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  1. 9 points
    Precursor to the Trip: Mr.Daddy calls me up on Oct 2nd in the evening. Daddy : I had to work today , who the hell works on Gandhi jayanthi? They don't even sell Liquor today. Me : Chill Macha , we chose this job. And have to take everything it throws at us. Daddy: I need some relaxation , plan something for the weekend. Me : Hmm, lets go to Bhuvanagiri Fort, I have been meaning to trek that fort since childhood. Daddy: Done. The plan has been made , but could not be executed the Dussehra weekend, due to the obvious reasons. Our Wives would let us go on a trek on a festival day. And i totally forgot about it , till 12th When Mr.Daddy messages to ask me if i'm available to do the trek on 13th (Sunday). I said yes , and the trip was on. Hill Fort of Bhuvanagiri: If you have ever have traveled to Warangal by road or by train you would not miss this small fort on top of the hill. I remember watching the hill for the first time as a kid, from a train window, on my way to Hyderabad. Since then i was always fascinated by this small fort and it was my long lasting desire to trek to the top of it. The fort is constructed in the 10th century A.D by Tribhuvanamalla Vikramaditya VI. That makes this fort atleast 1000 years old. In contrast Golconda fort is 400 years old. And Since it is built by Tribhuvanamalla , the fort is called Tribhuvanagiri , Which latter became Bhuvanagiri and with the Persian and Urdu influence of the local kings became Bhongir. The fort was built on a small egg shaped hill, and there were small steps cut into the rock to climb up to the fort. Drive To The Fort: I started at 8:30 A.M on Sunday morning , and started towards Mr.Daddy's home in Manikonda, Hyderabad. I picked him up and on the way we stopped at Organic hotel to have breakfast. After having quick breakfast we took the ORR to reach Warangal Highway. (Organic Hotel , where we had or break Fast) As there was no hurry , we mostly drove in the middle lane at 80KMPH max speed, The ORR charged us 140/- to get down at Warangal high way, And soon after that we had to pay another toll on the highway, We took a to and fro pass for 140/- and went on our way. The toll has dedicated lanes for fastag , and if you still don't have one Get one ASAP. As soon as you cross the toll gate and proceed further , you see something like this (Image is taken from Wiki) With the help of google maps we reached the entry point of the fort. There are two gates to get into , one for regular tourists and another for rock climbing school in the premises. There is ample space to park 8-10 cars. We parked our car , proceeded to the shop next to the ticket counter bought ourselves a water bottle & moved to ticket counter to buy our tickets. Ticket cost for Adults is rs: 10/- per head. The Rock has steps cut into it , which looks fairly a recent addition to the 1000 year old Hill Fort. We started our climb from this point. The weather forecast for Bhongir on that day was partially cloudy and with intermittent rains. But Sun god has different plans for us. It was hot and the rock reflected the heat. After a brief walk , we ended up at the first gateway to the fort. There was some shade and i sat there for a couple of minutes. (The first gateway , where you will find some shade.) After the first rest stop , there is enough tree cover and it was a little cloudy , we reached the second Gateway in some time. The distance between the second and third Gateway is not much , but there is a increase in elevation. We soon reached the third gateway , and the the view looked like this after crossing the third gateway. From here there is no tree cover , and to my bad luck there is no cloud cover either. From here , if you walked towards right from the path , you would find some ruins. This signifies that you have reached level 1. From here the path goes on to the top of the hill. We kept on walking and discussing on how ingeniously the architect of the fort has constructed multiple Dams to conserve rain water. (Level 1 ruins towards the left of the picture and Check Dams to conserve towards the right of the Picture) From here the walk way is very steep , one has to be careful. And this can be slippery during rains. (Steep Walk way , with stairs cut into the rock, Rails installed in the modern era for support, Another Check Dam towards right and Mr.Daddy gauging on how far we have to go) After this i was completely exhausted , and stopped at every 5-10 minutes on the pretext of taking pictures 😛 , Approximately after an hour we started , we reached the top of the fort. (Celebratory pic of climbing the hill, My smile will tell you how happy i was on the top, the cannon at the back might be a late addition to the fort , as they were developed only in 15th century) There are three structures at the top of the Hill , one ruined old fort , and two other government buildings , with Cellular tower on top of one. The other building was build on top adjacent to an old well. (The Pic of the fort). The views from the top of the hill are simply amazing. Google maps told us that we were 1000 meters above MSL. Below are a few pics of the views from the fort. (You can spot Bhongir Railway station , from where i first saw this magnificent Hill Fort. Also , at the bottom right , notice how Dams were constructed to save water.) (Another pond , and the fort wall at a distance) We explored the whole place for an hour , found a small entrance and a staircase, just out of curiosity i went in and started climbing the stairs , and Mr.Daddy followed me. The stairs took us to the top of the fort. There is no higher point in Bhongir Than this. (The fort view from behind) (Me after conquering the fort, instead of a sword i posed with an Umbrella, modern day weapon to fight the soldiers of the nature) By 2 o clock we were hungry and decided to descend, as soon as we thought of of it , we could see dark clouds manifest out of no where and weather became cloudy and pleasant. I wonder where these clouds were when i was climbing up the hill. We climbed down, and there were 6 other cars parked in the parking. We went to the shop next to ticket counter had another bottle of water. Went to a nearby restaurant in Bhongir and had our lunch. After and uneventful lunch , we started back to Hyderabad , and it started raining just as we were ready to leave Bhongir. Tips for Trek to the Top : Carry your own water one bottle per person. Carry an umbrella , Sun or Rain it will help you a lot. Avoid Summers , It was tiring to climb in October Sun. Imagine April Sun beating down on you. Suggest to go in groups, Half of the time i was engrossed in deep conversations with Mr.Daddy , and didn't feel the tiredness. Wear shoes and avoid Slippers and Flip flops at all costs PS: For those who are wondering , why i call him Daddy , You can find the explanation in my previous write up
  2. 6 points
    haha Beautiful pictures and very helpful information man. Loved reading it. Places looks completely deserted on a holiday.
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  4. 3 points
    100% waterproof cover is an expensive affair. Most of Chinese covers (in Amazon) are good enough for regular usage.
  5. 2 points
    The cheaper body covers available are not worth. They just cover the body but don't give proper protection to the car. Most of the cases by using these body cover car is more damaged. For example when it rains and you have your car covered, the rain doesn't get drained properly and get mixed with the dust present. Later it gives dark spots to your car. It would be good to keep the car without those covers. 😀 I just come across a good car body cover brand and as @Ranger mentioned this would be a costlier one. See the link below. https://www.tphcovers.com/ You can find videos for this cover on YouTube and it seems to be a good waterproof car cover.
  6. 2 points
    Actually my complete trip is till Bhopal. So, I thought of covering as much distance possible on day one and avoid night drive. Keeping this in mind, I thought of staying at Nizamabad as I heard after that there is no good place to stay at night with family. And, I am not sure, if , I will be able to cover BLR -> NGP in single day even though I start at 5:00 AM from BLR. Still, I think if I can reach HYD by or before 1:00 PM, I will try to continue till NGP same day. But, not sure if its possible and doable. BLR -> HYD is 600 KM app and HYD ->NGP is 500 KM app. 1100 km in single day looks too optimistic with single driver (thats me ). From NGP, my brother will join and will take over.
  7. 2 points
    Thanks Sridhar for your valuable suggestion.
  8. 2 points
    Kandlakoy / Medchal Exit, there are no decent stay options here in this zone (Not for families at least) @Ranger Instead like you said best bet for @Dhananjay would be to halt around Gachibowli, take ORR again next day early morning and exit through Medchal exit and proceed towards Adilabad - Nagpur!! But the best possible itinerary would be halting at Hyderabad instead of Nizamabad so that you have plenty of options for decent stays / Breakfast joints and you will actually reach Adilabad for Lunch with current road conditions between Hyderabad - Adilabad. Please do update us once you are done with the trip! Happy and Safe Driving!! Hope this helps.
  9. 2 points
    Do update us once you are done with the trip. Drive safe and all the best for your trip. You can also halt at Nizamabad, but you wont gain much. If you have any time constraint you can still consider Nizamabad. Since you are already taking two days, why not do it leisurely. Also you can find plenty of accommodations around Gachibowli, compared to Nizamabad. You can also consider staying in Kompally. It will be easy for you to get out of city. Once you enter Hyderabad, take ORR and exit at Kompally. No need to go through city traffic.
  10. 2 points
    Thanks for your valuable suggestion, Ranger.😊 Its really useful. After reading someother post in this forum only, I thought will halt at Nizamabad. But, after your post, I think I will do a break journey at HYD itself. Once again thanks.
  11. 2 points
    Avoid Nizamabad, take a halt at Hyderabad. Start early in the morning from Hyderabad. You can take accommodation close to ORR (Gachibowli) Bangalore to Hyderabad roads are excellent. Hyderabad to Adilabad is top notch. Adilabad to Nagpur is average, you will find some sections filled with potholes, but the entire road is 4-lane. If it is a leisure trip, you can visit Kuntala waterfalls at Adilabad. Flow is average. But it is worth a visit. Hyderabad to Nagpur has limited food/washroom options. Specially, between Nizamabad to Nagpur.
  12. 2 points
    Hi Ranger, I don't think it's possible to do in one day from BLR to NGP. Thinking of taking halt at either HYD or Nizamabad. Both the places are new for me. Any suggestions? Regards, Dhananjay
  13. 2 points
    Hi Guys, I am new to India-Drive. Wasn't aware about this wonderful website. I would like to know your suggestions for Hyderabad to Nagpur drive, like how much time it will take, decent stops ( as I am travelling with family), Fuel stations and as I will driving from Bengaluru, on the way which place , after Hyderabad , I can stop for night halt. I am planning to start by morning 5:00 AM from Bengaluru in Swift with limited stops. Awaiting your valuable suggestions. Thanks, Dhananjay
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  15. 1 point
    If you are planning to do it in two days, you need to push till Nizamabad. But the stay options are average and limited. Once you cross Nagpur, roads deteriorate a lot. Very time consuming. Also lack of proper food joints is a concern.
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    Are you planning to do it in a single day?
  17. 1 point
    Beautiful pictures, weather looks perfect. How is the road condition?
  18. 1 point
    Hi all, This is the Pune-Bangalore road condition as on 14th Oct 2019. This is a detailed explanation and a long post so kindly read it at your leisure. A stretch of almost 870 kms from Pune. Until Hubli you dont have to fall down under. It is a beautiful highway to drive on. Your patience is taken for a toss from Hubli. Your real journey starts now :p After Hubli, almost close to 150-200 kms, you have to deal with some rough patches of the road because a lot of construction activity is in progress. May be two years down the line it will be the best highway. After the trouble with all the rubble, here comes the best stretch of the highway which is the last two hundred kilometres where you feel you are in heaven. You can easily touch speeds upto 130-140 kmph with ease and it is a 6-Lane highway. In most parts of the highway until Kolhapur or may be little further you will find some shoddy white strips (refer video) which spread across hundred metres before you cross every village. These are nasty, so you may want to speed up a bit; instead of travelling at 40 or 60 kmph, travel at speeds of nearly 80-100 kmph so that you don't feel these jerks. However, be careful of two wheeler and pedestrians crossing the roads in these villages. After Hubli, you may not find too many food options so carry lot of snacks with you. Especially, when you are travelling with kids ensure that you take decent quantity of food. However, here and there you might find small outlets which are just average. But if you are looking for some good options you will have to wait until the last 100 to 130 kilometres stretch towards Bangalore. Last but not the least, as far as possible, avoid driving in the night in this stretch from Hubli because in certain places you will not find diversion symbols near construction areas, you wont see shoulder line markings, lane markings in most of the places thus making it a difficult drive during nights. Both the driver and navigator have to be really careful to ensure that everyone is safe by Praneeth Palakodeti
  19. 1 point
    Hi, I will be travelling from Goa to Hyderabad next month. Can somebody tell me effective route at this time pls. I would be travelling with family and kids and hence would prefer a stoppage for night stay Midway. Many thanks
  20. 1 point
    Enroute Pamuleru Vagu...
  21. 1 point
    Shared this on the FB group too. What suggestion would you give @sagar? Which lights would you suggest me to go with?
  22. 1 point
    A quick drive to home town.
  23. 1 point
    8. Gayatri waterfalls Hyderabad to Gayatri waterfalls distance : 270 kilometers How to reach Gayati waterfalls : Road condition : Good, Mix of 4-lane toll road and a 2-lane road. Food options : You can find plenty of small dhabas along the highway, don't expect luxury. No food options near the waterfalls, carry your own food and water Accommodation : There are no accommodations available at Gayathri waterfalls, you can stay at Nirmal. Best time to visit : September to December Google Maps : Link 9. Pedda Gundam waterfalls Hyderabad to Pedda Gundam waterfalls distance : 276 kilometers How to reach Pedda gundam waterfalls : Use the GPS link given below Road condition : Good, Mix of 4-lane toll road and a 2-lane road. Food options : You can find plenty of small dhabas along the highway, don't expect luxury. No food options near the waterfalls, carry your own food and water Accommodation : There are no accommodations available at Pedda Gundam waterfalls, you can stay at Nirmal. Best time to visit : September to December Google Maps : Link
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    Note : Mitte, Pittaguda and Yellama waterfalls are located at the same Village. You can plan to visit these three waterfalls at a time. 3. Mitte Waterfalls Hyderabad to Mitte waterfalls distance : 350 kilometers How to reach Mitte waterfalls : Nearest road access to Mitte waterfalls is at Pittaguda village in Adilabad. It is a two kilometer hike from pittaguda village Road condition : Excellent, 4-lane toll road. Food options : You can find plenty of small dhabas along the highway. Don't expect any luxury eateries. No food options near the waterfalls. You can carry your own food and water but, don't forget to keep the place clean and carry your trash back with you. Accommodation : There are no accommodations available at Mitte waterfalls. You can either stay at Nizamabad or Kaddam (Telangana tourism). Best time to visit : September to December Google Maps : Link 4. Pittaguda waterfalls Hyderabad to Pittaguda waterfalls distance : 350 Kilometers How to reach Pittaguda waterfalls : Nearest road access to Pittaguda waterfalls is at Pittaguda village in Adilabad. It is a two kilometer hike from Pittaguda village Road condition : Excellent, 4-lane toll road. Food options : You can find plenty of small dhabas along the highway. Don't expect any luxury eateries. No food options near the waterfalls. You can carry your own food and water but, don't forget to keep the place clean and carry your trash back with you. Accommodation : There are no accommodations available at Pittaguda waterfalls. You can either stay at Nizamabad or Kaddam (Telangana tourism). Best time to visit : September to December Google Maps : Link 5. Yellamma kunta waterfalls Hyderabad to Yellamma waterfalls distance : 350 kilometers How to reach Yellamma waterfalls : Nearest road access to Yellamma waterfalls is at Pittaguda village in Adilabad. It is a two kilometer hike from pittaguda village Road condition : Excellent, 4-lane toll road. Food options : You can find plenty of small dhabas along the highway. Don't expect any luxury eateries. No food options near the waterfalls. You can carry your own food and water but, don't forget to keep the place clean and carry your trash back with you. Accommodation : There are no accommodations available at Pittaguda waterfalls. You can either stay at Nizamabad or Kaddam (Telangana tourism). Best time to visit : September to December Google Maps : Link
  25. 1 point
    Awesome update. Installed the app just now but my insurance details are not updated. It is still showing the old insurance details. Anyone facing this problem.
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