Road Review : Delhi-Kanpur-Lucknow

February 11, 2008 By:

I am basically from Lucknow and live in Noida. Normally I board a night train to visit Lucknow. We were visiting my parents in Lucknow on new year’s weekend and this time decided to drive down because of two reasons. One, we had to pick up some stuff from my parent’s house for which we needed a vehicle. Second and more important was that, having completed the big road drive (Delhi – Jaisalmer- Jodhpur – Delhi in 4 days) on previous weekend, we were high on driving!

The Delhi to Lucknow distance is approximately 500 km by road. The standard route is Delhi – Hapur – Moradabad – Rampur- Bareilly – Shahjahanpur- Sitapur – Lucknow. I had been hearing about the bad road conditions on some stretch on this route. Another new route that is becoming popular is the Delhi – Kanpur – Lucknow route. Some of my friends tried this route few months back and said that it is fast as it’s a 4 lane road but longer than the standard route by about 50 km. We decided to take the longer and the faster one.

“Delhi Kanpur Lucknow” route can be divided into 4 parts:

a. Delhi to Agra ~ 200Km

b. Agra to Etawah ~ 125Km

c. Etawah to Kanpur ~ 150Km

d. Kanpur to Lucknow ~ 80Km

Delhi to Agra: Started early (around 5:45 am) from Noida and reached NH-2 via Kalindi Kunj. Road was clear in the morning so we covered the first 150 km quickly. Delhi-Mathura-Agra road is an important road (because of Agra) so generally one doesn’t experience bad roads here. But this time, I guess maintenance was due and we met some rough stretches. Arrived Mathura (160 km) around 8:30 and stopped at McDonald’s to get fresh, but couldn’t resist the smell of fresh burgers and ended up having burger and french fries for breakfast. You can not miss this McD while driving as its huge in size and is a good place to stop for breakfast if you start early in the morning.

 

We continued on NH-2 and reached Agra which was around 50 km from our first stop. On this route, I was going beyond Agra for the first time, but knew that there is a flyover from where the road turning towards right leads to Agra city and the flyover continues straight for Kanpur. I did confirm with some pedestrians and continued towards Etawah-Kanpur. This straight road is supposed to be the bypass and one expects a smooth drive. Seems that this one has lost the ‘bypass’ status as people were avoiding the service road and drove across the main bypass. This was the main bottleneck on this stretch and we took some time to cross Agra.

Agra to Etawah - From Agra, we headed towards Etawah and based on our research about this road, we were on the ‘WORK IN PROGRESS’ stretch. From Agra to Tundla (some 20 odd km) the road was quite good and I was smoothly sailing the car but after crossing Tundla, we started feeling traces of new construction. Diversions, unfinished roads, vehicles coming on wrong sides all started together. Once, near Etawah bypass, we got confused and took a newly constructed but unfinished road that was closed in between and then had to come all the way back to take the old road and ended up driving few extra km. One must take care of this specially near Etawah.

We reached Etawah around 12 pm. Bypass was still not functional so we crossed the city and continued on road towards Kanpur. The road directions inside the city are surprisingly clear and simple.

Etawah to Kanpur: After Etawah, the road condition was awesome. We felt as if we were on Delhi-Jaipur Road. The road has 4 lanes with wide divider in between. You should take care of vehicles coming towards you in the wrong direction. Yes, people avoid taking U-turns and use wrong side and it becomes very dangerous when you are driving at 100-120 kmph on a smooth road. But since the road condition is very good, one can drive on a comfortable speed to cover this stretch.

We took a small tea break, had some snacks we were carrying from Delhi and continued towards Kanpur. We reached near Kanpur around 2 pm and then took a cut that lead to Kanpur city. I visited my college HBTI after a long time. The roads inside Kanpur are just as they were 6 years back! They are in such a bad shape that by looking at the road, one can not say whether it was ever built or not!

Kanpur to Lucknow: It was really nostalgic being in Kanpur and visiting college after so many years. Finally we had evening snacks and tea in Kanpur and headed towards Lucknow. We spent around 3 hr in college and then hit back the road to reach Lucknow by late evening. In college days I used to drive my ‘Hero Puch’ on Kanpur-Lucknow high way and at that time it was 2-lane single road. Now it is 4-lane double road. The road quality is poor near Kanpur but it improved as we approached Lucknow. We covered this stretch of 80 km in around 90 minutes. Entered Lucknow around 6:30 pm and reached home at 7:30 pm.

Some Tips:

I’m sure that like me, a lot of people must be scared of driving in UP specially because of the bad roads that existed until sometime back. The new routes are well maintained and clean and a 500 km drive is very much possible.
* Delhi to Lucknow  route can be done comfortably in 8-10 hr driving at a decent speed with 2 short breaks.
* Places to stop for a break/bite:
o McDonald’s near Mathura
o A1 Plaza in between Mathura and Agra
o A1 Plaza in between Kanpur and Lucknow

About Aditya

Aditya Chaturvedi has written 11 posts at Ghumakkar.

Aditya works in a software startup at Noida. He travels often with friends,family and some times only with his better half. He generally prefers driving over any other transportation mode and loves driving on really long stretches. After completing Delhi-Vadodara, Delhi-Jaisalmer and Delhi-Goa, these days he dreams about Delhi-Kanyakumari :-).

406 Responses to “Road Review : Delhi-Kanpur-Lucknow”


  1. abhi says:

    If anyone have an update, please share.

    Thanks!

  2. Amit says:

    Hi, I am planning to travel Noida – Kanpur, can anyone please tell the me the current road condition and as mentioned that after Etawah there are lots of diversions….can sme bdy share his / her latest experience.
    Naina : Why the route is not safe…..I guess everyone wants to know.

  3. ABHAY KUMAR SINHA says:

    I want to travel from Delhi to Katihar(Bihar) on 22oct.I have some questions in my mind.

    1.Shall i be able to reach Katihar on 23rd Morning by 10AM

    2.How smooth the roads are while travelling.

    3.Is it straight road or difficult to find the route, or sign board will help me.

    4. How safe the highway is while driving.

    5. Are there any crimes in between with car drivers.(like people stop the cars n all )??

    6.does state police creates any problem in between.

  4. abhi says:

    Hi, For the 1st time I decided to drive to Allahabad from Faridabad via Delhi-Agra-Kanpur-Lucknow-Kanpur.

    After reading the above few posts I was really concerned about the route safety but finally I decided to hit the road and in 1 word it was a easy drive.

    Route can be divided in following sections coz of road condition.
    Started @ 5:45 AM
    Faridabad -> Noida (via kalindi kunj) : Very long Q (too many trucks) on IOL & HP Petrol-pumps on K.Kunj Road.
    Noida -> Agra : YEW rocks , toll 320/-
    Agra -> Etawah via shikohabad good road, slow movement in town area
    Etawah -> Kanpur , Too many diversions, 150 kms before kanpur+auraiya but none of the diversion block you , get yourself in 2nd gear on every diversion ow ur sweety will get bumped.
    Kanpur : 18 km on kanpur flyover was fun but don’t get carried away & take the first left cut for lucknow .Remember there is no sign board , we confirmed route to lucknow from a chaiwala on the bridge. oh direction is written on a cement rock with coal which you see only if you have third eye.
    This cut leads you directly to the hell of ramadevi ur lucky if you could drive in 1st gear. 30 min to drive next 5 kms.
    ramadevi -> unnao Drive in 4th gear with lots of pot holes , no no don’t even think to take unnao flyover its not completed, trust me.
    unnao -> lucnow can drive in 4th gear with pot holes
    on return to kanpur , the road is a gem now you can take the flyover aswell, yes its a twist. again ramadevi in 1st gear.
    Kanpur -> Allahabad Bypass cut : Road is awesome now the 5th gear

    Happy Driving!

  5. Partha says:

    Hi Abhi,

    As yours is the most recent post, I think you can get me the best advice about travelling to Lucknow from Delhi.

    My first question is obviously, “which route to select”? Google map shows 3 options.
    – Option#1 Via NH24 (Moradabad-Bareilly-Sitapur)
    – Option#2 Via NH91 (Aligarh – Etah – Kannauj
    – Option#3 Via Yamuna Expway+NH91 (Exp-way up to Tundla, then Firozabad-Mainpuri-Kannauj)

    Please note, my journey doesn;t end at Lucknow. I have to travel further to Tanda (another 250Km from Lucknow) and reach there by the end of the day.

    I will be traveling in my Scorpio.

    I will travel with my family including daughters and leaving early is not a problem.

    Please suggest me the best route to take (I will travel one day before Diwali) which will be the most comfortable and will take the least time.

    Looking forward to your early response.

  6. abhi says:

    Hi Parth,

    I would suggest you to begin from Yamuna expressway to Agra and move through NH2 till Kanpur, get down on first left cut after 18 kms on Kanpur Flyover (ramadevi chowk) for Lucknow, take NH25 towards Unnao till Lucknow, move in the direction of Gomti Nagar take faizabad road, I’ve traveled till gorakhpur and this lko-gkp highway is in great shape.

    Entire route is awesome and safe, you can drive easily above 80-90 kms/hr except in between etawah to kanpur due to 10-15 diversions, some 150 kms. Guess you will reach Tanda by the eveving 7 PM if start at 5 AM and drive in limit.

    Total toll around 900-1000/-

  7. abhi says:

    Also I’ll not suggest to move through Mainpuri, traveled a long age and roads were missing those days and its not safe area.

  8. abhi says:

    Also I’ll not suggest to move through Mainpuri, traveled a long ago and roads were missing those days and its not safe area.

  9. P P Das says:

    Hi Abhi,

    Many many thanks for your detailed suggestions.
    Based on your guidance, I have planned the route as you can see in the following link:

    http://goo.gl/maps/3E1Vj

    Can you please check and confirm that the route is OK?

    In case you have any modifications to be done, please do the same on the map and kindly revert to me.

    • P P Das says:

      Thanks Abhi for your time and help.

      Few more relevant queries, if you can help.

      If we leave home at 5:00AM sharp, what time can we reach Lucknow?
      Please consider an 1 hour break for tea, breakfast, toilets etc.
      Can we make it by the lunch time?

      Also suggest a good place to break for breakfast on the route.

      Alsi if you can share your number to speak, it will be of great help in case I need some advice on the way.

  10. P P Das says:

    Thanks Abhi for your time and help.

    Few more relevant queries, if you can help.

    If we leave home at 5:00AM sharp, what time can we reach Lucknow?
    Please consider an 1 hour break for tea, breakfast, toilets etc.
    Can we make it by the lunch time?

    Also suggest a good place to break for breakfast on the route.

    • P P Das says:

      Hi Abhi,

      I also put up the same questions to you, as I had put up to Ajay below.

      Please check the modified map at http://goo.gl/maps/KwNeh

      and suggest whether the Lucknow By-Pass suggested by Ajay is correctly selected by me.

      If some modifications are required, please do on it and send me back the correct map link so that I can save time on account of heavy traffic inside Lucknow city.

      I have also found some bypass road marking on Google Maps around Firozabad. Don’t know whether that by-pass really exists or whether it is of any great help. I have corrected the route considering this bypass, which you may find in the above link. Please study and suggest whether that is needed to be taken at all or not?

      Is there any by-pass for Etawah city? Can you correct the map please?

      As regards to break-fast, I plan to finish it while on the Yamuna Exp_way itself as they are clean.
      Lunch break could be anywhere near to Kanpur or Lucknow, depending on when I hit these city suburbs.
      Hope that will be OK.

      In fact I will have a relative of mine waiting at the NTPC Guest House in Lucknow. I don’t know where it is, may be you can help.

  11. Ajay says:

    Last Diwali, I started at around 5/5.15am and reached Lucknow around 2.30pm, return was much better 5.30am and reached around 1.45pm to Kalkaji. This was when I never drove above 100kph on expressway and 90kph on nh2. On highway, consistency is important not the very high speed, it just makes you tired

    As I read from Abhi’s post above, Etawah -> Kanpur route has some diversions, you can add 1hrs. Also, depends upon how much traffic you may face in between Kanpur and Unnao.

    The construction @ rama-devi is never ending, seeing it built for last 7years since I started driving to lucknow, it already seen third UP govt :)

    One important fact is that turn on lucknow by-pass just after Amausi airport. Do not miss that! Not sure there is any marking over there.

    Lastly, no quality dhabha after Kanpur, so pack yourself with some food for the long journey

    • P P Das says:

      Thanks Ajay for your response.
      As you have mentioned, you travelled last year Diwali. Presumably, there must be some changes this time.

      Based on your suggestion, I have edited the map, which you can check on the link below:

      http://goo.gl/maps/KwNeh

      Can you please suggest whether this is the By-Pass which you were referring to?
      If some modifications are required, please do on it and send me back the correct map link so that I can save time on account of heavy traffic inside Lucknow city.

      I have also found some bypass road marking on Google Maps around Firozabad. Don’t know whether that by-pass really exists or whether it is of any great help. I have corrected the route considering this bypass, which you may find in the above link. Please study and suggest whether that is needed to be taken at all or not?

      Is there any by-pass for Etawah city? Can you correct the map please?

      As regards to break-fast, I plan to finish it while on the Yamuna Exp_way itself as they are clean.
      Lunch break could be anywhere near to Kanpur or Lucknow, depending on when I hit these city suburbs.
      Hope that will be OK.

      In fact I will have a relative of mine waiting at the NTPC Guest House in Lucknow. I don’t know where it is, may be you can help.

  12. Naina Siingh says:

    If you are travelling with family and kids you must halt for 2 breaks at least of 30-45 minutes each @ every 250-300 km stretch. While coming from Yamuna Expressway you can stop at Gunjan (Sirsaganj area) after Firozabad and at Nawabganj after Unnao.

    Driving is pretty smooth now, diversions are there after Etawah, but you can manage at a speed of 80-110 Kms at this stretch. Most of the flyovers are completed and some are opened to commute. Rania stretch was the most horrible earlier, but that is also in good shape now. Ramadevi, still work is in progress, but that is manageable. Toll rates have been revised and there is increase of 15%.

    Travel time to Lucknow is 10-12 hrs. if you start at 5 am, ideally you should reach by 4pm. Drive safe and live to drive, why taking chances and putting life at risk just to save few hours? Happy Holidays!!

    • P P Das says:

      Hi Abhi,

      I also put up the same questions to you, as I had put up to Ajay below.

      Please check the modified map at http://goo.gl/maps/KwNeh

      and suggest whether the Lucknow By-Pass suggested by Ajay is correctly selected by me.

      If some modifications are required, please do on it and send me back the correct map link so that I can save time on account of heavy traffic inside Lucknow city.

      I have also found some bypass road marking on Google Maps around Firozabad. Don’t know whether that by-pass really exists or whether it is of any great help. I have corrected the route considering this bypass, which you may find in the above link. Please study and suggest whether that is needed to be taken at all or not?

      Is there any by-pass for Etawah city? Can you correct the map please?

      As regards to break-fast, I plan to finish it while on the Yamuna Exp_way itself as they are clean.
      Lunch break could be anywhere near to Kanpur or Lucknow, depending on when I hit these city suburbs.
      Hope that will be OK.

      In fact I will have a relative of mine waiting at the NTPC Guest House in Lucknow. I don’t know where it is, may be you can help.

    • P P Das says:

      Hi Naina,

      Thanks a lot for your valuable inputs.
      The time suggested by you from travel is 10-12 hours, while you have suggested that roads have improved a lot.
      Hope we can maintain the same track record or do better.

      BTW, which car you travelled? I will be driving a Scorpio this time. Any benefits?

      The food joints suggested by you are welcome. Do they serve only Veg dishes or Non-Veg too?

      • Naina Siingh says:

        Yes roads have improved. I mostly travel by Innova, and it takes around 10-11 hrs. to reach Lucknow comfortably. I will advise not to drive the entire Delhi-Lucknow stretch alone, it’s always better to have someone who can drive if required. Scorpio is good, not sure of any benefits, but you may develop cramps, try to take rest in between.

        Since you will be starting from CR Park, Expressway will be much closer. Slight traffic up to DND Toll and after that driving will be smooth till Agra. You can cover the maximum distance at lesser time.

        Restaurants mostly are vegetarian. I never checked for Non-Veg. Here are few tried options for breakfast/lunch –

        1. Delhi-Faridabad-Palwal-Mathura-Agra Route (NH2)
        a) Gulshan Dhaba (Palwal)
        b) Murthal Dhaba (Palwal)
        c) McDonalds (Mathura)

        2. Gurgaon-Delhi-Agra-Etawah-Kanpur-Lucknow (via Yamuna Expressway & NH2)
        a) McDonalds (Nehru Place – Satyam complex)
        b) Gunjan (Sirsaganj)
        c) Deepu Chauhan Dhaba (Kanpur – before the bypass flyover, its very famous, should have Non-Veg)
        d) Unnao bypass (no restaurants – local shops for snacks)
        e) Nawabganj

        Carry some light snacks, juice (tetra pack), water bottle, energy bars, wafers, etc. You will find dhabas on way.

        Nothing to worry, enjoy your journey, and make it pleasant with your family.

  13. abhi says:

    u may take 1st break @ Mathura Toll, after that you will hardly find any good restaurant till lko (sorry its not NH1, NH8, or old mathura road, ur in UP where ppl carry home cooked poori-sabzi with pickle) , u may stop at any dhaba for refreshment where 3-4 private vehicles are parked but not trucks and yes arrange snacks/water before u hit the highway

  14. P P Das says:

    Hi Abhi / Ajay,

    I think now I have hit the Lucknow By-Pass correctly.

    Please click on the link below and kindly confirm that this the Lucknow Bye-Pass so that I can avoid the traffic inside the city.

    http://goo.gl/maps/hGtPj

    Looking forward to your kind help at the earliest.

  15. Ajay says:

    Yes Parth, amar shaheed path is the right bypass to reach faizabad road.

  16. P P Das says:

    Hello,

    Can some one share some experience on the FIROZABAD BYPASS?

    Is it ready? Is it worth adding some extra KM driving thru it to avoid City traffic?

    Please respond urgently.

  17. P P Das says:

    Hi All,

    This is my final itinerary based on the inputs received so far.
    Please check and confirm.

    http://goo.gl/maps/8DTHN

    Of-course some more corrections can happen in I get advice from you all regarding the By-Pass roads of Firozabad, Sikohabad & Etawah.

    Please study the enclosed Map and suggest whether I have picked the right routes while passing thru the 3 cities listed above.

    Looking forward to an early response please.

    • Naina Siingh says:

      Follow NH2, that’s the best route available. You don’t have to look to Google maps. The route is straight and simple. Avoid going to the route less travelled.

      Alternatively, you can choose NH 24 via. Ghaziabad, Hapur, Moradabad, Bareilly, Shahjahanpur and Sitapur running 438 km in length. Except for Moradabad & Bareilly stretch, roads are fine.



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