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Bangalore to Delhi by car
Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

By Sudha Mathew

Day 1 & 2

Before I get to the epic road trip, let me give you the background. I’ve been planning to open up two new destinations, the Golden Triangle of Delhi-Agra-Jaipur and Rajasthan on seek&hide for a while now. Once all the right stars and planets were aligned, I did the usual painstaking research of special places to stay. This means spending months unearthing far flung nuggets of information and customer reviews. After finalising visit dates with the properties, I booked flights and trains and was all set to leave. About 4 days before D-Day, the better half comes up with a crazy idea that we should do the trip by road. I was struck dumb to say the least. Whilst I was trying to get some sound out of my larynx to articulate my objections, he had already plotted the route and night halts. He won me over by saying that we may never get a chance again to do such a long road trip in india. So that’s here we are on our way to Delhi.

Day 2 -Clouds in Khandala, Maharashtra

I had planned to do this post before I leave but its been so busy that I’m doing Day 1 and Day 2 at one go in my hotel room at Surat. We’re taking the longer route via Mumbai-Gujarat-Rajasthan rather than the Central India one through Hyderabad-Nagpur-Gwalior. This was based on advice by friends who live there to avoid Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh for reasons of safety and quality of roads. The entire trip including the location visits in Delhi, Agra and Rajasthan will take over 2 weeks. Woo hoo! Never been on the road for that long at a stretch. The distance from Bangalore to Delhi by this route is 2454 kms one way so we may end up at about 6000 kms if we include travel within cities.

So here’s what I’m going to do, dear readers. I’m going to do a post a day. Could be a photo, a tip or a proper post but every day will be shared on this blog.  I also post regularly on Twitter at @seekandhide_in so don’t forget to follow me on it.  You can also follow me on Foursquare and Google Latitude if you would like to see the route.

I’d love to hear your tips, opinions and experiences about road trips so write in.

See you on the road!


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Posted by Sudha at 6:57 pm
    Comments ( 13 13)
  • Harish Nair

    August 17, 2012

    Great one !! I’m also planning to do a road trip down to Bangalore from Delhi. I have two options.. either by Bike (Royal Enfield) OR Car. Been wondering, which one. All depends on the road. Have gone through many blogs and write-ups.. it seems roads are great. I’m planning to do in Oct. Any advice..?

  • sudha

    August 18, 2012

    No idea about biking it. But definitely take the route I did which is Rajasthan -Gujarat -Maharashtra – Karnataka. The roads are superb. The Central India route is nowhere as good I hear.

  • Harish

    August 18, 2012

    How many days did you take by Car?

  • sudha

    August 20, 2012

    From Bangalore to Delhi it took us 3.5 days with an avg of 12 hours of driving per day. While returning we were on work, so a lot of stops at various locations.

  • Ferrnhills RoyaalPalace

    September 11, 2012

    Do make a trip to the Nilgiris, Ooty. The lofty mountains and nature’s bounty is sure to mesmerize you.

  • Aslam Ansari

    September 18, 2012

    i am planning for a road trip from bangalore to delhi, would be travelling in my car. would be taking hyderabad, nagpur, seoni, gwalior and agra route. any comments? how are the roads on this route? places to stay? any other suggestion is most welcome

  • sudha

    September 18, 2012

    We didn’t go by this route so I don’t have any tips. As you can see in my posts, we took the route through Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan. The roads were excellent.

  • Kiran

    October 17, 2012

    I am planning a road trip to Delhi, can someone please suggest me the shortest and sweetest route.

  • sudha

    October 18, 2012

    Hi the best way to travel at least from South India would be the Western India route and then through Rajasthan. The Central India route is shorter but the roads are not as good.

  • Avinash

    February 11, 2013

    How much were the toll charges in your trip?

  • sudha

    March 4, 2013

    Hi Avinash, sorry I missed out replying on your query. We paid 2077 on our onward trip and 1420 on our return trip. Hope this helped!

  • Udit

    June 22, 2013

    Where did you take halts for the night during your journey?

  • admin

    June 22, 2013

    Udit, we stayed at various hotels. The trip itself was to check out boutique hotels for seek&hide expansion into Delhi and Rajasthan.

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The wise man travels to discover himself - JR Lowell


My name is Sudha Mathew. I'm an ex-banker who quit the rat race after a decade to follow my passion for travel and to combine it with my experience in understanding client requirements and exceeding their expectations.


While our content is mostly about the holiday experience, the accommodation and services, there's so much more to a journey. I have discovered a whole new me through travel. So I've reserved this corner of the website to share the unexpected aspects of travel. This space is also to hear from you about your journeys and discoveries. Bon Voyage!

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