|NH-6 On the way to Gadiara|
Gadiara is only about 90 kms from Kolkata. The roads are excellent all through. I travelled with my Honda Activa scooter with a pillion. It was smooth sailing all along and the small honda pulled beautifully over the smooth surface. It will be approximately 2 hours journey. First you have to take NH 6 towards Kolaghat. Then you have the option of turning left either from Uluberia which comes first or continue upto Bagnan and then take left. I took the Bagnan route while going. It’s a single lane road once it branches out of NH-6. A 34 km stretch all the way to Gadiara where the road ends at a T junction on the river bank. This road is smooth all along, only that it passes through thickly populated areas and there are at least four spots where there is a bazar right on the road where you are bound to get entangled in a huge mess of buses, trucks, auto-rickshaws, motorcycles, cycle vans, cows and thousands of people milling around. So it needs some careful driving and this road is also dotted by unmarked speed breakers which might catch you unaware if not alert. So all you need is patience and careful driving.
While coming back I took the route which ends up at Uluberia. This is almost of same distance but the road is relatively free of traffic compared to Bagnan route. The surfacing is also good and I never had any problem with the scooter. This road will also take you through Garhchumuk, a deer sanctuary & 58 gate, which is essencially a dam built over gates The only trouble is when you approach Uluberia town to take NH6. Inside the town is very crowded and the last 5-6 kilometers can be a botheration. You also need to cross a rail gate which is on the busy SE railway tracks where lot of suburban and other long distance trains pass and might take time to cross. The Bagnan route taked you across through a flyover which is a boon. I felt time taken would be same more or less whichever route you follow. Both the routes merge at a place Shyampur and then goes staright to Gadiara.