9th June'19 0430 hrs (Sunday), we started from our home at DumDum for a road trip to Kalimpong. As decided earlier, we were supposed to have a night halt at Siliguri, and on 10th we were supposed to reach Kalimpong.
Here "We" means my wife Sudipta, my cousins Saheb and Shouvik and my 2.5 year old daughter Samriddhi.
At 10:30 am we reached Morgram and halted for our morning breakfast. We had taken the much talked about and rather ill-famed NH-31 through Ranaghat-Krishnanagar- Baharampur. However to my surprise (and luck ofcourse) we didn't find much chaos at that time. Moreover the road surface was much better than what I had encountered last year.
**Please note that though G-Map was showing us to take the Ranaghat by-pass, we avoided it and remained on the main highway. I'll request people who are on that stretch, to avoid it too, since the by-pass may shorten the distance but it goes through small towns and villages were the local population and ricksaws may slow you down. Also that by-pass passes through 4 railway level-crossings :0 and ultimately meets NH31 just before Krishnanagar.
Morgram onwards the road was fantastic and anyone can go upto 100kmph or more. Crossing Farakka was a breeze.
We had our lunch at 1.30 pm at Mayabon just before the Malda by-pass.
The entry to and exit from the Malda by-pass was a real bad surface, otherwise the road was fantastic.
We reached Siliguri at 8:30pm through Botolbari route and rested for the night in a hotel on Sevoke Road.