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  1. 5 points
    Human and Vehicle Permit Permit Process (Phuentsholing) The permit process could have gotten very elaborate for us if it was not for the Passports. On the day we arrived we encountered a thick crowd of workers who were immigrating from India into Bhutan. That lead to longer than usual queues and few tourists also mentioned it was the second day for them just waiting. Having a passport for all the family members really helped as passports had a dedicated queue at the spot for that day and very few were waiting there. We got our permits done in 1 hour and another 20 mins for the vehicle permit. Documents Needed for Human permit Fill an Entry Permit application form available at the counter (free of cost) Two passport size photographs per traveler Valid ID proof ( Passport / Voter card – Birth certificate for kids) An undertaking for Solo travelers Route plan, the itinerary of the trip. Hotel booking confirmation letter or Bhutan tourism documents stating the same. Documents needed for Vehicle permits: Valid Driving License Registration certificate (RC) of your vehicle Insurance ( I had my geographical area extension till Bhutan and Nepal - it's not a mandate but it's like a safety net for the worst-case scenario ) Pollution certificate Per day fee for a vehicle is Rs 100. I case you miss that the fine is Rs 1800/day Consider 2 + days as a buffer. Important: Reach Phuentsholing by 9 AM with all the documents and their photocopies. If you have a passport the human permit process is relatively fast. After the human permit is done head for RSTA Office. RSTA closes at 3 PM so you need to get everything done before that else be ready to stay a day at the border for that night. 1-2PM BT is their lunchtime. Permit process ( Thimphu) The permit process at Thimpu is time-consuming too, we submitted the documents in the morning and kept the passports with us, got the permit extension in the afternoon. With that permit went to the RSTA office and received the vehicle permit the next day. Please make prior calculations on the number of days extension one would need for humans + vehicle and proceed accordingly. From Thimpu for Eastern Bhutan needs a separate permit. Please bring a passport size photo (2 copy) and 2 copy of your Passport (All the travelers) to process your permit at Phuentsholing Immigration office. Valid driving license (Renewed timely + 2 Copy of it) and an emission test certificate and its copy to process your driving permit at Phuentsholing Road Safety and Transport Authority. Do Note, the Permits have to be applied at Phuentsholing and Thimphu Jaigaon - Phuentsholing The road is straight forward. However, the massive gate that you see is actually the exit gate. The entry into the country is via a different route. 1 km before this gate a diversion is available and one would need to take left. Location of the diversion - 26.851876, 89.382749 Google map would like to take the wrong route, it's not very far off to take the U-turn but its largely crowded and the whole process might take some time. Mark the difference in route. The route is simple and straight forward, however, if one is driving across he/ she should be aware of the check-posts. There are two of them where one would need to show the Human + vehicle permits. Earlier they stamped on the document acquired at Phuentsholing immigration. Now they just make an entry in the DB. However, make sure to ask for a stamp unless new rules are brought about. Near Phuntsoling Immigration Check Post 1- 26.849858, 89.399422 Near Gedu Immigration Check Post 2- 26.986311, 89.580926 Towards Bumthang Immigration Check Post 3- 27.520299, 90.460389 For reaching Thimpu these were the check-posts we encountered. GPX data to 3D render playback - https://ayvri.com/scene/7dj2o14g5e/c...013b5v8niinsxv Thimphu - Phobjikha Thimphu to Phobjikha is a straight forward route via Wandue. Phobjikha- Bumthang Valley Post Trongsa viewpoint the road gets really bad. There are chances of landslides but the advantage is there is major construction work going on in that area and thus heavy earth movers are quickly accessible. Bumthang - Mongar Well, the Bumthang to Mongar stretch was narrow but extremely scenic. We were able to reach till Sengor and had to return due to the mega-landslide. More on that later.
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    Photos taken from mine recent visit to my native place in Maharashtra
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    The Humble Duster AWD, aka Travolta from John Travolta of the faceoff because of Amazon green shifts between brown or sap green under the sun. Near and dear ones chose to stick with Bong Duster instead. To Bhutan aka. Druk Yul - Land of Thunder Dragon. Before I start with the details here are a few numbersTotal days of the trip - 12Total kilometers - 6200 Total Diesel ~ 520 liters Total hours behind the wheel - 120 +States crossed one way - TS-AP-OD-WBCountries crossed - IN-BUTotal Momos ~ 90+ ( lost count after that )Almost 42% of the vacation was me behind the wheels enjoying the banks of Himalaya. For Arunachal trip, it was at 40%, a 2% rise in drive time was definitely welcome. Bhutan is a vast country and demands time to explore. The 7 days permit limit is however a burden. I personally prefer to plot the important tourist spots on the map to where I am traveling and then plan accordingly, be it the routes or the time frame. Map of Bhutan from a local shop that might help in planning better. Route Planning for the tripHyderabad - Asansol was my usual route, use it at least two times a year. Post Siliguri we usually plan meticulously. The route chosen was Day 1- Hyderabad – Asansol (non-stop, 26 hours)Day 2- Asansol – Suri- Rampurhat- Malda- Botolbari – Islampur – Siliguri – Sevoke Road - Jaigaon – Phuentsholing (non-stop, 22 hours)Day 3- Phuentsholing - Thimphu Day 5- Thimpu – Phobjikha Valley Day 6- Phobjikha -Bumthang Day 9- Bumthang– Mongar Day 10- Mongar- Punakha - ParoDay Last- Paro- Asansol. Next Day – Asansol - Hyderabad**Here days depict the travel days only. Folks planning a trip from Southern Part of India like me, there are several great places to halt on the way. While AP is beautiful with its sea beaches of Vizag, OD has the beautiful Chilka lake. One can easily plan a stay. I have been doing non stop drives with the Duster AWD for last few years now. During non-Himalayan vacations, we sometimes halt at these locations to explore some more. Since we were going to WB anyways we decided to drive a week earlier and then continue with the journey from Asansol. My Plan was to visit a Historical tourist spot but that didn’t pan out well, we were working from home and hardly got an option to excuse ourselves. **All the days were kept flexible since we were driving on the hills and there was uncertainty awaiting every corner. Bhutan Leg Note the route - It kind of looks like a Dragon with Tang valley and Bumthang forming its two wings, Mongar the head!Planning Phase An individual planning a trip to Bhutan can easily execute if one plans to go till Thimpu and Paro. Going further East demands more planning. Let me explain why!->If you are driving you would ideally enter Via Phuentsholing side. Apply for Human + Vehicle permits there, on Nth Day and it’s valid for 7 days. Say, next day or a day later reach Thimpu and apply for human + vehicle permit extension. They would ideally give permit approval for (N+2)+7 Days. So the 2 days you spend at Phuentsholing or even 1 day is wasted unnecessarily. ->We had applied for a permit at Phuentsholing on 20th May and it was valid till 27th May. We reached Thimphu on 21st May and extended for Eastern Bhutan permits on 22nd May. The date’s extension was given until 31st May. However we had to exit out of Punakha by 27th. . 27th-22nd = just 5 days for eastern Bhutan! We were informed at Thimpu since this the original entry was analog it cannot be made for (N+7) + 7 days. I was utterly confused and reconfirmed our travel Guide + at the check-post of Thimpu and everyone echoed the same. In a Nutshell, you just get 5 days to explore eastern Bhutan Immigration Office at PhuntsholingIf you have a passport you would need to enter and stand in a queue at the backyard of the building. RSTA Office at Phuentsholing
  4. 3 points
    The last Himalayan trip ended in January of 2018. Arunachal was a great trip and the addiction was too strong. We decided to head to the Himalaya again. Many among our friends and relatives argue that with the same kind of effort or probably less, you guys can easily make a trip to other countries/ places. Why drive to the Himalayas all the time, that too from Hyderabad? Probably we are so brutally attracted to the Himalayas. Some who are well versed with the mighty walls up north ask, blinded by the gorgeousness of mighty Himalaya? The answer reverberates hell yeah!
  5. 3 points
    Hyderabad - Asansol Although its showing 31 hours now, when I took the screenshot, on the D-day it showed the bland 1 day 2 hours. What ideally takes me 22-23 hours of driving took 26 hours this time around. Why! the details are below. ** Time the journey in such a way that you cross Vijayawada, Vizag very early in the morning, say before 6 am. Even the Vizag bypass gets crowded with heavy trucks reluctantly following rules on a single lane. NH65 didn't fail to impress this time too and I was able to keep a steady pace till Vijayawada. We make sure to time the journey in such a way that we cross Vijaywada, Vizag at least before 6 am or after 11 pm. I prefer the route via Vijayawada because of the scenic and smooth NH65. NH65 didn't fail to impress this time too and I was able to keep a steady pace till Vijayawada.
  6. 2 points
    Distance : 150 Kilometres to temple site. Approx Route we took : Gachibowli via Nehru Outer Ring Rd and NH65 Road condition : Excellent Restaurants : You can find many on the highway like Vivera, N grill. we had lunch at Hotel Durga near Narketpally. Food is excellent and good service. Recently went a day trip to (12-Aug-2019) Chaya Someshwara Swamy Temple at Panagal, is an Ancient Hindu Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, located in Nalgonda District of Telangana. we started around 8 am and reached the temple by 11. The Deity in the temple is famous as "Chaya Someshwara Swamy" due to the Vertical Chaya (shadow) present in daylight, on the Shiva Lingam forming a permanent shadow of a pillar. This shadow is constant and visible from sunrise to sunset everyday. The construction of this temple is marvellous which features such exceptional sight. The whole atmosphere is very peaceful and serene. The temple premises is cool and so much reminded us the Ramappa temple. Around 1 pm we started back to Hyderabad, roads are excellent, reached Home by 4 pm. Over all its a relaxing drive and pleasant darshan. Sharing some pics.
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    Which temple is this @mit1682.. and where in Maharashtra
  8. 2 points
    good information here.. definitely would help folks planning this travel..
  9. 2 points
    Hi, Well narrated ☺️. Do we need AWD or 4x4 vehile for this trip?
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    Hello Guys, We are planning to Goa starting in the 1st week of Sep 2019 (may be 6th) from Hyderabad by car(swift new model). Any updates on route would be very much helpful. I heard about floods last week in Karnataka. Would september be a good idea. Any recent travellers - updates on road conditions ? Thanks in advance!
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    Hope you do not mind if I add couple of photos of this temple. This is the Chaya or shadow from unknown source visible at same place through out the day (Sun rise to Sun set). Interior of the temple.
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    amazing pics and the trip looks like quite an adventurous one. thanks for the details and writ-up. quite inspiring!
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    We're back from our recent trip to Shirdi, Triyambkeshwer and Shani Signapur. Here are my trip stats: Distance Covered: ~1600 KM's Route (While going): Hyderabad -> Zaheerabad -> Solapur -> Tembhurni -> Karmala -> Ahmed Nagar -> Shirdi Route (While coming back): Triyambkeshwer -> Nashik -> Nandur-Shingote -> Rahuri -> Shani Signapur -> Ahmed Nagar -> Karmala -> Tembhurni -> Solapur -> Zaheerabad -> Hyderabad Day1: Hyderabad to Shirdi, started 05:15 am from KPHB and reached Shirdi 06:00 pm, took 1 hr break for breakfast/ lunch. Day2: Shirdi to Triyambkeshwer, started around 12pm and reached Triyambkeshwer 2:45 pm, Day3: Triyambkeshwer to Hyderabad via Shani Signapur (1.5 hour stopover at Shani Signapur), started from Triyambkeshwer at 08:15 am, reached Shani Signapur around 1:30 pm, started from Shani Signapur around 03:30 pm and reached Hyderabad home 12:30 am Road Conditions: 1. Hyderabad to Basavakalyan, 200 KM stretch is toll road and very good road condition 2. Basavakalyan to Solapur Bypass, 95 KM stretch is still a mess but things are moving and road condition has improved, lots of diversions 3. Solapur Bypass to Karmala, Single road but good road surface 4. Karmala to Ahmed Nagar, patchy road but manageable 5. Ahmed Nagar to Shirdi, four lane road, condition is okay, heavy traffic 6. Shirdi to Triyambkeshwer, mixed condition roads, at some places it's bad but 80% road condition is good 7. Triyambkeshwer to Shani Singnapur, I should have taken a different route (Sangamner, Tharabad, Rahuri), the route I have taken was pathetic, broken roads for almost 50-60 KM's after I took Nandur-Shingote route, the worst section of the entire trip Caution: 1. Don't take Bypass before Ahmed Nagar, rather go via Ahmed Nagar city, Chandni Chowk etc. Bypass road condition is just terrible, no roads and car struggles in 1st/2nd gear only 2. Carry all original documents of your vehicle and make sure no window meshes (even magnetic ones) are installed, no crash guard, no extra lights - this is applicable if you are travelling around Nashik or Pune. No issues around Karmala, Ahmed Nagar, Shirdi
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    Yeah need to see, will update about the trip if everything goes as planned. Thankyou @Ranger
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    Very helpful information, Thank you for the latest update on Hyderabad to Shiridi road condition.
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    I read that most of the ghat sections are open. So, September should not be an issue.
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    Well I have cancelled my trip due to the flooded conditions. So no updates from me on this. August end might make things brighter but then you might want a second opinion from someone who has gone there
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    Any update on your trip, I am planning to go on the 28of Aug, any information on the road conditions would be immensely helpful.
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    Finally bit the bullet and here I am... Considering the mayhem this year's monsoon did to Karnataka and Maharashtra, would it be advisable to travel to Goa towards the end of August? I intend to take the Zaheerabad route and travel in a sedan - Fiat linea
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    Most probably the road work might have completed by this time. Yes small car can do it. Roads in Chattisgarh are good. Only issue is very isolated with less traffic, not advisable to drive in night. Do not try via Bhoopalapatnam as there is a water stream crossing and it might be in full fury now. Via Bhadrachalam-Konta-Sukuma shall be good.
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    Guwahati - Bongaigaon - Siliguri - Malda - Dhanbad - Ranchi. is the best possible route. Regarding the current road conditions, @ARAY and @ranger can help you out.
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    @Rangercan a cross hatch like Freestyle do this trip?