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Originally Posted by tsk1979 View Post Dilliwala, the Moradabad-Bazpur- Kaladunghi And Moradabad-Kashipur-Kaladunghi routes are similar in time.

I have been to Almora from this route.
2pm we were at Mordabad bypass
4pm we were fuelling at Nainital border
6pm we crossed Almora
6:45pm we were at Binsar.
All done while not crossing speeds of 100kmph

The Kaladunghi-Nainital road is one of the best roads I have driven on in Himalayas(And trust me, I have done a lot of himalayan roads, gone to places where there are no roads).
I have travelled on this road number of times..I fully agree its a beautiful road and route.
Kaladhungi to Nainital the route is
Kaladhungi-->Ghatgarh-->Mangoli-->Bajun-->Lingadhar(Khurpatal)-->Saria Tal-->Char Khet-->Bara Pathar-->Nainital
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Originally Posted by tsk1979 View Post (And trust me, I have done a lot of himalayan roads, gone to places where there are no roads).
So have I.
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Lohaghat-Delhi road info required.

Hi,

Now I have booking at three different places: Day1 at Daniya, Day2 at Didihat and Day3 at Lohaghat. So, I will go through Moradabad-Kaladhungi-Nainital-Almora route and want to back from Lohaghat to Delhi.

Hence from Lohaghat to Delhi there are 2 routes. One is via Devidhura-Dhanchuli-Bhimtal-Haldwani route and the other is via Champawat-Tanakpur-Khatima-Nanakmatta-Kichcha-Pantnagar-Rampur route. If any of you have used these routes please advice which one is in good condition and less time cosuming?
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Originally Posted by skd View Post Hi,

Now I have booking at three different places: Day1 at Daniya, Day2 at Didihat and Day3 at Lohaghat. So, I will go through Moradabad-Kaladhungi-Nainital-Almora route and want to back from Lohaghat to Delhi.

Hence from Lohaghat to Delhi there are 2 routes. One is via Devidhura-Dhanchuli-Bhimtal-Haldwani route and the other is via Champawat-Tanakpur-Khatima-Nanakmatta-Kichcha-Pantnagar-Rampur route. If any of you have used these routes please advice which one is in good condition and less time cosuming?
None of the above two routes ;-) Take the Champawat-Tanakpur-Khatima-Nanakmatta-Baheri-Bareli-Rampur-Moradabad-Delhi route. (Baheri is between Nanakmatta and Kichchha).

BTW, what will you do at Lohaghat, it's a small mandi town, with hardly anything to see. There is Mt. Abbot but it isn't 1/10th as beautiful as it looks in pics circulated on internet.

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Yes, I have heard about Mount Abott or something just around Lohaghat. It's probably 8 km from there. How is the place? Can I reach right there in car, I mean motorable road?
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Originally Posted by skd View Post Yes, I have heard about Mount Abott or something just around Lohaghat. It's probably 8 km from there. How is the place? Can I reach right there in car, I mean motorable road?
Yep, you can drive up to there. But there isn't anything to see/do.

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Originally Posted by ntomer View Post None of the above two routes ;-) Take the Champawat-Tanakpur-Khatima-Nanakmatta-Baheri-Bareli-Rampur-Moradabad-Delhi route. (Baheri is between Nanakmatta and Kichchha).

BTW, what will you do at Lohaghat, it's a small mandi town, with hardly anything to see. There is Mt. Abbot but it isn't 1/10th as beautiful as it looks in pics circulated on internet.

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IMO it is better to take the route from Lohaghat to Bhimtal via Dhanchauli.. Last year around sep we went to Lohaghat from Delhi via Nainital->Bhimtal->Dhanchauli and returned via Champawat->Tanakpur->Khatima->Sitarganj->Rudrapur->Rampur this road was in very bad condition. The road via bhimtal->dhanchauli was nice, had good surface in most parts and was pretty empty and scenic. The Champawat->Tanakpur section and the Rudrapur->Rampur sections were nightmare roads. I have gotten similar reports from people who have travelled in the rudrapur->rampur section in recent times.

I just returned on tuesday from a 4 day trip to Almora, Binsar, Ranikhet, Sitlakhet and Nainital.. The route I took was Delhi-> Moradabad-> Tanda-> Bajpur-> Kaladunghi-> Nainital-> Bhowali-> Ranikhet-> Almora-> Binsar and our return was via Almora -> Bhowali -> Nainital and back using the same route. Others in my group went to Ranikhet via corbett park. As per them the route from corbet to ranikhet was ok and had a few stream crossings and not great roads. The rest of the roads were excellent.. There were some sections of the road with landslides, but overall very smooth surface and excellent rides.

The road from Kosi to Sitlakhet was not very good, especially the first 5-6 kms. It had lots of loose stones and gravel. The road surface of this road was also not as good as the other roads we used. The road from Almora to Binsar was also not in any great condition. The road inside the binsar wildlife sanctuary was in pretty bad shape towards the end, but otherwise was in decent condition.

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Originally Posted by skd View Post Hi,

Now I have booking at three different places: Day1 at Daniya, Day2 at Didihat and Day3 at Lohaghat. So, I will go through Moradabad-Kaladhungi-Nainital-Almora route and want to back from Lohaghat to Delhi.

Hence from Lohaghat to Delhi there are 2 routes. One is via Devidhura-Dhanchuli-Bhimtal-Haldwani route and the other is via Champawat-Tanakpur-Khatima-Nanakmatta-Kichcha-Pantnagar-Rampur route. If any of you have used these routes please advice which one is in good condition and less time cosuming?
I have travelled on the both the routes..
Haldwani->Bhimtal-->Khutani-->Padampuri-->Dhanachuli Bend->Pahadpani-->Sharphatak->Mornaula-->Devidhura-->Lohaghat
was in good condition when I last travelled.

Tanakpur -- Lohaghat road is always in bad conditions usually around Sukhidhangh and Chalthi..
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Originally Posted by no1lives4ever View Post IMO it is better to take the route from Lohaghat to Bhimtal via Dhanchauli.. Last year around sep we went to Lohaghat from Delhi via Nainital->Bhimtal->Dhanchauli and returned via Champawat->Tanakpur->Khatima->Sitarganj->Rudrapur->Rampur this road was in very bad condition. The road via bhimtal->dhanchauli was nice, had good surface in most parts and was pretty empty and scenic. The Champawat->Tanakpur section and the Rudrapur->Rampur sections were nightmare roads. I have gotten similar reports from people who have travelled in the rudrapur->rampur section in recent times.
Thanks for the experienced information. So, I should take your route in return journey. Can you tell me how much time did it take from Lohaghat to Delhi? Also, what is the distance in total by this route and the other via Tanakpur-Rudrapur?
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Originally Posted by skd View Post Thanks for the experienced information. So, I should take your route in return journey. Can you tell me how much time did it take from Lohaghat to Delhi? Also, what is the distance in total by this route and the other via Tanakpur-Rudrapur?
It took us 18 hours on both the routes, but then we were on bikes and we took some very long breaks in between and not riding very much.. I estimate 10-12 hours for someone in a car to do lohaghat -> delhi via dhanchauli bend route in a car with a few small breaks in between. This is assuming that you can drive at reasonable speeds and not driving too fast or too slow in the hill section and are able to do around 100-110km/h speeds once you hit moradabad bypass.. This route and back to delhi via nainital/kaladunghi/bazpur is shorter in distance, but can take longer because of longer hill stretches.

The road between lohaghat and bhimtal via dhanchauli bend has very little traffic, decent roads and excellent views. If you like hill driving, you will like the view.

For getting back to delhi from bhowali, i would recommend the nainital->kaladunghi stretch. It has less traffic, good views and has excellent road surface. You can get stuck in nainital in a car. You will find some traffic in bazpur and a lot of traffic in tandi. Otherwise the road is in decent shape and hardly any potholes. You could also go to haldwani from bhowali and take the highway to kaladunghi from haldwani and then get back via bazpur, but then you will miss out on the beautiful khurpatal between nainital and kaladunghi..

The road between moradabad and gajraula is more or less completely 4 laned except for one or two small towns where it is not as yet fully 4 laned. From Gajraula to Hapur bypass, the road has huge ammount of traffic and sees frequent traffic jams, so budget around 2-3 hours of spare time if you are on a car to take care of any traffic jams. I have been stuck for around 5 hours once while returning from lucknow on a bus between gajraula and the bridge over ganga at garhmukteshwar..Also this section is still getting 4 laned and large sections are still 2 laned.

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Originally Posted by skd View Post Thanks for the experienced information. So, I should take your route in return journey. Can you tell me how much time did it take from Lohaghat to Delhi? Also, what is the distance in total by this route and the other via Tanakpur-Rudrapur?
Lohaghat -- Delhi via Tanakpur 430km

Lohaghat -- Delhi via Devidhura,Bhimtal 440km
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Thanks to no1 for the updates, also to ntomer for the one in the 'Road/traffic conditions' thread.

skd, I think you have all the latest road/route info you need now.
One Q: When will you stop to catch your breath?
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Originally Posted by Dilliwala View Post Thanks to no1 for the updates, also to ntomer for the one in the 'Road/traffic conditions' thread.

skd, I think you have all the latest road/route info you need now.
One Q: When will you stop to catch your breath?
Good question Dilliwala! I don't get long holidays from my work so it's a less time and more to cover. But yes, I like driving specially hill driving so I won't get tired. But yes, I'll take short breaks to take snaps in-between.

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Originally Posted by no1lives4ever View Post For getting back to delhi from bhowali, i would recommend the nainital->kaladunghi stretch. It has less traffic, good views and has excellent road surface. You can get stuck in nainital in a car. You will find some traffic in bazpur and a lot of traffic in tandi. Otherwise the road is in decent shape and hardly any potholes. You could also go to haldwani from bhowali and take the highway to kaladunghi from haldwani and then get back via bazpur, but then you will miss out on the beautiful khurpatal between nainital and kaladunghi.
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Thanks again No1 for the detailed information. I will take Kaladhungi-Khurpatal-Nainital road while going and Bhimtal-Haldwani-Kaladhungi while returning. Just for a change.
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Hi Guys,

All set to go tomorrow morning on this trip. I'll use all your valuable information to make this trip memorable. I'll share my experience on my return.
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Originally Posted by skd View Post Hi Guys,

All set to go tomorrow morning on this trip. I'll use all your valuable information to make this trip memorable. I'll share my experience on my return.
Hi Skd....I am also going tomorrow (Almora)...we will start our journey at around 6am from south delhi...1st stoppage will be at Gajraula(Gyani jis resturent)
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