Actually we were in a dilemma where to go in puja vacation.First we decided to go to Tirupati and Hyderabad but due to some personal reasons had to cancel south india trip.So again me and wife start researching where to go…wife said no more hills as we have already done two hill station trip to Gangtok and Nainital this year.So finally we finalized Agra and Jaipur.No hotels booking done in advance in any place as we were not sure about starting date.In the mean white got to know that our very own RAhul da also going to Agra and then Gawalior at the almost same time. I sincerely thanks to Rahul da for all kind of help related to road suggestion and specially Hotel booking at Agra.
So after long discussion with wife we decided to start on 16thoctober Evening. Passengers were me, wife, in laws and my 3 year old daughter and last but not the least my Red angel. With four adults and 1 kid and with boot full of luggage angel performed really well.
16th October:-I did half day in office to start as early as possible in the evening and want to start around 4-4.30PM but that plan did not materialized and started sharp at 6 PM from EM bypass for Agra. We have decided to drive directly to Agra and estimated time is around 22 to 24hr from Kolkata. Stucked in very bad jam in park circus and lost 1.30hr.At 7.30pm we have crossed Second bridge. Our first stop was Shakti Garh which is famous for Langcha.Had some lanchas and started and did not stop for another 7 hr. Early in the morning we stopped somewhere in Jharkhand (Don’t know the place)for tea and it was pretty cold outside but it was very refreshing after 7 hr nonstop drive. I am not writing about NH2 condition as most of us aware about it. Asansol stretch was bad with lots of diversion because of flyover construction. At around 11 AM we hit Allahabad- Kanpur bypass and in no time crossed Kanpur. Had our breakfast in car itself. Stopped for lunch at around 2 PM near Etawa .As we nearing Agra traffic was horrible as the same warned by Rahul da as he reached Agra previous day .We reached agra at around 5 PM but Yamuna bridge was absolutely jammed so took the wrong lane as I was following a local bus to cross the bridge. We stayed in Hotel Blue haven as Rahul da also staying there and its on NH2 itself, to reach the hotel I followed rahul da instruction and reached hotel at round 6.30-7 PM and good to see rahul da standing in Hotel reception waiting for us.It took around 25hr to cover 1310KM from Kolkata to Agra and in this 25 hr Agra traffic took more then 2hr
.I was dam tired so took the dinner and went to sleep.
Few pics from Agra Taj Mahal....