Hyderabad - Indore and Back by Road

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Hyderabad - Indore and back by Road

Part I - Hyderabad - Nagpur - Jabalpur

I am currently traveling on the road driving down from Hyderabad to Indore and back driving my Indigo LS Diesel (Self Driven). many people want to travel this part I section (Hyderabad - Nagpur - Jabalpur) by road. This thread is for them to read.

After a long gap of over a year we decided to undertake long Road Journey over land in our Indigo LS which is two years old. The trip route originally planned was – Hyderabad – Nagpur (where Pranay, our son is to join us) – Jabalpur – Indore – Jalgaon – Tuljapur and back to Hyderabad.

we moved out dot at 0600 on 08 May 10. From Bolarum we went on to Shamirpet - Hyd road and turned right in to Alwal to reach Nagpur road (NH 7). By 0630 we were on the Nagpur road. Road condition was very good. Till Medchal the traffic was heavy, after that traffic conditions became better. Stopped at Harita Restaurant of APTDC, 102 km frorm home after two hours at 0805. Good place, good food but crowded and self service hence takes time. We spent 30 min which included a plate of Idli and two cup chai. Preparation is good and the place is recommended (don’t have breakfast at home, keep that for Harita of APTDC).

Road condition thereafter also was good with four lanes in place except when road passed through a major town like Armur, Nirmal and Adliabad. Good thing however is that the bypasses around Nirmal and Adliabad are likely to be ready very soon (may be within a month).

Worst was yet to come. When we reached Maharashtra after about 20 km from Adlilabad, the road became bad. Four lane work could be seen everywhere but most work looked dead (no one was working though some road laying activity at some stage could be seen) Small patches were ready and put to use. Therefore, every 200 meters there was a track change (diversion) from old road to new patch and vice versa. The junctions between diversions were not levelled properly.

This nightmare continued till 388 km form Hyderabad (about 90 km from Nagpur) when good four lane surface started. Till four lane work is done the patch post Adliabad (20 km from Adliabad) till 90 km from Nagpur (a stretch of 60 km) is going to be bad.
With this journey we made it to Nagpur (490 from home) in total 8.30 hrs of time (only 7.30 hrs of driving in our Indigo Diesel).

We enjoyed two more breaks (apart from Harita) in the car itself with AC running (just stopped to the side of the road) and had a cup of good dip tea during those two breaks ( using Electric Kettle which works with car cigarette lighter socket and it was very convenient). Once full Four lane road is available the time between Hyd and Ngp would be 6.30 hrs of driving time@100 km top speed. The economy we got was 16.43 km/Ltr with AC on and about 100 km of poor quality road (with outside temperature of about 42 degree centigrade). Stayed at Nagpur for the night.

We started Started from on 09 May 10 from Nagpur post good breakfast at 0910 hrs for Pench Tiger Reserve. Traffic was heavy till Kamthi which is about 20 km from Nagpur. The road is two lane through out and not so good in Maharashtra though when the road (NH 7) enters Pench Forest, the road is good even in Maharashtra. Crossed Sillari junction (where Maharashtra Tourism has a out sourced resort where one can stay) and reached Khawasa at 1030 hrs. I would post details of Pench visit in a different thread.

we started from Pench at 1400 hrs on 10 May 10 and went to Rukhad to Bison Retreat (a property of MPSTDC, 35 km from Pench and 23 km from Khawasa on the way to Jabalpur) to have lunch. Lunch was excellent. Post lunch we started for Jabalpur at 1555 (172 km). NH 7 within Pench forest was two lane. It became four lane and stayed so till few km beyond Seoni. In fact the Seoni bypass was not officially opened but we were told that we can go through it. We did go through the bypass and there were little adventures crossing it but we did cross. In any case it is fully ready and would open in about 10 days (by 25 May). The two lane NH 7 post Seoni has okay surface and not too heavy traffic. We reached home at Jabalpur at 1845 (a drive of 3 hrs 20 min from Pench excluding stoppage time for lunch).

Part II (Jabalpur to Indore)would follow soon.
My Foreign Trips will have to wait, There is so much to See in here in INDIA itself

My Contributions:-
Road Trip Hyderabad - Indore - Hyderabad
Travelogue-Pench Tiger Reserve, Kerla Over Land in Journal Section,
Sikkim ,Murud harnai by Road, Bhutan in 7 days
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Part II - Jabalpur - Indore

18 May 2010

We left Jabalpur at 0610 from Gupteshwar area. Took Nagpur road and then NH12. Surface of NH 12 was just okay and manageable. It had big potholes at various places. From Shahpura (about 20 km from Jabalpur) we switched to SH 22.

This road has far superior surface which can put NH12 to shame. The major towns enroute were Gotegaon, Narsingpur, Kareli, Piparia, Susagpur, Hoshangabad, Budhni, and Nasrullaganj. After Hoshangabad, from Budhani for next about 15 km there was hardly anything called road on SH22. The old surface has removed and work is on to make it at least 3 lane wide. The work should finish before Monsoon.

The road beyond has excellent surface and has total 3 lanes. The road however has many turns and ups and downs and no median marking (which keeps the traffic disciplined) on non toll sections. The experience showed that if there is median marking (center line) there would be toll on the road. SH22 ended at Sandalpur.

We took NH 59A from Sandalpur. The surface was okay like NH12, may be slightly better. We reached Kannod at 1400 and enquired about state of NH 59A beyond Kannod till Indore at a petrol pump in the town. Indore is 90 km from here. The petrol pump staff told us that NH59 is single lane till next 20 km followed by a potholed, blundered section of 50 km and then okay road of 20 km till Indore and hence not recommended. He also mentioned that this road is being renewed and that work also is underway. I can say that there is some hope on betterment of NH 59A in future.

We were told the recommended route, to turn right from the petrol pump on to SH41 and go to Ashta (44 km) on AB Road (NH3 / SH18) and take AB Road (It was a four lane road which we joined and it remained so till Indore, its Four lane status between Bhopal and Ashta is not known to me). So we did and reached Ashta at about 1445 travelling over very superior SH 41 through ghat section of beautiful forested hills.Then we joined and continued our travel on NH3 for Indore (103 km).

We were yet to have lunch, therefore, we stopped at Highway Treat, a MP Tourism Restaurant at Dodi about 14 km from Ashta.
It is a self service vegetarian restaurant with variety of choices of snacks and meals. Also available are chas, lassi, soft drinks, shakes, fruit juices, tea / coffee and water (from Aqua Guard and bottled). The food did take about 10 min but the quality of food was good and everything was piping hot. Remember it’s a self service place and service at the counter is slow.

We left Dodi at 1605 with Indore still at 90 km and travelled through NH3 / SH 18 and Indore bypass as we were to go to other side of Indore. The fore lane NH3 and Indore bypass are good through out. Reached home at Rajendra Nagar at 1745 hrs.

Now that I have finished the journey, my recommended option for travel between Jabalpur and Indore is, NH12 up to Shahpura, then SH 22 till Hoshangabad followed by NH 69 till Bhpoal (there must be some bypass for Bhapal too but since I did not take this road, I don’t know) and finally NH3 from Bhopal (or bypass) to Indore.

Total time on Wheel for above mentioned adventure was 09 hrs 55 min and total travel time including breaks was 11 hrs 35 min. This is on the higher side because of the detour we took at Kannod to Ashta and NH3, if NH 59A was good between Kannod and Indore we would have been home by 1600 hrs, about 10 hours of travel time.
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Thanks harshad

that was some great info on the route and road conditions.
eagerly waiting for the return leg of your journey.
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Thanks EOS. Another input is I got 15.37 km/ltr with AC on. Return leg would be Indore, Jalgaon, Tuljapur and Hyderabad. I would post details ASAP.
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Thumbs up Pench Travelogue

You can read about our affair with Pench at following thread

http://www.indiamike.com/india/india...59/#post971665
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good road travel & updates
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I am visiting IM after a lot of time, was busy.

Thanks Mountain Lover for ur comments. Here is balnce of write up about my return journey between Indore and Hyderabad via Jalgaon and Shegaon.

26 May 10 Indore - Jalgaon

Today our return journey started. We were to travel Indore Jalgaon where I have cousins. There were two routes available. One was Indore Burhanpur Jalgaon and second was NH3 from Indore to Shripur and take SH4 (Shripur Burhanpur road) and SH 118 which culminates in to NH 6 (Mumbai Nagpur) passing through Jalgaon.

We decided to take the second combination. We left Rajendra Nagar in Indore at 0645 hrs. Took AB road which is two lane till after Rau and then becomes divided into four lane. This honeymoon with four lane continued till Khalghat bridge. In between we stopped at Dhamnod, about five km from Kahlghat bridge to meet one of my friend.

Post Khalghat bridge, the nightmare started. The four laning work was in full swing and there were diversions a plenty. Most places one of the side (some times left and some times right) work was in progress. The traffic was heavy which made travelling on two lane part difficult and made my speed of advance low. The four lane work was yet to take off at MP Maharashtra border at Bijasan temple.

We travelled the two lane NH 3 till Shripur after which we took SH 4 and other SH combination for Jalgaon. The surface of SH 4 & SH 118 were good but unlike NH, SH have too many turns to cater for geography and depressions to cross Nullahs. The low pass (called Rapat in hindi) over Nullahs on SH seems to be a way to save money on bridges. If SH are to be kept level over Nullah, high bridges would have to be built.

I must admit that our speed on SH was very good and by 1345 we were in the limits of Jalgaon, despite the 20 km we travelled on NH 6 (Two lane with no signs of any conversation to four lane or even bypass for Jalgaon) was in a near linear manner behind the vehicle ahead of us because there was hardly any carriage way for overtaking. It took another 15 minutes to locate our destination and we reached home by 1415 hrs.

When NH3 is fully four laned, it would be pleasure to drive on it. Presently, between Khalghat and Shripur, the journey is very painful. I took all the pain in stride with the hope that tomorrow would be different.
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28 May 2010 Jalgaon – Shegaon

Originally our plan was to go to Tuljapur and have darshans of Tuljabhawani, however, we changed the programme one day before our departure on 28 May and decided to go to Samadhi Mandir of Sant Gajanan Maharaj at Shegaon. Almost every one agreed at Jalgaon that Shegaon is not commercial. It still has the concept of all devotees are equal.

I had never been there and my wife had been there about 30 years back. Since the distance between Jalgaon and Shegaon was only 150 km, we decided to take it easy and leave on 28 May after lunch at about 1200 hrs.

If you look for Shegaon on Google map, it is better to search for Shegaon, Khamgaon or Shegaon Gajanan Maharaj Mandir.

Route for Shegaon from Jalgaon was fairly simple. NH 6, the torturous two lane highway till Khamgaon and SH 173 from Khamgaon to Shegaon. We started at 1225 Hrs from Jalgaon and Reached Shegaon at 1530 hrs.
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29 May 2010 Shegaon – Hyderabad

On the map, it seemed a simple journey. The route as searched on the map was SH 192 till Partur then SH 204, 207 and 183 upto Washim. There after it was on SH 183 & MSH 3 via Pusad through SH of Andhra Pradesh till we reached NH 7 after Ichoda. Once we reached NH7 the journey was fairly simple till Secunderabad.

In practise though, it turned out to be roller coaster ride of a sort. That was because at Washim we missed to continue on SH 183 and landed up on SH 204 (which we had travelled earlier enroute to Washim). We realised the mistake and asked few traffic dept personnel who were checking about the way to Hyderabad. They advised us to continue on same SH and go to Hyderabad via Nanded.

Well, we took the advice and repented for it. Washim – Nanded route of SH 204 is under upgradation to 3 lane (1.5 lane each side) carriageway. The present surface is bad and the work that is on for re-laying has added to the travellers woes. 132 km between Washim and Nanded were nothing but bad. Another six months, the route may become one of the best one but presently it is not good.

The question is, do I then recommend the washim – Pusad – NH 7 route? We did not travel on it and hence can’t offer advise. Another fact is that most of the traffic from Washim to Hyderabad appeared to be flowing on the route that we took (in fact Traffic dept personnel whom we asked the advice did not know much about any other route then what they recommended). It may therefore turn out that if one wants to come straight from Washim to Hyderabad, despite we not recommending the via Nanded route, there may not be any other better option.

The route from Nanded to NH 7 at Dichpalli was good quality one except for a big ditch on Nanded bypass with a big mound in the centre. Since we were behind a small truck we did not notice the mound and ran over it. It resulted in a big bang under the car. After the bang, vibrations in the cabin of the car increased 5 fold. That was a cause of worry, however, the engine parameters and fuel consumption were normal. Hence we pressed on and joined NH 7 at Dichpalli.

We were to have our lunch but we did not enter Nanded and we could not find a descent place on the road. We did stop at a place but did not like it so moved on. We thought of having something at APTDC Harita restaurant on NH 7 but found it closed. Later on when we reached home we realised that it was effect of Bandh called by Telangana activists that even the petrol pumps in AP area of NH 7 were closed.

Dichpalli to Hyderabad was 152 km and it was 1500 hrs. Despite the increased vibrations since the vital parameters of the car were satisfactory we started zipping on NH7 four lane zone and reached Home at Secunderabad at 1645. I can say that 'That was fast'.

That brings me to another point, earlier in my writing about trip from Hyderabad to Nagpur I had stated that NH 7 is fully four laned. That is partially true because Except for a distance about 10 km from Harita restaurant to some where closure to Armur the road is two carriage way , a distance of about 80 km, which includes forested area. However, except for the forested area of about 20 km, work however, is in full swing to make it four lane.

What about the problem with the car? When inspected by Tata service centre at ECIL Crossing in Secunderabad the cost of part was around 300 and the labour was around 200. So in Rs 500 only the whole trouble was sorted out. I was told one of the cross arm was bend and was replaced and there was a stone stuck between engine casing and some chassis element.

After this trip I am in total awe and love with my Tata Indica LS. And the mileage on this leg? With very bad road of 132 km between Washim and Nanded and AC on throughout as outside temperature was around 43 degree, we got 14.8 Km/ltr after also doing 100 km in Secunderabad in city conditions. My respect for Indigo LS has gone up.


In all it was a very comfortable journey spread over 20 days (with two major breaks of 7 days each) and 2800 km of driving.
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Harshad,

That was a wonderful trip you had. The joy of traveling is pure. Appreciate your inputs on this stretch. About the Indigo, yes, it's an awesome car. I have one and it has never given up on me. Occassionally the tyre punctures though! I have taken mine to Pithorgarh, Shimal, Mussorie, Kausani, Nainital, Rankhandi, Haridwar, Rishikesh and all places on way to Jaisalmer ...it has seen all terrains, including a leopard on the road in Corbett country.

Keep driving
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Thanks

Thank you very much. Your appriciation is a good reward as it comes froma fellow experienced road traveller. I hope the inputs would be useful to some one some day.
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Dear Harshad,

First of all, thanks a lot for the detailed coverage of the road trip.

I need your advice as I am planning to drive from hyderabad - Indore. Can you please tell me which is the best and shortest route?

Look forward to a prompt reply.

Thanks and regards,

Abhinay
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about the te kettle on the move

Namaste Harshad,

Great to read your trip as well as your background too. You have mentioned of an electric kettle for tea that works on car charger outlet. Great for tea bags on the move in odd place. Please let us know what brand the kettle is or you have converted it to work with the car plugs.
best wishes
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Thumbs up Tea Kettel

Thanks for ur post. It was a kettle I had bought at one of the malls in gulf and its branded. would post its make later, it is packed in a box and soon i would be opening the box.
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I want to drive from Nagpur to Delhi in my Car Alto in September , Can some one suggest which route to follow

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