All India Road Trip: Suggestions and Advice Needed

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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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