Road Journey from MORI to DELHI via SAHARANPUR

This article is in continuation to my earlier article on road trip from Delhi to Mori via Panipat – Karnal – Yamuna Nagar – Paonta Sahib – Sataun & Tiuni. For the return trip we took the route via Mori – Purola – Nainbag – Vikasnagar – Saharanpur – Baghpat – Shamli – Panipat – Delhi. Needless to say, the return route was much better – good roads as well as more scenic. Here I present the details of the route :

On the day of departure in the morning, we went for a rafting trip under thick, dark cloud cover. The cloud cover didn’t dampen our spirit and to our good fortune, it didn’t rain though it was quite cold. We wanted to soak down the environs and the thrills during our short stay once more, so we took the morning rafting trip and decided to leave after an early lunch. We were back at the MHE camp by 11:30 AM and were ready to leave the camp by 1:00 PM after having bath and lunch. We start from the MHE campsite after inspecting and cleaning our car – Maruti Swift VDI. I must mention that this is one of the best small car engines I have driven having excellent mileage and torque. Overtaking other vehicles on highways is no pain at all. It simply zooms ahead of all other cars – if the driver is willing. Here are the details of the trip. About the destination – Mori, I would write in my next travelogue :

Jun 01, 2008
1:03 PM; 0.0 KM; MHE CAMP, MORI – We drive towards the MORI village. At the entrance to the village, there is a fork. We turn right for PUROLA and WHAT A DRIVE !!!!!!!!! The road was built new and the drive through the forest made for one of the best drives you can have. The PINE FOREST here is among one of the best you will find in India. Add to that – your best friend as company and songs like “Neela Aasmaan”, “Yeh Kaha Aa Gaye Hum” etc. from Silsila and other Kishore/ Lata melodies and u are in heaven from where you never want to return. This 37 km drive to Purola is to be thoroughly enjoyed in a leisurely manner. But since we were short on time as we started late, we sped up after a while…….

2:01 PM; 37 KM; PUROLA TOWN – This is a bigger village than you would expect with a petrol pump (We didn’t find a mention of this petrol pump anywhere) and various shops. All the main supplies for Mori and other villages are sourced from here. We move on towards Naugaon through the bustling market place.

2:33 PM; 54.2 KM; NAUGAON – This is the junction where we enter the YAMUNA valley from the TONS valley. The two valleys are separated by a ridge. The hills turn from green to brownish in the Yamuna valley which is not that beautiful. From the junction, if you turn left, you will go to Yamunotri and the right goes to Mussoorie/ Dehradun/Delhi. Of course, we turned right.
3:46 PM; 95.5 KM; NAINBAG – This is another small village down the road. The road has a fair share of traffic as it’s the “season” time for the Char Dham Yatra. So a lot of part time shops have sprung up along the road serving refreshments etc. The road is decent although quite a big stretch is prone to landslides. We could see a lot of small stones lying on the road enroute which must have been due to the small landslides.

4:09 PM; 108.5 KM; MUSSOORIE MOD – There is a fork. Left goes to Mussoorie and the right goes to Vikasnagar/ Herbertpur through Yamuna Bridge. We turned right to avoid the mad rush encountered in Mussoorie on weekends during holiday season.

4:36 PM; 122.6; JUDDO VILLAGE – Turn left to continue on the highway. There was a turning for Chakrata just before Juddo. A bit ahead is the Kalsi town where the river Yamuna enters the plains. We would locate some rafts on the Yamuna some distance ahead of the Yamuna Bridge. The Yamuna river meets its biggest tributary – the Tons near Kalsi. Contradicting, it is the Tons which carries more water than the Yamuna.

5:18 PM; 155.5 KM; DEHRADUN HIGHWAY CROSSING – We cross the highway which goes from Dehradun to Chandigarh and continue straight towards. We now enter the Shivalik hills which separate the DOON valley from the plains. The drive is through a beautiful forest and the road condition is excellent. The road is also quite wide considering that it meanders through a hilly forest.

6:32 PM; 227 KM; SAHARANPUR – We reach Saharanpur where we had to ask our way as the highway is disrupted before the town. You have to travel through a part of the town to cross it. Turn left from the highway, then turn right after some distance and after crossing an overbridge, you come back on the highway to Shamli. The road condition again is very good and although it’s a single road, its sufficiently wide. You can locate a number of Litchi & Mango farms on the route.

7:40 PM; 287 KM; SHAMLI- We now relax a bit, fill up the tank and had some snacks. You have to drive through the Shamli town to get to the Panipat highway. It was almost dark as we crossed. The road crosses the river Yamuna and a small portion of this road after the bridge is not in a very good shape. However considering the excellent roads over the rest of the journey, this small portion is acceptable.

8:40 PM; 324 KM; PANIPAT – We reach the Panipat town and turn left towards Delhi. There is a long flyover waiting to be inaugurated. This flyover would reduce the travel time from Delhi to Karnal/ Chandigarh by at least 15 minutes as it will bypass at least 4 main crossings. The road from here is a double road, almost an expressway.

9:30 PM; 395 KM; DELHI BORDER – So we reached Delhi within 8 and a half hours journey and we reached our destination in Pitampura in the next 45 mins.

Lookout for my next post on the destination – MORI.


  • nandanjha says:

    Again a very detailed one, would act as a guide book for someone wanting to take this road.

    Why not go towards Yamuna Nagar from Saharnpur instead of Shamli ? I dont think it would help in terms of distance but probably Yamuna Nagar – Karnal – Panipat would be quicker then the road which you took.

  • Anand says:

    The road from Saharanpur to Yamuna Nagar to Karnal is longer and is not as good. Also the road from Shamli to Panipat is shorter. So you have lesser bad roads to cover.

  • nandanjha says:

    I drove to Doon in June and went via Karnal-Yamuna Naga-Saharanpur and it was pretty ok. May be rains have spoilt the game.

    Would try Panipat – Shamli next time I get an opportunity to drive that side.

  • pillari says:


    I am planning to go to Har Ki Dun via Mori/Netwar/Sankri….

    This route you mentioned (return to Delhi) in 8.5 hrs look too tempting to take bothways. It will save a lot of time. I am somehow not able to imagine that such a thing can be done.

    Can you tell me a degtailed route Delhi-Mori with a total disatnce and how much of it is in the hills. A better thing would be to give me your contact details and we can correspond better that is if you are OK with that

  • Amit says:

    hi all, i suggest all to not take shamli to sahranpur road as this is in horrible condition now, in fact i have lost my both front suspensions of my honda and really had a mind f***ing trip….
    From delhi It is better to go via panipat yamunanagar – saharanpur (a bit longer in distance (approx 214km) but save lot of time with peace of mind)
    Ghaziabad – meerut muzaffarnagar Saharanpur (shorter in distance (approx 184km) but single manageable road, little driving risk during night being more trucks on road)


    dear sir from shamli to saharanpur there is no road plz take shamli to jallabad ,gangoh, nkud,saharan pur . that road is much better . thanx

  • Somendra pal rana says:

    I went to dehradun from delhi yesterday taking the panipat shamli saharanpur route. it was most horrifying experience of my life while travelling between shamli to saharanpur. there is no road at all. the car goes into deep pothole and emerges like a winner but suddenly goes into another. i had to cross this belt in 3 hours with a speed of 5 to 20 km an hr. never use that road until it is rebuilt. at some places i found people doing some leveling work and mapping, etc. it seems very soon the road construction will start on this stretch. but as of now its nowhere is a road at all. so pls do not use it at least for another couple of months unless it is re-constructed.
    somendra pal rana

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