I was planning to go my native place Moradabad from my posting place Mumbai in Nov 2020 for Diwali. We explored options to travel by train, by flight and by car too. Due to Corona Pandemic fear, train was excluded immediately and flight was also excluded because I had to travel with two children 14 yrs son and 4 yrs daughter and children do not wear masks and do not follow other safety precautions. Travel by car was the safest option but the distance from Mumbai to Moradabad was approx 1650 km. and driving alone was really not going to be easy. I wanted to do this trip as i was excited to have this long drive experience. Finally we decided to travel by my Duster car and started preparations.
I got the car serviced and replaced the tyres also as the tyres were old and needed replacement. I did a small research on the route and decided to take Mumbai- Surat- Vadodara-Godhara-Halol-Modasa-Samlaji- Udaipur-Ajmer- Jaipur-Hapur-Moradabad route via eastern peripheral expressway. We decided to night stay in Udaipur, so first day drive was 760 km. We booked Club Mahindra in Udaipur and spared an additional day at Udaipur for sightseeing. We decided to start early at 5.00 am in morning so that can reach Udaipur before night. We packed clothes, medicines, first aid kit, ready to eat food items. I loaded all luggage in car in the night and prepared a bed with mattress and pillows on backseat by filling space between front and backseat with bags.
We could manage to start at 5.40 hrs on 8th Nov 2020 from our residence in palava city Dombivli and crossed Mumbai and reached Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway in an hour. Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway is 6 lane smooth highway and one can drive easily at speed of 100 kmph. The only constraint were the trucks moving in all lanes. Highway was good but the traffic discipline was equally bad. I haven't seen such traffic indiscipline at Mumbai- pune or Mumbai-Nashik highway. I drove like a snake all the way and could manage avg speed of 70-80.
We crossed Surat turn at 1100 hrs and took first break after driving 300 kms. We had snacks and tea there and started again after 20 minutes. We reached Vadodara at 1300 hrs. From Mumbai till Vadodara slow moving trucks in all the lanes disturbed the drive and snake drive continued. From Vadodara, i took turn towards Godhara and after that got rid from trcuks and the drive became smooth. This state highway is 4 lane with divider highway and traffic was light due to which i was able to cruise at 90 kmph. We reached Godhara at 1500 hrs and took lunch at a roadside restaurant there and started again after a break of 30 minutes.
We continued without any problem and reached Udaipur at 1930 hrs. So we travelled distance of 760 km in 13 hrs. Children enjoyed their backseat bed and were sleeping most of the journey time. Club Mahindra was located before entering in City. We checked in room and ordered dinner in room. We took bath before dinner served. We all were tired badly so slept immediately after dinner.