Delhi to Bangalore: Day 1 (Travel to Gwalior)

Travelling is always an exciting affair for me. It not only boosts my energy but also helps me rejuvenate. Recently, I traveled from Bangalore to Uttarkashi by bike. I was visiting Uttarkashi to attend Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC) at Nehru Institute of Mountaineering. I am writing a separate blog on BMC. I traveled back to Delhi a couple of weeks back. Now, it is time to return to Bangalore.

I will travel along National Highway 44 (NH44), connecting Srinagar and Kanyakumari. I will make a night halt in Gwalior, Sagar, Nagpur, Hyderabad, and Anantapur. I could have avoided two of these halts (as I did while traveling to Delhi), but I do not want to harry. Also, it is winter and the days are short, and I want to avoid night driving.

I started from Delhi on 30th November 2022 around 10:30 AM and planned to take Yamuna Expressway to Agar. Noida welcomed me with heavy traffic and lost 30 to 45 minutes. By the time I was on Yamuna Expressway, it was noon. I fueled up my bike and did a quick check on luggage. I must say, that Yamuna Expressway is one of the best roads to drive on.

I reached Agar at around 2:00 PM with an average speed of 70 kmph. Yamuna expressway end on Agar Inner Ring Road. Development work is going on this road, which connects to NH44. Hence, I have to de-tour through Garhi Devri village.

The connectivity between the village and NH44 is narrow and prone to traffic jams. The moment I touched NH44 (in Agra), it was like any city road. Given that it is a four-lane highway and the population lives near the highway. This stretch from Agar to Gwalior reduced my average speed and also mileage.

I smoothly crossed Dholpur around 5 PM and stopped near the Chambal river bridge, which is also the border between Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

In no time, I reached Morena, where I saw many small shops selling Milk Cake, like how you get petha in Agra. Gwalior was 30 minutes away from Morena and, I was supposed to reach by 6:00 PM. But, to my surprise, there was a 10 Km jam. I have to de-tour from Bamor and take village roads. Finally, I reached Gwalior at 7:00 PM.

I booked Hotel “The Prabha International” on Jhansi Road. The hotel room is fine. The staff is quite good and helpful. The dinner was chicken curry and tandoori roti, which was delicious.

Some facts about Gwalior: It is one of the major cities in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The historic city and its fortress have been ruled by several historic Indian kingdoms. According to legend, Gwalior was founded in 8 AD after a local chieftain, Suraj Sen was cured of leprosy from a drink given to him by a holy man called Gwalipa.

Today, I will be traveling to Sagar.