Recently completed my much awaited Trip of Mumbai in my Xcent 1.2 S Petrol.
Plan was made suddenly as i was in Mumbai on Thursday Night for some office work, Took the Flight to vadodara at 6 AM from Mumbai on Friday, and Returned to Mumbai by Friday Night ! By CAR !.
It took us about 5 & 1/2 Hrs to cover roughly 415 Kms, between Vadodara and Mumbai. Road is just superb & i loved driving over it. It brought back the memories of my earlier Trip made in October 2014, from Vadodara to Delhi( abt 1200 Kms in 16 Hrs !!!) .
We left at 6 PM from Vadodara, after coming from Office, and got my tank filled up and left for Mumbai. Traffic was there till Bharuch, as it was evening time, so speed had to be controlled to about 60-70 KMPH. While crossing Bharuch, witnessed the Massive JAM on golden Bridge, of about 12-13 Kms !!! Huge Jam at that time, with mostly Trucks & Heavy vehicles. Really got worried about the Return Journey
However ,journey on NH 8 was smooth with Tolls paid about INR 450/- (one way). Spent some time in Mumbai and then went to Lonavala, which is just 40 odd Kms from Mumbai, had a great time on weekend with Wife & Friends.
Started my Return Journey from Mumbai at about 1 AM (Monday morning) and was sailing smoothly till I was stopped Abruptly at Bharuch (Just after Ankaleshwar) . Remember that Massive Jam I wrote about !
. Got stuck in there among the Truck & heavy vehicles. had to stop there for about 40 Mins, when a Truck driver came to me and suggest a route for my car, Or else he told that i'll be stuck here for next 5/7 Hrs !!! . I took his advise and managed to take a U Turn somehow and went back a few Kms, and entered the Ankaleshwar City via SH- 68. Took me some time as it was cities internal roads, but still we managed to get past that Massive Jam and took the NH-8 once again after that.
After that it was a cake walk, drove mostly at about 100 KMPH. & Reached Vadodara by 6 AM, so took me about 5 Hrs
, Incl about 1 Hr lost in Jam & Detour. Can take on Mumbai - Any time