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    First, sixth and seventh picture- My Freestyle on the way to Maredumilli at Rampachodavaram. (Shot on Galaxy A50) Second, third and fourth- My Freestyle at Pamuleravagu inside Maredumilli forest. (Shot on Galaxy A50) Fifth picture- My Freestyle at River Bay resorts Rajahmahendravaram. (Shot on Galaxy A50) Eighth picture- My Freestyle at Parimala on the way to Hyderabad from Vijayawada during Sunrise. (Shot on Galaxy A50) Last four pictures- My Freestyle at Shamirpet Lake. (Shot on Galaxy S10+ and Galaxy A50)
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    Fantastic pictures. Wide angle? new generation swift, specially in red looks fantastic.
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    My Plan is like... Plan - Day1 - Miryalaguda - Mahabalipuram – Stay (550 KM – approx. 12 hours) Day 2 – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Stay (100KM – approx. 2 hours) Day 3 – Pondicherry –Mangroover forest-- Chidambaram –(65km – approx. – 1:30 min)—Thanjavur(110km 2:30 hours) Day 4 – Thanjavur – Rameswaram – Stay (230km – approx. 4 hours) Day 5 – Rameswram local Day 6 – Rameswram to Kanyakumari(309KM 5 Hours) Kanyakumari Local. Day 7 – Kanyakumari to Madurai – (245km approx. 4 hours) and proceed to Bangalore (450km 8 hours) Day 8- Banglaore to Hyderabad(570km approx. 9 hours) Any changes or suggestions. Suggestions on good pit stops. Thank you. Regards Subhash
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    Appikonda Beach Visakhapatnam
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    This was during January 2019, and the roads were work under progress onve we cross Telangana border
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    You can follow up with the link below for detailed route information on this route.
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    When was this drive done? Could you share any recent route status enroute Shiridi which could help the co-travellers ?
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    Hyderabad -- Nagpur -- Chindawada -- Seoni -- Nagpur -- Jabalpur -- Umaria -- Beohari -- Sidhi -- Ranukoot -- Varanasi. This is one route available from Hyderabad to reach Varanasi. Or els, You can stick to NH7 which will direct you straight to varanasi . Road condition around Sidhi is not good as per present status. My personal suggestion is to stick to NH7 if you are travelling for the first time instead of taking the complicated route between the forests of Madya Pradesh which might be unsafe.
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    A quick drive to home town.
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    After celebrating 50th Birthday at Srisailam, I thought of spending my 55th one also some where out side. Many options were considered but most of them were dropped due to late monsoon this year. Only a day before we had decided to spend the day at Mahabalshwar. I had to convince my wife a lot as she was not ready to accept we two only travel and I will be lone driver (She does not drive and do not want to try also). Any way I had booked a room online (Directly on hotel website as it was the cheapest) in Hotel Valley Nest after lot of research for a proper location away from crowds and with a valley view. I had taken 4 days leave and had 6 days in hand including weekend. So I kept the program open for return journey. We had planned to start at 4 AM on Tuesday 2nd July and started 15 minutes late at 04.15 AM took ORR at Rajendranagar and exited at Muthangi by 5.00 AM and took NH 65. with one small break of 10 minutes we took diversion towards Pandharpur from NH 65 at Mohol by 9.30 AM. It's about 360 Kms and we had covered it in 5 Hrs approximately excluding breaks. This includes diversions and bad patches between Basavakalyan and Solapur of about 100 Kms. On the way I had received calls from my friends informing me that heavy rain forecast in Maharastra, but we had not faced any rain except a small drizzle till Mohol. We had tried to stop for breakfast before Solapur but some hotels we missed in fast drive and some of them are closed. I do not know the reason but many eateries are closed on the way. Once we took a turn at Mohol towards Pandharpur also we found couple of hotels were in locked condition. After a couple of Kms we found one hotel and stopped there afraid that we may not get food further. But it was wrong as we found may hotels in the route till Pandharpur. We had Poha and it was good but coffee was too sweet. (May be sugar is cheap there). Wash rooms were neat and average. After relaxing about 40 Minutes we started again at 10.20 and reached Pandharpur by 11.15. Google is showing the expected time at Panchgani at 02.00 PM. So we thought of having darshan of lord Vittala at Pandharpur. It seems it rained on previous night and we could see all the roads are wet and parking areas were slushy. There are couple of paid parkings areas near the temple (100 Mtrs away from main temple). Though it is a pilgrim place of masses, we found the streets are neat (except the wetness of the rain) and of course temple area is maintained very neat. There seems to be multiple entries to the temple and we did not asked any one or did some research and went in to the temple from main entry towards the river Chandrabhaga only to know that it is a quick darshan (far away from sanctum) line once we entered the temple. But form that point also the Lord Vittala is clearly visible. By 12.30 we were again on road towards Phaltan after reaching Phaltan, I set my google map to our hotel Valley Nest and the route changed from Via Wai to Via Kudal. We reached the Hotel through Mahu Dam at 4.15 PM exactly after 12 Hrs since we left home. At about 10 Hrs drive excluding stop overs. Entire hotel only three rooms were booked including ours. The room Mountain View Super Deluxe is good having a balcony with mountain view (not valley). Road condition Except Basavakalyan to Solapur Road till Mohol is 4 lane toll roads. From Mohol to Panchgani it is two lane except small stretch of single lane mostly good. I will update further later.
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    Hi @sagar this is close to Steel Plant Twp, Visakhapatnam around 13 kms very, its secluded beach good for hanging around even on a holiday.
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    Nice click @Johney.. Where exactly does this Appikonda beach in Vishakapatnam fall at?
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    Thats my Hunk (of sorts :)) en route Shirdi
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    As planned we drove down to Goa, Hyderabad to Belgavi is great with occasional speed bumps and small patches of repair. Nothing that cannot be managed. From Belgavi till Chorla is great, but the last leg from Chorla to panjim is a nightmare, took us 4 hours to negotiate about 90 kms. I hear that the ghat Is now CLOSED...avoid this route until Sept end.
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    Electric cars I came across this interesting forward in WhatsApp. (Source : Unknown) Have to agree with certain points. Some Very Interesting Predictions.. (To what extent it will come true - time only will tell us) Auto repair shops will disappear. A petrol/diesel engine has 20,000 individual parts. An electrical motor has 20. Electric cars are sold with lifetime guarantees and are only repaired by dealers. It takes only 10 minutes to remove and replace an electric motor. Faulty electric motors are not repaired in the dealership but are sent to a regional repair shop that repairs them with robots. Your electric motor malfunction light goes on, so you drive up to what looks like a car wash, and your car is towed through while you have a cup of coffee and out comes your car with a new electric motor! Petrol pumps will go away. Street corners will have meters that dispense electricity. Companies will install electrical recharging stations; in fact, they’ve already started in the developed world. Smart major auto manufacturers have already designated money to start building new plants that only build electric cars. Coal industries will go away. Gasoline/oil companies will go away. Drilling for oil will stop. So say goodbye to OPEC! The middle-east is in trouble. Homes will produce and store more electrical energy during the day and then they use and will sell it back to the grid. The grid stores it and dispenses it to industries that are high electricity users. Has anybody seen the Tesla roof? A baby of today will only see personal cars in museums. The FUTURE is approaching faster than most of us can handle. In 1998, Kodak had 170,000 em- ployees and sold 85% of all photo paper worldwide. Within just a few years, their business model disappeared and they went bankrupt. Who would have thought of that ever happening? What happened to Kodak and Polaroid will happen in a lot of industries in the next 5-10 years … and most people don't see it coming. Did you think in 1998 that 3 years later, you would never take pictures on film again? With today’s smart phones, who even has a camera these days? Yet digital cameras were invented in 1975. The first ones only had 10,000 pixels, but followed Moore's law. So as with all exponential tech- nologies, it was a disappointment for a time, before it became way superior and became mainstream in only a few short years. It will now happen again (but much faster) with Artificial Intelligence, health, autonomous and electric cars, education, 3D printing, agriculture and jobs. Forget the book, “Future Shock”, welcome to the 4th Industrial Revolution. Software has disrupted and will continue to disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years. UBER is just a software tool, they don't own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world! Ask any taxi driver if they saw that coming. Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don't own any properties. Ask Hilton Hotels if they saw that coming. Artificial Intelligence: Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go-player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected. In the USA, young lawyers already don't get jobs. Because of IBM's Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for right now, the basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans. So, if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% fewer lawyers in the future, (what a thought!) only omniscient specialists will remain. Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, its 4 times more accurate than human nurses. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans. Autonomous cars: In 2018 the first self-driving cars are already here. In the next 2 years, the entire industry will start to be disrupted. You won't want to own a car anymore as you will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it you will only pay for the driven distance and you can be productive while driving. The very young children of today will never get a driver's license and will never own a car. This will change our cities, because we will need 90-95% fewer cars. We can transform former parking spaces into green parks. About 1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide including distracted or drunk driving. We now have one accident every 60,000 miles; with autonomous driving that will drop to 1 accident in 6 million miles. That will save a million lives plus worldwide each year. Most traditional car companies will doubtless become bankrupt. They will try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels. Look at what Volvo is doing right now; no more internal combustion engines in their vehicles starting this year with the 2019 models, using all electric or hybrid only, with the intent of phasing out hybrid models. Many engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; are completely terrified of Tesla and they should be. Look at all the companies offering all electric vehicles. That was unheard of, only a few years ago. Insurance companies will have massive trouble because, without accidents, the costs will become cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear. Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute, people will abandon their towers to move far away to more beautiful affordable neighborhoods. Electric cars will become mainstream about 2030. Cities will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity. Cities will have much cleaner air as well. Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean. Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can now see the burgeoning impact. And it’s just getting ramped up. Fossil energy companies are desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar installations, but that simply cannot continue - technology will take care of that strategy. Health: The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There are companies who will build a medical device (called the "Tricorder" from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you breath into it. It then analyses 54 bio-markers that will identify nearly any Disease. There are dozens of phone apps out there right now for health purposes.
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    Day - 01: All the members attending the drive have gathered at the start point by 4:00 a.m. and the drive commenced by 4:15 a.m. Around 6 30 a.m. we took a short tea break to stretch ourselves and breathe in some fresh air. We headed towards Kalaburagi after the Tea break for our breakfast The road towards Karaburagi is a 2 lane road in pretty good condition with no potholes. We passed across various sunflower fields en-route Kalaburagi which was a treat to eyes as they faced the sun during its rise. A wannabe aerial capture of the Sunflower fields resting on either side of the highway. We stopped by the Lumbini grand hotel in Kalaburagi for breakfast around 8 30 a.m. All the cars gathered at a regroup point post breakfast before they got onto the highway towards Solapur. We got on to the Solapur - Pune 4 lane highway by 12 p.m. which was quite relaxing. Post lunch on the Solapur highway, we took another break at a coffee place as we got closer to Pune. One of our Admins tried his hands on a Japan made Kubota 4WD at the coffee place. After an eventful drive during the Day-01, we reached the Hinjewadi around 7 p.m. to get set for our water rafting session lined up for the next morning.
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    After exploring the Dam for an hour, we started driving towards the Manjeera river bridge. We took a small break at the bridge and enjoyed the view. Not even a single vehicle crossed us during our 15 minutes break. On one side, it was the Manjeera river. And on the other side, it is the Singur Dam. Our next destination is the Circular well. This place is very isolated and calm, it is definitely a must visit place. Fishermen! We started walking on the rocks, which lead us to the reservoir for about 100 meters. We were surrounded by water on almost all sides. (small Island) We sat here for an hour and enjoyed the cool breeze. Water currents were quite high. Avoid getting into the water and beware of the crocodiles. We parked our cars on the bank. We explored this place for around one and a half hours and started back to Hyderabad. We found this resort near circular well view point. They serve only lunch and dinner. On our return drive, we tried a few rolling shots. Sticking to the speed limits of the ORR is quite tough, but we enjoyed the photography. We reached Gachibowli in no time. -Thank you.
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    You can go through the following links for more details. http://www.india-drive.com/forum/mai...fort-road-trip http://www.india-drive.com/forum/navigation/route-queries/2147-hyderabad-to-pune-road-condition
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