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  1. 7 points
    What is this BOCH: This group was created to provide a platform for Baleno owners from Hyderabad to share and seek information about various aspects like sales, service, warranty, insurance, accessories, modifications et al, and also to engage in frequent meet ups. These meets have helped immensely in knowing each other and also to strengthen the bond among group members. We hope to continue to organize these meet-ups as long as we can. Now the group's count is 160 plus members. Prelude: After the 6th BOCH meet, we decided that we would be taking a long break and no more meetups anytime soon. That was in mid Novermber 2018. But, as they say, men will be men, and rules are meant to be broken. And so we did exactly that in little over two month's time and completed the 7th meet on January 26, 2019. And also, 8th meet is not too very far away, planning it in March. So this just goes to show 'the more that you resist the tide, the more it pulls you in'. It is such an amazing Baleno group with enthusiastic guys who are always ready to meet and explore. Preparation: Unlike our previous short meets, the 6th meet was a special one where we had spent the whole day in a resort. So the plan for the 7th meet was to stretch it for two days with overnight stay and return the next day. While looking at options, a member shared the travelogue of India-Drive night camping at Koilsagar (done in 2017). Many members showed interest in this and we immediately put the plan into action. With date decided, I did a quick recce of the place. We calculated per-head cost if we take camp tents for rent and carry food. Everyone volunteered to share responsibilities. But the main concern and challenge was to organize night camping (especially with ladies and families involved) at an unknown lake with a large group. We had our apprehensions about permission, locals and security. So we contacted India-Drive admins and took all the details of the organizer (Hyderabad Adventure & Trekker's club). After discussing with HAT's club, they agreed to do our event and it proved to be a wise decision in the end. Though the pricing was a tad high but without them we could have lost and wouldn't have enjoyed the way we did. The package included T3 tents for 2 members, dinner, astronomy session and early morning trekking. As a complimentary, they agreed to shoot our trip without any additional charge. Thanks to Mr.Dheeraj for wonderful arrangements. Itinerary: Reach M Food Court (1st meeting point) located around 75 km from Hyderabad and 13 km after Raikal toll plaza by 2:00 pm. Reach Deverakadra and stop for drone shooting. Reach Koilsagar and search for camp site and sunset shoot. Introduction of members and organizers. Pitch tents and campfire. Followed by Dinner, BBQ, astronomy session and star gazing. At 6:30 am, early morning trekking to nearby hill By 9:30 am, return journey to Hyderabad. How Things Went: The day before the meet, Hyderabad city had plunged into gloominess with not so good weather forecast the next day. We were worried about rain at the venue and it may play spoilsport to the event. To our dismay, it started to downpour on the meetup day as soon as we reached outer ring road. So we thought the trip is going to be a dampner. Luckily, it stopped raining as we were out of the city though it remained gloomy till 1st meeting point. All the members reached M Food Court before 2 pm (thanks to all for being punctual), but organizers were nearly 45 min late to arrive. We could only continue our journey from M Food court towards Koilsagar at 3:15 pm as opposed to itinerary time 2:15 pm. Around 4:30 pm, we reached Deverakadra mandal and for about 30-40 min we had drone shooting, line up of Balenos and photo session. We reached camp site at 5:30 and scouted for a nice place to pitch tents and park our big convoy. There were some places already occupied by some others, but we managed to find a decent place. Everything went as planned after that like campfire, BBQ, astronomy session and star gazing, dinner followed by surprise activity with our Balenos, other shoots and of course lots of fun. Many members were awake till 3 to 5 am (I slept at 3 am) with everlasting discussions. Luckily, there wasn't a single drop of rain until the next day and we were so relieved for that. Next morning, by the time we completed our trekking to a nearby hill, it was nearly 9:30 am and it started to drizzle. A few members had fun drifting their cars for 10 minutes in those wet conditions, and finally we bid adieu to Koilsagar - what was a memorable trip! What We (and I) Missed: We could not shoot with drone at camp site because of low light. Forgot to take group pics though we had some pics taken during introductory session. I could not take my Baleno to the trip as our colony road dug up for laying new drainage pipes.😡 I let the pictures speak the rest: Dark clouds looming overhead with rain: Line up of Balenos at M Food Court attracted quite a few eyes: Stopped at this straight scenic road of Deverakadra for drone shoot: Classic line up shot using selfie stick: Balenos parked Balenos in an arc at camp site: Meanwhile, kids were having their own fun time: Something you don't often find in cities: Priceless expression: Kids with kids ☺️: Aesthetic Sunset: A Baleno soaking in the sun: Sublime Safari (a member came in this as their count was more than 6): Another member came in his new Ignis (he's got Baleno and S-Cross too) 😎: Behold the beauty of the sunset: In the lap of beautiful nature: Introductory and Interactive session: Beautiful sight with camps in light: Astronomy session and star gazing: Half moon and its beauty, captured using 600 mm lens: With chilling weather outside, campfire warmth was comforting: BOCH members sans family and friends: Intriguing photoshoot of Baleno headlights: Woke up to this gorgeous view: Hill that was trekked: That conquered feeling: Picture-perfect picture of the campsite: Majestic view of Koilsagar: An enthusiast's drifting: The little one with its elder sibling: One final line-up shot: Final group pic of members before parting ways: Being a part of this wonderful BOCH group and leading it was quite a learning experience for me. Needless to mention, it enabled me to meet other Baleno owners and avid car lovers from different walks of life. I hope our bond becomes even more stronger as we grow bigger as a group, and embark on many more journeys. Hope you liked this short travelogue. Keep traveling and happy motoring!
  2. 7 points
    We (my son and me) went to Kondaveedu Fort on Jan 13, 2019, in our Baleno. It is approximately 275 km from Hyderabad, and drive time is around 5-1/2 hrs. Route: Hyderabad -> Narketpalli -> Narsaraopet -> Phirangapuram -> Kondaveedu Fort Short Note: Kondaveedu Fort is situated in a beautiful spread of Kondaveedu mountain ranges, located 1700 feet above the sea level and at a distance of 26 kms from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. The fort being located on a hill top, the view from this place is awe inspiring. And driving through the newly-laid continuous hairpin bend (almost 20) ghat road is exhilarating to say the least. It is a shame that this beautiful place, once flourished as the capital of Reddy kings, could not fast become a tourist hotspot. It is only in recent years, tourists from across the state are thronging the place and enjoying the scenic beauty of the area. We started from Hyderabad at 5:30 am and reached the fort by 10:30 am. We drove to the top of the hill, spent some time, took some photographs, enjoyed beautiful view of natural scenery and returned back. Unfortunately, we could not get into the fort as renovation work was still going on. Later, we went to Mangalagiri and Kanuka Durga temples and returned back to Hyderabad same day by 7:15 pm. Total trip distance was 635 km. Since Kondaveedu Fort can be reached easily via road and has excellent roads, I would recommend going here for a picnic and returning on the same day. However, if you want to crash, put up in any hotel in Guntur. Although the roads have been maintained, there are not many options for food and drinks around the fort. However, presently renovation work is going on and no tourists are allowed to go to the top of the hill. We were fortunate enough to be allowed.
  3. 6 points
    Hampi, Aihole, Pattadakal and Badami tour was indeed a three years dream ultimately became true in the first week of Jan, 2019. I took the same route as our ID group travelled in December, 2018. Hyderabad-Kurnool-Bellari-Hampi. Return I came from Badami-Lingsugur-Raichur-Desugur-Mahaboobnagar-Jadcharla-Hyderabad. I may not be able to put up all the story at one go. I will try to post it day wise. Team Me and My Wife, My Mother's sister and uncle, Their Daughter and two 11 & 9 year old kids. (5+2) Vehicle- Uncle's own Xylo Day One-05-01-2019 With a little delay than we planed we started from Vanasthalipuram just before 6.00 AM with a cofee break at M Food Court before Jedcharla and reached Kurnool by 9.15 AM. We had Buffet Breakfast at Hotel Suraj Grand @ Rs.120/- Per head and the breakfast was very good. We started just before 10.00 AM from Kurnool and reached Mayura Bhuvaneswari KSTDC Hotel at Kamalapura by 2.30 PM. My wife became sick by the time we reached the destination with three vomitings between Kodumur and Kamalapura. I was told its an infection in intestine and simple medication was told by our family doctor over phone. Every one was in anxiety and after medicationction she slept in the room forcing me to continue with visiting places. I was in a real dilemma not ready to leave her alone in that condition and other side My uncle, aunty, sister with two kids who came from Australia and depending on me for the tour. At one stage I thought of asking my uncle to go ahead by engaging a guide but my wife insisted me to go. As the distance of Vijaya Vittala Temple is close to the Hotel, We left hotel by 4.10 PM. We reached Tallari Gatta Gate by 4.25 and took a snap and proceeded to Battery car point. Due to paucity of time I could not stop over by Gajjela Mandapa. We saw all the ruins and places on drive in battery car. By 4.50 we reached the Vijaya Vittala Temple and after taking entry tickets, we engaged a guide out side the temple for Rs. 350/- Full team minus my wife 😥 Full temple Left side view through Wide angle lens Sun set time Right side of the Temple. By the time we saw the Vittala temple complex, it was 6 Pm and the time for closure of temple. When we came out we were told that the last battery car will depart from the temple at 6.30 PM so we did not went to Shiva Temple adjacent to Vittala Temple. We came out and wanted to see King's balance. Before that few clicks of Siva temple and Vittala Market. My wife also called me and informed me that she is feeling better. Vishnu Temple on the way to King's Balance King's Balance Few other structures near by We returned in the last battery car and reached the Hotel by 7.15 PM. We had dinner at the same hotel and went to bed early. Food is good at the hotel but the service is very slow. Room service is not available. End of day One
  4. 6 points
    Day 5: Malda to Mirik Today it was event full. Instead of going to Siliguri we drove towards Mirik(less commercial). Roads are good through out the drive, Some sections are very narrow (village roads) We came across many tea estates enroute. We started gaining the altitude around 2PM. We reached Mirik by 4:30PM, Our stay is located 5 kilometers away from Mirik and it is very isolated. Roads are very narrow and dangerous, Hair pin curves are too narrow for Duster. Not a sedan/hatch back territory. Duster All terrain tyres came very handy. Slipping and sliding,(due to rain from past 4 days) We reached the mid way(2 kilometers) Many locals started discouraging us not take that route. In the mid away, it got difficult, With some patience and navigation, we finally reached the destination. Our expectations about the stay went down drastically looking at the road condition. Once reached the stay, We are blow away by the facilities and property view. Start time: 8 AM Reached: 6 PM Hotel : Royal Suite Rating: 5/5 Cost: 2500/- (Got an upgrade to 6k suite) Breakfast : Malda(3/5) Lunch : we skipped it Dinner : Royal Suite(5/5) Today it was eventful, We started to gain some altitude Beautiful tea estates enroute Inner roads through tea estates Our first road block due to slide. Now it is officially that we arrived Tucked-IN One of the best sunset ever Duster enjoying the view, All the struggle from the past four days is worth it? Thirty minutes that we spent at this sunset point, Will be remembered forever. Our accommodation is located 5 kilometers away from Mirik. Our host asked us, If we are driving a SUV? We said YES!, biggest mistake. And the next one hour drive is like switching between hell/heaven/earth Hair pin curves that can make your car tilt side ways, Slush, Some sections has zero traction, If we brake we will loose the traction. At one point we decided to turn back, We felt it is not worth the risk. Guess what? We couldn't find a place to take a U-turn. After one hour of constant spotting and corrections we made it to the destination. Looking at those roads, My expectation for the stay went from 100->0. Worst case scenario, we decided to sleep over in the car. Once we got down at the property. We were blown away by the facilities and the view. We stayed awake till 4AM in the morning with monk. Definitely best accommodation of the trip. Bedroom View Balcony Second room View from the hall Early morning rituals Kitchen
  5. 5 points
    Returned from Himachal Trip. (Supposed to be Spiti Trip) Let me complete the Hampi trip log so that I can go to next log. Day Four 08-01-2019. We were all ready by 6.30 AM and reached Badami caves in less than 10 Minutes. Uncle and Aunt remained in the hotel. We were the first visitors at the place. Security person asked us to wait for some time till sunlight comes over the caves. But we said we will go up to 3rd cave first and come back to 1st in the last and went up. It was so pleasant though little chilled. Kids enjoyed the maximum. We had spent nearly two hours and left the place when other visitors started coming in. It was beyond our imagination, how much time and pain they might have taken to create these caves so beautifully. We reached the hotel by 8.30 and after breakfast we started again to Bhoothnath temple complex along with Uncle and aunt. As soon as we came on to main road, there was a police block and they informed us there is a bandh by labor unions. When we requested, they allowed us to go to Bhoothnath temple side. The way to the complex is too narrow and Archaeological Museum on the way after a narrow stone gate way. There is a parking lot at beginning of the complex (little far from main temple. Water level in the lake is less than half and it must be beautiful when water is touching the temple. Beyond the Bhoothnath temple also some sculptures and a small temple are available. after spending half an hour we returned to hotel to start back to Hyderabad. We reached back to the Hotel little after 10 AM and were ready before 11 duly packing our bags on roof carrier. We found the air pressure in the left rear Tyre is less and stopped at the main road for check up. after filling the air we asked the boy to checkup for any puncture by pouring water over the Tyre. For our Bad Luck or Good luck one puncture was detected in the Tyre. The puncture shop does not have a jack and he tried to pull out the nail which punctured the Tyre in position but not succeeded. Finally Tyre was taken out and the puncture attended. Finally we have lost one hour and we started again at 12 noon. As soon as we came for a turn on main market, police stopped again and said road is blocked ahead by agitators and we can not go. We told them we have to go to Hyderabad and asked is there any alternative. He asked us to go back towards our hotel and there is a bypass to join the main road. We switched on the Google maps after turning towards our Hotel, it was showing some 7.5 Kms for diversion and we went up there only to be fount it is a wrong route. Google was asking us to take U turn and proceed to same route. We asked some local on the road and they said there is no other road. we came back to Hotel again and took small by lane proceeded in the back roads for couple of Kms and entered again on to the main road from where the road is clear. Further we lost another 30 Minutes and finally exited Badami town by 12.45 PM. The road is again through pattadakal and Aihole (by pass) which is new and good. Road up to Lingusur which is about 120 Kms from Badami is also mostly good with few speed bumps. We reached Lingusur at about 3 PM and stopped for Lunch. Very close to the turning to Raichur we found a AC hotel with clean toilets and the food was good. We started from here at about 4.00 PM and our driving troubles started increasing as we progress. First up to Raichur By pass it was few bad patches and many speed bumps. From Raichur to Deosugur where we enter in to Telangana speed bumps. From Deosugur to Mahaboobnagar except 15 Kms before the MBNR, road widening work is in progress. Part of the road completed one side and none of the culverts were completed and multiple diversions and sudden end of good road had took the toll. We reached Mahaboobnagar at about 9 PM and stopped twice for coffee but could not get. Finally had a cup of coffee near Shadnagar and reached Home by 12 Midnight. I might have missed some details but will try to share if any one needs. Thank you for reading.
  6. 5 points
    Sharing few pictures clicked by Arifismyname Enroute to Hamsaladeevi beach
  7. 4 points
    Finally got a chance to fix my bumper scratches. Two weeks back I had small bumper damage. Minor bumper crack Broken clips Deep scratches Visited showroom: Replace rear bumper Repaint rear bumper Need to order bumper Insurance claim charges Three days time (once the bumper is available) From the past 15 years, I never gave my car outside the showroom. All the repaint jobs are done at showroom. Last weekend, I decided to explore lower Tankbund options. I contacted my friend who live around that area, He said most of them does the work well. We picked a shop that my friend visits for bumper repairs. Quote given was 1200/- I was in shock :p (my aim was to get it done under 2.5k) Price was too tempting to leave, I gave a go ahead without any bargain. Steps Reached paint booth at 10AM They remove the fuel cap Took it to paint shop Got the color premixed They applied some Patti Some rubbing work done Removed tail lamp Fixed the broken bumper clamp Tail lamp fixed back It was like a war zone, 5 members working on it. He spotted few scratches on front bumper Asked me another 300/- to fix :o I gave a go ahead Masked all the parts They sprayed 4 different types of paints At 11AM it is done and I out Pros: Cheap Quick 100% colour matching Cons: Long term reliability Not so professional Ideal for only bumper damages Finishing is not so great, I can feel some rough edges. Ideal place to fix scratches for a 5+ year old cars. For new cars it is always better to claim the insurance and fix it. (If you need professional quality) Removed the fuel cap to get the correct paint Applied some patti Removed the tail lamp to fix the bumper clamps from inside (to avoid external screws) Rubbing is done. Had few bumper scratches at the front corner, Shop owner asked for another 300/- bucks to fix it, since the paint will be left over. I gave a go ahead. They sprayed around 4-layers Let the pint dry Final output : Front bumper Rear bumper Once I get time, I will click pictures in the sunlight for the analysis.
  8. 4 points
    Wonderful writeup @karthik really useful for me as I'm planning from Vijayawada this week.
  9. 4 points
    Hi guys Today me and my wife went for unexpected short drive in morning at 6am. Started from home (Chandanagar) at 6am and after 20mins we took tea break at rudraram after isnapur. The tea was yummy because of cool weather. Later we started towards Sangareddy and took right towards jogipet. After crossing Sangareddy there was a lord Venkateswara temple location is vaikuntapuram, we got blessing from lord and we started towards way to nizam sagar and on the way we stopped at Ganapathi sugar industries for having some sugar canes to chew and started towards nizamsagar road but suddenly we took right towards singoor dam after driving some distance. We had beautiful weather and spent time for 1hr at dam and spill way unfortunately no pics was taken due to camera issue across the trip and started towards Narsapur forest area to watch and feed monkeys [emoji205] as we took lot of bananas [emoji529] with us in car. We drove slowly in forest as i saw a big snake [emoji216] crawling on way after crossing the snake we stopped near to small temple in forest and there we kept some bananas for monkeys and remaining we fed to all monkeys on the road side towards Hyderabad road. Only one pic took with another mobile after reaching to home i.e my car
  10. 4 points
    Fantastic pictures, very neatly executed. You guys have refreshed our Koilsagar memories. Loved reach and every bit of the report. Hope to see more drives from your end. Sharing it on the home page.
  11. 4 points
  12. 4 points
    Thank you @prabhum. I think you had a great time camping at Gandikota as well. Hope to see you in our next meetup or catch me at next India-Drive trip.
  13. 4 points
    Missed this trip as i choose to be part of India-Drive road trip. Excellent pictures satish.
  14. 4 points
    Always welcome 😊 bro . It's my pleasure being a part of the meet and as well as the Core team 😊😍.
  15. 4 points
    It was really a great experience being a part of the meet. Never expected it would go this fabulous.Its like a lifetime memory for me. As I love travelling alot this would be added to my one the best visited tourist location 😍❤️..!! #revanth_redde.
  16. 4 points
    Name: Praveen Reddy S - Location: Hyderabad - Favorite past weekend getaway: Chintapally Sai Sannidi - Longest drive : Warangal - Car you own : Baleno -Few pictures/words of your drive(Max 5 pictures): I want to explore more and more
  17. 4 points
    Hi Sagar, Waiting for my number to be updated in WhatsApp group
  18. 4 points
    Hello, I am looking to go to Suryalanka and Chirala this Monday and I've booked my accommodation at Harita beach resort for two days. Can you guys please help me out in planning my drive? I would appreciate any advice on this. Thanks!
  19. 4 points
    Spotted this testing vehicle at penukonda. Near KIA's plant.
  20. 4 points
    Hi All, Please keep a check on the essentials and schedule for the drive. January 25th Make sure your fuel tank is Full. Check air pressure, wheel alignment and balancing. January 26th 05:00 AM : Meetup point (All the GPS details will be shared in the WhatsApp group) 05:15 AM : We will start from meetup point 07:30 AM : We reach the breakfast point on the Bangalore highway 08:30 AM : We start from breakfast point 12:30 PM : We reach Belum caves (Caves entry is inclusive) 01:45 PM : We start from Belum caves. 02:30 PM : We reach our lunch point at Gandikota (Haritha) 04:00 PM : Gandikota exploration 06:00 PM : We reach our camping spot {T2(Two members) and T3(Three members) tents are provided at the camping spot} 07:00 PM : Bonfire and some fun 09:00 PM : Dinner January 27th: 06:00 AM : Visit the Gorge to enjoy the sunrise and explore Gandikota 07:30 AM : Reach Haritha resort for breakfast 09:00 AM : Start back to Hyderabad 01:00 PM : Regroup at Lunch point 02:00 PM : Disperse from the lunch point Food: Jan 26th Breakfast (self service) Jan 26th Lunch + Dinner + Jan 27th Breakfast = 300/- INR per head In addition to the above food if anyone is interested in BBQ, you can carry your own food and grill along. Things to carry Torch (mobile will do) Mosquito repellent Toiletry kit Water bottles (Water will be available at the camping spot, but it is better to carry our own bottles) Snacks Blankets and pillows Carry cash, no proper ATM's are available Note: This may not be a luxury trip but, we shall try to make it as comfortable as it can get.
  21. 4 points
    We had lunch at Hampi Paradise at Kamalapura very close to Mayura Bhuvaneswari. Food is good, ambiance is OK though not great. What I liked more is the quick service. Post lunch we proceeded to Virupaksha Temple direction without going to Hotel. Our guide skipped Underground Siva temple, Krishna Temple stating time is short. At the end of the day, I thought of having another day without guide to see all those small and big places we missed. First place we saw after lunch is Badavi Linga and Laxmi Narsimha temples. Development of circulating area is underway. Next we went to Sasivekula Ganesha. We did not went up on Hemakuta Hill. Next we went to Kadalekalu Ganesha before going further to Virupaksha Temple. View from Kadalekalu Ganesha Temple. With request of our guide and we drove up to temple duly ignoring the police stating senior citizen. I had a different (better than what I saw now) vision of Virupaksha Temple. But the same neatness is not seen now. Lot foul smell is in the temple complex. We were told that temple is now taken over by ASI and they are dismantling additional constructions added later. We had a nice darshan and also saw the reverse gopuram image. kids took blessings of the temple elephant. shkarani at Virupaksha Some one taking selfie with his ancestors. After visiting the Virupaksha Temple, while coming back, police person was again shouting on our guide, we simply did not look that side and went towards Coracle point. Time was about 4 PM and guide said bye bye. Uncle and Aunt said they will not come in Coracle and sat down near parking. We engaged a Coracle for 5 of us for 30 Minutes at Rs.350 each adult and Rs. 350 for both kids. One foreigner who was waiting alone also joined us. Kids enjoyed the ride very much. Pushkarani at Virupaksha We went under the rocks. Clear photos are in mobile. I will try to upload later When we came back from ride, the sun started descending fast. It was about 5.15 PM and we want to cover some of the places missed. After couple of clicks at Virupaksha Bazar, we stopped at Krishna Temple. It is really big and beautiful temple one must not miss to see. Sunset through pillars of Krishna Temple. Krishna Bazar It was fast getting dark but when we saw underground Siva temple, we thought we will see it. Sun about hide Some ruins near under ground Siva Temple. By 6.30 PM we were back to Hotel. We had dinner by 9 PM at the same hotel and called it a day deciding to start early in the morning to Aihole. End of Day two and Hampi drive.
  22. 4 points
    Day Two- 06-01-2019 We had engaged a guide for the day through tourism hotel @ Rs.1800/- per entire day. We asked him to come to hotel before 8.30 AM and plan was to start by 8.30. He came by 8.00 but as usual serving breakfast took lot of time and we started from Hotel by 9.30 AM. My wife was feeling better and joined us. First place visited was Queen's bath Next we stopped at Dasara Dibba and visited all nearby places like stepped well secrete chamber & assembly etc. We saw royal enclosure from a distance and went next to Hazara Rama Temple
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  24. 4 points
    Nice share @TDI, KIA Cerato is actually the competitor against Verna, City, Vento and Rapid. The pics shared above is an Indonesian version and an older model. The recent release in 2018 looks all new in design outside the hood.
  25. 4 points
    Welcome onboard @KSK. Excellent post sir. You pictures look fantastic as well. Your trip seemed pretty much a hectic one but well done.. Any food joints you would want to recommend in this stretch ?
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