3800 km highway journey in a Toyota Innova Crysta

The choice of driving throughout the first & final night time of the itinerary saved a while. I’d say {that a} compact tour of 8 days masking 3,800 km is just not dangerous.

BHPian Travelmania just lately shared this with different fanatics.

Because the Durgapuja bell rings, we start tingling our palms to enterprise out someplace to benefit from the festive event. This yr I acquired an honest go away of 9 (9) days at a stretch. Eager about our journey construction, I started arranging the holiday with my workforce to complete a captivating journey by seeing the options of the final visited locations and including new places. I deliberate the itinerary in an accompanying method for recreation, drilling free drive, and co-travellers solace. As a highway traveller, I typically try and plan my schedule to reside it up with my household.

  • Car: Innova Crysta
  • Passengers: Me with my spouse, brother with spouse and daughter.
  • Distance coated: 3802 km
  • The entire variety of days: 8 (eight) door to door.
  • Day 1: Left Kolkata eighth Oct within the night to drive in a single day and attain Varanasi within the morning. 697kms
  • Day 2: Varanasi to Lucknow 327kms
  • Day 3: Lucknow to Agra 337kms by way of ALE
  • Day 4: Agra
  • Day 5: Agra to Rishikesh 426 km by way of YEW, Japanese peripheral and Meerut Expressway, Delhi-Haridwar highway.
  • Day 6: Rishikesh
  • Day 7: Rishikesh to Lucknow 758kms by way of YEW, ALE
  • Day 8: Lucknow to Kolkata (Garia) 1027kms

Day 1: Kolkata to Varanasi

We left residence round 5.30 pm to achieve our dinner cease on Durgapur Expressway by 8.30 pm. However to my dangerous luck first acquired caught at Kolkata Jam attributable to heavy site visitors for Durgapuja, so we pathetically crossed the mess to hit one other site visitors jam at Dankuni. In some way reached the dinner level at Mirchi Freeway Dhaba. A good vegetarian eatery with good service and a clear atmosphere. After dinner, we left for Varanasi at 9.30 pm.

Sailed in a single day to achieve our Lodge at Varanasi Cantonment by 7.30 am. All through the highway, the situation was good to higher. Particularly I ought to say the freeway in Jharkhand was amazingly clean. There may be some diversion in a number of stretches between Barhi and Aurangabad, however that won’t hinder the driving pleasure. My logic of night time drive in comparison with day drive is to get extra relaxation between actions and go to any highlights of the place within the night if attainable. In any other case, the price of the lodge is an identical in each instances. We checked in at Lodge Meadows, a small boutique lodge at Varanasi cantonment and protected parking on a personal highway in entrance of the lodge. The highlighted half was they offered early check-in at no further price. Additionally they served breakfast promptly after order. I used to be a bit bored with the in a single day drive, so I escaped for a decent nap of two hours.

Few snaps of the Lodge and Parking as effectively.

Our Crysta was parked safely simply in entrance of the lodge.

We now have already deliberate to style the scrumptious preparation at Deena Chat Bhander. Nevertheless, Kashi Chat Bhander can also be a famend chat cease beside. They served plenty of selection to fulfil our urge for food. The next snaps will give a greater description.

Our subsequent program was to go to Sankat Mochan Temple and Ganga Aarti from a ship. On our final go to, we missed the Sankat Mochan Mandir attributable to weekly closure, so we have been fortunate to get the chance to supply our prayers to Lord Hanuman.

Felt the divine emotions after the entire efficiency of Aarti at Dasaswamedh Ghat. The Aarti is finest seen from a ship to get a entrance look of the Purohits. After the Aarti, we took the boat to the center of the river to drift Diyas within the Ganges. We by no means miss this exercise of providing prayers to Maa Ganga at any time when we go to Varanasi.

Sundown on the Ganges

Mata Ganga Aarti

Our full workforce

Varanasi Ghats at night time from the Ganges

Day 2: Varanasi to Lucknow

Left early by 8.30 am in direction of Lucknow. We acquired a clear dhaba for breakfast simply after the toll plaza on Lucknow highway. The Alu Paratha was scrumptious and served sizzling.

The kitchen was very clear and tidy.

We reached Lucknow in time with none trouble or delay. We booked Lodge Legend Inn at Gomti Nagar close to Sahara Hospital, extra particularly beside Sanjivani Hospital. Very neat {and professional} lodge with good rooms and higher service. Sufficient automotive parking place on the open area in entrance of the lodge.

Although we now have visited Lucknow a few occasions, nonetheless we determined to go to Bara Imambara, notably the Bhulbhulaiya, within the night.

Sundown from Imambara

Rumi Darwaza

After ending some purchasing to please the feminine workforce members, we landed at Dastar Khwan for the speciality dish.

I hope no person does not miss the chance to have some biriyani and kebabs on the eatery at any time when passing the Metropolis of Nawabs.

Continued from Day 2:

Day 3: Lucknow to Agra

Left Lucknow after breakfast at round 9.30 am in direction of Agra by way of Agra Lucknow Expressway. Skilled a fatigue much less drive sustaining a selected velocity restrict of 100 km/h. We reached Agra with none extra halt. Nothing to explain extra in regards to the unbelievable turf to drive. However the freeway authority is extraordinarily strict about velocity limits.

Our Crysta on Agra Lucknow Expressway on the way in which to Agra

We checked in to Raddison Agra. Superb property with luxurious lodging. Not very removed from the freeway and a particularly useful entrance desk for quick check-in formalities.

Later afternoon we visited probably the most wished and sought-after place of the town, The Taj Mahal. At any time when I noticed this heritage earlier wished to spend some hours to really feel and consider the structure. However this time discovered the monument cleaner. Because of the Archaeological Division to brighten up the Seventh Marvel. As a substitute of describing the next snaps can specific my emotions.

The rooftop of the lodge is the highlighted half as a result of swimming pool and cafeteria with the Taj view.

View from the rooftop of the Raddison

Day 4: Agra

Many quick itineraries are attainable from Agra. However we determined not to decide on one of many common itineraries and go to Birds Paradise at Keoladeo Nationwide Park, Bharatpur. The advantage of taking personal car provides pleasure to accommodate the itinerary as per want. Bharatpur is barely 73 km from Agra. The lodge safety urged we take the highway by way of Gwalior freeway to keep away from the slender and congested route via the town slender lanes. Our complete household was tremendous excited in regards to the exercise of fowl watching with none criticism. We spent some 4-5 hours at numerous places beneath the steering of an skilled information and loved each little bit of the time spent with nature and its existence. To me, the spot is a multiple-time go to vacation spot. The extra we noticed, the extra we wished. The costs are Rs 150 per hour for rickshaws and 250 per hour for information. I did not negotiate to get the very best service from them. I attempted to attract it extra elaborately by the next pictures.

A brief description of the park given by our information

Tortoise discovered on the waterbody beside Mandir after we entered the park

Full Workforce busy with fowl watching


Axis Deer

Proceed studying about Travelmania’s highway journey for BHPian feedback, insights and extra data.

Supply hyperlink