Sunday, December 12, 2010

Touch and Go Trip to Chandigarh

Towards the end of November 2009 I had gone to Chandigarh to attend a close acquaintance's wedding. As my family was accompanying me I thought it will be better to drive down from Gurgaon to Chandigarh in my own car.

Touch and Go Trip

I started from Gurgaon around noon time and reached Chandigarh late in the evening along with the Groom ('Dulha') and others accompanying him ('Baraatis'). After attending the wedding ceremony in Chandigarh for a couple of hours, I started back from there around mid-night and reached Gurgaon next day, early in the morning.

On the whole, my touch and go trip to Chandigarh was a great experience - I drove for around 600 Kms within a day which also included driving during night-time. The pleasure of attending a close acquaintance's wedding is always there!

Reaching Chandigarh

The distance from Gurgaon to Chandigarh is around 280-290 Kms and the drive time is around 6-8 hours. For going to Chandigarh from Gurgaon/Delhi, one has to take NH1 till Ambala (NH1 connects New Delhi to Wagah, a town near Indo-Pak border in Punjab), then NH22 till start of Chandigarh (NH22 connects Ambala to Khab, a small-town near Indo-China Border in Himanchal Pradesh), and finally NH21 to reach inside Chandigarh (NH21 connects Chandigarh to Manali).

Entering NH1 (Grand Trunk Road)

While going to Chandigarh I took the following route to hit NH1 (Grand Trunk Road):
  • Gurgaon
  • Najafgarh (through Bajghera Road)
  • Kanjhiwala
  • Bawana
  • Narela
  • Hit NH1 at Kondli (Sonipat)
Exiting NH1 (Grand Trunk Road)

And while returning I took the following route to exit from NH1 and reach Gurgaon:
  • Exit NH1 near Rohini
  • Janakpuri
  • Uttam Nagar
  • Dwarka Mor
  • Najafgarh
  • Bijwasan
  • Gurgaon
On the Way to Chandigarh

The road to Chandigarh is in excellent condition. It is very safe for driving as the left-side and right-side vehicles are separated by a divider. While going from Gurgaon/Delhi to Chandigarh, one passes the following well-known places on the way in the sequence given below:
  • Gurgaon/Delhi (Starting point)
  • Sonipat
  • Panipat (Battle of Panipat)
  • Karnal
  • Kurukshetra (Mahabharata)
  • Ambala (Cantonement)
  • Chandigarh (Ending point)
Chandigarh City

Chandigarh is a well-planned city. All the roads I drove on were wide, well-maintained and well-lit with proper and functioning traffic signal systems. There were many trees lining the roads on both sides.

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