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    Hyderabad –> Bhutan –> Hyderabad started on 13th may 2018. Day1: As I already stated before, this trip was to test my family’s capability of exploring the long drives of distances more than 6000 kms and 20+ days duration, all the time I was alone going on bike expeditions. Started early by 5 am from home located at jalvayu towers, lower tankbund, still kids are in sleeping mode they don’t even have a hint of this trip, just they know someplace traveling, quickly packed the luggage and driven, stopped at Vijayawada for breakfast on road side. One thing i learned a new thing from this trip ( mostly women want to eat street food all the time with neat and clean environment) nothing to say much on this stretch as kids and wiffy sleeping all the time and road conditions everyone knows, halting place is at APTDC,Baruva Beach. we reached by 3:30 pm in vizag and had lunch at cafe coffee day on the way reaching to vizag. i want to skip the vizag traffic and taken the truck bypass route, It’s a two lane road some parts wide & some areas narrow, many pot holes in the road but manageable. At 4 to 4:30 rain started heavily, video tells all about it, once crossed vizag. it’s a breeze through srikakulam highway and it’s no more raining and weather is pleasant, reached Baruva by 7 pm, the APTDC cottages are very spacious and AC works well, but poorly maintained the infrastructure, you can have look of sunset and sunrise directly from your room. Booze on order available, but canteen people won't serve, Ordered snacks and food from canteen, food is ok. Sat at the balcony attached and had a long chat and kids are busy with TV. TOTAL DRIVEN DISTANCE: 850KMS TOTAL DRIVEN TIME: 14 hrs Tariff for Accommodation: APTDC/ double Bed Room -Ac Rs.3000-00 with charges for Extra person Day2: Woke up early by 5am thought it was 7 am, quickly refreshed and went on some auto mode beachside photography, shot some sunrise pics, I came back up by 6 am and woke up them, here the horror starts. The time I took them to beach huge crowd from adjacent village to this property is on shitting show all over the beach with 1-3 kms stretch from 6:15 to 7:30 am. Lost interest of going to the beach. Kids got ready and had puri (only thing available) as breakfast. Wiffy had some pics at cottages. Started towards Chilka lake and its a 4 lane road, sun is on his peak still we want to finish the boat ride at Chilka easy to find the way to reach this place, once u take diversion for Rambha straight u will reach to Hotel pant nivas ( most of the people book it online) adjacent lane to pant nivas directly goes to chilka lake. Different tariffs r available from 600 to 5000, depends on whether u r small goat or big goat, both govt and Pvt ferries available, govt one will definitely cost u more and u have to book it from pant nivas built adjacent to chilka lake, it’s a good one to stay, very spacious (on return journey we stayed here.) on bargaining they agreed to 1000 bucks for trip to breakfast point, dinosaur island and kingfisher island. Compare to any other parts this is pretty cheap for me for the total ride of 2 hrs. i already posted some pics of it. Still the kings / queens from Orissa come over here for their breakfast quiet often. Many islands are there with its own story to tell it will cost u more. Boat Ride was good with some luck as dolphins and kingfishers we sited. While traveling on boat one of the guys suggested to take a ride through scenic road instead of NH to reach konark. *At palur on NH45 before Rambha diversion you have to take diversion for this road called as malud road It really proves worth listening to him, beautiful roads with lot of water bodies around from small to big to very big, live fishing scenes u may come across many times, finally reached some point where the road ends and you have to travel by ferry, just missed by 2 mins, it costed 2 hrs, there are many small boats which carries bikes and goods in regular but heavy vehicles like bus, lorry and car has to go through ferry and fees only 300/- so cheap for a life time experience. Entering, exiting and parking in the ferry is a scary part reverse drive and you don’t have choice of roaming freely, all most side door to door and bumper to bumper they will pack, luckily am into one side of the ferry so i can open only one side of door, few pics of it. Strange and good thing i observe in this trip wiffy didn’t complain about back pain or any pain she started the taste of exploring places. Safely reached onto the other side of the bank, while taking car out off the ferry one need to be careful in case u drive sedan or suv it hits on back bumper, luckily survived with skills learned from senior ppl like u guys. The road is a narrow to 2 lane road and 4 lane and it took me 4 hrs on the way to konark, hundreds of cows left on roads and crazy bikers make you upgrade your driving skill set, many speed breakers u will face on this road avoided puri-konark road and took diversion on to jaganath sadak and then to maltatipur-konark road, you can find speed breakers on 4 lane road very crazy, road through the forest is fully packed with many speed breakers, after finishing the drive l was thinking how the tsunami affected konark temple, pretty far from beach. Stayed in Yatrinivas konark, dinner in its attached hotel, very tasty but no room service. TOTAL DRIVEN DISTANCE: 250KMS TOTAL DRIVEN TIME: 7Hrs 20Mins Tariff for Accommodation: Yatri Nivas/ double Bed Room /Ac Rs.2100-00 with charges for Extra person Day3: By 6 am visiting konark temple is best, but we woke up at 7:30 am late and by finishing breakfast by 9am i. e a very bad time to visit konark temple added to this some local person murdered in the night, and police is everywhere, so parking is very far from konark temple. sun is on his peak by 10 am itself somehow managed through, still wondering no complaints from wiffy. Tickets que is very long and no separate lines for men and women somehow got it done very quickly and hired a local guide, he helped us with his umbrella and enormous knowledge he has on this temple even though illiterate, after knowing about brief about konark temple and 12 out of 24 wheels history we tired and guide with age of 60 was very active and he continues his way of explaining things, after making halfway of the temple wiffy starts complaining about scorching heat, she said u guys finish and i will wait for u. the guide says “madamji abhi tho asli cheez dekhneka hai, ghore log tho sirf isko dekhnekeliye athe hai”. She pumped up again and ready to walk, guide told the kids to watch at something and took us both to some wheels where it has xxx scenes of ancient mudra. I have to see her face.....burst out of laughing. Guide quickly understand the situation and rushed towards the kids, Very funny it was. Anyhow it charged our mood from sun rays. To save ourselves from heat had some coconut, cucumber, plenty of water and rushed to puri jaganath darshan, heavy traffic buy 2 wheelers, 4 wheelers and cows, everywhere u can see cows and cows. I as usual trapped by some goons who run quick darshan and at the end I couldn't even had darshan of Lord jaganath, but had a bill of 1116/-for annadaanam. At least satisfied that Annadaanam was served to God. Kicked his ass for this but paid him 300\- very shameless fellow, saying mujhe kitnebhi maro lekin paisa dho. Plz plan it earlier in proper time and go directly by urself and have darshan always. my wife cursed him all the way we reached to our hotel Sonar Bangla motel midway at the outskirts of kolkata. The most horrible place for 5000/- i never suggest this hotel to anybody, online reviews were good so i booked it but wasted money. It’s a supreme room, AC not working and it’s hardly a 8x10 size room, even after room freshener applied its smelling and owner is so rude and says don’t like then talk to your MMT representative, time was 11pm, no one picks the call, no option left hardly slept as beds are very bad….don’t know how travelers given such a rating to this hotel. TOTAL DRIVEN DISTANCE: 512.00KMS TOTAL DRIVEN TIME: 11 hrs Tariff for Accommodation: Sonar Bangla Motel Midway/ double Bed Room -Non/Ac Rs.5000-00 with charges for Extra person Day4: Thought of visiting many places in Kolkata, but a small incident changed my mind, traffic police identify vehicle is not from wb, then tries to loot money from you even we have all documents with us, even though mine is BS-IV vehicle still I carried pollution paper still doesn’t satisfies him, then he started lying u crossed a red signal very funny, arguing for a 30 mins wasted and those idiots settled for 100 bucks after giving their boss names, internet helped me on this, and entire mood was off. First choice is darshan for both the Maatha ji temples. 2 different scenarios one with heavy crowd and poojaris looting people basis of dakshina and other one is serene and calm guarded by military. First time wiffy complains no more kolkatha, thought of going back to Hyderabad, instead she say we will go towards Bhutan, tried to convince her for visiting other places Answer was “when u come by bike dekhlena”. she doesnt even know that i haven’t even planned anything further after this. kids demanded for sundarbans trip but due to elections at sundarban area they stopped the trips. bad luck. I just rushed into googlemaps and started finalizing the routes at lunch break. Finally decided to go via asansol and it was a bad choice up to asansol roads r 4 lane. We stayed at some hotel named Excellency charged 2.5k and worst rooms and facilities i don’t even pay 500 for it. as we reached late and paid online already no other choice as the 2 nd best hotel is already booked in full. Whole night route plan slept very late. TOTAL DRIVEN DISTANCE: 302.00KMS TOTAL DRIVEN TIME: 6Hrs 20Mins Tariff for Accommodation: Excellency Hotel/ double Bed Room -Non/Ac Rs.2580-00 with charges for Extra person Day5: Asansol to lataguri via Dumka, Bhagalpur, purnea and kishangunj road is all mixed roads, road work is going on, some of them are good, some bad roads, some r horrible roads. But never had a pblm except proper lunch and breakfast, u won’t find any eatables or hotels between, apples and biscuits which in stock were used for this as i said already trip wasnt properly planned, Asansol to Dumka very good roads and No roads, Dumka to Bhagalpur roads are ok with scary drivers 2 & wheelers, Bhagalpur, purnea and kishangunj roads r good to very good. Only trouble truck traffic, long jams for hours, I drove around 30-40 kms in wrong direction to avoid the traffic jam, luckily escaped many accidents on this episode. Kishangunj to lataguri scenic roads one side river and other side forest, some part of the road is very bad. I booked accommodation at The Reserve, GORUMARA, lataguri. Very good hotel with modern amenities, food is very good. south indian Breakfast is an excellent I ever had in northside. TOTAL DRIVEN DISTANCE: 550 KMS TOTAL DRIVEN TIME: 13Hrs Tariff for Accommodation: The Reserve, gorumara/ double Bed Room - Ac Rs.5800-00 with charges for Extra person Day6: Woke up early 5am for jeep safari which starts at 6 am, need to buy tickets before one day we tried our luck and we got it on same day, wife still at bed me and kids went through this, we had seen only bison in entire trip missed many wild elephants and leopard very fresh footprints just crossed us, it’s a 2:30 hrs trip covering around 28 kms, kids very disappointed, told them we go again in different place where they do Elephant ride and they also can see Rhynos. Both agreed and back to hotel for Breakfast, after breakfast went to Forest Department office where we need to book accommodation, luckily I got one at Kalipur, but I need it in other location which I saw it on jeep safari. Settled with kalipur, as forest ranger said same accommodation will not be available in case we try to book it online even 6 months before. Paid instantly 6000\- including food and snacks which is ok, Actually we want to stay one more day but it’s already reserved long back. Back to Hotel for packing, staff and manager at THE RESERVE Gorumara is very cooperative and agreed to check out by 2 pm. Drive from hotel to kalipur is @ 45 kms. Thought of 1 hr but it took us 2 hrs, scenic roads through tea gardens. There are only 4 cottages all are NON-AC, 2 already occupied next to canteen by forest dept people, out of 12345, 1&5 are ours, kids demanded mobiles in case they stay separated, my wife drama all the time, kids blab bla bla…..many flies if u put the lights on…..Entire camp is fenced properly, You can find a buffalo ride, 150/person kind of experience went to the rhino tower where we can see them bit faraway, tried our luck, got them only where I can see through binoculars or though camera, reached back on buffalo ride, it’s very different, snacks in the evening is the best food with coffee, after snacks by 7 pm they arranged bonfire and tribal dance with their traditional dress, same night wild elephants have come very near to the camp, we missed it can’t see anything in deadly night vision, understand the value of torch light. Somehow slowly we went to sleep after a remarkable day. BSNL and JIO both works at this place. TOTAL DRIVEN DISTANCE: 50 KMS TOTAL DRIVEN TIME: 2Hrs Tariff for Accommodation: Kalipur Eco Village, / double Bed Room - Ac Rs.6000-00 with charges for 2 cottages Day 7: Woke up early by 6 am for elephant ride, it’s my first ride too on an elephant, every one excited, me and my life is into one elephant and kids into another one, crossed small river on the ride, saw a lone Rhyno enjoying its mud Bath, eagerly watching at us, might be saying f…k’ff from here. Saw some deers racing like a bullet, and then come across an entire family of rhynos 8-10 with various sizes, couldn’t got a clear shot as grass is almost 8 feet high. After a watchful sight at elephant ride we were on full charge, wife want to stay a day more but no vacancy has to move, started at 12:15 pm towards Darjeeling until silluguri it’s a mixed roads, after that National Highway only 2 lane up and only up never faced such roads before, experience on leh- ladakh has come in handy, given all assurance to my wiffy nothing will happen, just enjoy the beauty of hills, many kids with school uniforms are everywhere throughout the drive. Without any trouble from car we reached darjeeling, whatever I imagined from my childhood watching in movies is not there, heavy traffic of tourists and pretty child environment is encouraging, my kids started getting effected by high altitude sickness, reached hotel, very cozy, but not spacious, In summer temperature is 3-5*C, washroom tiles r so chilled we can’t use without slippers. Different experience to kids and wiffy, enjoyed the food and went to bed thinking about the morning view of the Mighty Kanchanjunga. TOTAL DRIVEN DISTANCE: 150 KMS TOTAL DRIVEN TIME: 5Hrs Tariff for Accommodation: Don’t remember / double Bed Room - Ac Rs.2500-00 with charges for Extra person Day 8: I decided not to drive in Darjeeling from the experience of previous day drive from siliguri. Hired a local taxi guy, @2000/day. Went to Padmaja Naidu Zoo Park, Rock climbing point, Tea Gardens point where we will be again small and big goats depends on individuals. My suggestion better u guys drive all these points on your own car, waste of money, overall kids got entertained. Already took the famous steam engine train ticket while going to the zoo park in the morning, Frankly speaking I said its just chut….appa to buy tickets for taking a picture with steam engine….Manthera Train ride is far better than this. But its up to the individuals how they feel. We got some good pictures on this train ride. Only fun thing on this ride is the train has seats where only 2+2 can sit, think about 120-140KG ppl settled in our seats entire family of 8 ppl same sizes with different age groups, the moment I entered the coach, I said wtf where we gonna sit, and their faces like adjust or f…off, crazy that these idiots didn’t take seats in regular numbers instead they were booking 1,3,5,7 etc like that….I said firmly to the head of family if u give us window seats we can adjust else I will call TC and no one ride the train, without any question with smile they agreed. All r happy at the end. After all these when we reached back it tiresome, quickly back to Hotel with same taxi guy who picked us in the morning, had some dinner and back to sleep. TOTAL DRIVEN DISTANCE: 0 KMS TOTAL DRIVEN TIME: 0Hrs Tariff for Accommodation: Don’t remember same hotel / double Bed Room - Ac Rs.2500-00 with charges for Extra person. Day 9: Woke up bit late by 10 am started towards gangtok, distance 110kms time taken to trave is 5:30 hrs very hectic, uploaded a video, jho bhi keeda tha driving ki nikhalgaya hai….I prayed god I don’t need any more curves….on the other side kids started vomiting…..every one hour….5 mins break…finally reached Hotel. Its day rest and paper work for ILP’s for next morning and its Monday no permission for Nathula Pass, so only changu lake and Baba mandir. We met some more telugu people in the same hotel traveling in and around Sikkim. Kids had lot of chat and play with them, I just get into bed for whole day to get rested…..I got slight fever due to hectic drive with high altitude sickness, my wife who troubles for 200kms drive, doesn’t show any sign off sickness or pain. Its good sign for the trip to go further. TOTAL DRIVEN DISTANCE: 120 KMS TOTAL DRIVEN TIME: 5:30Hrs Tariff for Accommodation: Don’t remember same hotel / double Bed Room - Ac Rs.5000-00 with charges for Extra person. Day 10: Woke up early and ready by 7 am waiting for the tour operator from the hotel, but the tour operator didn’t turned up, waited and waited at 10:30 am that idiot has come with taxi, saying sorry yesterday he hasn’t do the permit process and he did it in the morning, this trip costed us Rs 5000/-including all. Huge crowd on the roads till we cross the city, again it started curves, hair pin bends, etc. this time I am enjoying the nature as am not driving, gone through many fog, mist and rain combinations, and the hell of traffic jam for 2 hrs, hired shoes and hand gloves, never thought we face ICE in summer didn’t carry any except jackets. Had some snaps passing through many military camps, finally reached the Changu Lake (Tsomogo lake) beautiful with less crowd as most of them were in return journey, Buffalo ride is over and now its sibling Yak ride is on, As usual I prefer to walk and wife and kids on Yaks, got some beautiful pics cost depends on your bargains 500-1500. It has car cable ride which take you to the top of the hill, temp -2 to 1*C, played a lot had some good pics, came back for journey to Baba Mandir, Taxi driver says its late we have to go back, as everyone is returning back and weather changing drastically, I argued and finally said ok. On return journey my health went down and vomited same as my kids, appreciated the driver for not going to baba mandir. Reached back hotel, Actual plan is to drive in the night to phuentshilong, Due to the health issue continued for one more night, in case health get better we drove early in the morning else we rest as am the only driver for this entire trip. Wife want to do shopping and took local cab guy went to MG Road only place where u can get costly items for more cost, better to buy in some roadside shops, Here shop keepers are more clever than Hyderabad ones, as they make u comfortable that u will never refuse to buy and prepare you for Halal. You will come to know this when u visit some other shop. As usual she is some kind of Maniac (Unique) who doesn’t want gold but all these nonsense, excuse for it I can buy 10-20 items for the same price in comparison to gold. I can’t argue with her on this so I stopped bothering it, finally went back to hotel. View from the balcony of hotel was good but haven’t had any pics everywhere its fog or mist. Can’t see any. Note: You can also do self-driving to these places on Bikes and with good local person cars too, and these taxi drivers and shop owners are all family bros and sis, all most all of them it’s the main source of income. TOTAL DRIVEN DISTANCE: 0 KMS TOTAL DRIVEN TIME: 0Hrs Tariff for Accommodation: Don’t remember same hotel / double Bed Room - Ac Rs.4000-00 with charges for Extra person. Day 11: As my health recovered due to the proper night sleep, Woke up at 6am and we were ready to move to Phuentoshilong had hot coffee and drove towards phuentosholing, Same story again repeats, hills, curves, vomiting and new to this is speed breakers very unique can’t explain ( they are like water passages) better u understand when u drove. As I passed through the Dooars again I understood that I made a wrong booking earlier, could have been done Darjeeling and gangtok, then to dooars could have been a good option as its on the way, reached Phuentoshilong by 1:30 pm. You can find 2 different worlds here at Indian border with Bhutan, one side sounds, pollution, chaos etc on other side strict rules and regulations with peace of mind eg: pedestrian importance, no horns, you can find everywhere a Bangladeshi / Nepal origin as parking ticket collector, you can’t escape from him till you are in Bhutan. You can ask anyone for the directions to Visa permit counter they will help, you won’t get parking easily have to roam around the shops nearby to get one. You can directly enter Bhutan side (Visa Counter) without any permission, first thing is to finish the Car permit as the counter for cash closes by 3 PM, You can get even directions for this through google maps, I was using JIO sim working well, paid Rs 500/- for permit for 7 days after finishing the paper work ( you will be paying vehicle permit amount depends on number of days you will be staying in Bhutan better to go always more than 12-15 days, as this won’t be done again anywhere even in thimphu) and straight drove to Visa Permit counter, There are 2 lines one for people who’s applying for work permit under the BRO in Bhutan and the other line for Tourists and etc, Everyone who reaches the Visa Office will first afraid of seeing the other line….You can also avail the services of brokers in the office, but u don’t need one. They will give you an application form where u will fill details individually and in separate form along with your details along with supporting documents like, id proof, photos-2, and hotel booking confirmation for one day. once you submit these to the 2 operators working at the counter, they check it and your number or name will be called, where we need to go for biometric in 1st floor, all this process will take only an hour, after getting the permit we have to go back to Vehicle permit and show this to them and they issue vehicle permit, while taking vehicle permit they will ask you for how many days, incase u want to explore entire Bhutan then go for 15 days else tell them 7 days accordingly they charge you ones it done will not be redone even at Thimpu, Thimpu is only for an extension of Individual VISA permit but not vehicle permit. After all this had some lunch at 4 pm and started towards Thimpu, Roads are mixed conditions with 4 lane, 2 lane with pot holes, here people putting a right indicator means they are giving way to cross, initially confused later acquainted, reached hotel by 10:30am will upload some pics of it. Note: Your accommodation receipt in Bhutan for day 1 should be mandatory, rest they won’t even bother; same we need to submit our Itenary for entire tour. You can avail all the Xerox and online facilities just next door, you can avail the SIM cards by submitting the permit and aadhar card, money exchange is almost same buy as much as u want, 2000 notes only valid in Phuentoshilong and thimpu rest of the places strictly no and 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10 notes of Indian currency works in all places. TOTAL DRIVEN DISTANCE: 410 KMS TOTAL DRIVEN TIME: 15:30Hrs Tariff for Accommodation: Hotel Bhutan / 2 double Bed Room - Ac Rs.7000-00 with all charges. Day 12: Woke up bit late by 8 am started the paper work for further travel in Bhutan same process need to apply for the places to visit and same as going to the vehicle permit. You can easily get these locations, application center is right opposite to my hotel room. Done things by 9 am started towards Punakha, Roads are good, My younger one got fever due to vomiting continuously and he is dehydrated, did what ever I can do as a father to make him calm down and get him back in to travel mood. Dachula pass is very nice one for pics, weather is cold and foggy, didn’t gone through the history of it, Canteen is available, Next thing is to reach our stay i.e homestay thought of little different from India will be nice and enjoyable living in nature and enjoying nature, Homestay is little away from the regular road to Punakha, missed it and drove 5kms realized google showing some other location in back, somehow reached it, off roading to destination, the entire stretch is very scenic, we were in dreams, how the stay could be….same thing crossed the stay and moved further thinking it will be further down as we crossed a small village with very old buildings cant even think about is our stay as it costed my 5000 bucks, reached some place where all people get down for sightseeing it’s the place where all Bhutan art is founded, live art and lot of portraits and landscapes even some are very old on exhibits, called the ladylord, asked to us to come back to village, start the scary part watching my wife’s face…..LOL.. couldn’t even dared to see her eyes, surprisingly see said in calm manner, lets try…….Relief…..the moment we reached and called her she said only 1 room is there, get adjusted in that….before taking any decision I want to see that stay….went along with my elder one….The moment I entered the house understood I made a big mistake booking here, Irooms are in first floor, vertical steps almost like a ladder kept all my fears and dared to enter……Its just a 8x12 room, no bed only beds old type on ground…..no attached bathroom. What else u need to become ussain bolt……LOL. Begged my son not to tell anything about stay and bribed a lego toy, rushed back to car, not a single word with my wife asking normal questions to crying questions, my elder one had his best laughs all the time. Stopped for a Tea, before I told the story I offered her shopping at Paro unlimited, she surprisingly seeing at me and agreed heard the story just laughed, all the things got into normal, booked a hotel at Khuruthang before Punakha reached hotel with a lot of relief. TOTAL DRIVEN DISTANCE: 90 KMS TOTAL DRIVEN TIME: 6:30Hrs Tariff for Accommodation: Don’t remember same hotel / double Bed Room - Ac Rs.3000-00 with charges for Extra person. Day 13: Started by 10am towards Punakha Dzong, reached in 30 mins, separate parking available for private vehicles, Most Beautiful and the best Dzong in entire Bhutan, River flows adjacent to the dzong, entrance is a crossover bridge, Purple flowers on entire path way, Its properly guarded by police, Main temple is not allowed for visitors, we were at prayer time, saw people carrying food for god and idols….it’s a very high on spiritual time, somehow I get into the main temple as no guard was there, its 5 storey bldg, all rooms are locked, only option peep through, very old paintings of Buddha, they were so beautiful time permitted it takes me a day to stare them, somehow remembered I have family to take care of went down saw a police guard right in front and starring me, I went to him and ask very innocently why they locked rooms, his reply to me how you get in, said no one was here and instruction written just went 1 up by one floor, he called his senior and they discussed some in their language and told its restricted entry for visitors and they pardoned me. Left from there with lot of relief. Went back to hotel telling all stories about the dzong I have seen, kids disappoint of not seeing the Paintings. Packed our bags started back to Paro after 5 hrs leisure drive reached paro, watching the airport and flights landing. TOTAL DRIVEN DISTANCE: 130 KMS TOTAL DRIVEN TIME: 5:30Hrs Tariff for Accommodation: Hotel Tiger Nest / double Bed Room - Ac Rs.4500-00 with charges for Extra person. Day 14: Woke up early by 6 pm got ready by 7 am, wife and younger one dropped out for tigers nest trekking, Fully charged from the stories written online, drove to the parking area, and hired horse for my son and bought the stick for me, at the starting it was nice and easy took shortcut where nasty route, two of the idiots almost fall onto me of un balancing, my son reached nicely with horse to the dropping point, I started going back to the regular route which is little bit longer but easy to trek, Met haggy and reached the canteen sipped coffee for 200INR, we met with a French lady on the way to tigers nest aged about 62yrs, but walking like just into 30s and my son asusual with his queries made our journey painless, we need to get a ticket and belongings for free. Nice views of waterfall and some snaps, entered the Tigers Nest, went to many temples, Lighten the butter lamp with prayers all is well. While returning I usually lost myself like a child mesmerized with the live makings of butter ornaments as offering to GOD, my son went to some other place and he sat relaxly, I went on searching for him 3 times in and out of tigers nest and trek halfway to the other side asked many ppl coming towards the tigers nest, every one said no with the identifications I said, went back to tigers nest again and find this guy chatting happily with French lady. Anger and happy both at same time….said sorry to him and trekked back to parking with lot of memories, bought some souvenirs to ppl at Hyderabad. It took us 6 hrs up and down. Reached hotel refreshed and moved back to thimpu, between shopping at Paro….as usual girl thing….met some of our jalvayu towers society residents there, they are surprised to see we drove all the way by car. Moved to hotel Kichu at thimpu, nice view from hotel watched football match and boxing match in the night, went for some more shopping at thimpu as I promised. TOTAL DRIVEN DISTANCE: 60 KMS TOTAL DRIVEN TIME: 2:30Hrs Tariff for Accommodation: Hotel Kichu/ double Bed Room - Ac Rs.4000-00 with charges for Extra person. Day 15: Woke up bit late by 9 am started towards Phuentshilong, distance 200kms for the destination a tea garden resort. Same route back with many memories and again lot of foggy stretches zero visibility. Reached the last checkpost before phuentsholing and given the original permit back to them, had copies of permits as memories of Bhutan. Had lunch at phuentsholing converted etc currency back to INR. Started back to chaos the moment I left the gateway arch started hearing horns , dust blab la…welcome back to India. Reached the destination tea garden resorts, nothing much there to say just got bluffed with name waste of money. TOTAL DRIVEN DISTANCE: 200 KMS TOTAL DRIVEN TIME: 7:30Hrs Tariff for Accommodation: Mystic Tea garden resort / 2double Bed Room - Ac Rs.2000-00 with charges for Extra person. Day 16 & 17: Woke up early but settling bill was made very late by 10 am started towards Siliguri, thinking to reach Hyderabad via Varanasi, want to check the car condition at siliguri and then move. Reached siliguri but finding the VW service center costed me 2 hrs, they took the work to clean the car and topping up the engine oil wasted another 2 hrs, its 4 pm and thought staying at siliguri itself as its dangerous go in night at muzzaffarapur, meanwhile kids demanded especially younger one for sundarbans, after long chat agreed to them and decided to drove further and halt at malda. Horrible decision that become later, it started raining almos reaching to malda time was 1 am lot of truck traffic horrible roads and speed breakers, couldn’t find any accommodation at that time….slept in car for 3 hrs. started back to kolkatha to my horrific thing, the sundarban tour operators given me a bomb they were in bandh due to some pay raise and blab la. No trips for 2 more days….dont know what to do reached bardhaman and find the café coffee day for refreshings. Discussed with wife to see explore all places in kolkatha, she is no more interested to stay or explore any places wanted to back home, agreed and booked hotel at rambha, pant nivas, drove with breaks at café coffee days favorite refreshments on highways. It looks very easy driving 1250 kms in 20 Hrs, but the pain I took in driving those conditions was a lesson and understand what kind of Maniac I am. I put my family into lot of uncomfortable in this journey. TOTAL DRIVEN DISTANCE: 1250 KMS TOTAL DRIVEN TIME: 20 Hrs Tariff for Accommodation: Pant Nivas, Rambha / double Bed Room - Ac Rs.2500-00 with charges for Extra person. Day 18: started journey by 9 am towards Hyderabad, Initially decided to take break at vizag, but on the journey no one is interested to stay at vizag everyone want to be at home, same as usual café coffee days it becomes favourite for us chicken somked sandwich, latte is for us and cold coffee for kids. Had our proper dinner after 2 days at raju gari thota. Reached home by 2 am. TOTAL DRIVEN DISTANCE: 950 KMS TOTAL DRIVEN TIME: 16Hrs Tariff for Accommodation: Home Sweet Home / double Bed Room - Ac Rs.0-00 with charges for Extra person. That’s all……will update soon my Sikkim Trip done 22Nd Oct -5Th Nov. See you people soon on Meetups. Any mistakes kindly excuse never thought writing will be this much time taking process. This Trip was actually not meant to drive all the way to Bhutan. It is our first long drive which is more than 2000 kilometers (one way). I thought my wife will give up after reaching to Kolkata, she hates long drives, always prefer flights. To be cautious, I had booked hotels till Kolkata. But we managed to drive till Bhutan. My sons aged about 9 and 12 years, were ok with long drives, As long as get electronic gadgets, On this trip I did not allow, some how they managed and adjusted. Route Taken Hyderabad - Rambha - Konark - Kolkata - Asansol - Lataguri - Darjeeling - Gangtok - Phuentsholing - Thimpu - Punakha - Paro - Phuentsholing - siliguri - kolkata - rambha - Hyderabad Total trip : 6300 kilometers Time taken : 20 Days We couldn't explored inner parts of sikkim and Bhutan, I targeted those places for Bike expeditions in which sikkim will be covered in 2018 NERM. We have covered Bhutan along with NE states. From our experience, Dooars in west Bengal and Sikkim is more beautiful than Bhutan(except Tigers Nest) Will share more Pictures/Details when and done with my monsoon trip. Sharing few pictures for now:
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    My friend and fellow moderator Sagar always wanted to explore Gujarat. Personally, I had very less expectations on Rann of Kutch. When he came up with Gujarat, our plan started to take its shape but I tried to skip it. I have initiated different plans and suggestions, but he did not budge. On one fine day, he booked the tickets from Hyderabad to Ahmedabad. We pulled in a few more friends and Now we are a group of 10 members ready to explore Gujarat. Car booking: Our next step was to book self drive cars, Only options available were Zoom and Myles. All the 'Myles' cars were booked on our dates, So we have booked three cars from 'Zoom'. Initial plan was to book 3 Eco-sports. But due to unavailability and bad car conditions, we booked the following cars. 1. Ford Figo 2. Ford Ecosport 3. Mahindra Scorpio
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    25th Oct 2016, 7 O’clock in the evening: Suddenly got a lucrative offer from GoIbibo on selected hotels while surfing internet. Confirmed with my soul mate for a trip during Diwali holiday; and by 7.30 PM we were done with hotel & bus booking to travel to one of the most favourite destination of our country ...GOA!! Night driving is not my cup of tea. So this time had to let go of our white knight. We had very short time for this trip (29th Oct to 1st Nov), so driving during the daytime will be too hectic for such a short trip. 28th Oct: We completed our respective work early to be with our friends when as they were taking delivery of their first car.!! We rushed to home for packing around 6 O’clock in the evening. We just had 40 minutes to pack and catch the bus to Goa. First time since morning we had time to breath....Goa here we come!! 29th Oct: Our overnight journey to Goa was uneventful and we reached Panjim, capital of Goa by 9 in the morning.. We rented an activa from Amigos Tours & Travels, near Panjim bus stop & reached hotel around which was near Candolim beach but away from the crowd of the Candolim. 10.30 AM Our stay: Mouth watering food joints just a km away from the hotel were pulling us for breakfast. So after a lovely breakfast at “Teama”, we headed towards the famous Baga beach. Baga beach was clean, our slow leisurely romantic walk along with sea shore turned even more exciting when we spotted a starfish, a jellyfish and few shells. They were washed ashore by the waves. Baga Beach, North Goa: Our next destination was Anjuna beach. Shiva valley & Curlies are the two hot spots to chill. We decided to try Shiva Valley. Our obvious choice was the 1st floor of the shack which gave us a magnificent view of Anjuna beach.For lunch we ordered Red snapper butter garlic fry which comes with fries & fresh salad & of course Kings Beer which is obvious in Goa!! The food was great, so as the ambiance. Perfect place if you are in Goa. Now it was time to spend a relaxing afternoon on the beach, with the setting sun at the horizon it created a magical effect. We couldn’t keep track of the time.. Proving to be a responsible citizen of India I did not ride back after the booze, my dear wifey took over. On our way back we walked into a German bakery this time for a cup of coffee. Ordered butter croissant, sandwich & hot coffee. It was really awesome to have good cup of coffee and nice bites at the evening. We call it for a day after having dinner nearby. 30th Oct: We had breakfast near the hotel while heading to Arambol. On the way towards Arambol:- Half way down the road Police stopped us, dint find any reason still asked us to give Rs 100(As a diwali hapta) & promised us that nobody will catch us in the next 3 days! He provided us a challan with validity!! [emoji3]. I did not oppose quietly paid and left. Hassle with the police was the last thing I wanted in a trip.. Anyway we reached Arambol & check “laughing Buddha” shack to find out that, sun-bed charge is extra @ 500 Rs/day!! We searched for another place as we were in no mood to pay extra for the bed as it comes for free if you have lunch in any shack. So, we landed at “21 Coconuts”. They don’t charge extra for bed as long as you have lunch at this place. Hence we decided to chill in this place. Ordered some delicious sea-foods like calamari, mackerel along with beer & drinks! We loved the place so much that ended up spending almost entire day by chilling & watching the lively beach!! View from 21 coconuts:- Calamri, beer, drinks.. Pomfret:- It was around 3 PM, while we decided to head towards Chapora fort to watch lovely sunset. As it was crowdy, we trek down to a relatively quiet place. It was so beautiful:- We came back to hotel after a lovely day!! 31st Oct: We woke up early and headed towards South Goa, Palolem beach, which is around 80 KM through the NH 66. Towards Palolem: We started around 7 O’clock & checked in Palolem around 10 O’clock. The famous place “Dropadi” was yet to start their day. It was bright sunny & relatively hot day, so the walk along the beach was not at all soothing hence we were badly looking for a place to sit & enjoy. We had a few drinks at “Ciarans”. @ Ciarans This place was not at all pocket friendly, so we only had a beer & mocktail before moving to “Ro-Coco Pelton” which offers free sun-bed. But weather was bit hot so we chose to sit inside after spending some time in water. “Ro-Coco Pelton” is a nice cozy place which has nice varieties of food & drinks menu, managed by local youths. Though service is bit slow, but who cares. People go there to relax, slower the service means more time to chill !!. View from Ro-Coco Pelton Colourful Goa: Around 1 O’clock we checked into “Dropadi” to have lunch. It was a crowded place as it’s very near to the entrance of Palolem beach; unlike “Ro-Coco Pelton”, “Ciarans” & other shacks for which you need to take a walk. Anyway, this time we had seafood chop suey, chicken chop suey and beer. Seafood chop suey & Kings Beer: Food was costly compared to north goa.. It was really nice to have some great food with Goan beer Kings and enjoying the sandy stretch of palolem beach!! But still I would say “Dropadi” is overhyped place & very expensive. So this is not a must visit place, for us atleast!! We relaxed there before we began our journey back, so the picturesque sight of the Goan sunset at the famous Palolem beach has to wait till our next visit. Our journey back was driving through impossibly green countryside. It was a pleasure being the photographer. Magnificent Road: Just a little before sunset we reached our hotel. We preferred a quiet beach next to the hotel, to enjoy the serene of twilight & before the darkness took over. There was no one out there. Soft rhythmic sound of the waves, last rays of the setting sun adorning the horizon and the twinkling diamonds were decorating the dull sky over us. Nothing can be better than this at the end of the day especially after a long drive. We lay down on the soft sand to watch the star gazed sky over us. It was so peaceful, quiet, serene…. We could see the Candolim beach a km away busy with night life entertainment. So people don’t come to this area. If you are in mood to enjoy serene beach then come to this place. After spending a blissful hour there, that night we had Goan special King fish curry & rice paired with Kings Beer for dinner at a shack near candolim beach while enjoying the evening breeze of Arabian Sea. Last Day, 1st Oct: Woke up early to enjoy the uninterrupted stretch of golden sand beaches. Clean water, fresh air, chirping sounds of birds..what a nice ambience it was. Early morning walk along with seashore of Goa is one of the unforgettable moments of my life. Today we had a plan to visit a church and Aguada fort before we took our bus from Panjim . However the weather was warm and we changed our plan. We went back to 21 coconuts at Arambol to take the last bite of Goan delicacy. Sea-foods, beers & mock tails we had them all.[emoji3] That's me:- 21 Coconuts:- Around 4 O’clock we headed back towards Kadamaba Bus stop. After few formalities to return the activa, it was time to bid farewell to Goa. But when you leave Goa you leave with a lust to get back here again.. and surely we will come back soon!! “Unplanned trip is the best kind of trip”. We did not plan our trip but that added to our pleasure the blissful surprises hanging around the beach, cruising through the state on two wheels .. delightful food..chilled beer and The mighty Arabian sea!! About the places we visited: 1. Sea pearl hotel, candoilm: It’s basically a home stay not a hotel. Owner Dominic & Lettie both are good people as a host. Main advantage of this place is location. It’s less than a km away from the overcrowded candolim beach road. Though you will get all the food joints, some necessary items , shopping places, tattoo counter & what not!! Apart from the strategic location, next attraction should be the serene beach next to the hotel. This beach is a km away from the main candolim beach and entire crowd goes to the main candolim beach, so you get a calm & quiet beach though very connected to the market. The owner maintains a good garden surrounding the property which looks really nice. Downside we found is they don’t even provide bed tea, forget about foods. Only option is the menu card of nearby food joint they kept at room. If you call them the food joint fellow will come for delivery. Another disadvantage is , as the approach road is very small, you can’t keep your own car(if you drive down to Goa) at hotel area rather you have to keep near market (Designated Parking area is there & had seen many private car parked at night which came from other states). 2. Anjuna Beach & Shiva valley: The water of Anjuna Beach was not good when we visited. You can do some watersports at this beach like Baga. Rate was 700/- for parasailing. You need to take a small walk around some garments & accessories shops to reach Shiva valley shack. This place is one of the most happening shacks of North Goa. If you sit on the 1st floor, you can have nice sea foods & drinks overlooking Anjuna beach. Foods were bit pricey but the place is really wonderful. You have another option “Curlies” which is next to “Shiva valley”. Both the place offers you sun-bed. 3. 21 Coconuts, Arambol beach: Awesome place if you love sea foods. The staffs were friendly. We had Mackerel, Pomfret, red snapper, calalmari & what not! All tastes good. They serve all the sea foods with fries & salad or Rice. just let them know your choice. Though salad was good but the French Fries was so so. Good thing is, once the French Fries was not good, we asked them to replace it, they politely told sorry & replaced the same immediately. Do ask them that which fish is the fresh one. They will guide you, if you are not sure about the preparation in which it tastes best just let them take over. This is a shack, so don’t expect a fine dine or something. All things are pretty basic, you have to deal with it, simple. They don’t charge extra for the bed, as long as you are having foods/drinks with them. 4. German Bakery, Candolim: it’s a very nice & cozy place on the ford aguada road before novotel if you are coming from arambol. Very homely atmosphere, so we relaxed there as if we were at home. Coffee & croissant also tastes good. Few tips: 1. Hire a two wheeler than a car in Goa, you can park easily. Just head to Kadamaba bus stand after you get down at Panjim which is very nearby & walking distance. We got the active @ Rs 250/Day as we reached just before diwali, which may be changed according to the season 2. Always double check the vehicle before you commit. If you don’t find it comfortable, shift to another one. Still don’t like it? You have other vendors also., trust me. 3. Always ask for all the documents (RC, insurance, pollution etc.) Also ask for the helmet, if possible ask helmet for pillion as well. Mostly you will not get helmet for the pillion, but just give a try. Though we dint get it 4. Baga beach offers you more options for sports activity though you can do the same at anjuna as well at cheaper rate. We enquired about parasailing which they quoted at Rs 800 in baga found in anjuna @ Rs 700(without negotiation) 5. Google maps worked brilliantly for us. Hope you will also not face any kind of problem. 6. Dont try to cover South Goa in a single day if you are staying at North Goa. It will be too hectic. Rather I would suggest staying at south goa for a day to watch sunset & next day sunrise then come back to north or panjim accordingly. 7. Dont Ever Drink & Drive!! Cheers!! Pralay All rights reserved for the content & images of the post.
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    It was in the last month (June) when I had gone out on a drive with my friends to Ananthagiri for the night camping. A huge thanks to the club members especially @ranger and @sagar and who have guided me in doing this short trip especially during the night. We reached the temple sight in the Ananthagiri hills briefly around 6 30 pm. Start point : Trimulgherry, Secundrabad Base point : Sri Anantha Padmanabha swamy mandir Car : Tata Indica Manza Distance : 105 kms One-way (approximately) We took the forest trail behind the temple. We had walked for about 6 kms (distance as shown by my Mi wrist band ) and reached a flat area to camp ourselves. The weather was pretty warm and we felt that there would be no use to pitch our tents and we decided to lay over the tarp sheets which we carried to cover our tents if it rains. We had our dinner that we carried along around 10 pm after settling down to rest. around 11 pm, our night forest trails started as we started to venture ourselves a little more deeper in the forest. We found a lot of variety of insects, flora and fauna in that region. I am sharing a few with you guys We have spotted a wild spider during our forest trail. This is the dung-beetle which partially feeds on it and also rolls it, tunnels it and dwells it. It can alone roll about 250 times of its own weight. We observed the rolling phenomenon for a while and it was interesting. We spotted a scorpion enroute and examined it. Noticing the short tail segments, we confirmed that its a Female scorpion which is non-poisonous We approached a short water stream and found fish, snakes and crabs in that pond enroute. We crawled deep into the bushes deeper and the scent of the air changed to a beastly wild animal odour. We were crossing a short water stream and found this fresh paw-print on the wet land. Being suspicious about the habitats ahead of that point, we decided to retire. It was quite a thrilling experience and fun for the obvious reasons. We had learnt and experienced something new that night We walked back to our camp site by around 2 AM and played around with the camera to study the night sky. We were 5 of us and none of us were professional photographers. One of my friend is an amateur who is still learning things online. We passed time experimenting with the lens, playing around and watching the beautiful night sky He was successful in capturing a hazy constellation in the sky and we retired for the sleep by 3 AM.
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    Fantastic report. Appreciate you a lot, One should have lot of road trip experience to take family on such a long road trip, specially in a car like Ameo.
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    @Tapahasuwhat a fun filled reading this was.. loved it Sir .. thrilling and exciting read
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    Brilliant work @Tapahasu. Speechless.. The way you have described about how each and every day spent was so much fun to read. Thanks a lot for sharing your experience.. I've enjoyed reading it through thoroughly Waiting for more .. Especially the immigration process at Pheuntsholing
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    Day6: Woke up early 5am for jeep safari which starts at 6 am, need to buy tickets before one day we tried our luck and we got it on same day, wife still at bed me and kids went through this, we had seen only bison in entire trip missed many wild elephants and leopard very fresh footprints just crossed us, it’s a 2:30 hrs trip covering around 28 kms, kids very disappointed, told them we go again in different place where they do Elephant ride and they also can see Rhynos. Both agreed and back to hotel for Breakfast, after breakfast went to Forest Department office where we need to book accommodation, luckily I got one at Kalipur, but I need it in other location which I saw it on jeep safari. Settled with kalipur, as forest ranger said same accommodation will not be available in case we try to book it online even 6 months before. Paid instantly 6000\- including food and snacks which is ok, Actually we want to stay one more day but it’s already reserved long back. Back to Hotel for packing, staff and manager at THE RESERVE Gorumara is very cooperative and agreed to check out by 2 pm. Drive from hotel to kalipur is @ 45 kms. Thought of 1 hr but it took us 2 hrs, scenic roads through tea gardens. There are only 4 cottages all are NON-AC, 2 already occupied next to canteen by forest dept people, out of 12345, 1&5 are ours, kids demanded mobiles in case they stay separated, my wife drama all the time, kids blab bla bla…..many flies if u put the lights on…..Entire camp is fenced properly, You can find a buffalo ride, 150/person kind of experience went to the rhino tower where we can see them bit faraway, tried our luck, got them only where I can see through binoculars or though camera, reached back on buffalo ride, it’s very different, snacks in the evening is the best food with coffee, after snacks by 7 pm they arranged bonfire and tribal dance with their traditional dress, same night wild elephants have come very near to the camp, we missed it can’t see anything in deadly night vision, understand the value of torch light. Somehow slowly we went to sleep after a remarkable day. BSNL and JIO both works at this place. TOTAL DRIVEN DISTANCE: 50 KMS TOTAL DRIVEN TIME: 2Hrs Tariff for Accommodation: Kalipur Eco Village, / double Bed Room - Ac Rs.6000-00 with charges for 2 cottages Day 7: Woke up early by 6 am for elephant ride, it’s my first ride too on an elephant, every one excited, me and my life is into one elephant and kids into another one, crossed small river on the ride, saw a lone Rhyno enjoying its mud Bath, eagerly watching at us, might be saying f…k’ff from here. Saw some deers racing like a bullet, and then come across an entire family of rhynos 8-10 with various sizes, couldn’t got a clear shot as grass is almost 8 feet high. After a watchful sight at elephant ride we were on full charge, wife want to stay a day more but no vacancy has to move, started at 12:15 pm towards Darjeeling until silluguri it’s a mixed roads, after that National Highway only 2 lane up and only up never faced such roads before, experience on leh- ladakh has come in handy, given all assurance to my wiffy nothing will happen, just enjoy the beauty of hills, many kids with school uniforms are everywhere throughout the drive. Without any trouble from car we reached darjeeling, whatever I imagined from my childhood watching in movies is not there, heavy traffic of tourists and pretty child environment is encouraging, my kids started getting effected by high altitude sickness, reached hotel, very cozy, but not spacious, In summer temperature is 3-5*C, washroom tiles r so chilled we can’t use without slippers. Different experience to kids and wiffy, enjoyed the food and went to bed thinking about the morning view of the Mighty Kanchanjunga. TOTAL DRIVEN DISTANCE: 50 KMS TOTAL DRIVEN TIME: 2Hrs Tariff for Accommodation: Kalipur Eco Village, / double Bed Room - Ac Rs.2500-00 with charges for Extra person Rest will be soon
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    Day4: Thought of visiting many places in Kolkata, but a small incident changed my mind, traffic police identify vehicle is not from wb, then tries to loot money from you even we have all documents with us, even though mine is BS-IV vehicle still I carried pollution paper still doesn’t satisfies him, then he started lying u crossed a red signal very funny, arguing for a 30 mins wasted and those idiots settled for 100 bucks after giving their boss names, internet helped me on this, and entire mood was off. First choice is darshan for both the Maatha ji temples. 2 different scenarios one with heavy crowd and poojaris looting people basis of dakshina and other one is serene and calm guarded by military. First time wiffy complains no more kolkatha, thought of going back to Hyderabad, instead she say we will go towards Bhutan, tried to convince her for visiting other places Answer was “when u come by bike dekhlena”. she doesnt even know that i haven’t even planned anything further after this. kids demanded for sundarbans trip but due to elections at sundarban area they stopped the trips. bad luck. I just rushed into googlemaps and started finalizing the routes at lunch break. Finally decided to go via asansol and it was a bad choice up to asansol roads r 4 lane. We stayed at some hotel named Excellency charged 2.5k and worst rooms and facilities i don’t even pay 500 for it. as we reached late and paid online already no other choice as the 2 nd best hotel is already booked in full. Whole night route plan slept very late. TOTAL DRIVEN DISTANCE: 302.00KMS TOTAL DRIVEN TIME: 6Hrs 20Mins Tariff for Accommodation: Excellency Hotel/ double Bed Room -Non/Ac Rs.2580-00 with charges for Extra person Day5: Asansol to lataguri via Dumka, Bhagalpur, purnea and kishangunj road is all mixed roads, road work is going on, some of them are good, some bad roads, some r horrible roads. But never had a pblm except proper lunch and breakfast, u won’t find any eatables or hotels between, apples and biscuits which in stock were used for this as i said already trip wasnt properly planned, Asansol to Dumka very good roads and No roads, Dumka to Bhagalpur roads are ok with scary drivers 2 & wheelers, Bhagalpur, purnea and kishangunj roads r good to very good. Only trouble truck traffic, long jams for hours, I drove around 30-40 kms in wrong direction to avoid the traffic jam, luckily escaped many accidents on this episode. Kishangunj to lataguri scenic roads one side river and other side forest, some part of the road is very bad. I booked accommodation at The Reserve, GORUMARA, lataguri. Very good hotel with modern amenities, food is very good. south indian Breakfast is an excellent I ever had in northside. TOTAL DRIVEN DISTANCE: 550 KMS TOTAL DRIVEN TIME: 13Hrs Tariff for Accommodation: The Reserve, gorumara/ double Bed Room - Ac Rs.5800-00 with charges for Extra person
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    Day3: By 6 am visiting konark temple is best, but we woke up at 7:30 am late and by finishing breakfast by 9am i. e a very bad time to visit konark temple added to this some local person murdered in the night, and police is everywhere, so parking is very far from konark temple. sun is on his peak by 10 am itself somehow managed through, still wondering no complaints from wiffy. Tickets que is very long and no separate lines for men and women somehow got it done very quickly and hired a local guide, he helped us with his umbrella and enormous knowledge he has on this temple even though illiterate, after knowing about brief about konark temple and 12 out of 24 wheels history we tired and guide with age of 60 was very active and he continues his way of explaining things, after making halfway of the temple wiffy starts complaining about scorching heat, she said u guys finish and i will wait for u. the guide says “madamji abhi tho asli cheez dekhneka hai, ghore log tho sirf isko dekhnekeliye athe hai”. She pumped up again and ready to walk, guide told the kids to watch at something and took us both to some wheels where it has xxx scenes of ancient mudra. I have to see her face.....burst out of laughing. Guide quickly understand the situation and rushed towards the kids, Very funny it was. Anyhow it charged our mood from sun rays. To save ourselves from heat had some coconut, cucumber, plenty of water and rushed to puri jaganath darshan, heavy traffic buy 2 wheelers, 4 wheelers and cows, everywhere u can see cows and cows. I as usual trapped by some goons who run quick darshan and at the end I couldn't even had darshan of Lord jaganath, but had a bill of 1116/-for annadaanam. At least satisfied that Annadaanam was served to God. Kicked his ass for this but paid him 300\- very shameless fellow, saying mujhe kitnebhi maro lekin paisa dho. Plz plan it earlier in proper time and go directly by urself and have darshan always. my wife cursed him all the way we reached to our hotel Sonar Bangla motel midway at the outskirts of kolkata. The most horrible place for 5000/- i never suggest this hotel to anybody, online reviews were good so i booked it but wasted money. It’s a supreme room, AC not working and it’s hardly a 8x10 size room, even after room freshener applied its smelling and owner is so rude and says don’t like then talk to your MMT representative, time was 11pm, no one picks the call, no option left hardly slept as beds are very bad….don’t know how travelers given such a rating to this hotel. TOTAL DRIVEN DISTANCE: 512.00KMS TOTAL DRIVEN TIME: 11 hrs Tariff for Accommodation: Sonar Bangla Motel Midway/ double Bed Room -Non/Ac Rs.5000-00 with charges for Extra person
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    Sorry, I was bit busy with regular works. Here I am going day wise schedule with small write up Hyderabad –Bhutan – Hyderabad Started on 13th may 2018. Day1: As I already stated before, this trip was to test my family’s capability of exploring the long drives of distances more than 6000 kms and 20+ days duration, all the time I was alone going on bike expeditions. Started early by 5 am from home located at Jalvayu towers, lower tankbund, As kids are still in sleeping mode they don’t even have a hint of this trip, just they know someplace travelling, quickly packed the luggage and driven, stopped at Vijayawada for breakfast on road side nothing to say much on this stretch as kids and wiffy sleeping all the time and road conditions as everyone knows is fantastic. A new thing i learned from this trip ( mostly women want to eat street food all the time with neat and clean environment) , halting place is at APTDC, Baruva Beach. We reached by 3:30 pm (vizag) and had lunch at cafe coffee day on the way reaching to vizag. I want to skip the vizag traffic and taken the truck bypass route, It’s a two lane road some parts wide & some areas narrow, many pot holes in the road but manageable. At 4 to 4:30 it started torain started heavily, video tells all about it, once we crossed vizag, it’s a breeze through srikakulam highway and it’s no more raining and weather is pleasant, Reached Baruva by 7 pm, the APTDC cottages are very spacious and AC works well, but poorly maintained the infrastructure, you can have look of sunset and sunrise directly from your room. Booze on order available, but canteen people won't serve, Ordered snacks and food from canteen, food is average. Sat at the balcony and had a long chat and kids are busy with TV. TOTAL DRIVEN DISTANCE: 850KMS TOTAL DRIVEN TIME: 14 hrs Tariff for Accommodation: APTDC/ double Bed Room -Ac Rs.3000-00 with charges for Extra person Pics related to this journey
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    @Tapahasuthis is amazing trip and that too with kids around ... kudos to u and of course ur family for having fun through such a drive ..
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    This must have surely been an epic road trip @Tapahasu . Especially when things happen to fall in a place when it is unplanned, I can imagine the thrill you had undergone Kudos to your spirit .. Keep it coming more
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    Awesome pictures @Tapahasu The cover picture is just awesome, I immediately clicked it without even seeing the title😬 Now I cant wait doing this trip. Could you please share detailed information of the trip? would be really helpful for our members.
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    Hats off to you and your family for such trip and appreciate your courage . Normally such long trips are done in a group for more fun and enjoyment and also for safety. But you did it just with your family. This will now motivate many other members. My home state is Odisha (Specifically Bhubaneswar). You gave me some inspiration to drive down. Could you please provide some more details on the road condition (patchy stretches/pot hole stretches/ghat road/how safe the routes after ASANSOL) ? This could be difficult as it was a very long trip but if possible share more pictures and updates. If you can provide some details about your halts and time spent in each halt and the places visited in these halts , it will be great helpful for many members.
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    Hi guys, Sharing the latest update of the water flow at Jog falls.. PC: Shared by Vamshi..
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    Drive to the beautiful beach town and the 2nd highest plunge waterfall of India Route Taken : Hyderabad - Raichur - Hubbali - Gokarna - Jog falls - Shimoga - Chitradurga - Anantapur - Kurnool - Mahbubnagar - Hyderabad Total Distance : 1600 kms ~ Day 1: Hyderabad to Gokarna : 650 kms Stay : Sanskruthi resorts Day 2 : Exploring Gokarna by foot covering all the beaches starting from Shiva temple. Stay : Sanskruthi resorts Day 3 : Gokarna to Jog falls and Jog falls to Shimoga : 230 kms Stay : Akash Inn Day 4 : Shimoga to Hyderabad : 600 kms Gokarna and Jog falls was a trip that I could never forget. Apart from Shiv temple, Gokarna is famous for its beautiful beaches and landscapes. Beaches to visit in Gokarna : Gokarna beach Kudle Beach Om Beach Half-moon Beach Paradise Beach The Gokarna beach forms the coast of the town while the other four beaches lie to the south of Gokarna. Kudle and Om are around 6 km from Gokarna town along a muddy hill; they are accessible by rickshaw or foot. Om beach is named so because it is shaped like the auspicious Om symbol. Half-moon and Paradise are beyond Om beach and are accessible only by foot or boat. They are smaller and remote beaches. Below is a short Photolog of my Day 2 in Gokarna We have covered all the beaches mentioned above in the list this whole day and ended at Om beach by night. It was "ALL BEACH DAY" for us
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    Can imagine the beauty in Kerala being hit by nature himself so badly this year. A picture of athirapally falls shared by a friend before the place got flooded 🙂
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    I'm sure without his help. We would have stranded there for a full night. With all the experience and technical knowledge, we simply couldn't get the car out. Once we got stuck, we tried every other book technique. After an hour we realised we need some tools. We found a hut, kilometre away from the place where the car is stuck. He explained him our situation, he agreed to take his work tools. Initially we just took the tools from him. We did not even bother to take him with us. Started digging,pushing,lifting..after an hour, we realised that the vehicle is sinking more. We are tired and feeling helpless. Worst case scenario, we decided to send women to the hotel. And we will find some solution, or sleep over in the car for the night. This guy(from hut) started walking towards the vehicle. He : What are you guys doing? We: Trying to get the vehicle out. He: You are not doing it in the right way. We: Thought, he is talking some useless stuff... He: You know the mistake that you guys are doing? We: No..😯 He: You guys are trying to pull out the vehicle on a new track. Align the vehicle on the track that you came in and stuck, come out in the same direction. He took the tools, aligned the vehicle on the track that we came and stuck. Initially our team work was very poor. With proper orders and co-ordination. He created a team, gave us orders and he managed to pull the car out in 20 minutes. Once we are completely out. He invited us to his hut. Gave us some water and offered us a lemon tea(best ever lemon tea) We offered him some money, Initially he was bit reluctant but after some pressure from our side, he accepted it. Experience matters!
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    Awesome report Sagar and Gowtham Few selfies and pictures from action camera.
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    Superb pictures @gowtham. Thanks for sharing all the information which would help the fellow road-trippers. I would like to share a few memories that I've carried back home from this amazing road trip. Cheers! Day - 1 (Ahmedabad - Little Rann of Kutch - Gandhidham) We started our road-trip from Ahmedabad towards Bajana to explore the 'Little Rann of Kutch' We have taken the necessary permits at Bajana village for our exploration drive and in no time, we made our tracks into the 'Dhrangdhara' wild ass sanctuary The scorpio fared really well with the off-road conditions out there One needs to be really careful without getting lost during their exploration as the place looks almost deserted There already existed few tracks which were laid by the regulars, otherwise we need to pave our own paths at times We passed by a huge lake whose area seemed absolutely dried out on a vast scale One needs to pay 25000 INR as fine or undergo 7 years of imprisonment if any rules are violated or skipping of permits We have arrived by a small lake which had numerous variety of birds such as swans, flamingos, cranes, herons etc. Having spent some time by the lake banks, we moved further towards the lake bed which was quite hard Another glimpse of the birds on the partially dried lake banks We hovered up in between to stretch ourselves and relax a bit while the sun was scorching on us We raced further deep into the woods to explore further and ended up in a no man's land What is a road trip without any adventure in the tale. All the 3 cars ended up getting stuck in a deserted land with no other human to spot at for help. A lesson learnt, we need to be a watchful while we trace our track here. A few miles away, we found a small shack where we could get some help with the equipment to dig the wet mud and clear the track and get out of the pit. The whole process of getting all our cars out of this wet land took us 4 hours We drove back to the highway and headed towards Gandhidham as the land beyond where we got stuck seemed even more wet which seemed impossible to explore
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    Day - 3 It was planned to explore the 'Great Rann of Kutch' and we reached this salt desert by noon Great Rann of Kutch accommodations (Decent resorts - would suggest you to stay here) White Rann Resort Gateway to Rann Toran resort Kutch Took the necessary permits and reached the entry point from which private vehicles are not allowed beyond this post. We are supposed to walk down for 2 kms or hire a camel cart to reach the White desert land of the Great Rann. We had paid 1000 INR to hire this camel cart for a journey up and down We were given an hour's time to explore 'The Great Rann of Kutch' by the cart owner to take us back to our start point On our way back from 'The Great Rann' we took an off road track to explore Dordo Having everything set for this drive, we tightened our rocker-arms to enjoy our drive further We made our own tracks driving deep into a place where we could find no human in the vicinity Thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this drive as we drove down and simultaneously, we were being very watchful after a crazy adventure on Day-1 at 'The Little Rann of Kutch' The Ford turned out to be an absolute performer on these tracks throwing out her brilliance in handling and dynamics The Mahindra also turned out to be quite a stunner apart from being bumpy at times And that's how it happened Surprisingly, The Figo showed up nothing less on an off road track Next destination? Mandvi beach for sunset Mandvi has many beach view resorts. Serena beach resort HV Beach hotel. (right on the beach) After experiencing high temperatures, everyone decided to visit Mandvi beach Memories made at the beach will last for a lifetime Promise of a new tomorrow Cleanest sunset ever
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    Day-2 Great Rann of kutch, Dholavira. Stay options at Dholavira? Dholavira tourism Resort (Would suggest you to stay at 'Great Rann of Kutch') Great Rann of Kutch is spread across a vast area where one can explore either sides of it. Dholavira Dhordo (White desert Rann of Kutch) We have decided to explore Dholavira on Day-2 We started from our hotel by 9 AM and stopped by for breakfast at a Dhaba on the highway. Roads were excellent through out the journey. Some of the best roads in the country. First glimpse of 'The Great Rann of Kutch' white desert, Dholavira. Black and White! What Gujarat roads say? Stop worrying about the potholes and enjoy the drive. We didn't bother about the burning hot climate as the view seemed breath taking! After this view, I felt that I would call myself an idiot, If I had skipped this trip Freedom of travel. We could go as far as we could sight After spending around 1 hour, we left the place to explore more Our next destination was towards the Dholavira excavation site - Ancient Harappan and Mohenjadaro sites En-route we found a 'Sambar' in the middle of the road, by the time got to her, she ran deep into the woods
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    The next morning we had checked-out of Munnar and started to drive towards 'The Venice of the East', Allepy via Kochi around 6:00 a.m. as the fog slowly started to clear the way. The drive from Munnar through the ghats was breathtakingly beautiful & thrilling and the roads were absolutely amazing. We came across many waterfalls driving down between the green hills until we had reached Kochi where we have stopped by for breakfast at the 'Sarvana Bhavan' The distance to Allepy from Munnar is around 180 kms which took us around 5 hours and we reached the House boat point by 11:00 a.m. We had booked a decent Canoe for a day boat ride for 8000 INR as the prices were running high due to the peak tourist time at the place to experience the ride back waters. All boats sailing low between the narrow channels around, we started off around 12:00 p.m. sailing slow aboard Surrounded with trees on the banks around, we traced our path on to a broader side lapping the water. It felt like an absolute dream traversing so silently. By 1:00 p.m. we were taken to a small shack on the banks where we were served amazing lunch which had some delicious 'Karimeen' fish fry and Tody. After the delicious lunch, we had started our ride further. We had the sight of the mammoth house boats passing by all over towards their halt for the day by the evening hour. Enjoying the beauty of nature, stretching ourselves and clicking pictures, we reached another shack for a tea break around 4:00 p.m We started to head back towards the finish point as there should be no boat found running after 6:00 p.m. and we got done with it. One of the island resorts which rests on the lap of this water body We had reached the parking place and drove down towards the beach side place called 'Mararikulkem' village which was around 10 kms from Allapuzha. We have rented a home-stay for the night at the Marari place by the beach side, dropped in the luggage and left for hike. Beach was very neat and calm with hardly any crowd around and was almost like a private beach. After a sumptuous dinner, we hit back home to rest down and get charged for the tour the next day. The next morning we had started our drive towards 'Wayanad' touching the Athirapally waterfalls (Niagara of India) on our way. We took the road via Ernakulam which was decent and distanced around 100 kms with 4 hours of travel time including a break. We reached the Athirapally waterfalls around 10:00 a.m. and this is definitely one must see destination in Kerala. A trek for about 20 mins has to be done to reach the base point of the falls and needless to talk about the place as the pics says it all and definitely not a place to miss out on.
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    Since it was a weekend, we started off early around 3:00 a.m. from Bangalore to reach Munnar by the late lunch hour. It distanced around 500 kms from our start point which took us 11 hours of drive time including a breakfast stop at Dindigul and few coffee breaks in between. We drove down through the beautiful ghats and tea plantations to reach Munnar This was my first drive to Munnar and i loved every bit of the drive and every sight of the place. We had reached Munnar by 2:00 p.m and got involved in clicking some pictures of the beautiful green meadows and tea plantations Not having booked our stay at Munnar we started towards the Munnar town area and booked a decent home stay for 2000 INR for 2 nights excluding food. Dropping down our luggage at the Hotel, we had our lunch late in a restaurant with in the urban limits and moved on to the ghats for a drive to experience the amazing Tea gardens by 4:00 p.m Our drive for this epic trip down south This lake laying on the lap of these beautiful green meadows was one of the best scene i had sighted View of the beautiful winding roads in the Tea estates. The drive on these roads was one of the best drives I did One of the many waterfalls we had come across on our way As we drove up the hill and over the clouds, we stopped by a broader road side to get a snap of the scene The path gets very narrow over the steep at times such that only 1 car can pass through at a time We had stopped by several view points to shoot these amazing green meadows hovered under a clear blue sky A walk through these green alleys on the hills was one heck of a mesmerizing experience.
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