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    Can anyone help me out with planning the Golden Quadrilateral starting from Delhi?

    I'm planning it somewhere around September-October. I need the following information:

    1. the route map
    2. approximate kilometers for the entire ride
    3. Places to stay at the halts
    3. Minimum time required for the ride. I'm taking 15 days as if now
    4. approximate cost of the entire ride
    5. any other that you might want to suggest

    Now, I plan to break the journey for each leg into two parts. As in:-

    Delhi-Varanasi-Kolkata
    Kolkata-Vishakhapatnam-Chennai
    Chennai-Dont know where (suggest)-Mumbai
    Mumbai-Ahmedabad-Delhi

    any changes required???

    The ride would be 220. Please refer to my sig for my riding experience.

    Suggestions and comments welcome!!!

    Thanks!!!
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    First Congratulations & Good Luck

    Quote Originally Posted by rubber_stamp_champ View Post
    1. the route map
    2. approximate kilometers for the entire ride
    3. Places to stay at the halts
    3. Minimum time required for the ride. I'm taking 15 days as if now
    4. approximate cost of the entire ride
    5. any other that you might want to suggest
    There're few threads that you need to go through & YOU HAVE TO contact bluevolt as he completed the GQ successfully during Feb 2010 on his Ninja. Here're the links on his ride below. He has neatly logged his ride & I'm sure you'll have 90% of your questions answered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rubber_stamp_champ View Post
    Delhi-Varanasi-Kolkata
    Kolkata-Vishakhapatnam-Chennai
    Chennai-Dont know where (suggest)-Mumbai
    Mumbai-Ahmedabad-Delhi
    ^^^ Is my favourite circle because the Kolkatta-Orissa-Vizag route is terrible & if you start with this route first, then you experience the bad first & then taste the good roads. So I personally prefer this, though many people do the other way from Delhi. I feel this is good enough.

    From Chennai stretch, I can help you guide when from AP to TN (via Chennai) - BLR as I live close to NH5 & NH4. As far as I remember Bluevolt did about 800+ Kms run from Bangalore to Vizag on day 1; IIRC it took about 15 hours.

    If you halt at Chennai, then you may want to consider doing Chennai to Pune/Mumbai in one day & I think it possible for a person like you.

    Good Luck champ!!!
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    Hey champ, send me a pm and I will help you with whatever information I can.

    That reminds me - I have not finished writing the logs of the last three days of the GQ trip. Aargh! Have to do it pronto...

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    hey guys

    thanks for those lovely replies....that surely boosts up my confidence....would keep planning and please frequent this thread...

    I need to have all the information before hand
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    Quote Originally Posted by aargee View Post
    If you halt at Chennai, then you may want to consider doing Chennai to Pune/Mumbai in one day & I think it possible for a person like you.

    All right, how's this stretch? I mean, comparable to NH8??? or better/inferior to that??

    around 1400km do not seem to be a difficult task in one stretch!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rubber_stamp_champ View Post
    All right, how's this stretch? I mean, comparable to NH8??? or better/inferior to that??

    around 1400km do not seem to be a difficult task in one stretch!!!
    1400 kms is very difficult - why do you want to do that when you have 14 days at your disposal. Keep your max to 800 and have enough energy for the next day.

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    yeah...thats right!!


    however, can you please tell me about the road conditions...it it easy to maintain speeds above 100, majorly?

    also, which is the worst part of the ride and how bad is it??
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    Quote Originally Posted by rubber_stamp_champ View Post
    yeah...thats right!!


    however, can you please tell me about the road conditions...it it easy to maintain speeds above 100, majorly?

    also, which is the worst part of the ride and how bad is it??
    There are a lot of roads where you can keep your bike around 100, but you will be be averaging around 70-80. The bad stretch is just before Bhubaneshwar - around 100 odd kms or so. I'm hoping that things might have improved now, but in feb, there was thick slush for a few kilometers, then small rocks on the road on some and then some really narrow roads through the diversion. Rest of the roads are great, though you might find switching from four lane to two in areas between Hubli-Chitradurga, Ahmedabad-Baroda a pain. But the roads are decent there.

    I also experienced massive traffic jams starting from Faridabad to Delhi via the badarpur border, but in hindsight, I should have bypassed Delhi and gone directly to Gurgaon from Faridabad.

    Try and avoid Calcutta since the traffic might be too much in this summer heat. Just keep going on straight on the highway as you head towards Calcutta and you can conveniently byepass it. Same for Mumbai, try and take the help of some Mumbai xbhp members to give you specific pointers on how to cut through the city. I went through Gorbunder-Panvel.

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    Well I've planned the ride a bit later and not in this blazing summer as I'm not sure if a 220 would be able to sustain such heat for such a long distance!!!

    moreover, I'm stuck with a new job, so no leaves as of now...a medical certificate would do wonders after sometime

    Till then, I'll plan as much as possible
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