Where is Uttar Pradesh? It is central or northern India? Well, who cares, as long as the state shares its border with nine different Indian states and a country (Nepal). Did this fact come to you as a good news? To us it did. Sharing borders with nine states can only mean more road trips. If you reside in Uttar Pradesh, you can do a driving holiday to and from any of these states—Rajasthan, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. And Nepal.
It's a long 8 h 22 min (574.9 km) journey to Jaipur from Lucknow via Agra - Lucknow Expressway and Bikaner - Agra Road. Drive on the NH19; the road will take you to Kanpur city and driving on this road is a smooth affair. Tip: carry refreshments with you as there are less dhabas/eateries on the way. One will come across multiple toll plazas on this route. As you approach Agra, you will be on the Agra-Delhi Expressway. One good pitstop is Sher-E-Punjab Hotel and Restaurant, here the food is good. Around this stretch of the road the journey could get a bit bumpy but after this point, till Jaipur, the road is good and less disturbances on the road. Bharatpur is the first interesting destination that one will come across on this stretch. From here on, the drive to Jaipur is scenic an mildly hectic.
Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi and Haryana
Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi are located on the northwestern side of Uttar Pradesh. And Uttarakhand is to the north. Yamuna River is that common point where these four states meet. To get to Haryana, one has to go from Saharanpur District (UP); to get to Himachal Pradesh, one has to travel northwest to Paonta Saheb in Sirmaur District in Himachal; to get to Uttarakhand, the nearest point is towards east to Herbertpur in Dehradun (UK); and to reach Delhi, one needs to take the Agra-Delhi Expressway.
Lucknow to Patna is approximately 539 km via NH27; close to 11 hours drive in total. Bihar falls to the east of Uttar Pradesh and Patna is via Faizabad and Gorakhpur.
Jharkhand,Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh
Jharkhand falls on the southeastern side of Uttar Pradesh. Lucknow to Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand, is approximately 730 km (15 h 21min) via NH19. When you drive down from Lucknow, you will drive across Prayagraj (Allahabad) and Varanasi. You might want to take a detour because Varanasi! Raipur (Chhattisgarh) falls on the southern side of Lucknow and is approximately 809 km (18 h 32 min) via NH30 in total. Head towards Maihar in Madhya Pradesh and then proceed on to Bandhavgarh (MP). From Bandhavgarh, Raipur is approximately 394 km (9 hours drive) via MP SH 11 and NH30. Uttar Pradesh touches Chhattisgarh at Sonebhadra district (UP) but we suggest you go via Madhya Pradesh because the drive is a scenic drive. You will not regret.