This is the concluding part of the trip report. I do not have anything much to say either. But I must suggest that it will be better for all car enthusiasts who are willing to visit Darjeeling or Sikkim or any other north-eastern states of India to kindly take this Dumka-Bhagalpur-Purnia route, if they are planning to reach their destination going from (or via) any place in south Bengal. Please do not take the NH-34, although it a shorter route. Chandranath
, who is an esteemed member of this forum and a keen traveler went to Temi tea garden in Sikkim just this month to spend few days. He went via NH-34 and returned via this route and has reported that this route is a much better option.
The return journey also took me fourteen hours, with adequate brakes. Almost throughout it was raining. Started from Siliguri at half past eight. Stopped at the Ghar-Dhaba at BPCL COCO pump at Dalkhola. It is on the right hand side of the highway when you are heading south and you have take the divider.
It was totally empty. Not even a waiter was visible anywhere. But we did not had to wait long. We were offered a choice of either bread/butter/omelette or aloo-paratha or Puri with Sabji. I had aloo-paratha myself and it tasted good.
I do not approve my daughter driving my car, as she is barely fourteen, much short of official driving age. But in my absence she had learnt it a little. Here she is showing her mother her driving skill, by reversing the car.
This is just after crossing the West-Bengal-Bihar border. Please see the line of trucks at the check-post. But they do not stop personal vehicles.
Please see the excellent road. This is part of the national East-West Corridor.
This is where you turn left to stay with NH-31. The road at right goes to Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur. Straight ahead is Purnia town.
Although the road is an undivided one from there, it is in excellent shape and at places it is wide enough to accommodate even four cars abreast.
This is just where just after crossing a small town named Naugatchia that you turn left for Bhagalpur. The partly visible road at the right is NH-31 and goes to Bihar Shariff and Nawada.
Unfortunately the road starting from here is broken. It improves once you cross Bhagalpur station areas.
Bridge on river Ganga on my return leg.
Entering Bhagalpur municipal limits. This place is called Barari.
An important landmark in Bhagalpur, which the locals simply refer as Ghantaghar.
The roads once you leave Bhagalpur for Dumka.
You keep on driving straight, untill you face this clock-tower at Dumka. But the clock was not working. In reality the time was almost six in the afternoon. Falling light and heavy shower prevented any more photo to be taken.
Just after crossing this tower in Dumka I turned right and drive straight. The road goes to a place called Rampurhat in West Bengal. But I left this road at a place called Pattabari and took a right turn to Messanjore dam. This road continues to a small town called Dubrajpur, from where Panagarh (located on NH-2, the Delhi Calcutta trunk route) is only about 75 KMs.
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