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  1. 8 points
    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.
  2. 4 points
    Sri RangaNayaka Swamy Temple is Located in SriRangapuram - Pebbair Mandal of Wanaparthy District - Previously was part of MahbubNagar District Its about 11 Kms from Pebbair which falls on to left side of the National highway towards Bangalore from Hyderabad on the way to Kurnool. 63 Kms from Kurnool This is an historic temple about 550 years old built in the era of Sri Krishna Devaraya According to some legend, the great vijayanagar ruler Sri Krishnadevaraya visited the famous Sri Ranganayakaswamy temple located and Srirangam and desired to built a similar temple in his kingdom. Later, in krishnadevaraya dream, Lord Vishnu said that his is located at a certain place in his own kingdom and will be shown to you by an eagle. So, the next day the king followed the eagle and found the Lord Vishnu idol between Karapakala hills and Kothakota. He constructed this beautiful Ranganayaka Swamy temple close to the Ratna Pushkarini Lake. Temple Timings: The temple is open for the visitors from Morning 6:00 AM to 1:00 PM and Evening 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
  3. 4 points
    Day-1 continued.. Surprisingly we both not felt tired even after 12 Hrs and with less sleep on previous night. So thought of covering few points in Panchagani before sunset. We had consulted hotel manager and started for Parsi Point by 5 PM. When we reached the point there was very less crowd and only two cars were available in the parking opposite to the point. (Parking fee Rs.20). When we reached the view point, it was a Wow view with clouds passing through the valley and there was good light. By the time I could set my camera to capture it, I could capture the clouds on one mountain. But they were captured in our Dil. It is only to feel. We did not had lunch on the way and were little hungry. We ate Vada Pav and a baby corn at the eatery at that point. We had booked the room for the first day only thinking we will search other better options at Mahabaleshwar for day two and three if needed. We had noticed couple of hotels near Parsi point with valley view. We had checked both but both do not have a balcony hence we decided to search for room on next day and explore more of Panchgani. We started for Table top. On the way local tax guys took Rs. 100 for various reasons and handed over three tickets which includes parking at Table top. When we reached Table top just before sunset very few people were there. All the shops and eateries were deserted and half of them were closed. When we reached the top, all the horse carts were parked and horses were not in sight. may be we are late and in season. Winds were blowing hard and it was difficult to hold the camera steadily. After spending half an hour, we started back from table top and started roaming on roads. After walking on Table top we started feeling tired. While roaming we had seen the direction board for Sydney point. It was almost dark but went to the point. Light drizzling started and we did not spent any time there. Started back to the hotel. On the way my wife picked up a cake for me in the market. Usually my daughter will order a cake from US to be delivered. We informed here not to do so as I will not be available at home. When we came back to hotel and freshened up, we felt sleepy. It started raining as we reached the hotel and continued most of the night. We ordered a Chicken snack with Biryani to be served in the room. Snack was good but not the Biryani. First we thought of cutting the cake at 12 Mid night as we do every time but decided to sleep early. We informed our kids not to disturb at mid night and went to bed. End of Day -1
  4. 4 points
    Firstly, I would like to congratulate you for your passion towards travel. Very inspirational to do continuous road trips at the age of 55. Your information has always been helping many members who plan to take this route.. Thanks a lot for sharing.. Waiting for more pictures and full travel story..
  5. 4 points
    Confirmed list 1. Ranger +1 (Civic) 2. Sagar +1 (Creta) 3. Bhargav + 1(Vento) 4. Rajesh +1 (Creta) 5. Uday  6. Ashwin + 2 (Polo) 7. Levi + 1 (Jeep Compass)  Tentative List 1. Sridhar Tandra + 2 (Tiago) - Tentative 2. Akhil + 1 (Honda Jazz) - Tentative 3. Shiva +1(compass)- Tentative  4. Jai +2(Honda City) - Tentative 5. Naveen (Ecosport) - Tentative 6. Jagadeesh (Ecosport) - Tentative 7. Sai Kishore (indica ev2)- Tentative 8. BORNDRIVER+3 (ETIOS)- Tentative
  6. 4 points
    Confirmed list 1. Ranger +1 (Civic) 2. Sagar +1 (Creta) 3. Bhargav + 1(Vento) 4. Rajesh +1 (Creta) 5. Uday Tentative List 1. Sridhar Tandra + 2 (Tiago) - Tentative 2. Akhil + 1 (Honda Jazz) - Tentative 3. Shiva +1(compass)- Tentative
  7. 4 points
  8. 3 points
    As usual started for weekend drive+ hiking at Vikarabad forest. We have started from Hyderabad to Vikarabad with 4 cars and 3 bikes at morning 6am and the climate was too good with light drizzle, cloudy [emoji3509] s cool weather with wet roads. Halted for breakfast at chevela near bus stop and the food was good to have at road side tiffin centre. Slowly started drive and stopped for photo graphy near a location where all the trees were big and beautiful location. After photography we stopped at ananthagiri temple had darshan moved to trek point and started trekking with all friends, had trekking and hiking for 3 hrs later started to near by resorvior had fun and finally returned back home with lots of memories lot more I saw is big scorpions and variety of spiders. Some places we found small pits and forest rangers said it was done by bear's
  9. 3 points
    I do not recommend Laknavaram visit as there will not be any water now. I did not stary but the cottages of Haritha are no good. Instead Ramappa has new cottages and lake will have water 365 days. Another best option is staying at Tadvai Huts of Forest Department. They are very close to Bogatha and good. Check this link.. http://www.ecotourism.bhupalpally.com/tadvai_huts.html This is just on the road to Bogatha. You go early to the Bogatha before Hyderabad crowd starts and come back to Tadvai for Lunch. Pl note when flow is more, they will not allow any one in to the water. In such case you can not spend much time there. Even at Warangal visit 1000 Pillar temple and Bhadrakali Temple. Fort can be avoided if time is constraint.
  10. 3 points
    You really are lucky to have found the 'Table Top' so deserted a peaceful. It looks so serene and beautiful. During our visit in October to the Table top, it was almost like a market with a lot of eateries, horses and kids playing arenas. We hated to stay there and moved back to the hotel.
  11. 3 points
    Wow...excellent pics & write up with precise information. Looking forward to see more!
  12. 3 points
    Waiting for the Day2 story. Very nice idea to celebrate birthdays via road trip. Between Hyderabad and Solapur, how many kilometres is bad?
  13. 3 points
    Definitely an inspiration for people like me. A great way to celebrate. Would love to see more from you. Hyderabad to Solapur hotel options are very limited. Finding a decent option is very difficult.
  14. 3 points
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  16. 3 points
    Best time to be on the road. this is a magnificent temple, visited twice here. this one makes a nice day trip! excellent photography btw 👏
  17. 3 points
    Confirmed list 1. Ranger +1 (Civic) 2. Sagar +1 (Creta) 3. Bhargav + 1(Vento) 4. Rajesh +1 (Creta) 5. Uday  6. Ashwin + 2 (Polo)  Tentative List 1. Sridhar Tandra + 2 (Tiago) - Tentative 2. Akhil + 1 (Honda Jazz) - Tentative 3. Shiva +1(compass)- Tentative  4. Jai +2(Honda City) - Tentative 5. Naveen (Ecosport) - Tentative 6. Jagadeesh (Ecosport) - Tentative 7. Sai Kishore (indica ev2)- Tentative
  18. 3 points
    Great work @travel.rtc. Superb post. Good to see that you always come up with new places to travel. Awesome pictures as well. The Bangalore highway is one of my favourite roads in the country. Thanks a lot for sharing this valuable information on this new place
  19. 3 points
    Confirmed list 1. Ranger +1 (Civic) 2. Sagar +1 (Creta) 3. Bhargav + 1(Vento) 4. Rajesh +1 (Creta) 5. Uday  Tentative List 1. Sridhar Tandra + 2 (Tiago) - Tentative 2. Akhil + 1 (Honda Jazz) - Tentative 3. Shiva +1(compass)- Tentative  4. Jai +2(Honda City) - Tentative 5. Naveen (Ecosport) - Tentative 6. Jagadeesh (Ecosport) - Tentative
  20. 3 points
    Confirmed list 1. Ranger +1 (Civic) 2. Sagar +1 (Creta) 3. Bhargav + 1(Vento) 4. Rajesh +1 (Creta) 5. Uday Tentative List 1. Sridhar Tandra + 2 (Tiago) - Tentative 2. Akhil + 1 (Honda Jazz) - Tentative 3. Shiva +1(compass)- Tentative 4. Jai +2(Honda City) - Tentative 5. Naveen (Ecosport) - Tentative
  21. 3 points
    1. Ranger +1 (Civic) 2. Sagar +1 (Creta) 3. Bhargav + 1(Vento) 4. Rajesh +1 (Creta) 5. Sridhar Tandra + 2 (Tiago) - Tentative 6. Uday 7. Akhil + 1 (Honda Jazz) - Tentative
  22. 3 points
    Created a WhatsApp group for further discussion. Once the RSVP is completed, I will be adding them to the group.
  23. 3 points
    Confirmed list 1. Ranger +1 (Civic) 2. Sagar +1 (Creta) 3. Bhargav + 1(Vento) 4. Rajesh +1 (Creta) 5. Sridhar Tandra + 2 (Tiago) - Tentative 6. Uday
  24. 3 points
    Confirmed list 1. Ranger +1 (Civic) 2. Sagar +1 (Creta) 3. Bhargav + 1(Vento) 4. Rajesh +1 (Creta)
  25. 3 points
    Sharing few pictures from the camera.
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