Road Review : Delhi-Kanpur-Lucknow

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

439 Comments

  • abhi says:

    If anyone have an update, please share.

    Thanks!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

    • Asif says:

      Dear Partha,
      pl take following route:
      Delhi-NOIDA-Greater NOIDA-Yamuna Expressway-Firozabad-Shikohabad-Etawah-Auraiya-Kanpur-Lucknow-Barabanki-Faizabad-Tanda
      Pl take Yamuna Expressway to save time and great driving experience.
      It will take 10-11 hours to Tanda from Delhi if yiou start early in the morning.
      happy journey.

  • 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/-

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Ajay says:

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

      • Asif says:

        No naina. I dont agree. The Nh-24 route from Bareilly to Sitapur is not advisable. 4 laning work is in progress in this stretch and Bareilly to Sitapur stretch is in very bad shape now a days. Pl avoid this route. NH-2 route is very good upto Kanpur.

  • ANKUR AGARWAL says:

    hi, i am planning to visit lucknow this 1st dec. from delhi.

    pls let me know how to proceed from kanpur and is there any bypass from kanpur to unnao to avoid

    kanpur city rush.

    second from kanpur to lucknow where are the bypass to follow.

    • Asif says:

      No bye pass is there in Kanpur. You have to face the reality at Kanpur.
      From Kanpur, take the straight route to Lucknow. The road from Kanpur to Lucknow is not in very good shape. But you cant help it.However, while coming back from Lucknow to Kanpur , the road is comparatively better.
      Keep on driving.
      Happy journey.

  • aman khatri says:

    Hi Everyone,

    I wish to travel from Jaipur to Varanasi, I have never travelled to UP(except Agra) before this. Please guide the best route from Agra to Varanasi and how much time will it take considering the road conditions.
    Thanks in advance,
    Aman

  • Nandan Jha says:

    Hi Aman – Please take Jaipur – Agra highway (NH11 via Dausa, overall very good road) and then the regular NH2 i.e. Agra – Etawah – Kanpur – Allahabad – Varanasi. Roads overall are good to excellent so no worries.

    I would plan for at least 15 hours. Try to leave very early in the morning, say by 5 AM, and you should be at Varanasi before 8 PM.

    • aman khatri says:

      Thanks a lot Nandan for this quick response. I was worried about roads between Agra and Varanasi.
      how about leaving Jaipur in evening and taking a night off in Agra and then travel to Varanasi.
      Or may be travel till Kanpur overnight, is night travelling safe when accompanied by female passengers ?

  • Nandan Jha says:

    @ Aman – I do not recommend night traveling (long distances). Not from the crime angle but from the road-safety angle (sign ages, lighting, drunk-driving etc). Leaving Jaipur by evening and taking a break at Agra looks like a good plan to me.

  • Anant Sharma says:

    Hi,
    Could you please tell me about the toll tax between Delhi and Agra if I opt for NH2.

    Thanks
    Anant Sharma

  • Sanjeev Kumar Jha says:

    Hi Everyone,

    I am planning to drive all the way from Delhi to Madbubani once again. But worried about Gopalganj road for my Swift VDI. If anyone has any update on Gopalganj road please do let me know. Waiting desperately for update on this. If there is any alternative good route (does not matter even if it is long) please do let me know. I really want to avoid Gopalganj road. Thanks.

  • abhi says:

    hye guys,
    festive season is back and I’m planning again to drive through the Allahabad via YEW+NH2, Please share your latest update on road condition and on going construction work?

    Any tips

    Thanks!

  • Chandra Shekhar Kumar Gupta says:

    hye guys,
    festive season is back and Im planning to drive first time Delhi to Gaya via YEW+NH2, Please share your latest update on road condition and on going construction work?
    Any tips
    Thanks!

  • NAMRATA KHANDELWAL says:

    Dear,

    Will be travelling to Lucknow on 16th October, 2015 night. Need to reach there in teh morning by 8 or 9. At what time shall we start and which route we should take?

    Namrata

  • Vishal chauhan says:

    Hi namrta,
    My uncle is also going to lko on 16 oct morning. I have suggested him for taking nh2. He will start from Gurgaon at 0400 hrs. My experience with nh2 says that starting at 0400 hrs from Gurgaon wud hit lko at 1500 hrs with minimum 03 stoppages. First near mathura second near etah and third crossing kanpur. This is with family. Route taken:- gurgaon, sohna, palwal, mathura, agra, etah, kanpur and lko. Self will be cruising first week of November. Thanks!!
    Vishal
    Have a safe drive!!! Cheers!!!

  • Shiva Singh says:

    Hi All,

    I am planing to go Kanpur this weekend from Gurgaon so please anybody can tell me which would be the best route and what would be the Total Toll tax from Gurgaon to Kanpur
    Please Help…!!

  • kuldeep says:

    Hi!
    I am planing to go Etawh from Kanpur by road this weekend anybody can tell that is is safe during late night driving…..

  • Dilip says:

    The Road Distance Between New Delhi to Agra is 212 Kilometre and expected journey time is 3 hour.
    Route 1 :New Delhi to Noida to Yamuna Expressway to Agra : This route is traffic free and road condition is very excellent.

    Route 2 : New Delhi to Faridabad to Palwal to Koshi to Mathura to Agraa : This is very old route to reach Agra from Delhi. There are many traffic and road condition is not good.

    Source : http://www.roaddistance.in/new-delhi/delhi-new-delhi-to-agra-distance/by-road/

  • Debasish Pal says:

    I have planned to have a round trip by road from Delhi to Guwahati. You may think its a crazy tour plan, still I like to plan it. Although I am 50 years of age and my wife helps me while driving alternatively. I need to know the places of preferable halt and I have heard the rouite about Delhi-Kanpur-Lucknow-Faizabad-Siliguri-Guwahati. Has the Agra – lucknow new 4-lane road completed? I am using Honda City 2013 model.

  • Debasish Pal says:

    I have planned to have a round trip by road from Delhi to Guwahati. You may think its a crazy tour plan, still I like to plan it. Although I am 50 years of age and my wife helps me while driving alternatively. I need to know the places of preferable halt and I have heard the route about Delhi-Kanpur-Lucknow-Faizabad-Siliguri-Guwahati. Has the Agra – lucknow new 4-lane road completed? I am using Honda City 2013 model.

  • Tarun Saxena says:

    Awesome post and equally cool comments here. Tomorrow morning I’m planning to go from Noida to Kanpur via YEW, NH-2. I read some of the comments regarding numerous diversions and breakers in Etawah to Kanpur stretch. Please advise if this is a good route to drive with wife and being only driver. I drove long trips in US but in India it will be my first long drive except Noida to Agra couple of weeks back. Only apprehension I have is of tyre puncture situation as I have never changed it myself. Any advise, suggestions, precautions most welcome. Cheers ! P.S. –I will be driving just 3 months old Grand I-10 (sports)

  • akashs says:

    Traveled from Noida to Lucknow on 20th and back on 27th Mar and have few good updates to share.

    1. Etawa to Kanpur six laning is now complete and this stretch is now a pleasure to drive. All the flyovers are complete and roads are excellent throughout giving a feel of expressway. This saves good time.

    2. Ramadevi to jajmau stretch is now nearing completion after many many years. Though Ramadevi to jajmau stretch was still not open and had jams as usual, while coming back, the flyover is open from jajmau to Ramadevi.

    3. Unnao Flyover is also open now so you don’t need to worry about your car’s underbelly kissing the huge potholes.

    4. I felt toll rates have increased at few toll plazas(I remember paying 45 earlier at couple of them but this time all were 70+ i guess) in between. Can anyone who did this stretch recently confirm this?

    I could also see traces of New Agra Lucknow expressway crossing the main NH-2 somewhere after Shikohabad.

    While coming back it took me 7.5 hrs door to door (approx 535 km, started at 6:30 and reached noida at around 2) without rushing too much (top speed 112 as per GPS). this includes total break time of about 15 mins and the major contributor was Etawah -Kanpur highway

    Hope it helps.

  • Nandan Jha says:

    @ Akash S – I did this on March 27. I don’t remember the older toll but yes, it did seem higher. Quite high actually. Etawah-Kanpur is indeed now at 100 KM/Hour average road.

    Interestingly, when Aditya first wrote this, there was no YEW. And over next 6-8, months as Agra-LKO comes up, it would entirely be a new route. :-) Time flies indeed.

  • akashs says:

    Yes Nandan, time flies. Agra- Noida used to be pain while coming back from lucknow earlier (because i used to reach there around noon) which is now the easiest patch using YEW.
    So both of us did this route on same date.
    Once Agra Lucknow EWay is done, we will be able to have breakfast in Noida and lunch at Lucknow :)

  • Driving back tomorrow. route: Vaishali, Bihar> Muzaffarpur> PipraKothi(Motihari)> Gopalganj> Gorakhpur> Lucknow> ?(bypass at Kanpur?) > Kanpur> Agra> Delhi.

    Kind travellers, Any pointers on whether Lucknow-Delhi By pass at Kanpur is operational already? Please help.

  • Dr.Sanjeeb Kumar Behera says:

    Thanks all for their valuable inputs. Can any one tell me as to how is the road condition between Kanpur to Delhi?

  • sfaisalabbas121 says:

    Can anyone please tell the condition of Bareilly Sitapur stretch, used to be very bad about one year back. Is there any improvement in road condition, Thanks

  • sudhirjaipur says:

    Has anybody done Agra-Lucknow by the new Expressway recently. I understand that the Agra-Lucknow Expressway is a brand new road and is almost ready, it is 308 km and takes just 3.5 hrs. I am planning to drive from Jaipur to Lucknow next week via Agra. Would be grateful for any latest information on this new road. Thanks

  • akashs says:

    Completed return trip to Lucknow yesterday through Agra Lucknow Expressway. Now Delhi to Lucknow is an all expressway route.
    ALE – Agra Lucknow Expressway – it is mostly complete..very few (3 or 4) diversions but mostly it’s like one carriageway is incomplete and both side traffic is on one carriageway for few hundred meters. there is only one place i remember where i had to get off the expressway some where near lucknow where Toll Plaza in under construction.

    There are no facilities on this 300+ km expressway as of now so make sure you fuel tank is full and you have enough water and eatables with you. though in case of emergency you can take the exists and go to nearby towns for refill but that would mean some time. Closest pump I got was at Bangarmau Exit where an IOC pump is very near to exit (this place is about 70 km before lucknow when you are going from Agra).

    It’s safe and you will find many vehicles on the road. Not too many but certainly it does not feel deserted. Also there are police petrol cars positioned at many places along the eway.

    There is no toll as of now as Toll Plaza’s are still under construction. there are few places where side fencing was in-progress but mostly done.

    Coming to the timings, this is the major game changer…it took me around 5 hrs 30 mins door to door from lucknow to noida and that too without any fatigue. Now noida to lucknow can be covered in around 6 hours without rushing too much and including a break. This is like a dream if I compare when I started driving to lucknow many years back.

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