How bad are these?
How bad, bad enough to stop your journey during moderate/heavy rains

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Given that I am driving a hatchback and the rains may be unpredictable along the 70+ km road, shall I stick to the route via Nainital if it rains that day? It'll be a long day as I shall do 350 km on a rainy day. Waiting out downpours may not be the most optimum use of time.
OR is the drive too good to bear this.
Yes, take Nainital route if it had been raining around Ramnagar-Corbett, specifically take Moradabad-Tanda route, the only bad thing about this route is that administration has put up many speed breakers for some godforsaken reason, it is very irritating.
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Originally Posted by jituyadav View Post How bad, bad enough to stop your journey during moderate/heavy rains
Haha! Yes. I was wondering about any damage to the under belly of the car. Retracing from this part all the way to Bazpur route will be time consuming... Oh well.

If I take this route (I want to, especially if Dilliwala recommends this as a good one!), I shall sure update the thread with the detailed road conditions.
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There was recent news in Tribune that the Center had approved six highways for upgradation and one amongst them is - Laxmanjhula-Dugadda-Nainidanda-Mohan-Ranikhet highway - I think from Mohan to Ranikhet this is the only highway, then in a few years time one can expect a much better road
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Kotdwar and Kotdwar to Lansdowne is in bad shape after the flash floods. I just reached Khirsu via Lansdowne - Pauri. Kotdwar to Lansdowne road today was like the Leh circuit, countless water crossing and not to mention landslides. Interestingly everything normal as far roads are concerned after you move towards Pauri from Lansdowne. Road condition excellent.
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Some of the Kumaon roads in Aug 2017

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Originally Posted by blackfog View Post Haha! Yes. I was wondering about any damage to the under belly of the car. Retracing from this part all the way to Bazpur route will be time consuming... Oh well.

If I take this route (I want to, especially if Dilliwala recommends this as a good one!), I shall sure update the thread with the detailed road conditions.
I am late to the party. I have uploaded all my photos on Flickr here. Specifically, the road conditions from mid-Aug can be judged from the geotagged photos on this map. For some reason, not all of my road condition photos are showing on the Flickr map. I cannot figure what's wrong. Go figure each photo in the album individually if you must. Each photo is geotagged.

The spread of road photos in my album is from Corbett to Ranikhet to Bageshwar to Jageshwar Dham. Hope this helps give an approximate idea to the future travelers.

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From entering Corbett till Mohaan, the roads are good. Except that in rainy season there were water crossings. When I crossed those, thankfully it was not raining but amount of water crossing the road hinted that drivers will have to wait out any heavy rains. Also, before entering the water look out for deep potholes.


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A video of the water crossing is here:

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The route via Chukam to Totam to Ranikhet was blocked by landslide so I took a slightly longer route. There was minor police presence to help and of course the locals are more than helping. The traffic on this route was minimal but not zero. I crossed 2-3 local buses as well. Looked like a relatively busy stretch. Though it does not exist on Google Maps; it shows a dead end. It does exist on Flickr maps. It was a decent road, better than what I expected it to be.

Sorry, no photos of the bad stretches. While 95% of the road was narrow and fantastic, there were small stretches of 10-50 meter length that were washed out. Even without rains, I had a hard time negotiating those in car. I remember one stretch of yellow mud where the brand new Turanza tyres lost grip and slipped (Petrol Ritz, 2WD). I had to back out and re-enter the stretch.

Some representative photos of the better sections from before re-joining the 'main road' that goes from Totam to Bhatrojkhan are below.


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After Bhatrojkhan, the road was better -- narrow, decently tarred, very less-trafficked, with extreme greenery and Pine forests on either sides, and riddled with small potholes. I could manage 20-30 kmph speeds. When leaving the road for oncoming traffic, do watch out for the rough sides of the road cutting into the sidewalls of the car tyres. I've lost a tyre in similar situation though not in the hills.


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Road from Ranikhet to Chiliyanaula was a pleasure to drive on.

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The road was Ranikhet to Manela to Someshwar to Kausani was great again. It meet midway on the road from Dwarahat to Someshwar.

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I could manage 40+ kmph speeds on most stretches.


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Though watch out for the rare craters on the road. Some are big enough to warrant circumventing them completely.

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From Ranikhet to Almora, again good roads -- nice tarring and good forests around. I had a buck jump across the road in front of the car. Had it been closer, I may have collided. Given low traffic, I was not cautious enough to brake instantly.


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Blackfog, a couple of lines describing road conditions, or just a line on bad stretches is much better than links Even if one does go to the links, it does not provide any worthwhile information apart from some random snaps

Anyone did the Haldwani-Delhi road recently?
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Originally Posted by jituyadav View Post Blackfog, a couple of lines describing road conditions, or just a line on bad stretches is much better than links Even if one does go to the links, it does not provide any worthwhile information apart from some random snaps
I know! Since I got busy after the trip so I thought of sharing what I can quickly share right away. I posted the links and wanted to expand it on the weekend. But thanks to your push, I ended up making time to add descriptions and photos. Now scrambling back to office work!
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Originally Posted by blackfog View Post I know! Since I got busy after the trip so I thought of sharing what I can quickly share right away. I posted the links and wanted to expand it on the weekend. But thanks to your push, I ended up making time to add descriptions and photos. Now scrambling back to office work!
Very good pics of the roads giving details of the roads- but always there will be bad stretches during rains in these ghat roads.
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@blackfrog - do post some more photographs - did you visit Binsar Mahadev Temple, it is on the route ...
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Originally Posted by narayanvee View Post Very good pics of the roads giving details of the roads- but always there will be bad stretches during rains in these ghat roads.
Thanks and yes. I got lucky with very few bad stretches given the crazy monsoons.

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Originally Posted by srb810 View Post @blackfrog - do post some more photographs - did you visit Binsar Mahadev Temple, it is on the route ...
All photos of road conditions that I took are posted above. Also, I shall shortly share a few videos of the road conditions. If you mean photos of my trip, then this thread is not appropriate for it. All I shall share is this Flickr album's link. Is there another relevant thread? For example, I shall cross-post some forest road photos in this thread: www.indiamike.com/india/off-the-beaten-trail-in-india-f45/beautiful-forest-roads-in-india-t239772/

I am painfully aware of the temple on the route and having missed it. We got late and my wife gets motion sick so we didn't retrace our route the next few days. Definitely on my next trip to Ranikhet. Any chances of safely camping outside the temple on the empty grounds?

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