It had been 5 months for my household and me; 5 months of concern, uncertainty and restlessness. Locked up in our houses in Bengaluru, going through Zoom calls at random hours and failing miserably at sustaining sanity. Two weeks in the past, we lastly determined to interrupt the shackles and escape. Over three days, we drove greater than 1,900km throughout 4 states all the best way to Kolkata. Here is the story of our journey.
However first, some context. My husband Bharat, his brother Harsh and I stay in Bengaluru. My husband and I are in promoting; my brother-in-law is a banker. Final month, we needed to attend to some household affairs in Kolkata. After a number of last-minute cancellations, we determined to ditch the flight mode and take the extra adventurous possibility: the street.
Bengaluru to Kolkata: the planning
We prepped forward of the journey largely watching movies of people that made the identical or comparable journeys throughout the pandemic. We additionally learn up slightly on-line and eventually locked the route:
Bangalore —Tirupati — Nellore — Vijayawada — Visakapatnam — Gopalpur — Bhubaneswar — Kolaghat — Howrah — Kolkata
We did not take a COVID take a look at; by the point we left (30 August), it wasn’t obligatory anymore within the states we had been going to cross: Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal. We logged into the Authorities of India e-pass portal to verify for necessities. The one state that appeared to be nonetheless issuing an e-pass was Andhra Pradesh, so we utilized for one, simply in case. We drove in our Hyundai i20 Sport, carrying two arduous copies of the e-pass we obtained on electronic mail. This turned out to be pointless as nobody stopped us to verify. The one occasions we had been stopped was as soon as on the Andhra border to verify for alcohol, and as soon as on the Odisha border for log particulars of our automotive and our vacation spot. However each had been clean, roughly 10-minute halts.
Bengaluru to Kolkata: the drive
The street was clean in some stretches—principally in and across the larger cities—but additionally nightmarish in elements. A number of stretches had been miserably pothole-ridden, particularly in Andhra Pradesh proper after Tirupati and in Odisha after crossing Bhubaneswar.