All-India Road Trip Plan: Suggestions & Reviews Needed From All!


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Hey everyone,

We are planning for an all India road trip in December 2020. We are a group of 3 guys and we will be driving a 2019 Ford Endeavour Titanium+ on this trip. The car is new and suits the trip based on our research. The discussions, research and planning started a few weeks ago. We have quite a bit of time for us to finalise our plan. We request everyone's support in making this a success. Some of our plans could be over-ambitious and unrealistic. If any part of our plan is impossible, please let us know. We want to have the best possible plan for the trip. Without a lot of help from the fellow forum members, it’s not going to be possible to plan such a massive trip.

The three of us will be 18.5 years old when we embark on this journey. 2 of us will have an Indian driving license and the other 1 of us will have a Singaporean driving license with an international permit. We have driven on certain bad road conditions and also in traffic conditions of village, town, city and highway roads. We have also done a little bit of offroading. However, we are not really used to driving on dangerous roads as we are NRIs. I would also like to mention that we came up with this plan after taking inspiration from other people's plans.

Let me start the discussion by submitting our draft route plan and schedule. Please go through and advise us to plan better. We welcome all suggestions and advice. We are happy to welcome all those who are interested to join us on this drive. It is not a must that those who join should cover all the distance. Please join us at any point and leave us at any point as well. If you want to use our plan, go ahead!

Day 1: Chennai - B. Nidamanuru 07/12/20
0700: Depart from Chennai International Airport
1400: Reach Ongole (My house)
1500: Depart from Ongole
1545: Reach B. Nidamanuru (My house)

Day 2: B. Nidamanuru - Hyderabad 08/12/20
0700: Depart B. Nidamanuru
1430: Reach Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad (My house)

Day 3: Hyderabad - Raipur 09/12/20
0700: Depart from Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad
2100: Reach Raipur (Friend's house)

Day 4: Raipur - Bhubaneshwar 10/12/20
0700: Depart from Raipur
1900: Reach Konark Sun Temple
2000: Depart from Konark Sun Temple
2200: Reach Bhubaneswar (Friend's house)

Day 5: Bhubaneshwar - Bharddhaman 11/12/20
0700: Depart from Bhubaneshwar
1710: Reach Kolkata
1810: Depart from Kolkata
1930: Reach Dankuni
2040: Reach Masagram
2130: Reach Barddhaman (Hotel)

Day 6: Bharddhaman - Kishanganj 12/12/20
0700: Depart from Barddhaman
0940: Arrive at Asansol
1040: Depart from Asansol
1240: Arrive at Dumka
1530: Arrive at Bhagalpur
1615: Arrive at Tetari
2000: Arrive at Kishanganj (Hotel)

Day 7: Kishanganj - Samdup Jhongkar 13/12/20
0700: Depart from Kishanganj
0930: Arrive at Siliguri
1030: Depart from Siliguri
2130: Arrive at Samdrup Jhongkar (India Side) (Hotel)

Day 8: Samdrup Jhongkar - Tawang 14/12/20
0700: Depart from Samdrup Jhongkar
2130: Arrive at Tawang (Hotel)

Day 9: Tawang - Guwahati 15/12/20
0700: Depart from Tawang
2100: Arrive at Guwahati (Friend's house)

Day 10: Guwahati - Sevoke 16/12/20
0700: Depart from Guwahati
0950: Arrive at Dudhnoi
1100: Arrive at Goalpara
1410: Arrive at Gauripur
1510: Depart from Gauripur
2030: Arrive at Sevoke (Hotel)

Day 11: Sevoke - Darjeeling 17/12/20
0700: Depart from Sevoke
0950: Arrive at Rongli
1115: Arrive at Dzuluk
1445: Arrive at Gangtok
1545: Depart from Gangtok
2000: Arrive at Darjeeling (Hotel)

Day 12: Darjeeling - Gopalganj 18/12/20
0700: Depart from Darjeeling
1710: Arrive at Muzaffarpur
2020: Arrive at Gopalganj (Hotel)

Day 13: Gopalganj - Kanpur 19/12/20
0700: Depart from Gopalganj
1000: Arrive at Gorakhpur
1610: Arrive at Lucknow
1710: Depart from Lucknow
2020: Arrive at Kanpur (Friend's house)

Day 14: Kanpur - New Delhi 20/12/20
0700: Depart from Kanpur
1230: Arrive at Agra
1330: Depart from Agra
1750: Arrive at New Delhi (Friend's house)

Day 15: New Delhi - Shimla 21/12/20
0700: Depart from New Delhi
1410: Arrive at Chandigarh
2115: Arrive at Shimla (Hotel)

Day 16: Shimla - Kaza 22/12/20
0700: Depart from Shimla
1810: Arrive at Kaza (Hotel)

Day 17: Kaza - Leh 23/12/20
0700: Depart from Kaza
1050: Arrive at Keylong
2040: Arrive at Leh or before Leh (Hotel)

Day 18: Leh - Anantnag 24/12/20
0700: Depart Leh
1150: Arrive at Kargil
1330: Arrive at Dras
1400: Depart from Dras
1740: Arrive at Srinagar
1910: Arrive at Anantnag (Hotel)

Day 19: Anantnag - Amritsar 25/12/20
0700: Depart from Anantnag
1150: Arrive at Patnitop
1630: Arrive at Pathankot
1930: Arrive at Wagah Border
2035: Arrive at Amritsar (Hotel)

Day 20: Amritsar - Jaipur 26/12/20
0700: Depart from Amritsar
0930: Arrive at Faridkot
1350: Arrive at Rawatsar
1650: Arrive at Churu
1830: Arrive at Sikar
2130: Arrive in Jaipur (Hotel)

Day 21: Jaipur - Udaipur 27/12/20
0700: Depart from Jaipur
1010: Arrive at Ajmer
1430: Arrive at Chittorgarh
1530: Depart from Chittorgarh
1815: Reach Udaipur (Hotel)

Day 22: Udaipur - Bharuch 28/12/20
0700: Depart from Udaipur
1050: Arrive at Palanpur
1300: Arrive at Mahesana
1520: Arrive at Ahmedabad
1740: Arrive at Vadodara
2045: Arrive at Bharuch (Hotel)

Day 23: Bharuch - Mumbai 29/12/20
0700: Depart from Bharuch
0910: Arrive at Surat
1210: Arrive at Daman & Diu
1330: Arrive at Dadra & Nagar Haveli
1740: Arrive at Mumbai (Friend's house)

Day 24: Mumbai - Belgaum 30/12/20
0700: Depart from Mumbai
1000: Arrive at Pune
1100: Depart from Pune
1400: Arrive at Satara
1500: Depart from Satara
1715: Arrive at Kolhapur
1815: Depart from Kolhapur
2030: Arrive at Belgaum (Hotel)

Day 25: Belgaum - Goa 31/12/20
0700: Depart from Belgaum
0825: Arrive at Chorla
1030: Arrive at Goa (Hotel)

Day 26: Goa - Mangalore 1/1/21
0700: Depart from Goa
1030: Arrive at Gokarna
1130: Depart from Gokarna
1330: Arrive at Murudeshwar
1600: Arrive at Udupi
1810: Arrive at Sringeri
2050: Arrive at Mangalore

Day 27: Mangalore - Ooty 2/1/21
0700: Depart from Mangalore
1630: Arrive at Ooty (Hotel)

Day 28: Ooty - Cochin 3/1/21
0700: Depart from Ooty
1300: Arrive at Gurvayur
1400: Depart from Gurvayur
1730: Reach Cochin (Hotel)

Day 29: Cochin - Allepey 4/1/21
0700: Depart from Cochin
1100: Arrive at Munnar
1200: Depart from Munnar
1730: Arrive at Alleppey (Boathouse)

Day 30: Alleppey - Tirunelveli 5/1/21
0700: Depart from Alleppey
1130: Reach Thiruvananthapuram
1330: Depart from Thiruvananthapuram
1630: Arrive a Kanyakumari
1830: Depart from Kanyakumari
2010: Arrive at Tirunelveli (Hotel)

Day 31: Tirunelveli - Pondicherry 6/1/21
0700: Depart from Tirunelveli
1130: Arrive at Rameshwaram
1230: Depart from Rameshwaram
1700: Arrive at Tiruchirapalli
2130: Arrive at Pondicherry (Hotel)

Day 32: Pondicherry - Tirupati 7/1/21
0700: Depart from Pondicherry
1500: Arrive at Bangalore
2130: Arrive at Tirupati (Friend's house)

Day 33: Tirupati - Chennai 8/1/21
(Climb up to Tirumala and back down)
1700: Depart from Tirupati
2140: Arrive at Chennai Airport

And that's basically our plan. It is very long indeed! Do we need any permits to go to any of the places that are in the plan? Any and every advice and feedback is appreciated. We will most probably rent out the car.

Thanks to everyone in advance!
 
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