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Route Planner Notes

If you are interested in visiting and supporting Historic Sikh Gurdwaras we have come up with the quickest and most efficient way of making multiple stops (with driving directions).

The road route planner for multiple locations calculates the best route and displays all your destinations in the most optimal sequence. With an optimized route, you save time and money. Because you use less fuel, your vehicle also emits less CO2. Less travel time, lower costs and lower impact on the environment.

Forward Route Planner - Map multiple locations in the most efficient way, save your time and money for better purposes.

To add locations, simply type an address in the 'Add Location by Address' box and click on the 'Add Location' image circle. The first location you add is considered to be the start of your trip.

Alternatively, you can use 'Bulk Add' to add multiple locations (one for each line, up to 100 maximum).

If you click 'Calculate Fastest Roundtrip', the start will also be the end of your trip. If you click 'Calculate Fastest A-Z Trip', the last location (the one with the highest number), will be the final destination. This option calculates the route in the order the locations are added.

To remove or edit a location, click on its marker on the map.

Why Have We Provided An Optimized Route Planner?

Route Planner

If you are looking for directions, there are many options available these days, including dozens of mapping websites, GPS devices and mobile phone navigation services. However, most of these have their flaws.

When you use navigation or route planners they are often designed to give you the fastest or shortest route between two destinations, and while it is possible to map multiple locations in a single trip, the most intuitive and efficient route is not often provided. Instead, a route is mapped from one location to the next, regardless of how inefficient the trip might be.

It is possible to enter multiple locations on sites, such as Google Maps, but they are only designed to give directions in the order that locations are entered.

This means they cannot give you any more than door-to-door directions from one stop to the next, even if the route takes you far out of your way.

It also means that even after you have spent the time to input each location, it is still up to you to figure out the quickest route that would allow you to cover all your stops in one trip.

The optimized route planner we have provided is perfect for visiting multiple gurdwaras (and any other location) in the most efficient way, saving time and expense.

Planning A Trip

Before planning a trip, its always good to have a travel plan and consider your options.

1. Choose your locations - Do some research and keep in mind the weather and facilities.
2. Choose when you want to go - This will be determined by a number of things, but mostly your schedule.
3. Plan a loose itinerary - Mark places to visit and things to do. How many days do you have? You should keep the overall schedule in mind – you do not want to end up too tired (or alternatively, bored).
4. Be wary of going through a travel agent.

An Example

Let's imagine you've found your way to Punjab and are staying in the village Rode (Rode is the village of a very well known and well admired Gursikh).

If, for example, you want to visit the following locations (over multiple days);

1. From Rode, Punjab (30.681147, 75.017379)
2. Gurdwara Sri Darbar Sahib Baba Bakala (31.555242, 75.263951)
3. Gurdwara Sri Fatehgarh Sahib (30.652275, 76.393058)
4. Gurdwara Sri Garhi Sahib Chamkaur (30.897598, 76.414002)
5. Gurdwara Sri Goindwal Sahib (31.364326, 75.144898)
6. Gurdwara Sri Patal Puri Sahib, Kiratpur (31.178058, 76.563232)
7. Sri Akal Takht (31.620689, 74.875394)
8. Takht Sri Damdama Sahib (29.987048, 75.078571)
9. Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib (31.235004, 76.498828)
10. Back to Rode, Punjab (30.681147, 75.017379)

You have the following options;

1. Plan a random trip, which could increase your time and cost.
2. Use a driver and hope he knows the best routes (similiar to option 1).
3. Plan your journey, in advance if possible, using a route planner.

If we plan the above journey using Google (and the Route Planner we have provided), there is a big difference. Please note, at time of writing, there is a limit in Google Maps of 10 entries so we had to restrict our example to 10 entries.

We have taken the co-ordinates of the above destinations and entered them one by one, listed as follows;

30.681147, 75.017379
31.555242, 75.263951
30.652275, 76.393058
30.897598, 76.414002
31.364326, 75.144898
31.178058, 76.563232
31.620689, 74.875394
29.987048, 75.078571
31.235004, 76.498828
30.681147, 75.017379 (this entry is only for Google, the route planner doesn't need this as its already in the first entry)

The route Google has given us is 1,571 km long and would take 29 hours, non-stop without traffic. So the trip would take about 4-5 days allowing for breaks and night stops.

Using the Route Planner, just copy and paste the (top 9 in the list) co-ordinates into the 'Bulk Add', click on 'Add list of locations' and then click on 'Create Fastest Round Trip'. You will see that the route is 698 km long and would take 13 hrs and 32 mins, non-stop without traffic. This journey is substantialy less than choosing the Google route, entered in alphabetic order, which would take less than half the time, so about 2 days allowing for breaks and night stops.

The Google route is shown in the image below (on the left) and the route planner (on the right).

Google Route Route Planner

As mentioned above, the route planner calculates the quickest and most efficient way of making multiple stops.

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