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anyone been to India? I have to get from Mumbai to Nashik in September and need info

Old 03-07-11, 06:18 PM
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anyone been to India? I have to get from Mumbai to Nashik in September and need info

I am flying in at the end of September and biking to the location in the subject line. This is a short trip 177 kilometers or so. I am not sure as to what's in between, actual night temperatures at the coldest. I think I can take highway 3. is this "safe" to do? I can handle sketchy situations just wondering if it's wise to bike on the highway as it's the most direct route and probably the only route in a few places. Tips, tricks, and any other wise advice will be greatly appreciated
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Old 03-07-11, 06:56 PM
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Riding a bicycle in Mumbai is not for the faint of heart. Unless you are familiar with the (so-called) rules of the (so-called) road, I would go so far as to say that you may be putting your life at risk. If this will be your first time in a large Indian city, spend time getting to know your surroundings before riding a bike. When I was there, I observed that drivers tended to honk their horns when I expected them to use their brakes!

You might want to start from somewhere outside the city core. Maybe take a train to the suburbs, and head out from there.
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Old 03-07-11, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by acantor View Post
You might want to start from somewhere outside the city core. Maybe take a train to the suburbs, and head out from there.
yeah I'll definitely have to feel it out. the whole trip is only 177km. I may take a train to get out of Mumbai. I really have no desire to be in Mumbai. The train to Nashik is 3 hours and I suppose I could just hop on whenever if I needed but I'd rather make the bike ride and maybe use the train to get out of the city. I just wonder if in that 100 miles I'm gonna come into any nasty terrain or cold temps.
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Mumbai is at sea level; Nashik is in the mountains. Looking at Google maps, it would appear that much of the route is up and down, with a lot of mileage at an elevation of around 600 metres (about 2000 feet). It's probably not an easy trip. I did a slightly longer trip in hilly and mountainous Switzerland, and it took me about six days.

There are less direct (read "longer") routes that look even hillier; they may or may not be suitable: e.g., Road 222 from the south, or Road 8 from the north. I have no clue what conditions are like on any of these roads; hopefully someone will be able to chime in.
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thanks. every bit helps.
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You might want to contact the BF member kk27. He is a long distance cyclist from Mumbai and posts in the Long Distance forum. Chances are he could tell you on some on-the-ground info about this route.
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perfect. thanks
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I'm riding in India right now, and passed through Mumbai a couple of weeks ago. I'd avoid riding in the city. I've ridden in a bunch of Indian cities over the last few weeks, but Mumbai is a whole other game. Our group skipped it and bussed in instead, I think it would have taken a whole day to navigate greater Mumbai.

Highway 3 is busy, but in general Indian drivers are paying attention and the truck drivers are mostly courteous and safe. The most at-risk I've felt over my 3000km here is in Goa where there are tourists on the roads. I'd say you're as safe as on any other Indian roads, but you might want to look for backroads to make your riding time more enjoyable, busy roads are seriously loud with all the horn honking. They'll be hills no matter what going that direction.

You probably won't get any cold temps, and I think that the rainy season is over by september so you should be rain-free as well. Road conditions are unpredictible in India - and some of them can really slow you down. National highways tend to all be reasonable though generally (but not always) busy. State highways can be anything from a broken pavement mixed with dirt road to perfect asphalt.
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