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  1. 26 points
    #India-Drive #I'm_the_Stig [emoji12] One fine evening [emoji41]
  2. 25 points
    During my drive to Konaseema at dusk..
  3. 24 points
    During our road-trip to Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani from Hyderabad
  4. 22 points
    My new Octavia 1.8TSI. Taken from iPhone 6. Will upload more once I get time.
  5. 22 points
    Picture taken from mobile.Ignore the quality.
  6. 21 points
    Few more pictures of my City. Now it's 3months 3 days old Drive safe, Drive happy
  7. 21 points
    On the way to Tirupati, on NH7. Honda city picture looks great. Expecting more pictures.One more picture from my end.
  8. 20 points
    My recent drive to Konaseema... [emoji4]
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  11. 14 points
    Exploring the country side of Andhra Pradesh With a long weekend around the corner, and the festive mood already setting in at the workplace, it was time to brainstorm about how best the long weekend can be utilized. So it was decided that we will be heading to konaseema (Rajahmundry, Amalapuram, Kakinada) to celebrate the festival of sankranti. A teaser of what you can expect in this post Our Drive Hyundai Creta 1.6 CRDi Route Hyderabad - Vijayawada - Eluru - Rajahmundry (Ravulapalem, Muramalla) - Kakinada (Yanam, Coringa, Adharipeta) The Numbers Total Distance : 475 kms (Hyd to RJY) Drive Time : 6hrs including breakfast pitstop of 30mins Mileage : 16 kmpl Stay : Rajamundry - Jetty Grand (Decent stay) Kakinada - R L Grand (Decent stay) Itinerary Day 1 : Start to Rajahmundry at 5 am at avoid the festive traffic enroute Vijayawada. Day 2 : The festival day, visit kodi pandems (Cock Fights) at Ravulapalem, covering yanam and Coringa National park and night stay at Kakinada. Day 3 : Drive along Uppada beach road to visit Adharipeta near by Kakinada and drive back to Hyderabad. Bags packed and hit the sack a little early than usual, woke up at 4 am and we were on course by 5 am. As it was major festival in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh , the whole of Hyderabad was on the move towards Andhra, and the traffic was evident on NH9, leading to Vijayawada. The evident festive traffic at an 8-lane toll gate around 5 a.m. A short pit-stop after we exited the toll Journey continued and we reached Vijayawada by 8:30 a.m skipping the customary pit-stop at 7 restaurant at Suryapet just to cross the early hour major highway traffic. The Vijayawada Highway was a breeze, covering chunk of the distance without any traffic We stopped by for breakfast in the city of Vijayawada and reached this small hotel at the behest of our fellow 'India-drive' member, Kashyap They severed only Idlys at this place and I must say, they were very delicious (Nothing out of the ordinary, but they had a different taste altogether) Having had a sumptuous breakfast, we drove on! Crossing eluru, on the smooth tarmac, we had to be very careful about the vagrant mongrels (we killed one on the way ) and the scurrying traffic. The drive from Vijayawada via Eluru until the outskirts of Rajamundry was uneventful and we have covered the distance in no time. The greenery on either sides of the highway indicated that we were getting close "Konaseema". The lush green fields amidst the coconut trees. We deviated off the highway onto a small kacha road leading into the fields for the customary photoshoot After a short photo break, we moved ahead towards Rajamundry to explore a bit driving down until the banks of the Godavari river After a pleasant evening on the river banks, we moved to our hotel to close down for the day Day :02 - We woke up to this beautiful sunrise throwing its rays to clear the thick fog on the green fields Our first destination was to experience the traditional festive activity 'Kodi pandhem' which is one native celebration of the locals on the occasion of Sankranthi festival Entry pass to the arena Few glimpses of the play arena On the outside, the festival is being celebrated amidst of this beautiful farmlands Few glimpses of the beautiful country side in 'Konaseema' We drove down towards Yanam which is enroute Kakinada from Muramalla Our next destination was 'Coringa' wild life sanctuary which was beautiful for an evening pleasant walk on the wooden ridges between the forest. At the end of the forest walk, there is a boat ride facility into the back waters Having had a tiring day, we retired for the day to check-in at Kakinada. Day : 03 - We checked out of our hotel to experience a beach side drive between Kakinada <---> Uppada <---> Adharipeta A beautiful ancient bridge on the sea coast at Adharipeta Had an amazing time at this place during the early hours as we waited for the sun to rise Overall, It has been one heck of an amazing drive towards the country side to experience something new apart from our daily routine urban life.. End of our trip and we drove back to Hyderabad
  12. 13 points
    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
  13. 13 points
    “You don’t have to visit Switzerland to see this beauty, you have everything in India”- A traveler from Switzerland 5 days … 2500 kms … 18380 ft … What would you call a trip traversing three of the five highest motorable passes in the world with a region touching two borders, the second highest saltwater lake in the world, the second coldest inhabited place in the world, three different terrains, three distinct cultures and five mountain ranges, possibly accessible for only three months in a year? Leh,Ladakh & glory … Having read so many blogs and travelogues about Leh, this trip was always on the cards. Tickets booked 8 months prior, leave applied for a week and all set for one heck of a trip. The itinerary Day 1: Hyderabad to Delhi by flight. Delhi local and evening train to jammu. Day 2: Jammu to Srinagar via Bannihal (Bannihal to Srinagar by train) Day 3: Srinagar to Kargil (Via Zojila Pass) Day 4: Kargil to Leh (Via Namikla Pass) Day 5: Leh to Nubra Valley (Via Khardungla Pass) Day 6: Nubra Valley to Leh and Leh local Day 7: Leh to Pangong Tso (Via Changla Pass) Day 8: Leh to Delhi by flight. Return to Hyderabad Pictures speak louder than words.... So here is the teaser! Day 1: Hyderabad to Delhi to Jammu The excitement was palpable the night before, bags packed and we hit the sack early and woke up early to catch early morning flight to Delhi. We reached Delhi by 11am, waiting for the others to join as they flew in, in different flights. It was then decided to explore Delhi local as we had almost 9hrs time before we board the train to Jammu at 8:30 pm In the sweltering Delhi heat, strolled to Jama Masjid and spent time gazing at the beauty. The heat was way too much to handle for us, we walked back to the railway station and spent the rest of the time relaxing in the Delhi Metro Station. We boarded the train to Jammu and retired for the day. Day 2 : Jammu to Srinagar via Bannihal We made our foray into the enchanting state of Jammu & Kashmir with a mixed feeling of thrill and romanticism. We were introduced to 'The Paradise on Earth' by The Rajadhani Express from Delhi to Jammu.Reached Jammu by 6 am, hired a cab to reach Bannihal via Patnitop. The plan was to reach Bannihal by 2p.m to catch a train to reach Srinagar before sunset . The views en route Bannihal We stopped for breakfast at a punjab hotel,Punjabi Haveli. The food was amazing and sublime!! After a sumptuous breakfast, it was zoooommm all the way We took a small detour to cover Patnitop The roads opened up to some majestic views... every corner was jaw dropping Then came the first break. The first of many traffic snarls/jams that we would come across in this trip. "common hai yeha pe,yeh sab" we were told. And the agonizing wait begins. Time for some stretching!! The long serpentine line of trucks started to move at snails pace! And more views! We reached Bannihal by 3pm, thereby missing the train to Srinagar. There was another train at 5pm, the wait begins!! The picturesque Bannihal Station. We reached Srinagar by 6:30p.m. The city was very much isolated by then. We could only see police patrol running amok. Our homestay/guest house manager was kind enough to arrange a pick up from the station. The train journey was beautiful. One would fall short of words describing the beauty that we could behold. Sadly we could'nt risk taking out our cameras as the train was running chock-a-block (imagine mumbai local) This was the first view of the Himalayas in the far ground The Srinagar Railway Station Lonely Guest House, was the name of the place we resided in. The set up of rooms were exquisite. The dinner was amazing , roti, egg bhurji and dal. Have a look at the typical Kashmiri traditional way of having food After dinner we spoke to the homestay/guest house owners about their lives and livelihood. All excited about the next day, where the main leg of the journey was to begin. We had to start off by 6 a.m to avoid traffic at Sonamarg. Day 3: Srinagar to Kargil Via Sonamarg We woke up early and were ready by 6 a.m. Our driver/guide for the rest of the trip, Ali, was waiting with his Innova outside the guest house. The silent,serene and somber valley of Srinagar The plan for the day was to reach Kargil, covering War memorial and stopping 'n' number of times to take pictures We had a quick pit-stop on the banks of beautiful Dal lake. Sad that we didnt have time for a Shikara Ride We moved on with views being unwound. We stopped by the banks of River Sind, for some amazing Parathas. Then the photo-session began... Paparazzi.... Without wasting much time,we moved ahead towards Sonamarg After having lost considerable amount of time because of a road-block due to some agitation at Sonamarg we sped our way towards Kargil We reached Zero-Point. The roads were getting narrower and worse as the altitude increased The Vistas were amazing The roads got smoother once we crossed Zojila & entered the District of Kargil . We reached The Kargil War Memorial, Drass & War museum and spent close to 3 hours just savoring the aura the place had to offer. A feeling of patriotism sets in with the ambiance. Drass War Memorial, also known as the Vijaypath, is a war memorial built by the Indian Army, located in Drass, in the foothills of the Tololing Hill. The Epitaphs of the Martyrs. A giant national flag, weighing 15 kg was hoisted at the Kargil war memorial to commemorate the 13th anniversary of India’s victory in the war Our guide, Ali, took us to a place where we could take a peek into the Pakistani neighborhood. The path on the left hand side is the trail laid by locals, carrying supplies to the Indian Army atop the mountain. After this, we entered Kargil town. We went in search for accommodation and found this. The owner of this hotel, Mr. Feroz, had given us insights and plight of the locals during the war, treating us with the Kashmiri special tea Khawa. Day 4 : Kargil to Leh via Namikla Pass We woke up to this beautiful view, over looking the peak 5179 and the Kargil Town The plan for the day was to reach Leh as early as possible to explore the town of Leh. With the customary group pic, we bid adieu to Kargil and to Feroz. The vistas continued to amaze us, and our shutters were never silent The avenues were smooth A small pit-stop at Namik La We reached Fotula top Bikers from different countries Austria, Switzerland, Russia, Turkey. They left everything behind just to drive here. Checked into Lamayaru Monastry enroute Leh The Confluence, The river Zanskar & Indus We reached Leh by 3pm,checked into a homestay and explored the Shanti Stupa The Panoramic view of the city of Leh The Shanti Stupa After a long day, had a nice dinner a local restaurant and retired for the day Day 5 : Leh to Nubra valley via Khardung La We started early in the morning as there was a lot of ground to be covered, and the roads are very bad leading to the top of Khardungla. The weather was chilly and there was fog And to make things worse, a traffic jam+snow. We were stuck for 5 hours in this mayhem. And there was this scorching sun. The nature at its full fury! We slowly chugged along After an 8 hour ordeal, we finally made it to the top We met these Father daughter duo from Switzerland, a part of the bikers contingent."You don’t have to visit Switzerland to see this beauty, you have everything in India” - this is what the father had to say when we asked him if he liked the place. It was late evening by the time we reached a homestay. We just crashed onto the bed Day 6: Nubra Valley to Leh We couldnt explore much the previous day, thanks to the huge traffic jam. We set out early and explore Nubra local before we headed back to Leh The panoramic view of the Nubra Valley The Double humped camels The desert amidst the snow capped mountains Diskit Gompa We started our journey back to Leh. Day 7: The last day was dedicated to the "3 idiot" fame Pangong Tso lake We started off leisurely and hit the road. The road was smooth and beautiful all throughout Tangste , The only place in the world where you could get hit by a sunstroke and/or frostbite at the same time World's third highest pass, Changla The first look We came back from this magnificient place only to pack our bags for the early flight back home next morning. But we didnt sleep all night. We did this. Its was very sad that, a trip of such magnitude had come to an end. But wait, I have someone special to introduce. Meet Ali,our very own Jackie Chan. One heck of a guy, a Ladakhi and person with tremendous agility and tenacity. Anyone planning for a trip to Leh, i recommend to hire him Contact :09469292449/09419628098 Thats all folks!! Keep Travelling Keep Clicking P.S : The photography credits are a must for such a beautiful travelogue. We had 4 DSLR camera holders in this trip. All the Credits goes to Omkar Bharadwaj, Rajesh Taladi, Adithya & Myself
  14. 13 points
    @Saran - One drive enthusiast who always makes sure that he never misses out on any drive meet up. The trek up the hill throughout has been a little tiring under the burning hot sun but we never miss to have fun with these cheerful souls. @Vinithreddy and @Saran were all full of energy throughout the meet. An ancient abandoned architecture rests on the top of the hill. Rachakonda fort - Check All set and done, Our drive back was set to pace. We had quick break, while setting up the drone.Some of the best looking cars. That's all folks, Waiting for some good pictures from the members who have attended the drive meet.
  15. 12 points
    It was an amazing drive with you guys! I enjoyed a lot with you people. India-Drive a big family now. The energy that everyone has for drive and discovering places are equal. Thats what bringing the India-Drive grow so fast and I love it. The "organic food" at Village Aharam was awesome. And the drive to Rachakonda, I didn't expect that it will have an amazing road. (Will share the video shortly) Here are my few clicks.
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    A group pic of all the 'India-Drive' members @Village Aharam who have attended the breakfast drive meet A short celluloid of the drive towards Rachakonda.
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    Ananthagiri - Vikarabad Sent from my S7 - Using India-Drive App
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    My Machine 1999 model diesel head. Mitsubishi Lancer
  19. 11 points
    Our member Shiva satthiraju owns this vehicle. Photo shoot at Mindspace.
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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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    Nice click. On the way to Hyderabad from Gulbarga.
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    A few glimpses of the drive towards 'Village Aharam'. We took the Vijayawada exit from ORR. Our very well designed ORR exists. Best in the country. Maintaining a 15 car convoy is tough on Vijayawada highway, Which is one of the busiest. Post breakfast at 'Village Aharam', The drive towards the Rachakonda fort commenced. We took off from the highway towards Koyaragudem Village where the roads narrow down. Villagers are happy seeing many cars making their work easy. The road towards the rachakonda fort was fun to drive with neatly laid tarmac.
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    Tadoba Sent from my S7 - Using India-Drive App
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    One more picture from my end. Bangalore highway.
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