While taking stock of the various road trips I have taken and written about till now, I realized that I haven’t shared the ONE ROAD TRIP I DO MOST every year – Delhi to Haridwar (in Uttarakhand). In fact it would be incorrect to call it a road trip in my context, it’s more of a home to homecoming trip. We live in Delhi and have a second home in Haridwar, so easily take about 5-6 trips via road in our own self driven car, in a year. You would want to know why only via road (and not via train and/or via bus). Well, we tried other modes too but found that driving our own car via road to Haridwar is the best option, in terms of time taken, the amount of luggage we can carry and the number of pit stops we can take; in short, it’s absolute freedom. So sharing our experiences and tips for Road Trip from Delhi to Haridwar, for all those who want to make the journey via road.
We always try to start from Delhi as early as we can in the morning as the incoming vehicular traffic from Ghaziabad & Meerut starts to congest the Delhi part of the highway (one time we left Delhi at 3 am and were home by 8:30 am at our Haridwar home for breakfast!!). The NH 58 is a well built tolled highway and driving on it is a real pleasure! We have had some of the most pleasurable moments on the road on this highway – driving in the rain with a slight drizzle;and almost zero traffic, in the winters or watching the sugarcane being cropped at both sides of the highway and jaggery being prepared.
But as all good things come to an end, this highway also does!! The highway, in its present form has been completely constructed only till Muzaffarnagar and post that, it can be quite a nightmare!! The highway construction was stalled for the last 10 years and has picked up recently and it’s a hellish ride.
and very reliable!!
Here are some images of the road construction I captured last time we drove to Haridwar.
The road condition improves as one enters Roorke. We love Roorke for the clean cantonement area and IIT Roorke. The town has a army cum academic vibe to it. From Roorke, it is around 1 hour drive to Haridwar city and if you are looking to stay in Old Haridwar, then its another half hour drive.
Me and Mr. Ronald Mcdonald posing for a pic during our pit stop at Khatauli Bypass Mcdonalds Drive Thru and Sit Down.
1. Start Early from Delhi
2. Take a break at Khatauli bypass (there are many restaurnats/motels on this section inclduing McDonalds)
3. Be very cautious as you drive the stretch after Muzaffarnagar
4. Have your Car Tyres in excellent condition and choose a fine set of Tyres for the car (preferably CEAT)
The Delhi to Haridwar Road Trips is one of the easiest road trips one can do with family from Delhi/NCR. So if you are thinking about it, just go for it!!
‘I’m chronicling my road trip adventure for CEAT Tyres in association with BlogAdda.’
~ Happy Road Tripping ~