The roads in the more improvised parts of India such as Bihar and UP were appalling. At places, the road exists only on maps. On the way to the highly popular and busy Indo-Nepal border crossing town of Raxaul, the 6 lane motorway we were on, just completely disappeared some 40 km before the crossing. But it disappeared in a very precise clean line, there was road and traffic doing good speed and then bang gone; there was a side dirt track and it took us a good 3 hours to do 40 odd km. There were days when it took us 8 to 10 hours to do 200km, just spine shattering smooth roads all the way. Ula was squeaking on every bump and was considerably bruised. However, once past Delhi and into Rajasthan it was wonderful roads with superb landscape. We took a myriad of state and national highways and it was smooth sailing from there all the way to South India. Also, there was a lot of over bridge construction going on to bypass smaller towns and cities, as a result there were a lot of detours and you quite can't maintain speed and given the fact that everyone is aiming their steering wheel towards you makes it just a bit more dramatic.